If you're home alone or self-isolating and live in Hatley help is on hand
The Gamlingay and Hatley Coronavirus Support Group is here to help you if you need it. How can we help? Pick up prescriptions from...
Bin collection update / 2-4-20
SCDC's bin crews continue to do a fantastic job – plus news on Easter collections; green bin collections still suspended
You won’t be surprised to learn around a third of SCDC’s bin collection staff are off work with coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating. South...
Places you can go to / can’t go or do / shops open
A round-up of local services still open or closed because of coronavirus
Let’s begin with government advice: Stay at home. Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work. Stay two metres (six feet) away...
Zero emission waste collections – at a price
New battery bin lorry will cost £400,000
Electric cars? Tick. Electric vans and taxis? Tick. Electric lorries? Not really yet… except for the electric bin lorry which South Cambs District Council...
Green bin collections suspended – until 6th May
And double bag black bin waste if suffering coronavirus symptoms
South Cambs District Council has announced green bin collections across South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City will not take place between Monday 23 March and...
Except for funeral services
Following the government announcement on 23rd March 2020, all places of worship are closed during the coronavirus pandemic – except for funerals attended by...
Hedge tidy-up in St Denis’ churchyard
A useful morning's work in warm, bright sunshine
Dateline… Sunday, 22nd March 2020. Place… St Denis’ churchyard, East Hatley, Cambridgeshire. Event… Hedge tidy-up. Reason… In places the hedgerow was encroaching on the...
Hatley’s defibrillator – just dial 999
No need to panic – trained operatives will tell you what to do... and we have reminders to help
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...
2020 Pancake Race winners…
Big heroes and little heroes all
23rd February and all the fun of the 2020 Hatley Pancake Race – those are the winners above: l to r Jaime Cotton, Kim...
East West Rail – things you might like to know but can’t now ask face-to-face
Although we’re on the edge of the ‘Preferred Route Option’, you may still be interested to find out more
By Peter Mann Now the ‘Preferred Route Option’ for a new line between Bedford and Cambridge has been announced, the East West Railway Company...
Cambridge to Oxford rail link confirmed (sort of)
And it'll go via Cambourne, not Bassingbourn
The government, via the East West Rail Company (EWRC) and transport secretary Grant Shapps, has announced its preferred route as part of the third...
Barn Farm, East Hatley, planning application approved
The end of a 12 year saga
The application by Mr and Mrs Hook to erect an agricultural workers’ dwelling at Barn Farm, East Hatley (above in July 2016), was approved...
Hatley St George church Task Group is getting on with things
Its purpose is to help the building last another 800 years
The Task Group had its third meeting on 30th January – Hilary confirmed it is now an official sub-group of the Parochial Church Council...
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
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...
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...
Matthew Parris is an FoFC convert
He let the world know via The Times on 5th February
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...
Have you read this?
Mentions of Hatley we've spotted
By Peter Mann Depending on where you live, there can be any number of mentions of your locality in books on the countryside, buildings,...
St Denis’ in the news
Press cuttings from our open days and evenings
Local press coverage of handing over St Denis’ church keys to the Friends of Friendless Churches by South Cambridgeshire District Council in July 2017...
Fly-tippers – does you mum still clean up after you?
SCDC's new innovative sign asks embarrassing questions
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....
Someone put a grenade in their blue bin!
Would you believe the things people put in their blue bins?
A grenade, a toilet seat and disco lights are on a list of items people in south Cambs have wrongly put into their blue...