Great Shefford village has a primary school, a public house, churches, a village shop, a petrol station, a garage, a village hall, a social club and a recreation ground. There is even an astronomical observatory in a private garden.
The Swan is a popular pub situated in Great Shefford where the A338 crosses the river and it has a riverside terrace. The Pheasant on Ermin Street, Shefford Woodlands, has a thriving local and passing trade.
Great Shefford Parish has three churches: the Parish church of St. Mary, the chapel of St. Stephen in Shefford Woodlands and the redundant church of St. Thomas in East Shefford. The Parish is part of the benefice of Welford with Wickham and Great Shefford, Boxford and Stockcross and the rectory is in Wickham. Services are held in Great Shefford on the first, second and fifth Sundays of the month and in Shefford Woodlands on the fourth Sunday, with occasional additional services.