News and events

Christian Aid Week 2021

10th to 16th May – please contribute

Christian Aid Week logo – May 2021. You can still donate.
By Rev’d Hilary Young, priest in charge for our diocese Covid restrictions prevent collecting the envelopes distributed to every household in Hatley – so...
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The Coffee Morning is back!

10.30 am, Tuesday, 18th May
on the playing field... bring your own chair and refreshments

People from Hatley on the playing field in Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire enjoying a chinwag during an impromptu 'Coffee Morning’ on 4th August 2020, the village hall being closed following the coronavirus pandemic . On 4th May 2021, the playing field (opposite the village shop) will host the first 'Coffee Morning' of 2021. Take your own chair and refreshment. Photo: Peter Mann.
Date  Tuesday, 18th May. Time  From 10.30 am. Venue  Playing field, Hatley St George. Organiser  Mervyn Lack. This is not a normal Coffee Morning!...
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Church newsletters

The weekly newsletter of
St Mary's church, Gamlingay

St Mary's, Gamlingay, weekly newsletter .
In the latest (7th May) issue, the Rev’d Hilary Young, priest in charge for our diocese, details the new change to marriage registration law....
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Parish Council – next meeting

Tuesday, 20th July, 7.30 pm in Hatley Village Hall

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, 20th July 2021. Time  7.30 pm. Venue  Hatley Village Hall Subject  Hatley Parish Council’s Ordinary Meeting. Please do go along and see...
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2021 local elections – the results

County Council, Police and Crime Commissioner and Mayor

Ballot box for the 2019 EU election in Hatley Village Hall.
NB  All the results for the County Council election are at Cambridgeshire elections 2021 page. Post created 15th April 2021; updated 6th May 2021....
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Covid lockdown exit plan

The complete plan – updated 12th April

Coronavirus lockdown exit plan timetable published by The Times on 23rd February 2021.
The government’s summary of ending lockdown in England – taken from this government website page (updated 12th April). If you’d like more information, best...
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Covid help + vaccination and lockdown information

If you're home alone or self-isolating and live in Hatley, help is available – plus Covid-19 vaccinations and lockdown information.... and, did you know the NHS test and trace service is free – as are vaccinations?

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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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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Planning applications

The Manor House and Moat Farm – both in East Hatley

There’s now only one ‘Hatley’ planning application awaiting a decision from South Cambridgeshire District Council – two others, relating to Barn Farm and St...
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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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Great news about St Denis’ church

A £58,200 grant means more restoration work can be done –
UPDATED 11th January

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!  The Friends of Friendless Churches, which owns St Denis’ in East Hatley (above), has been given a government grant of £58,200 to...
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Hatley’s churches – the jigsaws

A bit of electronic fun to while away an hour or so – St Denis' in East Hatley and Hatley St George church

A 150 piece electronic jigsaw of Hatley St George church, Cambridgeshire. Services are normally held twice a month.
Inspired by by the Friends of Friendless Churches putting up jigsaws of four of their 50 plus churches just before Christmas (the nearest to...
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Catalytic converter theft in East Hatley

Sawn off overnight in a driveway

Sawn pipe on the underside of a 2005 Honda Jazz showing where the catalytic converter was sawn off overnight in a driveway in East Hatley, December 2020.
The catalytic converter of a 2005 Honda Jazz was targeted by thieves one evening in an East Hatley driveway, probably on 15th or 16th...
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St Denis’ in the news again

Have you seen this? We'll be on telly too!

St Denis' church featured in Cambridgeshire Life – 30th November 2020.
Immediately after the Cambridge News article (see below) appeared, ITV rang to ask if they could come and film a short feature for its...
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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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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 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,]
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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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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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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