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.
Around 400 commercial village shops close each year. This often has drastic impact for social wellbeing and the local economy. Community shops offer a vital source of retail provision within rural communities and are recognised as helping to reduce rural social isolation and loneliness. They are sustainable, co-operative businesses that respond directly to local needs and help residents take control over the future of their communities and secure the provision of essential services.
© Bythams Community Shop 2017
STOP PRESS: The first Annual General Meeting of Shareholders will be held on Wednesday 12 December in the Castle Bytham Hall on Pinfold Road at 7pm. The Agenda for the meeting will be:
1. Project Update
2. Financial Statement
3. Way forward
4. Election of Committee Members
5. Any Other Business
All members of the local community are welcome, but please note only Shareholders may vote on motions put to the meeting.
Light refreshments will be available and there will be an opportunity to take part in a consultation process on what you would like the shop and cafe to provide and how you might contribute to the project as part of the volunteer team.