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Page updated 31 July 2014

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.

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

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. There is 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.

The Grade II* listed parish church of Hatley St George (above right, 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 Buildings at Risk register.  Its churchyard, however, is still consecrated and is a Local Nature Reserve and 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.

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 – 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.

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Cambridge is north east of Hatley St George
and East Hatley.
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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


Latest

Village Hall
booking form


Coming soon –
click here!


LIGHTS OUTLIGHTS OUT -  a short service at Hatley St George church on Monday 4th August at 8pm to mark the centenary of the start of World War One.4th August,
Hatley St George church
, 8.00 pm

A short service at Hatley St George church on Monday 4th August at 8.00 pm to mark the centenary of the start of World War One.

The service will comprise poems from WW1 poets, reading from letters of those who served in the war and some prayers.
The retiring collection will be split between the Royal British Legion and Hatley church.

be followed by a candlelit vigil until 10.00 pm when the candles will be extinguished individually leaving one to mark the centenary.


The East Hatley
Test Pit Dig

Read about it!


THE NEW
BUSBIKE
EXPLORER

BusBike Explorer launch at Wimpole Hall, 24th July 2014.

BusBike Explorer launch at Wimpole Hall, 24th July 2014.

     SCDC launched it's new BusBike Explorer service on 24th July at Wimpole Hall – Hatley website was there too!  
See our bus page.

Don't forget the new
Service 28 bus service which started on 2 June, we've
     updated our
bus information
     page
– it makes for interesting
     reading...


Click on the following links for current information

     Hatley Parish Council
           Draft minutes of Hatley
           Parish Meeting on 15 July
.

     Planning

     The next Parish Council
     meeting
is on 21st October,
     7.30 pm, Hatley Village Hall
.


Hatley Big Weekend

Hatley St George Fete 2014
Memories of the Hatley Big Weekend
at the end of June captured in words and pictures by Philippa Pearson.


RAGWORT – it's all around us again.  Read what YOU can do to help eradicate it.


SPEEDING

     The police have set up a new
     – anonymous – system
     whereby anyone can ask for
     a local speed check through
     this link
.

     The roadside checks will be
     manned by fully trained police
     personnel who have the
     authority to stop and book
     anyone found (via their laser
     guns) to be exceeding the
     local speed limit.

     Roads – up-to-date traffic
     information via
Frixo.

     Speeding white paper.


     BREAD, milk and papers
     are delivered daily – bread 
     and milk by the shop / post
     office
 in Hatley St George
     (650 971) and papers by
     Cameron’s in Gamlingay
     (651 986).  Why bother to go
     and fetch them when they
     can be delivered to your door?


HOSPITAL PARKING

     Being charged to use an NHS
     hospital car park
could soon
     become more fraught, as this
     recent piece in The Guardian
     highlights.  A Government
     Petition
has been raised – do
     sign it if hospital parking is of
     concern to you.


HATLEY'S PHONE BOXES

     The two public phone boxes
     in Hatley St George and East
     Hatley have been repaired
     more details in our Shop and
     Post Office
section.


St Denis, East Hatley 

St Denis, East Hatley, Cambridgeshire - appeal launched to raise money to secure its future with Friends of Friendless Churches.

Appeal for funds

Flowers, insects and
gravestones


      2014 / 2015 postal rates.

     Gamlingay Library
     information updated.


     Kim Wilde is 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
.

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


     Details of all local C of E  
     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.


COMING SOON

    4 August – LIGHTS OUT service
          Hatley St George church
,
          8.00 pm – details at the
          top of this column.

    August – Two flying activities
          to highlight:
    
16th to 24th August
          Regional gliding
          competition, based at
          Cambridge Gliding Centre,
          Gransden Lodge –
          MORE INFORMATION.
    
24th August
          The annual Charity Flying
          Day at Little Gransden
          Airfield
, Fullers Hill.

    28 September – talk on
         Tempsford Airfield’s
          wartime activities.
          7.30 pm, Hatley Village
          Hall.  More information on
          the Latest page.
    3 OctoberCarers Away Day
         10.00 am to 4.00 pm,
          Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon.

          FREE event for anyone who
          provides unpaid support to
          a partner, child, relative or
          friend, who could not
          manage to live
          independently, or whose
          health and well-being
          would deteriorate without
          this help.
 CLICK HERE for
          more information.

    14 October – Police Panel
          meeting.  7.30 pm,
          Cambourne Village College.
          Go to our 'Police' page for
          more information.
    21 October – Hatley Parish
          Council meeting, Hatley
          Village Hall, 7.30 pm –  all
          residents are very
          welcome to come along.

     For a wider view of what's
          happening in South
          Cambridgeshire, go to
          Shape Your Place.


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


Other Hatleys

Hatley Store, Canada     This poster was spotted
     recently 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
page and the
     St Denis Nature Reserve
     Local Management Group
.
     page.


     Local taxi services page
     updated with details of
     505 Private Hire – a new taxi
     service based in Gamlingay.

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

     Station parking information
     updated.

     101 – the police
     non-emergency number

     Hatley Park Estate.


Blue bins – what goes in them.

Bin collections:

Thursday, 7 August – blue and green bins.

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