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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 2018


Please could we remind patients that if you request a telephone consultation with the GP then please leave your mobile turned on / volume on / be ready to answer. We have seen an increase recently in the number of missed calls. The GP’s will generally only ring once as these telephone calls form part of their booked surgeries and they have other patients waiting.



In March, 21 patients did not attend for their appointments with the doctors and 69 appointments with the nurses.  This adds up to fifteen hours of missed appointments in one month, with a running tally of 54 for the year so far.


 Please let us know if you are unable to make your appointment. You can do this:

In person

On the telephone

By leaving a message on our voicemail

Texting the practice mobile


Thank you, as always, to those patients that did make their appointments, we appreciate your help and support.



Please could we remind patients that samples can only be accepted in the correct containers – we are not able to accept jam jars, pop bottles, large containers etc. If you have been asked to supply a sample and need a container please see Dispensary.



Although it seems some time ago now, and hopefully by the time you are reading this we will be well on our way into spring; we would just like to thank everyone that helped the Practice during the bad weather. From the people that cleared paths or helped to transport patients or to patients that showed understanding when appointments needed to be re-arranged or swapped about. Thank you to all the staff that managed to get into the surgery, in somewhat dangerous and treacherous conditions, to continue to provide a service to patients.  A special thank you goes out to ‘Rick’ who, with the permission of his bosses at The Lindum Group, was allowed to use one of their vehicles to transport our staff and especially GP’s to and from the surgery, as well as taking samples to the hospital.


 The kindness and generosity of a community that pulls together in a crisis is just one of the things that makes working at Welton Health Centre so special.



We would like to thank all patients that have donated towards the collections for the charities chosen in Dr Howard’s memory. We are still collecting in final donations as well as asking those patients that haven’t yet had a chance to write in his memory book in the surgery waiting room to do so as soon as possible.


 A very kind patient donated some money to replenish the flowers in the waiting room and we didn’t get chance to thank her – so thank you, whoever you are, it was such a kind gesture and very much appreciated.



Way back in December, the pantomime group very kindly chose the Practice / PDA as their nominated ‘charity’ for the 2017 pantomime.  Due to unforeseen circumstances causing postponement, representatives from the Practice and PDA have finally had the pleasure of meeting with some members of the group this month to accept a cheque for six hundred pounds. The cheque has been used to buy three new surgery trollies for the nurses rooms so that they are able to use them to assist procedures such as phlebotomy, dressings, family planning clinics, cervical cytology and a range of other uses. The practice and especially the nursing team are very grateful for the kind donation and are already putting the trollies to good use. 



The surgery will be closed for staff training from 1pm on Tuesday 15th May 2018 until 8am on Wednesday 16th May 2018 

When considering the staff training 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 forty eight working hours’ notice is required please


 Nadina Prestedge

Practice Manager




Welton Patients and Doctors Association


As I don’t have a lot of PDA news this month I thought I would put together a few statistics to show you the full extent of the service offered by PDA volunteer drivers.

In the 12 months April 2017 to March 2018 PDA drivers  travelled 22,509 miles carrying 1646 patients to their appointments both locally and to hospitals as far away as Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield. We have in recent years had journeys to Moorfields eye hospital in London and both Papworth and Addenbrookes in Cambridgeshire although the majority of journeys are to Lincoln, Newark, Louth, Gainsborough and Grantham.


At this point I would like to make a further appeal to anyone who would be interested in volunteering to drive for a minimum of 1 day a month. We provide transport to any medical appointment and in addition I provide a monthly rota of drivers committing to one or more days taking patients to Welton Health Centre.


Volunteering isn’t just about the 45p a mile payment received but about the satisfaction of knowing that you are providing an invaluable service to local residents, about the new people you meet and chat to and also about the grateful thanks received from those you transport. I often get telephone calls from patients who have just used the PDA transport service for the first time and can’t believe how friendly their driver was and how they were put at ease when attending a stressful appointment. ’Kind, caring, helpful and thoughtful ‘are some of the words used.


On Monday 7th May we will be holding our annual plant sale at the Welton Fair on the village green. If anyone has any plants we could sell, either grown from seed or taken from your garden, please let me know and I will tell you where they need to be and when. Alternatively they can be collected nearer the time.

Please consider paying our stall a visit. We will be open to sell from midday to 5pm (or until we have sold out)


7th May Plant sale on Welton village green

20th October Autumn  

7th December Christmas Lunch


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

Janet Goddard


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 Village Library and Community Hub'


As well as my usual LIVES article I wondered if you would be kind enough to include a piece for the library in my role as a volunteer, if space is at a premium and it’s not possible then that's fine.  The library is of course open to Dunholme residents and we would like to encourage as much use as possible. Our official title is 'Welton Village Library and Community Hub' and if you could use this for the article which is as follows:


 Now that the library has been open at Manor Park for a few months I'd like to encourage as many people as possible to visit the new facility whether that be someone who has never used the library before or who may have lapsed from regular use. There are over 5,000 books to choose from onsite including general fiction with separate crime, science fiction, romance and large print sections. Children's books from baby board books up to 'teenage adult' reads. Then we have nonfiction for both adult and children's, over 20 sections here and just as an example I'll highlight the animals section. So, we have titles such as; How to Watch Wildlife, The Garden Bird Handbook, Beautiful Cows, Whole Health for Happy Dogs, The Complete Guide to Caring for your Cat, Aquarium Fish, The Duck Handbook and Animal Heroes to name but a fairly eclectic few.


These books are very informative and, in most cases, expensive for you to buy and of course it costs nothing to join the library and nothing to borrow a book for up to 3 weeks. You don't need to bring any documents to join and if you have been a member before you can use your old card. Added to that we continue to be part of Lincolnshire Libraries and if you can't find the title you need there is an extensive catalogue you can order from once again at no cost to you. The potential to save you and your family money and expand your horizons is open to all, including free wifi and access to our up to date laptops.


So if you haven't already then please make your way to visit us, the hours are: Monday 1 - 6 pm, Tuesday 9.30am - 2.30pm, Wednesday 10am - 1pm


 Michael Hubbert, Library Volunteer


St Barnabas

Here at St Barnabas Hospice, we are busy all year round but I think it is safe to say that May is up there with our busiest month of all!

Firstly, I would like to start with a very exciting update- our extremely popular Wine & Wisdom event has been rescheduled for Friday 1st June 2018. As many of you will know, we had originally planned to hold this event in March, but this had to be rescheduled due to the influx of snow we had. Aside from the date, all other details for the rescheduled quiz have stayed the same, so it will take place at Waddington Village Hall with doors opening at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. If anyone would like to enter a team for the event, you can either visit our website or contact


Another long-time favourite that will be returning for 2018 is our Lincoln Plant Sale, taking place at our Hawthorn Road Day Therapy Centre (LN2 4QX) on Saturday 26th May. Between 1:30pm and 4pm our gardens will be open for you to purchase your summer bedding plants, whilst raising funds for St Barnabas. If that wasn’t enough, we will also be serving homemade scones and jam, which might tempt you…


Finally, as we head into summer we are preparing for our next community initiative, Go Yellow! June is the month where we are encouraging all of our lovely supporters to get your thinking caps on and get involved with a yellow themed fundraiser of your choice! This might be something as simple as a ‘wear yellow to work day’, or you might test your adventurous side and receive sponsorship for bathing in custard. All we ask is that you do something yellow to help raise funds for St Barnabas.

If you would like any further information about the events I have discussed above, or if you would like to receive a free Go Yellow pack, you can either visit our website or contact


Your Neighbourhood Policing Team


 PC 326 Martin DOHERTY 


PCSO Ange LAW         


 One of your neighbourhood officers will be attending the following

Coffee Morning’s / Police Surgeries we will be pleased to meet you and discuss any issues you may wish to raise alternatively please call 101.

 Please be aware: on occasions there may be non attendance due to unforeseen circumstances and unavoidable, so please accept our apologies should this happen

 You can also follow us on TWITTER @WELTONHEMSPOL





5th May 2018

Welton Methodist Church

10.30 – 11.30

8th May 2018

RAF Scampton Barnes Wallis Centre

09:30 – 10.30

10th May 2018

Welton St Mary’s Church

10.30 – 11.30

To report a Crime please call 101.

 If ‘urgent’ please call 999.

If you would like to pass information anonymously, please call

Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111





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

Christmas & New Year Holidays

The Library will be closed from Monday 26th December 2016 and will  re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.


First Responder Volunteers

The local first responder volunteers have all re-qualified during April. This is an annual requirement to ensure that in the event of a cardiac arrest or similar emergency the responder is up to date with the necessary knowledge and skills to give assistance. We have a very experienced and knowledgeable trainer in our group who ensures that his fellow volunteers are confident and well prepared for the assessment which is undertaken by someone independent of the local group. 

We continue to look to welcome new volunteers who are interested in learning these essential skills which are for those first on scene of a fellow local citizen's medical emergency. Come along, under no obligation, and see if this worthwhile opportunity is for you and have an initial chat to the friendly local team to find out more. Give us a ring on   07815 534969 (note this is not a number for emergencies)   Michael Hubbert


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