Welcome to Aveton Gifford's Community Website

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).

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, allotment holders, 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 weekend, 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.  The Fisherman’s Rest hosts popular monthly jazz evenings with a wide range of both local and visiting musicians, and monthly quiz evenings. The village hall hosts community events including the annual Harvest Supper, the Village Show for flowers, produce and crafts, various classes including zumba, yoga, pilates, visiting entertainers and speakers, and film shows. In recent years a local group, the 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 on the river, and on the parish foreshore are both 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 is a bi-monthly community magazine mAGpie , delivered to all households in the parish by a team of volunteers, and containing information and articles contributed by a wide range of residents. Back and archive copies can be found by following this link. Aveton Gifford has a weekly contribution to the Kingsbridge Gazette’s Village Voice written by Rosie Warrillow. 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.

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;



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.)

Job Vacancy for the Community Pool

This is the one paid position for our pool.

The salary is £875, and the job runs from  May 1st to Sep 15th.

Training will be given & PPE provided.

Tasks will include daily sampling of pool water & recording, back washing filter, vaxing pool once a week & sweeping, cleaning changing rooms & WC.  Typical time to sample & record 10 minutes. Weekly Vax takes about 1 hour.  It will include lifting 25kg drums of Chlorine.

Cover will be available if the person takes their annual holiday during this period.

Please contact Peter Smith (550272), or  [email protected]

or Peter Javes [email protected]

Aveton Gifford Community Shop and Post Office – latest news.

It is with great sadness that the death has now been confirmed of Peta Harper, who has for the last year been so much a part of our community running the shop and post office.

Jas and Jaswinder Kooner, with Jas’ brother Sukh, who already own the Holywell Stores at St Ann’s Chapel, have now stepped in to run our community shop and the Post Office here. We would like to extend our thanks to them all for all the help they have already given, and to extend a very big welcome to them in their new role here too.

Aveton Gifford Film Fest 2019 – The annual film fest was held again in October  in the hall to a packed house.  There was a wide variety of films submitted, all good, but there did have to be a winner…….. impossible to choose the overall “best”, so this year there were two, and with unanimous support those from Kate Kreke and Mandy Tucker tied for first place!            Thanks to Surf Hams Film Collective for another excellent evening of local talent, and some of the the entries from both this and last year’s shows can be downloaded here;     2019   2018 –  and if you use Facebook, you can also visit  Surf Hams Film Collective 

Aveton Gifford Classic Car Show in 2018  –A new team of organisers took over for the 11th annual show, and thanks to all those who contributed to make this a great success,. The weather was good, and it was booked to capacity again with a wonderful range of classic cars. More visitors came throughout the day to enjoy it, and a record amount of money was raised for the various children’s facilities in the parish

The 12th annual Classic Car Show in 2019 –  took place on Sunday, 25th August. This year was not quite as busy as last year – I think we were competing with the beach as the weather was so good. However, £3,233,23 was taken on the day, with the raffle collecting a further £1,189.25 giving a grand total of £4,422.48. This will all go to various children’s projects in the community including the Hive and the play park. Many thanks to Ian Stainton, Rick Clayton, Chris Knapman and all the other committee members and volunteers, too numerous to mention who all contributed to making this such a good and enjoyable day.

The committee is already planning for 2020, and to that end have launched a new website which can be found at www.avetongiffordcarshow.co.uk. You can also find on here a video of the day which includes aerial footage taken by drone, and more images on the gallery.

Swoosh 2019

The Swoosh was held on 6th July 2019 – one swim again on the morning tide with 800 participants.    Six generous fund-raising swimmers raised sponsorship money for the community pool, and this year we were offered a further fundraising swim for the Hive – we are all most grateful for their help and support, thank you all very much.

Swoosh 2020 will be held on Saturday 4th July 2020. High tide is at 5.59am, so people would be going into the water at 5.50am and registering from around 4am.  There will also be a “Boomerang Swim” on the evening tide of Friday 3rd July. We understand that all tickets have now been sold.

Some facts and figures

Village 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.


  • 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.)


  • Population: 833

  • Residential Households: 366

  • Holiday Homes: 24

(figures from electoral roll , and Neighbourhood Plan surveys 2018/19.)

Distances to Local Towns/Cities

  • Kingsbridge: 4 miles

  • Modbury: 4 miles

  • Totnes: 15 miles

  • Plymouth: 18 miles

  • Exeter: 38 miles

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