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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

Other bits of church news, which may be helpful to you, can be found on our Facebook Page under “St Chads Church Dunholme” or our web page where you will also find the most up to date information and details of any number of services including “the 4 o’clock service” and other services that you may have an interest.


The 4 o’clock service


The 4 o’clock Service is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration, and hospitality.

In April - Activities will be on Sunday 21st


Where is it?

Held at Dunholme, St Chad’s Church of England Primary School and as the name implies it is at 4.00 pm and everyone is welcome.  Look at our website shown above and follow the links for more information.


Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms


For enquiries in relation to funerals, weddings and baptisms the first point of contact for St Chad’s is the Deanery Office on 07468 149695, or by e-mail at




During April St Mary’s, St Chad’s and St Germain’s churches in our Benefice will be praying for Dunholme streets as follows.

Nursery Close, South View, Spring Close, St Chad’s Court and Lawson Court.

If you would like to join us or just want to know a bit more before

you make up your mind, please contact Glyn on 862358 or Dave on 860986.


Vinyl Night


Come along to share in music and community at St Chad’s Church in Dunholme every third Thursday of the month – next is 18th April.


Dust off your favourite vinyl or listen to good tunes brought by others.

Don’t forget to bring any refreshments - soft or not!!

All are welcome







7th April

Easter 2


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




14th April

Easter 3


Scothern: No Service*


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Morning Worship


Welton: Evening Prayer




21st April

Easter 4


Scothern: BCP


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




28th April

Easter 5


Scothern: No Service*


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Morning Worship


Dunholme: Encounter






Churches of Welton and Dunholme with Scothern


Writing this on a wet, windy March day, I wonder if everybody is as fed up as I am with short days, grey skies, muddy pavements and near-constant rain? Winter seems to have dragged on forever and I suspect I’m not the only one who’s now officially bored with it and longing for spring, with the promise of blossom, warm sunshine and a lot more daylight.

The good news, though, is that you’re probably reading this just after Easter Sunday, so first let me wish you a ‘Happy Easter’. Serendipitously, the clocks went forward over the Easter weekend so we can now get up in daylight and the weather is starting to improve. Signs of new life are everywhere. Whilst the snowdrops, crocuses and daffs have mostly been and gone, the trees are starting to turn green and weekends are alive with the happy buzz of lawnmowers.


‘Happy Easter’. Good news indeed and worth repeating: ‘Happy Easter – Jesus Christ is risen. Alleluia!’ For Christians the world over throughout the last 2000 years, the ‘Good News’ of our Saviour, death conquered and risen from the tomb; a sign of hope. Hope in the certainty of his resurrection and his promise of life everlasting.

Spring is the perfect metaphor for Easter, new life appearing once again out of the death of winter. No surprise then that the early Church chose to commemorate Christ’s death and resurrection at this time of year. In John’s Gospel, Christ himself uses nature to illustrate the cycle of life from death when he says,


24 Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.(John 12.24-25)


Unlike the secular world, where Easter eggs disappear from supermarket shelves after Easter morning almost as fast as they arrived on Boxing Day, the Church continues to celebrate the Easter miracle for a whole 7 weeks. During that time, we commemorate Jesus’ return to Heaven on Ascension Day (Thursday 9th May) and then, a few days later, conclude with Pentecost, or ‘Whit Sunday’, by celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit (Sunday 19th May) to be our advocate with the Father and to remain with us for evermore, as Jesus promised before he left.


We also remember that between Easter morning and Ascension Day, the risen Jesus was seen by many: first, by Mary Magdalene that morning, in the garden; later, by others on the Emmaus road; later still in an upstairs room, behind a locked door. John’s Gospel features the wonderful account of a, very much alive, hungry Jesus, barbecuing fresh fish on the beach for his friends. Finally, Jesus meets with the disciples atop a mountain one last time before returning to the Father.

Easter season then is not just one, brief day each year. The ‘Good News’ of that momentous event has lasted for 2 millennia and hopefully will continue to shape our lives for ever more.


Revd Paul Maple.  Associate Priest, Benefice of Welton, Dunholme and Scothern

( 01673 866213/8




The Easter Cross Of Flowers 

Is Coming Back To St Mary's Welton


It has become a bit of an Easter tradition at St Mary's that this Cross is filled with flowers placed in memory of a loved one by members of our community, young and old alike.

So, if you would like to place a flower or two into the Peoples Cross of Flowers this year, then all you need to do is to bring your flowers to St Mary's Church   anytime froml0.00am to 4.00pm on Easter Saturday 30th March.


There will be help on hand so that you can choose where to place your flowers  and build up this beautiful Cross of Flowers that will grace the Screen at St Mary's   on Easter Day I  It will then be placed in the Church yard by the tree near the Lytch Gate for all to see.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day, so why not drop by for a cuppa too?

Peter Everett   NSM  W/D/S


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Welton & Dunholme Methodist Church


Welton & Dunholme Methodist Church

Services in April

All services begin at 10.30am

and are followed by coffee.

Everyone Welcome

7th              Rev Martin Amery

14th            Rev. Richard Mottershead

21st            Rev. Jennifer Matthews (H.C.)

28th            Ian Hardcastle

Coffee Mornings

Our premises are open every Wednesday & Saturday morning from 10.00 – 11.30am. We serve a wide selection of drinks with complimentary biscuits. Everyone is welcome with toys on hand for young visitors.

Saturday April 27th will be a special fundraiser Coffee Morning in aid of              St Barnabas Hospice, please come along and support this worthy cause.


Film Club

March showing was The Miracle Club starring Maggie Smith the story was about a group of Catholics from Ireland on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. Certainly not as serious or heavy as it may sound with plenty of humour. Miracles did come about but not perhaps the ones they were looking for. It was certainly well received by our filmgoers.

We meet again on April 4th with another good film lined up. The film rolls at 2.00pm followed by afternoon tea all for £5. All are welcome please ring 860998 to book your seat at this very popular event.


Ladies Fellowship

I have just returned home from a very good and informative talk by Elaine Johnson entitled Lunacy at The Lawns. She chronicled the first 25years of mental health treatment at The Lawns. This was a time when Lincoln was at the forefront of great change in this field from incarcerating the patients often in straitjackets etc. to more humane and structured care. Next month we meet on Thursday 11th starting at 2.00pm when Jim Blainey will be our speaker.


Men’s Breakfast

The men meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at The Black Bull, where they enjoy a hearty breakfast followed by a speaker. Interested ring John 860823 to book a seat.


Soup & Sandwich.

During February half term I arranged a Soup & Sandwich lunch in aid of Action For Children. I am thrilled to announce that we have sent a cheque off for £1000. There was a real buzz about the event with a great turnout of folk. A big thank you to all who came and supported and to those who could not attend but who gave a donation. I could not have managed without a great band of helpers. Thanks to you all.

Linda McCree



Letter from the Methodist Minister

I recently started to do a 1,000 piece jigsaw.  I got so far and decided to call it a day.  I’d got the sides done and a few parts of the picture put together, but then I decided to stop.  I reasoned that I ought to finish having invested so much time in it, but decided that was not a valid reason to continue:  to continue would be enacting the sunk cost fallacy which I didn’t want to do.


What is the sunk cost fallacy?  A sunk cost is money or effort that has already been spent and cannot be recovered.  An example might be splashing out for a show at the theatre only to find it’s so bad that by the interval you want to go home.  The money for the show has been spent whether you watch the full show or not.  The fallacy is that you justify watching the second half in order to “get your money’s worth”.


Other examples include such things as Concorde, the American war in Vietnam, overeating due to buying too much or watching a TV series to the end because you’ve endured it so far!  Well, my jigsaw was becoming one of these phenomena . . . I could have done with some help!  So if you enjoy doing jigsaws just let me know and I’ll deliver this one to you – as long as you let me see the finished picture.


The jigsaw is an interesting puzzle, trying to appreciate where all the pieces go. You can glean some wisdom from doing a jigsaw: patience, endurance and excitement in seeing the picture materialise.  


I think life can be a bit like a jigsaw, trying to work out what the big picture is and how the pieces fit together.


God bless,



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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John Hannah

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