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The bridge - from upstream
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Welcome to Aveton Gifford’s Community Website

Your link to our community

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;


We now have two defibrillators in the village registered with the ambulance service, and ready to use in the event of an emergency.

One is on the wall of The Fisherman’s Rest (by the steps leading to the upstairs bar), and the second is on the wall of the village hall, to the left of the entrance. This second defibrillator is also equipped with special smaller pads suitable for children. Both are in cabinets that are unlocked, and do not need a code

Aveton Gifford Village Show, Saturday 20th August 2022 in the Village Hall

Events in 2022
Now returning to normal after cancellations over the last two years

The Classic Car Show will take place again this year on August 28th, Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend, on the playing field.

The community swimming pool in 2022 opened on 21st May for both school and community membership. It will be closed at the end of the season in early September. Please see our swimming pool page for updated information.

John Foale’s Tractor Run
All Tractor Run fundraising events have begun again, with a new programme of events. Further updates and information can be found on the Facebook page.

The new climbing tower opened on Friday 7th August 2020
A new slide will be added to the play area to replace the one removed for the SWW drainage work.

Playpark fundraising

The AG Playpark committee is continuing to raise funds The new play area is being developed in several stages to replace the old equipment which had deteriorated too much to be economically repaired; the £1000’s needed to keep it in a safe condition to pass annual safety and insurance inspections for the next few years is better spent on installing the new climbing tower. This is made of a specially treated wood, so that it will look in keeping with the surrounding area, but has a guarantee of 20 years, comparable with most other outdoor play equipment.
After the C-19 restrictions it became very hard to fundraise so the Playpark Committee has gone virtual instead and has set up a Just Giving page, please donate if you can and encourage all those that use the park to do the same. Maybe you have family and friends who would be willing to put a donation towards it, or perhaps you are a visitor to our area, but like what you see, and would also help us to achieve our goal? All donations will be gratefully received, thank you all very much for supporting us:

The committee have also set up a AG Playpark Facebook group which will keep you up to date with the progress of our play park – like to follow:

Our Aveton Gifford Neighbourhood Plan

This was adopted and became our own confirmed set of planning policies following the referendum vote on May 6th 2021.

You can now download our Plan on the Neighbourhood Plan page.

Some Facts & Figures




Residential Households


Holiday Homes


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Useful info


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 Sir 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
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 the village shop.)
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