The Bythams Community Shop is a project that aims to provide a local shop for the villages of Castle Bytham and Little Bytham and their nearby parishes.
The main villages have only infrequent bus services to local towns. The surrounding smaller communities have even less access to public transport.
The villages that comprise the Glenside News Parish magazine community in Lincolnshire and Clipsham in Rutland currently have journeys of more than 3 miles to the nearest shop and 10 miles to the nearest supermarket.
We are going to change this.
Community shops go much further than simply selling food and drink. They become the hub of their community by being open long hours, open to all the community, and often facilitate a wide range of services that are needed. They are not just about selling groceries and household items but can also help with:
Alleviating social isolation and loneliness
Improve healthcare and wellbeing
Boost the local economy
Support the environment
In a rural community, the shop can often help address the above by becoming a social hub in the community. It offers a lifeline to many other nearby settlements and on average provides services to between three and four additional villages. For some rural residents, particularly the less mobile, having a community shop and the services it offers, can make the difference in enabling them to remain living in their home without having to relocate.
The Impact of having a village shop
© Bythams Community Shop 2017
Breaking news; we get possession of the land for the shop on 28 February and can now see light at the end of the tunnel!