Welcome to Aveton Gifford's Community Website

The parish of Aveton Gifford lies in the South Hams area of South Devon, with the population spread between the village and outlying hamlets and farms. The village is situated about 3 miles inland from the coast at the head of the tidal Avon estuary, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (South Devon AONB).

The parish has a pleasing combination of the old and the new. The manor of Avetone was mentioned in the Domesday Book and there are many indications of its ancient and historical past. In the village a 15th century bridge crosses the Avon, and the 13th century St Andrew’s church, which was badly damaged during WW2, has been extensively rebuilt. The churchyard at St Andrew’s is of interest to family historians, and a list of burials can be found inside the church. Further aspects of the history and heritage of our parish can be found on our parish project website

The village today is the heart of a vibrant community, and has the benefit of a thriving primary school, a pre-school and toddler group at The Hive, a community shop and post office, and a pub The Fisherman’s Rest. There are community allotments, a village hall, the village green with a playing field and children’s play areas, and a tennis court, and South Efford Marsh is a managed wildlife reserve on the banks of the river. In 2015 the parish council took over the swimming pool at the school on a long lease, and this is now run as a community pool.

There are a number of clubs and groups for all ages and interests including cricket and tennis, table tennis sessions for all ages, amateur dramatics, allotment holders, local history, the WI, and for older residents, the Monday Club. Football and tennis coaching sessions have proved popular.

Entertainments and events in the village include the annual bonfire and fireworks display in November, a very popular annual classic car show on August Bank Holiday Monday, a social evening of carols and entertainment in December to celebrate the switching on of the Christmas tree lights, and the Church fete is held each July. There are also pantomimes and revues, murder mystery evenings, and musical entertainments of all varieties and for all ages. The Fisherman’s Rest hosts popular monthly jazz evenings with a wide range of both local and visiting musicians, and regular quiz evenings. The village hall hosts community events including the annual Harvest Supper, a flower and produce show, various classes including zumba, yoga, visiting entertainers and speakers, and film shows using the newly installed multimedia equipment. In recent years a local group, the South Hams Film Collective, has organised an amateur film maker’s competition, and then hosted an evening – the annual AG Fim Fest –  in the hall to pick the winners.

The area is popular for walkers enjoying the 14 miles of parish footpaths through unspoilt countryside and the tidal estuary, and also attracts bird watchers, photographers and artists. Kayakers and SUP enthusiasts enjoy the river, and limited moorings are available by arrangement and annual licence. The nearest beaches at Bantham and Bigbury are at the mouth of the river, both well known for surfing and water sports.

There are two community magazines. The mAGpie is a bi-monthly magazine, delivered to all households in the parish by a team of volunteers, and containing information and articles contributed by a wide range of residents. The Magnet is the church magazine, brought out monthly and containing illustrated articles on a broad variety of topics. Aveton Gifford has a weekly contribution to the Kingsbridge Gazette’s Village Voice written by Rosie Warrilow. There are several notice boards around the village; those at Icy Park, by the shop and at Bridge End always publish copies of the parish council’s minutes, and the large board in Timbers car park contains maps and information for both local residents and visitors to the area.

Parish Noticeboard

There are usually ongoing projects in the parish, and sometimes larger items of news which remain of current interest for longer than our latest news postings listed on the right hand side panel of this page. To read about these in more detail please follow the links here;

Aveton Gifford Neighbourhood Plan 

The parish council has been advised to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan in order for the parish to have a say in how it views future development here. A Neighbourhood Plan Working Group of residents has now been set up, and all sections of the community here will be asked for their thoughts and wishes for our own parish in the years to come – it is essential that the plan that is drawn up gets your input and reflects your opinions . You can follow the progress on our new Neighbourhood Plan web pages on this site, and add your own comments and feedback for the various surveys as the process goes ahead.

Following the Housing Survey various sites have been suggested for possible development. Once these have been assessed by an independent assessor the next public consultation will put the suitable sites forward to parishioners –  we will need your responses to these please, your input here will be vital for the whole Plan.


Reducing heavy traffic through the village

The following article was published in October, but your observations could still help to reduce the quantity of heavy or wide vehicles using Fore Street as a short cut;     Diverting heavy traffic – can you help?


Aveton Gifford Film Fest 2016 – The annual film fest was held again in May in the hall to a packed house. There were 15 entries this year, and after a vote to pick the winners we can announce that the top 3 films chosen by democratic vote were;
3rd – “Le Chief” by Greg Booth
2nd – “Zombie Dog” by Dave Hasell
and the winning film was – “The Boy Without a Face” by Jim Neal (and family)                                                                       some of the the entries from both this and last year’s shows can be downloaded here;       https://vimeo.com/surfhamsfc/videos

Surf Hams Film Collective will be putting on the Film Fest 2017 again this year.  It has been so popular in past years,  so put the date in your diary to get a ticket in time – Saturday, May 27 at 7:30pm .

Entries now being taken for 5 minute films suitable for all ages. See their Facebook page ;  www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=surf%20hams%20film%20collective      (Deadline for entries 1st May.)

and     https://www.facebook.com/surfhamsfc/videos/1872567049657699


Aveton Gifford Classic Car Show 2016 – this year’s show was the 9th; it has become a popular annual event, held each year on August Bank Holiday Monday, attracting car enthusiasts and visitors alike from far and wide. The 10th Show will be held on Bank Holiday Monday 2017.

Photographs from 2016, and an archive of photos from previous years can be found here; http://www.avetongiffordclassiccarshow.co.uk



Some facts and figures

Village Amenities

  • There is a public toilet to the side of the village hall, open 24 hours a day.
  • There is a recently renovated public phone box in Fore Street.
  • Bottle, paper and textile recycling banks are in the two car parks by Timbers roundabout.
  • There are free car parks by Timbers roundabout, and by the village hall and shop.
  • The Stagecoach route no 3 bus runs through the village – more info on transport page.



  • The Member of Parliament is Gary Streeter (con, South West Devon constituency)
  • The Devon County Council representative is Richard Hosking  (con. Yealmpton division)
  • The South Hams District Council representative is Cllr Ian Bramble (con. Aveton Gifford and Loddiswell ward – a new ward created by the boundary changes of 2015. )
  • The Aveton Gifford parish council has a complement of 9 councillors and a parish clerk.


Further Afield

  • Aveton Gifford Primary School is in the catchment of Kingsbridge Community College.
  • The village is served by Health Centres in Kingsbridge and Modbury.
  • The nearest library is in Kingsbridge, and a mobile library visits once a week.
  • The nearest cinema – The Reel – is also in Kingsbridge.
  • The nearest golf courses are at Bigbury and Thurlestone.
  • The nearest Tourist Information Centres for b&bs, accommodation and holiday information are at Kingsbridge and Modbury
  • The local newspaper is the Kingsbridge Gazette, and the regional paper is the Western Morning News
  • The nearest mainline stations are Totnes & Plymouth – more info on transport page
  • Kingsbridge Food Bank, based at Age Concern in Kingsbridge, also covers Aveton Gifford. (Donations can be taken to St Andrews church.)


  • Population: 833

  • Residential Households: 364

  • Holiday Homes: 30-40

(figures from 2012 electoral roll and 2011 census)


Distances to Local Towns/Cities

  • Kingsbridge: 4 miles

  • Modbury: 4 miles

  • Totnes: 15 miles

  • Plymouth: 18 miles

  • Exeter: 38 miles


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