Hatley: much to feel proud of – and plenty of opportunities to be part of
Hatley St George and East Hatley are two small Cambridgeshire villages with a total population in the low 200s, East Hatley just being the larger of the two.
Hatley’s grid references are:
TL 28257 50876
Hatley Parish Council is the first tier of local government and is responsible for decisions relevant to the parish and making ‘official’ comments on Hatley planning applications; South Cambridgeshire District Council is responsible for emptying our bins and Cambridgeshire County Council looks after our roads (and may other things).
Although quite a few of us work from home, we are largely a commuting population, albeit with a strong sense of community.
There’s plenty of local stuff going on, though – outside the coronavirus lockdown: calendar regulars are the monthly Coffee Mornings (on the first Tuesday, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm), the annual Quiz Night (the first Saturday in February), a Pancake Race, the Village Fète (in July) and the Christmas Tea (first Sunday in December, starting at 2.00 pm). Many of these happen in the Village Hall.
These events are supplemented by occasional talks, Race Nights and other events, again usually in the Village Hall.
Hatley is surrounded by farmland (with the Hatlery Estate farming in Hatley St George). It is also served by lots of very good footpaths and bridleways – if you want to go for a walk, bike or horse ride, there are plenty of options (but wearing wellies in winter is good advice), go to our ‘The countryside around Hatley‘ page, where some suggested walks are listed.
There is another Hatley near by – Cockayne Hatley, which is in Bedfordshire and historically not connected to ‘our’ Hatley.
Of our two churches, the one in Hatley St George is still consecrated; St Denis’ in East Hatley has been redundant since 1959 and (thankfully) is now in the caring hands of the Friends of Friendless Churches – it’s graveyard is both consecrated and a Local Nature Reserve (with a footpath running through it).
We also have two public phone boxes, although both are effectively for emergency calls only.
More positively, there are Monday to Saturday collections from our two post boxes (below) – the East Hatley box is usually emptied when the postman / postlady is delivering, normally around lunchtime Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 11.00 am-ish on Tuesday and Saturday.
NB As of mid-May 2020, Saturday post is being collected from post boxes – but on a Saturday, ordinary letters are NOT being delivered, although signed mail is, as are packets and parcels. Potton post box collection times (the box outside the post office) are 4.45 pm weekdays, 10.45 am Saturdays.
Page created 4th July 2018; updated 15th May 2020.