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Dunholme Village


Background picture taken of havesting in a corn field on Honeyholes Lane August 2014

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Mr & Mrs Watson receiving the Community Award from

 Cllr Simon Barrett

Dunholme’s Nature Reserves.

A few days ago I and my wife were invited to Dunholme parish councils AGM, where we were lucky enough receive a community award for our work as wardens for the lincs trust for nature conservation at Pickering's meadow and watts wood. I was asked if I could write a piece about the reserves, so here goes.          My name's  Mick y Watson and I've been a warden at the two reserves for the past 25years,having taken over from john Smallwood the previous warden. The two reserves are sited off the Market. Rasen road to the east of Dunholme. The two reserves were gifted to the lincs trust, by the Pickering's family. Pickering's meadow now consists of four Areas of wild flower meadows and Watts wood which was brought about by by the forward thinking Sylvia Watts. now sadly no longer with us. This wood was planted some twenty years ago, and is now flourishing. My and my Mrs’s jobs involve litter picking, checking and repairing the meadows stock fences in readiness for the times sheep are grazing .The footpaths that wind their way through the meadows and wood require mowing throughout the summer, and that's where our 30 year old push mower comes in. The mower has in the past raised interest from antique dealers and scrap men and if you happen to be round the reserves while I am mowing don't expect to see much in the way of wildlife unless their deaf      So if your short of something to do, why not make your way down to the reserves. There a small car park at Watts wood reached by a potholed track of Rasen rd. there’s limited wheelchair access from the car park .If you’re feeling energetic you can use the public footpath that follows Dunholme beck from the village all the way to the meadows and beyond to newly planted Monks wood , a large area of trees shrubs and well-marked paths looked after by Nettleham trust.
Don't expect huge herds of wildebeest s or flocks of flamingos, but if you’re lucky you may see roe or Munnar deer, hunting barn owls, both green and spotted woodpecker’s buzzards and kestrels and various wildflowers. I just ask you to keep to the footpaths close gates leave no litter and oh ya keep your eyes open for any nuts or bolts, their probably off me mower...enjoy   Micky Watson warden 


Dunholme Community Lottery

Congratulations to our March 2018  winners below.

No 007 £210   Anne Boulter (Dunholme)

No 200 £120 Janet Wright  ( Dunholme)

No 054 £ 90 Mrs J Booth (Welton)

Hopefully our winners this week will be able to treat themselves to something nice for the spring – bonus drawers are such a delight!  Have to share this with you – my husband kindly delivered our winners with their congratulation cards, and noticed that each of our lovely ladies street numbers are 13. So lucky or unlucky – you can be the judge.

Please get in touch if you would like to join – or your club needs any help.

Looking forward to hearing from YOU.

Margaret—866245; Helen—861714; Glyn-861907; -mail


Skittles?  -  101 year grudge match

“If pigs had wings, they would fly, runs an old saying, but a pig did indeed fly from a field in the Holmes Lane in 1916. The little pig was a prize for the skittles competition at a church fete, and was won by a young officer from Scampton (then a Royal flying Corps training base). He was Kenneth Rice-Oxley, who later married Evelyn Wild, daughter of the Vicar of Dunholme. It was felt that the little squealer would make a good mascot - but how to get it to Scampton? A young man called Charley Barnard, who later became a famous pilot, said that he would land in the fields near the church, which he did on the day following. The operation needed great care, because if the engine of the BE2E had stopped it would have needed three men to start it again. The pig, in a bag, was hauled into the observers seat, and flew off to Scampton.”

RAF Scampton has been approached with a view to holding a “return grudge match” at the Village Fete on the 10th June

It is hoped that there could be an open competition inviting different groups to submit a team with the final contest between the Vicar's Team vs Scampton in a 101 year grudge match.  We just need to locate a set of skittles (see picture).

Can you help?  If you have a set of large wooden skittles would you prepared for them to be used or if you are handy with wood turning would you be able make a set? Thanks.


 Dave Rosier (01673 861026)


Dunholme Old School

Community Centre

 Its always good to start a new year with some great news and to start 2018 the Trustees at The Old School Dunholme are pleased to announce a couple of bits of news, the first is that we have now finished the refurbishment of the rear centre room at The Old School. This room was very run down, and the wooden floor was rotten, so it has been replaced with a concrete floor, re-plastered, carpeted and a complete re decoration. The room will be rented out as a separate entity from the main hall for small meetings etc, there will be a possibility of joint use of the new kitchen and of course toilet facilities are available. If you are interested in hiring the new committee room, then please get in touch with Janice on 01673 861172 for pricing and availability.

 Our second bit of news is that we have been fortunate enough to obtain a grant which will enable us to totally modernise the toilet block at The Old School, although we are a little short of our target for full modernisation we are actively seeking the last bit of funding and hoping that the work will go ahead mid 2018 (dates to be confirmed) The current toilets are well past their sell by date although I did update the ladies’ toilets during 2016 which has made them a lot better. This will mean quite a bit of work and may mean closing the facility during the summer at some point, but we will inform users nearer the time.

 Finally, we have ongoing work to the outside of the building where there is crumbling brickwork within the perimeter walls that needs attention in the near future and will be ongoing for the next few months so please bear with us whilst the work is being carried out. Don’t forget for all bookings or pricing please get in touch with Janice our booking Secretary on 01673 861172    

 Grahame Dunkin  01673 860469 

 Facebook page for contact   Dunholme Old School


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West Lindsey Community Awards 2017. Cllr Roger Patterson, Chairman of the Council with

 Sue Rawson and Sandra Forman

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Caroline Swindin the St Barnabas Corporate Fundraser receiving a cheque for £736.48 from the Chairman of the Dunholme Bowls Club Mike Preswtwood

Dunholme Old School Community Centre

The Dunholme Trust - Charity No 1160106


Dunholme Old School has seen quite a few changes over the last couple of years and hopefully more in the future, The kitchen is completed now and users have plenty of room to prepare their food etc., the ladies toilets are much more modern with the inclusion of cubicles. A lick of paint in some areas has brightened the building up which I must say is ongoing, the main hall will be the next one to have a facelift and then we can get the old images of the village up again, strange actually because I took the canvas prints down whilst we were having the kitchen built and the doorway put in to accommodate access to the toilets without walking through the kitchen area (local users will know what I mean by the last sentence) and now we have a number of people asking when the canvasses will be going back up? The reason as mentioned earlier is that we will be decorating in the main hall over the next month or so.

 At the Old School we also have a very large building at the rear which accommodates space for businesses and at the moment we have a room which has become free. The area could be used for a number of purposes so if you have a need for more space then please get in touch and I can show you round and see if it will be suitable for you, ideal usage would be office type use, the area is approximately 7mtrs x 5 mtrs. Anyone interested then please get in touch


You can book the Old School by contacting Janice our booking secretary 01673 861172.

Bookings being taken NOW for Kids parties, birthday parties, Christmas parties (we have a family who regularly books the Old School for Christmas day) so whatever your requirements get in touch with Janice.


Graham Dunkin 01673 860469


New Bus timetables

I'm pleased to advise you that bus testing has now finally taken place and everything is set and the new Lincoln Central Bus Station  was opened on Sunday 28th January.
Timetables are now available on the bus or from the bus station, however if you want an individual timetable then you can download a copy from our website at

Apart from a few time changes in the early morning to help with reliability the main change for yourselves is the service numbers will revert back to 11 & 12 to be part of our Simplibus numbering. I'd also like to point out that the temporary stop on Broadgate (outside the car park) will be removed from the 28th January as the bus station will be open.
As your probably also aware the junction at Wolsey Way / Wragby Rd is due to close for up to six month shortly so traffic on Nettleham Rd is expected to increase, however because the route on services 11 & 12 will be slightly shorter due to the new bus station we are not expecting this to have any major affect. (Wragby Rd will remain open)

Andy Smith. Stagecoach

Nature Notes for May 2018

 Hello again everyone, I have had time to wonder about hierarchy and how it applies in the bird and animal world, and in many instances I appear to hit very big brick walls.   When you observe birds that are flocking in great murmerations, as some Starlings do during the preparations to courtship, and also in the Autumn and Winter months when there all gather together to drop into their chosen roost for the night.  Who chose the roost?  Who decided the right time for a gathering?  If you get a chance to see a replay of an evening gathering, try to determine, from what you are seeing, who does what.  I have found there is never any rising again, after the choice is made, so the choice is made particularly well made, communication is paramount and someone must make a collective agreement with the rest of the group of up to 10,000 birds or even more that this is it, then lets do it!

It is a shame we cannot do the same, we of the higher intelligence and commitment to each other, consider the Brexit debacle, we, in a majority, said we wanted out, then came all the arguments.  In the bird world the arguments seem to come first and the decision is a general agreement.  Who’s a clever dicky bird then?

In smaller communities in the animal world, such as in a Badger sett, the initial decision to set up the ground work is usually made by a pair that have met up after the young males in a group have been extracted physically by the senior females in a sett, and a new sett is created by this young male persuading a young female of another sett to join him in his new venture .  Sounds like a good idea when it comes to gene pools etc, the attitude of the senior females tends to stop inter breeding , which can, in mammals cause many birth defects and physical  anomalies.

In choosing the new site for his new sett with his new mate, the young male has to make sure he is not in range of any other sett, treading on their territory is very much a no, no, simply because wars happen that way. Food and bedding are essential needs and the ability to burrow into the soil sufficiently to protect the sett from the vagrancies of the weather is another factor.  In actual fact Badger setts seem to be spaced at approximately one mile intervals, if the conditions are right,  but  in practice , they are spaced a lot more sparingly.  There does not seem to be a maximum limit to the population of a sett once formed, overcrowding means more food problems with the inherent internal squabbling, and again the senior female sow makes the decision to make the limit what she decides and takes action in evicting the younger ones that are capable of surviving without parental guidance.  She very rarely evicts a breeding sow, but will evict a maiden sow.  How has this decision become the prerogative of the senior female?  And why do the males take little part in the decision making? He is there as a partner and a mate and a defender, should the sett be attacked by any enemy.  Birds do not have these problems or seem not to have them, they just do what they have to do to generate the next generation, see the youngsters on their way and then meet up again next year to do the same.  Mammals, or some of them, have a co habiting need in bred, and need the family group to survive.  Where do we fit into these cycles I wonder.

Of course there are many examples where different animals inter act with each other for companionship, in some cases where one type of animal or plant provides the food and the other partner provides the defence systems and habitat, Fungi are very much on their own in how they operate during their life cycle, we use some primarily as a food source, but what better way to get rid of a fallen tree than allow the fungi to take charge and remove the shell and create the right materials for other trees to grow .   What we have on our planet is really magical and when looked at it we should be able to co-exist to the better of everything else in every way possible.  So what went wrong then?

All the very best … John Smallwood

A46 / Lincoln Road Welton Improvement Scheme

An Information Event was held in the  Welton Manor Golf Centre (The Falconer), Hackthorn Road, 0n Thursday 15th June 2017  from 1:00pm to 7:00pm.

 Those that attended were able to meet with the design team behind plans to enhance safety and reduce congestion at the A46 / Lincoln Road (Welton Lane) junction.

 The improvement scheme aims to improve safety and reduce congestion at the current A46 / Lincoln Road T-junction by constructing a new three-armed roundabout and realigning the existing roads on the approaches.


 It was unfortunate that the  notification for this consultation was not received until 22nd May which was too late to get into the June edition of the Dunholme News and consequently few people knew about it.

However if you wish to  have more information, visit

Or contact  Charlotte Hughes. Assistant Project Leader

 Technical Services Partnership, Lincolnshire County Council

Crown House, Grantham Street, Lincoln, LN2 1BD

Customer Service Centre 01522 782070 . Direct Line 01522 555586.


The  existing road from Welton will be realigned further to the west  but leaving the existing road just as an access to the Centurion Garage. The  last bend on Welton Lane will be removed by the realignment which will also involve removal of the trees in the little copse on the west side. The whole area will be landscaped with new trees planted and it appears there may now be a path/cycle  track along this new stretch of road. I was informed that the proposed roundabout  at the junction of Lincoln Road (Dunholme) and the A46 will not happen. But the crest of the hill just past the Centurion Garage will be reduced by 2 Metres. The highways department has carried out computer modelling and the new layout and it is considered to be sufficient for all traffic needs up to at least 2035.

John Ritchie. Editor 01673 861172


Planning application for A46 Dunholme / Welton Roundabout approved


Plans for a new roundabout at the junction of Lincoln Road and the A46 in Dunholme have been approved by the Planning and Regulation Committee, bringing the project one step closer to fruition.

The new roundabout, along with the improvement of visibility on the A46 to the east, will improve safety and reduce congestion at the current simple T-junction. The improvement will also accommodate future development in the area.

The A46 Dunholme, Welton Roundabout project will be part-funded using the £2m allocated to the authority by the Department of Transport (DfT) from tranche 2 of its National Productivity Investment Fund. The remaining funding for the construction of the scheme, including third party contributions, is currently being reviewed by the county council.

For up-to-date information about this and other major highways projects, visit




Run by?



Mother & Todler Goup

Gennie McBride & Amy Woodley

1st session - free- there after £1 for 1st child the 0.50p for second and third

88 Lincoln Road

 Dunholme LN2 3QY


Jeff Leather

£35 for 5 weeks


Dunholme Brownies

Pam Street

£15 per term. 6 terms per year


Slimming World

Rebecca Stones

£10 to join £4.95 weekly


Ladies Club

Sue Rawson

£1.50 a session

01673 862552

Impish Quilters

Mrs Tarling



Parish Council Meetings

Anjum Sawhney


Clerk -

Laura Richardson

01673 862738

Friendship Club

Janice Ritchie

£1.25 per session

01673 861172

Bridge Club

Glynn Elwick

£10 per pair per match

Jumble Sales

Sue Rawson

20p entrance

01673 862552

Agricultural Training

James Christian-Ilett B. SC.

£480 + VAT per course

01673 860925

Jambusters WI

Craft Classes

Mandy Murray

£7.50 per lesson

01673 565295

Computer Training

John Ritchie

Individuals Free  £20/Hour for classes of 6

01673 961172

Luncheon Club

Theresa Morran

£4.50 for a 2 course meal

01673 860538

Camera Club

Grahame Dunkin 01673 860469

Lisa Dancing

Lisa Hurst


Bible Studies CBSI

Jane Hutchinson

£10 per year + weekly voluntary contributions

01673 866467

Welton & Dunholme Drama Group Rehearsals

Ashley Ottewell


01673 861065

Welton & Dunholme Pantomime Group

Ashley Ottewell


01673 861065

Lincolshire German Shepherd dog & all breeds Training Society

Chris Bell

£40 Annual Subscription

Training Ground, Bishops Bridge,
Saxilby Road,

The Vintage tearooms

Jennie Fox



Dunholme PCC

Church Warden


Church Warden

 Dave Rosier

Church Fete

Heather Hunter


01673 862228

Dunholme Community Lottery

Helen Loving

£1 a go 

Dunholme Lodge Open Garden

Lesley & Hugh Wykes


Children Free

01673 860356

Chad's Coffee Shop



Church Warden Dave Rosier

Knit & Natter

Dave Rosier


Church Warden

Dave Rosier

Dunholme & District Indoor Bowls Club

Janet Wright

£33 pa + £2.20 per 2 hour session

01673 861683

Dunholme Outdoor Bowls Club

Mike Prestwood

£20 pa then £1.00 per match

01673 860242

Dunholme Village Hall Committee

Janice Ritchie


01673 861172

Dunholme Old School Committee

Janice Ritchie


01673 861172

Dunholme News Committee

Sue Rawson


Janice Ritchie Chair; 

 John Ritchie Editor;

Sue Rawson Manager

Dunholme Web Site

John Ritchie


01673 861172