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Page updated 13 November 2018

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.

The extent of the parish is shown on this map; its Parish Council was established on 5th July 1973.

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 hall, a playing field with swings and a village shop-cum-post office.

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).

Moats

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.

Churches

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 part of a small business park.  Services are held there twice a month.

St Denis' church in East Hatley is also Grade II* listed and now an empty shell no longer in use and, because of restoration work in 2005 / 06 is no longer on the English Heritage Heritage at risk register.  With the Friends of Friendless Churches having taken ownership of the building in November 2016 and having completed the first part of its programme of repairs in spring 2018, we are hopeful they will eventually complete the restoration with a refurbished interior and glass in all the windows.  There is more about this in St Denis – the next chapter.

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.

only search Hatley

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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.
Click here for a more detailed forecast.

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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

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


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Bin collections

WEDNESDAY

14th November
Black bin

Other bin info


— COMING SOON —

Click here


Christmas Tea on
2nd December

The annual Hatley Christmas Tea - tea, coffee, cakes (lots) raffle and mini-book stall. Sunday, 2nd December 2018 / Hatley Village Hall / 2.00 to 4.00 pm.

    ▲  The annual Hatley Christmas
    Tea
– tea, coffee, cakes (lots)
    raffle and mini-book stall.
    Sunday, 2nd December / Hatley
    Village Hall / 2.00 to 4.00 pm.
    This poster tells all.

BREAD AND MILK...

    ... are delivered daily by the
    
shop in Hatley St George –
    ring them to order yours:
    01767 650 971
.

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

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

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

    AND the good food from the
    Woodview Farm shop in
    Gamlingay
– why go to Gamlingay
    when bacon, sausages, beef
    steaks and minced beef are
    available at the Hatley shop.

    They can also order liver, turkey,
    chicken, ham, roasting joints
    and leg of lamb for you too –
    ring them to order yours:
    01767 650 971.


Stay stronger for longer

Stay stronger for longer

    Stay Stronger for Longer
    highlights how strength and
    balance exercises help lots of
    people to keep doing the things
    they enjoy – for longer.

    Find out how on our latest page.


Bring and buy +
Harvest Festival photos

Sally the scarecrow greeted visitors to the Bring and Buy sale in Hatley Village Hall in Cambridgeshire - it followed the Harvest Festival at Hatley St George church on Sunday, 21st October 2018.

Harvest Festival flowers at Hatley St George church, Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire on Sunday, 21st October 2018.

    Sally the scarecrow greeted
    visitors to the Bring and Buy sale
    at Hatley Village Hall on Sunday,
    21st October.

    It followed the Harvest Festival
    in Hatley St George church – and
    while the sounds of the service
    faded on their way up to Heaven,
    the wonderful display of flowers
    and vegetables remained for us
    to admire and photograph...
    click here to see them.


Flu jabs

    Scant information other than this
    link to the Greensands Medical
    Practice
website.


Defibrillator – ‘yes’ to
Hatley having one

    The Parish Council distributed a
    survey to every house in East
    Hatley and Hatley St George
    asking for opinions as to whether
    the Parish should fund the
    purchase and running costs of a
    defibrillator.

    The majority (20 : 7) who
    responded were for the parish
    having a unit – which the Parish
    Council accepted at its meeting
    on 16th October and will organise
    purchase and training.

Planning application news

    Barn Farm has applied for
    permission to erect an
    agricultural workers' dwelling.  It
    was considered by Hatley Parish
    Council at its meeting on 16th
    October – because nothing is
    known about the viability of Barn
    Farm's business, the Parish
    Council will repeat its comments
    to SCDC from three years ago.
    See our Planning page.  

    Moat Farm is appealing against
    SCDC's refusal for change of
    use of domestic outbuildings to
    two dwellings.
    See our Planning page.  

    Holbeins Farm has applied for
    permission to demolish a single
    storey twin pitched asbestos barn.
    See our Planning page.  

    Cambridge Gliding Club
    withdrew its planning application
    on 23rd July, but has submitted
    a new one
.  The major points
    are many more tows and longer
    operation time – which will mean
    much more flying over Hatley
.
    See our Planning page.

    Brief details of Hatley planning
    applications going back to 2004
    are on our Planning page.

Rail link update

    CBBR, which is campaigning
    for a more sensible east-west rail
    than the official proposal, has
    issued an update.  See also
    on the notes below – with an
    update from Heidi Allen MP.

Hatley doings
in verse:
alpacas vs llamas

    Ishbel Beatty has written several
    witty Hatley poems – from how
    snow cancelled a litter pick to
    churchyard woes.

    After discussing the Hatley
    alpacas
with a visitor, who was
    confused between alpacas and
    llamas (as well as between
    emus and ostriches) she has
    penned a new poem for us.

    Find it and Ishbel's other poems
    on our Latest page.

Rail link
through Hatley?

Click here

    Heidi Allen, our MP, is working
    to make sure it goes alongside
    the A428 rather than through
    Hatley – from her October
    constituency notes:

    "East West Rail (Oxford to
    Cambridge) is a project many
    constituents have contacted me
    about and I want to reassure you
    that NO route has yet been
    chosen.

    "A meeting I hosted with the East
    West Rail company last month
    reassured me that no decision
    has yet been taken, though route
    options are anticipated towards
    the end of the year
.

    "I have been clear, in line with
    the National Infrastructure
    Commission’s view, that I
    support a route aligned with the
    A428 corridor: it will provide much
    needed transport connections for
    Cambourne, its surrounding
    developments and Northstowe.

    "I do not agree with a route
    which cuts through the south
    of the constituency
, not least
    because this part of South
    Cambs is already well served
    by the Kings Cross line.

    "Please be assured I will let you
    know as soon as any route
    possibilities emerge."


Stopping
unwanted phone calls

    Visit our page on this subject...

The next Hatley
Coffee Morning
is on 4th December,
from 10.00 am.

Hatley Coffee Morning

    TUESDAY, 4th December, from
    10.00 am to 1.00 pm.  Do go
    to the Village Hall – great place
    for a great natter, cake and coffee
    (or tea if you prefer).  Photos
    and info: Latest page.


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.


Policing in Hatley

    It's online – if you want to report
    something
, the police have a
    very useful new web link.


St Denis’ and Hatley
St George church

St Denis' church East Hatley, Cambridgeshire - open weekend, September 2018.

    The open weekend for our two
    churches – St Denis' in East
    Hatley and Hatley St George
    church – proved very popular with
    70+ a taking look at St Denis over
    the four days it was open and lots
    and lots of people also going into
    Hatley St George church.

    £72.00 was donated by visitors
    to St Denis for the FoFC.

    Until the Friends of Friendless
    Churches (which owns St Denis)
    is able to complete repairs, there
    are no plans just yet for it to be
    open again.  The church in Hatley
    St George holds regular services
    and is also occasionally open at
    other times – look for the sign
    outside.


The St Denis’ opening in July was very good

St Denis' church East Hatley, Cambridgeshire - open evening on 20th July 2018.

    Rachel Morley, the new Director
    of The Friends of Friendless
    Churches, which owns St Denis',
    did a fine job of showing over 60
    people around the church on the
    evening of Friday, 20th July.

    There she is above (top centre,
    white dress), greeting everyone
    before we went inside to look
    at the church, now resplendent
    with a new floor and windows in
    the nave.  Click on the photo for
    a larger image.

    And click on the photo below for
    a peek at how the inside of the
    church now looks following the
    first phase restoration work.

St Denis, East Hatley, Cambridgeshire - interior - looking east after renovation - 23rd July 2018

    Earlier in the day, she recorded
    an interview with BBC Radio
    Cambridgeshire which was
    broadcast on 22nd July)
    – use this link to listen to it.

    The Biggleswade Chronicle also
    featured the open evening on
    its Biggleswade Today website
    and this is the Royston Crow
    version.

    Thanks to Rachel, Margot Eagle
    and Nicola Jenkins for
    organising the event.


St Denis’ church:
new floor and windows

    After SCDC granted planning
    permission
for the much-needed
    repairs to St Denis' church, East
    Hatley, it's good to report the
    first stage of work has been
    completed – the floor has been
    replaced and the windows in the
    nave now have glass in them.
    Much more worked needed,
    when funding permits.

    A report from Rachel Morley,
    the new director of The Friends
    of Friendless Churches (FoFC),
    which owns St Denis (but not the
    graveyard – that is still
    consecrated), can be found here.

    The FoFC commissioned a bat
    survey last year – click here for
    a copy
... and here for the
    preliminary roost survey report,
    September 2014
.

    The FoFC outlined its ideas to
    Hatley Parish Council last July –
    read about them here.

    Following the handing over
    ceremony in July 2017, St Denis'
    was featured in the local press –
    this link will take you there.

    Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
    County Wildlife Trust
carried out
    one of its occasional surveys of
    St Denis' churchyard last June.
    Use this link to read the 2017
    results
– and this link for the
    2012 survey.


Hatley website
privacy notice

    Please click below for a copy of
    our privacy notice.

Eating out...

... in Gamlingay:
       Cock Inn, 25 Church Street –
             65 02 55
       Happy Chef, 33a Church Street
             – 65 02 02
       Jannah, 1 Church Street –
             65 21 17
       LJ's Sandwich Bar, 40 Church
             Street – 65 03 33
      The Wheatsheaf, 92 Church
             Street – 65 11 77
       Woodview Farm,
             Potton Road –
                  Shop – 650 200
                  Café – 651 667
... in Croydon:
       Wood Grill at The Queen
       Adelaide
– 01223 208 278

... in Longstowe:
       The Red House01954
       264 777


PC things

     The next scheduled Parish
     Council
meeting is the Ordinary
     Meeting on Tuesday,
     15th January
at 7.30 pm in
     Hatley Village Hall.  Members of
     the public are most welcome to
     come along.

MINUTES

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

FINANCES

    Details of the Parish Council's
    finances are available via our
    Parish Council Finance page.

    See below for more PC stuff.


Share your memories

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


— COMING SOON —

    Use this link for what’s on at
         Gamlingay Eco Hub.

Yoga come to Hatley - Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Hatley Village Hall, Cambridgeshire, SG19 3HW.

    YOGA every Tuesday
    
at Hatley Village Hall from
    5.45 to 6.45 pm.  No need to
    book – just turn up!  £6.00 per
    class.  NB No longer Thursday.

    2 December Christmas Tea in
         the Village Hall: 2.00 to 4.00 pm
         – mini-book stall too (bring
         books to donate when you
         come)
    4 December Coffee Morning in
         the Village Hall – 10.00 am to
         1.00 pm
    10 DecemberGamlingay and
         District History Society
:  
         Christmas party + quiz
.
         7.30 pm, Kier Suite, Eco Hub,
         Stocks Lane, Gamlingay
    31 December New Year's Eve
         disco
in the Village Hall –
         8.00 pm to 1.00 am

    2019

    9 January Gamlingay and
         District Gardening Club
. On
         being the editor of a gardening
         magazine
– illustrated talk by
         Geoff Hodge.  7.30 pm, Kier
         Suite, Eco Hub, Stocks Lane,
         Gamlingay.  Visitors £3.00.
         Chairman: Dawn Black –
         01767 654 857
    15 January Hatley Parish
         Council: Ordinary Meeting
.
         Hatley Village Hall,  7.30 pm
    2 February Hatley Quiz Night
         Hatley Village Hall
, 7.00 for
         7.30 pm
    19 March Hatley Parish
         Council: Ordinary Meeting
.
         Hatley Village Hall,  7.30 pm
    21 May Hatley Parish
         Council: Annual Meetings
.
         Hatley Village Hall,  7.00 pm
     For local places to eat and
         ideas of where to visit,
         click here
.


PARISH COUNCIL

     The next scheduled meeting of
     Hatley Parish Council is the
     Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday,
     15th January at 7.30 pm in
     Hatley Village Hall.

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     Agendas and minutes
     From 2002. Use the following
     link for the draft minutes of
     the Council's 2018 Annual
     Meetings' minutes
.

____________

     Finances
     Various documents for
     2017-18 are on our Finances
     page
.

____________

     Reports and documents
     Annual reports – 2017
     Statutory documents.

____________

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

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

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     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.

MEDICAL MATTERS

     Greensands Medical Practice
     – our local surgery – current
     newsletter
(as at 9 August 2018).

     More about the surgery on our
     Emergency – doctors page.

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Adult Support
drop-ins

     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.

Gamlingay and Hatley
history stuff

    Hatley test pits

    Gamlingay History Society

    Gamlingay Archaeology Group

Places to visit

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

    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
         areas
.
    The Best of Bedfordshire.
    Open Gardens: national listing.
    Shuttleworth Collection of old
         planes at Old Warden + the
         Swiss Garden.
    Antique fairs [1].
    Antique fairs [2].

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


Other stuff

   Gamlingay Library – info
    updated
.

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    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.

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    DETAILS OF 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 from September to
    July.

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    CLEANING FAIRY
         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
         Gamlingay


Red kite over Hatley

    If you spot a large bird with a
    forked tail swooping over your
    garden, it'll be a red kite looking
    for its next meal.  One is seen
    regularly over East Hatley.

2018 Hatley Fête
– photos

    For a virtual tour of the 2018
    Hatley Fête, have a look at
    Linda Hudson's photos on the
    Hatley Facebook 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' church Nature Reserve
    Local Management Group

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

    Station parking information
    updated.

____________

    Hatley Park Estate.

____________

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

Bin collections

    Blue binswhat goes in them,
    including paper:  Goodbye to
    caddies
.

    From December through to
    March, green bin collections
    are monthly.


    Rubbish collection (link to
    Hatley information).

    Hatley bin collections are
    normally on a Wednesday.

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