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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;

Royal British Legion – Could you be a Poppy Coordinator?

Aveton Gifford needs a new Poppy Appeal Coordinater to take over from John Harcus who has recently left the Parish. 

The role is voluntary and involves arranging a Poppy Appeal collection (at the Pub, School and Shop etc) and coordinating the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Church War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. It involves some work for about 2 to 3 weeks annually over the period before and after Remembrance Day. There is no longer a requirement for house to house collections.

Whoever is willing, or may be interested, in taking on the role will have full support and a handover from John Harcus. It also requires approval from the South Devon Poppy Appeal Manager because of the handling of money.

If you are interested in taking on this necessary role please email John Harcus at, copy to the Parish Clerk at

Its worth emphasising that this role is important as it helps to keep the memory of those who died for our freedom alive

Annual General Meeting of the Village Shop Association (AGVSA) – 27th June 2024

The 2024 Annual General Meeting of the AGVSA will take place on Thursday 27 June at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
Anyone can attend the Annual General Meeting of the Village Shop Association (AGVSA) and it would be fantastic for Parish residents to support the voluntary committee that oversees it.
The Management Committee of the AGVSA will be seeking to update the legal structure of the organisation at the meeting to bring it in line with similar organisations.
The AGVSA is responsible for maintaining the fabric of the building, maintaining a relationship with the tenant shopkeeper, and engaging with its shareholders – which includes roughly 480 people.
We would love you to hear what we’ve been doing over the past year and what we’ve got planned for the forthcoming one, but we’d also appreciate the chance to listen to your thoughts and ideas for the Shop.

The Management Committee is asking for agreement to allow it to apply to change the AGVSA to a more modern Community Benefit Society instead of its current Industrial Provident Society (IPS) structure.These changes must be put before shareholders at a General Meeting, which requires a minimum percentage of shareholders present (quorum) to make a decision valid. It is therefore very important that as many residents and shareholders as possible attend the AGM. Being present at
the AGM allows you to ask any questions of the Committee about the proposed changes, and to place your vote in person on this important matter. If you can’t get to the meeting that night, you can still support the shop committee by using a proxy form to ask one of the committee members to vote on your behalf – in that way the committee should still get the quorum they need.

All the information including the agenda, financial statements and proxy forms can be found here

Forthcoming General Election – Thursday 4th July

The hall will be used as a Polling Station on the 4th July, so all regular events held in the hall that day have been re-arranged for a different date.

We have been sent the following information about the prospective candidates.


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 (to the right of the door from the parking area into the downstairs 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 .

The Community Pool Urgently Needs Your Help

Dear Pool users, March 2024.
I have been managing the pool on a voluntary basis since 2015. At the end of this year’s summer swimming season, I will be retiring. It has been a very rewarding job as so many people have said how much they have enjoyed using the pool, especially those with younger children.
The Parish Council has been fortunate to be able to run the pool with income from the school, annual membership fees & a donation from Level Water who run the Bantham Swoosh event. The council is determined to keep the pool open if at all possible, and is prepared to fund a paid part-time position of a manager to replace me.
Our pool is a community facility that very few villages can afford to have but does require work & commitment each summer to ensure it runs safely & smoothly. Many similar community pools have been permanently closed & filled in due to lack of community support to run them.
The reason for this letter is to raise awareness amongst all pool users that a replacement for me will have to be found this summer to take over the day-to-day management & running of the pool starting in May 2025. This is to give plenty of time before next years swimming season starts for training, familiarisation of the pool, operating procedures, chemicals & equipment.
The Parish Council is looking for a responsible, practical, safety conscious person to manage the day to day running of the pool. Reporting back to the Parish Council, their responsibility will include ordering all materials, spare parts, chemicals, maintaining the equipment in good working order & ensuring safe bathing water quality. The Parish Council recommends that two short training courses are attended, the STA Level 2 Award in Swimming Pool Water Treatment & the STA Pool Plant Operations course, and will pay for these courses for the successful applicant.
Very sadly if no one comes forward to take my place as manager the pool will close permanently this autumn. This would be such a loss to the two schools & community users. I very much hope there is some one in our community who can take on this rewarding job.
If you think you or someone you know would be interested in becoming the pool manager, please contact either me on 07805 656890 or the parish clerk, Amy on 07796 266559.
Also, once I have retired there will be a number of additional jobs that will need to be taken on by a small team of volunteers. These jobs don’t require any specialist training, but will still be needed in order to keep the pool area in good condition (eg . painting the changing rooms, trimming back the hedges etc). If you could help with any of those volunteer jobs, please also contact me or Amy on the numbers above.
Thank you.
Yours sincerely.
Peter Smith.

Parish Clerk

Amy Clayton is our new parish clerk. She was formally appointed at the May parish council meeting, so please direct all enquiries to her by email or by phone 07796 266559

Grants for school leavers.

There are grants available of £150 for all school leavers, living in the parish of Aveton Gifford, who are going on to higher education after the age of 18. This can be university, a college course, or an apprenticeship. If you would like to apply, please email Rev Matt Rowland or write to him at the vicarage giving a few details about yourself and what training you will be doing.

Rev. Matthew J Rowland
The Vicarage
Church Lane
PL21 0QN

Play park update

A new slide has been added to the play area to replace the one removed for the SWW drainage work. Thanks very much indeed to SWW and contractors R & M who both donated the funds for it, and also included the construction of the mound in their works schedule. A new fence has been put up around the whole play park area to include all the play equipment for all ages. This should make it much easier for parents to keep an eye on them, and for health and cleanliness reasons this new play area is now dog-free.

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 download our Plan on the Neighbourhood Plan page.

Some Facts & Figures




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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 Lee Bonham (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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