The only village shop in the Octagon is the Compton Village Shop. For treats, you can visit the Stansted Farm Shop or order goods from Sudzfun or Lordington Lavender. You can actually visit the lavender field at the beginning of July. For beautiful flower arrangements that are a little bit different, contact Farmyard Flowers. If you have too many books in your house, or you would like something to read, there is a Second-Hand Bookshop inside Stansted Garden Centre.
There is a Post Office in the Coach and Horses, Compton on Fridays from 12.30 to 2.30 pm. The Octagon is served by a milkman and the No 54 bus. Sadly, the travelling library failed its MOT and is no longer on the road.
The Octagon Parish is made up of eight villages with churches: Stansted, Racton, Stoughton, East Marden, North Marden, Up Marden, Compton and Forestside and two villages without churches: West Marden and Walderton. Blessed with wonderful walks and fine views down to the south coast, its small ancient downland churches are noted for their spiritual peace and tranquillity, some dating back to Saxon times. There are two stately homes in the area: Stansted House and Uppark.