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Hatley Village Hall

Booking form and hire agreement

Church services – Hatley St George

Services are normally held every second (11.00 am) and fourth (8.00 am) Sunday of the month – but no services in August.

More details on the St Mary's, Gamlingay, website.

Rail link through Hatley?

Actually, not quite – but it is real possibility there could be a major new railway built in the Cam Valley as part of the new Cambridge to Oxford rail link, which 'would divide RAF Bassingbourne [sic] Barracks.

This shown in the red route (C2-2) on this map – the other routes are even more alarming for us in Hatley, with the yellow route C1-1 passing close to the parish border (and, seemingly, crossing Croydon Hill).  Click on the graphic for an enlarged version:

Proposed central corridor routes for the new Oxford / Cambridge rail link.

This is part of Network Rail's 'East West Rail Central Section' which takes the line from Bedford, through Sandy and on to Cambridge.

Work on the proposals has been ongoing since October 2013 and is summarised in this – undated – document East West Rail Central Section.  Note the lack or real detail and the emphasis on 'best value'.

Allied to the document is an Engineering Summary Report – also undated and with rather vague maps (and, on page 12 – in the right hand blue column, fifth line – source of the Bassingbourn Barracks quote).

Neither of these documents make any mention of the A428 and the settlements comprising Cambourne, Bourn Airfield, Northstowe and Waterbeach, none of which have rail links but do / will have very large populations.

To counter this, a new pressure group – Cam Bed Rail Road (CBRR) – has been formed which has produced (sans date and only an e-mail contact) this 'booklet', giving plausible arguments against the Cam Valley idea and suggesting a rail route focussing on the A428 would be far more sensible.

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Next Hatley Coffee Morning
Tuesday, 4th September
FROM  10.00 am to 1.00 pm
Hatley Village Hall

Hatley Coffee Morning sign

▲  Hatley Coffee Morning - the first Tuesday of every month at
Hatley Village Hall, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.

Hatley Coffee Morning - 1st birthday - 3rd October 2017.

▲  First birthday!  On 3rd October 2017, 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 or almond 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 photos.

Hatley coffee morning -  first Tuesday of the month.  Hatley Village Hall, Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire.  Nine to noon.  Lots of good coffee, tea and yummy cakes!

▲  First customer!  Sofie Schoolmeesters, from East Hatley, dropped in just after nine on her way back from the school run at the fist Hatley Coffee Morning on 4th October 2016 – and ready to serve her were Hatley Coffee Morning organisers Linda Hudson, Mervyn Lack and Ann Hooley.

Hatley coffee morning -  first Tuesday of the month.  Hatley Village Hall, Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire.  Nine to noon.  Lots of good coffee, tea and yummy cakes!

▲  By mid morning, the hall was beginning to look crowded.
Click on the photos for larger images.

Judging from the hubbub when walking in to the first Hatley Coffee Morning on Tuesday, 4th October 2016, it was welcome social gathering – and one year on, it has grown in popularity and become an established event.  Well done Linda and Mervyn!

On offer were coffee, tea, hot chocolate and several very yummy-looking cakes, which were happily scoffed by the 'clientele'.

The Coffee Morning idea was dreamt up a year ago by Linda Hudson and Mervyn Lack to help raise funds for the village – there's no set charge for anything, just a handy pot to drop in a donation.

Proceeds raised from the Coffee Mornings are held by Hatley Parish Council in a village fund for use in East Hatley and Hatley St George.

Working behind the scenes with them was Ann Hooley – who also contributed a cake, as did Joyce Denby, Sofie Schoolmeesters and Sue Wright, while Sylvia and Mick Marshall kindly supplied the milk, tea and coffee.

The Hatley Coffee Mornings are on the first Tuesday of each month from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm – the next is on Tuesday, 4th September at Hatley Village Hall.

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Hatley litter pick 2018
They went out in the rain on Sunday, 8th April to pick up litter...

Daphne Astor              Micky Astor
Sarah Brennan           Helen Edwards
Mark Edwards            John Hewlett
Penny Hewlett            Jeremy Hooper
Nicola Jenkins            Mervyn Lack
John O'Sullivan           Alan Pinney

The day before (and the rather cleverly as it was dry and sunny), Harold Nickerson and Marion Nickerson filled seven bin bags of litter they picked up between West Lodge and the drive to the old fruit farm – including a clothes rack, a rug, a wheel hub, remains of a car battery and a stack of old slate tiles, presumably from a floor being replaced. Nicola Jenkins collected the bags and took them to the Village Hall before joining the other litter pickers in the rain.

Penny Hewlett and John Hewlett collected rubbish from their house towards the Village Hall – John regularly picks up litter during his daily bike ride.

Thanks should also go to Mick Marshall for putting out the litter picks, black plastic bin bags and red gloves provided by SCDC and to Kim-Wilde for arranging for delivery and collection of those.

Brilliant all of you – well done.

Litter Picking
By East Hatley resident Ishbel Beatty

The Clerk of the Weather
Had heard that the Hatleys
Were planning a litter-pick day;
When they were in bed
He causally shed
Some snowflakes that he'd stored away.

The Hatley folks cursed
But it could have been worse,
No water pipes burst.

We've made a new date
After Easter – it's late
And the cold may abate –
Sunday April Eight!

So fall into line -
10.30's the time.
Come one and come all
To the Village Hall!

Ishbel Beatty, 20 March 2018

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Redundant Church
By East Hatley resident Ishbel Beatty

Feet that once trod this path now rest
Beyond the ruin, their ranging ceased.
Some names persist, on weathered stones incised,
But more are lost, unknown.
Where their eyes glanced, or closed in reverence,
Blind windows blacken the embracing wall.
Only the passing birds suggest
Shadows of past congregations
Who stood or knelt here; only field flowers
And grasses surprise with colour where
Babes were baptised, young lovers wedded,
Voices were raised in anthems, hymns and prayer.
Ranks of the dead still speak: remember us –
We formed these paths, these boundaries, these fields,
And of the same clay, breath, and footprints you are made.
The generations pass – so too, belief –
Through Resurrection hopes may not sustain,
Redundancy will lay a hand on you.

Ishbel Beatty, 2014

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Village Gathering

(in appreciation of the Coffee Morning organisers)
By East Hatley resident Ishbel Beatty

Of old the village held an annual feast,
Plain were the dishes set upon bare board;
Beef, beer and bread no doubt was feast indeed
When little could the labouring folk afford.

Today the coffee morning takes its place
A monthly buzz of gossip of the day
And cream and chocolate and sugary tarts
Are merely snacks to pass the time away.

Too often glued to screens and travelling
Some seldom met and so let contacts sag;
Let's cheer communal living, face to face,
Ban texts and emails – long may all tongues wag!

Ishbel Beatty, April 2017

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Village Verse
By East Hatley resident Ishbel Beatty

We do not sing East Hatley,
It's not a lyric name!
To find a rhyme for Hatley
Would be a testing game.

               It has few redeeming features,
                  Some say its name is mud,
                       Its alpacas are exotic,
                  They're not of British blood.

The church was made redundant,
Wild Nature got her way.
The moat became truncated
And are ditches in decay.

               But there's heart still in its people,
               Though we're not all local breed.
                   The Coffee Morning's crowded.
                        Some run, some run to seed.

Some walk Buff Wood to study birds
And some to stretch their legs.
We fetch each other's papers
And we buy each other's eggs.

               So sing a song of Hatley,
                    A village of its day.
               Let's say it rather flatly,
                   We like it just this way

Ishbel Beatty, February 2017
Click here... and here for more of Ishbel's poems

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St Denis – tidy up: a poem

St Denis East Hatley, Cambridgeshire - poem about the churchyard tidy up by Ishbel Beatty

With the recent tidy up of St Denis' churchyard in mind, East Hatley resident Ishbel Beatty has written a poem about tidying up churchyards as a thank-you to the volunteers from those unable to join them:

The dead who lie in sober rows
Were swathed in summer grass;
Their feathered flags caught every breeze,
And butterflies that pass

        Splashed colour like a hidden jewel
        When grass stems parted wide,
        The bees were busy at their work
        Where stores of nectar hide

Perhaps the summer nights bring forth
The souls of those who lie –
Perhaps they danced beneath the moon,
In sunlight they’re too shy.

        But now the tidy gardeners
        Have come with shears and rake;
        The dead must have their dignity
        And lie in modest state.

The new-cut grass reveals the names
Engraved on ancient stones;
Though age has changed their upright stance,
They tell us of old bones.

        And those whose names were never graved
        Will now more peaceful lie,
        Close-blanked in greenery
        Under the Cambridge sky.

Ishbel Beatty, August 2016
Click here... and here for more of Ishbel's poems

Our thanks to everyone who has helped with tidying up the churchyard this year: Sarah Brennan, Joyce Denby, Steve Greenhalgh, Jeremy and Sofie Hooper (and their children), Nicola Jenkins, Mervyn Lack, John Lanchbery, Peter Mann, Allen and Andrew Miller, John O'Sullivan and John and Sue Wright (and their grandchildren). Our photo shows the effort being put in during a similar session on 19 July 2015.

30 November 2016 and good news: the Friends of Friendless Churches now owns St Denis', East Hatley, (the building, not the churchyard) after South Cambridgeshire District Council, the previous owners, officially finalised the hand over of St Denis' to FoFC, completed the conveyance and banked with them the agreed dowry of £60,000.  More news of FoFC's plans and celebrations by Hatley Parish Council in due course.

Flyer about the church.

Preliminary roost survey – the Wildlife Trust shows bats roost in St Denis.

Appeal for funds

Links to pages on St Denis

Flowers, insects and gravestones

LNR management Group

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Hail our 2017
litter picking
heroes and heroines

Hatley litter pickers - 19 March 2017.

▲  Charlie Gouldsbrough.  Click on the photos for larger images.

Hatley litter pickers - 19 March 2017

▲  John and Penny Hewlett.  Click for a larger image.

Hatley litter pickers - 19 March 2017.

▲  Laurence Drake, Alan Pinney and Caroline Drake.  Click for a larger image.

Hatley litter pickers - 19 March 2017.

▲  Mervyn Lack and Mick Marshall.  Click for a larger image.

Hatley litter pickers - 19 March 2017.

▲  Nicola Jenkins and Margot Eagle.  Click for a larger image.

Hatley litter pickers - 19 March 2017.

▲  Sarah Brennan.  Click for a larger image.

The 2018 litter pick will be on Sunday, 18th March.
Photos: Peter Mann

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Hatley pancake race
Sunday, 26th February 2017

2017 Hatley Pancake Race - held in East Hatley, Cambridgeshire 26 February 2017.  The prizes


2017 Hatley Pancake Race - held in East Hatley, Cambridgeshire 26 February 2017.  The winners!

Winners of the various 2017 Hatley Pancake Races - held in East Hatley, 26 February 2017.  Click on the photo (and the ones below) for larger images.

2017 Hatley Pancake Race - held in East Hatley, Cambridgeshire 26 February 2017.  Refresments.

2017 Hatley Pancake Race - held in East Hatley, Cambridgeshire 26 February 2017.  The off.

2017 Hatley Pancake Race - held in East Hatley, Cambridgeshire 26 February 2017.  Kids' race.

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New definitive maps

Hatley portion of the new Definitive Map of rights of way - September 2016.

The County Council has produced a new Definitive Map and Statement of Public Rights of Way for Cambridgeshire.

It shows all changes made to Public Rights of Way up to 11th May 2016.  It has also provided us with an electronic copy of the relevant section of the Map for Hatley – or, rather, Maps as we're split over three sections.

There's also a handy list of where each footpath / bridleway starts and finishes.  The files are:

               Hatley.pdf (list of paths).
               2016 09 15 Public Notice Consolidation.docx.

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At last!
Hatley St George church has its own loo.

New loo at Hatley St George church, Cambridgeshire.

▲▼ The new disabled use, compositing toilet installed in the grounds of Hatley St George church on 26th July 2016.
Click on the photos (by Peter Mann) for larger versions.

New loo at Hatley St George church, Cambridgeshire.

New loo at Hatley St George church, Cambridgeshire.

The 'business end' of the loo is round the back.

New loo at Hatley St George church, Cambridgeshire.

The loo is just about visible from the church.  A woven willow fence around the loo is due to be installed in August / September.

New loo at Hatley St George church, Cambridgeshire.

The church is more visible from the loo!

Councillor Bridget Smith, ??? and the Reverend Steve Rothwell after opening the new compost loo at Hatley St George church, Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire, on 16th September 2016.

It was opened on 16th September 2016 by the Reverend Steve Rothwell – above with Gamlingay District Councillor Bridget Smith and John Mercer, from Gamlingay Community Turbine whose Tithe Fund grant was a big help towards the cost of the loo.

The church's new loo, made and installed (on 28th July 2016) by a Welsh company which specialises in these things.  It has a ramp for disabled access and will be open during / for church services and events.

A woven willow hurdle fence around the loo (using material grown near Barton) is to be added, along with some new woodland planting.

The cost of the loo and fencing is £4,850, for which only £2,350 has been raised in grants so far, with the shortfall being made up from the church's restoration fund – other grants are still being sort so church funds are not unnecessarily depleted.

Donations are, of course, very welcome - please contact Philippa Pearson on 01767 651 253 or e-mail

The Reverend Steve Rothwell's last local service, in St Mary's, Gamlingay, was on 24th July – he's moved to a church in Cambridge after ten years as the vicar for Gamlingay, Everton and Hatley.  A replacement is yet to be appointed.

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The Famous Hatley Quiz / 2017

Hatley Quiz Night 2017

Snapshot of the Hatley Quiz Night in the Village Hall on 4th February.

The winning team scored 99 points – out of a possible 110.  The joint runners' up scored 97 each and fourth place got 95, so quite a tense finish!  Click on the picture for a larger version.

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The Shuttleworth Collection

John O'Sullivan and speaker Alan Reed in Hatley Village Hall, Cambridgeshire, where Alan gave an excellent talk on the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage planes - 16th September 2016.

John O'Sullivan (left – chairman of Hatley Village Association) with Alan Reed of the Shuttleworth Collection in Hatley Village Hall.  Alan gave a particularly good talk on the Collection's vintage planes.

Shuttleworth Collection talk at Hatley Village Hall, Cambridgeshire, on 16th September 2016 at 7.00 for 7.30 pm.

The Shuttleworth Collection's 1909 Bleriot X1.

Talk:  Time flies at Old Warden – The story of the Shuttleworth Collection.

Shuttleworth expert Alan Reed gave us a superb talk on 16th September 2016 about the history of the Shuttleworth Collection, showed us typical materials of pre-WWI planes and, via videos, some of the engineering developments of the most interesting planes in the Collection.

Richard Shuttleworth, the wealthy creator of the Collection, housed across five hangars in Old Warden, near Biggleswade, collected, repaired and made 'roadworthy' 40 planes, cars and motor bikes in his very short life – he died in 1940 aged 31 (not surprisingly, perhaps) in a plane crash while on an RAF training exercise.

The Collection, of piston engined machines, has grown over the years, but remains true to his idea of keeping things going rather than throwing them away – as a result, it has a considerable number of very rare examples of early planes.

You can find more about the Shuttleworth Collection and a diary of events on its website.

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Do you run a business?

Following on from the three business workshops run in Gamlingay over the past six months, a proposal for Business Support has been created which the authors wish to consult you on.

The workshops highlighted problems in recruiting staff, acquiring suitable business premises, getting planning permissions to build or expand premises and a lack of awareness of how to become part of each others' supply chains.

We now wish to consult you on setting up a Gamlingay and Hatley Business Hub.

This will take two forms: a Business Association which will meet regularly in the Gamlingay EcoHub and a web based app which will give access to business related information specific to Gamlingay and Hatley.

We need to attract external funding in order to create the app and for this we need to be able to demonstrate business support.

You can help us to do this by completing this short questionnaire – please click this link.

Sarah Groom, the 'specialist member of staff' for the EcoHub has written this letter to provide more background on this new venture.

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County Council and District Council boundary reviews

The Local Government Boundary Commission has decided the divisional boundaries of Cambridgeshire County Council will remain as proposed – so 'our' Gamlingay division is increased in size (it now stretches from Gamlingay in the north to The Mordens in the south and across to Barrington in the east) with one elected representative.

This map shows which villages are included – the new divisions take effect from the County Council elections on 4th May 2017.

The Commission's proposals for the ward boundaries of South Cambridgeshire District Council are expected to be announced in late October – to take effect from the 'all out' district elections on 3rd May 2018.

In its wisdom, the Commission has decided we have too many councillors and the way the County's divisions and SCDC's wards are currently arranged does not square mathematically with how it sees things – within +/- 5%, all divisions / wards should have the same number of electors.

The Commission aims to have a pattern of divisions and wards which meets its statutory criteria to deliver:
■ Electoral equality: each councillor represents a similar number of voters.
■ Community identity: reflects the identity and interests of local communities.
■ Effective and convenient local government: helping your council discharge its responsibilities effectively.

These links download PDFs summarising the Commission's proposals (both can be a bit slow to happen):

The District's wards show an even more dramatic change, for under the original proposals Hatley was not part of Gamlingay (Gamlingay was a ward in its own right - Hatley was lumped with The Mordens).  After our Parish Council and some electors complained to the Commission, the Gamlingay ward has been revised to include us – and The Mordens. It's all to do with maths.

The deadlines for comments on the proposed changes have now passed.

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Superfast broadband for Hatley
in March 2017

That was the announcement made at a Village Hall meeting on 25th February 2016 – go here.

The #CambsNotspotter is a campaign being run by Cambridge Ahead, a business and academic member group dedicated to the successful growth of Cambridge and its region in the long term.

The group is keen to gather data from as many different points around Cambridgeshire as it can – it's asking for your help by reporting the state of your broadband.

The more people who take part, the more effectively the group will be able to improve connectivity in the region.

Use this link to find out more and participate.

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The talk by Micky Astor – photos

Audience of over 40 at the talk on conservation work on Hatley Park estate - Hatley Village Hall, Cambridgeshire, 8 April 2016

Audience of over 40 at the talk on conservation work on Hatley Park estate - Hatley Village Hall, Cambridgeshire, 8 April 2016

Micky Astor, the owner of Hatley Park estate, gave an outstanding talk on 8th April 2016 about conservation work on the estate over the last few decades and the rationale behind some of the things done.

Click on the pictures above for larger versions.

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The Hatley litter pick heroes and heroines 2016

Many bags of litter + stuff too big to go in the bags were collected between Long Lane to Holbien's Farm on Sunday, 13th March.  Our grateful thanks to:

        Micky Astor                           Peter Mann
        Chris Ball                                Mick Marshall
        Laurence Drake                   Harold Nickerson
        William Drake                       Marion Nickerson
        Margot Eagle                         Linda Perry
        Becky Fisher                         Alan Pinney
        Nicola Jenkins                     John O'Sullivan
        Mervyn Lack                         John Wright...

.... and John Hewlett, who regularly stops and picks up litter between Hatley St George church and West Lodge and also to Pat and Peter Gouldson who also stop and pick up litter on their walks around Hatley.

Not everyone was there when our tame photographer turned up click on the pictures for larger images:

Some of the Hatley litter pickers - 13 March 2016.

▲ Linda Perry, Chris Ball, Harold and Marion Nickerson at the Long Road junction.

Some of the Hatley litter pickers - 13 March 2016.

▲ Mick Marshall, Mervyn Lack, Nicola Jenkins, Becky Fisher, Alan Pinney and, in the ditch, John Wright opposite the Village Hall.

Some of the Hatley litter pickers - 13 March 2016.

▲ William Drake, John Wright, Laurence Drake, Becky Fisher, Alan Pinney, Nicola Jenkins, John O'Sullivan, Margot Eagle and Mervyn Lack after doing the Village Hall to Holbien's Farm stretch.

End result: lots of bags of litter picked up by Team Hatley litter pickers - 13 March 2016.

▲ And this is how much was collected!

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Places to go

If you're stuck for ideas of somewhere to go, try these websites:

    Where can we go?
         You can search for events in each county as well as by
         village, town or post code.
    Visit Cambridge and beyond
         What's on in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire and
         surrounding areas
    University of Cambridge
         Public events.
    Open Gardens
         National listing.
    Bedford and surrounding areas.

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

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Patient and Public Involvement Panel at Addenbrooke's Cambridge

A letter from Charles Smith, Patient & Public Involvement Officer

I work at Addenbrooke's in Cambridge and co-ordinate a voluntary group known as the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Panel.

We are currently pushing to try and recruit more members to expand the panel and some of our current members suggested that we try getting the word out to local parish websites and newsletters.

The panel is currently made up of 35 volunteers who get involved in as lay-people.  They offer feedback on research as a vital and expected part of the research the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds across our Cambridge University Hospital (CUH) site.

Usually this work will involve being sent research documentation from researchers working here at CUH and being asked to reflect on it, review its accessibility and help develop the study from a lay-perspective.

Occasionally we also run events for members of the group; these may involve sessions held by researchers here and some training.

No experience is necessary to join and we are looking for people of all ages and from all backgrounds.

There is never any obligation to take part in reviewing a particular study and almost all of the work will be conducted via e-mail, or post so no travel is necessarily required.

When new members join, we use a questionnaire to assess particular areas of interest to them so we can match work they will hopefully find interesting and rewarding to be a part of.

As we look to boost the profile of the panel, we eventually hope also to potentially be able to offer panel members opportunities to get involved in priority setting and steering groups.

Charles Smith,
Patient & Public Involvement Officer
NIHR Rare Diseases Translational Research Collaboration
Barton House, Level 5, Box 406
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Hills Road

01223 254620

9 September 2015

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Solar farms

If you went to Hatley Village Hall on 21st May 2015, 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.

Phone numbers

101 – the non-emergency number for contacting the police – if urgent, use 999.

Use 101 to report an incident or crime, including anti-social behaviour – see the 'Contact us' section of Cambridgeshire police website.

101 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   From landlines and mobile networks, calls will cost 15p per call, no matter what time of day or the duration of the call.

01767 650 596 – for the Hatley Parish Clerk.

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Other stuff

The blue bins: here's a useful list of what can go in them.


Hatley Parish Council's scheduled meeting dates, its agendas and its minutes from 2002.


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

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