The Candover Valley Store is owned and run by the community. It opened in June 2019 and offers a place to shop, meet and eat as well as a post office.

Our store manager Garry and assistant store manager Emma are supported by our crucial band of willing volunteers and offer you a very warm welcome.

Meet the team
Garry Green - Store Manager
Garry Green, Store Manager

The store is managed by Garry Green, who brings with him a wealth of retail experience having worked for Budgens, the Co-op and most recently Moto Hospitality.

When not in the store, Garry loves to relax by reading and playing with his granddaughter. He also loves  maths puzzles so expect your change to be correct.

Garry enjoys holidays abroad when he gets the opportunity, with the Canaries being a particular favourite.

Emma Simpson - Assistant Store Manager
Emma Simpson, Assistant Store Manager

Garry is ably assisted by Emma Simpson who also has considerable retail experience. Emma is a local resident and you may recognise her from her time working at the Wyevale garden centre in Dummer.

Having lived in Australia and travelled Asia, Emma loves visiting new countries or just loading up the car for a family camping weekend.

Emma also has a diploma in animal care and has volunteered in the past for a local wildlife rescue centre. After the recent demise of her large bearded dragon, she now has a pussy cat and tank full of colourful fish.

Our volunteers

Our volunteers range in age from 16 to 80+ and are the lifeblood of the store. We couldn’t manage without them and they willingly give up their time to help make the store a success. While you will see many of them helping out in the store, there is a small army beavering away in the wings to keep things running smoothly.

If you have a couple of hours to spare and would like to volunteer please visit our volunteer page.

The management committee

The management committee is chaired by Jane Laws and the members are Jane Ballard, Carolyn Dawnay, Alison Ellett, Lucy Muncey, Jocelyn Rogerson, Hugo Webb and Chris Smith.

The business plan

Like all proper businesses, we have a business plan setting out the basis on which the decision to launch the project was made and our current plans for the future.

The society

Candover Valley Community Store Ltd trading as Candover Valley Store is a community benefit society registered in England number 32413R.

VAT registration number: 292209305

Registered address: Alresford Road, Preston Candover, Hants, RG25 2EE