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Aveton Gifford is a community owned shop, run by Dinah Ashton and ably supported by Jilly, Miriam and Sam.
Aveton Gifford Village Shop Association was formed as a result of the last surviving shop in the village closing 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 the founding committee, the shop staff, the villagers’ support for the scheme, and the current committee.
The Post Office offers all its usual services, plus cash-back, paying-in facilities, buying Euros and phone-card top-ups.
We sell locally produced products where we can and are continually adding 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”.
You can order your newspapers and magazines here.
And if you have a regular prescription from Modbury health centre, then please use our collection service.
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 the number in the contact box to the right.
We have a genuine community shop here, run by Dinah and her staff, and supported by a committee for some of the “official” aspects of the business and shop premises, and a further range of “Friends of the Shop” who help with other 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 has been tidied and turfed, with a lovely display of daffodils.
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. Again the community has stepped in to help; 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 and ear warmers during the winter. Both of these have proved very popular, and raised a surprising amount of money for the Shop Fund. Any more ideas like this would be gratefully received!
There will be a Photographic Competition in June 2015 to choose 12 photos from local photographers, and produce the 2016 Aveton Gifford Calendar which will be sold to raise money for the shop. Entrants can be of all ages, but must be from the parish of Aveton Gifford, and their photos must be taken in the parish. They can submit up to 10 photos each, either black or white, and in print form. The entry for photos closes at midnight on 30th June.
Calendar Competition 2016 The full list of rules, and the parental consent form for entrants under 12 can be seen and downloaded here.
Aveton Gifford Dog Show. Last year’s dog show organised by Dinah and her committee proved so popular with entrants coming from far and wide. It also raised a considerable amount of money towards the new store, and so they have arranged to hold another one this coming September as a fund raiser for the maintenance fund. Full details will be announced later,
Our wide selection of different breads, 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.