Aveton Gifford Village Shop Founded by the community

As a village shop and Post Office we aim to supply all the needs of the community on a day-to-day basis.

Aveton Gifford Village Shop Association was formed when the last surviving shop in the village closed in 2003. Fundraising for the new community shop began and villagers bought shares priced at £5 each. The new shop premises, a purpose built timber-framed building that opened for business on the 1st August 2009, is a result of the hard work of committee members at the time, the shop staff, the villagers’ support for the scheme, and the current committee.

Aveton Gifford is a community owned shop. For the last 5 years it has been run by Dinah Ashton and supported by Miriam and many other members of staff and volunteers. Over this time Dinah steadily increased the range of produce and upped the footfall, so that now we have a thriving shop in our village, with a busy Post Office counter.

Dinah recently retired, and the shop has been taken over by the Shop Committee; it is now being run by Miriam, with the support of Jackie and Jill, and the help of committee members and volunteers. A new owner for the shop is being sought at present – if you are interested in finding out more of what would be involved, or would like to make an application, please contact Jenny Reynolds or Zoe Woodham (contact phone numbers below)


Please note – with the change of ownership and staff in the shop at present the hours have changed a little; the new opening hours are in the box to the right; 

The Post Office offers all its usual services, plus cash-back, paying-in facilities, buying Euros and phone-card top-ups. At present, with apologies, but because of the change of staff since Dinah’s retirement, the Post Office counter is only open on Monday through to Thursday, and closed each of those days from 1.00 until 2.00, however electricity key top ups will be available every day.

The shop sells locally produced products where possible and continually adds more. As well as the basics – milk, bread, eggs, meat and vegetables – we have a good selection of other local food and treats as well (see the list below). The shop also supplies household goods, stationery, newspapers and much more. For eco-friendly shoppers, we have the Ecover range.

We also sell maps including local walking maps and footpath guides, and local publications including “A Countryman’s Glimpse of the Twentieth Century”, “The Bombing of Aveton Gifford”, and “Aveton Gifford, A Heritage”.

Several other books by local authors are also on sale here; “Grimoire, a Wayward Tale”, by TA Newman; “Paw Prints and Teeth – The Adventures of Charlie and Lottie” by Zoe Woodham and Jack Kirby;  “Epitaph to Nickle Eck – Childhood Mischief in Wartime” by the late Eric Yates; and “The Great White Palace”, followed by “Whatever Next” , the second book of  Tony Porter’s memoirs.

A community Book Swap is also available at the shop. A large number of good books have been donated, and this has become increasingly popular, now requiring it’s own big bookcase by the door.

You can order your newspapers and magazines here.

We accept all major debit and credit cards.

To establish your needs, wants and desires it is important to know what you want… and equally what you don’t want! If there is something that you think we should provide, or you would like something put by please ring us on 01548 550 996 



We have a genuine community shop  here, run at present by Miriam, with Jackie and Jill and volunteers, and further supported by a committee for some of the “official” aspects of the business and shop premises. Friends of the shop also help with other maintenance jobs to keep the shop and its garden in good order. In 2014 money was raised for a much needed store, which is now in place behind the main building, and in early 2015 the garden was tidied and turfed, with a lovely display of daffodils in the spring, and planted tubs in the summer.

However, money is always needed, not just for  improvements, but also for ongoing maintenance and to replace old equipment. One of the old unreliable chiller cabinets was replaced in March 2015 with a donation from the parish council, but there will always be a need for a maintenance fund. The last big bill was for a badly needed  new till with an up to date software system – this made stock taking and other essential management tasks so much less stressful and time consuming, and has proved to be well worth the considerable effort it took to raise the necessary funds. The community has always stepped in to help; in spring and summer months there is now a regular supply of plants and bulbs donated for sale by local people, and Yvonne Knapman has been knitting lots of gloves, hats and ear warmers during the winter. All of these have proved very popular, and raised a surprising amount of money for the Shop Fund. Likewise, DVD’s and CD’s have been donated; a huge range of films for all the family, from children’s Disney to horror movies; buy what you’d like for £1.00, and when you’ve seen it, bring it back, and it can be resold! That too has been a great way to support the shop. Any more ideas like this would be gratefully received!

A Photographic Competition in June 2015  chose 12 photos from local photographers to produce the 2016 Aveton Gifford Calendar  which was then sold to raise money for the shop. Sarah Harcus generously donated one of her paintings as first prize, and Chris Knapman can be seen here when his photo was pronounced the overall winner.
chris knapman, winner calendar competition







Calendar front cover copy (3)


Aveton Gifford Fun Dog Show 2016

The first dog show was held in 2014, and competitors came from far and wide on a lovely sunny day to take part. (A small gallery of photos can be seen at the side of this page.) It was a very successful day, and much enjoyed by everyone who came along to take part or to watch the proceedings. It also raised a significant amount of money for shop funds, and so Dinah planned to make it an annual event. However much to everyone’s disappointment in 2015 the weather forced a cancellation at the last minute. The weather in 2016 wasn’t any better, but the show did still go ahead, although with depleted entries, and still raised funds for the shop.



  • Seasonal vegetables and fruit  supplied by local growers.  We have strawberries in the summer, apples, courgettes and beans too, and pumpkins in the autumn. Our range varies with the seasons, and is still expanding …….
  • Challon’s Combe’s cows produce wonderful Organic Milk, Very Thick Double Cream and Yogurt.
  • Cuckoo Farm’s hens supply us with their lovely Eggs – Medium, Large and Extra Large
  • Halletts The Bakers bake a wide variety of delicious Breads and Cakes, including a NEW RANGE of gluten free products – these can now be ordered from the shop.
  • Hingston Pasties & Pies hand make Pasties [Steak, Cheese and Onion, Cheese and Bacon], Sausage Rolls and Scotch Eggs
  • Pollards the Dartmouth butchers supply us with a wide variety of Meat & Sausages
  • Smoked Salmon, Mackerel and Smoked Pates are proving very popular, and are supplied by Mike’s Smokehouse and Mays.
  • We stock Potatoes grown on a local farm by Lidstones.
  • Kerryn of Bunns ‘n Crumbs makes us yummy Brownies, Millionaire’s Shortbread and Lemon Drizzle Cake and also beautiful special occasion cakes.
  • The Bakehouse has now started to supply us with a large range of Cakes (Fudge Cake, Somerset Cider Fruit Cake, Chocolate Loaf Cake etc.) and Biscuits.
  • We stock the famous Ice Cream from Salcombe Dairy.
  • Bees have had a tough time recently and this year Honey is in short supply, but Chillaton Farm  and Grove Park supply us with as much they can.
  • Sandwiches are produced for us by the Fisherman’s Rest.
  • The Chilli Farm produces Chilli Jam, Chilli Jelly and now Sweet Thai Chilli Sauce!
  • JB Preserves make wonderful Marmalades and Lemon Curd.
  • Heron Valley Organic make Apple Juice [Sharp and Sweet], Apple and Pear Juice and Cider.
  • We have Quercus Brewery beers – Shingle Bay and Prospect.
  • We have a wide range of delightful Greetings Cards created by our very talented local artists – Sarah Harcus, Allan Green, Maggie Sharpe, John Ashton, Les Howard, Rococo Cards, Mackenzie Ringrose.
  • Jenny Reynolds creates a unique range of Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings



Our wide selection of different breads (including the new range of gluten-free products), and our pasties and pies etc are becoming increasingly popular, especially at weekends and holidays, and although we have increased our orders, sometimes we do sell out of your favourite things. To avoid this and be sure that you can get what you want you can always put in an order – either call into the shop, or ring us on 01548 550 996.


  • Getting ready for halloween

    Getting ready for halloween

Contact Details

For more information please contact:

Jenny Reynolds - committee, for shop information
Tel: 01548 550091

Zoe Woodham - committee, for shop information
Tel: 01548 559315

Opening times

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
The shop is closed for lunch from 1.0 until 2.00 pm every day
Saturday 8.30am - 1pm
Sunday 9.00am - 11pm

SHOP PHONE NO; 01548 550 996

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