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Walk In The Park’….WOW..What a day!!


Well the weather forecast in the few days leading up to the event was not shall we say looking good!!  So as a matter of precaution we put in place wet weather plans and advice to participants. The day started off gloomy with a light shower…and then it came.. the first of two major storms, the like of which I don’t think many have seen before!!  Torrential rain lashing down, thunder, lightning and hail.. then incredibly followed by glorious scorching sunshine!!

 This somewhat bizarre weather did present its challenges and some plans for the day had to be revised in the interest of safety, for participants, visiting public and those delivering entertainment. Our sincere thanks to everyone at the event for their understanding and for showing true British resilience and continuing with the 12 hours of walking no matter what! It was inspiring and humbling to see so many people continuing and having a good time in order to support our 3 good causes.

 It was great to see the Dakota Flypast, our Dove Release, to listen to the live music (apologies to those who could not go ahead because of the weather) to see a range of stalls and activities. The Climbing wall, Fire Engine, Balloon modelling and football skills were a great hit. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the Ambucopter land and get a close up look at this and ask questions of the crew…. The firework display and array of weird and wonderful outfits for the themed laps were amazing!! And who could forget Mr Stones incredible and inspiring warm up with Heather Hunter to get us ready for the 12 hours of walking that lie ahead!!!

 To date the event has raised approximately £11,000 to be divided equally between Cancer Research UK, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice. Thank you so much to everyone for your fantastic fundraising efforts.

 Our next banking night will take place on Thursday 4th September between 7-8pm at Welton Youth Club. You can also make your donation via your Virgin Money Giving Page if you have one set up. Alternatively drop your  monies off with me at Ryland Road, 26 Ryland Road, Welton.

 We will be meeting early September to review and evaluate the event and consider future options. If you have any comments, feedback or suggestions do let us know. Similarly if you would be interested in getting involved in the organisation of such an event we would love to hear from you.

 With many thanks again to all participants, those providing activities, entertainment, sponsorship and support in some way we really do appreciate this.

Caroline Swindin
Volunteer Event Chair
`Walk In The Park’ 2014

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Dunholme Improvement Group


 In June Rex Gregson and Philippa Duncan gave a presentation to the new Dunholme WI about our progress on the Old School Project and were truly amazed at the numbers who attended this inaugural meeting. Good luck to the ladies of the WI, the programme of events seems very interesting! The first task given was to design a novel way of using a tennis ball


A big ‘THANK YOU’ to all who came to see us at the Dunholme fete. our bar was busy as was the Old School where we had an exhibition and the architects ‘fly through’ of a very early stage possible use for the Old School at Dunholme. We collected further information from the residents in order to go towards the ‘Public Consultation’. This is the first stage of the development process, we move onto applications for grants and loans after we have reached our conclusions as to what the public would like us to do with the building.


We would also like to acknowledge the people who have kindly said that they would help with fund-raising, or joining a ‘friends of’ or buying shares. We shall be getting back to you once the vision is more complete as to which way we are taking the project. The situation regarding whether we will be offering shares is undecided and depends upon the level of interest in the scheme - again we await the outcome of the various consultations we are undertaking, prior to making a decision. We have your email addresses and will send out an e-newsletter to let you know the results and if we are having another ‘pop-up’ bar and social evening to tell you more!


If you would like to keep current with what progress we are making please sign up for the e-newsletter and we can get messages to you as and when there is something new or exciting to report. There is a sign-up button on the home page of the website as well as a place on the ‘comments’ page where you can pass comments or suggestions.


Our next consultation will be at the Dunholme Lodge Open Garden on the 13th of July, our exhibition stand and architects impressions will be there to be viewed - conveniently situated next door to the refreshments! The gardens are beautiful, but not only that there is a museum of war time RAF Dunholme Lodge, and plenty of craft stalls! A good day out for the whole family to enjoy!


Craig Duncan - Chairman



The Jambusters WI - July 2015

Well ladies what can we say but WOW! It was a jam-packed room for the opening meeting with an almost unanimous vote for the new name The Jambusters WI. With a truly unexpected attendance of over 100 ladies, we were overjoyed and overwhelmed to have such a fantastic turnout. With cake aplenty, glasses of bubbly and the kettles working overtime, a good time was had by all. The evening ended with a roof-lifting rendition of Jerusalem that had a few of us close to tears!

Off to a busy start holding our first stall at the Dunholme Village Fete on the 28th June with yummy cakes and children’s competitions, we say a big thank you to all our volunteers and bakers!. Our 1st July meeting with delicious samples from Dennetts Ice Cream, genius ‘tennis ball’ creations and superb strawberry & cream treats from our refreshment fairies, (Lynn Prescott, Helen Douse, Michelle Burton, Lynn Busby, Marilyn Daly and Anna Baxter) - roll on summer!

With no WI meeting held in August, if you haven’t already put your name down for the outing on Sept 19
th to the RAF Scampton Museum, do please let us know before 31st July so we can confirm numbers to museum staff. Transportation and security clearance details will be discussed at our next meeting at the Old School in Dunholme on Tues 2nd Sept.

We look forward to seeing you all!

Email jambusterswi@gmail.com
Tel: President Cheryl 07999 660880 OR

Vice-President Helen 07790 072883


The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal


Dunholme village raised £1667.18 through the Poppy Appeal in Nov 2013. Thank you to everyone who donated so generously, and to the collectors and businesses, in your support of the dedicated work the Legion do. 


2014 Commemorative Centenary Poppy Seed Campaign - To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of The First World War there is a national campaign to plant Flanders Poppy Seeds this year. It is hoped that Britain will be awash with poppies and the Legion invite you to take part, however big or small your involvement. 


B and Q is the official partner for this campaign but many other companies support the Legion when selling Flanders Poppy seeds. Look out for the RBL logo on packets and check that a portion of the sale is donated to them.


Paul - 01673 861240


Garden Party

Once again the weather held off just in time for everyone to have a fantastic time at Sues Garden party at 39 Honeyholes. A large crowd enjoyed the bacon rolls and other refreshments. Also there were games, a Bric-a-Brac, and tombola stalls and a raffle.
It was all in aid of the 2013 Shoebox Appeal for Operation Christmas Child which Sue runs every year. Over £1700 was raised this year for this worthy cause.
Sue stated "We would like to thank every body for attending and hope all who attended had a nice time and thank everybody for all their support and again the weather turned out to be wonderful for us".


 Inaugural "Street Multi-House Garage Sale"
For those of you who had the opportunity to read about the inaugural Monckton Way "Street Multi-House Garage Sale" that was publicized in early May, I need not remind you about its conception; If you would like to find out a little more then please find previous editions of the Dunholme News, Welton News, or the Lincolnshire Echo all of which promoted our event.
The weather forecast for our chosen weekend was none too promising; Saturday rain and Sunday cloudy. Thank the heavens for bad forecasts as the rain did not appear on Saturday, albeit it was rather cloudy, and Sunday was nice, warm, and for the most part sunny. The event took place in Monckton Way (off Lincoln Road), Dunholme and our garage doors where scheduled to be opened between 10am and 4pm on Sat 18 and Sun 19 May 2013.
On Saturday, due to the weather forecast, the majority of us kept our saleable items in the safety of our garages or under canvas covers in anticipation of the precipitation, but the weather did not discourage the crowds from attending and rummaging their way through the many boxes of goodies available on the day. The professional bargain hunters were found wandering around just after 9am on Saturday, which caught many of us unawares; nevertheless we opened our doors and let the early birdies get their feed. We had visitors from far and wide... various locations around Lincoln, Newark, Market Rasen, the adjoining streets, surrounding villages, and from the Houses of Parliament (MP for Lincoln).
Most of the households were selling the normal garage goodies like garden hoses, glass & tableware, long-forgotten tools & equipment, and various pieces of household furniture. As with all friendly neighbourhoods we were able to assist each other by looking after "stalls" whilst people answered the call of nature, or needed that late morning nap after the night before.
Many of us are not necessarily natural sales people; however, we discovered that we have, in our "Street", our very own "Arfur Dalely". Arfur sold everything he had to offer on the first day and then subsequently rang around his relatives and asked them to search their cubbyholes, attics, and garden shed for suitable goods to ensure he would be able to continue, in character, wheeling and dealing the next day.
Although our guests certainly mooched around the many garages and driveways over the weekend, I think a significant amount spent time in or around Janet's awning, sampling the delicious cakes and buns baked the previous days. The cakes and beverages on display were available after placing a voluntary donation in to the sealed box for charity, although one cheeky chap did try to take advantage, but he was soon chased down and explained the error of his ways; all in all the cake stall raised a grand total of £205.50 for St Barnabas.
A conservative estimate for the whole weekend is that we had between 3 and 4 hundred people visit our quiet cul-de-sac in our little village, albeit the majority of visitors came on the Saturday.
The Monckton Way families managed to raise in excess of £1,000 for each householder's selected charity. The list of beneficiaries were as follows Gainsborough Hospital Scotter Ward, St Barnabas, Welton Patients and Doctors Association (WPDA), The British Legion Poppy Appeal, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Help for Heroes, Shoebox Appeal, Cancer Research UK, Lincolnshire Air Ambulance, Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Lincoln County Hospital Carlton Coleby Ward (Garden), and The Royal Air Force Association (RAFA). Furthermore we were able to donate a vanload of goods to the Shoebox Appeal, a carload of goods to St Barnabas, an electric wheelchair to a deserving couple in the neighbourhood, and an electric mobility scooter was donated to the WPDA.
My personal thanks must go to Fiona, Frank, and Carol for placing many of the signposts (in and around the village and on the A46) for the weekend, and subsequently collecting on the Monday following our "Street's" successful charitable event. If you would like to know more details please feel free to contact David on 862574.

Dunholme Remembers
On Sunday 11th November Dunholme held their remembrance service at the War memorial and afterwards in the parish Church.  The services were held by Rev Saunders.
Although the main Royal British Legion Parade was held at Welton this year Dunholme held their own parade and service. John Ritchie laid a wreath on behalf of the Royal British Legion, Councillor Simon Barrett on behalf of the Dunholme Parish Council and Sergeant Mark Lee on behalf of Royal Air Force Scampton.


The Royal British Legion Welton and District Branch
Poppy News.  On the 23rd October we held a Poppy Evening in Welton Village Hall, for all of our collectors. 41 collectors were presented with awards for their length of service to the Poppy Appeal from 5 to 35 years. The awards were presented by our President, Gp Capt. Phil Rodgers. After the Presentation there was a buffet prepared by Anne Loom, and the evening concluded with a raffle. Prizes were donated by: The Welton Sports and Social Club, The Black Bull, The Village Hall and various branch members. The raffle covered the cost of the evening with a little left over, which was donated to the Poppy Appeal. Our thanks go to all who helped and donated.
Remembrance.  Our Service of Remembrance at Welton War Memorial and in St Marys Church afterwards on Sunday the 11th November was very well attended. Our thanks go to Father Richard Crossland and his team for leading and organising the service.
Branch Meetings.  Our open meetings are held in Welton Sports and Social Club monthly on the third Tuesday at 7.45pm. Our next is on 18 December.  Anyone who is interested in joining or just finding out about The Legion is welcome.
Tony Davis
Branch Chairman 860363

2012 Poppy Appeal News
Thank you to everyone who kindly donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal this year and to the businesses that accommodated a collection on our behalf. Huge thanks also to the collectors who supported me in my first year as poppy appeal organiser for this district and to Tony for his help during the handover. Final figures are not available prior to going to press this month but look out for them next month.
There are still a few sought after 2012 dated enamel poppy pins available. Drop me a line or call me to get yours.


Dunholme Garden Fete

Dunholme Garden Fete once again was a success and we were blessed with the weather. I would like to thank everyone who came and to everyone who helped, without you this couldn't happen. The music programme was well supported, the programme included enlighten band, ST Chad's school bell plates and choir, Cliff Doe , Rob and Kimi Hunter and Graham Chapman and not to forget The Saxilby youth band, a donation of £100 was given to support the good work the Saxilby band does to encourage young musicians .

The Fancy dress competition was won by Willow Rimmer. The roll up game was won by Ellen Skipper, the roll through game was won by William Johns, the bean bag game by Mat Browning (matt you have a small prize to collect)
The Boat races were exciting , unfortunately the piece of paper with the names of the winners was thrown away accidentally so if you came first or know the name of any of the 4 winners please ring Heather Hunter on 01673 862228, so we can have their names put onto the shield, everyone who came 1st, 2nd or 3rd in each category won a medal and a mug, so if you didn't collect yours please contact Heather. The winner of the best looking boat received a prize but we also have a medal and mug for you!!!!

The duck race was won by Darren and Roger who won £25 each, can I thank Bev and everyone at The Lord Nelson pub for selling some of the ducks, in total £250 from the duck race was raised and this was distributed to various charities that included Cornerstone and Lives.

Also a thank you to the Danielle school of dancing, Finn and John for your gymnastic display ,Baton Rouge and Merlin the dog display.

A personal thank you to Threshold Church who did a great job on the bbq, Peachy Productions, Shirley for doing the flowers, Andy and Karoline for the use of their garden, the drama group who did the waitressing - loved the outfits!!! Philippa Duncan from Graphica and finally to Hugh , Lesley, Lynn ,Phil, Lorraine, Paul and Margaret who were part of the organising team. A grand total of £1000 was given to ST Chad's Church and a further £2000 plus was raised by the various clubs and charities.

Once again thank you to everyone , I do apologise if I have missed anyone out. Heather Hunter


Relay for Life Lincoln. 2012.. a resounding success!!!

Saturday 21 July saw our revised Relay for Life event take place at William Farr, Welton.  As a result of recent heavy rain falls and on advice from William Farr ground staff we condensed as much of the 24 hour plans into 8 1/2 hours. We still had lots of live music, stalls, displays, entertainment, themed laps, flypasts refreshments and games. On the Saturday evening we enjoyed listening to the fantastic music of The Soul Solution and reflected on the reasons for this event in our Candle of Hope Ceremony, which ended with a wonderful fireworks display. Even more amazing was, despite the heavy rain, which at 11pm the night before  saw the field in places standing in water we woke to be greeted by a very special visitor `the sun' who was kind enough to remain with us all day!
We were delighted that 40 teams and over 500 team members, along with their family, friends and members of the public came along and enjoyed, took part and supported this whole community event.

 An important part of any event is to reflect and review on how things went - to this end we have received fantastic feedback and have some ideas to make further improvements next year where we plan to be back with the full 24 hour version!
If you do have any feedback we would be pleased to hear it - please see contact details below. 

 In 2010, which saw Relay for Life come to Lincolnshire for the first time  we had 13 teams raising £13,000, 2011 saw 30 teams raising £50,000 and this year we had 40 teams taking part - at the time of going to press we already know we have exceeded last year's figure and have raised over £50,000.

 This means that in the last 3 years Relay for Life Lincoln has raised in excess of £100,000 which will contribute to the lifesaving work of Cancer Research UK. In addition the number of participants and those visiting has grown as has the awareness and understanding of this indiscriminate disease.
I know from the work I undertake on behalf of Relay for Life and through my own experiences with family and friends that there are so many people who have been affected by Cancer. I feel so proud and humbled by the good will, support and kindness of those who have supported Relay in some way. I would also like to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who have taken part this year; those who joined us on the day, offered their time and services, their practical skills and emotional support. There are simply too many people to thank individually, but you all know who you are.
Watch this space for our 2013 Relay dates and if you would like to find out more about Relay for Life by look at our website http://www.relayforlifelincoln.org/.uk  or get in touch with  Caroline Swindin 01673 866133 or Katie Parkin 07905336839



Year 5 Interschool Maths Team Challenge

Four of our year 5 pupils, Caitlin, Alana, James and Edward, pictured below, took part in a Maths challenge against 9 other schools at William Farr. There were 4 rounds in total including a practical activity to make a cube with pipe cleaners. It was the final round however, when our mathematicians did particularly well and made up points to come in 1st place with 62 points, 21 points ahead of the next team! The four were split into pairs and had to answer questions in a relay style against the clock. When they had the answer, they had to rush to their year 7 helper who gave them the next question to take to the other pair in their team.

Caitlin and Alana said "It was really fun, some questions were easy but some were really challenging".

Well done to the fabulous four, it is a great achievement and the school is really proud of them.

They were presented with a shield and a calculator each.

 Why not visit our website http://www.dunholme.lincs.sch.uk/  and keep abreast of all the exciting things we do in school including "Our School in Pictures".

 If anyone wishes to visit the school or request a prospectus, please telephone the school office on (01673 860579, alternatively information can be found on our newly updated website:  http://www.dunholme.lincs.sch.uk/

 Dunholme Kids Club, who operate in our school hall, offer both breakfast and after school child care.  For more information see the school web site or call Kids Club direct on 07981658103.

 Dunholme St Chad's Church of England Primary School

Caitlin, Alana, James and Edward


St Chad's Harvest Lunch
The Harvest Lunch took place at the Dunholme Old School Centre on Sunday 2nd September. A total of £245 was raised from the lunch and church collection and has been divided equally between the Nomad Trust and the Lincoln Larder.

This was a most enjoyable and memorable day and a big thank you to all who came along to support the event.


 We have some wonderful news as we have just closed our books for the 2011 RELAY FOR LIFE LINCOLN and have raised over £50,000 which is amazing!   Considering we raised £13,000 last year and that this is only our second year running this is absolutely fantastic news. 

Everyone who has been involved with Relay whether as a survivor, committee, team captain, team member, helper, supporter, family and friends a big, big thank you to each and every one of you. A massive thank you to the children of Welton St Mary's Primary School and their families who have supported Relay for life by holding a non-uniform day, decorating candle bags and joining us on the day.

 We have recently evaluated with Teams the 2011 Relay.   We had lots of really positive responses - thank you very much.   We hope to improve things further for 2012 (21/22 July 2012) and have started the organising for this already.   If anyone would like to help out with the organising or has useful contacts etc please let us know.

 If you are interested in taking part in Relay for Life next year - please get in touch!

 Thank you all very much again,

Caroline Swindin (01673 866133) and Katie Parkin (07905 336839)

Cancer Research UK – Relay for Life -   Table Top Sale
Many thanks to everyone who supported our Table top sale in June  whether by having a  stall or coming along to enjoy the event -   raising monies for Relay for Life 2011 – Cancer Research UK
We hope you all enjoyed this event – which raised almost £300! Thanks to Optima Graphics Design Consultants, Lincoln for supporting Relay for Life by undertaking our design, art work and printing.
By the time you read this our 24 Hour Relay for Life event will have taken place at Waddington Playing fields and Village Hall 23/24 July. Last year with 10 teams we raised almost £13,000 – at the time of going to press we have 31 teams registered and have already raised £15,000  - many,  many thanks to everyone who has supported Relay for life this year  in some  way – we really do appreciate it!

 For more information about Relay for Life call Caroline 01673 866133 or visit www.relay forlife.lincoln.org.uk


Scothern Players Amateur Dramatic Society

Scothern Players Amateur Dramatic Society were invited by the Skegness Playgoers Festival organisers to take their recent production, ‘The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery' to the festival last Wednesday.
We were up against some strong opposition from the likes of Horncastle Playgoers and Big Ed productions of Boston, and were therefore delighted with the adjudicators comments - ‘one of the best performances of a Farndale that I have ever seen'
We were even more delighted on Friday evening when we received no fewer than 5 awards, including overall winners!
The awards were as follows:
Premier Award - (overall festival winners)

Best Supporting Actress - Liz Peplow
Best Lighting & Effects - Jonathan Backhouse
Most Innovative Production - Director Lisa Langston, Producer Malcolm Tresadern
Supreme Comedy Moment
In addition, Gloria Poole was nominated for Best Actress and Jim Adams for Best Actor.
We now have to find a trophy cabinet big enough to hold the silverware!
As overall winners, we will now be invited to attend the National Finals in Guernsey in July.
We are absolutely delighted to be recognised for the hard work and teamwork that went into this production, and are now on a high as we look forward to our next production to be held around October / November this year.

Malcolm Tresadern
Publicity Officer, Scothern Players

01522 595191   07900 465352  
mtres1954@live .com

Cancer Research UK - Relay for Life - Table Top Sale

Many thanks to everyone who supported our Table top sale in January whether by having a stall or coming along to enjoy the event - raising monies for Relay for Life 2011 - Cancer Research UK
We were really pleased with all the support we received and hope you all enjoyed the Table top - watch this space for a further event later in the year! We raised an amazing £350 for Relay for Life 2011 - this is a 24 hour event taking place for the second time in Lincolnshire on 23/24 July at Waddington Playing Fields - it is not just for girls, you do not have to run - this is a real family , team and community event and we would love you to join us and be part of this fantastic event..........
For more information about Relay for Life call Caroline 866133.

Colin and Penny from Mainwaring Close would like to thank everyone who donated to the collection for 'LIVES' in Dunholme and Welton. We are glad you enjoyed the lights and we raised a total of £96. Thank you very much and happy new year to all.

Colin and Penny Storr.


The Christmas Craft Fair was a lovely day.
We started early at 7am Setting out the tables and the event came to the close at 4.30pm.
I would like to thank all the people that supported me on the day.
Also Many Thanks go to the very generous people who made cakes for the coffee shop, they were fabulous!
We had over 230 people through the doors.
The total raised for Dunholme St Chad's is £384.00
 Thank You Caroline Dunbar

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2010 

Many thanks to everyone who gave so generously to this very worthy appeal. Thanks also to the collectors who kindly volunteered their help and the business prmises who allowed boxes to be left there.
The total amount collected in Dunholme wa £1620.43

The total for Welton and District branch was £7138.85

Ray Dimbleby 01673 860994

 I would like to thank all those people on my "patch" who gave so generously to the Poppy appeal for the British Legion. Bill Smith, Ashing Lane.

  We would like to thank the residents of the Manor Farm estate in Dunholme for so generously donating £134.82 to the Poppy Appeal this year.  Jules and Andy King


I would like to thank all those who came along on Saturday 11th September to our Annual Garden Party in aid of the Shoebox Appeal. After a rather dull start the proceedings started on time with the sun coming out on cue and making it a very pleasant day. Overall we managed to make just over £1,000 towards this year’s appeal.  All the money raised will be going to purchase items for us to put into the shoeboxes ready for Christmas so a big thank you to everybody who supported us. My special thanks must go to all of those who helped us on the night before and on the day to make it another success. Sue Rawson 862552 

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this day a huge success.
St Chad's received £1200 towards the renovation work. So far, we have received information from the following charities: Christmas Child Shoe Box appeal £900; Cardiomyopathy (heart charity) £200; ROAD (charity working in Romania) £110; Women's Institute £85; Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society £170; Local British Legion £63.46; Dunholme Toddlers £75; Dunholme Pre-School £180; Welton PTA £283; St Barnabas £100; World Challenge Charity £50; Girls R Aloud (Womens social group) £90; Scouts £253; Project Cornerstone (charity working in Ghana) £135; MASH (supplying disadvantaged children with meals) £85; Different Strokes (stroke charity) £21.
The following charities were also represented at the Fete: Dunholme PTA, Cancer Research, Sure Start, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, Witham St Hughes Gymnastics Club, Hatti Trading (fair trade products from Nepal), and Flights for Life.
The under 10 boat race was won by Jack Green, 10-18 class won by Henry's ballistic boat, and Charlie Hackney for the adults.
The Duck race was won by Oliver Pate and the Fancy Hat competition by Heather Burton. Sure Start gained 17 new members.
Thank you to Threshold Church for their continued support throughout the event and to Grace Church for working so hard on the barbeque and contributing to the music programme, also to Saxilby Youth Band.
A very BIG thank you to Karoline and Andy Ottewell for the use of their garden.
Thank you once again to everyone who helped to make this event a very special day.

Heather Hunter

Marie Curie Cancer Care Table Top Sale
Saturday 5th. June 2010 Welton Village Hall
The Table Top Sale held on 5th. June was another success story. We were able to bank £379 and offer thanks to the generous customers who supported the event.
Regretfully, this will be the last event that we will be running due to personal circumstances.
There is a possibility that further Table Top Sales may be organised by another group; if this materialises I am sure it will be well publicised.

Dear Editor,

Hugh and I would like to thank everyone who helped or supported the Open Gardens this year. We have had such a tremendous team of people helping. The end result is that we have been able to donate £1200 to Flights for Life (April Open Garden), £1000 to St Chads Church and £500 to Lincs Churches Trust at the May Open Garden.  This could not have happened without the support and teamwork involved!

The picture is of Hugh presenting the cheque to Jenny -our new Priest in charge- for St Chad's Church.

 Hugh and Lesley Wykes

Thank you to Sue Rawson and friends for holding a Jumble sale in January to raise funds for the teenage trekkers it was a tremendous success and greatly appreciated (Tash, Mary, Lee & Cassie) 
Also Many thanks to all who came to the race night in April to support the teenage trekkers to raise funds for their expedition to Morocco, and an even bigger thank you to all the local businesses who supported the night by sponsoring races and supplying raffle prizes.
A great time was had by all with many enquiries as to the next race night. We are looking forward to the next race night on 3 July. (Lee, Cassie, Tash & Mary) 
Annette Percival
01673 861417

Dear Editor,
I would like to thank all those kind people who sponsored me in the Lincoln 10k, A total of £601-00 was raised for the Welton & Dunholme L.I.V.E.S First responders. Once again thank you very much.
 Keith Johnson    

The family of the late Margaret Bembridge.
Lindsay, Helen and families wish to say a big thank you to family and friends for the large number of cards, sincere letters and beautiful flowers we received following the sudden death of our beloved mum, they were very much appreciated. Thank you to the Rev. Saunders for a very heartfelt service with so many of mums family and friends. Thank you to those whom donated generously to the Alzheimer’s Research Trust.
David Nicholls

Peter Hammerton who died on 11th April 2010 after a short illness from Honeyholes Lane, Dunholme. 
Thanks from the family go to Dunholme Friendship Club, Luncheon Club, Church Coffee Stop and the friends and neighbours who helped Peter through the loss of his wife and through his illness.  Your love and kindness was overwhelming for Peter and he was always so grateful to each and every one of you.
 Thank you to all those who attended Peter's funeral which was a thanksgiving for his life. Kind donations from the funeral went to St Barnabas Hospice, Sue Ryder Care and to Dunholme Church Funds.   Peter will be very sadly missed by all. 
Thank you
Kerry Tubb 4 Honeyholes Lane, Dunholme 


We would like to thank you all for helping with and supporting our recent Open Garden at Dunholme Lodge on 11th April. Helped by the fine weather, we managed to raise £1200 for Flights for Life---who are, naturally, very pleased with the results!  It could not have happened without the help of a lot of people --and indeed a lot of effort goes into making the day as successful as possible and we are indebted to you all. Flights for Life would like to convey their grateful thanks --the money going towards their charity and no doubt you will be hearing about their activities at Wickenby throughout the year.
Thanks once more. Please forgive us if we fail to thank everyone individually--there are so many helpful -lovely people amongst us--it is an almost impossible task.
Here's to a successful May16th Charity Open Garden and Craft Fair--again at Dunholme Lodge
Lesley and Hugh

We are most grateful to everyone who gave so generously to the Appeal. A very big thank you to all the volunteer collectors and to the businesses who allowed boxes to be left on their premises. £987.06 was raised in Dunholme.

I would just like to say a big thank you for mentioning Halfway Home Dog Rescue Open Day in your magazine. We had a brilliant day last Sunday. We had lots of people and lots of dogs. It was especially great to see some of our re-homed dogs come back to visit us. It makes all the hard work so worthwhile.
We raised the magnificent sum of £2,430 which will really help us to carry on our work.
THANK YOU once again. 


On Saturday 5th September around 60 people walked and drove down to Watt’s Wood for a teddy bears’ barbeque organised by St Chad’s Church. The weather was kind to us and we were serenaded by Cliff on the guitar and the children were given the opportunity to do some art. The majority of people who came hadn’t seen Watt’s Wood and really appreciated its beauty. We would like to say a big thank you to Chris who did the barbecue.

We are having a service on Sunday 11th October at 6.30pm in St Chad’s Church if anyone would like to find out about Watts Wood in Dunholme.


I would like to say thank you to everyone who has given me gifts over the eight years I’ve been doing the school crossing patrol. They were very much appreciated. I will miss meeting all the people I’ve enjoyed talking to. I will still see the children in school at lunchtime since I’m not retiring from that job just yet.

Very best wished to you all
Maureen Rodgers (Mrs R) 01673 861492


Many thanks to all the people who gave donations for the fruit at our gate. I am sure that you will be happy to know that St Barnabas's Hospice has benefited by £38.29. I hope that 2010 will bring an equally good harvest for us all.
Dorothy Pymer, Twells Cottage.


I would like thank you all for a magnificent achievement at the Open Gardens on April 5th.

We raised £1200 for Flights for Life. Every person was appreciated —visitors and helpers, cake-makers –fantastic cakes! Thank you.

The next Open Gardens is May 17th and we are raising money for the Lincolnshire Churches Trust. We need helpers for one to two hours, cake-makers, plants -from bedding to shrubs. If you can help please phone 01673860356 Lesley and Hugh. By the way, all the monies except gate money will go to our local St Chad’s Church, while the gate money is going to the Lincolnshire

Churches Trust.

Hugh and Lesley Wykes


A BIG thank you to all who came along to the Jivefusion evening at Wm Farr School to learn some modern jive dance moves. Over a hundred people graced the dance floor and enjoyed a fun evening of great music, good company and made new friends along the way! We hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as we did. The feedback has certainly encouraged us.

The evening raised £600 for Project Cornerstone and 100% of this goes directly to the projects we support in Ghana, so thank you again to all those who contributed.

During the evening we briefly shared the stories of three people who have been helped by the work done in Ghana – a toddler, a young woman, and a woman who received a small business loan. If you would like a representative from Project Cornerstone to share more stories from

Ghana with you or a local group you are part of please contact us. We would be more than happy to come along with photos, stories and crafts.

Thanks again.

Alan and Ann Evans Tel 01673860248


I would like to thank all those who sponsored me in the Lincoln 10K (did not win 57.37), especially Dunholme Ladies Club and Carol Ealam. When all monies are in a total of £580 was raised for the Welton & Dunholme First Responders. This money will help purchase a Laptop to download the defibrillator when it has been used and for administration purposes.

Once again a big thank you.

Keith Johnson, 47 Honeyholes Lane


Well what a year, it was the first year we have ever set a target which was 2008 for 2008, in the end with all your help we managed to smash our target and send a fantastic total of 2273 gift filled boxes. A BIG THANK YOU goes out to everyone who has contributed in any way to making 2008 the most successful year we have ever had. At the time of writing this article l am unable to say exactly where all the boxes have gone to but l am sure that on Christmas day you all gave 2273 needy children a Christmas to remember and bring a lot of joy to their lives. So from all the 2,273 children thank you very much for all your help. Remember though we do not stop we are already looking forward to 2009.

Sue Rawson 862552



All your old Christmas cards, gift bags and wrapping paper. We are recycling them in a different way for the Shoebox appeal. So if you have any unwanted cards, bags or paper and would like to help some child, then why not recycle them with us this year. Also we need the nets from washing powder if you have any spare.

Please contact Sue 862552 or Sandra 861956

Sue Rawson 862552


Many thanks to all those who came along and supported us on the occasion of our annual Garden Party in aid of the Shoe Box Appeal. The weather was extremely kind to us yet again and with the sun shining it was so nice to see everybody sitting around enjoying a drink, something to eat and having a chat while helping a worthy cause. I am pleased to say that thanks to you all including all the willing helpers, who worked so hard on the day, we managed to raise a fantastic total of £1,196 which is a wonderful amount and will go a long way to helping us reach our goal for this year. So once again may l say a big thank you on behalf of all the underprivileged children you will be helping at Christmas time?

Sue Rawson 


£810.33 was raised in the village this year. Many thanks to the collectors and the business establishments for allowing boxes to be left on their premises. Thanks also to everyone who gave so generously to this worthy cause

Roy Dimbleby


Their involvement with fund raising for local organisations and charities probably started in 1986. In taking over as chairlady of Dunholme Ladies Club Sue Rawson along with committee member Sandra Forman held their first jumble sale in aid of club funds and raised a handsome total of £36.33. The “bug” of fund raising then caught hold and in the following years they organised other events such as fashion shows, coffee mornings, clothes sales, white elephant stalls and helped out at many other local events to help raise money for charities. One of the main charities to benefit was Marie Curie Cancer Care and now the girls started in earnest to organise more jumble sales for deserving causes. Since keeping records of jumble sales since 1996 they have to date raise a total of nearly £40,000 for local organisations such as Play group (or pre school as it is now called), PTA, Brownies, Football clubs, St Barnabas, First Responders etc. Sue has always worked with children all her life and they have played a big part in it. Sandra also worked with Playgroup and has also been involved with children’s groups. In 2002 the opportunity arose to become involved in sending gift-filled shoe boxes to  underprivileged children throughout Eastern Europe and as such other forms of fund raising has evolved such as Garden parties at Sue’s house, Village fetes, car boots, dances and even a performance of Joseph by puppets. All this has contributed to being able to send out in the last five years a total of 6,236 boxesplus giving donations of approximately £4,000 to help the charity.

This year the girls have decided for the first time to have a goal which is to send 2008 boxes for 2008, plus a £1,000 donation. However all this would not be possible without having the benefit of a good team of willing volunteers to help and without them Sue & Sandra could not give so much to others.


This bench was dedicated to Sue and all her team for all the fund raising work they have done. Sue is not expected to get much time yet to use it but hopefully when she retires (ha ha) she may get chance. For now the bench is going to stay in Playgroup area for use by mums and toddlers.


Top row: Anne Duke, Angela Tuplin, Tracy Lowne and Maxine Hartley.

Seated: Sandra Forman, Eleanor Allibone, Sue Rawson and Alex Hewitt.



We hope that everyone who came along to this year’s Garden Fete enjoyed themselves, despite an early shower and a downpour later on.  We are very grateful to everyone who played their part in making the afternoon such a successful one.  Just over £1,300 was raised centrally from the refreshments, barbeque and boat race, and we shall let you know in due course which charities and organisations the money will be donated to.  As far as we can ascertain approximately another £2,200 was raised by the various stallholders so we are delighted that other local organisations, charities and businesses benefited from the day.

We would particularly like to thank the St John’s Ambulance crew, Market Rasen Brass Band (particularly for their stoic performance of “I’m singing in the rain”) and  Peachy Productions for their hard work on the day.  It is always difficult to thank everyone after an event like this for fear of missing someone out but if you helped in any shape or form whether baking cakes, setting up gazebos, loaning your memorabilia of Dunholme for the exhibition, demonstrating your skills, giving and hour of your time to serve in any way, we are very grateful.

If you are a  local organisation or business who would like to get involved next year just let us know (even now).

So from all those involved in the organisation of the event – THANK YOU.  We hope to see you next year.

Heather, Caroline, Lesley, Teresa, and Ann    862228

                           Dunholme Lodge Open Garden

Thank you to all helpers and those giving their time and expertise towards the open garden on May 18th. This tremendous effort in teamwork  has resulted in us being able to donate £900 to St Chad’s Church and £860 to Lincolnshire Old Churches Trust—a fantastic achievement!

Hugh and Lesley Wykes


Sue would like to thank everyone who came along on Saturday 15th September and helped raise money in aid of Operation Christmas Child and the 2007 Shoebox Appeal.  Last year the garden party made £547 but this time a massive £905 was raised.  Sue would also like to thank those who helped make the event a success by helping with the organisation of the event and the running of the stalls on the day. The weather was excellent and everyone had a great time.


The Shoebox Saturday was extremely well supported and with the help of staff and pupils from St Chad’s Primary School and other willing volunteers we managed to fill and despatch our first batch of 683 boxes towards this year’s appeal.  The next ‘Shoebox Saturday’ will be held on 3rd November.  More details to follow.


All the gift filled shoeboxes we sent out fast year were distributed mainly to orphanages in Romania, Serbia and Kurdistan. The overall total from our local area was over 27,000 which is a fantastic effort by all involved, many thanks.



I would like to thank all those who supported us and came along to our presentation of Joseph as performed by Puppetpower, and hopefully we entertained everybody who came. Watch this space as our friendly puppets will be coming along to entertain us again later in the year.

On a personal note l would like to thank Sandra, Betty and Grace for all their continuing support that they give as without them I could not achieve so much, thanks girls.

Sue Rawson 862552

Dunholme Summer Fete and St Chad's Festival of Flowers 2007

The St Chad's Flower Festival Committee would like to express its appreciation for the help, sponsorship and publicity so willingly given over the Flower Festival week-end of 29th June to 1st July 2007. Church funds benefited by about £900 as a result of all the hard work. These two quotes from the visitors' book sum it all up.

"A lovely display of flowers, everything looks beautiful and a great cup of tea and cake"

"Beautiful flowers, creatively and movingly displayed"

Rather fitting considering the theme was 'Aspects of Love'. A very big thank you to everyone.

K J Saunders

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Rob & Heather Hunter and Andy & Karoline Otterwell  for organising this years Garden Fete. Even though the weather was a little trying it still turned out to be a wonderful afternoon. Well done also to all the villagers that came along and supported all the different organisations. The atmosphere between the two gardens was one of bring the whole community together and the jewel in the crown was the church which had been decorated so wonderfully by a dedicated band of workers. Well done everybody.

Sue & Graham Rawson 892552

Photographs from this event can be viewed at: -


There will also be a photographic montage display of these events in St Chad's Church. If anyone is unable to access the internet and would like to see any of the photos please contact Angie Thornton on 01673 861368



Thanks to everyone who came along and supported our stalls at the garden fete. A grand total of £623 was raised. The winning board number was 73 won by Heather Burton who collected the £50. Also a big thank you to Jill Pearce who did a won­derful job of producing a fabulous flower arrangement based on the shoebox theme on behalf of Ladies Club.



A spectacular performance of 'Olde Tyme Musical Hall' by Hagons happening was held at the Dunholme Old School on Saturday 26th May. Both performances, an afternoon matinee and the evening were sell outs.
A highly entertaining show featuring the good old days songs, ditties, monologues and sketches by this amature group peformed in a highly professional way. Most of the cast were local but quite a number had travelled from Surrey at there own expense to perform. 

Young ladies of the cast selling programmes and raffle tickets

The show opened with a good old singsong of seaside Melodies.This included 'Hello, Hello, who's your lady friend?' 'The Galloping Major' and 'Daisy, Daisy'
There was then five individual items by Gwyneth Kimble -'I wish I'd look after my teeth', Theresa Inman - ' The boy I love is up in the gallery'. Bill Leaper --'A slice of comedy (!*!*!*?)' Jenny Edmuonson - 'Little Teddy Bear' and a delightful harmony group called Fusion harmony singing 'Music of the Future.

Some of the audience

Then it was the turn of the younger members of the class with Elizabeth Hagon, Lizzie Dyer and Rebecca Dyer all giving little monologues and poems. This was followed by a powerful rendition by Tony Smith of 'The Lincolnshire Poacher' followed by Sarah Rollitt singing 'The Second Minuet'
To close the first half there was a Scottish medley with individual song by Rebecca Dyer and Helen Philips.

The second half opened with a Romance medly followed by a Melodrama called 'The Witch's Curse' by the Poulter Family and friends who some of those who had travelled from Surrey to perform.

The cast singing a Circle Waltz Medley

A good old Cocknet Medley

Further individual items followed with a hilarious recitation by Rita Dobbs of 'A Tight Spot', a beautifully sung  'Daddy wouldn't buy me a bow-wow' from Elizabeth Hagon, who must be all of four years old and another powerful monologue from Tony Smith of 'Albert and the Lion'.

 Next came Circle Waltz Medley of 'Cruising down the River', ' Let me call you "sweetheart"' and Joshuah, Joshuah'.  This was followed by individual item by Steve Marshall and Ian Smith. The closing numbers included a a Cockney medley with songs from Tony Graves who sang 'I'm Henery the Eighth I am' , a selection form the stage show and film of 'Oliver by Kate Wilson' with the audience enthusiastically joining in the chorus of Ooom-pay-pah! Oom-pah-pah! That's how it goes'

The Finalè

'Waiting at the church' was sung by Roslyn Roe and 'Flash! Bang! Wallop! from 'Half a Sixpence' by Richard and the whole Company.

The Finale included 'Lets go down the Strand', 'Don't Dilly Dally' - Sally Leaper, Any Old Iron - Ian Smith and the kids, with a solo verse from Chris Edmonson.  To wrap a most enjoyable afternoon up the cast and the audience enjoyed a good old rendition of 'Knees up Mother Brown'

Richard Hagon on the electronic keyboard

The music for the show was provided by Richard Hagon who not only was the Musical Dirctor but Master of Ceremonies, continuity link man, commentator, and, at one point, promt.
The cast was made up of a wide age range from young children to many who must have been collecting their pensions for some years.
The only down side was that the Old School was unable to hold an audience of more that about fifty. Hopefully with lottery funding applied for this type of show could be performed in a setting that they deserve.