A sunny St Denis’ churchyard tidy-up
A good work out on Saturday, 11th July 2020
The weather was nice and over a dozen people turned up to help with mowing and raking the south side of St Denis’ churchyard....
Hatley play area open again
But please consider others, keep apart and stay safe.
By Margot Eagle, chairman, Hatley Parish Council The play area in Hatley St George reopened on 4th July. In accordance with government guidance, Hatley...
Doing your bit
for climate change
Words and photo by Nicola Jenkins We can all help to mitigate climate change and reach our net zero carbon emissions target by 2050....
SCDC’s zero carbon grants
What should the Parish Council apply for – do let them know!
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...
Gosh, it’s hot!
But, please avoid crowded outdoor spaces and take your litter 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...
Gazette / Villager are online
It's all because of Covid (surprised?)
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...
If you're home alone or self-isolating and live in Hatley help is on hand
The Gamlingay and Hatley Coronavirus Support Group is here to help you if you need it. How can we help? Pick up prescriptions from...
St Mary Zooms into services
Virtue in our world of instant communication from St Mary's, Gamlingay
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...
Hatley’s defibrillator – just dial 999
No need to panic – trained operatives will tell you what to do... and we have reminders to help
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...
Green bin collections back to fortnightly
All being well...
“Keep putting green bins out fortnightly” is the message from South Cambridgeshire District Council as bin crews are thanked for ’emptying extra’. It seems...
Zoomed PC meeting success
Margot Eagle re-elected as chairman, too
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...
Except for funeral services and weddings
Following the government announcement on 23rd March 2020, all places of worship are closed during the coronavirus pandemic – except for funerals and weddings...
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...
Zero emission waste collections – at a price
New battery bin lorry will cost £400,000
Electric cars? Tick. Electric vans and taxis? Tick. Electric lorries? Not really yet… except for the electric bin lorry which South Cambs District Council...
Hedge tidy-up in St Denis’ churchyard
A useful morning's work in warm, bright sunshine
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...
2020 Pancake Race winners…
Big heroes and little heroes all
23rd February and all the fun of the 2020 Hatley Pancake Race – those are the winners above: l to r Jaime Cotton, Kim...
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
By Peter Mann Now the ‘Preferred Route Option’ for a new line between Bedford and Cambridge has been announced, the East West Railway Company...
Cambridge to Oxford rail link confirmed (sort of)
And it'll go via Cambourne, not Bassingbourn
The government, via the East West Rail Company (EWRC) and transport secretary Grant Shapps, has announced its preferred route as part of the third...
Barn Farm, East Hatley, planning application approved
The end of a 12 year saga
The application by Mr and Mrs Hook to erect an agricultural workers’ dwelling at Barn Farm, East Hatley (above in July 2016), was approved...
Hatley St George church Task Group is getting on with things
Its purpose is to help the building last another 800 years
The Task Group had its third meeting on 30th January – Hilary confirmed it is now an official sub-group of the Parochial Church Council...
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...
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...
Matthew Parris is an FoFC convert
He let the world know via The Times on 5th February
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...
Have you read this?
Mentions of Hatley we've spotted
By Peter Mann Depending on where you live, there can be any number of mentions of your locality in books on the countryside, buildings,...
St Denis’ in the news
Press cuttings from our open days and evenings
Local press coverage of handing over St Denis’ church keys to the Friends of Friendless Churches by South Cambridgeshire District Council in July 2017...
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....
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...
The parish newsletter
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...
Good support for the Hatley Macmillan Coffee Morning
Lots of yummy cakes, tea and coffee were happily consumed at the special Hatley Coffee Morning on 1st October. it was given over to...
Harvest Service – thanks for the flowers, fruit and veg
The Revd Norman Young stood in for his wife, the Revd Hilary Young (our parish priest), to take the Harvest Service in Hatley St...
Hatley Village Fête 2019 – the photos
A fine time was had by all on Sunday, 21st July
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...
Heroes and heroines from the 2019 Hatley litter pick
A big thank-you to them all
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...
HOD raised over £250!
Every little helps the Friends of Friendless Churches to complete its St Denis’ project
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...
St Denis’ churchyard tidy-up, 2019
17 volunteers cut and cleared it 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...
We’re in the news!
The Hatley website hits the headlines (almost)
The Friends of Friendless Churches owns St Denis’ in East Hatley – along with 51 other redundant churches in England and Wales. Here’s a...
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...
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...
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...
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...