Category: Church

Lincolnshire vicar Susan Evans prays for good weather

A Lincolnshire vicar whose church is named after the patron saint of the weather has urged people to pray for a brighter outlook as this January has become the wettest on record for some parts of Britain.

The Reverend Susan Evans, from the Church of St Medard and St Gildard, in Little Bytham in the south of the county, last night led prayed with her flock and reportedly said: “Dear Lord, we’ve had enough.”

Read more from the Lincolnshire Echo website.

Celebration of Our Community

From the Rev’d Sue Evans …

Celebrate the Community Spirit of Castle Bytham Our Parish Church of St. James has been at the heart of Castle Bytham for nearly a thousand years, as a place for the community to gather to mark life events and important village celebrations.

At St. James – tide this year, we would like to invite all who live in the village to join in a `Celebration of our Community`, where we can give thanks for all the groups and activities that bring our village together and help us to enjoy belonging to such a special place.

The planning team would love to hear from anyone with ideas and suggestions of content for the celebration – music, displays, poetry.

Please contact one of the names below …
Clive Tomkinson –
Rachael Barratt – 411022
Sue Evans – 01572 767240 –
Pat Bowles – 410908

And most of all, please come along on Sunday 22nd July at 3 p.m. for the Celebration and refreshments that follow.

Come Carolling with Us

The Castle Bytham Carollers will be embarking on their annual tour of the village on Monday, December 12th, to raise much-needed funds for St James’ Church and in particular help towards the cost of repairing the roof.

The lantern-lit procession will be joined by Santa, and we’re hoping to top last year’s effort when an amazing £330 was collected from exceedingly generous villagers.

We want to make this a great family occasion, so please join us for a sing-song and bring your young ones with you. Carol sheets are provided and don’t worry if you wouldn’t pass the auditions for The X Factor – everyone is welcome. Feel free to bring your own lantern, or perhaps even a musical instrument.

To get the evening off to a good start, Charlotte and Eamonn at The Castle are kindly providing sherry and mince pies at 6pm for all those taking part.

We aim to get round as much of the village as we can in a couple of hours, and this year we are intending to cover the Holywell Road/Regal Gardens/Bytham Heights/Clipsham Road area, so keep an ear out for us, or why not come and join us.

If you’d like more details you can ring Sue Blunt on 01780 411027 or email:

Sponsored Ride in Grimsthorpe Park 2011

Bank Holiday Monday (2 May 2011) sees the annual ‘Sponsored Ride’ taking place in theBythams area.  If you ride, the event, in its 9th year since it changed from being the ‘Hunter Trials’, is one not to miss.  The organisers have laid out 8, 12 and 15 mile courses in beautiful Grimsthorpe Park (all off public roads) and offer tea and cake, as well as toilets, at the mid-point!  In previous years partipants have remarked how enjoyable the event is and leave with a promise to return next year which over 200 did in 2009. Proceeds from the event go towards the maintenance of the churches in Careby, Creeton, Castle Bytham and Little Bytham and this years chosen ‘external’ charity – Kesteven Rideability based at Hough-on-the-Hill, near grantham, a Riding for the Disabled member.  If you’d like to take part it not too late to enter, contact Rosemary Player on 01778 590350. For further information see …