News and events

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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Church newsletters

The weekly newsletter of
St Mary's church, Gamlingay


St Mary's, Gamlingay, weekly newsletter .
In the latest (12th August) issue, highlights a talk by Peter Walker on The Wonders of China in Gamlingay Church Hall at 7.30 pm...
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Memories – Mervyn Lack

Remembering ten fond years of living in East Hatley


Memories are made of this – graphic header for the 'Memories' history page.
Mervyn Lack moved into 34 East Hatley in 2012… and moved to St Neots in July 2022, which prompted the idea of asking him...
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The West Cambridgeshire Hundreds

Beware – a little bit is to be closed during the next five years


The Cambridgeshire Hundreds, an administrative division used from Anglo-Saxon times (circa 800 AD) to the 19th century when (as with most counties in England and Wales) Cambridgeshire was divided into 17 hundreds, plus the borough of Cambridge. Each hundred had a separate council which met each month to rule on local judicial and taxation matters. Picture source: Wikipedia.
By Peter Mann According to the Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs and Northants, the West Cambridgeshire Hundreds is ‘a collection of wildlife rich ancient...
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Planning applications

Updated 19th July 2022
12 East Hatley and Moat Farm, East Hatley


Post heading – planning applications.
12 East Hatley: 22/02711/HFUL, dated 10th June 2022 for single storey and first floor rear extensions. The closing date for comments is 12th August...
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Gamlingay gym has reopened

And remains based at the village primary school


Gamlingay gym reopened on 27th June 2022.
By Peter Mann Gamlingay gym, based at the village primary school in Station Road, has reopened following the cutting of a ribbon on 27...
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St Denis’ re-skinned

Transformed into a significant local asset and now open every day


The south wall in the nave and chancel of St Denis' church, East Hatley. In 2022 the walls in the nave were replastered and (at the far end) the reredos restored. St Denis' is now every day from 8.30 am to dusk. Photo: Peter Mann / Buzz Associates.
By Peter Mann An unexpected grant late last year from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund enabled the Friends of Friendless Churches, which owns St...
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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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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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what3words

The perfect tool for finding and guiding people to a precise location


Hadrian's Wall at Housesteads Roman Fort (Vercovicium), an English Heritage site near Hexham in Northumberland. Its what3words are rental.puzzle.outcasts. Photo: Peter Mann.
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...
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Hatley’s defibrillator – just dial 999

Don't 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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Covid help and other info

If you're home alone or self-isolating and live in Hatley, help is available should you need it


The Hatley Coronavirus Support Group.
The Hatley Coronavirus Support Group is here to help you if you need it. How can we help? Pick up prescriptions from the local...
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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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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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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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Climate emergency

Hatley Parish Council issues a declaration


East Hatley on a dank, foggy day (19th December 2021) to head up the text on Hatley Parish Council's declaration of a climate emergency.
All households in East Hatley and Hatley St George will have recently received the Parish Councils’ latest newsletter detailing its intention to declare a...
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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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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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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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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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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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