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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, 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.
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;
Arrangements for the Bantham Swoosh, Saturday 2nd July.
Earlier this spring the parish council was given the date for another Bantham Swoosh. The date had already been set by the Outdoor Swimming Society and many of the other arrangements had also been set in place without any prior discussion with either the parish or district council. The OSS also intends to make this an annual event. It will have a huge impact on the area around the start of the event even though it is for a short period of time, so it has been necessary to have discussions with the organisers to try to alleviate this, and to make this event run as smoothly as possible at this end of the swim. More information about the event and arrangements can be seen here.
Shop fundraising events;
Two main fund-raising projects for our community shop are the dog show and the village calendar; both of these raise a significant amount of money to help us maintain our shop, and also to buy new badly needed equipment. A new till equipped with some form of suitable software is the next thing that is on the “need” list, but there are always ongoing maintenance jobs to be paid for as well. The AG Fun Dog Show took place on the 19th of July, but entries are still open for the calendar photo competition – please do consider joining in – your support will be much appreciated!
The Neighbourhood Plan
The 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 with the link above. The first public consultation was held on February 20th, and for those who couldn’t attend, or have thought of more suggestions since, you can add them here; further suggestions still welcome.
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
Residential Households: 364
Holiday Homes: 30-40
Kingsbridge: 4 miles
Modbury: 4 miles
Totnes: 15 miles
Plymouth: 18 miles
Exeter: 38 miles