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St.Edith’s Closed Until Further Notice.


The Church continues to be alive and active, but St. Edith’s Church must close until further notice.

We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.

Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.

Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building.

Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life. For more information please visit or www.facebook/louthchurch

The Ministry Team serving this church can be contacted in an emergency by e-mailing, or telephoning                  07901 852198, 07500 965321 or 07734 871159,

or leaving a message on 01507 605803.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.


Due to Coronavirus, all services are now suspended until further notice. However, St. Edith’s will remain open for as long as possible for Private Prayer and Worship. Please use the hand washing facilities available upon arriving and leaving the church.

Please keep safe and well and consider others when visiting St. Edith’s at this very difficult time.

We pray that the Lord be with you and your loved ones, and his Blessings be poured upon you. Amen.


St. Edith’s ‘A Community Church moving forward FOR YOU’  

Firstly, St. Edith’s PCC would like to inform you that our Sunday Service Time has changed. Our Sunday Service will now commence at 10.30am, NOT 11.15am, and we will welcome all new members to our congregation.

          Our Christmas Services went very well, with many attending our new Evening Carol Candlelit Service, where mulled wine and mince pies went down extremely well!! Of course, our always very popular Crib service, once again was very well attended. I would also like to add that the remainder of our mulled wine and mince pies was consumed rapidly after that service too (with treats for the children).  Both services were led by our retired resident priest, Reverend Julie.

We would like to thank all who attended and helped with our Christmas preparations to make this celebration such a success and an enjoyable time for all, young and old.

We are also most pleased that Freda has re-opened our shop and café after what seems to have been a long break. Since re-opening we are thrilled that so many visitors have attended, bringing and buying in support of many of Freda’s worthwhile and needy causes.

As regards our church building, plans and estimates are being sorted, and preparations are going well, with fundraising events being investigated. In addition, we are obtaining quotes and permissions to redecorate the unsightly south aisle, which will hopefully to be carried soon.

Do look out for our AFTERNOON TEAS & CAKES on 23rd May at Old Chapel House, to help raise funds for the Nave Alterations, also our 2nd SUMMER FUNDAY on 4th July. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing there.

2019 Harvest Service and Lunch

Our Harvest service was held at 11.15am on 6th October and presidedover by our retired Priest Revd Julie Oddy-Bates. The service was a joint service with the St. Edith’s and the Breakfast Church congregation, with their leader, Mr Mark Harrison leading the Prayers. We were also fortunate to have Mark’s wife, Margaret who played our organ to some very uplifting hymns.

After the service a two course lunch was held, consisting of various soups and rolls, accompanied by cheeses, celery and grapes finished off with several variations of sweets. We also held a raffle after lunch with some fantastic items donated; thank you for those.

Although the morning was very dark and wet, our service was most invigorating, and a good time was had by all. We had some new people attend for the first time and they were made most welcome.

We would like to thank everyone who supplied the food and prepared the tables. A special thanks to Freda, Christine and Margaret who kept the delicious food flowing, and of course did most of the tidying up.

We were generously given two large boxes of non-perishable food, and this was taken to The Louth Larder, for those who at this time face financial hardships.

A Very Warm Welcome To The Bishop of St. Davids.

It was a great privilege to welcome to The Right Reverend Dr Joanna Penberthy, The Bishop of St. Davids to St Edith’s Church on Saturday 21st September. Bishop Joanna presided at the Renewal of Marriage Vows Service for our retired Priest, Reverend Julie Oddy-Bates and Peter Bates, our new Churchwarden Elect.

Bishop Joanna arrives at St. Ediths

Julie and Pete wished to celebrate a very happy 10 years of marriage and their very happy new life here in Grimoldby, with their many new friends and old.

We were so fortunate, as the weather was sunny and very warm, just like it was on our wedding day 10 years ago, when Bishop Joanna was then Canon Reverend with her own parishes in rural Wales.

10 years ago Canon Reverend Joanna led the prayers and this time her husband, Reverend Adrian Legg, read the Apache Blessing.

Receiving Bishop Joanna’s Blessing

A reception was held afterwards at the happy couples home, a short distance from the church. Julie and Pete wish to thank everyone who attended the service and also those who gave so many lovely cards, best wishes and gifts.


It is with great sadness that St. Edith’s Parochial Church Council announce the deaths of their 2 Churchwardens. Mary Mundy stood down from her duties in April of this year due to her worsening ill health. She had been suffering with cancer for many years and after her determined fight, succumbed to her illness on the 1st August. Mrs Janet McKee, our remaining Churchwarden suddenly passed away on the 3rd August, after a short illness.

Mary retired to Manby after her career working as a Licensee in the Public House Industry. Janet, whose family were local farmers for many generations moved into her family farmhouse after retiring from teaching music and English in local schools.

Mary Mundy and Janet McKee

Mary and Janet had been Churchwardens for over 20 years and Janet also played the Church organ for our services, as well as St. Michael’s Church in Louth. They were both well known throughout the Midmarsh and Louth Church families, where they were respected for their long and faithful service to St. Edith’s Church and its community.

They were very close friends and have touched so many lives with God’s love that they will be so sadly missed by so many for many years to come. Two friends now together again in Gods care.


Summer Funday July 2019.

On Saturday 6th July St. Edith’s held their first Summer Funday. Despite the unsettled weather as we set up, it did remain dry and comfortable. Many volunteers, including members of St. Edith’s and the Grimoldby Methodist Society helped with the running of the individual games.         

We had the privilege of the welcoming of the Louth Detachment of Lincolnshire Army Cadets Force, led by Captain Mick Webber, Detachment Commander for Louth. The Cadets have assisted in work to the Churchyard as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. On this Funday these young men did a magnificent job in organising, demonstrating and guiding the children on their assault course, and much fun was had by all.

Ready………Steady………..WAIT FOR IT!!!

The games included Target Shot Football, Bomb Darts, an Aunt Sally stall, Horseshoe Quoits, O’s and X’s, a Water Balloon game and many others. Our many visitors, young and older, had a wonderful time with one of our favourite events, ‘Parachuting Teddies’.  There were many intrepid entrants for this event, some of them making the attempt more than once. These brave teddies etc.  daringly leapt from the top of the church tower endeavouring to stay afloat for the longest time. The winner at the end of the day was none other than ‘Buzz Lightyear’. I am also pleased to say that there were no injuries sustained by these courageous entrants.

Another one bites the dust!

          Another favourite was the Treasure Hunt around the church and churchyard. The carefully set questions kept everyone’s attention during their visit. The joint winners were Mrs Christine Grintalls and Mrs Yvonne Smith- well done you two.

Tom Rowley Getting ready for ACTION

The Treasure Hunt questionnaires and the games score cards were available by the Prayer Tree stationed along the main path to the Church. Visitors were encouraged to write their own prayer requests onto paper leaves which were then tied to the tree. The Prayer Tree was then taken into Church and the prayers was included in the following Sunday morning service.


Great Day, from Max

We would wish to thank all who helped with our very first Funday, and especially Freda and her team who provided such excellent refreshments to all, and we hope to see you all again next year.

News May 2019

Since our last blog report, we have had a very busy Lent and Easter with services on Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday and of Course Easter Sunday.

​We have been most fortunate with the arrival in April of the Louth Detachment of Lincolnshire Army Cadets Force, led by Captain Mick Webber, Detachment Commander for Louth. The Cadets have assisted in work to the Churchyard as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. These young men have done a magnificent job in helping to clear the south churchyard and have worked extremely hard. We also had their company in continuing the work on the south churchyard again on the 4th May. It was a delight to have them with us and we give a hearty thank you for all their hard work. They are due to continue next month, when they hope to clean the Great War Memorial and to re-inscribe the names of those local men who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Hack it …
Bag it …
And barrow it away.

The Saturday Shop continues to thrive thanks to the hard work of Freda and her team, with also our first very successful fashion show of the year taken place. All are welcome to come along on Saturdays to enjoy a coffee and bacon roll/tea cake; you may even find a bargain to take home!

​We are looking forward to our first organised Summer Funday, where we will be organising fun and games for everyone. The fun will begin at 11.30am and continue until everyone’s had enough. Entry and the games are free from charge and we again welcome the Army Cadets who will be setting up an assault coarse and assisting with the many games we have planned. Refreshments will be available at a reasonable price from Freda and her team.