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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


December 1st

Advent Sunday


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: All Age Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




December 8th

Advent 2


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion (said)


Welton: Holy Communion




December 15th

Advent 3


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Welton: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Carol Service




December 22nd

Advent 4


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Quiet Christmas Service




December 24th

Christmas Eve



Dunholme: Crib Service and

All Age Nativity


Dunholme : Midnight Communion

St Chad’s Sunday School  
Meet at St Mary's Church Welton

December 8th 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



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 18th 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.


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 November St Mary’s, St Chad’s and St Germain’s churches in our Benefice will be praying for Barrett Grove and Honeyholes Lane. Dunholme.

 If you would like to join us or just know a bit more before you make up your mind, please contact Glyn on 861907, Dave on 860986 or Yvonne on 862258

 From St Chad’s Registers

We share in the joy of those who renewed their marriage vows in the Church this month:

 Jordan and Amy Meacham

 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:


 4 November John Brothwell

7 November Geoffrey Picksley



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Rev Adam Watson

Dear Reader,

I wonder what the best Christmas present that you've ever been given is? I remember with great affection my first proper bike with gears. I was about eight years old and my parents had got me a very second-hand bike. It was a smaller gentleman's bike, three-speed, which my dad had painted (pretty badly, and I imagine, last thing on Christmas Eve in the dark) with blue gloss paint. This was in the eighties where my friends who also received bikes had been given Raleigh Burners and Grifters to add to the fleet of those who were cruising around on their classic Choppers. 

Now there were some who might have thought that I hadn't been given as good a bike as those other iconic and fashionable two-wheelers, but I didn't end up seeing it that way. When it came to any race that was more than a sprint, my bigger wheels and gears came into play and I could take any of them on and come out on top. (Although when we built ramps, the BMX's would always make the best jumps, whilst I simply gained buckled wheels and punctures). That bike was a really great present though.  It's great to give and receive presents isn't it? Especially when they are meaningful and just what we need. 

For many of us this is what Christmas is about - recognising and celebrating that the most meaningful and needed gift for the world was given in Jesus. This gift of Jesus born among us as God's most precious gift for the world shows us just how much he loves us, he came to bring healing to a broken world and to show us the way that leads to peace. This gift given on that first Christmas night is also a gift for us today as God continues to invite us to know and follow his only Son. 

So as we celebrate in the receiving and giving of gifts this Christmastime, in this time of inequality, uncertainty and elections, perhaps we can remember the generosity of God sending his Son to us? Perhaps we can look to be generous to those around us in what we do and say? Perhaps we can look to spend time with our neighbour and bring peace to those situations where it might be needed? Perhaps we can share loving smiles and kind words?

I hope you have a really blessed and peaceful Christmas and look forward to celebrating it with you at one of our Christmas services.  Adam


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Rev Andy Burrows

telephone: 01673 862486


Welton & Dunholme Methodist Chapel

Methodist Services

December 1st 10.30 am Rev’d Martin Amery

December 8th 10.30 am Alan Measures

December 15th 10.30 am Christmas Songs of Praise

December 22nd 10.30 am Rev’d Helen Hooley – Holy Communion

December 22nd   6.00 pm Traditional Carol Service

December 29th 10.30 am Rev’d Margaret Doughty


 Youth Club

Youth Club has restarted.  It is now being held fortnightly at the Chapel; £2.00 per session.  Please see the link below to the Facebook page for up- to-date information:


 Christmas Jumper Coffee Morning

Saturday 21st December, 10.00 - 11.30 am.

Please come to our Special CHRISTMAS Coffee Morning and wear your CHRISTMAS JUMPERS. 

(A special invitation to children). There will be a free raffle and a warm welcome.


 Coffee Mornings

We are open every Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10.00 am to 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 to 12.00 noon.

Ladies Fellowship.

Ladies Fellowship meets on Thursday 12th December.  Bring along some food to share at 16 Ryland Road.  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, 21st December at The Secret Garden Tearooms, Welton.  Anyone interested, please contact John (860823) or David (861461).

Move-it Mobility Welton.

A new (age 45+) chair-based stretching, balance and co-ordination class at the Chapel every Monday from 12.45 to 1.45pm.  Come along and join in the fun!  Contact Chris on 07523719703

Film Club

Fishermen Friends was our November film and was greatly enjoyed, it was a truly feel good film. The weather was atrocious but did not put off our film goers with one of our largest turnouts. December 5th will be our next showing when we will be in the Christmas spirit, with a seasonal film and festive food. We meet at 2.00pm with the film first and then our afternoon tea all for £4.00 if you would like to join us please ring 860998 to book a seat.

 Food for the Hungry 

Once again we are looking to collect non-perishable food for the hungry during November & December.  The local Co-op have kindly agreed to act as a collection point so you can just leave your donation behind the till; alternatively donations can be left at 16 Ryland Rd., or at Chapel  Coffee mornings.  The food is then taken to the Food Banks in Lincoln.  It is sad that we need to do this each year, but the need is increasing.  The village always supports this cause and we thank you for your assistance.  People will have a better Christmas because of your generosity.

Toys Wanted

Once again I am appealing for Christmas gifts for underprivileged children in and around Lincoln. Christmas is a very special time of the year and especially for children. However for many families it is another strain on their meagre resources. I ask for presents for children from babies to teenagers and please leave them unwrapped, although wrapping paper is also a great help. These gifts are passed onto a children’s charity who will match the present to the specific children in their care.

Donations can be left with me at 16 Ryland Rd, Welton or dropped off at the Chapel coffee mornings (every Wednesday & Saturday from 10.00- 11.30am).

I have been arranging this collection for many years and I am always blown away by your generosity. The donations always bring a smile to my face and I can imagine the joy they bring not only to the child receiving them but also to their wider family. 



Tis the season to be jolly…


 Jolly! Can be a very elusive emotion unless you happen to be Santa Claus! But ‘joy’ is a fitting emotion particularly at this time of year for Christians when we celebrate the humble, mystical and divine birth of Jesus. At Christmas Angel Gabriel declares to ordinary people, to you and me today, to the shepherds then, ‘I am bringing you good news of great joy for all people; to you is born this day a Saviour, who is the Messiah, Christ the Lord’.

 And ‘my’ don’t we need one!  It feels this month is already designed to zap our positivity, to draw conflict, with the particularly dividing nature of the election; with extreme weather conditions reminding us of our over consumption; before we even add in our own personal struggles and stresses. Joy? Humbug!!

 But then Christmas interjects with its beauty, awe and wonder! Where heaven opens and earth glimpses indescribable things not of this world; of angels and heavenly beings, of God. And for a moment time stops.

 May you have many 'stops' of wonder and of joy this season,

 Christmas blessings to you all,


 Rev Dr Helen Hooley

(Thanks to Rev Nikki Mann)



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