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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 August 2017



It has come around to that time of year again and we are currently planning our ‘flu vaccination clinics.

Annual seasonal influenza immunisation is recommended for people in the following groups, who are more at risk of the complications of influenza, including:

All people aged 65 years and older (including all those aged 65 years on or before 31 March 2017).

All people aged 6 months to under 65 years in the following clinical risk groups:

       Chronic respiratory disease

      Chronic heart disease

      Chronic liver disease

      Chronic neurological disease

     Diabetes mellitus


     Asplenia or splenic dysfunction

     Pregnant women

     Morbid obesity (BMI 40+)

Seasonal influenza immunization is recommended in certain healthy people to reduce the risk of transmission to vulnerable groups, including:

Children aged 2 years to under 8 years old on 31 August 2016 (including children of appropriate age for school years 1, 2, and 3), as part of the national childhood influenza immunization programme.

People living in long-stay residential and nursing homes or other long-stay care facilities (not including prisons, young offender's institutions, or university halls of residence).

Household contacts of immunocompromised people, including carers (people who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter).

People in receipt of a carer's allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. This should be considered on an individual basis, at the healthcare professional's discretion, and may include children who are carers.


 The Practice will initially be holding (*ADULTS ONLY*) Saturday drop in clinics on:

     Saturday 16th September 2017 9am – 11am.

     Saturday 30th September 2017 9am – 11am


 Further dates for influenza clinics and children’s vaccines to be announced (Children’s vaccines not in stock as yet). If you are unsure if you are eligible please check at Reception.





There is currently a national shortage of Hepatitis A and B vaccines and as a result practices are unable to obtain further stocks. If you think that you may need one of these vaccines over the forthcoming months, please discuss this with one of our Practice Nurses who will be able to advise you further.


For the last three years, the Practice has been taking part in the national ‘Friends and Family Test’ which asks patients if they would recommend the Practice to family and friends.  The feedback from these questionnaires is used to transform NHS services and support patient choice.

Even if you have completed one of these before, we would be grateful if you would fill in a survey regularly so that we can feed this information back to NHS England. The surveys take less than a minute to complete and we would greatly appreciate your support.



We are still giving out surveys on the Nursing staff in the Practice. If you have an appointment with one of the nurses please ask them for a survey to complete.



In July, 51 patients did not attend for their appointments with the doctors and 75 appointments with the nurses. Over 21 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. This becomes especially important over the winter period as demand for appointment increases.

 Please let us know if you are unable to make your appointment.



The surgery will be closed for staff training from 1pm on Tuesday 19th September 2017 until  8am on Wednesday 20th September 2017.


 When considering the staff training afternoon and bank holiday closures, 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.


 Nadina Prestedge

Practice Manager



Welton Patients and Doctors Association


We still have a few tables left to hire for our Autumn Fayre on Saturday 21st October. If you are interested in hiring one 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 are now collecting bric a brac, books and tombola items ready for October and we also need full bottles(not necessarily alcohol) for the bottle and glass tombola so if anyone needs anything collecting, please give me a call. If there is no reply, please leave a message and I will get back to you. Bottles and small tombola items can be left at the health centre for collection.

Tickets for the grand raffle are selling well. All drivers have some to sell plus the Health Centre dispensary, Welton paper shop and Essential Looks at Dunholme. We now have 20 prizes and several others in the pipeline.

The Fayre starts at 2pm in Welton village hall with doors to the Welton room, for sale of books and bric a brac, open at 1.45pm. As in previous years there will be a café serving delicious homemade cakes, tea and coffee with special cakes for the children. Come and take the weight off your feet and treat yourselves.

Tables booked so far are for the sale of Art work and paintings, Chilli jams and sauces, wood turned gifts, toys and games (many new) so buy your Christmas gifts early, jewellery, crocheted items and cards and memory books. This list will be added to as more tables are reserved.

There will be tombola including a separate children’s tombola, cake stall, a shooting range and various games of chance and skill.

This is The PDA’s main fund raising event of the year so please come along and give us your support. Last year we raised a magnificent £2486.88 so let’s see whether we can improve on that total this year.

Dates for your 2017 diary

    30th Sept PDA Raffle tickets for sale Dunholme Coop 9am to 5pm

    2nd October Christmas Lunch Tickets on sale

    7th October PDA Raffle tickets for sale Welton Coop 9am to 5pm

    21st October Autumn Fayre

    8th 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


Dear Editor

Early this year, my wife Patricia Owen was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Over the last four months she bravely fought this cruel disease. She sadly passed away on July 15th. During this time, Welton Health Centre were very supportive and caring, so l would like to take this opportunity to thank them. And, although you never like to single people out, Dr Fickling was exceptional. Her regular visits to Pat certainly made things easier. So a huge thank you to her too.

After her death, l was overwhelmed by the support and good wishes of our friends and family. I received many card, showing me that people obviously thought a lot of us, which is very comforting. I would therefore also like to thank all those that sent cards, and all those who came to the funeral. Their donations raised £332, which has now been passed on to our local St. Barnabas Hospice. They were a huge support and hopefully this can help them to support others.

Kind regards -  Mervyn (Reggie) Owen

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: 

Dunholme Community Lottery

Congratulations to our July 2017 winners


No. 074 - 1st Prize £50 - Maureen Saunders (Dunholme)

No. 115 - 2nd prize £25 - Elsie Firth (Dunholme)

No. 013 - 3rd Prize £10 - Marguerita Atkinson (Dunholme)


 The Scheme has continued to support organisations around the village  - including the purchase of a complete set of bibles for St Chad’s school and a donation £1,000 towards their new trim trail for the pupils.

Sadly we can no longer have our monthly stand in Dunholme Co-op. Their reasoning is

because all the branches are getting asked for permissions to have stands and collections they have decided that only on the very odd emergency event will permission be given in future. 

The Community Lottery team would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the Staff at Dunholme Co-op for accommodating us for the last couple of years.


 We still have numbered discs awaiting a home for the price of £27 per quarter (a little over £2 per week)

For more information, please contact one of the team below or use the e-mail.




 Margaret Clifton: 01673 866245

Helen Loving: 01673 861714

Glyn Jones: 01673 861907

Or email:   



St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice

Celebrates 35 years of Hospice Care

We were pleased to be part of the Welton Sports & Social Club fete; it was lovely to see the community coming together and the beautiful weather on the day bought out lots of people. The St Barnabas Hospice stall made £240 and sold out completely of our teddy tombola! Many Thanks to our wonderful volunteers who helped out on the day.

As you are aware this year St Barnabas marks 35 years of providing care and comfort to thousands of families in our local communities. To mark this special milestone we would like to invite you to join us at our ‘Hearts of Gold’ birthday ball, to ensure that we can be there for even more families in the future.

The evening promises to be one not to be missed where you will enjoy a delicious three-course meal, be entertained by renowned premier functions band - The Stolen Fridays, with an opportunity to hedge your bets in the casino before helping to raise vital funds with a fantastic raffle and auction.

Please help us to be there for more families and ensure that they are able to spend as much time together as possible.

 Book early at to avoid disappointment!

Dan Hadfield As Gary Barlow

We are delighted that The World’s Number One Gary Barlow Tribute Artiste, Dan Hadfield will be returning to Gainsborough Golf Club on Saturday 11th November to help raise funds for St Barnabas Hospice.

Dan has performed with Gary himself including on the Xtra factor, tours all over the world with his solo show. and has also been voted Britain’s Best Look alike!

This amazing evening includes a delicious one course meal, Dan performing and disco until midnight. Tickets are just £30; this event sold out last year so book early to avoid disappointment!

To find out more and to book go to

With many thanks for your continuing support.

Caroline Swindin
Corporate Fundraiser
Mobile: 07435 970309





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.




Could 2017 be the year that sees you getting involved in the local community?

LIVES is such a worthwhile cause, we are a great team of like-minded individuals who want to give "something back" to the people we live alongside.  

Please will you consider joining us as a Responder?

Duties for a First Responder will typically involve dealing with patients to provide basic life-saving support, including Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), oxygen therapy, defibrillation and scene control.  Reassurance and TLC are often all that is required whilst you are monitoring vital statistics and awaiting support from the emergency services.  Importantly, no previous experience is necessary, as full training will be provided at LIVES Headquarters in Horncastle.

If you work full-time, part-time or are actively retired we would love to hear from you.  You need to be aged 18 or over, have a car readily available, be reasonably fit, be adaptable and have a calm and caring nature.  Between us we try to provide cover on a 24/7 basis, but as an individual you tell us via the rota what duties you are able to undertake to fit in with your own circumstances.  As a community based volunteer you are able to combine your LIVES duties, with village life as normal but importantly you can reach a fellow resident within a matter of minutes.

So for example, for the hours you have volunteered to cover – you'll have the defibrillator and associated equipment easily accessible within the house, the car fuelled and ready to go and the LIVES phone to hand to enable the LIVES desk at Ambulance Control to contact you if you are called out.  Then you simply carry on as normal – with your housework, gardening, helping the children with their homework, meeting up with friends in the village etc.  If you need to go further afield, or something crops up, you simply notify the LIVES desk that you need to go "off line".

If you are "called out" you'll have the skills and knowledge to be able to provide basic life-saving support in an emergency situation.  Just think how amazing you'll feel in playing your part in helping a fellow resident.

If you'd like to know more about Welton & Dunholme LIVES or are interested in joining the team, please contact Hannah Price, our Co-ordinator, on 07815 534969.   

Regards, Mike


Nature Notes for September 2017

 I have seriously considered the problems that are part and parcel of living in a so called rural county such as Lincolnshire, there are, as must be stated various delights, I have a deep feeling that there are inherent jealousies, which others, usually Town Dwellers want to remove from our chosen way of life.  Consider, the massive surge for us to have more and more dwellings in and around our mostly over crowded villages, when in the towns, there are massive amounts of derelict housing areas and also derelict areas where industrial, manufacturing and service areas once thrived. There are of course the huge acreages of old World War 2 airfields and Army encampments that lie derelict in our County, which stand totally unused apart from a little agricultural use or as in the case of Swinderby and Hemswell, the buildings are used, much larger villages and even small towns could be created with their own infrastructure entirely new. Rather than trying to bolster old villages to cater for new builds, and their dwellers needs. This whole subject is of course, as usually, a minefield and is very political, but the subject of development affects us all, including our Wildlife, who have no spokespersons for their point of view or needs.

This years migration of birds, small or large just didn’t happen due in the main to the position of the Jet stream, which, in the early part of the year did not change from the cold Northerly swirl, a large amount of our birds never came across from Africa, as they just couldn’t battle against the weather heading from the North, we did have a very small window in the weather patterns of about ten days, when some birds were assisted across into Portugal and Spain and even managed to get into the South and West of France but that was it, reports from Twitchers in these areas indicate a higher that usual population of our small birds, but a lot of these birds and the young have succumbed to the tremendous forest fires in the Western Mediterranean areas. They have not had a very good year at all, somehow the Scothern Swallows managed to come across and give a lot of pleasure to those that want to watch. They must have just hit the window just right, they have had a very good breeding period and the youngsters are preparing for the return journey down into Africa for our Winter. The larger birds did manage to come to the U.K. in something like the normal numbers, there has been no reduction in breeding pairs of Osprey, Harriers, and most of the raptors that visit us, which again does not bode too well on their food subjects, such as small birds and mammals.

We have a cloud of Starlings who have had three broods this year, noisy, gregarious and always hungry, no matter what type of feeder I put up for the seed and nut eaters, the Starlings will find a way to extract to offerings. Normally they send one up to try and perch then flap its wings to get the food to drop on the ground for the others to feast on, and they even change duties which amazed me the adults taking it in turns! We have had fewer Blue Tits than normal, Greenfinches, non-existent, Gold Finches but three regulars, we had a visit from two beautiful Linnets , and a stray Moorhen, who spend a long time over a period of three days stalking the garden, and then sitting on the top of our Beech hedge looking through our kitchen window. We persevere always in the hope that we will recover our Wild birds, and for ever live in the hope of a more amenable world where everyone exists for everyone else’s good. By the way the hedge flailers were out even more early this year 10th July is very previous, to any rules set out by the NFU and LTO and RSPB.


All the very best…John Smallwood.