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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


The summer seems to be dying out and the colder darker nights taking over so at the Camera Club we start to think slightly different with the settings on our cameras, higher ISO’s, F Stops, Shutter speeds etc? wonder what I’m talking about then do come along and join us to get an insight into how to set your camera for the darker days and even to take some great pictures leading up to the festive season. We will also be holding some training nights at the club so if you are interested please drop me an email to get some dates and times. 

October sees 3 meetings the first on the 2nd October is “I know what I like” this is a fun internal competition where the members can get THEIR favourite pictures out and to hell with the judges!! The opinion of a judge at our Photographer of the year competitions help to improve our photography throughout the year but their opinions are that of one individual and sometimes isn’t agreed by all. The second meeting is on the 16th October when the members will be out in the dark at the Church in Dunholme “Painting with Light” something to challenge the members and hopefully get some cracking shots in the process, if you fancy a go at something different then get in touch. Our final meeting is on the 30th October and our final internal competition which is “Wild Life/Nature” quite an open competition on a theme so once again we should see some great images on the night and this competition will be the one that decides the winners of our annual competitions, so Members get your best entries in.

 Well that’s all until next month so get in touch and come along and join us.

 Grahame Dunkin  01673 860469 dunholmecc@btinternet.com  and visit our website at www.dunholmecameraclub.co.uk


The Jambusters WI – October 2014


It was a very informative September meeting for our Jambuster ladies courtesy of Andrea from the Breast Care Unit. Many were able to get answers to those questions that have been niggling away at the back of our minds. Congratulations go to our latest 'Just for a Giggle'  winner, Leonie Robson, for her superbly decorated bra.


1940s dress code will be the evening attire sported by some of us, as we head off to the Scampton Museum. Look out for photos appearing on our facebook site!
With the nights starting to draw in, the theme for our next meeting to be held on
Tuesday October 7th darkens too as we prepare to create some creepy, culinary delights. Genna will be guiding us through Halloween cake decorating. If your previous baking skills have tended to turn out more beastly than beautiful, don't worry you can always join certain members of the committee (who will remain nameless) and hide behind your 'Just for a Giggle' mask creation.


We look forward to being 'trick or treated' by our October refreshment fairies Beverley Willows-Chamberlain, Lynn Gladwell, Leonie Robson, Catherine Kidals, Liz Brown and Pam King.

See you all on the 7th October for our first meeting in Dunholme St Chad's School Hall.

President Cheryl 07999 880660
Vice-President Helen 07790 072883
Facebook – The Jambusters WI


Hazel Johnson 07790 668996

Jambusters WI Secretary


DIG report


 A big ‘THANK YOU’ to all who came to see us at the Old School on the 10th of September for the results of the survey and Public Consultation Period.  Simon Barrett steered the evening and told residents about the plans and future objectives of the group.  Janet Clark from Community Lincs presented the findings (a downloadable pdf document can be found on the ‘news’ section of the website www.dig-dunholme.co.uk).  I gave a short presentation of the provisional designs for the Old School showing the glazed area at the front housing the new café bar / bistro, the ‘theatre style’ restaurant in the existing hall of the Old School and the various options for the ‘multi-purpose room to the rear.  Brian Wykes from DIG gave a quick summary of how we may be offering shares in the scheme - subject to the legal status to be agreed with the Old School Trustees.


 The immediate next step is to modernise the Trusteeship and governance of the Old School to ensure that there are no obstacles to sourcing funding for the project.  As there is a covenant on the building which states that it can only be used as a Community Centre or a private dwelling, we are proposing a social enterprise scheme whereby profits are fed back into the community.


 Following on from that we will create the Business Plan with the help from the Lincolnshire Co-Operative Development Agency (CDA).  This is a lengthy job whereby the type of business model will be adopted together with aims, objectives, financial and marketing strategies.


 We are likely to hold ‘Pop-up’ events at the Old School to help raise awareness for the project and to test it’s viability.  If you would like to receive an invitation, 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 on your suggestions.


 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