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 'The Bombing of Aveton Gifford' was published in 2012. Future projects include the continuation of the recording of the memories of our older parishioners, research into the history of our farms, the publication of a farming memoir 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.
WW1 AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF SOLDIERS, SAILORS AND THEIR FAMILIES:
An exhibition to commemorate the men from this parish who served during the First World War. In this centenary year the group will have a display in the Lady Chapel at St Andrew's Church during the month of November.
Further details can be seen on our FORTHCOMING EVENTS page
After reading about the bombing in the village in David Balkwill's recently published 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 will publish information on this website about the men on our War Memorial and on our Roll of Honour plaque in St Andrew's to coincide with our display in the Church during November.
Details of all our publications, David's book and 'Discovery Day':
David signing his new book