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Page updated 18 December 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

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



Next bin collection

Saturday, 27th December, for your blue bin only.  See below.

click here!

Hatley St George church Carol Concert - 22 December 2014 at 7.00 pm.  All welcome!Christmas Concert, on Monday!

Monday, 22 December at 7.00 pm in Hatley St George church. All welcome for a wonderful start to Christmas Week
Details on the Latest page.

Other local events
details are below.


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.

Bin collections

Next Thursday, 11th December, will be the last green bin collection until 15 January – read our Rubbish collection page. Which bin this week?  Go to the very bottom of this page.

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.


     ... 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?


Electoral-Review----County-Council-Dividions---MapsThe Local Government Boundary Commission is looking at Cambridgeshire County Council's electoral divisions with a view to reducing the number of County Councillors from 69 to 63 (to take effect from the 2017 elections). The pink areas on the map show the current and proposed Gamlingay Division and they'd like to know your views – background and how to contact the Commission on our County Councillor page.


As it says in the column on the left, Hatley predates publication of the Domesday Book in 1086.

But thanks to Domesday – and East Hatley resident Jenny Ollerenshaw for the links to the Open Domesday project – it 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 next Hatley Parish
     Council meeting
is on
     Tuesday, 20th January 2015,
     7.30 pm in Hatley Village Hall

     Draft minutes for Hatley
     Parish Council's most recent
21st October 2014

     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.


New season starts in the New Year – date to be announced.
Hatley Village Hall at 7.30 pm.
See our Latest page for
a few more details.

Hatley St George
church newsletter

     The Autumn 2014 edition was published recently – click here for a copy.  It includes village news, a fascinating account of a recent visit by a St George ancestor and dates for your diary.

Some bats in St Denis! 

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

A recently published preliminary roost survey by The Wildlife Trust confirms there are bats roosting in St Denis – click on the link above for a copy of the report.

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.


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

More about the surgery on our Emergency – doctors page.

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 – two such in November and December are mentioned in this Word document.


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 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 Traffic England


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.

      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.


    22 December – Carol Concert
         at Hatley St George
         church, 7.00 pm
.   More
         info on the Latest page.

    7 January – Gamlingay
         + District Gardening Club.
        New year, new programme
        – details to be announced
        7.30 pm WI Hall, Waresley
         Road, Gamlingay. £2.50

    12 JanuaryGamlingay +
         District History Society
         More Gamlingay history –
a talk by James Brown,
         the author of two books
         on Gamlingay.  7.30 pm
         Gamlingay Village College.

   14 January ?? – Pilates
          7.30 pm, Hatley Village Hall
         – more info on the
         Latest page.
    20 January – Hatley Parish
         Council meeting, 7.30 pm
         Hatley Village Hall

    5 February – GamArch
         Gamlingay Archaeology
.  New year, new
         programme – details to be
.  7.30 pm,
         WI Hall, Waresley Road,

    7 February – Hatley Quiz
         Night.  Hatley Village Hall,
         7.00 for 7.30 pm start

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

    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.

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


     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:
    Saturday, 27th December
    Blue bin only – the next green
    bin collection is on Thursday,
    15th January.



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