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 for all ages, amateur dramatics, allotment holders, local history, 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 Monday, 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. There are also pantomimes and revues, murder mystery evenings, and musical entertainments of all varieties and for all ages. The Fisherman’s Rest hosts popular monthly jazz evenings with a wide range of both local and visiting musicians, and regular quiz evenings. The village hall hosts community events including the annual Harvest Supper, a flower and produce show, various classes including zumba, yoga, visiting entertainers and speakers, and film shows using the newly installed multimedia equipment. 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 are 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 are two community magazines. The mAGpie is a bi-monthly magazine, delivered to all households in the parish by a team of volunteers, and containing information and articles contributed by a wide range of residents. The Magnet is the church magazine, brought out monthly and containing illustrated articles on a broad variety of topics. Aveton Gifford has a weekly contribution to the Kingsbridge Gazette’s Village Voice written by Rosie Warrilow. 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

This is where you will find information about forthcoming events which don’t have their own pages on this website.

There are also 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;

Aveton Gifford Neighbourhood Plan 



The latest version (produced May 2019) of  the Aveton Gifford Draft Neighbourhood Plan was published for a six week public consultation; this is the Final Draft Plan, and we need a response from everybody  – please see the full explanation, read the Plan, and give us your feedback

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 new Neighbourhood Plan web pages on this site.

Aveton Gifford Film Fest 2018 – The annual film fest was held again in May in the hall to a packed house.  The 15 films were all good, but there did have to be a winner, and again this year the top vote went to Wat Kirby.              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;       https://vimeo.com/surfhamsfc/videos

The date of Film Fest 2019 – 5th October! This gives plenty of time for our talented film makers to use the summer months this year for their entries – we all look forward to seeing the results! Further details will be published nearer the time – if you use Facebook, you can visit  Surf Hams Film Collective 

Aveton Gifford Classic Car Show in 2018 onwards –

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 next year, 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.

Many thanks also to Mark Grimshaw – you can see his photos from all the previous years displayed on slideshows on this link to his website;   http://avetongiffordclassiccarshow.co.uk/

Swoosh 2019

The Swoosh was held on 6th July 2019 – just one swim again on the morning tide , but to accommodate the same number of 800 participants.    Six generous fund-raising swimmers have come forward again to  collect 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. Further details will be published nearer the time.

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!
  • Bottle, paper and textile recycling banks are in the two car parks by Timbers roundabout.
  • There are free car parks by Timbers roundabout, and by the village hall and shop.
  • 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 Ian Bramble (con. Aveton Gifford and Loddiswell ward – a new ward created by the boundary changes of 2015. )
  • 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 week.
  • 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
  • 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: 364

  • Holiday Homes: 30-40

(figures from 2012 electoral roll and 2011 census)

Distances to Local Towns/Cities

  • Kingsbridge: 4 miles

  • Modbury: 4 miles

  • Totnes: 15 miles

  • Plymouth: 18 miles

  • Exeter: 38 miles

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