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Dunholme Village


Background picture taken of havesting in a corn field on Honeyholes Lane August 2014

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The Parish Church of Dunholme is dedicated to St Chad.

There has been a church on this site for at least 700 years and there may have been a worshipping community in the village for even longer.  The fact that the Doomsday Book (1087) makes no mention of the church in Dunholme does not necessarily mean that no church existed.  It is one of 31 churches dedicated to St Chad, a native of Northumbria

St Chad’’s Church Notices

From St Chad’s Registers

 We share in the sadness of those who mourn the death of a loved one, remembering those whose funeral has taken place, or cremated remains have been laid to rest this month:


8 May John Voase

8 June Joan Herbert

16 June Brian Chapman


Knit and Natter

Don't forget to come along to the monthly "drop in" at St. Chad's Church on the third Wednesday of every month (next is 19th July) between 9.30 am and 11.00 am. 


 Open to all whether you can knit, crochet or just natter.

Please feel free to bring along your own items or join with us in supporting local charities.  Some of our more recent projects have included the Special Care Baby Unit and “Twiddlemuffs” for use with those with dementia. All welcome and Child Friendly.



Dunholme Post Office

now operating from St. Chad’s Church

Opening hours  Wednesday – 09.00 to 12.00  & Friday – 09.00 to 12.00


 Offering the full range of post office services including:

  • Banking – pay in and withdraw from most banks
  • Parcel Post
  • Foreign Currency

Euros on demand – other currencies by request

  • Pensions  
  • Pay your bills

  Amanda and Steve look forward to serving you.  Please drop in and have a word if you have any questions regarding post office services.


 Please support your local Post Office


St Chad’s Sunday School

July 9th 10.55 am – The Old School

 We invite you to St. Chad’s Sunday School

every second Sunday of the month

 Meet for child friendly activities followed by Communion in Church

with the rest of the church family 

 Hope to see you all there!



Chad’s Coffee Stop


 Tuesday 6th June in Dunholme Parish Church

between 9.30 and 11.30 a.m.

 On sale; Coffee, Tea, Squash

 Home-made cakes

Sheila, Pearl and Kath extend a warm welcome





July 2nd

3rd Sunday after Trinity


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: All Age Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




July 9th

4th Sunday after Trinity


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion (said)


Welton: All Age Worship




July 16th

5th Sunday after Trinity


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




July 23rd

6th Sunday after Trinity


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion


Dunhome: Encounter Evening




July 30th

7th Sunday after Trinity


Benefice Holy Communion

Dunholme: St Chad’s

WDS Benefice Church Letter

Spring has sprung: that mysterious orange globe has reappeared in the sky ( - let’s hope it hangs around for a bit!); the rain has stopped, at least for now; the birds are singing; and my garden is running riot – even more than usual.  Those nice folk who are kind enough to empty my green wheelie bin have taken away the first load of the season, only for me to fill it up again straight away.  Even ‘Peter’, our tortoise and sometime escape artist, has put in a tentative appearance: those of you who live close by may be familiar with him, particularly if your garden adjoins mine - sorry!  Doesn’t it feel good to see new life sprouting all around you?

You are probably reading this in early May and the Easter break is now but a fading memory, but in the Church’s year we are still very much in the season of Easter: indeed, I am penning this note in Holy Week.  Palm Sunday has been and gone: Jesus entered Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, to the jubilant acclaim of cheering crowds.  Then on Monday came his clash with the authorities as he set about clearing the money-lenders from the Temple, overturning not just tables and chairs but the power and authority of the Establishment.  It was this sequence of events that set Jesus on a final collision course with his destiny: first, his betrayal by a friend; then his arrest and the desertion of his companions; finally his interrogation, torture and death on the Cross, jeered by many of the same people who, only days previously, had shouted ‘Hosanna’ as he had arrived in the city.  Holy Week can a difficult time for many Christians the World over, the weights of those events at the heart of our faith bearing heavily upon us all, in marked contrast to the natural beauty that surrounds us at this time of year and the holiday atmosphere of the spring break after a long, dark winter.  It is often to that same natural beauty that we turn at such times, perhaps the perfect reminder of the hope of the resurrection and God’s promise of new life after death.  St John’s Gospel reminds us,

 ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit’.

(John 12.24 NRSVA)

Admittedly the gardening metaphor is sometimes over-worked, but for all that, I  believe that it still speaks to us.  Who can fail to be moved by the first green shoots  of spring, pushing up through the cold, dark earth and then bursting into glorious colour a short while later as the weather improves?  The beauty of creation as new life erupts all around us reminds us of the empty tomb on Easter morning and the signs and wonders that followed as the disciples encountered the risen Christ, reborn, renewed. 

 Alleluia, Christ is risen!  May I wish you all a belated happy Easter and hope that perhaps you may find a little time to draw breath and enjoy the beauty of Creation which surrounds us all here in our villages.

 Best wishes,

 Paul Maple.  Reader, Benefice of Welton, Dunholme and Scothern.



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Rev Andy Burrows

telephone: 01673 862486


Welton & Dunholme Methodist Chapel

Methodist Services in July

 2th 10.30 am       Own arrangement

 9th 10.30 am       David Stubbs

16th 10.30 am      Rev. Andy Burrows Holy Communion

23rd 10.30 am      Rev. Stephen Brown

30th 10.30 am      Own arrangement

Coffee Mornings

We are open every Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10.00 am until 11.30 am.  Why not pop in for a warm welcome and a hot drink?  There is a selection of coffees, teas, hot chocolate etc, plus a variety of light refreshments.  There is a book stall and toys available for the children.  On the first Wednesday of the month the Sewing Group get together from 10.00 till 12.00 noon.

Youth Club - LIFTED

The Youth Club (“LIFTED”) is on a Friday evening during term-tIme from 7.00 to 8.30 pm at the Chapel.  For more information please ring 862486.

Men’s Breakfast.

These informal social events are organised by Welton & Dunholme Methodist Church.  They are open to all men, whether churchgoers or not, interested in a good breakfast and meeting new friends.  Usually we have a speaker and on a variety of subjects.  We meet at 8.45 am and aim to finish by approximately 10.15 am.  Men’s Breakfast is normally held on the third Saturday of each month.  The next one will be on Saturday, 15th July.  Anyone interested, should contact John Ryland (860823) or David Wilson (861461).

Ladies Fellowship

The July meeting will be a meal out.   We meet each month on the second Thursday with a variety of speakers and topics. We are a friendly informal group and newcomers are always welcome.  If you would like further details about any of our meetings, please contact Barbara on 860823. 


 Have you ever thought about how fortunate you are compared to other people?

 Many children in Africa do not lead happy lives. Where adults cannot farm, find work, or suffer from illnesses, children often become the main income-earners for their families. Some smuggle goods or beg on the streets, some find items to sell from rubbish dumps or work in the fields.

 Kids4school is a charity that gives children in Tanzania an opportunity to go to school, get a meal everyday and have clean water. By sponsoring a child with Kids4school, such children have hope of having a decent future.

 I got involved with Kids4School through my grandmother on my father’s side. She has been sponsoring a child for seven years. Once she told me all about it, I knew right away that I wanted to go change somebody’s future. For three years now I have been sponsoring Abdala and it has been a really rewarding knowing that you are helping someone who isn’t as lucky as you.

 We were delighted to have Reverend Tom Robinson, Kids4School director, visiting our church in Welton. Rev. Robinson, who had been many times in Tanzania, explained first hand how life was for the children there and how the sponsorship was making a difference in the lives of these children. Thanks to Rev. Robinson’s visit, many people in our Church have been touched by the work carried out by Kids4School. Like myself, I know that they felt the urge to sign up and commit to this good cause.


I would encourage anybody to learn more about the fantastic work Rev. Robinson and his team has been doing over the years in many parts of Tanzania. It is truly inspiring. Would you be the next sponsor for Kids4School?



Our Chapel was founded by a young Wesleyan preacher by the name of John Hannah in 1815.  He was the third son of a local coal merchant whose parents were both Wesleyan Methodists, so it is probably not a surprise that he became a Minister himself at a young age in 1814, when he began preaching in the villages surrounding Lincoln.  He was noted as an impressive preacher and a ready public speaker of unusual eloquence and ability who twice held the office of President of the Wesleyan Conference, first in 1842 and then again in 1851.  He travelled extensively, twice visiting the United States with the Wesleyan Conference of Great Britain as a representative of English Methodism along with numerous positions in the United Kingdom, both as a Minister and a theological tutor at parishes as varied as Stoke Newington, Hoxton and Didsbury in Yorkshire.

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John Hannah

Life in a parsnip!

Last week I sowed some seeds, planted out cabbages and took some cuttings. I was particularly pleased with the cuttings; recycling lemonade bottles to make mini propagators; they will have rooted in about four weeks. And already I am looking forward to the harvest, late season beetroot, pea shoots for salad, winter cabbage and Rosemary plants.

The thing is I wasn’t on my own, I had a group of young adults, all keen as mustard. Folding and rolling newspaper to make seed trays and paper pots; excited and impatient, chattering away, showing me their successes. And some older folk too; lots of technical questions, lots of shared experience.

There’s something about growing and something about shared experience. Seedlings bursting through the soil, roots emerging from a stick; life, growth, determination to survive and thrive. Isn’t that what all of us want? Life, growth, determination to more than survive; to thrive? Each of us have some knowledge of life, but to share it with others, to share the experiences of life, to help others live life: to put down roots, grow, offer support when life is tough, surely that is in part what it means to be alive, to be community?

The other year I sowed some parsnips, enjoying them over the winter months. I saved some for Christmas lunch. But come Christmas I forgot they were there and bought some from a supermarket. In the spring the parsnips started sprouting and I wondered what would happen … they grew … very tall. When they flowered, suddenly I had hundreds of honey bees feeding off them, their legs covered in green pollen; my forgetfulness feeding nature. Later I collected the seed, enough for the village I reckon, I gave much away, sowed some in a community garden. Of course, as I harvested the seed, some of it fell by the wayside, some amongst the stones, some among weeds and some in good soil! I’ve never seen parsnips so large, one was enough to feed five of us with parsnip soup!

How many others did the seed feed, I’ve no idea, but sharing the good things of life, helping another and letting another help you are part of what it means to be Christian – to love your neighbour. And if you forget something, God seems to have an uncanny ability to turn it around for good, in fact as the scriptures say he feeds the birds of the air … and the insects of the field I reckon. To feed another just requires a bit of generosity on our behalf, but the memories of shared experience last a lifetime. So plant a seed of love and watch it grow.


Revd. Paul