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.

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, a playing field with children’s play areas and a tennis court, and South Efford Marsh is a managed wildlife reserve on the banks of the river.

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, and during the summer holidays the primary school pool is open and available for community use.

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, monthly visits from Irish folk band The Raggle Taggle Band, and regular quiz evenings. The village hall hosts many community events including the annual Harvest Supper, a flower and produce show, various classes including zumba, visiting entertainers and speakers, and film shows using the newly installed multimedia equipment.

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.

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 all in the inner car park by Timbers roundabout.
  • There are free car parks by Timbers roundabout, and by the village hall and shop.
  • The 93 bus runs through the village – more info on transport page.

 

Council

  • The Member of Parliament is Gary Streeter (con, South West Devon constituency)
  • The Devon County Council representative is Cllr William Mumford (con. Yealmpton division)
  • The South Hams District Council representative is Cllr Bryan Carson (con. Charterlands ward)
  • 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.

Population

  • 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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