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Page updated 29 September 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.

There's a search box below...
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 Heritage at risk register, although we are hopeful the Friends of Friendless Churches will take it over in late 2014 or early 2015 – 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.

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.


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



click here!


    Weeks after the two public
    phone boxes
in Hatley St
    George and East Hatley were
    repaired – more details in our
    Shop and Post Office section
    – comes news the box in
    East Hatley is under threat
    of being removed
. Please
    e-mail Kim Wilde, our Parish
    Clerk, with your thoughts and
    comments – more information
    in this Word document
    BT consultation on removal
    of phone box in East Hatley

    consultation closes on
    1 October.


Steve Harris packed Hatley Village Hall on 26 September and gave a superb and detailed talk on RAF Tempsford – the top secret wartime RAF base not a dozen miles from Hatley.

Steve Harris - he gave a superb talk about RAF Tempsford in Hatley Village Hall, Cambridgeshire, on 26 September 2014.

The audience for Steve Harris' superb talk about RAF Tempsford in Hatley Village Hall, Cambridgeshire, on 26 September 2014.

Steve Harris, top; the audience below.  Click on the pictures for larger images.

Steve has created a website
about Tempsford.


Belated (with apologies) news from the Greensands Medical Practice – more familiarly known as our local surgery – with their current newsletter and a link to their 2014 'flu clinic dates.

More about the surgery on our Emergency – doctors page.


1st October
Hatley Village Hall at 7.30 pm.
See our Latest page for
a few more details.


     ... are delivered daily by the
    shop / post office
in Hatley St
    George – 650 971

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

Parish Council

Click on the following links for current information

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


     Notice of Annual Return

     The next Parish Council
is on Tuesday,
     21st October at 7.30 pm in
     Hatley Village Hall

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

Bin collections

New scheduling of wheelie bin emptying is likely to mean our bins will be emptied later on Thursday – read our Rubbish collection page. Which bin this week?  Go to the very bottom of this page.

Post collection changes

It looks as if post from the East Hatley box will be collected before 1.00 pm Monday to Friday from 15 September – read our Post box collection times page.


     Cambridgeshire County
would like to know
     what you think of its nine (but
     it could be reduced to six)
     Household Recycling Centres
     – via this survey (then click
     on the ninth bullet point
     'Consultation website'.

Gamlingay and Hatley history stuff

Hatley test pits
Gamlingay History Society
Gamlingay Archaeology Group


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

SCDC's new BusBike Explorer service runs four times every Sunday from Cambridge to Hatley. 
See our bus page.

Also on the Bus page are details of the Service 28 bus.

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

Eating out...

... in Gamlingay:
       China Garden
, 33a Church
             Street – 650 202.
       Cock Inn
, 25 Church Street –
             650 255.
       Jannah, 1 Church Street –
             652 117.
       LJ's, 40 Church Street –
             650 333.
       Woodview Farm Shop,
             Potton Road – 661 691.


     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.

     Speeding white paper.

Other car things

     Car thefts – following the
     recent theft of a 1 series BMW
     in East Hatley, the police
     remind us not to leave keys in
     obvious places, such as near
     ground floor window ledges or
     shelves. Time to review your
     home and car security?

     Roads – up-to-date traffic
     information via


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


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

Appeal for funds

Links to pages on St Denis

Flowers, insects and

LNR management Group

      2014 / 2015 POSTAL RATES.

     Gamlingay Library
     information updated.

     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.

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.


    26 September – talk on
         Tempsford Airfield’s
         wartime activities.
         7.30 pm, Hatley Village
         Hall.  More information on
         the Latest page.
    1 October – Pilates
          7.30 pm, Hatley Village Hall
         – more info on the
         Latest page.

    1 October – Gamlingay
         + District Gardening Club.
         Many a sundry flower: the
         early uses of plants...
         medical, culinary, cosmetic
         and practicals – a talk
         by Michael Brown. 7.30 pm
         WI Hall, Gamlingay. £2.50

    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.
         more information.

    3 to 18 October – 'flu clinics
         in Wrestingworth (3rd)
         then on various days in
         Gamlingay an Potton.  
         Details on the Greensands
         Medical Practice

    13 OctoberGamlingay +
         District History Society
         Kill or Cure: Dr T. J. Walker,
         Victorian Surgeon
– a talk
         by Liz St Hill Davies.
         7.30 pm Gamlingay Village
         College.  £3.00

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

    25 October – Family History
         Fair, Girton Glebe School,
         Girton. 10 am to 4 pm.
         Experienced Family History
         Society volunteers will be
         on hand for one-to-one
         sessions to give advice
         about getting started and
         what to do if you get stuck.
         There will also be free
         access to the main
         genealogy providers’
         websites throughout the
         day and scheduled talks
         will aim to help you find
         your Cambridgeshire
         ancestors and how you
         can turn your research into
         an interesting story for
         your family and friends.
         Parking and entry is free /
         £2 to attend each talk.
         More on this poster.

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

         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

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
page and the
     St Denis Nature Reserve
     Local Management Group

     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

     101 – the police
     non-emergency number

     Hatley Park Estate.


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

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

    Rubbish collection (link to
    Hatley information).

    Next collection:
    Thursday, 2 October
    blue and green bins.



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