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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

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 16th January) 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!!

During January the three churches of our Benefice will be praying for Honeyholes Lane and Barrett Grove in Dunholme

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.


 St Chad’s Live

St. Chad’s Live is an informal acoustic evening for all local musicians to enjoy a little bit of time playing, singing, chatting and enjoying each-others performances. Friday 25th January at 7.30pm is your opportunity to enjoy the next acoustic night – which is also Burns Night! Perhaps a song from Mr Burns’ words will be on the cards. Bring a drink or two, your voice and an instrument and come along to enjoy the fun and company at St Chad’s Church, Dunholme.


 If you would like more information please contact

Cliff Doe on (01673) 860334





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

January 13th 10.55 am

We invite you to St. Chad’s Sunday School

every second Sunday of the month in Dunholme Old School

Meet for child friendly activities followed by Communion in Church

with the rest of the church family

Hope to see you all there!





January 6th



Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: All Age Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




January 13th

Baptism of Christ


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion (said)


Welton: All Age Worship




January 20th

Epiphany 3


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




January 27th

Epiphany 4


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Encounter Evening




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Unexpected Visitors

 Looking back, it’s funny what sticks in your mind: I still recall it all, clear as day.  It was a hot, dusty morning in our little town, up here in the hills.  I say town – ‘The City of David’, way back when – more of a village really though.  Even up here, you can still feel the heat as the sun climbs higher in the sky, though thankfully the breeze takes the edge off.  Anyway, I was resting in the shade of my house, taking a breather from the vegetable patch; it’s back-breaking work.  I had leant back against the wall and rested my eyes – just for a moment…


 …Something jolted me awake.  Only faint at first, a sound carried on the breeze, gradually getting louder.    Something was happening further down the street, but I couldn’t see what, for the heat haze and the dust.  My neighbours started to appear; they’d obviously heard it as well.  I wondered what could be happening to attract so much attention in this windswept, little town in the back of beyond, about as far from the bright lights and the big city as you can get?


 And then I saw them: camels became visible as the dust cloud cleared.  There was clearly something odd going on.  Camels, ‘ships of the desert’, were hardly normal fare for these parts; most of us settle for donkeys, or more likely, shanks’ pony.  Camels were expensive and exotic, the preserve of the rich.  Now I could see properly: it was like something out of a half-remembered story from my youth, so many seasons ago.  The riders on the camels were dressed magnificently; and the caravan they were travelling with, so many people; like a small army, dressed all in their finery.  I could not imagine what they might want here, so I moved a little closer.


 They stopped outside the little cottage on the end, just past the inn.  Nice young couple lived there with their baby.  He was the village handyman: good with wood.  He helped me with my shed, just after they arrived. Never knew much about her, other than she always dressed in blue – something unusual about her; ‘something special’, my wife used to say.  They weren’t from round here.  I remember the night they arrived.  It must have been a couple of years before all these goings on – just them and their donkey - her, heavily pregnant; and with nowhere to stay, what with the census and all.  The place was chaos, chocked full of visitors and not a bed to be had for love nor money. Still, my neighbour, him with the Inn, he took them in and found them a corner of his stable.  Not much, I suppose, but it was warm and dry – ‘any port in a storm’, as they say, down Galilee way.  Later on that night, there was the most almighty racket.  I’m not much of a singer, but folks who know said ‘they’ – whoever ‘they’ were – were very good; such amazing singing.


 The baby, too: always smiling – such beautiful eyes – felt like they were looking right through me, you know, but in a good way?  Not like a baby’s eyes at all: like very old eyes.  Littl’un looked at you like he had known you for your entire life. I’m sure he knew who I was, where I’d been, what I’d done; everything about me. 


 Sorry, I do go on a bit sometimes, or so my missus used to say.  Anyhow, then it was all hustle and bustle.  A couple of lads, ‘the help’, unpacked one of the wagons.  I couldn’t see at first what they were unloading, but then the caravan guards  - you know the type – started to take a professional interest in the crowd, so whatever was in the wagon must 

have been expensive.  I wormed my way in closer still for a better look. 


 First was a bag, a heavy one by the look of it.  Money?  Gold, probably.  Then there was a carved wooden box, a posh version of the ones you’d see in the Temple, full of frankincense or suchlike.   I remembering wondering what they would want with that? Our synagogue was at the other end of the street in any case.  The last one was some sort of flask; small but very ornate.  I guessed it must have been an expensive perfume. All those things together must have been worth a small fortune.  Then, three elders, very well dressed – I guessed they were in charge - went inside the cottage, taking the costly stuff in with them, whilst the hired muscle closed the door and kept the curious away.  All very strange: they didn’t look like family. 


 And that was it.  The visitors didn’t stop long: well, they wouldn’t, would they?  Nothing round here for the likes of them.  Hardly going to stop in our old inn, were they?  Really, you’d have thought they would have stayed in Jerusalem; or with the Governor. I have often wondered who they were?  Where they came from; and where they went, for that matter?  Anyhow, they went off down the old track towards the plains – nothing down that way for miles  - and not the way they came, either; odd, that.   Funnier still, the young family themselves upped and went soon after, in the middle of the night, without a word – just vanished.  Wonder if it had anything to do with that star that seemed to hang around over us for ages?  Strange times indeed.

Paul Maple, Lay Reader, WDS Benefice Ministry Team


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Rev Andy Burrows

telephone: 01673 862486


Welton & Dunholme Methodist Chapel

Methodist Services

January 6th 10.30 am Own arrangement – Cafe style.  

January 13th 10.30 am Revd. Margaret Roe. 

January 20th 10.30 am Revd. Martin Amery.

January 27th 10.30 am       Revd. Helen Hooley – Holy Communion/Covenant.


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.


Ladies Fellowship.

Ladies Fellowship will meet at 7.45 pm on the 10th January at 21 Chapel Lane for a talk by Elaine Johnson on Women’s Suffrage in Lincolnshire.  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, 19th January at The Secret Garden Tearooms, Welton.  Anyone interested, please contact John (860823) or David (861461).



To all who responded to my request and donated gifts either of food or toys for needy families this Christmas. Once again the people of Welton did us proud. The charity who distribute them were very grateful, as will be the families when they receive them. So please enjoy your Christmas knowing that your kindness will mean lots of other families will have a better Christmas than they could have hoped for.

Thank you also to the staff of the Co.op who act as a collection point for the food.


 Film Club

We showed ‘The Santa Clause’ for our Christmas film this year, this was much enjoyed by the 46 who attended, as was the food which followed. Please make note that there is no film in January so our next showing will be February 7th.


If you are looking for something to do during the cold winter days please remember that we are continuing to craft poppies from wool or material up until April 20th. If you need more details please contact Linda McCree 860998.    




 As Christians, we believe that God loves us and wills the very best for us. But we also know that suffering of all kinds and ultimately death are conditions from which we cannot escape. But God is not distant. In Jesus Christ, he shared in this life’s suffering and death on the cross, and he can draw near to us in times such as these. However, his resurrection in the power of the Holy Spirit gives us hope that we might have a foretaste of his kingdom here and now, and that through the Church’s ministry we shall receive his love, strength and healing touch. What form that healing will take we cannot tell. It may be

 - help to carry us through a prolonged illness or disability

 - a recovery more rapid than expected

 - experiencing our fear of death being driven out by God’s love

 - a healing which is so unexpected that we immediately want to thank God.


 The healing ministry is for everyone; we all need healing in some way. Through the healing ministry, Jesus Christ meets us at the point of need. The care of the dying or the bereaved and the ministry of healing are different aspects of one ministry. Both centre on bringing the love of God to where it is needed for each and every person.


 The healing ministry is available in the following ways

 - publicly, as part of services

 - at healing services, including communion services, which can be in hospitals, hospices, homes, prison etc

 - privately, within the home, hospital, and discreetly in church side rooms

 - ecumenically, across the denominations

 - in cooperation with the medical and caring professions, including professionally accredited counsellors.


 The Christian healing ministry is based on prayer in the name of Jesus Christ; those involved in this ministry are prayerful, regularly practicing Christians who acknowledge his healing love and are willing to pray and listen for guidance from God in order to minister appropriately to others.


 In addition to the ministry provided in churches and by ministers, in Lincoln, Healing Rooms meets on

Tuesdays 5:30 pm to 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at

Costa Coffee, Valentine Retail Park, Tritton Road, Lincoln, LN6 7BH.

They can be contacted at:


 My prayer for you this New Year is for Love, Joy and Peace

In the name of Christ


 Rev Dr Helen Hooley.


 Ref: A Time to Heal, Church House Publishing.



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.

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.


St Chad’s Sunday School

January 13th 10.55 am

We invite you to St. Chad’s Sunday School

every second Sunday of the month in Dunholme Old School

Meet for child friendly activities followed by Communion in Church

with the rest of the church family

Hope to see you all there!


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John Hannah