St Teath Parish Church - click to enlarge

St Teath Parish Church

Church Wardens:
Yvonne Tew 01208 850497
Jean Nicholls 01840 212201

PCC Secretary: Liz Miskin 01208 851022
Treasurer: Gerald Blewett 01208 850214
Assistant Treasurer: Eileen Treby 01208 369684

Parish Church facts

Dedicated to St Tetha, who is believed to have been of Welsh descent
Dates from C14 - C15, wood dating summary here.
Probably Celtic site
Evidence of Norman Church
Tower contains six bells, one recently repaired
Before 1812, vicarage 1 mile away where the present font was found
Newer vicarage now private residence
Major restoration late C19
Major roof repair 2007

St Teath Church is one of the five churches in the Camel-Allen Cluster.

Services in November

Sat 1st 7 pm All Souls' Service
Sun 3rd 11.00 am Choral Communion
Sun 10th 10.45 am Remembrance Sunday
Sun 17th 11.00 am Choral Communion
Sun 24th 11.00 am Morning Prayer

Services in December

Sun 1st 11.00 am Choral Communion
Sun 8th 11.00 am Morning Prayer
Sun 8th 5.00 pm Christingle Service
Sun 15th 11.00 am Choral Communion
Sun 15th 4.00 pm Nine Lessons
and Carols in the Chapel
Sun 22nd 11.00 am Morning Prayer
Christmas Eve 5.00 pm Crib Service
Christmas Eve 11.30 pm Midnight Mass
Christmas Day 10.30 am Christmas Celebration

Christmas Fayre and Christingle Service

New Priest in Charge of the Camel-Allen Cluster

1 September 2013

St Teath Parish Church was full for the licensing and installation of the Revd. Peter Dixon as Priest in Charge of the Camel-Allen Cluster at a service led by the Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton.


The Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton,
with Revd. Peter Dixon
The Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton,
with Revd. Peter Dixon
With representatives from the cluster churches

Christingle Service in aid of the Childrens' Society

9 December 2012

Around 65 people gathered at the Church of St Tetha on Sunday, 9th December for the Christingle service led by Sue Wilcox and Claire Salzmann.

During the service christingles were given out to the congregation in exchange for donations. The lights dimmed with 65 Christingles glowing spectacularly while everyone sang 'Away in a Manger'.

Jay Banks, Peggy Crosley and Anne Perisic with their christingles

St. Teath Church Choir News

4 July 2012

Firstly, the Choir would like to say a big thank you too all those who supported their joint concert with the 'Mini Minstrels' during the Arts Festival 2012. The turn out was tremendous and we were able to add our contribution to the overall funds raised by the event. We are hoping to bring them back next year along with the 'Minstrel Singers' adult choir.

Our next outing will be at the 'Cream Tea' organised in aid of the W.I. / Church Funds at Yvonne Tew's on Sunday 22nd. July. Joining us to entertain will be soprano Cassie Bosdet, who has proved very popular in the village with her appearances at Blitz Night, the Arts Festival concert and the Village Show. This will be one of Cassie's last appearances in the village for a while as she is off to University at the end of the summer.

There will be no Christmas Show by the choir this year. Instead, we will be gathering after the Village Lights Ceremony in the rear of the White Hart ( undercover .. so Alan doesn't get electrocuted ) to lead the village in a good old Christmas sing-song.

Another date for your diary. It is our turn to host the Village Carol Service this year which falls on Sunday 16th. December at St. Tetha at 4pm. This year will be a traditional service of 9 Lessons and Carols, led by representatives of various Village Organisations.

Alan - Choir Master

   The church was the venue for the St Teath Arts Festival, 25 - 27th May, 2012.
   You can find out more about it here.

Presentation of the Cross of St Piran to Peggy Crosley

3 March 2012

Peggy Crosley with the Rev Jem Thorold, who presented the cross in recognition of Peggy's many years of service to church and community. Inset, top right: The Cross
Photos: Jenny Stirton Smith

St. Teath Church Choir News

5 January 2012

Wishing all our friends a Happy 2012
Rehearsals for our May Concert commence on Jan 12th at 8.00 pm

4 December 2011

Alan Dawe

Just a reminder to everyone that this year it is the turn of the Methodist Church to host the annual Village Carol Service ... so the Choir will be 'de-camping' to the Chapel on Sunday 18th. December at 4p.m. with Alan taking over the organ for the event.

This is the "VILLAGE" Carol Service, so it's YOUR opportunity to raise your voices along with the Choir with all your favourite Carols.


Alan Dawe - Choir Master

5 November 2011

Following their successful Harvest Concert in aid of Shelter Box, the Choir is delighted to have been asked to sing at this year's 'turning on' of the Christmas Lights on December 1st.

There will be more Christmas Music in the village to follow as Alan, the Choir Master, will be on hand to play Christmas Favourites at the 'Xmas Fayre' on Dec. 3rd. and also at the Village Lunch Dec. 7th.

This year's Village Carol Service will be held at the Methodist Chapel at 4pm on Sunday Dec. 18th. and the Choir will be on hand to lead the village in singing all the old favourites.

Next year's 'secular' concert will be in May, as part of the St. Teath Arts Festival. Rehearsals will start in January, so if you fancy lending your voice to the growing throng, contact a member of the choir, or pop along on a Thursday night to the Parish Church.

Till next time a very early Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all the Choir !!

Alan Dawe - Choir Master

28 August 2011

The Choir were very pleased to try out part of their new programme at the Community Bus Cream Tea Event last month and following a very successful performance during the Flower Festival for the visit of the Bishop of Truro are now back into rehearsal for their next event, which will be a Harvest Festival Concert with Supper on Saturday 8th. October.

This would seem a good opportunity to remind people that although primarily the Choir of the Parish Church, we welcome singers who would just like to join us for our secular concerts.

Choir rehearsals take place on a Thursday evening at the church from 7.00 pm for our spiritual music and from 7.45 pm till 9.00 for the "not so serious" stuff.

For more information contact:
Alan Dawe - Choir Master - 01840 213793
Dave Ray - Choir Marshal - 0184- 212879
Su Coster - Publicity - 01208 880332

Or - just come along on a Thursday evening !!


Bishop Tim Thornton's Pastoral Visit

15 July: L>R Barry Burton, Rev Deryn Roberts, Rev Jem Thorold and Bishop Tim trying his hand at the beer pump at The White Hart. Photo: David Crosley

Parish Church Bellringers


Thanks to David Crosley for this link

New Chairs for The Church

26 January 2011

As the result of a legacy for the church fabric all the old hard wooden chairs have been replaced by 84 much more comfortable chairs. See the difference below.

The new and the old
In place

Flower Festival advance meetings 2011

Tuesday, 12th April, 7 pm in the Church - to choose the theme

Tuesday, 24th May, 7 pm in the Church - to allocate places

Wednesday, 22nd June, 10 am - 12 noon, in the Church Hall - Coffee morning

Churchyard Path Relaid

10 January 2011

The path across the churchyard from the lychgate has been relaid. Previously, grass tended to encroach on the gravel path, but this should be less of a problem with small granite sets forming the border of the path. It certainly looks a lot tidier.

Recent Events

Licensing of Revd. Deryn Roberts

Church Choir Messy Church
Flower Festival 2007 Flower Festival 2008 Flower Festival 2009
Flower Festival 2010Farewell to Rev Jem ThoroldFlower Festival 2011


View panorama from Church tower The Churchyard The New Cemetery

Christingle Service

12 December 2010

Children with their christingles following a service to support the Children's Society charity
at St Teath Church. Photo: Adrian Jasper

A Brief Guide to the Church of St Tetha

A new booklet on the history of the church is now available which expands on the account of 80 years ago by Rev W J C Armstrong. See here.

Memorial stones in the New Cemetery are surveyed here.

Old monument inscriptions in the Church and Churchyard (pdf).

St Teath Church Choir

2010 - Evening of Festive Fun and Frolics
Saturday 18th December, 7.30 pm


Annual Christmas Concert
Wednesday 23 December at 7.30 pm
Seasonal Refreshments
Admission Free : Retiring collection for choir funds


2008 has proved to be another year of hard work and fun for us. As well as leading the hymn singing on Sunday mornings and performing a variety of anthems on special church occasions, we have sung at weddings, funerals and memorial services throughout the year.

In April, we sang in Truro Cathedral to aid our choirmaster and musical director, Dave Phippen, demonstrate the use of the computer to provide music in church. In July, we sang at the St Teath Flower Festival concert alongside the Wadebridge Male Voice Choir.

The crowning achievement of the year was supporting Johnny Cowling at his two Elvis Gospel concerts in Truro Cathedral, singing to over 850 people each night! We received much acclaim for our performance of five spirituals, and some found it hard to believe that we were "just a small church choir!"

As always, Christmas will be a very busy time for the choir, the highlight being our annual Christmas Concert, which will be on Saturday 20th December at 7.30 in St Teath Church, featuring seasonal music and audience participation. Entry is free and festive refreshments will be available after the concert. We hope that as many people as possible will join us to celebrate the joys of Christmas.

This year we have been pleased to welcome five new members, Megan, Gina, Denise, Dave and John, and we look forward to going from strength to strength next year.

Su Coster

Panorama from the church tower

Click on image and move your mouse pointer across it

Thanks: Photos: Martin Keat, Captain of Tower: Paul Burden, Rev. Jim Benton-Evans. You must have Adobe Flash © player installed on your computer to view this.  5 May 2007


Sundial over porch

Sundial inscription

Joseph Fayrer MA Vicar
Church Wardens
John Bant Lower Suffenton
Giles Hawken Dannon Chapel
John Rundle Trevilley
John Martyn Helland

The gnomon (pointer) is offset to the left presumably because the mounting slate is not exactly on an East-West axis

The Church Hall

The hall was built in the early 1920s, following a plan drawn up by Oswald Swete dated 28 August 1922. The plans are held at the County Records Office, listed as document CC/FBP/85. Swete also designed the clock tower/war memorial at the centre of the village.

The plans showed a hall the same size as the present one, but with two quite ornate towers on the roof and tall chimneys on the NW side of the building for two open fireplaces on the inside. The chimneys have now been removed and the fireplaces blocked up. The building was extensively renovated in 2004, especially in the kitchen area and a fixed raised stage was removed. A stage area is now provided for by heavy movable tables. Modern stage lighting was also installed at this time.