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Dunholme Village


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


Newsletter May 2019


In April, 97% of patients attend the surgery for their appointments. We would like to thank these patients for attending or those that cancelled appointments that they were unable to make so the slot could be used by another patient.

Unfortunately, 85 patients still failed to attend for their appointments which would have meant an extra       14.5 hours of available appointments.

Please sign up for our text messaging service so we can send you reminders before your appointment. It is free and easy to do. You can also text the practice to cancel an appointment on 07930 880337.


Those of you that have attended the Acute Illness Clinic in the last month may have observed some slight changes.  We have noticed that some days it is extremely busy and other days much quieter. To try and gain some balance we have slightly altered the way that the Acute Illness Clinic runs. Now, the Acute Illness clinic will be limited to a number of slots per clinic to enable the GP’s and Nurse Practitioners to see (what is nationally considered) a “safe” number of patients.  To help patients understand this, above the Acute Illness desk we will be advertising how many slots are available for Acute Illness clinic each day of the week, so that patients can come back on a quieter day or a day with more availability, should they wish. We have only started to trial this from the beginning of May and will of course, always see any patients that feel they have an urgent need.


In order to enable patients to see the most appropriate clinician or person for their needs, the reception staff have attended some signposting training which gives them the necessary skills to be able to direct patients to the right appointment. They are now all qualified ‘Patient Care Advisors’ and will take on this role with immediate effect.

 Patients may be directed to appointments with or advice from GP’s, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Practice Nurses, Healthcare Assistants, Phlebotomists, Dispensary, Physio’s, Clinical Pharmacists, Social Prescribers etc. The Partners have asked the Patient Care Advisors to ask more questions of patients to try and direct you appropriately. The telephone message will also be altered to reflect this. Please give them as much information as possible to enable them to book you in with the right person. National statistics show that signposting patients to the most appropriate person can free up GP appointments for those that do need to see a GP and therefore reduce waiting times. We would be very grateful for your support in developing this in the practice. 


We have a clinical pharmacist called Chris Donnan who will be working in the Practice every Tuesday from this month. He will be able to see patients for medication reviews and help to deal with queries and paperwork relating to prescriptions. If you are only booking an appointment for a medication review, please ask for an appointment with Chris.


If you are planning to travel abroad this summer, please give us at least eight weeks’ notice where possible. Some of the more exotic destinations require a complicated schedule of vaccinations which takes a lot of nurse time to research and 

administer.  Whilst we will always do our best to fit patients in, if we do not have enough notice we may not be able to give you your vaccines in time.

Please could we remind patients that not all travel vaccines are free on the NHS. Some vaccines, such as rabies, yellow fever and malaria are classed as private vaccines and therefore incur a charge. We have to order such vaccines into the practice and these are non-refundable. Recently we have had some patients refusing to pay for the vaccines, saying they no longer want them or just simply not turning up for the vaccine – the cost of which then has to be absorbed by the practice as we are unable to return them. As a result, we are now asking patients to pay for thee vaccines prior to us ordering them, which also ensures we have them available in time for your appointment.


One of our Receptionists has been working hard recently to update the notice boards and information available in the waiting room. We hope this will be much clearer and easier to look at and we would appreciate any feedback via our ‘compliment or concern’ forms available in the waiting room.


A big thank you from all the staff for all the cards and thank you gifts we have received lately, we are very grateful. In particular, we have one very kind patient that regularly bakes delicious cakes for us – thank you very much!


The surgery will be closed for staff training from 1pm on Tuesday 18th June 2019 until 8am on          Wednesday 19th June 2019.

Please could we ask that you order any medication with as much notice as possible to enable us to meet the tight deadlines that we face.

A minimum of two working days’ notice is required please. For those that don’t already use the service, we have facilities to order your medication online at any time, please see Dispensary for more details.

 Nadina Prestedge  Practice Manager


St Barnabas

Don’t forget to come along to one of our Cream Tea & Plant Sales

Saturday 1st June, 1.30-4pm St Barnabas Hawthorn Road, Lincoln, LN2 4QX

Sunday 2nd June, 1.30-4pm, Gainsborough Hospice, Front Street, Morton, DN21 3AA

These are a great opportunity for you to choose from an array of beautiful plants whilst at the same time enjoying our delicious homemade cream teas! Everyone is very welcome and entry is free!

Donations of plants would be very much appreciated!

June is the month where we ask you to Go Yellow for St Barnabas Hospice. This campaign focuses on raising awareness for our Hospice care, by encouraging members of our local community to get their yellow thinking caps on, and put on their very own fundraising event for St Barnabas!

Yellow is a colour that has been long associated with our county, and it also acts as a representative of Hospice care, therefore it is the perfect focus for your event. The way in which you choose to incorporate this is completely down to you; the wackier the better! Why not dress as a minion for a day, have a yellow cake sale or host a yellow duck race? Anything goes, just be sure to Go Yellow.

For ideas, inspiration and resources why not download a pack from

We hope that this will make your fundraising as straightforward as possible; we can also send them through the post if you prefer.

Last year we cared and supported over 10,500 people, which required £11 million of funding.  As we rely on  half of this being funded through public donations, we are very grateful for the support of  those in our communities who help ensure that St Barnabas is available to all those living with a life-limiting or terminal illness in Lincolnshire.


 Caroline Swindin
Corporate & Community Lead or 07435 970309


Nettleham Woodland Trust


Early in 2009 Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust purchased 19.25 hectares of farmland in Ashing Lane Dunholme and Nettleham Woodland Trust has secured a 125 year lease to create and maintain around 15 hectares a new woodland on this site.

The whole area is called Ashing Lane Nature Reserve and a new woodland in known as Monks Wood, in memory of Dennis Monk, the late Director of the Lincoln branch of WREN, which funded the purchase of the land.  The first phase of tree planting took place in February 2009, when over 10,000 trees and shrubs were planted by local families, schools, scouts, guides and college students. Woodland rides were created, enabling push-chair and wheelchair access. By the end of 2009 over 18000 native trees and shrubs had been panted.

The Nettleham Woodland Trust needs enthusiastic group of volunteers willing to assist in the planting and subsequent maintenance of the woodlands. It’s a great way to meet like minded people, make new friend and participate in some healthy outdoor exercise.

If you would like to help in any way or for more information please contact:


The Secretary, Nettleham Woodland Trust

18 Beach Avenue, Nettleham LN2 2PP

Or visit the web site

Welton Patients’ and Doctors’ Association (PDA)

A huge thank you to everyone who braved the elements to attend the Welton May Day Fair and who came along to the PDA plant stall. We made a total of £452 45 after the deduction of £15 for table hire which was an excellent result considering the monsoon which swept through the fair in the afternoon. Thank you also to those who provided plants for us to sell. The entire stall was stocked from donations for which we are very grateful. Finally, regarding the fair, we would like to thank the organisers who worked tirelessly to ensure the event went ahead THANK YOU!


PDA volunteering is a bit like painting the Forth Road Bridge. No sooner is one event over than we start preparations for the next! I am now looking to source prizes for our Autumn Draw which will be drawn at the Autumn Fayre. The tickets will hopefully be available from sometime in June (Incidentally a driver was asked by a patient during the 3rd week in April whether we had any tickets available so obviously an eagerly awaited event!) I have 5 prizes already but if anyone feels that their contacts or business would be willing to provide a prize, please let me know. If you need an idea of the type of items offered in previous years, please give me a call.

Finally, a note to all who book PDA transport through the Health Centre. The request comes through to me on a secure database and I then find a driver to undertake the journey and ring the patient back, usually within a few days, with driver name and pick up time. However, there are occasions when I need a bit more information than I have had provided. Could I ask that, once having made the request and particularly if the only contact is a mobile number, could you please ensure that it stays TURNED ON? I have recently had quite a number of requests where I haven’t been able to contact the patient and this is not a satisfactory situation for anyone. I can’t book the transport with insufficient information and the patient won’t know what time to be ready for pick up.


Dates for 2019

Christmas lunch tickets on sale 1st October

Autumn Fayre 26th October 2019

Christmas Lunch 6th December 2019

If you require any further information on any of the above don’t hesitate to give me a call (862570)

Janet Goddard


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Welton Village Library and Community Hub


 Our hub event for June gives you the chance to learn how to prepare healthy and delicious Indian vegetarian food for you and your family. Our own library volunteer Jagu Dhorajiwala will be demonstrating how you can make a tasty dish from a few relatively inexpensive ingredients that you will then be able to sample. So make a note in your diaries to come along on Thursday 24th June at 10:00am for this event. Please note that this is not a day that the library is usually open, however we will be using the Manor Park pavilion as normal.

Just to also mention that the library offers additional items as well as it's excellent range of books. We do have both photocopying facilities on site together with printing from our public lap top computers. A number of people use our free wifi facility to sign onto their emails or utilise search engines and then print items off. We make a small charge for the copying and printing, 10p for black and white, 50p for colour.

We have also just received a range of leaflets detailing Lincolnshire Memories and Memorial Trails which show walking, cycling and driving trails mainly around RAF sites and also a 'tank trail'. One of the cycling routes starts in Welton and passes ex RAF sites at Faldingworth, Wickenby and Dunholme Lodge. So do call in if these are of interest and see for yourself.

Mike Hubbert

Library Volunteer Co-ordinator



 Welton & Dunholme LIVES First Responder


 During May your local responders have been undertaking their annual re qualifications which ensures that their training for emergency call outs is current. This is all part of the training and support that responders receive, if you are interested in joining the local group please go on line for more details at or ring 01507 525999.

Mike Hubbert

LIVES Helper




Monday 9.00am – 12.00pm

Tuesday       1.00 – 6.00pm

Wednesday CLOSED

Thursday  9.00am – 1.00pm



1st Saturday of each month

10.00am – 12.00pm


Forester’s Jottings

I have volunteered to include ‘Nature Notes’ in my Jottings.  I am no expert on the subject, however, throughout my life as a forester I have learnt much from folk who are.

I walk Pippa, our Wire-Haired Dachshund, around the village most mornings where the sounds and signs of wildlife interest me, they change from season to season.

One of the first sounds I hear, which is slightly annoying to the ear, is a local crow with a high-pitched call. Instead of the usual ‘caw caw’ it sounds more like a parakeet. It has been around for a couple of years. Listen out for it.

The tall hedgerow harbours a number bird species.  One of the first to announce itself is the robin with a melodic call whose volume exceeds its size by tenfold.

The high-pitched call of the Jenny Wren is as allusive as the singer.  I hear it in the bottom of the hedge but seldom get a glimpse. It seems to follow me all the way along to the top of the field.

Blackbirds feed on the remaining hawthorn berries, like many of our garden birds they appear to have had a successful season raising several broods throughout last summer.

The quiet is broken when a Woodpigeon clatters and claps in his escape from the hedge. They are prolific breeders together with their cousins the Collar Dove and considered a nuisance by many.  When I was a young boy my mother made a delicious pigeon pie, perhaps we should revive the recipe.


A pair of Kestrels nest in the vicinity and I have watched their offspring play around the top of the playing field and perch on the electric wires crossing over the football pitch. One autumn a couple of years ago I spotted a female perching on one of the cricket pitch boundary posts. Every few seconds it swooped to the ground.  It was feeding on emerging Crane Flies (Daddy Longlegs).

The Buzzard’s plaintive mewing sound can be mistaken for a cat. They often fly high over the village and can be heard rather than seen. They feed on small birds, carrion and even earthworms and insects when food is scarce. Buzzards are now quite common and I have seen five at once soaring in the thermals above the village. I think they nest in the Riseholme area.

Twice in the last few months I have seen a Red Kite hunting over the fields at the top of the lane. Now quite common in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire where release projects were undertaken some 30 years ago. They are slowly migrating into other counties.

Red kites were once so abundant that travellers knew when they were close to London by sighting the huge flocks of the bird circling over the city. It was known as the city of kites and crows. Lacking modern sanitation, the streets provided rich pickings for this scavenger bird. It is also said that they fed on the corpses hanging from the public gibbets.

The footpath through the narrow wood leads to arable fields, the soil is heavy wet clay and the imprints of walkers and dogs are much in evidence. Occasionally I notice the slots of deer, both Roe and Muntjac, who have wandered through in the night.  The closed cloven hoof imprints tell me that they have been walking at a slow and casual pace. If the cloves were spread apart, they would have been running.

Unlike the Roe deer, Muntjac are not native to the UK. They were brought from China to Woburn Park early in the 20th century and subsequently escaped, spreading throughout the country. A small secretive species which unlike other native deer has no specific rutting or breeding season thus giving birth all year round. Like other introduced animal species, they are often out of balance with the local environment and can cause significant damage by browsing plants and shrubs.  Our native bluebell has been decimated in ancient woodlands where the Muntjac populations are high.

I said I would write about Ashing Lane Nature Reserve at a later date. However, the sighting of a pair of Short-eared owls hunting over the woodland edges and Snipe jinking away in alarm are sightings worth recording.   

Rod Newborough



Susie Mendel, Secretary, Nettleham Woodland TrustRegistered Charity Number 111985418 Beech Avenue, Nettleham LN2 2PP.  Tel: 01522-751283Email: David Cotten Chair Email: dmc206cc@yahoo.comRod Newborough Woodland Advisor Email: