Official opening of Pro Vision designed community store and post office

26th June, 2019

Lord Sainsbury cut the ribbon to officially open new community-run Candover Valley Store and post office in Preston Candover.

At a community celebration on Saturday June 22, the Bishop of Basingstoke, the Rt Revd David Williams, blessed the enterprise and Jane Laws, chair of the Candover Valley Community Store committee, thanked individuals and organisations who had supported it over the past five years.

Among those she thanked for his “skills and creativity” was Scot Masker, a director of Pro Vision, who designed the 95 sqm single-storey, timber-clad building, assisted by architect Giordana Burns. The store was built by Alresford-based CPFM Construction.

Commenting after the ribbon-cutting, Bob Wood, a previous chairman of the store committee, added: “Scot’s help was absolutely invaluable. We held a beauty parade to choose an architect and he stood out for his help, patience and understanding. To misquote Martin Luther King, we had a dream but didn’t know how to realise it.”

Scot added: “It was a privilege to be involved in such a great community enterprise with local people so committed to its success.”

The store, which serves the villages of the Candover Valley, cost a total £220,000 to build, fit and stock out. Funds were raised through donations, grants and a community share scheme which has over 250 participants.

Lord Sainsbury leased the land on which the community-owned store has been built and supported the project in other ways.