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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 (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 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 (still the case as at 8 January 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

Next collection is Friday, 30th May for the black bin

See below

click here!

Solar farms

    If you went to Hatley Village Hall
    on 21st May, you'll have had the
    opportunity to take part in the
    'consultation' on the proposal to
    build three solar farms locally.

    If not, the organiser's website
    has some of the information on
    display in the hall and the same
    questions being asked there
    and on the flyer recently sent to
    all households in the area – go
    to the Have your say page.

    What the site doesn't tell you is
    the three farms cover 1,269
    acres – of which 389 acres
    almost one third) will be taken
    out of food production for the
    next 25 years.

    It should be noted the website
    uses words and phrases such
    as 'could' and 'can be' – and no
    sources are given for the CO2
    and other figures quoted.  (The
    acreages quoted above were
    noted down from the displays
    in the hall.)

    The owners of the three sites,
    Wentzel Partnership working
    through UK Solar Provider
    (UKSP, which has the same
    address in Wendy as Wentzel
    Partnership), is yet to apply for
    planning permission.


    ... 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?


    3 June – Pilates: 7.30 pm,
         Hatley Village Hall

4 JuneGamArch
         Gamlingay Archaeology
p.  Do drop in to hear
         about our plans and
         updates on what we have
         done – and then join if you
 7.30 pm,  WI Hall,
         Waresley Road, Gamlingay

    8 JuneGamlingay +
         District History Society
         Annual general meeting
         and social evening.
         7.30 pm in room two,
         Gamlingay Village College.

     13 June –  Operation Oaklands
         – police code for burglary
         prevention and advice.
         Police surgery at Hatley
         Village Hall.  5.00 - 7.00 pm.
         More information on our
         'Police' page
– and this
    23 June – The Swiss Garden,
         Old Walden: talk by Philippa
         Pearson on this newly
         restored, and local, super-
         garden.  Hatley Village Hall,
         7.00 for 7.30 pm
.  Tickets
         £6.00 each (kids free)
         include a free glass of wine
         and nibbles.

    26 to 28 June – the Hatley
         Big Weekend, including
         Flower Festival, concert
         and Village Fête

    21 July – Hatley Parish Council
         meeting: 7.30 pm, Hatley
         Village Hall

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


    Your on-line editor loves to
    see a bit of competition

    which is what we seem to have
    with 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.


The famous Hatley Christmas tea 2014.
Over forty local people enjoyed the Hatley Christmas Tea on
7 December – click on the picture for a larger image.

Near Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire, early moring in late September 2014

Near Hatley St George, early morning in late September 2014 – click on the picture for a larger image.  Do you have a Hatley photo you'd like to share?  Send it to the site's webmaster.  Thanks to Richard Wilde for the 'eerie' photo above.


     The next Hatley Parish
     Council meeting
is on
     Tuesday, 21st July 2015,
     7.30 pm in Hatley Village Hall

     We are hoping the meeting
     will celebrate the hand over
     of St Denis from SCDC to the
     Friends of Friendless Churches

     Draft minutes for Hatley
     Parish Council's most recent
20 January 2015

     Click here for agendas and
of previous meetings


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

     Notice of Annual Return

     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.


The next session is on Wednesday, 3rd June.
Hatley Village Hall at 7.30 pm.
See our Latest page for
a few more details.

Hatley St George
church newsletter

     The Spring 2015 edition was published recently – click here for a copy.  It includes village news, items on drains, the St George shields and diary dates.

St Denis – nearly there 

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

24 March 2015

SCDC tell us the Church Commissioners have agreed to the transfer of St Denis, East Hatley, to the Friends of Friendless Churches.

All that's now required is for the various lawyers involved to complete whatever it is they have to complete and tell us 'job done'.

The Wildlife Trust has published a preliminary roost survey 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

East Hatley's phone box under threat

    No news yet about the fate of
    the phone box in East Hatley –
    we'll flag any news up here.
    The background detail is in our
    Shop and Post Office section.

East Hatley post box

There's a change to the East Hatley box collection times: according to the sign on the box, collections are now 9.00 am weekdays and 7.00 am on Saturdays. We're trying to establish whether the post is being collected at these times or later in the day by the postman/lady or later still, as with the times posted on the Hatley St George box.

Post box collection times.


The Greensands Medical Practice – our local surgery – current newsletter.

More about the surgery on our Emergency – doctors page.

The Practice has adopted the 'Telephone triage' system – medical speak for sorting out urgent appointments.  You can read all about it in this note.

Adult Support

There's a huge amount going on in Cambridgeshire to support residents and communities locally. The Cambridgeshire.net website has lots of information plus a database detailing relevant events locally (using Gamlingay as the location) and 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. 
See our bus page.

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

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 an
     anonymous system
     whereby anyone can ask for
     a local speed check through
     this link

     The roadside checks are
     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 theftsthe police remind
     us not to leave keys in obvious
     places, such as near ground
     floor windows or shelves.

     Catalytic converter thefts
     It seems South Cambs is
     'being hit with catalytic converter
     thefts' – with Mercedes Sprinter
     vans and Ford Rangers among
     the 'victims'.  More on the police
     eCops website.

     Caravan theftsthe police
     have also sent a reminder to
     immobilise your caravan, even
     if you are stopping for a short
     time, with things like hitch
     locks and towing eye locks, as
     well as wheel clamps (also
     useful for when the caravan is
     not in use).  Use, they say
     www.sold.secure.com to look
     for attack tested products. And,
     of course, fit – and always use
     – an alarm; lock windows,
     doors, roof lights and the gas
     compartment.  Keep the keys
     with you

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

      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.

         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

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

     Station parking information

     101 – the police
     non-emergency number

     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

    Friday, 30th May
    Black bin



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