The parish comprises two old villages, Teffont Magna and Teffont Evias, straddling the B3089 and two miles south of the A303. The adult population of 250 is very mixed, with a number of people who work from home, a number of retired people and a growing number of young families with children. There are very few weekenders. The Church Electoral Roll comprises 51 people.
The parish maintains two historic churches. The larger is St Michael and All Angels at Teffont Evias, which dates back to the fourteenth century but which was extensively aggrandised in the mid-nineteenth century. The smaller and simpler is St Edward, King of the West Saxons (legally a Chapel of Ease), at Teffont Magna, which was built in the thirteenth century. Both buildings have been relatively recently reroofed and redecorated and are in excellent condition, largely thanks to a local charity, The Teffont Trust, which is supported by standing orders from 60 local families.
The village is well known for being friendly and active for those who want to join in. For instance, as well as interesting events going on at the Village Hall there are also initiatives such as the Nadder Valley Wine Circle and the Garden Club. Many and varied businesses are run from the village, and in particular Howard’s House Hotel has an international reputation, including being a desirable post-wedding venue. See www.teffont.com for more information on the village.
We have recently moved to a new service pattern of two services each month in one or other of the churches: a Family Communion, and a Community Led service which sometimes has clergy input.
There are about 30 regular churchgoers with an average attendance of approximately 10 at each routine service, 20 or so attend Community Led services and there are usually 60 plus for Festivals. There is a Parochial Church Council (PCC) of 11 people which meets four times a year, and there are six Deputy Churchwardens who are each responsible for two months in the year.
As a result of a successful Stewardship Campaign eighteen months ago the PCC is solvent. However we only have just enough regular income to cover the parish Share, and annual fundraising is necessary.