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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 June 2017



A reminder again that the Dispensary staff require at least two working days to process a request for a routine repeat prescription. Queries and non-repeat requests may take longer. The Dispensary staff always endeavour to process these requests as quickly as they can.

Patients are able to help streamline the process in the following ways:

Signing up to electronic prescribing and ordering repeat prescriptions online – this is much quicker than all other methods as requests are made electronically and signed off several times a day.

Leaving requests for repeat prescriptions on the Dispensary answer machine – option 4 on the telephone system.

Only telephoning to speak to the Dispensary staff between 2pm and 4pm when they are able to have a dedicated response.

By being aware of Bank holidays / weekends when it may take longer than normal to process your prescription and to make requests in good time.


A company called Pharmacy2U have written to some of our patients offering their services for the processing, dispensing and posting of medication. However, there are some important considerations that we feel patients should be aware of:

Under current local NHS rules, we are not permitted to receive requests for repeat prescriptions from these types of Pharmacies.

The letters are using the NHS logo and Practice name without authorisation to do so.

The letters state that we recommend this company, which we do not and we do not know how they have obtained your contact details.

They do not deal with fridge items or controlled drugs and a separate prescription will be required for these.

If you choose to use this company, there is very little the Practice can do to help in the event of your medication being delayed. Medicines are delivered by Royal Mail and could be taken to a sorting office if no one is home.

If you have any further queries relating to this matter, please contact Dispensary.


In May 24 patients did not attend for their appointments with the doctors and 66 appointments with the nurses. Almost 15 hours of clinical time was lost due to patients not attending for their appointments. Please try to remember appointments or cancel with us if they are no longer required.

If you would like to be able to receive booking confirmations and text message reminders for appointments, please see Reception to sign up for this.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all patients, staff and colleagues for their understanding and patience during the events that unfolded as a result of the national cyber-attack on Friday 12th May 2017. Whilst the impact on the Practice was limited due to the quick response times we were only able to offer a very limited service during this time. Everyone was very supportive and we were pleased to be back up and running by Tuesday 16th May 2017.


The surgery will be closed from 1pm on Tuesday 18th July until 8am on Wednesday 21st July for staff training.


 Nadina Prestedge   Practice Manager

Welton Patients and Doctors Association


First of all as promised last month, an up-to-date figure of profit made so far from our   E bay sales which is a magnificent £2648. Please keep the items coming. I have had several requests recently for mobility aids – 3 or 4 wheel walkers. If you have one which you no longer need and would like to donate to the PDA, please let me know.

Our next event is the Autumn Fayre to be held in Welton Village Hall on Saturday 21st October. If anyone is interested in hiring a table to sell their own goods please give a call to either myself on 862570 or Chris Jackson on 860835. The cost will be £10 and you keep any money you take. We will not be able to take bookings for the sale of cakes as we have our own cake stall. We hope to get a good variety of stalls and to achieve this we will take names initially and then confirm your booking by 2nd week in September. We are now collecting bric a brac, books and tombola items ready for October so if anyone needs anything collecting, please give me a call.

There will be a grand raffle as in previous years and the tickets are now available. All drivers have some to sell plus the Health Centre dispensary, Welton paper shop, Taylor’s pet foods and Essential Looks at Dunholme. Prizes to date include a weekend hotel break for 2, National Garden Centre vouchers and a luxury hamper. There are usually in excess of 35 prizes and you have to be in it to win it!

Dates for your 2017 diary

Christmas Lunch Tickets on sale 2nd October.

Autumn Fayre 21st October 2017

Christmas Lunch 8th December 2017

The above events are held in Welton Village Hall                                             If you require any further information on any of the above don’t hesitate to give me a call (862570) Janet Goddard


Dear Editor

 In its community leadership role, West Lindsey District Council is to set up a health commission to investigate the state of health services in the local area, and make recommendations on how these services can be sustained, improved, and integrated with other public services.

 As a former member of the Community Health Council for Central Lincolnshire, as a member of the Prosperous Communities Committee, and as a representative of one of the largest Wards in the District, I have been asked to be part of the group which will carry out the investigation.

 There is an NHS England process which requires Clinical Commissioning Groups to engage with District Councils to develop future strategies, and our health commissioning group will provide the point of contact.  The Council is already conscious of the universal issues, such as an ageing population, difficulty in accessing medical services, difficulty in recruiting health professionals, and the difficulty of meeting demand with limited budgets.  So it important that we help to ensure that we are making the most of what we have got.

 Importantly, and for the first time, the group will address the impact of housing increases and it will seek to influence the flow of funding for the health infrastructure, on the basis of need.  It will also be examining the role of volunteers who support patients, carers and service providers.  It will be a very broad tapestry, which will range from prevention to cure, and from independent living to the provision of care facilities.  At the same time, it will look at condition management, the recovery process, and the role of the community, in providing help and support.

 The object of the exercise is to promote a better understanding of health and well being in the District, and to make recommendations to the Council on future policies and action.  The first meeting will be in January, and I will then be able to make contact with health and welfare service providers and start collecting the evidence that will be presented to the Council in October or November of next year.

 Yours Sincerely

Cllr Mrs D M Rodgers 01673 863385

West Lindsey District Council

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: 

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Your Neighbourhood

 Policing Team


Your Neighbourhood Policing Team

PC 326 Martin DOHERTY




 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


4th July 2017

St Chads Church, Dunholme

10.00 – 11.00

6th July 2017

St Mary’s Church, Welton

10.30 – 11.30

11th July 2017

Barnes Wallis RAF Scampton

10.00 – 11.00

20th July 2017

RAF Scampton Youth Club

18.00 – 19.00

26th July 2017

Faldingworth Village Hall

10.00 – 11.00

27th July 2017

St Mary’s Church, Welton

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


 It's that time of year again when we are led to believe the sun will be out and splitting the paving slabs. Well in truth that might only be for a few days of bright sunshine but as things get warmer it is important to consider what precautions you and your loved ones need to take to keep safe whether the sun is out in a clear sky or not. For instance it is important to think about those who are most vulnerable to greater heat, generally older people, particularly over 75s, people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems and babies and young children. Consider the effect either high temperatures or humid conditions can have on them both in the day and at night. So if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat you should; shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside, you can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler. Avoid the heat by staying out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day)

Seek help from a GP or contact NHS 111 if someone is feeling unwell and shows symptoms of: breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, intense thirst, weakness, dizziness or cramps which get worse or don't go away. Get the person somewhere cool to rest and give them plenty of fluids to drink. Also remember anyone outside needs to be aware you can burn on cloudy days as well as sunny ones. Use a sunscreen, spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm, make sure you never burn, cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses, take extra care with children. 

So have a good summer, do enjoy but be sensible and hopefully you won't be needing one of our responders, but if you do we will try to be there for you. We do continue to look for new responders so we can provide more hours of cover each week. Do give us a ring on 07815 534969 if you'd like more details. 





Welton-by-Lincoln Parish Council and Dunholme Parish Council are working in partnership to formulate a joint Emergency Plan for our communities, however, they cannot do it alone and need your help; if you would like to volunteer to work with the group, can provide support during an emergency or help with any of the following, please contact the Clerk on or

4x4 owner/drivers; First aiders; Doctors; Nurses; Vets; Farmers with tractors, snow clearing equipment etc.; People with equipment such as submersible pumps/chain saws etc

RAYNET (Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network)

Key holders to community buildings i.e. Schools, Churches, Village Hall, Dunholme Old School, Manor Park etc.

 Communities working together during an emergency makes sense and you just never know when it might be needed, so we would like to be prepared for anything such as a flood, air crash, road traffic accident, heavy snowfall or explosion.

Working together is key to both our communities in making this project a success.

Welton-by-Lincoln Parish Council and Dunholme Parish Council





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.



Nature Notes For July 2017

 Apart from watching birds and generally trying to create a general interest in Natural History in our locality, I do try to get around on my bike or in the car just to see what we have in the villages, and I must admit that I feel very proud that I live and have lived in Dunholme for some fifty years this month and can recall, with a little prompting, what has happened locally over those years, some things for the good and some for the not so good, but I do not relish what our Planners and authorities have install for us in the very near future.  The whole essence of Village and Rural life is shortly to disappear and we will become a suburb of the Greater Lincoln Plan, with more and more houses and rented accommodation, with less and less wild areas and places of recreation and conversing as well as observation, with our wildlife.  It gives me a great feeling of I’m glad we have lived when we have lived and have commiserations for the youngsters of today and what they are missing in their lives, over and above their smart phones and tablets, getting involved in projects and activities to the general good of the communities instead of passing the other way, or pleading ignorance of what is or is not needed.  I find it difficult to understand why an enterprising lady in Dunholme has had to advertise for helpers to clear the Beck .Who created the mess in the Beck?  And why was it necessary to throw litter everywhere where it can be seen or cause damage and injury to our Wildlife instead of taking it home and disposing of it properly.  All sense regarding the upkeep of our environment seems to have withered and wilted away, and the “Someone else will do it” Syndrome prevails…..How so very sad have we become?

I am always very pleased to see the return of the Swifts to the villages, in particular, the group of between twenty and thirty that come back to Scothern, in and around the Pub and Church area, they very rarely are late or early, so much so that in the past fifteen years there reappearance has been to a day in either direction.  They are very busy right from the start, swooping and whistling through the air on the sickle like wings, looking for partners, courting, and even doing naughty things in the air, their lifestyle is of constant energy and verve.  Nest building and feeding young are undertaken with the minimum of rest, and sleeping happens in the quiet hours, on the wing as well, they have a means of switching off one side of the brain, then the other alternately, to get rest.  I have found the best place to observe them is from Scothern Village Hall car park looking towards the Church during the fading hours of the day, they congregate noisily over the Horse Chestnuts and twitter and fly, and fly and twitter as if they are heartily enjoying themselves.  After being suitably refreshed, it is possible for us to do likewise in the Bottle and Glass. Without the flying bit, but maybe a twitter and a natter.

Bird feeding is always a thorny problem at this time of the year, as feeding with too much bread as a filler s not too good for the younger birds, their digestive systems are built for the consumption of seeds, insects or worms, and bread tends to clog up their works quite severely, I tend to give a bit of soaked bread when there is a cold snap in the weather, or a drought, as collecting natural food for the ever hungry youngsters is an horrendous commitment by the parents. A little helping hand is always welcome I think.  There is a list of which food for which birds, it is relatively accurate and depends on the shape of the bird’s beaks!  More on this later if needed.     Have a lovely Summer the portents are relatively good, my Fir Cone is wide open.

John Smallwood.