Notice from Candover Valley Store


The Candover Valley Store and Post Office is open and as well stocked as possible in these unprecedented times.  We are delighted to see so many customers shopping locally.

Keeping open and safe

We have two prime objectives over the next (no doubt very challenging) weeks:

  1. We will aim to keep the store and post office open and as well stocked as possible, for as long as possible, to serve our local community.   
  2. We must, at the same time, observe government guidelines – to keep our staff, volunteers and customers as safe as possible and observe good practice.

To achieve these objectives we have introduced a few changes to our opening hours and operating procedures.

Revised opening hours

From Monday 23 March, the opening hours of the store will be as follows:

 Social distancing 

In line with recommended advice and best practice, from Monday 23 March, we are allowing 3 customers in store at any one time.  For the safety of all, customers are respectfully asked to observe the 2m rule and distance themselves carefully. 

The store is following all recommended advice and best practice in this health crisis. Our cleaning and hygiene regime has increased and is robust.  

Takeaway drinks

Hot drinks will be sold in disposable cups only.  

Help for the most vulnerable and those self-isolating  

We are currently considering how best to help our friends and neighbours that may be self-isolating or those more vulnerable customers who do not want to leave home during this time.  Prescriptions may now be collected and signed for by third parties.

We know many of the local villages already have a network of neighbourhood supporters in place to assist the vulnerable and those self-isolating and we plan to work with these to ensure we support our friends and neighbours in the most helpful way.  

If you are able to assist us, by either volunteering in the store or by helping with any shopping and deliveries for your immediate neighbours do contact Jane Laws on 01256 389491. We would warmly welcome anyone who feels able to help in the short term, even in an ad hoc capacity.  However please consider your own circumstances before offering your kind services.  If you have underlying health issues, are in the vulnerable categories, then you must look after yourself and your family first and foremost.

We would like to thank all our staff, volunteers, customers and supporters for their fantastic support as we go forward.  Please bear with us while we develop (and test out) our plans and get to grips with how to handle a rapidly changing situation.  We will keep you regularly updated.


Proposed Easter opening hours 

Good Friday 10 April  Store open 8.30am – 4pm  

                                                Post office closed (bank holiday)

Easter Saturday 11 April  Store open 8.30am – 4pm  

                                       Post office open 9 – 12.30 (normal Saturday hours)

Easter Sunday 12 April Store open 8.30 – 12.30 (normal Sunday hours)

Easter Monday 13 April Store open 8.30 – 4pm.  Post office closed (bank