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Dunholme Village


Background picture taken of havesting in a corn field on Honeyholes Lane August 2014


Newsletter February 2019


In January, almost 98% of patients attend the surgery for their appointments. We would like to thank these patients for attending or cancelling appointments that they were unable to make so the slot could be             re-booked by another patient.

Unfortunately, 83 patients still failed to attend for their appointments which would have meant an extra       14 hours of available appointments

Please sign up for our text messaging service so we can send you reminders before your appointment. It is free and easy to do – please see reception for more details.



For those patients that struggle to attend during our core opening hours for routine issues, please remember that appointments are available with other practices in the IMP Federation during daytimes, evenings and weekends. Appointments are available for patients registered with any of the nine practices in the IMP Federation and you are able to access appointments with the GP, Practice Nurse or Healthcare assistant. In order to access the range of appointments on offer patients must give consent for the consulter to access their full medical records. Please contact the surgery for more information.



We are sad to report that Dr Andrew Barber has now needed to retire from the practice due to his previously reported ill health.

Dr Barber has been a very popular GP at the practice for more than 15 years and we are very sad that he is unable to continue working with us.

We are still in regular contact with Dr Barber and he would like to pass on his thanks to patients and colleagues for supporting both him and the practice at this difficult time.



We are also saying a fond farewell to our Practice Nurse Debbie this month as she retires from the practice after 22 years. Many of you may have seen Debbie as a general nurse or in her travel clinic and she will be greatly missed by staff and patients. We wish her well in her retirement.


 As a direct link to this our travel services may be somewhat limited until we are able to find a suitable replacement. If you are going on holiday and think you may need vaccinations then please give us plenty of notice and complete a form from reception or our website as soon as you have booked your holiday.



Our reception staff have attended some formal signposting training this month to enable them to direct patients to the most appropriate medical care. 

The staff have been asked by the Partners to ask patients for a reason for their appointment so they are able to book them in with the most appropriate health professional –this may be a Pharmacist (in the surgery or at the chemist), Physio, Healthcare Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, GP or a variety of other resources that are available to the NHS.

This does not mean that the reception staff are trying to be intrusive, and by giving them as much information as you are able may mean they can get you seen much sooner.

Please be aware that any information you give is STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL and you can also ask to speak to the reception staff in a private area away from reception.

If you feel that it is an issue that is extremely private and you do not wish to say what it is, then of course this will be respected.

We expect to roll out this training in the forthcoming months and we would be grateful for patients support and co-operation.



The surgery will be closed for staff training from 1pm on Tuesday 19th March 2019 until 8am on

 Wednesday 20th March 2019. When considering the staff training afternoon, please could we ask that you order any medication with as much notice as possible to enable us to meet the tight deadlines that we face.

A minimum of two working days’ notice is required please. For those that don’t already use the service, we have facilities to order your medication online at any time, please see Dispensary for more details.


 Nadina Prestedge

Practice Manager



Susie Mendel, Secretary, Nettleham Woodland TrustRegistered Charity Number 111985418 Beech Avenue, Nettleham LN2 2PP.  Tel: 01522-751283Email: David Cotten Chair Email: dmc206cc@yahoo.comRod Newborough Woodland Advisor Email: 

Nettleham Woodland Trust


Early in 2009 Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust purchased 19.25 hectares of farmland in Ashing Lane Dunholme and Nettleham Woodland Trust has secured a 125 year lease to create and maintain around 15 hectares a new woodland on this site.

The whole area is called Ashing Lane Nature Reserve and a new woodland in known as Monks Wood, in memory of Dennis Monk, the late Director of the Lincoln branch of WREN, which funded the purchase of the land.  The first phase of tree planting took place in February 2009, when over 10,000 trees and shrubs were planted by local families, schools, scouts, guides and college students. Woodland rides were created, enabling push-chair and wheelchair access. By the end of 2009 over 18000 native trees and shrubs had been panted.

The Nettleham Woodland Trust needs enthusiastic group of volunteers willing to assist in the planting and subsequent maintenance of the woodlands. It’s a great way to meet like minded people, make new friend and participate in some healthy outdoor exercise.

If you would like to help in any way or for more information please contact:


The Secretary, Nettleham Woodland Trust

18 Beach Avenue, Nettleham LN2 2PP

Or visit the web site

Welton Patients’ and Doctors’ Association (PDA)

There are just a couple of events to remind you of this month. The Spring Lunch is being held on Friday 5th April and tickets went on sale on Monday 25th February. If you would like to attend but haven’t contacted me yet, there may still be a few tickets available priced £6 per person. The menu will comprise orange juice followed by beef pie and seasonal vegetables. (We can cater for vegetarians with advance notice) Dessert will be a choice of trifle or apple crumble and custard and followed by tea/coffee and mints. The bar will be open for purchase of drinks.

We will have our usual raffle (prizes gratefully accepted on the day) cake stall and books and cards for sale. We will also be selling quiz sheets priced 50p with a prize for the most correct answers.

The PDA will holding their annual plant sale at the May Day event Monday 6th May held on and around Welton village green. If anyone would like to donate plants either annual bedding plants or larger plants which have been split, please get in touch and we can arrange to collect. For those of you who grow your own bedding plants please consider planting a few extra seeds. For those of you who prefer to purchase your plants ready established please visit us on the day. Fingers crossed for another day of excellent weather. Last year we raised a total of £537. Can we exceed that total this year?

Dates for 2019

Spring Lunch 5th April 2019

May Fair Monday 6th May Plant sale

Autumn Fayre 26th October 2019

Christmas Lunch 6th December 2019

If you require any further information on any of the above don’t hesitate to give me a call (862570)  Janet Goddard


Welton & Dunholme First Responders


Please consider making your 2019 new year’s resolution to become a local volunteer as a LIVES first responder, what better way to be able to help a fellow resident in need. To find out more please contact LIVES on 01507 525 999.

Thank you to those who have made donations to us in the past year, recently we have benefited from a collection at the Jambusters WI Carol Concert, the collection tin at the Sports and Social Club and also from a family who passed on some unused foreign currency. We can convert foreign coins and notes if they are put in one of our collection boxes, it’s surprising how change from countries you may never plan to visit again can add up to help us rather than be rattling round in the bottom of a drawer in your house for a few years!

Mike Hubbert

LIVES Helper





Monday 9.00am – 12.00pm

Tuesday       1.00 – 6.00pm

Wednesday CLOSED

Thursday  9.00am – 1.00pm



1st Saturday of each month

10.00am – 12.00pm


Welton Library and Community Hub

Did you realise there is a stunning reconstruction of a saxon craftsman's home just a few miles from the library? February gives you the chance to find out more, Steve and Jude who are the creators of the Saxonhouse which is in East Firsby have been invited along for our latest Community Hub event. Their talk will cover why, when and how the house was built along with details of the lives of Saxons in 7th century Lincolnshire. Please come along and hear more on Tuesday 26th February at 2:00pm. Free admission, all welcome.

Just a reminder for those of you who also use facebook we do have a page where you can also keep to to date including details of new books that the library service buys each month. Just search for Welton Library & Community Hub and 'like' us.


Mike Hubbert

Library Volunteer


Forester’s Jottings

I have volunteered to include ‘Nature Notes’ in my Jottings.  I am no expert on the subject, however, throughout my life as a forester I have learnt much from folk who are.

I walk Pippa, our Wire-Haired Dachshund, around the village most mornings where the sounds and signs of wildlife interest me, they change from season to season.

One of the first sounds I hear, which is slightly annoying to the ear, is a local crow with a high-pitched call. Instead of the usual ‘caw caw’ it sounds more like a parakeet. It has been around for a couple of years. Listen out for it.

The tall hedgerow harbours a number bird species.  One of the first to announce itself is the robin with a melodic call whose volume exceeds its size by tenfold.

The high-pitched call of the Jenny Wren is as allusive as the singer.  I hear it in the bottom of the hedge but seldom get a glimpse. It seems to follow me all the way along to the top of the field.

Blackbirds feed on the remaining hawthorn berries, like many of our garden birds they appear to have had a successful season raising several broods throughout last summer.

The quiet is broken when a Woodpigeon clatters and claps in his escape from the hedge. They are prolific breeders together with their cousins the Collar Dove and considered a nuisance by many.  When I was a young boy my mother made a delicious pigeon pie, perhaps we should revive the recipe.


A pair of Kestrels nest in the vicinity and I have watched their offspring play around the top of the playing field and perch on the electric wires crossing over the football pitch. One autumn a couple of years ago I spotted a female perching on one of the cricket pitch boundary posts. Every few seconds it swooped to the ground.  It was feeding on emerging Crane Flies (Daddy Longlegs).

The Buzzard’s plaintive mewing sound can be mistaken for a cat. They often fly high over the village and can be heard rather than seen. They feed on small birds, carrion and even earthworms and insects when food is scarce. Buzzards are now quite common and I have seen five at once soaring in the thermals above the village. I think they nest in the Riseholme area.

Twice in the last few months I have seen a Red Kite hunting over the fields at the top of the lane. Now quite common in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire where release projects were undertaken some 30 years ago. They are slowly migrating into other counties.

Red kites were once so abundant that travellers knew when they were close to London by sighting the huge flocks of the bird circling over the city. It was known as the city of kites and crows. Lacking modern sanitation, the streets provided rich pickings for this scavenger bird. It is also said that they fed on the corpses hanging from the public gibbets.

The footpath through the narrow wood leads to arable fields, the soil is heavy wet clay and the imprints of walkers and dogs are much in evidence. Occasionally I notice the slots of deer, both Roe and Muntjac, who have wandered through in the night.  The closed cloven hoof imprints tell me that they have been walking at a slow and casual pace. If the cloves were spread apart, they would have been running.

Unlike the Roe deer, Muntjac are not native to the UK. They were brought from China to Woburn Park early in the 20th century and subsequently escaped, spreading throughout the country. A small secretive species which unlike other native deer has no specific rutting or breeding season thus giving birth all year round. Like other introduced animal species, they are often out of balance with the local environment and can cause significant damage by browsing plants and shrubs.  Our native bluebell has been decimated in ancient woodlands where the Muntjac populations are high.

I said I would write about Ashing Lane Nature Reserve at a later date. However, the sighting of a pair of Short-eared owls hunting over the woodland edges and Snipe jinking away in alarm are sightings worth recording.   

Rod Newborough