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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 21st 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:


 11 October Dennis Miller



Dunholme Post Office

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

November 11th 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





November 4th

All Saints


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: All Age Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




November 11th



Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion (said)


Welton: All Age Worship




November 18th

2nd before Advent


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




November 25th

Sunday next before


Christ the King


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.


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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Rev Andy Burrows

telephone: 01673 862486


Welton & Dunholme Methodist Chapel

Methodist Services

November 4th 10.30 am Revd. Norman Bray.

November 11th 10.30 am Chris Marsh - Remembrance Sunday

November 18th 10.30 am Revd. Terry Nowell – Toy Service

November 25th 10.30 am        Revd. Helen Hooley – Holy Communion


 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, including Guess the Cost of the Christmas Hamper, Books, Children’s Tombola, Cakes and Refreshments. 

Toy Service

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

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 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! 

Ladies Fellowship.

Ladies Fellowship will meet at 7.45 pm on the 8th November at 8 The Hardings with a talk by medical herbalist, Jo Johnston.  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, 17th November at The Secret Garden Tearooms, Welton.  Anyone interested, please contact John (860823) or David (861461).

Film Club

We have got off to a great new season welcoming some new faces as well as our many regulars. The October film was ‘Victoria and Abdul’, starring Judy Dench, always a favourite, and was really enjoyed by all, as was the afternoon tea which followed. Our November film falls on the 1st of the month, so don’t miss it, with the following showing being December 6th.

The films start rolling at 2.00pm with a sumptuous tea afterwards all at a price of £4.00. Please ring 860998 for more information or to book a seat.


 Food for the Hungry.

Annually, from October until Christmas, I arrange a food collection for the hungry. Once again the local Co-op has kindly agreed to act as a collecting point, all you have to do is hand your donations in at the cash desks. Alternatively you could also leave donations at 16 Ryland Rd. Welton, or the Chapel Coffee mornings on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The food is then distributed through a charity to needy families in and around Lincoln. Over the years we have been overwhelmed by the amount of food donated, I am hoping that you will feel able to give your support again.


 Poppy Project

By now you will have seen and hopefully been impressed by our great display of poppies. Thanks once again to all who have contributed.

In the run up to the displays being finished everyone has been asking how many poppies have you got?  So it has been suggested we have a competition all you have to do is guess, estimate or count the poppies and write your findings down along with your name, address & telephone number, then post them into 16 Ryland Rd. There will be a small prize and I will publish the result and winner in the December issue of the News. Good Luck!  


 Toy Service

The toys have already started arriving, so if you are having a pre-Christmas sort out please remember there are children who will get very little this year unless we help.  We ask for toys for all ages up to teens, either new or in very good condition.  They should be unwrapped, which helps with the distribution to appropriate children, but wrapping paper is useful received too.  Everything goes to families in the Lincoln area and we are grateful for your continuing support.  On behalf of the children, Thank you


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