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Welcome to Aveton Gifford’s Community Website

Your link to our community

Coronavirus Infomation

For full information on updates and support regarding Coronavirus here, please see the following page:

Following Government guidelines, and the restrictions introduced as a result of the pandemic, all community facilities in the village have been closed until further notice; these include the village hall, the three play parks, the swimming pool, and the tennis court. The Rectory Lawns and playing field, and our public footpaths all remain open, but users are asked to please respect the guidelines of 2 metres distance for self-distancing. Thank you.

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).

Parish Noticeboard

There are always 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;

Annual events 2020

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, difficult decisions have had to be taken.
The Church Fete in July has been cancelled.
The Classic Car Show in August will now not take place.
The community swimming pool will not be open at all for use in 2020.
With sincere regret and apologies from the organisers of all of these annual community events.

John Foale’s Tractor Run

Please note: All Tractor Run fundraising events and the Run itself have been cancelled this year.

We will all be ready to support John and his team when they are able to get going again.

STOP PRESS!!

FINAL DRAFT OF NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Several drafts have been revised following advice from our planning mentor, and finally the completed draft has been submitted to South Hams District Council independant examiner for audit.

Aveton Gifford Neighbourhood Plan to 2034 v1.28

Once it has been approved, it will be returned for a public vote by all parishioners.  This will follow the same procedure as before; hard copies will be available in the pub, shop, and from the NP group, and it will be available to read online on this website.  This final plan will reflect all the views expressed by you all in our public consultations, and your contributions towards future planning for our parish, but we must ask for your final vote to endorse it before the policies within the plan can carry any legal weight in planning decisions. This vote must be conducted by the Electoral Commission in order to have legal validity, and is likely to take place mid January 2020.

(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 been working on our Plan since 2017, and all sections of the community here have been 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 see how it has been progressing on our Neighbourhood Plan page on this site.)

Some Facts & Figures


Population

Population

833

Residential Households

366

Holiday Homes

24

Travel distances

Kingsbridge

4

miles

Modbury

4

mies

Totnes

15

miles

Plymouth

18

miles

Exeter

38

miles

Useful info


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!
A textile recycling bank is in the inner car park by Timbers roundabout.
Bottles and papers can be recycled in banks at the entrance to Wakehams Lane
There are free car parks by Timbers roundabout,  in the hall car park for the hall and shop, and down Jubilee Street to the car park by the play parks.
The Stagecoach route no 3 bus runs through the village – more info on transport page.

Council

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 Kate Kemp (Lib Dem, for Loddiswell and Aveton Gifford ward)
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 month.
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. Kingsbridge and Salcombe Gazette can be accessed online at www.kingsbridge-today.co.uk
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.)
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