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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

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 20th March) 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.



The three churches in Welton, Dunholme and Scothern will be praying for our communities, street by street, including any groups, organisations, schools that may be on that street through each month. You don’t have to tread the pavements to take part!!

During March the three churches of our Benefice will be praying for Dunholme streets as follows:

Allwood Road, Morris Close, Swan Close and Tennyson Drive.

If you would like to join us or just know a bit more before you make up your mind please contact Glyn on 861907, Dave on 860986 or Yvonne on 862278.


 From the Parish Registers

We welcome into the Family of God's Church through Holy Baptism:


 20 January Willow-Grace Ward




The opening times for St Chad’s Post office have changed. 

The 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, Pensions; Pay your bills


St Chad’s Sunday School

March 10th 10.55 am


 We invite you to St. Chad’s Sunday School

every second Sunday of the month in Dunholme Old School

 Meet for child friendly activities followed by Communion in Church

with the rest of the church family

 Hope to see you all there!



March 3rd

Sunday next before Lent


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: All Age Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




March 10th

1st Sunday of Lent


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion (said)


Welton: All Age Worship




March 17th

2nd Sunday of Lent


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Welton: Holy Communion




March 24th

3rd Sunday of Lent


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Encounter Evening




March 31st

4th Sunday of Lent  Mothering Sunday


Benefice Holy Communion

Scothern: St Germain’s

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For the Love of Dogs.


Dogs are a Man’s best friend and there is a great deal of truth in this statement. The friendship relationship between dog and man dates back thousands of years as both man and dog are social creatures and are interdependent on each other. Dogs are social pack animals who require attention, affection, and like to make us in turn happy with their playful antics.

Reminiscences of childhood days and I recall a constant faithful companion in the guise of a coal black Labrador called Rex; still one of my favourite dog breeds.

One of the most valued things we all appreciate is that happy greeting on our return home which after what has been a demanding day at work our dogs have that ability to lift our mood with a wag of the tail or bringing their favourite toy for you to throw so they can happily and willingly retrieve it.

Dogs are good for our mental well-being as they provide us with the necessary stimulus to take exercise and get out of the house whatever the weather to take them for deserved ‘walkies’.


Even when the Alpha pack leader is feeling not quite right, gloomy, grumpy, sick, or lonely dogs seem to understand having that depth of perception we are unable to fathom.

As well as being family pets dogs provide willing service to mankind in a number of different ways shepherding, eyes and ears for the blind and deaf, sniffer dogs who detect drugs and explosives, and rescue dogs.

References to dogs appear in the Bible one of which I would like to share with you a Syrophoenician woman sought healing for her daughter and approached Jesus. Jesus said to her: “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and to throw it to the dogs.”

She answered: “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” (Mark 7 27-28)

Jesus was impressed by the woman’s faith and when she returned, she found her daughter healed.


 Ted Willows-Chamberlin

Lay Minister WDS Benefice.




Community Bible Study


CBS is a group that meets every week (in term-time) in Dunholme Old School, to study the Bible together.  Last year, we studied several books of the Old Testament, Joshua, Judges, Ruth and 1 & 2 Samuel.  We saw how God lead his people to settle in the Promised Land, how they established themselves in spite of battles and disasters, and how God guided, encouraged and disciplined them through his appointed leaders.

This year we are going to be studying Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians, with its guidance for the newly established church at Corinth, written some 2000 years ago.  I’m sure that we will find relevance for Christians and churches today in every study. 

We currently have 24 members, drawn from several different churches, so our discussions are always interesting!  We split into four small groups, so that everyone has a chance to contribute to the discussion, and form deep, supportive friendships.

Our first meeting this year will be on Wednesday 12th September, 9.30-11.30.  This will consist of registering for the year, and an introductory talk to 1 & 2 Corinthians.  If you would like to join us, you would be very welcome – no qualifications are needed to take part in CBS, just an interest in God’s word.  For more information, please contact me, Jane Hutchinson on 01673 866467, or 07952 425042.

There are other CBS classes in the area, meeting on different days – take a look at to find other locations.


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Rev Andy Burrows

telephone: 01673 862486


Welton & Dunholme Methodist Chapel

Methodist Services

March 3rd  10.30 am   Ian Lacy

March 6th  7.30 pm  Circuit Ash Wednesday Service at Welton

March 10th  10.30 am  Revd. Martin Amery    

March 17th  10.30 am  Revd. Helen Hooley – Holy Communion

March 24th  10.30 am         Revd. Alan Barker – Chapel Anniversary

March 31st  10.30 am  Own arrangement – Mother’s Day

Ivan Baker

It is with sadness we report that Ivan Baker passed away peacefully on Wednesday 30 January.

Our prayers are with his wife Mary and their family.

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 am till 12.00 noon.

Ladies Fellowship.

Ladies Fellowship will meet at 7.45 pm on the 14th March at 34 Cliff Road, Welton. The theme for the evening is “what was happening in the year that you were born”.  We meet each month on the second Thursday with a variety of speakers and topics.  We are a friendly informal group and newcomers are always welcome.  If you would like further details about any of our meetings, please contact Barbara on 860823. 

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, 16th March at The Secret Garden Tearooms, Welton.  Anyone interested, please contact John (860823) or David (861461).

 Film Club

At our February screening we showed ‘The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society’. A bit of a mouthful for a title but an excellent film. We had a record turnout with another five new members joining us, we go from strength to strength.  Our next film will be on Thursday March 7th, as usual it begins at 2.00pm and will be followed by a substantial afternoon tea all for £4.00.

As this is the season of Lent we have planned an extra session for April 11th with the same format but a more thought provoking film that may challenge your ideas on God and forgiveness. So book the extra date in your diary.

If you would like more information on either of these films or wish to book a seat please ring 860998.

 Action for Children Fundraiser

Each year I hold an event to raise money for this very worthy cause. This year it will take the form of a ‘Soup, Sandwich and Stalls’ lunch. It will be held in the Methodist Chapel on Thursday March 14th from 12.00 – 2.00pm. There will be a varied menu of snack items all homemade and reasonably priced. All proceeds going to Action for Children, please come along and support. If you wish for more information on the event or the charity please contact Linda McCree 01673 860998




Disagreeing well - a lesson from John Wesley


 “John Wesley and George Whitefield were both Methodist preachers during the eighteenth century and perhaps two of the most influential figures of their generation. They were also fierce rivals who had profound disagreements on central matters of Christian doctrine.


 To explain it in its very simplest terms, John Wesley was an Arminian: the emphasis in his teaching was on free will – individuals could choose whether they wanted to believe in the Christian faith. George Whitefield, on the other hand, was a Calvinist who believed in predestination – the idea that God chose who would follow Him and He would draw those people to Himself.


 These debates continue to rage within the Church more than two hundred years later. They are not inconsequential: they have major implications for how churches are run and how Christians live out their faith. Over the centuries, they have shaped politics and national culture. Are people poor because of their own actions, the actions of others, or were they always destined to be poor?…


 And yet John Wesley could see beyond the gravity of their disagreement to the human dignity of his adversary. He did not simply tolerate Whitefield as a minor irritant with whom he always disagreed. He cherished and celebrated him as someone who had made a major impact for the faith during his lifetime.”


 Within the Methodist church, “For some issues, there is a mixture of agreement and disagreement. For example, attitudes to sexuality vary… The Methodist Church also considers homophobia to be wrong… These differences of view also extend to wider issues around human relationships and marriage, including attitudes to cohabitation and remarriage after divorce. Whilst recognising that the Church (both as an institution, and in the diversity of its people) continues to live with contradictory convictions, it is also important to work together, as members of the Body of Christ, to listen and discuss prayerfully to try to resolve differences, and not passively ‘agree to disagree’. But some matters may remain matters of disagreement.”


 How can we, as church, as individuals, learn to listen to each other in this culture of conflict? One way is to start by thinking, ‘What if I’m wrong here?’. To humanise people I disagree with. That maybe it’s more important to be in right relationship than it is to be right. To be more committed to  the other person than I am to my opinion. To treat each other with respect and dignity, recognising the sincerity of the faith of those who may see things differently. To build a culture of listening and of grace.


 Grace and peace, Rev Dr Helen Hooley. - take a look at this conversation if you want to hear more.



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