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    We now seam to be in a phase of the lockdown restrictions slowly being lifted where every week there seems to be some businesses and other organisations being  able to open for business albeit with distancing and other safety procedures in place. We now need to start supporting our local businesses to get our local economy going.

    It therefore made sense to start producing our magazine again. There is still little activity for social, religious and sporting activities but with guidelines from various organisations  these can now be reviewed and any guidance on safety precautions put into practice.

    Below is the guidance given by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) for village halls and community centres to open.  The guidance's vary according to the  type of risk that each organisation has, so those that can operate safely with distancing and hygiene precaution in place as well as changes in the way they conduct themselves should now be able to start.  For some this could be as early as September but for others it may not be till 2021.

    Even today quarantine restriction have been re-introduced for those returning from Spain so it is not all plain sailing.

    Both The Dunholme Village Hall and the Old School Centre are looking at the implications of the guidance, for themselves and the users, of what will be necessary  for their halls  to reopen . Risk assessments will need to be carried out by all the trustees and users before any decision s can be made. The trustees will be in contact with each organisation to see whether this could happen.

    John Ritchie Editor Dunholme News

Management of Social Distancing at Community Facilities and Activities  in Village Halls and Community Centres -  A Risk Based Approach


 Following the end of lockdown community groups need to know whether or not they can once again use village hall and Community Centre facilities to hold their usual – or a version of their usual – activities and, if so, what conditions may be appropriate so as to reduce the risk of spreading infection and address fear.


 To comply with Government advice, the Dunholme Village Hall and Dunholme Old School Trustees wish to ensure all users that they can be guaranteed a safe and sanitised environment in which to return and access our facilities.   As a member of the YMCA/Community Lincs and with guidance from ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) we have been given guidelines on what procedures we should follow to be open to the public after 6th July 2020. A risk assessment will be carried out and then  the requirements necessary will put in place  under the government guidelines at the time.

All users will be invited to return subject to them all following the guidelines below.


 The following takes a risk-based approach to a complex situation, bearing in mind: the many different kinds of organised activities which take place in or around village and community halls and playing fields; the important need is to address isolation, loneliness and mental health issues and take advantage of the warmer summer months; the needs of families with young people; the need to enable people to remain fit and healthy; and the need for people who normally earn a living around community facilities to do so.


 The current guidance is as follows.

 The Management Committees will:

 Distance markings will be displayed out-side for those wishing to enter the premises.

Sanitisers will be available on entry and paper towels, disinfectant, soap and hot water and will be available in the kitchen and toilets.

All rooms with be open to users so that a one-way system can be operated.

The premises will be deep cleaned at least once a week, more if the usage is considered high enough to warrant it.

Cloth towels and tea towels will not be available and air blower hand dryers will be switched off and will not be in use.

Appropriate signs will be clearly displayed to inform users of their responsibilities.

The Trustees will have the right to close the centres at any time if they think that there is any danger to the users or there have been a suspected case of COVID-19 or any user reporting unwell.


 All Users will

Users will only be allowed to use the premises if they have met the requirements below.


 All groups will need their own insurance cover for third party indemnity in case of a COVID-19 outbreak.
The hirer, will be responsible for ensuring those attending your activity or event comply with the COVID-19 Secure Guidelines while entering and occupying the hall, as shown on a poster which will also displayed at the hall entrance, in particular using the hand sanitiser supplied when entering the hall and after using tissues. they will keep a register of all those attending.

They will be responsible for cleaning door handles, light switches, window catches, equipment, toilet handles and seats, wash basins and all surfaces likely to be used during your period of hire before other members of your group or organisation arrive and to keep the premises clean through regular cleaning of surfaces during your hire, paying particular attention to wash hand basins and kitchen sinks (if used), using either the products supplied (which will be in a clearly accessible location) or your own ordinary domestic products. they will be required to clean again on leaving.

They will keep the premises well ventilated throughout your hire, with windows and doors open as far as convenient. they will be responsible for ensuring they are all securely closed on leaving.


 They will ensure that no more than the specified number of people (See Below) attend your activity/event, in order that social distancing can be maintained. they will ensure that everyone attending maintains social distancing while waiting to enter the premises, observes the one-way system within the premises, and as far as possible when using more confined areas e.g. moving and stowing equipment, which should be kept as brief as possible. they will make sure that no more than two people use each suite of toilets at one time.

They will take particular care to ensure that social distancing is maintained for any persons aged 70 or over or likely to be clinically more vulnerable to COVID-19, including for example keeping a 2m distance around them when going in and out of rooms and ensuring they can access the toilets, kitchen or other confined areas without others being present.  For some people, passing another person in a confined space is less risky, but for older people that should be avoided.

They will position furniture or the arrangement of the room as far as possible to facilitate people seating side by side, with at least one empty chair between each person, rather than face to face.  If tables are being used, you will place them so as to maintain a distance of at least 2 metres across the table between people who are face to face e.g. using a wide U-shape

They will be responsible for the disposal of all rubbish created during your hire, including tissues and cleaning cloths, in the rubbish bags provided, and removed from the premises.

They will be responsible, if drinks or food are made, for ensuring that all crockery and cutlery is washed in hot soapy water, dried and stowed away. they will bring your own clean tea towels, so as to reduce risk of contamination between hirers, and take them away. We will provide washing up liquid and washing up cloths. 

The management will have the right to close the hall if there are safety concerns relating to COVID-19, for example, if someone who has attended the hall develops symptoms and thorough cleansing is required or if it is reported that the Special Hiring Conditions above are not being complied with, whether by you or by other hirers, or in the event that public buildings are asked or required to close again.  If this is necessary, we will do our best to inform you promptly and you will not be charged for this hire.

In the event of someone becoming unwell with suspected Covid-19 symptoms while at the hall you should remove them to the designated safe area of the Blue Room. Provide tissues and a bin or plastic bag, and a bowl of warm soapy water for hand washing. Ask others in your group to provide contact details if you do not have them and then leave the premises, observing the usual hand sanitising and social distancing precautions, and advise them to launder their clothes when they arrive home. 

Carry out a Risk Assessment for your group and produce an operating procedure that will be used by your group whilst occupying the Old School.


 Your Risk Assessment

These notes cannot cover every situation and is intended only as a guide to help you draw up your own policy, so that the Booking Secretary knows how to respond to requests.  The following points should be considered in risk assessing your own group:


 Your Risk Assessment will determine that:

The attendance at indoor activities will be limited to the capacity figures we set to comply with social distancing? The size of the hall is approximately 16 metres by 5 mitres giving 80 Square metres. To maintain one metre between occupants there must be a distance of one metre in each direction making one square metre of space. Therefore, a maximum of one quarter of the space available gives 20 persons at any one time permitted in the hall, 6 in the Blue room and 4 in the kitchen. 

Will people be seated in small groups, or side to side?

What arrangements will be made if more people attend than the room has capacity for? (For example: A Pilates teacher will have a register and able to arrange a rota if needed. A seated activity might place seniors in groups of say 6. A meeting which usually takes place in a committee room may be moved to a larger space to allow social distancing).

The likely age of those attending. If 70 or over, can arrangements be made to ensure social distancing throughout their use of the premises, including when using toilets.

they will need to clean regularly used surfaces before the event, while it takes place and before leaving.

Will very young children be attending, who would find social distancing difficult, or babies who would remain in buggies or with their parents?

It may be possible to hold some activities outdoors over summer. If so, what arrangements will be made in the event of rain or a cold snap?

Will other organisations be using the premises at the same time? If so, what arrangements will be made to avoid contact between the different groups e.g. staggered start/finish times, Occupied/vacant signage for toilets?

Guidance is likely to be issued by other organisations e.g. by DCMS for indoor exercise. The older age profile and difficulty 2m social distancing at tables may lead the English Bridge Union to advise Bridge Clubs against re-opening for a period. 


 Low Risk


 Activities which provide essential services, already permitted: e.g. Pre-schools, food and medicine distribution, community shops, making PPE, Pop-Up COVID-19 testing.

Maintenance and other forms of employment: e.g. Fire Safety and Risk Assessments, maintenance and caretaking, Building work, Parish Council, or other office.

Activities which can be held outdoors and where social distancing can be readily achieved among small numbers: e.g. tennis, football training, keep fit type classes, dog training classes. Equipment should be cleaned regularly e.g. gate latches, handles, balls etc.


Activities held indoors where smaller numbers of people attend: For example: yoga or Pilates classes where clients are well spaced, seated activities and meetings held in a large hall such as ordinary Parish Council meetings (when small numbers of the public are expected), art classes, history group. Band practice for small bands. Indoor sports where participants are well spaced badminton, table tennis, and indoor bowls.


 Medium Risk (requiring more careful management):


 Small events providing catering: e.g. funeral teas, coffee mornings or pop-up café where seating can be out of doors and/or well-spaced. Occasional lunches for limited numbers of older people who can be seated well apart. NB Special arrangements should be made for vulnerable people in the shielding category who wish to attend, to enable participation and avoid their continued isolation. 

Events for children and young people: e.g. small organised activities where equipment can easily be cleaned, participants can be well spaced and/or children largely attend the same school, e.g. cubs, parent and toddler activities, small youth clubs, railway modelling club, Sunday school, summer holiday playschemes, picnics or BBQs in outdoor areas.  


Medium sized indoor activities and those involving active movement: e.g. larger band practice (with wind instruments positioned away from other players); events with a seated but separated audience such as bingo, film or performances; dog training, dancing classes, Zumba.

Public consultation events: A one-way system can be created, handouts provided at the end rather than at the beginning, someone should take names (for test, track and trace) so attendees do not share a pen and limit numbers.


 High Risk:


 Only permitted in accordance with Government advice, when issued:

Events with closely seated audiences, parties (including indoor children’s birthday parties), wedding receptions, large numbers, sports involving bodily contact (e.g. football matches), choirs (where dispersal of droplets may occur), use of play equipment, cafes, bars, dining areas.


John Ritchie


On behalf of the Dunholme Village Hall and

The Dunholme Old School Community Centre.


Pantomime Group

It is with great sadness that we have decided not to go ahead with the planned pantomime at Welton Village Hall this year.

It may seem early to have made the decision however there is a lot of background work which goes into set building and costuming, which begins in June, and rehearsals, which begin at the end of August.

Under the current circumstances and lockdown it would be extremely difficult to maintain social distancing and as the set building is a group effort, it would be impossible as we are not able to gather as a group.

With such uncertainty around the current situation of Covid-19 we felt the risks, to health and financially, far outweighed the benefit of being able to put on the panto this year. The health of our audience and cast, some of whom are in vulnerable categories, are at the forefront of our decision.

Ultimately our aim as a group is to entertain families at Christmas time whilst raising money for local charities and causes,  however we do not know whether such large gatherings of people will be permitted by the end of November, therefore to avoid further disappointment nearer the time, we felt it best to make the decision now.

We hope that you are able to understand our decision and stress this is a decision that was not taken lightly.

We'd like to thank everyone for their continued support and look forward to welcoming you back on the 26th/27th November 2021 for our bigger and better performance of Snow White!

Money raised from the performances will be donated to the family of Elena Betts to a project in her memory. You can find out more about Elena by searching Elena's Story blog on Facebook.

You can also follow Welton Pantomine Group on facebook to keep up to date with fundraising events and news.



Camera Club


Well what a time we have all been through and for those of you like the members of the camera club being unable to get out and about does indeed make a great difference to our lives. We are all beginning to get a little more freedom now and although the camera club members cannot meet as a group yet the members are managing to get out and about taking some exercise and of course you have to take the camera so that you don’t miss the shot. During this period of time that we have not been able to meet we have not really missed a meeting because through a bit of learning I have now produced a YouTube channel for the camera club and we have a “Virtual” meeting every week at 7pm.

 We have covered most of the topics and competitions on our annual programme so we have not missed out on any of the activities except for meeting up as a group. If you would like to join in with one of our meetings check out the YouTube channel “Dunholmecameraclub” and if your logged in then let us know you are watching by dropping a note into the “Chat” we usually get around 25 members a night, if you do join us make sure to like the channel and subscribe for further meetings.


I must admit that personally I have missed out on all of the spring happenings what with one thing and another I haven’t ventured out much but hopefully soon will be able to get out with the camera and take some more pictures. During the last 12 months I have started doing some night photography, quite a challenging Genre of photography but when it all comes together the images are amazing. Also, with the night photography I do some light painting which is another big learning curve but once again very rewarding. We will be covering a lot of different subjects on out Thursday night YouTube meetings so make sure you join in.   


Well we are not currently having any meetings at The Old School at Dunholme so there is no meeting dates to give you but do go over to our website and take a look at some of the amazing pictures that the members put on there and of course don’t forget to join us on a Thursday night and hopefully you will gain a little knowledge about photography


Grahame Dunkin         Club President


Dunholme Old School Community Centre.

During the COVID 19 lockdown restrictions the Trustees of the DOSC have taken the opportunity to carry out more refurbishment work.  The main hall has now full central heating installed linking it up to the Blue room and the toilets.

Because of the age and type of construction of the building the wooden floor was lasting not much more that 10 or 12 years before starting to rot requiring for it to be completely replaced.  Now was one of those times but instead of replacing it with a similar wooden structure it will now be replaces with a solid concrete floor with wood effect Vinyl covering.

John Ritchie,  Chairman


Dunholme Village Hall & Dunholme Old School.


 A joint statement from the Trustees of the Dunholme Village Hall and the Dunholme Old School Community Centre.

An announcement is has been made that  all Village and Community Halls can re-open from  6th July 2020.  An information sheet has  been  produced by ACRE (Action With Communities in Rural England and the YMCA-CommunityLincs detailing a guidance  by the government on the procedures to be taken for this to happen.


The Information sheet contains 20 pages of  what the management committees would have to do to meet their requirements with a further 18 pages of Appendixes.

Having studied the guidance both committee’s have concluded that to implement these regulation set out by Public Health England were such that it would be almost impossible for them to  be complied with on all counts.. The administration and practical  requirements for the committee, and all users of the hall, to undertake would require a disproportionate time and money and would  still not guaranty safety  for  all , particularly those most venerable.

It has therefore been decided that neither venue will open until the management committees feel it is safe to do so, this may not be until 2021 and be dependant on all the restrictions being lifted. management Trustees of .Both  venues will review the situation again in July and August.

In the mean time all user group committees should consider their own  Modus Operandi . This would require holding the appropriate insurance to cover Covid 19 cases, carrying out a Risk Assessment on the groups’ personnel and how they would handle any social distancing  and cleaning while occupying any public building that may apply at the time


John Ritchie and Peter Forman




Taking Advantage of the Lockdown


As neither the Village Hall or the Dunholme Old School Community Centre will be open for use for some time the management committee’s have taken it upon themselves to do some refurbishment work on their appropriate buildings.

Dunholme Village Hall

Since the bar  is now not in use it has been decided to turn it into a small meeting room.  This will make it ideal for small committee meetings. As the only access to the bay is from the main hall it has been decided to add an extra door from the entrance lobby. This has entailed moving a central eating radiator. The bar will be maintained but closed off with concertina doors so that it could be brought into use at any time for social gatherings should it be required.


Dunholme Old School

Continuing the refurbishment of the whole building the central heating system is being extended to the main hall and the porch.

It had been hoped that the floor, last laid about 15 years ago, would be adequate to stop the rot from beneath caused by the design of the Victorian building. Unfortunately this was not the case and the floor is beginning to sag again through rotten joists. It has therefore been decided to rip the wooden floor our and install a solid concrete floor with a vapour barrier underneath and a vinyl floor covering on top. This hopefully will be completely by September.




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