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Dunholme Village


Background picture taken of havesting in a corn field on Honeyholes Lane August 2014

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The Parish Church of Dunholme is dedicated to St Chad.

There has been a church on this site for at least 700 years and there may have been a worshipping community in the village for even longer.  The fact that the Doomsday Book (1087) makes no mention of the church in Dunholme does not necessarily mean that no church existed.  It is one of 31 churches dedicated to St Chad, a native of Northumbria

St Chad’’s Church Notices

Revd. David Saunders

There  has been an announcement of the death of Revd David Saunders on 11th Dec. The Revd. David Saunders was licensed by the Bishop of Grimsby on Tuesday 6th September 1988 as Priest in Charge of St Chad’s, Dunholme and St Germain, Scothern and after a short while became responsible for Welton, St Mary.

 He served our parishes until his retirement on 31 July 1994 when together with his wife Margaret moved to Washingborough where he continued to be actively involved with Church and Village life.

 Prior to moving to Dunholme in 1988 Revd. David had been Vicar at Caistor and as an accomplished historian with a particular interest in the 18th and 19th centuries published a number of books about Caistor during those periods.

 We thank Revd. David for his service to the Community here at Dunholme, Scothern and Welton and our condolences are extended to Margaret and the family at this sad time.

 David Rosier


St Chad’s Church Notices


Knit and Natter

Don’t forget to come along to the monthly “drop in” at St. Chad’s Church on the third Wednesday of every month (next is 17th January) between 9.30 am and 11.00 am.

 Open to all whether you can knit, crochet or just natter?

Please feel free to bring along your own items or join with us in supporting local charities. All welcome and child friendly


 From the Parish Registers

We share in the sadness of those who mourn the death of a loved one, remembering those whose funeral has taken place, or cremated remains have been laid to rest:

26 November Nancy Doreen Jones


Dunholme Post Office

As from January 2018 the opening times for St Chad’s Post office are changing.  The new opening hours will be:

Monday afternoon – 15.00 to 18.00

Wednesday morning  – 09.00 to 12.00


 Offering the full range of post office services including:

Banking – pay in and withdraw from most banks

          Parcel Post

          Foreign Currency

          Euros on demand – other currencies by request


          Pay your bills


 Amanda and Steve look forward to serving you.  Please drop in and have a word if you have any questions regarding post office services.


 Please support your local Post Office


St Chad’s Sunday School

 January 14th 10.55 am - The Old School


 We invite you to St. Chad’s Sunday School

every second Sunday of the month

 Meet for child friendly activities followed by Communion in Church

with the rest of the church family

 Hope to see you all there

Chad’s Coffee Stop


 Tuesday 2nd january 2018 in Dunholme Parish Church

between 9.30 and 11.30 a.m.

 On sale; Coffee, Tea, Squash

 Home-made cakes

Sheila, Pearl and Kath extend a warm welcome





January 7th

Epiphany 1


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: All Age Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




January 14th

Epiphany 2


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion (said)


Welton: All Age Worship




January 21st

Epiphany 3


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




January 28th

Epiphany 4


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Dunhome: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Encounter Evening

Newsletter 18-01

 Do you pray? A recent survey (1) says that 6 percent of atheists pray every day, with 11 percent more weekly or monthly. Why? Maybe because there are personal benefits to the act of praying. The early church set aside three times a day, morning, noon and night; later monastic communities prayed every three hours. More recently, mindfulness exercises suggest setting some time aside regularly to pause and breathe. (2)

 Prayer does not have to be a time when we are silent, sitting with our hands together and our head bowed.

Some of the early prayers were said simply while breathing in and out, often in time with walking steps;

“When I am afraid…. I will trust you.” (3)

 There are probably as many different types of prayer as there are different people, or different situations. We can pray alone, with one or two others, or in a church. Prayer can be spontaneous or repeated. Prayer is an adventure. In prayer, we soar and struggle, wonder and worry. We encounter mystery and silence. When we run out of words, the Spirit prays for us. We breathe in the grace, blessings, peace, courage, holiness of God and breathe out our adoration, praise, thanksgiving, confession and prayers for ourselves or others. Prayer in all its fullness and richness re-orientates us in right relationships with God, with those we love, and the world God cares for. It is a transformative habit and way of being. It is also an antidote to the selfishness that is sin.

 So, for your New Year’s resolutions, can I suggest that you commit to pray? To set aside some time each day to rest in God’s presence. To pause and breathe before reacting to something someone says or does. To learn to love God, to love ourselves, so that love overflows to those around us.

 Rev Dr Helen Hooley.



Food in School Holidays (FiSH)

Our God  -  enlighten


 For those of you who don’t know -  FiSH (Food in School Holidays) is a project run by local churches, partnering with local schools in supporting families in need over the summer holidays, by producing food vouchers redeemable at local shops.


 The combined music groups of Dunholme, Lincoln Christian Fellowship and Welton  -enlighten  - were moved by stories of local children going hungry during school holidays, so decided to do something about it. They have come together to create an album called

Our God which is a collection of 10 traditional hymns and new worship songs including “Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer” and “10,000 Reasons”.

All the profits from the sale of this CD will go directly to the FiSH project.


 Copies of the CD are available for the very reasonable price of just £10 each.

For more information and/or to buy a copy of this CD please contact


 Helen Loving (St. Chad’s Church) Tel 01673 861714



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Rev Andy Burrows

telephone: 01673 862486


Welton & Dunholme Methodist Chapel

Methodist Services in January 2018

 7th 10.30 am David Sheehan

14th 10.30 am Rev. Helen Hooley: Covenant and Holy Communion

21st 10.30 am Rev. Martin Amery

28th 10.30 am Rev. Canon Alan Robson


Coffee Mornings

We are open every Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10.00 am until 11.30 am.  Why not pop in for a warm welcome and a hot drink?  There is a book stall and toys available for the children.  On the first Wednesday of the month the Sewing Group get together from 10.00 till 12.00 noon.


Men’s Breakfast.

These informal social events are organised by Welton & Dunholme Methodist Church.  They are open to all men, whether churchgoers or not, interested in a good breakfast and meeting new friends.  Usually we have a speaker and on a variety of subjects.  We meet at 8.45 am and aim to finish by approximately 10.15 am.  Men’s Breakfast is normally held on the third Saturday of each month.  The next one will be on Saturday, 20th January at The Secret Garden Tearooms.  Anyone interested, should contact John Ryland (860823) or David Wilson (861461).


Ladies Fellowship.

We resume again in the New Year on Thursday 11th January at 7.45 pm with a talk on Transformation by Rev. Helen Hooley, our Minister, at 21 Chapel Lane, Welton.  All are welcome to join us, as we are a friendly informal group and newcomers are always welcome. If you would like further details about any of our meetings, which are held on the second Thursday of the month, please contact Barbara on 860823. 


Alpha Course

Welton & Dunholme Methodist Church will be holding an Alpha course on eleven consecutive Monday evenings starting on January 8, 2018 in the John Hannah Room at the Chapel.  Alpha is a series of interactive sessions to discuss life and Christian faith in an informal, fun and friendly environment.  No exams or tests!  Each session will commence with a meal followed by a video and discussion.  Please contact Averil (863008) or David (861461) for more details.

Film Club

For our final get together of 2017 we saw a ‘Miracle on 34th Street’.  Not the 1947 black and white version, but the more recent one where the other Attenborough, Richard, helps a small child to believe.  A heart-warming story with a happy ending; we hope your Christmas was too.  The tea had a Christmas theme as well with reindeers, robins, puddings and the famous ambassador’s chocolates with hats on!

We will continue our celebrations on Thursday January 4th so if you don’t want to miss out, put it in your diary and ring 860998 to ensure we make enough sandwiches.




Our Chapel was founded by a young Wesleyan preacher by the name of John Hannah in 1815.  He was the third son of a local coal merchant whose parents were both Wesleyan Methodists, so it is probably not a surprise that he became a Minister himself at a young age in 1814, when he began preaching in the villages surrounding Lincoln.  He was noted as an impressive preacher and a ready public speaker of unusual eloquence and ability who twice held the office of President of the Wesleyan Conference, first in 1842 and then again in 1851.  He travelled extensively, twice visiting the United States with the Wesleyan Conference of Great Britain as a representative of English Methodism along with numerous positions in the United Kingdom, both as a Minister and a theological tutor at parishes as varied as Stoke Newington, Hoxton and Didsbury in Yorkshire.

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Community Bible Study

Community Bible Study is a really effective and accessible way of studying the Bible.  You don’t have to have any previous Bible knowledge, just a willingness to learn.  Each week, members look at a passage and answer questions on it at home.  Then we meet together and discuss our answers, and listen to a short talk afterwards.  Our members are drawn from six different churches, and it is fascinating to study God’s word together, hearing different people’s insights and opinions, and learning from each other. 

Over the last year, we have been studying the Book of Romans, which was written by Paul to the early church in Rome.  This year we will be looking at some of the Servants of God from the Old Testament books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Ruth.  The stories of the Walls of Jericho, Gideon’s Fleece, Samson and Delilah, David and Goliath, and King Saul, will be familiar to many, but studying them in detail will really bring them to life. 

We meet every Wednesday (in term time), 9.30 – 11.30, at the Old School Rooms, Dunholme.  Our first meeting of the term will be 20th September, to catch up with each other after the long summer break and to register for the year.  If you would like to join us, you would be more than welcome.  Please ring me for more details on 01673 866467.

Jane Hutchinson

PS.  If you are interested in studying the Bible, but can’t make Wednesday mornings, there are other CBS classes on Tuesday morning in Nettleham, and Thursday evening in Stainton by Langworth,  and another class meets on Friday morning at Bailgate Methodist Church.  There is also a class with a thriving children’s programme on Thursday morning that meets at Croft St Baptist Church, Lincoln.  Again, ring me for more details.

Jane Hutchinson 01673 866467.


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Dear Reader


I wonder what you're looking forward to in 2018? 

It might not surprise you to hear that I always spend some time before the new year putting some of the upcoming sporting highlights in my diary. And what do we have to look forward to? 


We might be again resurrecting our misguided expectation for the football world cup. That rollercoaster ride of a dream that England once again become world champions. We can dream I suppose. At least we should be able to get out of the group stage this time! 

Before that, however, we have the Winter Olympics to enjoy. It's one of my favourite sporting events and it's getting better now we have really good medal hopes to build on some of those great memories from past games. Remember Torvill and Dean's Bolero? How about Lizzy Yarnold's Gold in the skeleton in 2014 when she ended up 0.97 seconds ahead - a huge margin in that sport? Or perhaps the women's curling Gold medal in 2002? The hugely inspiring skier Kelly Gallagher who won Britain's first ever Winter Paralympic gold with a victory in the women's super-G perhaps? There's always the entertainment factor too. Who could forget the impression Eddy the Eagle made on the whole country? I guess we do like an underdog. In November we were being told we should expect the best ever return from this year's winter games. We do very well for a country that doesn't get a whole lot of snow and lacking in mountains! 


It's been a few years since I was last able to go skiing. I miss that amazing sensation of gliding along the snow - there's nothing quite like it. There are few things as exhilarating as navigating the twists and turns, dips and speedy slopes of ski runs. You can though, have those moments when you come unstuck and eat snow. Or especially for those of us who don't really enjoy heights, there's nothing worse than getting stuck on the chairlift and spending what seems an eternity going nowhere. I think life can be a bit like that. Sometimes it's brilliant, exciting and fun. Sometimes we feel as if we've come off the track. Sometimes it seems as if we're going nowhere. 

Perhaps the good news for us is that no matter where we are, God is with us. In the exhilarating moments; in the moments when we are at rock bottom; in the moments we seem to be in the doldrums; God is with us. 

Psalm 23, one of the most famous chapters of the bible reminds us that even in the hardest times, God is with us. You might remember the words that say "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me..."

Wherever we might find ourselves in 2018, in the joys and in the challenges, perhaps we can remember and take comfort in the promise that God is with us. 

(And if you're the praying type, perhaps you might spare a prayer for England in the World Cup!)


Have a peaceful New Year!  

 Revd Adam Watson

Vicar of Welton, Dunholme & Scothern

The New Vicarage


 Bertie the Vicarage Dog.