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About Toppesfield Community Pub Limited (TCP)

The parish of Toppesfield and Gainsford End is a relatively isolated rural community in north Essex.  There has been a pub on the site of the Green Man for hundreds of years and for many years the village of Toppesfield supported two pubs up until 1990 when The Chestnuts closed and was sold as a private dwelling.

The story of pubs closing and being turned into private dwellings is a familiar news story that has been replayed in the surrounding area with approximately 15 pubs closing within a 5 mile radius of Toppesfield over the last 20 years.

Local people had seen the impact that the closure of a village pub had on a community – leaving people without a central hub and meeting place, resulting in loss of community cohesion and increased rural isolation – and concerns from the community over the future and condition of their pub were acknowledged in the Village Plan published in 2011.

In 2012 when the then owners of the Green Man, Admiral Taverns, put the pub on the market, describing the site as having development potential, a steering group made up of local people came together with the purpose of securing the future of the pub as a community asset and Toppesfield Community Pub Limited (TCP) was established.

TCP were able to purchase the pub by raising a total of £289,000 with the support of 156 shareholders, a mortgage and two small grants from institutions with close links to the village and in December 2012 TCP were able to secure the future of the pub ensuring that it remained a focal point of village life. In doing so Toppesfield became the 14th community in the country to achieve ownership of its pub

TCP was established as an Industrial & Provident Society (now known as a Community Benefit Society) and was registered at the FSA (now the FCA) in July 2012. On a day to day basis TCP is managed by a committee made up of local shareholders and operates in line with rules based on the Plunkett Foundation model.

Since its acquisition by TCP, the Green Man has continued to be a cornerstone of village life and TCP is continually striving to raise money for refurbishment projects. One such success was the restoration of the adjoining barn, which now houses another community-owned business, The Pumphouse Brewery.

A new chapter has begun with the arrival of David and Paul Wignall as the new tenants, both of whom are committed to keeping the traditional nature of the pub alive while widening the food offer and increasing the pub’s appeal.

As a community owned and funded business TCP is always looking for new shareholders so if you are interested in purchasing shares to support the pub please email us and we will send you an application form:toppesfieldcommunitypublimited@gmail.com



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