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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

St Chad’s Church Notices


 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 20th December) 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. All welcome and child friendly


 From the Parish Registers

We welcome into the Family of God's Church through Holy Baptism:

15 October                     Connie Brown


 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:

23 October                     James Ellis



Dunholme Post Office

As from January 2018 the opening times for St Chad’s Post office are changing.  The new opening hours will be:

Monday afternoon – 15.00 to 18.00

Wednesday morning  – 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


          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

Meet at St Marys Church Welton

December 10th 10.55 am


This Sunday we will join with Welton for the Nativity

Hope to see you all there!

We invite you to St. Chad’s Sunday School

every second Sunday of the month

Chad’s Coffee Stop


 Tuesday 7th November 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





December 3rd

Advent 1


Scothern: Morning Worship



Dunholme: All Age Worship


Welton: Holy Communion

December 10th

Advent 2


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion (said)


Welton: All Age Worship

December 17th

Advent 3


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Welton: Holy Communion

December 24th

Advent 4


Scothern: Holy Communion (said)


Dunholme: Crib Service and All Age Nativity


Dunhome: Midnight Holy Communion

December 25th

Christmas Day


Welton: Holy Communion

December 31st

Christmas 1


Welton: Benefice Holy Communion

Newsletter 1712 Rev Dr Helen Hooley.


 “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” 
― John Wesley


 Who’s up for a Reverse Advent calendar?

No one should go hungry, and especially at Christmas. Yet, here in the UK, and across Lincoln (and not just in the places you’d perhaps expect), people can’t afford to feed their children. In 2016/17, one organization gave out nearly 1.2 million 3-day emergency food supplies. That’s a lot of people in desperate situations.


 People can’t just show up at a Foodbank; you have to be referred, by school, by doctors, citizens advice… Benefit delays and changes account for 43% of referrals to Trussel Trust Foodbanks, and this figure is set to rise as Universal Credit is rolled out. Families in receipt of free school meals also struggle during the holidays.


 A Reverse Advent calendar is where, each day for 25 days, you put an item in a box to give to a local food bank. Perhaps, we can make Christmas a bit better for someone else; the organisations will accept donations into January and beyond.


 I really believe many of us are only a relationship breakdown, an illness or a job loss away from tipping into financial troubles. Recent figures suggest that half of UK adults are potentially financially vulnerable. Even if you can’t manage a reverse advent calendar, adding a couple of items to the collection point at a local supermarket will make a difference.


 Have a blessed Christmas, Rev Dr Helen Hooley.


 Urgently needed food includes tins of meat / meals, fish, juice. Generally have sufficient pasta, beans, cereal.

The Lincoln Community Larder is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1.30pm to 3.00pm at the Rosemary Lane site. If you would like to drop off a donation, this is the time you can be sure of finding someone there to take it in.


Tesco, Wragby road and Canwick road, 24 hours, Monday to Saturday (front of store)

Alive church, Newland Street, 0900 – 1600, at reception

Morrisons, Tritton Road, 0600 – 2300, near checkouts.

Nomad trust – call 01522 569541, to donate food at one of their shops.

Christmas sacks – donations of new / like new toys, teddies, Christmas treats, hats / gloves / scarves, wrapping paper and sellotape. Look out for ‘Giving Trees’ around the city, where you can drop off items.


Food in School Holidays (FiSH)

Our God  -  enlighten


 For those of you who don’t know -  FiSH (Food in School Holidays) is a project run by local churches, partnering with local schools in supporting families in need over the summer holidays, by producing food vouchers redeemable at local shops.


 The combined music groups of Dunholme, Lincoln Christian Fellowship and Welton  -enlighten  - were moved by stories of local children going hungry during school holidays, so decided to do something about it. They have come together to create an album called

Our God which is a collection of 10 traditional hymns and new worship songs including “Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer” and “10,000 Reasons”.

All the profits from the sale of this CD will go directly to the FiSH project.


 Copies of the CD are available for the very reasonable price of just £10 each.

For more information and/or to buy a copy of this CD please contact


 Helen Loving (St. Chad’s Church) Tel 01673 861714



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Dear Reader, 

Something's going down in the vicarage. It's full of excitement! The vicar was standing on a stool sticking the head of an animal on the wall yesterday. Strange creature too. Some kind of horned beast with a big smile and a red nose. Everyone admires it when they come into the house. It's a good job it's out of my jumping range else it'd be de-fluffed! 

The vicar's kids have chosen another tree to go by the fireplace. I remember them doing this from last year. They'll start to cover it in all kinds of wonderful things which all look so good to chew but I won't be able to get at them. It's because the vicar has erected this massive fence around it. Probably wise really. I think he thinks I can't discern that it's not an indoor toilet for me. I am sometimes so misunderstood!

It's also delivery season. I love delivery season. These men and women in their vans keep coming and going, welcomed and sent away with my best barking. They come to the door with these packages that the vicar's wife keeps ordering from the land of On-Line. Must be a wonderful place that - a country where they have everything you need... The vicar's wife orders lots of stuff from the land of On-Line. The vicar complains about it a fair bit. I'm thankful for it though as even my food comes from there, that's my favourite delivery. 

I don't see much of the vicar at the moment. I hear he's doing something called Christmas season so doesn't have so much time to hang out with me. His loss I say. He's been trying to think of a story to help people think about other people at this time, but he's made a real mistake not asking me. I could help him if he would only stop and ask. You see, I know a story which goes like this:

It's Christmas Eve. A crowd of shoppers ebbs and flows in and out of shops, busy seeking out last-minute bargains. A small puppy called Molly, wearing a tattered collar, weaves in and out of the throng of people on the high street. She's pretending she is also shopping - you could say she's window-shopping. The lights in the window are twinkling, the decorations dazzling. Looking at the cakes and pastries on the counter, Molly feels even more hungry. She presses her wet nose against the grubby window. The shop manager spies her pale face pinched with hunger and shouts "Get out of there!"

Molly doesn't need to be told twice. Frightened, she hurries through the crowd until she reaches the doorway she shares with her owner. He is asleep. Sleep is the only thing that they do not have to buy. Sleep helps them forget. Forget being hungry...having no new new new decorations. Molly soon falls asleep too as in the distance, the Salvation Army band can be heard playing "Silent Night". 

I wonder if we've seen those like these in our community? Someone who we might feel called to share the blessings of Christmas with? Someone who has a need? Someone who is isolated or lonely perhaps? Can we keep our eyes and ears open so we don't miss them? 

That's what I'd tell the vicar to share. We all know the Christmas story and how we can celebrate it. But I wonder how it might inspire us this Christmas?

Have a fabulous Christmas and New Year!

With much love,  Bertie the Vicarage Dog. 


 P.S. - Dear Reader,

Due to popular demand I've let Bertie write the letter at Christmas this year. However he's forgotten to invite you to our Christmas services!!

Please don't forget to check our services. Our carol service; nativity service (dressed as your favourite nativity character of course!); the midnight service which starts at 23.15 not midnight; and our Christmas Day service (bring a present to show). All are welcome - we'd love to see you!

Have a really meaningful and peaceful Christmas and New Year from me!

Adam (Vicar of Welton, Dunholme & Scothern )

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Rev Andy Burrows

telephone: 01673 862486


Welton & Dunholme Methodist Chapel

Methodist Services in December

3rd   10.30 am  Toy Service / Christmas Praise              

10th  10.30 am  Rev. Helen Hooley: Holy Communion

17th  10.30 am  Arthur Trafford

17th    6.00 pm  Carol Service: Rev. Helen Hooley

24th   10.30 am  Rev. Andy Burrows


Toy Service / Christmas Praise - Sunday December 3.

Our Toy Service is a little late this year as we are incorporating it within Christmas Praise.  As usual any new/ as-new gifts and wrapping paper will be appreciated, suitable for babies to teenagers.  

CABRA Christmas Concert.

CABRA will be entertaining us with their Christmas Concert on Saturday 16th December at 7.30 pm in the Chapel.  Tickets are £5.00 (£2.50 children) including light refreshments.  Tickets are available at the Chapel Coffee Mornings on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10.00 and 11.30 a.m. or contact Ruth on 861461.

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.

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, 16thDecember at The Secret Garden Tearooms.  Anyone interested, should contact John Ryland (860823) or David Wilson (861461).

Ladies Fellowship.

We shall end this year with our Christmas Party at 7.45 pm on the 14th December at 16 Ryland Road, the home of Linda McCree.  It will be a Bring and Share supper and all are welcome to join us, as we are a friendly informal group and newcomers are always welcome. We resume again in the New Year on Thursday 11th January at 7.45 pm with a talk on Transformation by Rev. Helen Hooley, our Minister, at 21 Chapel Lane, Welton. If you would like further details about any of our meetings, which are held on the second Thursday of the month, please contact Barbara on 860823. 

Alpha Course

Welton & Dunholme Methodist Church will be holding an Alpha course on eleven consecutive Monday evenings starting on January 8, 2018 in the John Hannah Room at the Chapel.  Alpha is a series of interactive sessions to discuss life and Christian faith in an informal, fun and friendly environment.  No exams or tests!  Each session will commence with a meal followed by a video and discussion. There is one session on a Saturday, Feb 24 at a venue to be decided.  Please contact Averil (863008) or David (861461) for more details.

Needy Families

Each year I collect toys to be used as Christmas gifts for families who cannot afford to treat their own children. I have been doing this for many years and I am always touched by your generosity and also saddened that the number of needy families keeps growing. The gifts are distributed around Lincoln through a charity who cater for all ages from babies to teenagers. They request that the gifts are unwrapped to help with sorting, however gifts of Christmas wrapping paper are also always welcome. You may leave your donations at 16 Ryland Rd, Welton or at the Chapel coffee mornings held every Wednesday & Saturday morning.  Linda McCree

Food for the Hungry

I am pleased to announce that the Co-op have once more agreed to be a collecting point for our food for the hungry collection. We collect food up until Christmas and all food is distributed to needy families in Lincoln. All you need to do is hand over any contributions at the till points then we deliver it to the charity who distributes it. These gifts make a huge difference and I would be very grateful if you are able to help.

 Film Club

Novembers film was ‘The hundred-foot Journey’ starring Helen Mirren. It was a feel good comedy about an Indian family opening a restaurant in a quaint village that already had a Michelin starred restaurant. After early difficulties between the two establishments they eventually sort things out. Our next film will be shown on December 7tht when both film and food will both have a Christmas theme. Why not come along and join us the film begins at 2.00pm followed by afternoon tea all for £4.00. Rung the booking Office on 860998 to book your seat.

Krafty Kids

We will meet on December 21st at 2.00pm and with Christmas fast approaching we will be truly in the Christmas spirit. If you have a pre-school child at home why not come and join in the festivities.           


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

Community Bible Study

Community Bible Study is a really effective and accessible way of studying the Bible.  You don’t have to have any previous Bible knowledge, just a willingness to learn.  Each week, members look at a passage and answer questions on it at home.  Then we meet together and discuss our answers, and listen to a short talk afterwards.  Our members are drawn from six different churches, and it is fascinating to study God’s word together, hearing different people’s insights and opinions, and learning from each other. 

Over the last year, we have been studying the Book of Romans, which was written by Paul to the early church in Rome.  This year we will be looking at some of the Servants of God from the Old Testament books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Ruth.  The stories of the Walls of Jericho, Gideon’s Fleece, Samson and Delilah, David and Goliath, and King Saul, will be familiar to many, but studying them in detail will really bring them to life. 

We meet every Wednesday (in term time), 9.30 – 11.30, at the Old School Rooms, Dunholme.  Our first meeting of the term will be 20th September, to catch up with each other after the long summer break and to register for the year.  If you would like to join us, you would be more than welcome.  Please ring me for more details on 01673 866467.

Jane Hutchinson

PS.  If you are interested in studying the Bible, but can’t make Wednesday mornings, there are other CBS classes on Tuesday morning in Nettleham, and Thursday evening in Stainton by Langworth,  and another class meets on Friday morning at Bailgate Methodist Church.  There is also a class with a thriving children’s programme on Thursday morning that meets at Croft St Baptist Church, Lincoln.  Again, ring me for more details.

Jane Hutchinson 01673 866467.


Do you own a Bible? 


When was the last time you read it?

 The Bible Society work to help people make sense of it in their everyday lives. Because they (and I) believe that when people engage with the Bible, lives can change – for good.

 I’d like to share a story from their website…

 “My Bible – Reasons to believe in the power of the Bible.

 ‘I was made redundant from a job presenting and reporting at ITV West in 2009. We knew it was coming. But when you actually stop and drive away from a newsroom having presented your last bulletin, that’s a bit of a wrench. It was a very difficult time. That was when I ended up working at Bible Society as a press officer: something I’d never done before. What helped me at that time was reading the story of Peter walking on the water to Jesus. I saw that, at some moment, you’ve got to get out of the boat, you’ve got to step out. Peter stepped out in faith and he lost his nerve a bit. I’d learned to tell stories in a succinct way in TV newsrooms. Now I could use those skills, but step out of my comfort zones. Reading that passage reassured me. It was very powerful.  When you’re a reporter, you’re always scanning documents to see if there’s a story in there for you. It makes you lazy. You can’t read the Bible like that. You have to feel it. And what I feel is that Jesus’ life really spoke to me. It was who he was, what he was about. An MP I interviewed once said to me that Jesus was “the most compelling and interesting person who’d ever lived”. I agree with that. His story is so powerful.’ ”

 If you want to read this part of the story for yourself – look in the Bible in the book of Matthew, chapter 14, and start at verse 25.

 There are lots of different translations; The Message is easy to read, NRSV is an accurate modern translation, the Lego Bible tells the story with Lego characters, The Lion Storyteller Bible is good for reading out loud, King James has some beautiful ancient poetry. Just read it!


 Rev Helen Hooley


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 Bertie the Vicarage Dog.