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Page updated 20 October 2016

Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire. The Parish Church is on the right.  16 June 2013.

Welcome to the Hatley website

This website is primarily for the residents of Hatley St George and East Hatley, with news, history, community updates and details of local services.

There's a search box below...

... and weather forecasts for Waresley, Wimpole Hall, Cambridge and Bedford...

... and local footpath information as well.

The parish of Hatley unites the hamlets of Hatley St George and East Hatley, half a mile apart in the arable farmland of south Cambridgeshire.

Hatley is roughly halfway between Bedford and Cambridge, linked by footpaths and bridleways to the surrounding villages.

The two hamlets predate Domesday.  They share two medieval churches, a village shop-cum-post office and a cricket green (although, sadly, the last match was played in 2013).

There's a useful, and up-to-date, section on Hatley on the Wikipedia website.  Details of the listed buildings in Hatley can be found on the British Listed Buildings website.

Hatley is also listed in the Open Domesday project, which shows there were 32 households in East Hatley and Hatley St George in 1066 – the 2011 census puts the figure at 78 (click on the link above to open an Excel file – use the drop down list to find Hatley).

The Grade II* listed parish church of Hatley St George (above, in June 2013) stands opposite St George's Tower, originally a water tower, now a small business park.


A feature of the Hatleys is that the more important buildings were once surrounded by moats.  These can still be seen, especially in East Hatley.

Next to a good water-supply, a dry soil for building was generally essential, though some west Cambridgeshire villages planted upon heavy ill-drained clays put a moat around every house to drain the site, as at East Hatley, where most of the moats, or the remains of them, can be traced to this day.

From English Landscapes by W G Hoskins, BBC Publications, 1973 (ISBN 0563 12407 5).

Professor W G Hoskins (1908 - 1992) is credited with establishing English local history as a formal academic discipline.  His pioneering book The Making of the English Landscape, first published in 1955 (ISBN 0140154108), is well worth reading, although currently out of print – second hand copies can be obtained via Amazon.

St. Denis church is also Grade II* listed and now an empty shell no longer in use and on the English Heritage Heritage at risk register, although we are hopeful the Friends of Friendless Churches will take it over later this year – see below.

Its churchyard, however, is still consecrated and is a Local Nature Reserve – it retains its moat; other moats can be seen from the road near Manor Barn and The Palace.

There is more about the history of the Hatleys on our About Hatley page – and photographs of Hatley and the surrounding area on the Geograph site.  (The Geograph Britain and Ireland project is collecting geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland from material supplied by, well, anyone.)

Footpaths, bridleways and other useful information

There are lots of footpaths and bridleways around East Hatley and Hatley St George, well noted on Ordnance Survey maps.

The same goes for the Green spaces and activities section of the Cambridgeshire County Council website – the link above takes you to the Definitive map and statement page (with useful background information) from where you can click on the Rights of way interactive map for the county.

Put your postcode into the search box on that page to home in on Hatley: click on a footpath or bridleway for its name, number and length – with much more detail for bridleways.

And while on this section of the County's website, click on the My house tab for lots of useful local information.

Historian and Gamlingay resident Bernard O'Connor has some very detailed information about the Hatley footpaths (as well as those in Gamlingay and other local villages).

For Hatley, use this footpath link and then click on the individual footpath numbers.  For other villages, use this link and click on the village name.

St Denis' church on its way to being saved

In early December 2013, the Friends of Friendless Churches announced it '...would be willing to take the freehold of the Grade II* listed church of St Denis, East Hatley and safeguard it in perpetuity'.

South Cambridgeshire District Council, the current owners of St Denis, is in the process of finalising the details (still the case as at 25 August 2015) – meanwhile, the appeal to raise funds locally remains.

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Weather forecasts

The most local-to-Hatley forecasts on the Met Office website are for Waresley and Wimpole Hall – to which we've added Cambridge and Bedford:

Waresley is 2.5 miles north west of Hatley St George
and 3.1 miles from East Hatley.
Click here for a more detailed forecast.

Wimpole Hall is 3.9 miles east of Hatley St George
and 3.4 miles from East Hatley.
Click here for a more detailed forecast.


Cambridge is north east of Hatley St George
and East Hatley.
Click here for a more detailed forecast.


Bedford is west of Hatley St George
and East Hatley.
Click here for a more detailed forecast.

These weather forecasts are generated by the Met Office Weather Widget.

Use the bars on the left for links to other sections of this site –
or click
site map for a full listing

Hatley is grid reference
TL 28257 50876
Latitude  52.141293
Longitude  -0.127223



see below

Click here

New right of way Definitive Maps

Hatley portion of the new Definitive Map of rights of way - September 2016

    The County Council has
    produced a new Definitive Map
    and Statement of Public Rights
    of Way for Cambridgeshire.
    Click here for details.

Next Coffee
Morning on Tuesday,
1st November

Hatley coffee morning -  first Tuesday of the month.  Hatley Village Hall, Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire.  Nine to noon.  Lots of good coffee, tea and yummy cakes!

    It got pretty busy at Hatley's
    first Coffee Morning in the
    Village Hall.  More photos and
    detail on our Latest page.

    Hatley Coffee Mornings are on
    the first Tuesday of each month,
    Hatley Village Hall, nine to noon.
    The next is on Tuesday, 1st

    Just drop in for a chat, coffee,
    tea or hot chocolate and a slice
    of cake – donations on the day.

St Denis

    The handover of St Denis,
    East Hatley, from SCDC to the
    Friends of Friendless Churches
    is 'imminent'. Background.

Churchyard tidy up done + a poem

St Denis East Hatley, Cambridgeshire - poem about the churchyard tidy up by Ishbel Beatty

    Thanks to Joyce Denby, Nicola
    Jenkins, Mervyn Lack, John
    Lanchbery, Peter Mann, John
    O'Sullivan and John and Sue
    Wright for teaming up to cut,
    rake up and stack the long
    grass on the north side of St
    Denis' churchyard on Sunday
    morning, 18th September.  Go
    and see for yourself what a
    great job they did!

    East Hatley resident Ishbel
has written a poem
    about tidying up churchyards.
    Click here
to read it.

Hatley's phone boxes + other news

    BT is proposing to remove the
    payphones in Hatley St George
    and East Hatley – given the very
    low usage (five times in the last
    year in H-St-G and only twice in

    This makes it very difficult to
    argue against this decision –
    although if does raise the issue
    of how to contact the emergency
    services in the event of an
    accident.  Details in this note
    from SCDC.  See also our
    'phone box' page.

    The same note has details of a
    consultation on tackling peak-
    time congestion
in Cambridge.

    The deadline for comments on
    both issues is 10 October 2016.

PC minutes

     Copies of Hatley Parish
     Council's minutes and
     agendas going back to 2002
     are available via our Agendas
     and minutes
page.  There's
     more PC stuff below.

Business support

    Following on from the three
    business workshops run in
    Gamlingay over the past six
    months, a proposal for
    Business Support has been
    created which the authors wish
    to consult you on.

    For info, go to our Latest page.

A Referendum Addendum

Revd Malcolm Guite

by Malcolm Guite

    Following on from the EU
    referendum, Malcolm Guite
    (above) has penned a sonnet in
    response to the Very Important
    Event.  Click here.


If you've lost your copy of the Hatley website survey, click here for another copy.

Please complete and return it ASAP to Nicola Jenkins at 49 East Hatley OR the village shop and post office.


East Hatley, Cambridgeshire, street party to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday - 11 June 2016.

Click here for the East Hatley street party celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday in pictures.

New kitchen in
Hatley Village Hall

Hatley Village Hall, Cambridgeshire - new kitchen.

    ▲ The new kitchen in Hatley
    Village Hall.  Click on the
    picture for a larger image –
    and here for the story of the
    new kitchen

Hatley St George
shop and post office new sign and counter

Hatley shop and post office, Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire - new Post Office sign - 4-5-16.

Hatley shop and post office, Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire - now with a new counter! + MIck Marshall - 23-3-16.

    Following refurbishment, the
    the shop reopened in late March
    with a new Post Office counter –
    our photo shows a proud Mick
    Marshall just after the reopening
    and, in early May a fine new sign
    outside: click on the pictures
    for larger versions.

Stop at Hatley shop and PO - Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire.

    In addition to being the village
    store and post office, the shop
    also sells tickets for  the Health
, Rudi's doggy bakery,
    Gemma's Gems and Olga's
    homemade jewellery plus
    groceries and greeting cards.

    Click here for more info... and
    for the 2016 / 2017 postal rates:
        UK letter rates
        UK parcel rates
        International rates



    ... are delivered daily by the
in Hatley St George – 650 971.

    Why fetch them when they
    can be delivered to your door?

Hatley life

    To shorten the length of this
    'green column', the following
    have been moved to the
    Latest page:

    County and District Councils'
        boundary reviews – the
        County divisions having been
    Superfast broadband for Hatley
        in March 2017.
    Hatley St George church has
       its new loo – but has lost its
     Photos from Micky Astor's talk.
     We cleaned for the Queen
        (and Hatley).
     St Denis update + links.

Speeding in Hatley

    Use this link to the police
    speed enforcement team
    register your concerns about
    speeding in Hatley, particularly
    the Hatley St George > East
    Hatley 40 mph stretch.

    And if you want to report
, the police have a
    very useful new web link.

Medical matters
See below

... for details of how you can help researchers at Addenbrooke's.

Handy book

    Local author Philippa Pearson
    book, Small Space Big Ideas,
    is full of... ideas.  It makes a
    great birthday present!

Share your memories

    Do you have a Hatley memory
    you'd like to share?  Send it to
    the site's webmaster.


    1 November Coffee morning
Hatley Village Hall, 9.00 am
         to noon – just drop in.   Click
 for more details
    2 November Gamlingay and
         District Gardening Club
         Foraging in the hedgerows
an illustrated talk by Mary
         Barton.  7.30 pm, Kier Suite,
         EcoHub, Stocks Lane,
         Gamlingay. £2.50.
         Chairman: Dawn Black
         – 01767 262 693
    3 November GamArch
         monthly meeting – details on
         their website.  7.30 pm,
         WI Hall, Waresley Road,
    14 November Gamlingay and
         District History Society
         The draining of the fens
         illustrated talk by author
         Peter Green.  7.30 pm,
         Room 2, Gamlingay Village
    16 November – Gamlingay
         Environmental Action Group
         (GEAG) meeting, 8.00 pm,
         EcoHub, Stocks Lane,
         Gamlingay.  The topic is still
         to be announced.
    4 December Christmas Tea,
         Hatley Village Hall
– 2.00 pm
    6 DecemberCoffee morning
Hatley Village Hall, 9.00 am
         to noon – just drop in.   Click
 for more details
    4 February Hatley Quiz Night
         Hatley Village Hall
, 7.00 for
         7.30 pm.

     For local places to eat and
         ideas of where to visit,
         click here


     The next meeting of Hatley
     Parish Council is an Ordinary
     Meeting on Tuesday, 17th
at  7.30 pm in Hatley
     Village Hall.


     Minutes for Hatley Parish
     Council's most recent 2016
         19 January:  Ordinary.
         12 April:  Extraordinary
         17 May:  Annual meetings
         19 July: Ordinary meeting
         27 Sept: EGM meeting

     Click here for agendas and
of previous meetings


     Various documents for
     2015-16 are on our Finances


     See our Planning page for
     general planning information
     and links to applications in
     Hatley St George and East


     Flooding – thankfully unlikely
     in Hatley, but the County
     Council has issued two
     documents: Land owners
     responsibilities factsheet
     Emergency information.


      KIM WILDE is our Parish
     Clerk.  Phone her on 01767
     650 596
or contact her by
     e-mail.  For Hatley Parish
     Council details, go to the
     Council's home page.


     Greensands Medical Practice
     – our local surgery – current

     More about the surgery on our
     Emergency – doctors page.


Patient and Public Involvement Panel at Addenbrooke's

     Addenbrooke's is looking for
     volunteers to join its PPI panel
      – click this link for more
     information and this link for a
we received last year (it's
     still current).


Adult Support

     There's a lot going on in
     Cambridgeshire to support
     residents and communities
     locally.   Cambridgeshire.net
     is full of information and a
     database detailing relevant
     events locally (with Gamlingay
     as the location) + wider afield.

Local buses

     On our Bus page are
     details of the Service 28 bus –
     the Demand Response
     Transport from Hatley to local
     villages in Cambridgeshire.

Hatley St George
church newsletter

    Click here for a copy of the
    current (June 2016) issue.

Gamlingay and Hatley
history stuff

    Hatley test pits

    Gamlingay History Society

    Gamlingay Archaeology Group

Eating out...

... in Gamlingay:
       China Garden, 33a Church
             Street – 65 02 02.
       Cock Inn, 25 Church Street –
             65 02 55.
       Jannah, 1 Church Street –
             65 21 17.
       LJ's, 40 Church Street –
             65 03 33.
      The Wheatsheaf, 92 Church
             Street – 65 11 77.
       Woodview Farm Shop,
             Potton Road – 66 16 91.

Places to visit

    If you're stuck for ideas of
    somewhere to go, try these

    Where can we go? – you can
         search for events in each
         county as well as by village,
         town or post code.
    Visit Cambridge and beyond:
         what's on in Cambridge,
         Cambridgeshire and
         surrounding areas
    University of Cambridge:
         public events.
    Bedford and surrounding
    Open Gardens: national listing.
    Shuttleworth Collection of old
         planes at Old Warden + the
         Swiss Garden.

    Roads – up-to-date traffic
    information via Traffic England

Other stuff

    2016 / 2017 POSTAL RATES


    Gamlingay Library – info


    Memories of East Hatley
    Read E. W. Peters' fascinating
    account of Life in East Hatley
    in 1949 – and The farming
: Bill Richardson's vivid
    memories of shocks, stooks,
    sheaves and stacks in 1942.


    services are available on the
    Gamlingay Church website.

    In Hatley, the services at
    Hatley St George church are
    held every second (11.00 am)
    and fourth (8.00 am) Sunday
    of the month


         Ffion McDonald, aka The
         Cleaning Fairy
, offers
         'Tailored home cleaning
         services'.  You can contact
         her on Gamlingay 650 742

    There are many other local
    businesses – the Yell.com
    sites include companies in:
         East Hatley
         Hatley St George

New church loo opened...

Councillor Bridget Smith, ??? and the Reverend Steve Rothwell after opening the new compost loo at Hatley St George church, Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire, on 16th September 2016.

    ▲ The new composting loo at
    Hatley St George church was
    opened on 16th September by
    the Reverend Steve Rothwell
    – click here
for the background

...and an excellent talk on the Shuttleworth Collection

John O'Sullivan and speaker Alan Reed in Hatley Village Hall, Cambridgeshire, where Alan gave an excellent talk on the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage planes - 16th September 2016.

    ▲ John O'Sullivan of East
    Hatley with Alan Reed, who
    gave a superb talk on the
    Shuttleworth Collection.

    More on our Latest page.

Other Hatleys

Hatley Store, Canada    This poster was spotted in
    Toronto's CN Tower pointing
    the way to... a branch of
    Hatley, the Canadian store
    specialising in clothes for kids
    and grown ups – search
    Google for UK outlets.

    And do have a look at our
    Hatleys around the world
    page.  If you know of any
    other places called Hatley, or
    can update the stuff we have,
    please let us know.

Take a look at...

    Hatley Village Association

    St Denis' Nature Reserve
    Local Management Group


    Train facilities page includes
    details of when peak time
    charges apply.

    Station parking information


    Hatley Park Estate.


    Roads – up-to-date traffic
    information via Traffic England

Bin collections

    Blue binswhat goes in them
    (link to SCDC website).

    Rubbish collection (link to
    Hatley information).

Next collection

    Thursday, 27th October
    Black bin.



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