News and events

Hatley Parish Council – Extraordinary Meeting

Tuesday, 28th September, 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, 28th September 2021. Time  7.30 pm. Venue  Hatley Village Hall. Subject  Hatley Parish Council’s Extraordinary Meeting – to discuss a planning application...
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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,...
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Church newsletters

The weekly newsletter of
St Mary's church, Gamlingay


St Mary's, Gamlingay, weekly newsletter .
In the latest (17th September) issue, the Revd. Hilary Young, priest in charge for our diocese, gives a big ‘THANK YOU AND WELL DONE’...
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The Hatley Coffee Morning is always very good

NEXT TIME: 10.00 am, Tuesday, 5th October in Hatley Village Hall


Hatley Coffee Morning, 3rd August 2021 – the first post-Covid event and warm enough to be in the Village Hall's garden.
Date  Tuesday, 5th October Time 10.00 am to 1.00 pm Venue  Hatley Village Hall Organiser  Linda Hudson The Hatley Coffee Morning is back –...
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Christian Aid Week 2021

Formally over, but you can still donate


Christian Aid Week logo – May 10 to 16, 2020.
While Christian Aid Week 2021 is formally over, you can still donate… Online  www.caweek.org By phone  08080 006 006 or 020 7523 2269 By...
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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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Planning applications

St Denis' church, Barn Farm and Moat Farm – all in East Hatley / updated 20th September


There’s only one ‘Hatley’ planning application awaiting a decision from South Cambridgeshire District Council (St Denis’ church) – two others, relating to Barn Farm...
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It’s coming up to flu jab time

The 2021 flu vaccination programme is getting underway


Flu patient – to tie in with the Greensands Medical Practice flu clinics.
Greensands Medical Practice is getting ready to run its annual flu jab clinics in Gamlingay and Potton. The Practice says – as it did...
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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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Covid help + vaccination and government information

If you're home alone or self-isolating and live in Hatley, help is available – plus Covid-19 vaccinations and lockdown information.... a reminder 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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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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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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The 2021 Hatley church fête raised lots of money

Over £1,000 for Hatley and Gamlingay churches


Sarah Titmus' photo of the tug-of-war at the Hatley and Gamlingay Church Fête in Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire, 29th August 2021.
By our on-the-spot reporters Nicola Jenkins and Mervyn Lack After two years without a village fête it was great to see the event back...
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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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Possible disruption to our green bin collections


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 during the coronavirus.
By Peter Mann Beware! It looks as though our fortnightly green bin collections could be disrupted due to the pandemic causing staff shortages –...
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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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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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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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