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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




Face Coverings in church buildings

Face Coverings are no longer compulsory however people still have a choice and ask for respect to those who would prefer to continue wearing them,

Thank you for your understanding.


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

No Service during April due to half term etc


What is it?

A weekly act of worship for children and their grown ups.  Run by the Anglican ministry team.  Everybody’s welcome whatever kind of family you belong to.


Where is it?

Normaly on a Sunday during the school term periods and held at Dunholme, St Chad’s Church of England Primary School and as the name implies it is at 4.00 pm on a Sunday.  Look at our website shown above and follow the links for more information.


Whats on in May!

1st May – Afternoon Tea

8th May – Creative

15th May – Active

22nd May – Holy Communion

29th May – No Service


Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms

For enquiries in relation to funerals, weddings and baptisms the first point of contact is Mrs. Sophie Fleckney, St Chad’s Church Administrator, on 01522 931076.


St Chad’s Church Notices


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

Bishop Close, Lady Elisabeth Court and Manor Way.

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




1st May

Easter 3


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Welton: Holy Communion

8th May

Easter 4


Scothern: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Morning Worship


Welton: Evening Prayer

15th May

Easter 5


Scothern: Morning Worship


Dunholme: Morning Worship


Welton: Holy Communion

22nd May

Easter 6


Scothern: BCP Holy Communion


Dunholme: Holy Communion


Welton: Holy Communion


Dunholme: Encounter Evening

29th May

Easter 7




Welton: Holy Communion

Benefice Service

 St Chad’s Coffee Stop

Tuesday 3rd May in Dunholme Parish Church

between 9.30 and 11.30 a.m.

On sale; Coffee, Tea, Squash  Home-made cakes

Pearl Kath and all the gang extend a warm welcome.

On sale; Coffee, Tea, Squash Home-made cakes

Pearl Kath and all the gang extend a warm welcome


Ministry Item for Parish Magazine - March Editions 

I  can’t believe how fast this year is progressing !

The First day of SPRING  is approaching fast !!! How appropriate  that such an exciting festival  as Easter should be connected with a time of new growth,  the buds in the trees beginning to show colour, all the spring bulbs  in bright cheerful colours  and summer migrant birds  arriving to raise their broods in a perfect climate.

In some countries they still celebrate Shrove Tuesday with huge “Mardi Gras” processions.  And now we are at a time of fasting. After Shrove Tuesday  when Households traditionally were  encouraged to use up  various  fresh and dried fruits by filling delicious pancakes,  and by the next day , known as Ash Wednesday , a Fast can begin. Throughout  this time of LENT our thoughts are drawn to towards  Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the darker events of Holy Week. We can be thankful that the scriptures give us such a clear picture of the stresses and strains that Jesus and his disciples underwent during this time.

I expect that you will all be looking forward to the forthcoming Easter holidays, it is after all the most treasured of Christian Festivals. 

 I think the first Easter Eggs were on sale on Boxing Day in some shops, and I have fond memories of cracking open my Easter Egg  AFTER Sunday Lunch, and nibbling away all afternoon ! But Have you ever wondered why the date for Easter hops about a bit rather like the Easter Bunny ! ?

I’ll try  to explain….  Back in the days of Anglo Saxon Britain in the 6th and 7th century, two forms  of Christian Church were used. In The North , Scotland and Wales they used  a Celtic form of worship, usually  spoken and written in Gaelic  whereas  in England the Roman form was used, spoken and sung  in Latin.

 Both of these forms of worship were introduced by two dedicated missionary Monks.  St Columba sailed across  dangerous waters from Ireland to land on the Isle of Iona and from where he and his  fellow monks spread the Word .

Meanwhile  another band of  Missionary monks arrived in Kent lead by  St Augustine where they established the first Christian  presence in the South East  and built the first English Cathedral  at Canterbury in 597 AD.

As it happens with two forms of worship, things can vary a bit – including  when  it was the right time to celebrate Easter. The Celtic Easter was more closely associated to the changes in the seasons, whilst the Roman  Church  first officially celebrated  Easter after the conversion of  Emperor Constantine in 312 AD using the “Julian” calendar.  However a  lunar month is technically 29 ½ days long , but in English  Common Law  we say that it is  exactly  28 days !!   No wonder  it was confusing !!

As Christianity spread throughout the Kingdom it was clear that  no such differences could be allowed to carry on, and so  a big meeting was called at a neutral halfway meeting point  - Whitby Abbey, which was  administered under the good offices of  the  formidable Abbess Hilda.  I would have loved to been there to see and hear the various too-ing  and fro-ing. But eventually  after much discussion and  a considerable amount of prayer time, a decision was reached !  

They were to refer to the events of the first Easter in the  New Testament and the fact that Jesus arose from the dead  during the Jewish feast of the Passover.      And from the Old Testament , we learn the means by which the Passover date is calculated .  It was to be on the first Sabbath following the full moon after the Spring Solstice, which in our calendar would be 21st March

However a  lunar month is technically 29 ½ days long , but in English  Common Law  we say that it is  exactly  28 days !!   No wonder  it was confusing !!

Thankfully  we  now have a bench-mark for the fixing of Easter dates , and  are  hugely  grateful for the dedication of all concerned. May you  stay safe and well in the coming weeks .

I should like to leave you with a prayer for Lent from the Celtic  tradition……………

Circle us Lord

Keep hope within ; Keep fear without.

Keep peace near;  Keep conflict far.

In Jesus’ name we pray


Thank you and God Bless           Peter Everett     ALM






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Rev Adam Watson


 As you may have heard, we welcome our new curate Jane to work across Welton, Dunholme and Scothern. Due to current restrictions, an ordination service hasn't been possible, but it will happen later in the year. In the meantime she will continue to work with us as a licensed lay-worker.

Here is a little bit about her:

 "I come from Walsall in the West Midlands.

I studied for a degree in French and German, married my husband, Matt, and we had our first two children in Cambridge. The third was born in France, where we lived for 10 years. We returned to England nine years ago to be closer to family living in Lincolnshire. I have been an English as a Second Language and French teacher, a Parish Administrator, a Cub Scout Leader and Open the Book Team Leader. I have also trained part-time for three years with St Hild College, where I was stretched and formed through theological study and being part of a large, diverse community.  

I'm really looking forward to being part of a team ministering in our new home 

among the communities of Welton, Dunholme and Scothern. I long to see growth through working with all generations."


Revd Adam Watson

01673 565244

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Welton & Dunholme Methodist Church

Methodist Church


Sunday Services in May



Everyone Welcome

1st          Rev Alan Swann (United Service)

8th          Rev. Martin Amery

15th       Rev. T Nowell (Holy Communion)

2nd        Dr. R. Jackson

29th        Geoff Gilbert


Coffee Morning

Every Wednesday & Saturday Morning

10.00 – 11.30am

Everyone welcome to pop in, there is a wide choice of beverages and a great friendly buzz about the place. We also have toys if you want to bring your little ones. Hope to see you there.

We have a special session on May 7th when we will be having our annual Plant Sale - not to be missed.


Film Club

Everyone enjoyed our April film which was the old classic ‘Some Like It Hot’ starring Marilyn Monroe, great old fashioned humour.

Our final viewing of this season is on Thursday May 5th. We roll the film at 2.00pm and follow it with Afternoon Tea all for £4.50. Please ring 860998 top book your seat.


Ladies Fellowship

Our April meeting took the form of a Beetle Drive which gave us fun plus a chance for a natter. Our next get together is on Thursday May 9th starting at 2.00pm, all ladies are welcome.


We have recently lost two good friends from Chapel family. Yvonne Jones 15 years who has been worshipping with us since moving into Welton   years ago. She was a regular attender at our services, coffee mornings, film club and Ladies Fellowship. Yvonne was a quiet lady who took a lot of interest in everyone and was always a great supporter to all in need. Sadly through illness and then the pandemic she was unable to join us recently and was greatly missed. She died in hospital and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family who she was so proud of.


Our other recent bereavement was Martin who had been worshipping with us for just over six months. Although we had not known him long he had found a special place in our hearts. He was a lovely gentle man and our deepest sympathy goes to Jill and his family  




Methodist Church  Ministers Letter for May            

We are fast approaching the celebrations for the Queens Platinum Jubilee and preparations to celebrate it are underway. Maybe I will speak more of that in my next letter.

May for us has two significant events in the church diary, Christian Aid Week and the 10-day prayer for Thy Kingdom Come. For over 75 years Christian aid has committed itself to ‘work with local partners and communities to fight injustice, respond to humanitarian emergencies, campaign for change, and help people claim the services and rights they are entitled to’.

There always use to be door-to-door collections and I remember delivering and collecting envelopes down one of our local streets. Over the years of doing this we made many new friends and had many good conversations. Most churches today tend to arrange coffee morning etc instead of door-to-door collections. It is a good way of raising funds for important work across the world. Why not come and join with us at our coffee morning.

Scothern and Nettleham Methodist Churches have arranged a coffee morning on May 21st at Scothern Methodist Church 9.30am till 12.30pm. We would love to see you there supporting this very worthy cause.

Alan Superintendent of the Lincoln Methodist Circuit



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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Introducing our new Curate Jane!