Do you have a child starting Reception in September 2021?  Please see below or click here to view our poster.

Come to one of our socially distanced open afternoon events to meet Mrs Newland, our Headteacher, and Mrs Scott, our Reception teacher and to have a look around our beautiful school.

We will be opening our doors to you on Thursday 6th October 2020, Monday 12th October, Thursday 5th November and Thursday 19th November. All of these will be identical events running at 4pm for no longer than an hour.

Booking is essential as places will be strictly limited in line with current government guidance around coronavirus.
To book your space please contact Mrs Hyde in the school office using the contact details below.

We look forward to meeting you! 

St. Margaret’s Church of England Primary School,
Church Lane,
01787 237354


A message from St Margarets School:

With pupils returning to the school on the 3rd September the school bus will be using the entrance to the field to drop pupils off and turn around.
Can local residents please ensure the entrance is not blocked so as to cause minimal impact to traffic in the area.
Thank you



Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Gainsford End Road, Toppesfield

Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure of Gainsford End Road, due to commence on 15th September 2020 for 15 hours. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while BT undertakes periodic pole test examination.


Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Finchingfield Road, Stambourne 

Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure of Finchingfield Road, due to commence on 2nd September 2020 for 1 day. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while BT undertakes pole test examination works.



Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Stambourne Road, Toppesfield 

Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure of Stambourne Road, due to commence on 25th August 2020 for 3 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council undertakes carriageway patching.



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Our friendly team is here to help you. You can contact us in a number of ways:-  

Telephone: 0344 499 4719      Website:   Help to Claim: 0800144 84444

We’re Citizens Advice and we’re here for everyone


The next meeting of Toppesfield Parish Council will be held on Thursday 2nd July 2020 at 7.30pm via Zoom.

If you would like to join in the Open Session or have a question please email the clerk by midday on 1st July 2020.


   Please click here to see our latest press release detailing how people can help support us.

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Media Release: Braintree District residents encouraged to stay at home, grow your own

Date: Tuesday 16th June 2020

To support the health and wellbeing of residents in the Braintree District, a new community project, funded under the livewell campaign, has been launched to encourage people to ‘Stay at Home, Grow Your Own’.

Braintree District Council, in partnership with Abberton Rural Training, are giving away 100 free planting starter kits containing everything needed to start growing small food items at home.

Key workers in the Braintree district, individuals or families with financial difficulty and/or individuals suffering with their mental health and those that are socially isolated or lonely can order a free starter pack by visiting

Councillor Peter Tatterseley, Braintree District Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: I’m really pleased to be launching this initiative in the Braintree district. Gardening is good for our physical health and mental wellbeing and encourages healthy lifestyle behaviours, such as healthy cooking. This is something everyone can get involved with, whether this be in their garden, balcony or windowsill.”

Cllr Frankie Ricci, Cabinet Member at Braintree District Council for Communities, Culture and Tourism said: “Thank you to all the groups who worked together to get this project off the ground. This project is a great way to allow communities who feel socially isolated to get together within an online gardening community with likeminded people to support each other with growing their own food.“

This is the fifth Stay At Home, Grow Your Own project to be launched in Essex in partnership with Abberton Rural Training, an educational charity providing practical training with a focus on rural skills including countryside and environment, horticulture, woodlands and land management.

Jacqui Stone, CEO of ART said: “We are delighted to be leading this project with Braintree District Council, following on from our success in other Essex Districts. Residents can start preparing for their packs to arrive by watching Abberton Rural Training YouTube channel for tips and advice. There are also free resources available for those that want to start growing their own without the packs, using seeds from food waste such as tomatoes and peppers, and using food packaging to propagate the seeds. To get involved visit the easy to follow online tutorials on ART’s YouTube channel and its website to access information and activity sheets.

If you are growing your own, you can join Abberton Rural Training online community www.Facebook/abbertonruraltraining to help spread the word about how much better you are feeling for getting involved in growing your own.”

The starter packs will be delivered over the next few weeks by volunteers from the Witham Hub and Community 360.

The Volunteer Lead at Witham Hub said: “‘The Witham Hub were absolutely thrilled to be approached directly by Abberton Rural Training who are running the project, to be a delivery partner. We have liaised with the Witham Town Football Club who are currently closed due to Covid-19 restriction so we have a safe environment to coordinate the project and distribute the packs from, this also ensures we have a safe environment for our Volunteers who will be delivering the packs to vulnerable people in Witham and surrounding areas of Silver end, Rivenhall, Hatfield Peverel, Cressing, Kelvedon and everything in between completely free of charge.  This is such an amazing project are we are absolutely delighted to be part it’ 

The Volunteer Lead at Community360 said:  “This is a great example of how we can support our communities, particularly at this difficult time. What we hope is that people of all ages will get involved growing things at home and have fun while they do it.  It will give communities the opportunity to grow food which is cheap and healthy and we are delighted to be part of this wonderful project.”

Don’t forget to tag in @BraintreeDC and @livewellLocal on Twitter and Facebook and @BraintreeDC and @livewellcampaign on Instagram, using #StayAtHomeGrowYourOwn and #livewellessex to encourage others to grow their own too!



Cllr Peter Tattersley, Braintree District Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, in his back garden, busy growing his own fruits, vegetables and herbs.


Jacqui Stone, CEO ART with a sample GYO pack.



The next meeting of Toppesfield Parish Council will be held on Thursday 14th May 2020 at 7.30pm via Zoom.

If you would like to join in the Open Session or have a question please email the clerk by midday on 14th May 2020.


The following is for anyone who finds themselves having to perform CRP/Defibrillation in an out of hospital setting during the current climate. This information has been supplied by AJS First Aid Training services

The following guide lines should also be used:- 

  • Wear Gloves 
  • As shown a towel or similar to place over nose mouth ! 
  • When we carry out chest compressions air is released through the nose and mouth in droplet form, thus possible spread of infection, in this case Covid -19 
  • Remember we are trained as first aiders 
  • Check Danger, make sure area is safe to proceed
  • Do not check air way or breathing 
  • Shake shoulders in normal manner
  • Ask are you alright ! 
  • No response call 999 inform the service of what is taking place and the patient may have Covid 19 follow instructions.


Foodbank   Please click here to see our latest press release detailing how people can help support us. 



Information from Vitcim Support on Cornavirous: Scammers and Fraudsters - advice for individuals

Information from Vitcim Support on Cornavirous: Scammers and Fraudsters - advice for community groups


Information on Domestic Abuse & Coercive Control


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 Toppesfield Community Shop - Easter Opening Hours


 Good Friday         8.30 -1pm

 Easter Saturday    10.00-12.30pm

 Easter Monday      Closed

 Post Office

Open Wednesday 10.00am -1.00 pm as usual.


Please click here to see a copy of our press release detailing how people can help support us. 

Please click here for centre opening times during this time.




Tuesday, January 21, 2020

New firefighter apprentices make history at London Stansted

Two women are blazing a trail at London Stansted after becoming the first female firefighters to join the ranks of the airport’s fire and rescue service.

Hannah Inggs and Amber Popham, join Finn Edwards and Charlie Fry as the first intake of London Stansted’s newly created firefighter apprentice scheme. The fab four sparked off their careers when they were officially welcomed into the service in early January and will now begin a 22-week training course before joining operational duties from June.

Their training includes eight weeks at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, and 10 weeks on the job training at Stansted. The course concludes with two weeks at the International Fire Training Centre at Teesside Airport, before completing two weeks of assessments back at Stansted.

In addition to the specialist airport firefighter course, the recruits will also be trained as community firefighters and will learn how to handle anything from house fires, floods and road traffic collisions to chemical spillages and community fire safety initiatives.

Hannah Inggs from Chelmsford said:

“I am really proud to have been selected as one of the apprentices at Stansted Airport. It has given me the opportunity to embark on a career I’ve always wanted to do.”

Amber Popham, who lives in Rochford, said:  

“I’m extremely proud to be on the scheme and can’t wait for the experiences and opportunities that it’ll give me in the future.”

Braintree resident Finn Edwards, said:

“The firefighter apprenticeship is perfect for me because I enjoy working practically and did not want to go to university and knew a role in the fire service would give me the opportunity of a good career.”

Charlie Fry, who lives in Romford, said:  

“The chance to develop and study for a career on the job really attracted me to the role. I’ve only been here a short while, but no day is the same in terms of what you’ll be doing which keeps you on your toes, it’s a challenge and I would recommend it to anyone.”

Head of the Airport’s Fire and Rescue Service, Alex Adams, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome our first ever apprentices into the Stansted Airport Fire and Rescue Service. We’re very proud to have them on-board and look forward to watching them grow throughout their careers.

“London Stansted’s new firefighter apprenticeship scheme will allow us to provide a route into the service for young people from a variety of backgrounds to develop as firefighters where they may not have always considered the fire service as a career before.

“The scheme also offers young people the chance to begin their career on a structured and supported programme as an alternative to going to university and is in addition to our proud track record in recruiting apprentices at the airport, particularly within our engineering and customer service teams.”

The new apprentice scheme was introduced following the launch of the government's 'Operational Firefighter Apprenticeship', which sets out the standards for fire apprentices in the UK.  It also builds on Stansted’s extensive range of educational and development opportunities on offer at the airport which includes the Aerozone, Employment and Skills Academy and the pioneering Stansted Airport College.

The airport is already the biggest single employment site in the East of England and home to 12,000 employees. With passenger numbers touching 28 million this year, new airlines like Emirates and Air India arriving and a multi-million-pound transformation project underway, the airport is looking to increase the number of apprentices over the coming years to serve a growing airport.


Essex County Council - Fostering in Essex

In 2020, up to 500 children are expected to come into care and Essex County Council needs new foster carers to help transform children's lives.

Unlike other agencies, essex County Council are a not for profit organisation and therefore our only motivation is the wellbeing of vulnerable children in Essex.

You do not need any specfic qualifications to become a foster carer; just time, patience, a spare room and a commitment to improving children's lives.

If you have any questions or wold like further information please visit our website or give the friendly fostering team a call.

Thank you in advance for your support.

0800 801 530

Yours sincerely 


Fostering Service

Essex County Council







Issued on behalf of Mid and South Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups


The NHS across mid and south Essex is helping local GP practices meet the demand of services to ensure patients get the right care this winter.

One of the clinical roles introduced in GP practices is the Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) to support GPs to spend more time with patients who need them most – especially when demand is higher in the winter months.

The ANP can help people with range of minor health problems and undertake planned, reviews of patients with long term conditions such as diabetes. The aim is to optimise medication to manage problems and keep people as well as they can be and in their own home where possible.

They can also assist with any common minor health problem including things such as sore throat, ear ache, cold and flu, cough, chest infection, thrush, athlete’s foot, wounds, emergency contraception, conjunctivitis, infections, diarrhoea and vomiting, headaches, joint pain, musculoskeletal problems (back, hip and shoulder pain) and minor injuries.

The ANP can also prescribe medication for many conditions and see patients with undiagnosed medical conditions and make treatment decisions, including ordering necessary investigations. They may also refer patients to secondary care as well as undertake appropriate home visits.

Expertise is also available at the local pharmacy. If there are minor health issues that can be treated with an over the counter remedy such as head lice, colds, nappy rash and mild pain, please do see the local pharmacist. Pharmacists are experts in medicine and together with their practical knowledge can give you advice to save you a trip to the surgery.

A vide explaining the roles has also been produced that can be accessed via




Volunteering for Victim Support in Essex – help make a difference to people’s lives in your community

Essex VS is currently seeking volunteers to support victims of crimes such as burglary, hate crime, fraud and harassment. If you are reliable, non-judgemental and have good listening skills, we offer specialist training to provide you with the skills to support those affected by crime, empowering them to overcome the emotional, psychological and practical effects of crime.

Working from home in this varied role, you will be supporting victims over the phone and face to face. We know from speaking to thousands of victims of crime every year that it can be difficult to talk about what’s happened or to ask for help and our volunteers are a real lifeline for people, when they need it most.


Anita has been volunteering for Victim Support for 5 years. “I find my role extremely rewarding because I am helpingpeople who are often overlooked. I particularly enjoy the challenge of finding different ways to help someone, because every case and every situation is unique. My role has allowed me to build up lots of new skills, so that I can get good outcomes for my clients. I feel that volunteering for VS has opened my eyes to what I am capable of.” 

Victim Support is an independent charity. We work across England and Wales to offer free and confidential support to victims of all crimes, whether or not the incident has been reported to the police.

 We are currently recruiting volunteers for our next training programme. If you are interested in becoming a Victim Support volunteer and can offer four or more hours a week, please contact Janet Booth on 01277 357557 or email

More information is also on our website:


Essex Trading Standards has produced a short YouTube video highlighting the issue of doorstep crime. The film, Rogue Traders, takes a slightly different approach to that usually seen to raise awareness of doorstep crime and features some well-known actors. Alongside Lee Mead, Casualty and Holby City actor – and winner of the 2007 BBC talent contest Any Dream Will Do, are well known actors Perry Benson, who has appeared in popular television shows This Is England and Benidorm, and Christine Ozanne, an actress who will be familiar to fans of daytime BBC soap opera Doctors. The film has been officially released via YouTube and Essex County Council’s own social media platforms.  

The video can be accessed via this link