All Saints, Little Casterton
Toll Bar late Methodist Chapel
Little Casterton is an outstanding conservation village in Rutland. Together with Toll Bar they are served by one Parish Council. The villages are a mixture of traditional stone cottages and some of a more modern design. A working farm in the centre of Little Casterton is an important part of the life of the community. Tolethorpe is included in the parish, together with the restored Tolethorpe Hall which is used for theatre productions during the summer. A small part of the new housing in Stamford north is now included in the parish.
The village church of Little Casterton can easily be missed as it is tucked away behind Church Lane near the old School House and Chantry. There has been a church on this site since Norman times and is still used for Village worship.
Directly east of the church is Tolethorpe Park Cricket Club. The club plays friendly matches and the sound of bat on ball heralds the start of warm summer days. We will not mention the time a cricket ball went through a church window!
Tolethorpe was a separate village until it was finally united legally with Little Casterton in 1509. A descendant of the Browne family who lived at Tolethorpe was one of the original group that broke away from the Anglican Church and fled to Holland to live and worship. This eventually led to the founding of the church in America and is better known as the Pilgrim Fathers.
To experience the sights there is a public footpath that leads through Tolethorpe Park which passes a preserved building that was the original Tolethorpe Mill used by the estate for grinding corn.
For more information go to https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1073802
The Toll Bar is only a small but thriving community with plenty to offer. There is a Garden Centre incorporating a very busy Café which is a popular watering hole for walkers and cyclists.
On the top of the hill on the old A1 leading towards Stamford there is a Garage and Mini Supermarket which is popular with the nearby new housing estate. This also incorporates several small industrial units. Nearby not to be missed is a Nature Reserve, Casterton High Banks this is adjacent to the B1081 the old A1 road.
Toll Bar has a camp and caravan site which is popular being close to the A1 Stamford Bypass.
Toll Bar is served by a Bus route which is popular for getting to nearby Stamford or Peterborough.
'Together Against Cancer', (TAC), is a local Leicestershire charity that helps people impacted by cancer. We can support your Parishioners that desperately need physical, emotional, or practical help.
TAC's services are free of charge, online and in the 'Wellness Centre' to your parishioners who are affected by cancer. TAC's online 'Healing Hub', where they join for a free 12-month membership, is www.togetheragainstcancer.org.uk. They can also access free services at the 'Wellness Centre' based in Leicester. Your Parishioners may like to know about a free event at Keythorpe Manor, 'The Health and Wellness Show' on 10th April 2022.
Posted: Wed, 30 Mar 2022 10:21 by Ariana Pampoulides
The RCC is a community development charity which works to create stronger and more connected communities across Leicestershire, Rutland and surrounding rural areas.
The purpose of the project is to provide 1:2:1 support for individuals within their own community setting. By understanding their specific needs we will work with the individual to produce a personal action plan using local community groups and resources to help them to engage more with their local area therefore improving their health and wellbeing, which in turn will hopefully reduce their need to rely on local NHS services / GP surgeries for appointments which may not be medical in nature. This will of course benefit local NHS Services and GP practices by freeing up appointments and ensuring that we make our health services even better for those who need it the most. More »
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Posted: Thu, 10 Mar 2022 14:46 by Ariana Pampoulides
Parish Councillor vacancies.
With the retirement of two Parish Councillors, Howard Phillips and Arthur Hinch, there is an opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a Parish Councillor.
Typical duties are in caring for local road safety, road repairs and traffic control.
The Parish Council also has to give its opinion on larger issues such as the Mallard Pass Solar Farm, Monarch Park and other projects seeking planning permissions. More »
If you are interested in representing our community and wish to find out more, please call Ariana, Parish Clerk, on 07813 139882 or Howard, retiring Chair, on 01780 763950. » Less
Posted: Thu, 03 Mar 2022 11:00 by Ariana Pampoulides