There is a strong social network through the Forestside community, and a village hall which hosts monthly events organised by the Forestside and Stansted Social Club. These are open to all living in the Octagon area and are well supported especially the harvest Suppers and St George's Day celebrations etc. The Social Club also produces a quarterly newsletter which is distributed to all houses in the village and to others in the area who have requested a copy.
The church was built in 1852 by Charles Dixon , A wealthy Victorian philanthropise and owner of nearby Stansted House. The East window has an unusual Jesse Tree design, and the interior furnishings have changed little since Victorian times.

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