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Page updated 26 November 2015

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



Bin collections

See below

    Green bin collections are now
    monthly – on 17th December
    and 14th January.

click here!

Malcolm Guite returns to Hatley St George church, Cambridgeshire, on Saturday, 5th December 2015 at 2.00 pm to read from his latest book and celebrate Advent.
    ON SUNDAY, 5th December

    from 2.00 to 5.00 pm at
    Hatley St George church with
    poet / priest MALCOLM GUITE:
    Waiting on the Word Advent
    reflections – details on our
    Latest page.

Hatley Christmas Tea - Sunday, 6th December 2015, 2.00 to 4.00 pm Hatley Village Hall, Cambridgeshire - lots of yummy cakes!  £1 entrance + raffle for Village hall funds.

    ... on 6 December, the annual
    Hatley Christmas Tea (mmmm!)
    in Hatley Village Hall.

    ... and on 16 December, Carol
    singing in Hatley, starting at
    7.00 pm.  More details to come.

    Looking for somewhere local
    to eat or visit?  Click here!

Winter Health Packs

Winter Health Pack 2016

    Free Winter Health Packs,
    produced by the County Council,
    have lots of useful information
    about coping with cold weather
    – it includes a lovely tea bag,
    cleverly labelled Keep warm
    and have a cuppa

    They are available at the Village
    Shop in Hatley St George or, if
    mobility is a problem, by ringing
    Nicola Jenkins (650 015) or
    Margot Eagle (651 649).

    Click here for Six top tips for
    keeping warm and well

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.

Test pits in
East Hatley

    During one fine weekend in
    early September, two test pits
    were dug in East Hatley.  Read
    all about them (and the two dug
    last year) in the reports on our
    Test pit page.

Tidy tips closed

    The Bells Brook, Biggleswade
    'tidy tip' is closed for
    redevelopment – it's expected
    to reopen in early 2016.  And
    the tip in Beverley Close, off
    York Way
, Royston no longer
    opens on Thursday and Friday.

    Details of local recycling
    centres on our Recycling page.


    Will we ever get superfast
in Hatley – and
    what about the East Hatley
    post boxSee below


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

    Have you stopped and
    shopped at Hatley shop and
    post office?
 They sell milk,
    bread, fruit juice, vegetables
    and much else (including post
    office stuff).  Go to the 'We sell
    and deliver
' page.

    AND – have you completed
    the questionnaire Sylvia and
    Mick circulated in August?  If
    you've mislaid your copy, you
    can download a copy here.

    The first results of the
    questionnaire are summarised
    on the shop's home page
    there's there's also a new
    photo of some of the yummy
    things sold in the shop.



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

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

See below

    ... for the minutes of its most
    recent meetings and other

Medical matters
See below

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


    It will come to Hatley – but when
    is still guesswork, although the
    latest missive from Connecting
    Cambridgeshire offers a
    glimmer of hope it might now
    be before the end of 2016.

    However... at the parish Council
    meeting on 17th November, our
    County Councillor, Sebastian
    Kindersley, reported he had
    asked colleagues at
    Connecting Cambridgeshire to
    find out why connecting Hatley
    is so far behind the rest of the
    county.  We await more news.

    Click on this link for the current

East Hatley
post box – also not good news

    A little while ago, the collection
    times listed on the East Hatley
    box were changed to 9.00 am
    weekdays and 7.00 am on
    Saturdays, although the actual
    collections were much later in
    the day – but not any longer.
    See our post box collection
page as to what's now

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.


    2 December – Pilates:
         7.30 pm, Hatley Village Hall
    2 December – Gamlingay and
         District Gardening Club.
         Social evening and 32nd
         annual general meeting
         7.30 pm, WI Hall, Waresley
         Road, Gamlingay.  £2.50.
         Chairman: Janet Hale
         – 01767 650 794
    3 DecemberGamArch
         monthly meeting – details to
         be announced.  7.30 pm,
         WI Hall, Waresley Road,
    5 December – Malcolm Guite:
         Advent reflections.  2.00 to
         5.00 pm, Hatley St George
         church.  More about this on
         our Latest page. Free!
    6 DecemberThe annual
         Hatley Christmas Tea

         Village Hall, 2.00 pm.  Tea,
         coffee, really wonderful
         cakes, raffle, gossip, mini-
         book stall. £1 entrance fee
         – in aid of the Village Hall
    14 DecemberGamlingay +
         District History Society

         Archives and social evening
         £3.00 / 7.30 pm, Gamlingay
         Village College / room two
    16 December – Carol singing
         in Hatley, starting at 7.00 pm.
         More details to come
    6 February – The Famous
         Hatley Quiz – Village Hall,
         7.00 for 7.30 pm.  Pub-style
         quiz for all the family.  Bring
         your own drinks and, if you
         want, a plate of food to share.
         Teams of six (help will be on
         hand if you can't muster that
         many).  Raffle.  £6 per adult –
         kids free. In aid of the Village
         Hall fund

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


     The next meeting of Hatley
     Parish Council is a Planning
on Tuesday,
     19th January 2016
, 7.30 pm
     in Hatley Village Hall.


     Minutes for Hatley Parish
     Council's most recent 2015
         20 October: Ordinary.
         17 November: Planning.

     Click here for agendas and
of previous meetings


     Planning – there is one
     application currently 'in hand'.

     See our Planning page for
     details about it– as well as
     general planning information
     and links to earlier 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 Cambridge

     Would you like to help medical
     research at Addenbrooke's?
     Read how you can in a letter
      on the Latest page.


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.


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

     SCDC's BusBike Explorer
     service runs four times every
     Sunday from Cambridge to
     Hatley and Gamlingay.  

     See our bus page for more
     info and lots of links and
     BusBike Explorer's Facebook
for some local photos.

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


     The next session is on
     Wednesday, 2nd December.
     Hatley Village Hall at 7.30 pm.
     See our Latest page for a few
     more details.

Solar farms

     For the report following the
     'consultation' about the
     proposed solar farms near
     Wrestingworth, go to the
     Latest page.


    Your on-line editor loves to
    see a bit of competition –
    which is what we seem to have
    in two Gamlingay newsletters,
    the Gazette and the Post.  Will
    it end in tears?  We don't know,
    but there's some background
    in the Community section of
    this website – with links to both
    publications' websites.

Hatley St George
church newsletter

    Click here for a copy of the
    current issue.  It includes
    village news, a report on the
    2015 Hatley Big Weekend, the
    St George shields and, as
    always, much else of interest.

St Denis – still waiting

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

Flyer about the church.

    As at 28th September 2015,
    SCDC, the current owners of
    St Denis, East Hatley, (the
    building, not the churchyard)
    tell us while the Church
    Commissioners have agreed to
    the transfer of St Denis to the
    Friends of Friendless Churches,
    "The Deed of Variation for the
    covenants on the church site is
    still to be agreed by the Church
    Commissioners as there was
    some amendments proposed
    by the Friends solicitor."  It
    would seem this and one other
    outstanding legal matter are at
    the final stages of being
    completed.  Let's hope so.

St Denis' East Hatley, Cambridgeshire: churchyard tidy-up volunteers - 19 July 2015.

    Click on the photo to see what
    some Hatley people were doing
    one Sunday morning a few
    weeks ago.

    AND... SCDC, which paid for
    the scythe mower through its
    Community Chest grant
    scheme in 2013, has put
    Peter Mann's photos of the
    tidy-up on its Facebook page.
    The Wildlife Trust has
    published a preliminary roost
showing bats roosting
    in St Denis – click on the link
    above for a copy.


    Appeal for funds

    Links to pages on St Denis

    Flowers, insects and

    LNR management Group

Gamlingay and Hatley
history stuff

    Hatley test pits

    Gamlingay History Society

    Gamlingay Archaeology Group

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.

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.

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

Other stuff

    2015 / 2016 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

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).

    In December, January and
    February, there's only one
    green bin collection per month
    – our Rubbish collection page
    gives the background to this.

Next collection

    Thursday 3rd December
    Blue bin only – no green bin
    collection (see below).

    NB  As we're now in the winter
    period, SCDC will be emptying
    green bins only once a month –
    on 17 December and 14

    Blue and black bins will
    continue to be emptied once a



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