By Ishbel Beatty

A vicar of East Hatley and Tadlow in the 1890s used to cycle to Cambridge to put his watch to the right time and then adjust the church clock accordingly…

A stone head of Queen Victoria is carved as a stop at the base of the south door arch at Hatley St George church (pictured above)…

An oak tree next to the telephone box on the Gamlingay / Croydon road at East Hatley was planted to mark the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne in 1952…

28 wooden shields in Hatley St George’s church were painted with armorial bearings of the St. George and Cotton families in the 17th century…

TheSt Denis mowerwas blessed in 2013 by the Reverend Steven Rothwell, the then Rector of Gamlingay and Hatley.  He said: “In seven years of rural ministry, this is the first lawnmower I’ve ever blessed!”

Gamlingay Gazette, May 1994

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First published in the Gamlingay Gazette in May 1994; added to for this website 13 March 2019