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High Street Heroes In... Kelvedon and Feering

PUBLISHED: 18:05 12 May 2015 | UPDATED: 18:05 12 May 2015

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Both Kelvedon and Feering are charming in their own right, but together these two villages are a perfect blend. Jennifer Savin discovers more

When it comes to these charming Essex villages, it’s certainly a case of loving thy neighbour — as not only are Kelvedon and Feering connected geographically, but they also share a strong sense of communal spirit.

Sharing the River Blackwater, these adjacent rural hotspots lend themselves to one another for church events, transport links and local business meet-ups as part of The Kelvedon and Feering Business Network Group. Louise Green, of Kelvedon Massage, speaks highly of the joint initiative.

‘Our hope is to have all trades represented, so that local people don’t have to go outside the neighbouring areas to have all their needs met,’ says Louise. ‘There are so many amazing suppliers in the local community that many people are not aware of — we aim to change that.’

Local landmarks include several ancient churches — the All Saints Church in Feering is a Grade I listed building with the English Heritage — and a host of bustling businesses ranging from pubs to dressmakers, and the more unusual Mrs Button’s chocolate manufacturers in Kelvedon.

Peter Studd, parish clerk of Kelvedon Parish Council, adds: ‘Kelvedon is an excellent place to live with great links to the capital city. I came here from London over two decades ago, with no intention of living here forever, but I can’t see myself going anywhere else now! I suspect that’s the case with many others, too.’

Both villages are equally delightful in their own way, with the High Street acting as an integral part of life for members of each community. During the Victorian era, this same strip of road was the primary place of residency for the people of Kelvedon. Nowadays, these friendly villages have grown in size but still offer a gentle nod to days gone by, with traditional buildings and a love of unique, small businesses.

In June’s Essex Life meets some of the people you might meet on a visit to Kelvedon and Feering... ➤

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