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

This is where you will find information about forthcoming events which don’t have their own pages on this website.

There are also 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 are 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.

The first version of the Draft Plan –     Aveton Gifford Neighbourhood Plan to 2030 – DRAFT v1   – has now been drawn up, and is to be submitted for informal comment from parishioners and the planning department. There will then be a six week consultation period prior  to completing the final plan for submission. All parishioners are invited to please look at the first draft now, and pass any comments you have on to Sarah Harcus or David Davis Berry, or use the comments box at the bottom of each page on this website.


Aveton Gifford Film Fest 2017 – The annual film fest was held again in May in the hall to a packed house.  The winners of this year’s competition were Wat Kirby and Kate Kreke.                                                                                    Thanks to Surf Hams Film Collective for another excellent evening of local talent, and some of the the entries from both this and last year’s shows can be downloaded here;       https://vimeo.com/surfhamsfc/videos


Aveton Gifford Classic Car Show 2017 – this year’s show was the 10th, and the final year for originator and organiser of the show since the beginning, Tony Porter; 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.

Photographs from 2017, and an archive from previous years can be found (with thanks to Mark Grimshaw who has taken all the photos from the start, and given permission to show them here) :-  http://www.avetongiffordclassiccarshow.co.uk

A heartfelt plea for future years…….

Tony has done an amazing job in setting this show up and attracting a regular loyal number of exhibitors who have come year after year to show us their beautiful cars, bikes, and some tractors and commercial vehicles too. He and his committee and many volunteers during the day have helped to raise a huge amount of money for local causes. Tony has always stipulated that it should be raised for children and young people’s benefit within the parish, and foremost amongst these has been the Hive. Recently also the tennis club and the community pool have received funds too.

After 10 years Tony has felt that it’s time to retire, but he and his committee are keen to enlist people who would be prepared to take over the reins for next year, as at present there is no one to carry on after this year’s show. The show has always been a major fundraiser for parish causes. If anyone is interested, the committee suggests that they come along to join in with this year’s arrangements so that they know how it all works. If you would like to know more please contact Tony Porter or Tim Abrahall.


Bantham Swoosh 2017

The Swoosh this year was held on Saturday 24th June, with 2 swims  – Dawn (setting off at 6.30 am) and Dusk (6.30 pm). It was a great success for us, the swims went well with little disruption to the village at this end of the swim, and the Outdoor Swimming Society kindly provided free tickets for 6 people if they would be prepared to raise funds for the community. As a result, and with very grateful thanks to those six swimmers, the community pool was able to benefit from ££2,500. You can read more about it on our community pool page,

Swoosh 2018

Next year’s Swoosh will be held on two successive days – Saturday 14th, and Sunday 15th July. Both of the swims will take place on the morning tide, setting off from Timbers at about 6.30 again. This should minimise difficulties on the roads to Bantham at this time in the morning, and will not interfere with our own arrangements for the Church Fete which will also be held on the 14th. Further details will be available nearer the time.



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 which still works!
  • 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 Cllr Rufus Gilbert  (con. Salcombe 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 – Kings Cinema (part of the Merlin Cinemas group)– 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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