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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 (24th June) issue, the Revd. Hilary Young, priest in charge for our diocese, includes full details on the coffee morning in...
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Hatley Coffee Morning – is back!

Tuesday, 5th July in Hatley Village Hall from 10.00 am – and a chance to use the new toilets!

Hatley Coffee Morning, 5th May 2022 – the first of the year and just after the new toilet project in the village hall had been completed.
Date  Tuesday, 5th July Time 10.00 am to 1.00 pm Event  The Hatley Coffee Morning Venue  Hatley Village Hall Organiser  Linda Hudson It’s really...
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Christian Aid Week 2022

Formally over, but you can still donate

Christian Aid Week – May 2022. You can still donate.
Christian Aid Week 2022 – you will have received a gift envelope though your letterbox… please give generously and take it to Hatley Post...
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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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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 if you need it

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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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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SCDC elections result

Heather Williams remains our district councillor

Ballot box used for elections in Hatley Village Hall plus a photo of Heather Williams, South Cambs District Councillor for The Mordens.
Result of the SCDC election on 5th May 2022 for The Mordens ward at South Cambridgeshire District Council: Holly Derrett – Green Party –...
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Planning applications

Barn Farm and Moat Farm, East Hatley
updated 22nd March

Two planning applications relating to Barn Farm and Moat Farm were decided some time ago but are currently subject to planning conditions. Barn Farm,...
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Gosh! We raised £264 for Ukraine…

... and it was doubled by the government!

Graphic showing the result of the Hatley pop up cake sale in aid of Ukraine on 28th March 2022 - £264.08.
“Well done Hatley!” said Carole Cooper after she had counted the amazing amount collected in the pop up cake sale last week to help...
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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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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,]
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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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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