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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

We will not meet in December and will restart on Wednesday 16th January 2019.  We meet monthly in St. Chad’s Church on the third Wednesday of every month 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



Starting in January the three churches in Welton, Dunholme and Scothern will be praying for our communities, street by street, including any groups, organisations, schools that may be on that street through each month.

You don’t have to tread the pavements to take part!!

The Parish News magazine will list the streets we are praying for each month.

If you would like to join us as prayer triplets or just know a bit more before you make up your mind please contact Glyn on 861907, Dave on 860986 or Yvonne on 862278.


 From the Parish 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 recently:

 13 November Sheila Folkard

23 November Les Holmes



The opening times for St Chad’s Post office have changed. 

The new opening hours will be:

Monday afternoon – 15.00 to 18.00

Wednesday morning  – 09.00 to 12.00

CHRISTMAS  -  CLOSED - 24th December

RE-OPEN – 2nd January 2019

 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


St Chad’s Sunday School
Meet at St Marys Church Welton

 December 9th 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






December 2nd

Advent 1


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: All Age Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




December 9th

Advent 2


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion (said)


Welton: All Age Worship




December 16th

Advent 3


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Welton: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Carol Service




December 23rd

Advent 4


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion




December 24th

Christmas Eve


Dunholme: Crib Service and

All Age Nativity


Dunholme : Midnight Communion




December 25th

Christmas Day


Welton: Benefice Holy Communion




December 30th

Christmas 1


Welton: Benefice Holy Communion




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Dear Reader

I'm sat writing this near the edges of Lake Windemere, in the cafe of a garden centre in the middle of November. The setting of the lake is beautiful. The mist's tendril-like fingers gently creeping across the surface of the water and the magnificent crowns of the hills keep appearing, disappearing and then reappearing again. We've just had a stonkingly good breakfast - full English of course - and my friend has just arrived back with a pot of tea and a coffee as we both settle down to do a bit of work. Our wives, however, are somewhere in the garden centre looking at Christmas decorations. And this is where my issues begin. 

If you've ever spoken to me in the run up to Advent and Christmas, you may have heard my whingeing. This place you see, (as many have been since the end of halloween or even in some cases, summer), is rammed full with Christmas decorations. It's full of artificially shimmering snow-dusted displays, the Christmas songs have been playing and I've just been passed by a member of staff who is carrying a Christmas tree for a customer. I'm being watched closely on my table by an ornamental wobbling reindeer with a bright red nose. 

I don't have any problem with enjoying the anticipation of Christmas. The season of Advent has always been a time of preparation and expectation as we look forward to celebrating the birth of the baby Jesus, Emmanuel, God-with-us in Christ (King) Jesus, and as we think upon the promises of God that he brings. Those promises of love for a broken world and peace for all. I love this season in fact. But as I look around, I wonder if on Boxing Day, (or even on Christmas Eve) that they will be stripping the decorations out to make way for the Easter bunnies? Why is it that Christmas seems to be over by Boxing Day? Aren't there twelve days of Christmas (as the song with milking-maids and leaping-lords goes)? 

Yes, this is my issue - there are twelve days of Christmas season starting with Christmas Day! Our decorations should stay up, any roast turkey leftovers should live on as far as is healthily possible, and our celebrating the birth of Jesus and Christmas cheer and goodwill to all should continue to be shared with our family, friends and neighbours. 

And why should we continue the celebrations? For surely it is worth celebrating for more than just one day that God so loved the world that he sent his son Jesus as the world's saviour! 

So when we get to the end of Boxing Day, let's not rip the decorations down, let's not put the tree outside. Let's keep them up until the 6th January! We can keep playing the Christmas music. Let's spend time with loved ones if we can. Let's look out for those for whom Christmas might be a hard or lonely time and be good and kindly to our neighbours.

And if you want to experience the fullness of our Christmas season and the real message of Christmas, please do join in with our village Christmas services! Wishing you a very peaceful Christmas and New Year.   Adam


 Dear All

It's been a long time since my last letter. The vicar has had many enquiries as to why I haven't put paw-to-pen-to-paper. He's been telling people it's because I've been a naughty boy these last few months. He says it's something to do with my adolescence. I haven't got a clue what that really means to be honest. Anyway, he says I'm calming down and can share my doggy wisdom with the world once more!

So, to my fellow canines I have come up with the Ten Christmas Commandments. These have been learned from previous experience. 

1. Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They might be more highly-strung than usual.

2. There might be sacks and oversized socks filled with things called presents. It is wise to assume that these are not all yours.

3. Go along with your owners if they want to decorate you. Making you wear antlers seems to amuse them tremendously. The shame is worthwhile if they reward you with food and praise!

4. Your owners might move a tree into the house. This is not a toilet. 

5. Don't drink out of the pot in which the tree stands. 

6. Don't rip open the packages that sit underneath the tree. Even if they are for you. It will not make you popular. 

7.When strange people come over to the house, do not assume that they want to be kissed, sat on, or have their socks removed. You will likely be removed to another room. 

8. Do not eat the food on the dinner table however tempting. You will likely be removed from the house. 

9. When people sit on your sofa, forgive them. Subtle begging to these people sometimes benefits rewards. 

10. If a big man with a white beard appears from the chimney, do not bite him or bark at him. He is a friend. You will be very unpopular if he cannot make a delivery. The same could be said for Amazon deliveries. Although if they come down the chimney, they are fair game. 

Have a woofingly good Christmas and New Year,

Bertie the Vicarage Dog


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Rev Andy Burrows

telephone: 01673 862486


Welton & Dunholme Methodist Chapel

Methodist Services

December 2nd  10.30 am   Revd. Margaret Doughty.

December 9th  10.30 am  Own arrangement. 

December 16th  10.30 am  Revd. Helen Hooley – Holy Communion.

December 16th    6.00 pm  Carol Service.

December 23rd  10.30 am        Revd. Martin Amery.

December 25th  9.30 am  Christmas Morning – Revd. Helen Hooley.

December 30th  10.00 am  United Service at Nettleham – Revd. Alan Swann.        


 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 book stall and toys available for the children.  On the first Wednesday of the month the Sewing Group get together from 10.00 am till 12.00 noon.

Youth Club

Welton & Dunholme Methodist Church are hoping to re-start Youth Club in the New Year.  This will be for the new William Farr Year 7’s and will be on Friday’s 7.00 - 8.30 pm.

If your child is interested in making new friends and having a safe space to have fun and play games please contact Julia on 01673 863022 and leave your contact details! 

Ladies Fellowship.

Ladies Fellowship will meet at 7.45 pm on the 13th December at 16 Ryland Road for a Christmas get-together.  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. 

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 December at The Secret Garden Tearooms, Welton.  Anyone interested, please contact John (860823) or David (861461).


Help!   Help!   Help!

Christmas is fast approaching, a very special time of the year. A time of celebrating, feasting and giving of gifts. Please remember those less fortunate who find this time of year especially difficult. If you are able please donate food either at the Co-op till points or at 16 Ryland Rd. Welton.

I also collect toys for distribution around Lincoln, we collect for all ages from babies to teenagers and ask that your gifts are unwrapped to help with the sorting. These may also be handed into 16 Ryland Rd.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas wherever and however you spend it.

Linda McCree

Film Club

We had another bumper turnout at our last Film Club with six first timers who I am sure will soon be regulars. We all enjoyed ‘Once More’ starring Morgan Freeman a real feel good film. Our December film will be something completely different, a Christmas Special which will be followed by afternoon tea with lots of seasonal goodies. So if you would like to join us on December 6th please ring 860998 we start at 2.00pm and the cost is £4.00.

We are sorry that there will be no film in January.


 Poppy Project

As promised in last month’s News the total number of poppies, crafted by the young and old and those in between, amounted to…….  2940!

I am sure you will agree that was a fantastic response, thanks again to you all. We have decided to continue crafting poppies with a closing date of April 20th. in the hope of producing enough panels to complete the Co-op railings next year.

So something to keep you busy during the winter months!  



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.

Ministry Team Message November

 November is always such a busy month, what with the approach of Christmas  only a matter of weeks away. No matter what your plans, hopefully you will all be able to pause a while, and consider what Christmas means to you? Time with family and friends as well as time for memories of Christmas past. One thing is unavoidable - and that is for the millions of Christians at home and all over the world, it is one of the most important days of the year. Celebrating the birth of Gods own son, Jesus, the most perfect gift anyone could ever wish for.

As this month unrolls, there are a few important dates that you might like to bear in mind?  On Friday 2nd November there will be a Benefice All Souls Service at St Mary's Church Welton, starting at 7.00pm, where we remember all of those who have died in recent months as well as previous years. This is a beautiful service and is open to all....

 Also at St Mary's on 11th November, the British Legion will be leading a special Remembrance Service at St Mary's Welton War Memorial in the churchyard commencing at 10.45am. This will be followed by refreshments and the traditional laying of poppies on the altar.

 November is also "Pancreatic Cancer Awareness" month. This cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to treat, and sadly only 7% of those diagnosed survive beyond 5 years.  During November a number of landmark buildings nationally and locally will be lit with a purple light. At least one building In our Benefice will display this special colouring; on November 1st to mark the beginning of "Pancreatic Cancer Awareness" month and also on Thursday 15th November to mark the 15th World Pancreatic Cancer Day.

 What ever you are doing over these next few weeks, I hope that you will be able to find some time to reflect on the true meaning and wonder of Christmas  -   and if it's not too early may I wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Joyful New Year.


Peter Everett

Authorised Local Minister


Community Bible Study


CBS is a group that meets every week (in term-time) in Dunholme Old School, to study the Bible together.  Last year, we studied several books of the Old Testament, Joshua, Judges, Ruth and 1 & 2 Samuel.  We saw how God lead his people to settle in the Promised Land, how they established themselves in spite of battles and disasters, and how God guided, encouraged and disciplined them through his appointed leaders.

This year we are going to be studying Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians, with its guidance for the newly established church at Corinth, written some 2000 years ago.  I’m sure that we will find relevance for Christians and churches today in every study. 

We currently have 24 members, drawn from several different churches, so our discussions are always interesting!  We split into four small groups, so that everyone has a chance to contribute to the discussion, and form deep, supportive friendships.

Our first meeting this year will be on Wednesday 12th September, 9.30-11.30.  This will consist of registering for the year, and an introductory talk to 1 & 2 Corinthians.  If you would like to join us, you would be very welcome – no qualifications are needed to take part in CBS, just an interest in God’s word.  For more information, please contact me, Jane Hutchinson on 01673 866467, or 07952 425042.

There are other CBS classes in the area, meeting on different days – take a look at to find other locations.


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John Hannah