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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...

... 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

click here!

Gamlingay First School petition

    Gamlingay's First School is
    under threat of closure with
    its pupils being bussed daily
    to Comberton
– not the easiest
    of places to get to.  If it closes,
    the knock on effect will be the
    probable closure of the Village
    Collage – and then a decline
    in facilities in Gamlingay,
    particularly shops, as it turns
    into another commuter zone.

    This petition will help to stop
    this folly – please sign it.

    The Cambridge News has
    a news item on this issue.

Walk in 'flu clinics

    The annual bout of 'flu clinics
    runs from 3rd to 14th October
    at Gamlingay and Potton

    If you were aged 70, 78 or 79
    on 1st September 2015, you
    will also be offered a shingles
    vaccination, as recommended
    by the Department of Health.

    Greensands Medical Practice.

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
    broadband in Hatley – and
    what about the East Hatley
    post box?
 See below


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

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

    AND – have you completed
    the questionnaire Sylvia and
    Mick circulated on 12 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?


Police surgeries too

    The shop will be used for a
    police 'surgery' on Wednesday
    21st October
between 7.00
    and 8.00 pm and on Saturday
    7th November
between 4.00
    and 5.00 pm when PCSO John
    Coppard will be holding open
    surgery events.
          They are being done to
    assist the community in crime
    prevention advice and a point
    of contact to report any local
    issues which may be going
    unnoticed or unreported.
          Please do pop along to
    meet your local community
    officer and have a chat.

New planning application

    SCDC has received an
    application to build a single
    level extension at the rear of
    Hatley Estate office in Hatley
    St George.

    It will be discussed at the
    Parish Council meeting on
    20th October – 7.30 pm,
    Hatley Village Hall.

    The closing date for comments
    is 21 October 2015.

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

Cambridgeshire energy switch

    A large group of councils is
    organising the ninths (sic) Big
    Community Switch
    energy scheme – energy
    suppliers are invited to take
    part in an auction to bid against
    each other to offer the best
    deal.  This takes place on
    13 October 2015.


    It will come to Hatley – but not
    until THE END OF 2016 (click
    on this link to find out why).

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

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.

St Denis’ churchyard looking tidy

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.

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.


    3 October – Flu clinic:
         9.00 to noon, Potton surgery
    5 October – Flu clinic:
         2.00 to 4.00 pm,
         Wrestingworth Village Hall
    7 October – Pilates:
         7.30 pm, Hatley Village Hall
7 October – Gamlingay and
         District Gardening Club.
         Tim Fuller – Good
.  7.30 pm
         WI Hall, Waresley Road,
         Gamlingay.  £2.50.
         Chairman: Janet Hale
         – 01767 650 794
    8 October – Flu clinic:
         2.00 to 5.00, Potton surgery
    10 October – Flu clinic:
         9.00 to noon, Gamlingay
12 October – Last opportunity
         to join the Big energy switch
12 OctoberGamlingay +
         District History Society
         The mysteries of Potton
– Peter Ibbett.
         7.30 pm in room two,
         Gamlingay Village College.
    14 October – Flu clinic:
         2.00 to 5.00 pm, Gamlingay
    20 October – Hatley Parish
         Council meeting: 7.30 pm,
          Hatley Village Hall

    21 October – Consultation
          closing date for the Hatley
          Estate office planning

    21 October – Police surgery in
         Hatley shop and post office
         (rather than the Village Hall)
         7.00 to 8.00 pm.
    7 November – Police surgery in
         Hatley shop and post office
         (rather than the Village Hall)
         4.00 to 6.00 pm.

    6 December – The 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
    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 a wider view of what's
         happening in South
         Cambridgeshire, go to
         Shape Your Place.

    And for elsewhere,
         Where we can go website
         is very useful – it includes
         NGS and British Red Cross
         open gardens.

    If it's just gardens you want,
         have a look at the Open


     The next scheduled meeting
     of Hatley Parish Council is on
     Tuesday, 20th October at
     7.30 pm in Hatley Village Hall.


     Minutes for Hatley Parish
     Council's most recent 2015
        19 May : Annual / final
        16 July : Extraordinary / draft
        21 July : Ordinary / draft


     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
     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.


Walk in 'flu clinics

     The annual bout of 'flu clinics
     runs from 3rd to 14th October
     at Gamlingay and Potton

      If you were aged 70, 78 or 79
     on 1st September 2015, you
     will also be offered a shingles
     vaccination, as recommended
     by the Department of Health.

     Details on the Greensands
     Medical Practice


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, 7th October.
     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 – nearly there

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.

    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

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.

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 – the 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 thefts – the 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

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 8 October
    Blue and green bins.



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