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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 19th September) 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

Organ Recital at St Chad’s Church by

Patrick Bennett   Saturday 8th September at 7.00pm

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

September 9th 10.55 am

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 4th September 2018 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





September 2nd

Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: All Age Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




September 9th

Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion (said)


Welton: All Age Worship




September 16th

Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




September 23rd

Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion

Harvest Service


Welton: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Encounter Evening




September 30th

Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity


Benefice Holy Communion

Dunholme: St Chad’s

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Pen Portrait – Patrick Bennett – St Chad’s Organist

Patrick Bennett was a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral before studying at Chetham’s School of Music and Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School.  After graduating with a music degree from the University of York, Patrick spent several years in the Lincoln area as an instrument teacher, performer, choir director and as a lecturer with the Workers’ Education Association and the University of Nottingham School of Extra-Mural Studies.

From 1994-2002 he was Organist and Choir Director of Nettleham Church.  After gaining his teaching qualification Patrick taught music in several Lincolnshire secondary schools during the 1990’s and early 2000’s.  Since 2004 he has worked for the National Union of Teachers (now part of the National Education Union).

Patrick has studied the organ with Derrick Cantrell (Organist of Manchester Cathedral) and Colin Walsh (Organist of Lincoln Cathedral).  He has studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music in London and at the London College of Music, where he holds an Associateship.

Patrick has been the Organist at St Chad’s Dunholme since 2015.  He is married with two grown up children.


From the Inside- Out.


 Perusing today’s newspaper I came across an article which I found disturbing. According to research Britons spend 53 years of their adult lives indoors and just 10 years outside. 47 per cent of the 2,000 people polled admit they never have the time or opportunity to venture outside.


I could not contemplate being unable or not finding the time to access my beloved countryside sometimes I think we forget how lucky we are to live in the heart of the British countryside and a wealth of public bridleways and footpaths to readily explore.

For me one of the joys of this summer has been to go out into the surrounding countryside and observe the different species of butterflies- with the very dry weather they seem to have prospered.


The provision and enjoyment of green open spaces is important no matter where you reside, even in the big cities parks provide people with welcome recreational opportunities- a chance to get away from it all and relax the mind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

From a personal perspective it is vital that these green sacred spaces of our towns and countryside are protected in their present format in order that future generations may also be able to enjoy and experience the recreational opportunities which they provide.

Whilst the need for further housing provision is recognized with that surely comes the responsibility of putting something back, of creating within that development a green space that will both benefit the environment and people alike. So for those trees and hedges uprooted and a natural habitat of plants, insects, animals, and birds gone when a housing development is created, there has to be an advantage of putting some wasteland to good use by the creation of a new natural habitat which will evolve over time.

We owe it to ourselves to be good tenants of our precious environment so that future generations may still be able to enjoy and embrace it and give them a chance to venture outdoors rather than lingering inside!


‘Consider how the flowers grow; they do not work or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these!’

(Luke 12:27)


 Ted Willows-Chamberlin

Lay Minister WDS Benefice.


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Rev Andy Burrows

telephone: 01673 862486


Welton & Dunholme Methodist Chapel

Methodist Services

May 6th 10.30 am John Turner

May 13th 10.30 am Tim Hirst

May 20th 10.30 am Martin Hodgkinson

May 27th 10.30 am Cafe Church


 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.


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 May at The Secret Garden Tearooms.  Anyone interested, should contact John (860823) or David (861461).


Ladies Fellowship.

This month our group will meet on the 10th May at the usual time of 7.45 at 16 Ryland Road when Revd. Martin Amery will enlighten us on the life of Bishop Edward King.  We look forward to welcoming any newcomers to our friendly informal group and 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. 


Saturday 5 May: Spring Fayre and Plant Sale at the Chapel from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.

Saturday 5 May: CABRA Singers Spring Concert in the evening at 7.30 pm.  Tickets £5.00 (children £2.50) are now available at Wednesday and Saturday Coffee Mornings at the Chapel and by contacting Ruth on 861461.  Light refreshments.


Film Club

To mark the death of Stephen Hawking we showed ‘The Theory of Everything’                      starring Eddie Redmayne doing a fantastic job in the role of Stephen. This was followed by an Easter themed Afternoon Tea.

Our final film for this season will be held on Thursday 3rd May. The film starts at 2.00pm followed by the tea all for £4.00. If you would like to join us please ring 860998 to book your seat.



You are all invited to 16 Ryland Rd, Welton on Friday 6th July. We will be holding a coffee morning from 10.00 – 12.00 with stalls and refreshments all in aid of the charity Action For Children. Please keep the date free, come along , enjoy yourselves while supporting a very worthy cause. Linda McCree 


Newsletter 1809   -   All change!!

As I write this, we are waiting, expectantly and hopefully, for my son’s A level results. We hope he gets good grades – then we expect that he’ll be off to University in September!

There’s a story in the Bible known as the Transfiguration. Jesus is on the top of a mountain with Peter and other disciples, when something miraculous and almost indescribable occurs. Peter is overawed, and his response is – let’s build a tent, so we can stay here.

The Transfiguration is that threshold moment, between what was and what is to come. You get a glimpse of what could be, when actually, it was all along. My son is growing up, becoming more confident and capable – actually, he has always had this potential. He has always been who he is. It’s not like we haven’t seen the change coming. It’s not that we haven’t recognized what the change might look like – my daughter went off to University for the first time 2 years ago. But we just wonder if we are ready. If we can handle it. If we are prepared. So, like Peter, we erect temporary structures – we planned to go on holiday this summer as a family. It’s partly so we can pretend that nothing is changing, that things will always stay as they are now. But it’s also to capture a memory, so that we can hold on to this when both the kids are no longer at home.

We are in constant movement of change, in relationships with children, with friends, partners. We know change at work, at home. Change is both holding on to what was, and looking forward to the hope of what can be. Change creates a sense of grief over what was, and yet excitement for what is to come. And though change is difficult, it is needed.

Are you ready for change?

Rev Helen Hooley. With thanks to Karoline Lewis, Working preacher





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


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.