Toppesfield Community Village
Toppesfield is a unique village where the community owns the pub, village shop/post office and microbrewery. It is a 10-minute drive from the picturesque villages of Finchingfield and Castle Hedingham, 20 minutes from Saffron Walden and Sudbury and 50 minutes from Cambridge.
With a population of just 500, it has won Essex Village of the Year competition. The judges were “really impressed” by the “huge amount” of community facilities and locally-managed events in such a small village. They said the general feeling in Toppesfield was one of “inclusiveness and altruism. It is a vibrant and remarkably enterprising community with a real flair for finding solutions to local issues”.
Success stories for Toppesfield include:
- Purchase of the Green Man Pub by the Community to prevent it being closed
- Conversion of one of the Pub barns into a Community Micro Brewery. The Brewery is led by a qualified brewer with assistance from community volunteers and now supplies the Green Man and other local pubs with Toppesfield brewed beer
- A Village Shop and Post Office was built with Community raised funds; it is run by volunteers with all profits being donated back into the Community to support the allotments, playing fields, Annual Village Show and the Village Hall
The Toppesfield community spirit extends to helping out with our grape harvest in late September / early October; 50+ volunteers from the village combine with other friends and family to harvest our grapes in return for home made cakes mid morning, followed by a delicious harvest lunch and a few glasses of Bacchus or Pinot Rosé once the picking is done.