Cambridge closed

Protest by Extinction Rebellion Cambridge means Fen Causeway and Trumpington Road are closed from 16th February


Using emergency powers, the police have closed Fen Causeway and Trumpington Road in Cambridge while Extinction Rebellion Cambridge carry out a week of protests....
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Barn Farm, East Hatley, planning application approved

The end of a 12 year saga


Barn Farm, East Hatley – planning approval was granted for the erection of an agricultural workers' dwelling in February 2020. This photograph was taken on 11th July 2016.
The application by Mr and Mrs Hook to erect an agricultural workers’ dwelling at Barn Farm, East Hatley (above in July 2016), was approved...
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East West Rail – show time on Saturday, 29th February

Although we’re on the edge of the ‘Preferred Route Option’, you may still be interested to find out more at an open day in Little Gransden


Cambridge to Oxford – East West Rail's map of proposed route E.
Now the ‘Preferred Route Option’ for a new line between Bedford and Cambridge has been announced, the East West Railway Company (EWRC) is holding...
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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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Matthew Parris is an FoFC convert

He let the world know via The Times on 5th February


Matthew Parris, The Times columnist, donates to The Friends of Friendless Churches - diary note, 4th February 2020.
Matthew Parris, former MP, host of Radio 4’s Brief Lives and Times columnist, discovered a disused, part-Norman church belonging to The Friends of Friendless...
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Cambridge to Oxford rail link confirmed (sort of)

And it'll go via Cambourne, not Bassingbourn


Cambridge to Oxford – East West Rail's map of proposed route E.
The government, via the East West Rail Company (EWRC) and transport secretary Grant Shapps, has announced its preferred route as part of the third...
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The next Local Plan for SCDC – time to have your say

From 2031, this is in the cause of long term thinking


“This is a very exciting time for South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council,” says Stephen Kelly, the Joint Director for Planning and...
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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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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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St Denis’ in the news

Press cuttings from our open days and evenings


St Denis' church East Hatley – media coverage in 2017 and 2018.
Local press coverage of handing over St Denis’ church keys to the Friends of Friendless Churches by South Cambridgeshire District Council in July 2017...
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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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Current parish newsletter

November 2019


Everyone in Hatley will have received a copy of the latest (November 2019) newsletter… but if you’ve not seen it or have lost your...
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Good support for the Hatley Macmillan Coffee Morning


Well supported: the Macmillan Coffee Morning at Hatley Village Hall on 1st October 2019.
Lots of yummy cakes, tea and coffee were happily consumed at the special Hatley Coffee Morning on 1st October. it was given over to...
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Harvest Service – thanks for the flowers, fruit and veg


Harvest Service in Hatley St George Church, 2019 – fruit and flowers: 13th October 2019.
The Revd Norman Young stood in for his wife, the Revd Hilary Young (our parish priest), to take the Harvest Service in Hatley St...
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Hatley Village Fête 2019 – the photos

A fine time was had by all on Sunday, 21st July


Hatley Village Fete, 21st July 2019 – an ice cream van, police car, craft stalls, children's games, bouncy castle and an interesting display of classic cars kept everyone amused.
The weather was kind and lots of people came along on Sunday, 21st July to enjoy the tea tent, bouncy castle, children’s games and...
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Heroes and heroines from the 2019 Hatley litter pick

A big thank-you to them all


Typical result of a Hatley litter pick – many filled bin bags, which South Cambs District Council takes away.
Neal Barton, Sarah Brennan, Margot Eagle, Jeremy Hooper, Mervyn Lack, John O’Sullivan and Martin Ward all did wonders on 24th March. And not forgetting Harold...
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HOD raised over £250!

Every little helps the Friends of Friendless Churches to complete its St Denis’ 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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