Ishbel Beatty – 1927-2023
Former East Hatley resident, poetess and historian
It is with sadness we report the death on the 5th May of Ishbel Beatty, aged 96. Ishbel lived at ‘The Palace’ in East...
HVA events – June to December
Lots to look forward to and enjoy
Round up by Linda Hudson First: big thanks to my colleagues on the Hatley Village Association committee (and other organisations) for helping to make...
East West Rail
Preparing us for some big news
By Peter Mann The latest news from Beth West, the Chief Exec of East West Rail, is in splendid corporate-speak… “I made a personal...
Out of bounds – Royston’s tidy tip
And Biggleswade, too (it's also shutting for three weeks)
By Peter Mann According to a report in the Royston Crow, Herts County Council is to ban people from outside Hertfordshire using its tips…...
Hatley’s defibrillator – just dial 999
Trained operatives will tell you what to do
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...
St Denis’ is now an award winning church
First prize in a major competition
for ʻBest conservation’
By Peter Mann St Denis’ church in East Hatley, Cambridgeshire, has won a major ‘Best conservation’ award. The Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service and...
Rita the meter maid is coming to Gamlingay
Civil parking enforcement on streets near us
By Peter Mann Cambridgeshire County Council is in the process of setting up a new department for parking enforcement, a job currently done by...
Gamlingay gym: your local fitness centre
It’s based at the village primary school
By Peter Mann Gamlingay gym, based at the village primary school in Station Road, has all the equipment one would expect to help keep...
Some notes on local services
plus Park & Ride in Cambridge
By Peter Mann and Nicola Jenkins It’s fair to say Hatley is not served well by public transport. Other than the ‘Thursday market day’...
The Gamlingay and Hatleys Car Scheme
For when you don’t have the means of getting there
Do you need help getting to your doctor or vaccination appointment? The Gamlingay and Hatleys Car Scheme provides transport for medical appointments – including...
The West Cambridgeshire Hundreds
Ancient woods to explore
By Peter Mann According to the Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs and Northants, the West Cambridgeshire Hundreds is ‘a collection of wildlife rich ancient...
A tool for finding and guiding people to a precise location... as is its rival, Plus Code
By Margot Eagle what3words is the perfect tool for finding and guiding people to a precise location, which street addresses and post codes don’t...
Covid help and other info
What's available if you need it
The Hatley Coronavirus Support Group is here to help you if you need it. How can we help? Pick up prescriptions from the local...
St Denis’ re-skinned
Now a significant local asset – and open every day
By Peter Mann An unexpected grant late 2021 from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund enabled the Friends of Friendless Churches, which owns St Denis’...
Have you read this?
Mentions we've spotted of Hatley in books
By Peter Mann Depending on where you live, there can be any number of mentions of your locality in books on the countryside, buildings,...
Rescuing our churches
Articles highlighting the plight of rural churches
By Peter Mann It was a good week for spotting mentions of the Friends of Friendless Churches – and the plight of rural churches...
Updated 10th December 2022
Current application(s) The planning application relating to Moat Farm was decided some time ago but is currently subject to planning conditions. Moat Farm, East...
News on nature
Our local, Local Nature Reserve
There is a small corner of Hatley which is forever a nature reserve – it surrounds St Denis’ church and is, officially, a Local...
Bat emergence survey
A batty visit to St Denis’, 17th July 2021
By our bat correspondent, Nicola Jenkins Rachel Bates of the Cambridgeshire Bat Group organised a survey of bats emerging from St Denis’ church on...
A little less of St Denis
Lost in the great fire at Notre Dame Cathedral
Saint Denis was a 3rd-century Christian martyr and saint – martyred for his faith by decapitation, thus now portrayed carrying his head in his...
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...
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...
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....
Memories – Mervyn Lack
Remembering ten fond years of living in East Hatley
Mervyn Lack moved into 34 East Hatley in 2012… and moved to St Neots in July 2022, which prompted the idea of asking him...
Retired after 15 years
Goodbye to the original Hatley website
Well, that was the website that was. 12th July 2004 to 15th April 2019. RIP. After 15 years’ faithful service, time for a long...
Someone nicked our children sign
Do you know what happened?
You will have noticed the two original (and a bit worn looking) ‘children’ signs in Hatley St George have gone. The one above was...