News and events

The Hatley litter pick

Sunday, 25th October at 10.00 am to collect bags and pickers from Hatley Village Hall


Typical result of a Hatley litter pick – many filled bin bags, which South Cambs District Council takes away.
Date Sunday, 25th October. Time 10.00 am. Event  Hatley Litter Pick. Venue Hatley Village Hall to collect bags and litter picking sticks. Organisers Hatley...
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Church newsletters

The weekly newsletter of St Mary's church, Gamlingay


St Mary's, Gamlingay, weekly newsletter .
Click on the graphics below to download each edition – going back to the first issue in May 2020. In the latest (16th October)...
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What’s on

Things going on in and near Hatley


Don’t forget…   To contact the Gamlingay and Hatley Coronavirus Support Group if you are self isolating and require help with essential food shopping, collecting...
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Christian Aid

While the official Christian Aid week has finished, the need to give never stops – here's how you can still contribute


Christian Aid Week logo – May 2020. You can still donate.
By Rev’d Hilary Young, our parish priest While there were no red and white Christian Aid envelopes posted through our doors this year, if...
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Parish Council – Ordinary Meeting

Tuesday, 19th January, 7.30 pm probably via Zoom


Hatley Parish Council, 21st May 2019 - L/R: Nicola Jenkins, Harold Nickerson, Micky Astor (Deputy Chairman), Alan Pinney (Chairman), Margot Eagle and Kim Wilde (Clerk).
Date  Tuesday, 19th January 2021. Time  7.30 pm. Venue  Probably remotely, via Zoom – see this link. Subject  Hatley Parish Council Ordinary Meeting. While...
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It’s flu jab time / 2020

Likely to still have free slots for over 65s and clinical risks groups


Flu patient – to tie in with the Greensands Medical Practice flu clinics.
Greensands Medical Practice is running its annual flu jab clinics in Gamlingay and Potton. In light of the risk of flu and Covid-19 co-circulating...
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Great news about St Denis’ church

A £58,200 grant means more restoration work can be done


St Denis' church, East Hatley, Cambridgeshire, 5th August 2020. The Friends of Friendless Churches has been awarded a government Culture Recovery Fund grant of £58,200 to help with repairs to the interior of the building.
Great news this morning – the Friends of Friendless Churches, which owns St Denis’ in East Hatley (above), has been given a government grant...
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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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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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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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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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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’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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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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Retired after 15 years

Goodbye to the original Hatley website


Well, that was the website that was. After 15 years of faithful service, time for a long rest for the old design now we’ve...
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Someone nicked our children sign

Do you know what happened?


One of the 'Children' signs in Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire – it was stolen on 6th January 2019 and we'd like it back please.
You will have noticed the two original (and a bit worn looking) ‘children’ signs in Hatley St George have gone. The one above was...
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