Aveton Gifford Village Shop

Founded by the community

As a village shop and Post Office we aim to supply all the needs of the community on a day-to-day basis.

Aveton Gifford Village Shop Association was formed when the last village shop with its Post Office closed in 2003. Fundraising for a new community shop began and villagers bought shares priced at £5 each. The new premises, a purpose-built timber-framed building that opened for business on the 1st August 2009, is a result of the hard work of committee members at the time,  the shop staff, and the community’s support for the scheme,

NB – After a couple of attempted break-ins to the shop and the stock room behind, and an attempted fraudulent money scam, the interior and outside of the shop are both protected by CCTV.

Aveton Gifford is a thriving community-owned shop with a Post Office counter. Since the tragic death of Peta in November 2019, the owners of the Holywell Stores (St Ann’s Chapel), Jas and Jaswinder Kooner, with Jas’ brother Sukhjinder Sran, took over the running of both the shop and our vital Post Office for a year, but it has now been transferred to Kathleen Toon Poynton-Hurst who has been with them since then

A message from the AGVSA committee on February 8th 2021;

The Village Shop Association in partnership with our new shop keeper Kathleen has agreed to the new opening and closing times for the post office and shop. We are very fortunate as a village to have our shop and Post Office fully open on weekdays including lunchtimes, but for the moment the Post Office will have to be shut on Saturdays. The Post Office counter can only be open when there is a fully trained person, and this is the reason why it has to remain closed at weekends.

We are all committed to keeping our wonderful shop open and we ask you, our community, to support us through the next year and we hope for many to come! As a Committee we jointly agree shop hours with Kathleen, so please contact us if you want to discuss these changes. A new suggestion box will be available soon.

A questionnaire was conducted by the Shop Committee in the new year (2020/21) to find out just what our customers and parishioners would like when the shop came under new management, and this has been useful for both the committee and for Kathleen when she came to take over. You can see the results of that survey here;


Because of the limitations imposed by the pandemic, the shop committee is unable to hold its annual open meeting in the hall, and has now decided to make all the reports open to view in plenty of time for all parishioners.

Opening Times –
from 29th March

  • Monday 9.00 – 5.00
  • Tuesday 9.00 – 5.00
  • Wednesday 9.00 – 5.00
  • Thursday 9.00 – 5.30
  • Friday 9.00- 5.30
  • Saturday 9.00 – 3.00
  • Sunday 9.00 – 12.00

Note: No lunch time closing for any of the above

Post Office counter

  • Monday 9.00 – 4.00 (parcels before 15.00)
  • Tuesday 9.00 – 4.00 (parcels before 15.00)
  • Wednesday 9.00 – 4.00 (parcels before 15.00)
  • Thursday 9.00 – 4.00 (parcels before 15.00)
  • Friday 9.00 – 4.00 (parcels before 15.00)
  • Saturday – CLOSED
  • Sunday CLOSED

PLEASE COME EARLY WITH YOUR PARCELS FOR POSTING; it isn’t possible to accept parcels after the last post office collection has gone, because there is no available overnight storage space for them until the collection the next day. Post Office guidelines do say that the times for accepting parcels may vary according to the individual branches; AG Post Office cannot accept parcels after 3.00 pm, so if you’ve got something big or lots to be posted, please bring them in early to avoid disappointment!


The Post Office

Open every day of the week during shop hours, including weekends. Customers are able to withdraw cash, purchase Euros, pay in money or cheques, pay certain utility bills (if they are bar coded), send parcels every day of the week, and all the usual facilities of a local post office. Phone card top-ups, gift cards and electricity key top-ups can also be purchased here.

What do we sell?

The shop sells locally produced products where possible and continually adds more. As well as the basics – milk, bread, eggs, meat and vegetables – we have a wide selection of other local food and treats as well (see the list below). The shop also supplies household goods, stationery, newspapers and much more. For eco-friendly shoppers, we have the Ecover range.

Drinks and snacks

You can buy coffee or hot chocolate to take away or sit and enjoy here; a table and chairs is in the shop, or sit outside at the picnic table on sunny days! You can also get hot pasties and sausage rolls, a or delicious sandwiches to take away. A selection of ice creams is on sale in the summer.

Newspapers and magazines

You can order both here.

Maps and books

Local walking maps and footpath guides, and local publications including “A Countryman’s Glimpse of the Twentieth Century”, “The Bombing of Aveton Gifford”, and “Aveton Gifford, A Heritage”.

Other books by local authors; “Grimoire, a Wayward Tale”, by TA Newman; “Paw Prints and Teeth – The Adventures of Charlie and Lottie” by Zoe Woodham and Jack Kirby;  “Epitaph to Nickle Eck – Childhood Mischief in Wartime” by the late Eric Yates; and “The Great White Palace”, followed by “Whatever Next” , the second book of  Tony Porter’s memoirs.

Book & film swap

A community Book Swap is also available here. A large number of good books have been donated to the bookcase by the door. We also have a Film Swap shelf – dvd’s of films suitable for all ages have been donated – come in and browse for something to while away an evening, or bring in films you’ve seen but others would enjoy. £1 will purchase a film, and the money goes to the shop maintenance fund.

We accept all major debit and credit cards.

To establish your needs, wants and desires it is important to know what you want… and equally what you don’t want! If there is something that you think we should provide, or you would like something put by please ring us on 01548 550 996 

Talking Shop

Seasonal vegetables and fruit from local growers.  We have strawberries, apples, courgettes and beans too, pumpkins in the autumn, sometimes damsons, crab apples. Our range varies with the seasons, and is still expanding …….

Challon’s Combe’s cows produce wonderful Organic Milk, Very Thick Double Cream and Yogurt. The milk is now available in returnable glass bottles.

Cuckoo Farm’s hens supply our Eggs – Medium, Large and Extra Large.

Halletts The Bakers bake a wide variety of delicious Breads and Cakes, including a NEW RANGE of gluten free products –  They also bake wonderful treacle tarts, and various other delicious treats.If you would like to order bread, bread rolls, croissants or any other type of bread  for collection from the shop on Monday, please order by 3pm in the shop on Friday.We can order bread for you on any other day if we receive your order by 3pm the day before.

Local butchers Aune Valley Meat supplies us with a wide variety of Meat & Sausages

Hingston Pasties & Pies hand make Pasties [Steak, Cheese and Onion, Cheese and Bacon], Sausage Rolls and Scotch Eggs

For those who prefer vegetarian or vegan fare, we are now stocking Clive’s Pies- handmade pies and tarts all made locally in Buckfastleigh. There are some mouthwatering flavours such as Homity Pie, Creamy Mushroom, Chestnut and Bean Cassoulet, Greek Lentil and Olive, Mexican Chilli, Tomato and Olive Provencale plus other flavours. The pies and tarts are delivered on Tuesdays and will be chilled as well as frozen. Come down and try them!

We also have Quorn mince and sausages in the freezer.

Thinking of a Summer barbeque? We stock instant disposable barbeques, sausages, beefburgers, buns and more!

We stock Potatoes grown on a local farm by Lidstones.

Kerryn of Bunns ‘n Crumbs makes us yummy Brownies, Millionaire’s Shortbread and Lemon Drizzle Cake and also beautiful special occasion cakes.

The Bakehouse supplies a large range of Cakes (Fudge Cake, Somerset Cider Fruit Cake, Chocolate Loaf Cake etc.) and Biscuits.

We stock the famous Ice Cream from Salcombe Dairy.

Several local Chocolatiers supply various delicious chocolates – from Chillington, or Salcombe, and the Chilli Farm

There are several local bee-keepers;  Chillaton Farm and Grove Park supply us with as much honey as they can.

The Chilli Farm produces Chilli Jam, Chilli Jelly and now Sweet Thai Chilli Sauce!

We stock a range of delicious pick-n-mix marinated olives and garlic.

JB Preserves make wonderful Marmalades and Lemon Curd.

Heron Valley Organic make Apple Juice [Sharp and Sweet], Apple and Pear Juice and Cider.

We have Salcombe Brewery beers including Shingle Bay and Prospect.

Wine! We offer a large selection of different wines – most impressive for a small shop! There are often several selected wines on Special Offer – call in and see what we have!

We have a wide range of delightful Greetings Cards created by our very talented local artists – Sarah Harcus, Allan Green, Maggie Sharpe, John Ashton, Les Howard, Rococo Cards, Mackenzie Ringrose.

Jenny Reynolds creates a unique range of Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings

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