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Dunholme Village


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


Welton Family Health Centre

Newsletter April 2019



In March, almost 98% of patients attend the surgery for their appointments. We would like to thank these patients for attending or cancelling appointments that they were unable to make so the slot could be             used by another patient.

Unfortunately, 90 patients still failed to attend for their appointments which would have meant an extra       15.5 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.



With effect from 1st April 2019 the cost of a single prescription has risen to £9.00. If you regularly need two or more items per month on a prescription then it is more cost effective to sign up for a pre-payment certificate. Please see Dispensary for more details.


We are currently running two surveys in the practice – one for the Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Becky and Lottie and one for Rory the phlebotomist. We would be grateful for your feedback on these services if you see any of these clinicians.



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.



We have noticed an increase in patients bringing hot drinks into the waiting room. For health and safety reasons, I’m afraid we will have to politely request that patients do not do this. We have chilled water available at all times for anyone that may need it.



If you are required to bring in a sample, please could we ask that you use the correct container as we are only able to accept samples in the containers provided.  For infection control purposes, we are unable to decant from one container to another and so will have to reject any samples unless the correct containers are used. Please note:  jam jars, Pringles tubes or Tupperware containers are not allowed!



Becky would like to say a big thank you to all the patients that have purchased the packs of charity sweets she has been selling in the waiting room. Becky will be running the London Marathon on 28th April 2019 and raising funds for Children with Cancer UK. If you would like to sponsor her, please leave any donations at Reception in an envelope for her.



The surgery will be closed for staff training from 1pm on Tuesday 21st May 2019 until 8am on          Wednesday 22nd May 2019. The staff will be receiving their annual CPR training this afternoon.


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

Get your gardens looking amazing this summer with the help of St Barnabas!

These popular, relaxing afternoons present a great opportunity for you to choose from an array of beautiful plants in time to get your gardens looking great for summer whilst at the same time enjoying our delicious homemade cream teas! Everyone is very welcome and entry is free!

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

Donations of plants would be very much appreciated!

Make a Will Month is back for 2019!

Create or amend your basic Will free of charge this May with one of our local supporting Solicitors.

It’s always a good time to revise or create your Will. A new addition to the family, the purchase of a house or losing a loved one alters an existing Will; time flies by and Wills can be expensive to amend.

All we ask is if you would consider a gift in your Will to help St Barnabas Hospice continue to support over 10,500 patients, their families and carers each year?

To find out more please call Sam Waterer on 01522 540 300 or email

Get your groove on with St Barnabas Hospice!

On Saturday 8th June why not get dressed in your finest 70’s attire, get into the disco vibe and join hundreds of hip, inspirational people from across the county taking part in our 70’s Flower Power themed Moonlight Walk Lincoln. The fun starts at Bishop Grosseteste University from 8pm .   You will receive a free event t-shirt and finishers’ medal on the night, as well as a bacon or veggie bap and hot drink once the walk has finished. To find out more please contact or call 01522 540300

 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


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: 

Welton Patients’ and Doctors’ Association (PDA)

I would like to start this newsletter with an apology. We had a few issues prior to serving the spring lunch and we, as PDA committee and helpers, were disappointed with the meal that was served. I have contacted a number of diners for honest feedback and the majority were happy with the meal but some had minor complaints. We hope that you will accept this apology if your meal was less than perfect and that you will continue to support our lunches (tickets for the Christmas lunch will be available from 1st October) and please be assured that we are working hard to iron out the problems!

We sold a record number of tickets at 101 and made a record profit of £802.24 after deduction of expenses. A number of positive comments were received about the way that the cakes were presented and we were only left with 2 small cakes which again is a record.  The raffle made £347 and thanks to everyone who donated prizes and bought tickets. There were 50 prizes which is another record.

Thank you to all who supported this event in any way.

The PDA will holding their annual plant sale at the May Day event Monday 6th May held on and around Welton village green. If anyone would like to donate plants either annual bedding plants or larger plants which have been split, please get in touch and we can arrange to collect. For those of you who grow your own bedding plants please consider planting a few extra seeds. For those of you who prefer to purchase your plants ready established please visit us on the day. We already have a large variety of bedding plants, perennials, and tomato and strawberry plants. Fingers crossed for another day of excellent weather. We have the use of a very large green house to store plants prior to the sale. Last year we raised a total of £537. Can we exceed that total this year?

Dates for 2019

May Fair Monday 6th May Plant sale

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



Welton Village Library & Community Hub


 We are expanding our Hub events in May to include a new venture which is more health focussed and potentially of benefit to local residents.

We have invited 'Singing for the Mind' to come along and present a session of music and singing with the idea that people can join in as they like perhaps playing instruments that they may know but not have had a chance to use in recent years. Of course its up to the participants to decide, the session works by playing and singing different genres of music to see which the participants react to and enjoy then using those pieces to invoke positive reactions.

As Singing for the Mind themselves point out, singing is enjoyable, exhilarating and good  for your health and has many benefits including reducing stress, increasing confidence, self esteem and expression and bringing back memories that have been lost. Indeed the British Voice Association has evidence that patients suffering from neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke and dementia benefit from regular singing in terms of communication, sociability, lifting of spirit and mood.

So if you feel this would benefit you or someone close to you please do arrange to come along to Manor Park on Tuesday 14th May at 2:00 for what promises to be an hour or so of love, hope, laughter and joy through music and singing.

We hope that if there is sufficient interest this can be the opportunity to start regular sessions of this nature for Welton and surrounding villages.

Last but by no means least and for a much younger age group we will also be running a children's story time in the May half term holiday, that will be in the Library at 10:30 on Tuesday 28th May, all welcome.

Mike Hubbert

Library Volunteer



 Welton & Dunholme LIVES

Our co-ordinator, Hannah Price and local LIVES medic Ian Trueman attended the Welton Parish Council AGM recently to explain the important role that LIVES volunteer first responders and medics play in the community. The location and use of local public accessible defibrillators was also outlined, the locations are: Outside the Parish Office (next to the Black Bull), Welton Sports & Social Club (both outside and inside), near the main entrance of William Farr School, on the main gate of St. Mary's School, Manor Park Sports Pavillion, Dunholm Co-op and Dunholme Bowling Centre (inside during opening hours). All defibrillators on the outside of buildings need a code to access, this is obtained by you dialling 999. As Hannah explained at the meeting should you have to access a defibrillator it will talk you through the necessary steps so do not be afraid to use one if you have to, you could help save a life. Of course there are 3 other defibrillators in the village that are carried by our responders who can use them when they are asked to respond to a relevant 999 call. We are always looking for new volunteers, please contact the organisation at or by calling 01507 525999 to find out more

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