While the church of St Denis, East Hatley is no longer in use, the churchyard remains consecrated ground, open for burials.
It has also been designated a Local Nature Reserve and a County Wildlife Site, managed by a small group of local volunteers who meet two or three times a year to check that all is well with the building and churchyard.
The local volunteers are Nicola Jenkins, Sebastian Kindersley and Peter Mann. The Gamlingay Parochial Church Council is also part of the Group.
They organise – weather permitting! – churchyard tidy-ups, which follow, as closely as is practical given the constraints of volunteer time and weather, a churchyard management plan devised by Rob Mungovan, Ecology Officer at SCDC, for the ideal grass cutting times throughout the year – there's a link below to the plan.
In 2013, we were fortunate to obtain a scythe mower to help cut the long grass in late summer.
You can read the Group's 2016 / 2017 Annual Report here.