News and events

Parish Council – Ordinary Meeting

14th July, 7.30 pm / 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, 14th July. Time 7.30 pm. Venue Remotely, via Zoom. Subject  Hatley Parish Council Ordinary Meeting. The Coronavirus Bill, which was enacted by...
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Monthly Coffee Morning

Still not happening, but – ideas on how we can meet!


Hatley, Cambridgeshire, Coffee Morning sign. The Coffee Mornings are held on the first Tuesday of every month in Hatley Village Hall from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.
It’s a real shame, for while the Hatley Coffee Mornings are a great place to go for a natter, cake and coffee (or tea...
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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 (10 July)...
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Christian Aid week

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 will be no red and white Christian Aid envelopes posted through our doors this year,...
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What’s on

Things going on in and near Hatley


Header for the 'What's on' events section - EVENTS NOT ON during the coronavirus pandemic.
WHAT’S ON?  NOT A LOT,  including the monthly Coffee Mornings, cancelled for the time being ‘due to Covid-19’. The Parish Council’s Annual Meetings on 19th...
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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.
The weather was nice and over a dozen people turned up to help with mowing and raking the south side of St Denis’ churchyard....
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Hatley play area open again

But please consider others, keep apart and stay safe.


Coronavirus playground poster heading – 4-7-20.
By Margot Eagle, chairman, Hatley Parish Council The play area in Hatley St George reopened on 4th July. In accordance with government guidance, Hatley...
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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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SCDC’s zero carbon grants

What should the Parish Council apply for – do let them know!


SCDC's zero carbon communities logo. The council has £100,000 of tax-payers money to spend on its zero carbon enthusiasm.
By Nicola Jenkins Up to £15,000 is on offer to local groups and parish councils to help reduce climate change. Can you think of...
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Gosh, it’s hot!

But, please avoid crowded outdoor spaces and take your litter home


Piles of rubbish left besides the overflowing litter bins at Grantchester Meadows – if bins are full, please take your waste home.
By Peter Mann With the lockdown easing and temperatures rising, it’s a perfect excuse to get out and meet family and friends… …but, urges...
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Gazette / Villager are online

It's all because of Covid (surprised?)


Gamlingay Gazette masthead, April 2020.
The May, June and combined July/August 2020 issues of the Gamlingay Gazette are only available online at www.gamlingaygazette.uk. The team hopes to be able...
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Need help?

If you're home alone or self-isolating and live in Hatley help is on hand


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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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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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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Green bin collections back to fortnightly

All being well...


Thanks for your thanks sign on an SCDC bin lorry – with the council's very hard-working bin crews managing to empty more bins than planned, green bin collections are returning to a fortnightly routine.
“Keep putting green bins out fortnightly” is the message from South Cambridgeshire District Council as bin crews are thanked for ’emptying extra’. It seems...
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Zoomed PC meeting success

Margot Eagle re-elected as chairman, too


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).
History was made at 7.00 pm on Tuesday, 19 May 2020 when Hatley Parish held its first public meeting via video link. And once...
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Churches closed

Except for funeral services and weddings


Hatley St George church, Cambridgeshire, 8 August 2015. Regular services are held every second and fourth Sunday of the month.
Following the government announcement on 23rd March 2020, all places of worship are closed during the coronavirus pandemic – except for funerals and weddings...
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About the parish precept

It's gone up even though the Parish Council didn't ask for an increase


If in checking your 2020 / 2021 council tax bill you wondered why the Hatley parish precept has gone up, despite the Parish Council...
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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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Hedge tidy-up in St Denis’ churchyard

A useful morning's work in warm, bright sunshine


St Denis' churchyard, East-Hatley, Cambridgeshire, 22nd March 2020 during ta hedge tidy-up session by local volunteers. In places the hedgerow is encroaching on the graves.
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...
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2020 Pancake Race winners…

Big heroes and little heroes all


Hatley Pancake Race 2020 – the winners.
23rd February and all the fun of the 2020 Hatley Pancake Race – those are the winners above: l to r Jaime Cotton, Kim...
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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


The East West Rail Company's roadshow in Little Gransden Village Hall – 29th February 2020. Well organised with intelligent people on hand to talk to. While the graphics were good, no mention of why the line is needed – and 'freight' does not appear anywhere.
By Peter Mann Now the ‘Preferred Route Option’ for a new line between Bedford and Cambridge has been announced, the East West Railway Company...
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Cambridge to Oxford rail link confirmed (sort of)

And it'll go via Cambourne, not Bassingbourn


Cambridge to Oxford – East West Rail's map of proposed route E.
The government, via the East West Rail Company (EWRC) and transport secretary Grant Shapps, has announced its preferred route as part of the third...
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Barn Farm, East Hatley, planning application approved

The end of a 12 year saga


Barn Farm, East Hatley – planning approval was granted for the erection of an agricultural workers' dwelling in February 2020. This photograph was taken on 11th July 2016.
The application by Mr and Mrs Hook to erect an agricultural workers’ dwelling at Barn Farm, East Hatley (above in July 2016), was approved...
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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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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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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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Matthew Parris is an FoFC convert

He let the world know via The Times on 5th February


Matthew Parris, The Times columnist, donates to The Friends of Friendless Churches - diary note, 4th February 2020.
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...
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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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St Denis’ in the news

Press cuttings from our open days and evenings


St Denis' church East Hatley – media coverage in 2017 and 2018.
Local press coverage of handing over St Denis’ church keys to the Friends of Friendless Churches by South Cambridgeshire District Council in July 2017...
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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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The parish newsletter

November 2019


Everyone in Hatley will have received a copy of the latest (November 2019) newsletter… but if you’ve not seen it or have lost your...
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Good support for the Hatley Macmillan Coffee Morning


Well supported: the Macmillan Coffee Morning at Hatley Village Hall on 1st October 2019.
Lots of yummy cakes, tea and coffee were happily consumed at the special Hatley Coffee Morning on 1st October. it was given over to...
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Harvest Service – thanks for the flowers, fruit and veg


Harvest Service in Hatley St George Church, 2019 – fruit and flowers: 13th October 2019.
The Revd Norman Young stood in for his wife, the Revd Hilary Young (our parish priest), to take the Harvest Service in Hatley St...
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Hatley Village Fête 2019 – the photos

A fine time was had by all on Sunday, 21st July


Hatley Village Fete, 21st July 2019 – an ice cream van, police car, craft stalls, children's games, bouncy castle and an interesting display of classic cars kept everyone amused.
The weather was kind and lots of people came along on Sunday, 21st July to enjoy the tea tent, bouncy castle, children’s games and...
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Heroes and heroines from the 2019 Hatley litter pick

A big thank-you to them all


Typical result of a Hatley litter pick – many filled bin bags, which South Cambs District Council takes away.
Neal Barton, Sarah Brennan, Margot Eagle, Jeremy Hooper, Mervyn Lack, John O’Sullivan and Martin Ward all did wonders on 24th March. And not forgetting Harold...
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HOD raised over £250!

Every little helps the Friends of Friendless Churches to complete its St Denis’ 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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St Denis’ churchyard tidy-up, 2019

17 volunteers cut and cleared it on 4th August 2019


Happy volunteers at the St Denis' church East Hatley, Cambridgeshire, churchyard tidy-up on 4th August 2019.
By Nicola Jenkins Many hands made lighter work! A fantastic turnout of 17 volunteers at St Denis’ churchyard worked hard on Sunday morning, 4...
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We’re in the news!

The Hatley website hits the headlines (almost)


Hatley website in the news – FoFC, Summer 2019 newsletter.
The Friends of Friendless Churches owns St Denis’ in East Hatley – along with 51 other redundant churches in England and Wales. Here’s 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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Hatley Parish Council’s finances, 2018 / 2019

All the facts and figures


Hatley Parish Council’s financial results and audit documents for 2018 / 2019 are now available for you to scrutinise. All the files are downloadable...
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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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