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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, 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).

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;

Parking in the village this year.

We will probably have even more trouble finding places to park here than we did last year, not only with visitors using Timbers, but we’ve also lost the track by the pub and Jubilee St car park because of SWW work on the green. Added to that, resurfacing of Fore St is now scheduled for August. A large proportion of residents don’t have any nearby parking, so this will be a serious problem for us this summer. There are several new places which have been made available for you to try to ease our AG parking problems.

Parking for residents only in the back Timbers car park – Available 24/7. AG parking permits needed, (free),apply to Peter Javes please, [email protected]   (please keep the gap free for access to/from the overflow parking field.)

Visitors & Overflow Timbers parking in Ros Brousson’s field (by SWW treatment works). Available 24/7. Access/exit via tidal road, or through Timbers car parks when tide is in. SWW site canteen is in a small part of the field, but there is still plenty of room for 40+ cars.  This is a much more suitable place for anyone to unload and blow up several SUPs which can sometimes occupy several spaces in the car park at busy times, so it would be helpful if visitors could go straight there then if the car park is filling up. There is very easy access to the river via the track to the Tidal road.

Rectory Lawn; a section of the grass has been roped off for a parking area – space for 30 cars. Available 24/7. AG parking permits needed, (free), apply to Peter Javes please, [email protected]   Access through the entrance before Icy Park turning.

St Andrew’s Church car park. Kindly offered by the Church, but we are asked to respect Sunday services or possible funerals which will need available spaces then. However overnight parking there to help that end of the village shouldn’t be a problem.

Events in 2021

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 is under review, but cannot take place on the playing field because of ongoing work by SWW at that time..
The community swimming pool in 2021 will open following govt guidelines – date to be confirmed, please see our swimming pool page for updated information.
With sincere regret and apologies from the organisers of all of these annual community events.

John Foale’s Tractor Run
All Tractor Run fundraising events and the Run itself have been cancelled again this year.
We will all be ready to support John and his team when they are able to get going again.

The new climbing tower is now finished!
Opened on Friday 7th August 2020

Playpark fundraising

The AG Playpark committee is raising funds for the next stage of the new playground which will include a tunnel through the bank, an up-and-over climbing wall, additional climbing poles, and a new adventure trail to replace the current rope walk. 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.
With the current C-19 restrictions it is 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:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/agplaypark

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: https://www.facebook.com/AGplaypark/

STOP PRESS!! Our Accepted Neighbourhood Plan !

This has been adopted following the referendum vote on May 6th

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

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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