Summary of Public Meeting – 01-Nov-18




About fifty people attended the meeting, and there was a strong feeling of celebration that the project has reached the build stage and enthusiasm for making it happen.

The main points communicated were:


The initial target of £200,000 has been revised upwards to £220,000 due to costs being higher than expected.  However a total of £215,000 has been secured to date, with more grant money anticipated, so the committee is confident there is adequate funding to build, fit out, stock and start trading.

Local financial support:  This has been extremely generous, and the Chairman thanked everyone for their contributions.

Donations:    £70,000

Share scheme:  £49,000 to date.  The scheme remains open for further applications.

Shareholder members:   245

Total local contributions to date = £119,000

Grants:     Thanks to the hard work of Lucy Muncey throughout the year, grant applications have resulted in a total commitment to date of £96,000.  Generous contributions have been committed from a number of grant giving bodies, including The Linbury Trust, Hampshire County Council, The Lottery Fund, Basingstoke & Deane, and others who wish to remain anonymous for the time being.

Further grants have been applied for, and may or may not materialise.

Each grant has its own conditions concerning time of payment and what it can be spent on, so the grant money has to be actively managed throughout the build process.


Charles Bradshaw is the project manager for CVCS, and has planned all the numerous aspects of the build, in cooperation with the architects ProVision of Ampfield, near Romsey.

CPFM, from Alresford, won the contract, and has been appointed. Christian McCabe, the head of the company, has done several jobs locally and will be on site much of the time during the build.

Work starts on Monday 5th November and the target completion date is the end February 2019, to be followed by fit out during March and April, with the targeted opening of the store in May.

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption in the village during construction – e.g. all construction vehicles confined to the fenced site, deliveries to avoid school pick-up/delivery times etc.   A note about this has been delivered in the village, copied to school parents, and is on notice boards in Preston Candover.


As a community store we will depend on local voluntary help, both in the next few months of planning, building and fit-out but particularly when the shop is operating.  There will be a paid manager in the shop during opening hours, assisted by a rota of volunteers.

Jane Laws outlined the help the committee requires in the next few months.  If you have financial management and book keeping skills, experience of human resources/personnel management; expertise in retail, graphic design, marketing and branding, practical skills such as carpentry, painting and decorating then do contact us and let us know how you can help.  We hope individuals will offer to work on a small bit of the project, even for a short time as we set up and get ready for opening in the late spring. Two documents were distributed at the meeting – one outlining the time line, key roles and additional skills required in the next four months and a volunteer application form.  All this information will be posted on the website under ‘’volunteering’.  Please do complete the volunteer form and return it to Jane Laws.  We welcome and appreciate all offers of help.


This will be in Preston Candover Village Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 22nd November 2018, and all shareholders are invited to attend.

Finally the Chairman thanked all committee members, past and present, for their endurance and extremely hard work which has got the project this far. He also thanked Michael Maxwell of Preston Farms for his very considerable practical help, Jane and Rob Marks of Canterton Stores for their patience and cooperation, and above all everyone locally who through their generosity has enabled the project to reach this stage.