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There are two community centres in Dunholme, the Village Hall and the Dunholme Old School Community Center

There are a  number of clubs for children and adults in the surrounding area. As Dunholme is so closely connected to Welton then some clubs serve both communities. Other villages in the area such as Hackthorne, Scothern, Scampton and Nettleham also have numerous clubs and club activities.



  • Chairman ----  Pete Forman     
    Enquiries and Bookings 
    Graham Rawson   
     01673 862552

Dunholme's village hall is situated on Honeyholes Lane. It has a large room capable of holding 200 people and a smaller room, the Jubilee room, that holds aproximately 50 people. The hall has it's own liceced bar and a fully equiped kitchen.  There is disabled toilet facilities as well as separate toilet in the Jubilee room.
The village hall is within a sports complex with an indoor bowls hall with five lanes attached and a bowling green, football pitch and tenis courts within the grounds.
The village hall committee has charitable status using the hall for social, recreational, educational and other philanthropic events for the benifit of the local community


Dunholme Camera Club

I can’t really comprehend that we are already going into September, this year has gone so quickly! Oh well it must be my age. September sees two meetings the first will be on the 4th September when we will have our penultimate Photographer of the year competition, this time the competition requires the members to produce images of “Steps and Stairs” it doesn’t have to be both either will do. I’m sure some of the camera club members will have been lucky enough to be abroad and have seen some exotic ancient steps leading to some old buildings but I’m afraid my images will be a selection of whatever I have taken in the past or from a visit to Lincoln, but as I say to everyone there are possibilities of pictures all around us in everyday life so (hopefully) you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the winning picture.

Our second meeting of the month will be on the 18th September when Erica Oram will be paying us a visit with the second part of her “Basic Elements for beginners” so if anyone is interested in how to give your pictures that little bit of a tweak to make them stand out from the rest then do come along to the meeting and meet like minded people. For non members the night will cost you just £2.00. we meet at The Old School Dunholme starting at 7.30 and enjoy sharing our hobby of photography so make sure you come along. You don’t have to be great at photography just an interest and a need to learn a little more.

We would be delighted to see you all on one of our meeting nights. Get in touch if you would like further details.

Grahame Dunkin 01673 860469   dunholmecc@btinternet.com




The Jambusters WI – September 2014 Article



Following our August break and the chance for all to enjoy the summer sun (with a few heavy showers thrown into the mix) our September Jambusters meeting included a very informative visit from Breast Cancer Care Nurse, Kate Hughes who gave valued help and advice. Thanks go to our refreshment fairies Emma H, Sara V, June H, Kate L, Maggie F & Claire B for their delicious 'in the pink' treats.

September is an exciting month for us as we head out on our first evening outing. On the 19th September the Jambusters get set to meet the Dambusters! as we visit the RAF Scampton Heritage Museum. A follow-up on this along with September's 'Just for a Giggle Bra-vo' winner to be included in next months article.

October Meeting - a quick reminder that our next meeting on 7th October (and all subsequent meetings) will be at Dunholme St Chad's Primary School Hall, same time 7.30pm-9.30pm. Step aside Mary Berry as Gemma McKay guides us through our first craft activity - Halloween cake decorating. We also look forward to seeing your marvelous masks for the 'Just for a Giggle' competition titled 'beauty or the beast' giving you the chance to get your hands on one of the much sought after charms.

'Trick or treat' themed refreshments to be kindly provided by this month's fairies Lynn Gladwell, Leonie Robinson, Catherine Kidals, Beverley Willows-Chamberlain and Liz Brown.

Look forward to seeing everyone in October at Dunholme St Chad's School Hall.

President Cheryl 07999 660880

Vice-President Helen 07790 072883

Email: jambusterswi@gmail.com



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 Old School Centre is available not only during the day but also during the evenings and weekends and is still only £7 per hour to hire which includes the use of two rooms and the kitchen. Ideal for small parties or meetings.
Please ring Janice on 01673 861172

For More details on the DOSC

THE DOSC was the village junior school up till 1984 when it was considered too small for the needs of the village.
The Old School was built in 1864 after the land was donated by a Mr William Tougne of Branston under the Schools Sites Act of 1861. A trust was set up and the trustees were the Bishop of Lincoln, the Achdeakon of Stow and the Vicar of Dunholme. The school continued to be run by the church untill 1948 when the responsibility was transfered to the Lincolnshire County Council.
After the school was vacated a group of villagers aquired the use of the property from the trustees to be used as a community centre.
Today, After a national Lottery Grant the management committee has purchased the school from the trustees on behalf of the village. Although the village has an excellant village hall there is no duplication of activities.  The DOSC has a main hall that can seat up to 100 and a small committee room that holds about 20.  It has disabled toilet facilities and a fully equiped commercial standard kitchen.  The property also has an annes where community eduvation in computer skills, leisure learning and theatrical activities take place.

Chairman - Mr John Ritchie  01673 861172
Booking Secretary - Mrs Janice Ritchie
01673 861172



Above: Front of the Old School building
Below: Rear view showing the wooden annex to the left housing the Area Community Education & Training unit


Dunholme Old School Community Centre

Since 1995 the committee for the Dunholme Old School Community Centre have been applying for funding to realise the full potential of the Old School property. In fact we have applied five times for lottery funding. Only once have we been successful when in 1998 we received £40,000 to purchase the property from the Church Trustees.

We currently use the main building for the Age Concern Luncheon Club, for the Dunholme Camera Club, as a music practice room, for dancing classes and for many parties. To the rear is a large annex of 2500 square feet housing the county offices of the Lincolnshire Association of Local Councils, a computer training suite and the photographic studio of Lincsphoto. There is though another 2500 square foot of open space (The old playground) at the rear. The Annex, although being renovated and brought back into use, is past its best useful life. After many consultations and the results of the Rural Challenge village survey carried out in 1989 the amenity most wanted to see was a mini theatre will cinema options. We have therefore always included this in our plans. It would also include an upgrade of our kitchen and toilets and would include a tea room and more small meeting rooms for additional activities.

Now we have a new scenario whereby we have lost the village pub The Lord Nelson. Last month I had a meeting with the group who were trying to retain the pub. Unfortunately they were not successful. During there endeavours they made contact with many sympathetic organisation who’s aim is to fund community enterprises particularly rural once and specially when a community asset has been lost. This group has now renamed them selves the “Dunholme Amenity Group” whose purpose is provide and develop new amenities in Dunholme. We have therefore teamed up with this group to and hope to redraw our plans to include a community pub within the Dunholme Old School Complex. Two weeks ago We all attended the West Lindsey  community Assets Fund “Inspiring Communities” Event . Here we met representatives from Community Lincs and the Plunkett Foundation and CAN the last two are employed by WLDC to seek and distribute funding on their behalf. The CEO of West Lindsey Marjeet Gill, Kate Markey of CAN and Samantha Smith of Community Lincs all showed great interest in our project and believe that funding is available once we put our plans together.


Before we continue though the Dunholme Old School Community Centre will be doing a public consultation on what amenity the community would like us to include in the plan. This is your chance to tell us WHAT YOU WANT. In the next months Dunholme News will be details on how to have your say

There will be two criteria:- All existing users of the Dunholme Old School Community Centre will be accommodated in the new plan and no amenity will be included that already exist within the community. Thank you

John Ritchie Chairman Dunholme Old School Community Centre Trust. 01673861172 j.ritchie406@btinternet.com