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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! The next big thing that is badly needed is a new till with EPOS system – this will make stock taking and other essential management tasks take a fraction of the time that they do at present.
A Photographic Competition in June 2015 chose 12 photos from local photographers to produce the 2016 Aveton Gifford Calendar which will be on sale from mid September 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.
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 on September 13th as a fund raiser for the badly needed EPOS system. The schedule is available for download here; AG Dog Show schedule 2015
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.