Hatley St George and East Hatley are more properly described as hamlets rather than villages. Although quite a few of us work from home, we are largely a commuting population, albeit with a strong sense of community.
There is another Hatley near by - Cockayne Hatley, which is in Bedfordshire (we're in Cambridgeshire) and historically not connected to 'our' Hatley.
There is more about Hatley St George and East Hatley on the Wikipedia website.
Hatley Coffee Morning's first birthday
3 October 2017
The Hatley Coffee Morning's first birthday was celebrated in style with lots of specially made cakes and a surprise big 'thank you' to Linda Hudson and Mervyn Lack who dreamed up the idea of the fund-raising Coffee Morning and then make it happen on the first Tuesday of every month.
Proceeds from the Coffee Mornings are split 50:50 between Hatley Village Hall and Hatley St George Church. The next Coffee Morning is on Tuesday, 7th November. Click on the photos for larger versions.
▲ Stars of the event Linda Hudson and Mervyn Lack. Click on the photos for larger versions.
▲ Villagers and friends with the Coffee Morning organisers.
Centre stage are Ann Hooley (in the blue lacy top and a really big help behind the scenes), Linda Hudson, Mervyn Lack, super cake maker Sue Wright and Pam Offord – Pam regularly makes a chocolate cake for these Coffee Mornings, while Joyce Denby (by the window) usually contributes a very tasty lemon drizzle cake.
And not forgetting Peter and Pat Gouldson who always stay behind to help clear up and John Wright who made the sign boards outside and many special things inside. Click here for more on the Coffee Mornings.
▲ Special 'Mad Hatleys' Tea Party' treats for the first anniversary of the monthly Village Hall Coffee Morning.
▲ A master-class in cup-cake presentation – by Ann Roach with decorations by Sue Wright.
▲ An extra-large celebration cake for all to share – Sue's creation was actually three cakes in one: on the left lemon, in the middle chocolate and on the right vanilla. Very yummy!
▲ A mad tea pot creation from Sue – all in sugar paste. Sue-per!
▲ A well-deserved 'thank you' for Linda and Mervyn for all their efforts month after month, and for giving the village a new friendly venue.
St Denis' churchyard tidy up – 16 July 2017
Rakes and the 'St Denis mower' were to the fore to cut the long grass in the churchyard and tidy it away. The hard workers took a short break for refreshments (thanks for supplying them, Nicola) and this photo:
Left to right: Kevin Steel, Sarah Brennan, Angela Steel, Carole Cooper, Sue Wright, John Wright, Nicola Jenkins, Joyce Denby, Mervyn Lack, Becky White, John Lanchbery, Jo Hayward, Peter Hayward and hiding behind the camera Peter Mann. Click on the photo for a larger image.
Hatley Fête – 9 July 2017
The sun shone and lots of people came along to enjoy the fun, the games, the raffle, the tea tent, the cakes, the cars, the tractors, the stalls, the chance to gossip – and being in Hatley.
The event raised £1,144, split evenly between the Village Hall and Hatley St George church.
Our thanks to Alan and Pauline Pinney who as chief organisers, made the Fête happen. To Sarah Titmus for organising so many things.
And to all these people without whom the event would not have been as lively and successful as it was:
|Chris and Sarah Ball
|Duncan and Ricky Gillett
||Hatley Parish Council
|Hatley Park Estate
||Mick and Sylvia Marshall
|The stall holders
And not forgetting The Clerk of the Weather for making it a fine day, James, Mark, Willie and Jason for all their practical help and anyone not listed (sorry!) who also contributed their time and skills. Thank you.
▲ Games, classic cars and lots of sunshine at the 2017 Hatley Fête made for a great family day out on the playing field in Hatley St George. Paul Kraus' splendid Splat the rat sharpened reflexes . Click on the photos for larger versions.
▲ Two well behaved dogs were among the many visitors.
▲ It was a place to stand a gossip while children enjoyed the bouncy castles.
▲ Joyce Denby had a fine selection of plants on sale.
▲ The raffle and tombola were very popular.
▲ Lots of classic cars...
▲ ...and tractors, too.
▲ Laurence Drake helps Sofie Hooper out of his Triumph Herald based kit car.
▲ John and Susan Wright provided many wonderful things – beat the buzzer, wheel of fortune and a sweet cart.
▲ The tea tent.
▲ End of the day – not surprisingly, Pam Offord, Penny Hewlett. and Becky White, who did a fantastic job manning the tea tent, were feeling a bit tired when doing the washing up and clearing away.
▲ Also feeling the effects of a long afternoon of making things happen were Jason and Sarah Titmus, here with event organiser, Alan Pinney.
▲ Photos: Peter Mann.