The AGPPG was set up in 1991. Its aim has been to make a pictorial and written record of the parish, to foster interest in
it with publications and activities of various kinds and to use profits from its publications to support other community projects and events.
The group's first project was the production of the outstanding village map in 1992. There followed publications about the wartime bombing of the village, a town trail, a book of walks and the comprehensive book 'Aveton Gifford a Heritage' in 2002. A small group of members has achieved much in the last 20 years.
The newest publication of 'The Bombing of Aveton Gifford' was brought out in 2012, and a farming memoir in 2014. Future projects include the continuation of the recording of the memories of our older parishioners, research into the effects of the First World War on the parish to coincide with its centenary years, research into the history of our farms, some possible further publications, and the recording of ancient sites and monuments.
We plan future meetings which will be of interest to many local people - museum and record office visits, speakers with local interest and meetings with special themes.
Further details can be seen on our FORTHCOMING EVENTS page
We are planning to bring out another book soon - a cookery book, which will feature recipes old and new, all contributed by parishioners, past and present. We hope to attract contributions from all ages, and for all occasions, and include some traditional recipes from the area. If you think you may have something suitable that you'd like to share, please contact us! (Delia Elliott will be compiling recipes, so please do speak to her, or use the "contact" feature on this website.)
After reading about the bombing in the village in David Balkwill's memoir, Lorna Lockley has kindly contributed her memories of the day her house was destroyed, and her life in the village afterwards. You can read it on our WARTIME MEMORIES page.
96 men from this parish served during the war, and 16 of them lost their lives as a direct consequence of the conflict; the majority of them have been identified with the help of relatives and families. For those family historians who are researching their relatives who fought in WW1 we are in the process of adding new pages of information on this website about the men on our War Memorial and on our Roll of Honour plaque in St Andrew's.
We have the very sad news to add to this page that Jocelyn died suddenly in May after a short illness. She had been a member of the Project Group since its earliest years, and was a mainstay of so many of the group's activities and achievements. Her enthusiasm and energy for anything she undertook was a great influence, and more than that, she was a great friend to all of us. She will be very sadly missed, and we would like to extend our condolences to all her family.
DEATH OF DAVID BALKWILL
It is with great sadness that we have to report David's death in March 2015. He had been a great friend and a huge influence on the lives of many of us, particularly within the farming community, and he will be much missed. For us within the Project Group he had been a joy to work with when producing his memoir, and both he and his family were so gratified by the popular reception it acheived when it was published. It really is a fitting tribute to him and his life in our changing times.
Details of all our publications including David's book :
David signing his new book