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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 17th October) 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 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:


 3rd September Nellie Robinson

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

October 14th 10.55 am

We invite you to St. Chad’s Sunday School

every second Sunday of the month at the 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

Chad’s Coffee Stop


 Tuesday 2nd October 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





October 7th

20th Sunday after Pentecost


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: All Age Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




October 14th

21st Sunday after Pentecost


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion (said)


Welton: All Age Worship




October 21st

22nd Sunday after Pentecost


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




October 28th

23rd Sunday after Pentecost


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Encounter Evening


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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.


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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Rev Andy Burrows

telephone: 01673 862486


Welton & Dunholme Methodist Chapel

Methodist Services

October 7th 10.30 am Chris Matthews.

October 14th 10.30 am Dennis Turner

October 21st 10.30 am Cafe Church

October 28th 10.30 am        Revd. Helen Hooley

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.

Breast Care Support Group Coffee Morning


  There will be a Coffee Morning with stalls at the Chapel in aid of the Breast Care Support Group on Saturday 6th October, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.


 Youth Club

Welton & Dunholme Methodist Church are hoping to re-start Youth Club which was previously very popular with the kids.  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! 

Toy Service

The annual Toy Service will be held as usual on November 18th in the Methodist Chapel.  Any contributions of toys (new or nearly new please) that are donated can be accepted prior to this date at the Coffee Mornings on Wednesday/Saturdays between 10.00 and 11.30 am or taken to 16 Ryland Road, Welton.  All will be gratefully received.

Ladies Fellowship.

Ladies Fellowship resumes again at 7.45 pm on the 11th October at 29 Rivehall Avenue with a talk by Ruth Daly-Roy on aid appeal for Syria and the Middle East.  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, 20th October at The Secret Garden Tearooms, Welton.  Anyone interested, please contact John (860823) or David (861461).

Lincoln Ukelele Band

The Lincoln Ukelele Band will be entertaining us again at the Chapel on Saturday 13th October at 7.30 pm. Tickets £5.50 (children £2.50).  Light refreshments.  Contact Ruth for tickets on 861461 or at Wednesday / Saturday Chapel Coffee Mornings.

Winter Fayre

We will be holding our Winter Fayre at the Chapel on Saturday 10th November from 10.00 to 12.00 noon.  Usual stalls and refreshments. 

Poppy Project

Thank you so much to everyone who has joined in this Community Project. I have been thrilled with the response and I hope you will all feel a sense of pride when you see the poppy display at the end of October. Whether you produced 1 or 101 it doesn’t really matter, you took part and without you this project would not have got off the ground. It just shows what can be done when people pull together. Linda McCree

Film Club.

We will meet at the Chapel on November 1st with the film rolling at 2.00pm. This will be followed by Afternoon Tea all for £4.00. If you would like to join us for a relaxed afternoon’s entertainment or would like more details please ring 860998.

Christmas is Coming

I, for one, cannot wait but for many struggling families Christmas can be stressful. For many years now we have been collecting food and toys to help make it a happier time for those in need. These gifts, which are distributed by a Lincoln charity, are always greatly appreciated and I am never disappointed by your kindness and generosity. The toys need to be unwrapped, to help with the sorting, however gifts of wrapping paper are also appreciated. We are looking for gifts suitable for all ages from babies through to teenagers. Donations can be left at 16 Ryland Rd. Welton or popped into the Chapel Coffee Mornings. We are hoping the Co-op will again act as a collecting point for groceries too.  Please do what you can.  

Food for all – a Harvest Reflection

I like to grow fruit and veg, some in my garden and some at the City Farm in Lincoln where I work. I’ve had some really tasty beetroot, red cabbage, onions, carrots, a bumper crop of apples, and loads more. At the City Farm we share the produce out; some who come to help don’t have access to, or the resources for fresh fruit and veg. The surplus we give away.

A year ago, the land was three acres of brambles and skip loads of fly tipping. We still have an acre of wilderness for the wildlife, with paths cut through for access. The rest we have cleared for crops, flowers, lawns, and an orchard which we aim to plant this autumn. We have started building a therapeutic garden and intend to create a children’s garden and a wheelchair friendly garden.

The harvest we share though is not just in produce, it is also in lives changed. This has been through: physical activity, learning, sharing, hospitality, community, and caring for one another. Our values are rooted in appreciating all who take part. Try and imagine visiting the garden of Eden, walking through the golden gates, and finding the strength to be more than you imagined or hoped. This is what we strive for.

For me, while being involved in community work, I have met many people who have been really hungry. In one group grown men would run to get free fresh vegetables on a Friday morning. My heart absolutely aches to see this, I’m sure yours would too.

So here we are, it’s the season of harvest festivals when we give thanks to God for the harvest of the fields and give thanks for all those involved in its production. The corn is in, not as much this year, and bread prices are likely to rise. It’s also the season where we are encouraged to donate food to Lincoln Larder, to help those who access the food banks. In fact, we are in uncertain times, and already the government is planning to stockpile food in case of an emergency.

As a consequence, I’d like to propose some thing for us all to think about. If you have some land, perhaps a garden, would you consider growing a few crops yourself? This time of year, onion and garlic sets can be planted, and autumn sown varieties of broad bean and garden peas can be sown. In the spring lots of different crops can be grown. Not only could you enjoy some healthy fresh garden produce but you may even have some spare for a friend in need.

Earlier I used the word hospitality. Sharing a meal and inviting others to share in your harvest is one of life’s most important treasures, it helps create and maintain community. Valuing your hard work and the providence of the earth helps us appreciate the soil on which we depend. Nurturing the soil means we also give something back, and that is good for all life. It is after all what God intended all along.

May you be blessed in the sharing of your harvest and your caring for the earth.

Revd. Paul


(See Facebook Green Synergy Lincoln, Hillside photos)



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