Road safety / speeding survey

40 to 30 mph – what do you think?
Deadline is week commencing 21st September


The 40 mph speed sign in Hatley St George – should the limit be reduced to 30 mph?
Report and photos by Peter Mann For goodness knows how many years Hatley people have been complaining about the speed of traffic on the...
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BT wants to take away our phone boxes

Time to join in the consultation – too late when the boxes have gone


The payphone box in East Hatley, August 2020. Both it and the phone box in Hatley St George are under threat from BT which feels the boxes are not used enough to justify keeping them.
BT has given notice to South Cambridgeshire District Council of its intention to remove the public telephone services from both Hatley St George and...
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Barn Farm, East Hatley, planning application amendment

New application to replace the one recently withdrawn


Barn Farm, East Hatley – a fresh planning application has been submitted to SCDC. As a non-material amendment application (NMA), no comments are allowed.
The application to erect an agricultural workers’ dwelling at Barn Farm, East Hatley (above in August 2020) for which planning permission was given in...
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It’s flu jab time / 2020

Except for the over 65s our local medics haven't room for you


Flu patient – to tie in with the Greensands Medical Practice flu clinics.
Greensands Medical Practice is running it’s annual flu jab clinics in Gamlingay and Potton, starting on 19th September – except for the over 65s...
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Need help?

If you're home alone or self-isolating and live in Hatley help is still available – and, did you know the NHS test and trace service is free?


Gamlingay and Hatley Coronavirus Support Group header.
The Gamlingay and Hatley Coronavirus Support Group is here to help you if you need it. How can we help? Pick up prescriptions from...
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SCDC’s zero carbon grants

What should the Parish Council apply for – do let them know!


SCDC's zero carbon communities logo. The council has £100,000 of tax-payers money to spend on its zero carbon enthusiasm.
By Nicola Jenkins Up to £15,000 is on offer to local groups and parish councils to help reduce climate change. Can you think of...
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Doing your bit

for climate change


Wind turbines ruining the skyline near Biggleswade and distracting passing motorists. Nicola Jenkins photo.
Words and photo by Nicola Jenkins We can all help to mitigate climate change and reach our net zero carbon emissions target by 2050....
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Hatley play area open again

But please consider others, keep apart and stay safe.


Coronavirus playground poster heading – 4-7-20.
By Margot Eagle, chairman, Hatley Parish Council The play area in Hatley St George reopened on 4th July. In accordance with government guidance, Hatley...
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Hatley’s defibrillator – just dial 999

No need to panic – trained operatives will tell you what to do... and we have reminders to help


The defibrillator cabinet outside Hatley Village Hall. If you need to use it, first dial 999 – it has been registered with the NHS who will provide the code to open the cabinet door and give instructions for its use.
Hatley’s defibrillator (above) is located outside the Village Hall in Hatley St George in a locked and temperature-controlled cabinet. It has full public access...
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Another St Denis’ churchyard tidy-up

A sunny Sunday morning's work, 19th July 2020


The St Denis' churchyard tidy-up – Sarah Brennan, John O'Sullivan, Charlie Norman with the 'St Denis' scissor mower, Carole Cooper, Neil Carter and Nicola Jenkins. / 19 July 2020. Photo: Peter Mann.
Words and photos by Peter Mann. Once again the weather was nice (despite much overnight rain and a dodgy forecast) with a dozen people...
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A sunny St Denis’ churchyard tidy-up

A good work out on Saturday, 11th July 2020


The St Denis' churchyard tidy-up: some of the raking and cutting team: from the left Jo and Peter Hayward, John O'Sullivan, Nicola Jenkins (mowing), Kevin Steel and Peter Hanlon / 11 July 2020. Photo: Peter Mann.
Words and photos by Peter Mann. The weather was nice and over a dozen people turned up to help with mowing and raking the...
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St Mary Zooms into services

Virtue in our world of instant communication from St Mary's, Gamlingay


St-Mary's, Gamlingay – the main entrance is on the north side through the door under a two-storeyed porch. January 2020.
The bells in St Mary’s church in Gamlingay may have fallen silent and the door to the church is locked while the Church of...
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Zero emission waste collections – at a price

New battery bin lorry will cost £400,000


The £400,000 electric Dennis Eagle ‘eCollect’ bin lorry which SCDC has just purchased in conjunction with Cambridge City Council
Electric cars?  Tick.  Electric vans and taxis?  Tick.   Electric lorries?  Not really yet… except for the electric bin lorry which South Cambs District Council...
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Hatley St George church Task Group is getting on with things

Its purpose is to help the building last another 800 years


A stone head of Queen Victoria carved as a stop at the base of the south door arch at Hatley St George church, Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire.
The Task Group had its third meeting on 30th January – Hilary confirmed it is now an official sub-group of the Parochial Church Council...
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William Butterfield in action

A visit to All Saints, Margaret Street, London – and an important paper on this star architect who restored St Denis' in 1874


All Saints, Margaret Street, London – the interior, looking towards the magnificent altar piece at the east end and dating from 1909.
There can be no question William Butterfield (1814-1900) was, along with Augustus Pugin (1812-1852), Sir George Gilbert Scott RA (1811-1878) and Sir Charles Barry...
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Rescuing our churches

Articles in The Guardian and Country Life support the Friends of Friendless Churches while highlighting the plight of rural churches


By Peter Mann It’s been a good week for spotting mentions of the Friends of Friendless Churches – and the plight of rural churches...
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Have you read this?

Mentions of Hatley we've spotted


South Cambs magazine, winter 2019 – panel on great places featuring a photo of St Denis' church, East Hatley, Cambridgeshire.
By Peter Mann Depending on where you live, there can be any number of mentions of your locality in books on the countryside, buildings,...
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Fly-tippers – does you mum still clean up after you?

SCDC's new innovative sign asks embarrassing questions


'Why are you fly tipping?' – a new SCDC sign which asks fly-tippers if their mum still cleans up after them.
South Cambs District Council is erecting these eye-catching signs which question why people are fly-tipping – including whether their mum still cleans up after them....
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Someone put a grenade in their blue bin!

Would you believe the things people put in their blue bins?


Found in a blue wheelie bin [4] – a-metal tape measure. Only things which can be recycled easily should be put into your blue bin. SCDC has a list on its website.
A grenade, a toilet seat and disco lights are on a list of items people in south Cambs have wrongly put into their blue...
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HOD 2019 raised over £250!

Every little helps the Friends of Friendless Churches if it is to complete its St Denis’ restoration project


St Denis' church, East-Hatley was open over the weekend on 13th to 15th September 2019 for the Heritage Open Days festival. Over 100 people came to look round and generously donated £252.45 to the Friends of Friendless Churches, which owns the building to help in its endeavours to complete the restoration of the church.
Actually, it was £267.45 – over three gloriously sunny days in mid-September as 103 people (some on bikes, some with children and two with...
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