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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 March 2019



In February, almost 97% 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, 100 patients still failed to attend for their appointments which would have meant an extra       16.5 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.



We have some new members of staff working in the practice and we would be grateful for your patience and understanding while they adapt to their new roles.



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.



We mentioned last month that our travel services may be somewhat limited following the retirement of Nurse Debbie. Our other nurses are managing the requests until our new nurse is fully trained and so if  you are going on holiday and think you may need vaccinations then please give us plenty of notice and complete a form from reception or our website as soon as you have booked your holiday.



We have seen an increase lately in patients walking into the surgery and asking to be seen urgently, when this isn’t always the case. The doctors’ surgeries are fully booked and we don’t have the option to just “squeeze people in”.  If you feel you have a concern that needs dealing with urgently that day then please ring us and we can arrange for the doctor on call to ring you back (unfortunately we are unable to give you a choice of GP for this) or to signpost you to more appropriate services in emergency  / less severe circumstances.

 As always if you are experiencing chest pain, think you may have had a stroke or have bleeding that you are unable to control please ring 999; do not come to the surgery.



We were saddened to learn of the passing of Dorothy Robinson on 25th January 2019.  Dorothy worked tirelessly as a health visitor for almost thirty five years starting at Birchwood in 1965 then moving to Welton in 1969, working from the pre-fab building which adjoined the former library. She was extremely involved with all the young families in the village and very supportive and caring to both young and old who greatly valued her help and extensive knowledge. Dorothy enjoyed keeping in contact with many of the new babies and their families over the years and watched many grow up and become parents themselves.

Her other passion was playing the organ, often dressed in traditional costume, and many will remember seeing her at the side of the steam engine with her late husband, Donald, at various events throughout the country and especially at the Christmas Market, Lincolnshire Show and the summer rally at the showground each year.  She was also heavily involved in bell ringing at Market Rasen church and was well known for her great love of cats.

Donations in memory of Dorothy may be sent to J Marshall Funeral Director, 49 Queen St, Market Rasen LN8 3EN. Cheques should be made payable to LNAAC or LincolnshireTrust for Cats or St Thomas’s Church.

Rest in Peace Dorothy, one very special lady who will always be remembered with love.



The surgery will be closed for staff training from 1pm on Tuesday 16th April 2019 until 8am on

 Wednesday 17th April 2019. 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 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

Ladies Lunch

This year’s Ladies Lunch will be returning as a sit down dinner, with an exciting new speaker and menu choices for 2019.

We are delighted to reveal that our speakers this year are Anne Morten and her daughter Elizabeth Morten-Smith from The Arbour Florist, Bailgate. They will be delivering a first-hand insight into floristry as a business and presenting a flower arranging demonstration. The resulting flower arrangement will be presented as the star raffle prize.

Tickets are £30 per person available from


A big thank you to the Welton Under 7s Football Team! ⚽️

The team started fundraising for St Barnabas last year with a Football Boot treasure hunt around the village. They have continued their fundraising efforts this year, most recently presenting us with a cheque for an incredible £108!

The team are holding another Football Boot Hunt (Welton’s boot Hunt) over the Easter Holidays; given the great success of the last one ; a fantastic  Easter holiday activity for the whole family.

Entry forms are £2 each and are available from Welton Paper Shop or Dave Isherwood via the Facebook Page; Welton’s Boot Hunt.

Dave Isherwood, the team's manager, is also undertaking a 40 mile Ultra Marathon in support of us. To support his fundraising efforts, visit his JustGiving page

 If you'd like to take on a challenge like this, please contact our Challenge Fundraiser, Mike Pastor on 01522 540 300 or

Community Bereavement Drop in Sessions

Our next Bereavement Drop in session at Lincoln City Football Club (Sincil Bank, Lincoln, LN5 8LD) takes place on Monday on Monday 8th April  6pm – 8pm.

There is no need to pre-book; if you are struggling or in need of advice on coping with bereavement, please join us.

Alternatively, you can access our full Bereavement Support service by calling 0300 020 0694


 Caroline Swindin
Corporate Fundraiser or 07435 970309


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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)

Tickets for the spring lunch on 5th April are all sold out. If you have missed out but would like to join us, there may be cancellations so give me a call.

We will have our usual raffle (prizes gratefully accepted on the day) cake stall and books and cards for sale. We will also be selling quiz sheets priced 50p with a prize for the most correct answers.

Please arrive in time to visit the various stalls (the doors will be open by 11.45am) We are aiming to sell all the cakes which our helpers have kindly made and, as ingredients are expensive, we won’t be reducing the cakes at the end of the meal. We feel that they offer excellent value at the price shown.

The cards are excellent quality and cheaper than the majority sold in M&S!! The raffle is always very popular and again we are lucky that so many prizes are donated.

The bar will be open for the purchase of drinks both before and during the meal.

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. 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

Spring Lunch 5th April 2019

May Fair Monday 6th May Plant sale

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 & Dunholme LIVES First Responders

A big thank you to all those who put their change and donations in our local collection tins situated in the Social Club, Paper Shop, Doctors Surgery and Kedgeree Fish & Chips. We've recently emptied a number of these and over £100 was added to our coffers. If there are any other local businesses or organisations that would like to help us by having a collection tin on their counter then please contact us as its surprising how these donations can quickly add up and it’s a simple way for you and your customers to help our organisation. Our local contact number is 07815 534969 - please note this is not an emergency number.

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


Welton Library and Community Hub

Did you realise there is a stunning reconstruction of a saxon craftsman's home just a few miles from the library? February gives you the chance to find out more, Steve and Jude who are the creators of the Saxonhouse which is in East Firsby have been invited along for our latest Community Hub event. Their talk will cover why, when and how the house was built along with details of the lives of Saxons in 7th century Lincolnshire. Please come along and hear more on Tuesday 26th February at 2:00pm. Free admission, all welcome.

Just a reminder for those of you who also use facebook we do have a page where you can also keep to to date including details of new books that the library service buys each month. Just search for Welton Library & Community Hub and 'like' us.


Mike Hubbert

Library Volunteer


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


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