Welcome to Aveton Gifford’s Community Website
Your link to our community
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Following Government guidelines, and the restrictions introduced as a result of the pandemic, the use of all community facilities in the village have been changing as the situation changes for the South Hams ; these include the village hall, the three play parks, the swimming pool, and the tennis court. Information regarding the use of all these will be given in news posts or the relevant pages on this website, or in news posts on the Aveton Gifford Facebook page. There is now a dedicated Facebook page for the village shop and post office, which will give updates on opening hours and produce for sale. 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).
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
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.
On our doorstep
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.
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