Great excitement – a possible bus service near Hatley

An important transport 'consultation' survey you might like to complete


Greater Cambridge partnership's proposals for the 'Cambourne and St Neots corridor' (Hatley is part of it, albeit missing from the map).
By Peter Mann In addition to the short survey Anthony Browne, our MP, has initiated, there’s a far more detailed one on the whole...
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Congestion charging in Cambridge – yes, no… or not bothered?

Please let Anthony Browne, our MP, have your views on congestion charging in Cambridge – via a two minute survey.


Greater Cambridge Partnership
Anthony Browne, our MP, writes: One of the key questions asked by the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s ‘Making connections’ consultation is around congestion charging for...
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The new local plan – have your say

Hatley may not be targeted for new houses in the 2020-2041 local plan – but do the planners' dreams for south Cambridgeshire match your own?
You have until 13th December to tell them


Wall graphic of SCDC and Cambridge City local plan 2032 proposals – consultation, November 2021.
Hatley residents are ‘urged’ to let the planners at South Cambs have your thoughts on their proposals for the new Greater Cambridge Local Plan...
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Will we be marooned for six weeks?

Closure of the road to Croydon Hill – we have further news


By Peter Mann Cambridge Water will be to closing the road from East Hatley to the bottom of Croydon Hill for six weeks from...
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South Cambs is within the Cambridgeshire Enhanced Response Area

Covid-19 infection rates are on the increase in Cambridgeshire


Coronavirus rumbles on, putting south Cambridgeshire within the Cambridgeshire Enhanced Response Area.
Over the weekend it was announced that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have been granted ‘Enhanced Response Area’ status by the government. Rising rates in older...
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It’s coming up to flu jab time

The 2021 flu vaccination programme is getting underway


Flu patient – to tie in with the Greensands Medical Practice flu clinics.
Greensands Medical Practice is getting ready to run its annual flu jab clinics in Gamlingay and Potton. The Practice says – as it did...
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Planning applications

53 East Hatley, Barn Farm and Moat Farm – all in East Hatley / updated 3rd November


There is only one ‘Hatley’ planning application awaiting a decision from South Cambridgeshire District Council (53 East Hatley) – two others, relating to Barn...
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A swallow nested in the Village Hall

Luckily, we were able to photograph it


In August 2021, a swallow nested in Hatley Village Hall's spacious porch – this is one of five photographs of the four baby birds and a parent feeding it. Photo – Peter Mann.
By John O’Sullivan Well, not exactly in the hall, but in its spacious porch. In August 2021 a pair of swallows constructed a bracket-like...
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News on nature

Our local, Local Nature Reserve


Red kite – part of the natural scene around Hatley St George and St Denis' church in East Hatley. Photo by John O'Sullivan.
There is a small corner of Hatley which is forever a nature reserve – it surrounds St Denis’ church and is, officially, a Local...
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Covid help + vaccination and government information

If you're home alone or self-isolating and live in Hatley, help is available – plus Covid-19 vaccinations and lockdown information.... a reminder the NHS test and trace service is free – as are vaccinations


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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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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The Gamlingay and Hatleys Car Scheme

For when you get the invite but don’t have the means of getting there


The Gamlingay and Hatleys local car scheme – Mick Marshall with client, June 2018.
Do you need help getting to your Covid-19 vaccination appointment? The Gamlingay and Hatleys Car Scheme provides transport for medical appointments – including vaccination...
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The 2021 Hatley church fête raised lots of money

Over £1,000 for Hatley and Gamlingay churches


Sarah Titmus' photo of the tug-of-war at the Hatley and Gamlingay Church Fête in Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire, 29th August 2021.
By our on-the-spot reporters Nicola Jenkins and Mervyn Lack After two years without a village fête it was great to see the event back...
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Bat emergence survey

A batty visit to St Denis', 17th July 2021


Brown long-eared (plecotus auritus) bat – photo / Rachel Bates.
By our bat correspondent, Nicola Jenkins Rachel Bates of the Cambridgeshire Bat Group organised a survey of bats emerging from St Denis’ church on...
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Have you read this?

Mentions we've spotted of Hatley in books


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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A little less of St Denis

Lost in the great fire at Notre Dame Cathedral


St Denis' statue in Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris. He was beheaded around 250 AD - Notre-Dame was built on the site of his church 900 years later. A relic of St Denis, placed in the weather vane atop the cathedral's spire in the 1830s was lost in the devastating fire of 15th April 2019. [Photo by Thesupermat-CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21763309]
Saint Denis was a 3rd-century Christian martyr and saint – martyred for his faith by decapitation, thus now portrayed carrying his head in his...
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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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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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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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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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