News and events

The Monthly Coffee Morning is back!

11.00 am, Tuesday, 4th August, on the playing field...
...but bring your own chair and refreshments


The playing field in Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire (opposite the village shop). On 4th August 2020, it will host the first post-coronavirus Coffee Morning since the lockdown was eased. Take your own chair and refreshment. Photo: Peter Mann.
Date  Tuesday, 4th August. Time  From 11.00 am. Venue  Playing field, Hatley St George. Organisers  Linda Hudson and Mervyn Lack. This is not a...
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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 (31st July)...
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What’s on

Things going on in and near Hatley


WHAT’S ON?  NOT A LOT!  Sadly, the monthly Coffee Mornings remain cancelled for the time being ‘due to Covid-19’.  If you have any suggestions about...
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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 were no red and white Christian Aid envelopes posted through our doors this year, if...
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Parish Council – Ordinary Meeting

Tuesday, 20th October, 7.30 pm
To be decided whether in the Village Hall or 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, 20th October. Time  7.30 pm. Venue  Either remotely, via Zoom or, if possible, Hatley Village Hall. Subject  Hatley Parish Council Ordinary Meeting....
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The Hatley litter pick

Provisionally scheduled for Sunday, 25th October at 10.00 am to collect bags and pickers from Hatley Village Hall


Typical result of a Hatley litter pick – many filled bin bags, which South Cambs District Council takes away.
Date Sunday, 25th October – PROVISIONAL DATE. Time 10.00 am. Event  Hatley Litter Pick. Venue Hatley Village Hall to collect bags and litter picking...
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Eat Out to Help Out has launched…

...with tax payers kindly paying up to half the cost of your meal


Eat Out To Help Out – UK taxpayer funded incentive running during August 2020 to to help restaurants, pubs and cafes.
Across the UK during August there’s up to 50% off restaurant bills with the government’s ‘landmark’ Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Between 3rd...
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Roadworks close New Road

10 to 21 August – the road to Fullers Hill and the Gransdens will be closed


There’s a boring detour in store… Monday to Wednesday, 10th to 21st August It’s because of ‘infilling of disused railbridge with foamed concrete’.** To...
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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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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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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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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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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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Another St Denis’ churchyard tidy-up

A sunny Sunday morning's work, 19th July 2020


The St Denis' churchyard tidy-up – Sarah Brennan, John O'Sullivan, Charlie Norman with the 'St Denis' scissor mower, Carole Cooper, Neil Carter and Nicola Jenkins. / 19 July 2020. Photo: Peter Mann.
Words and photos by Peter Mann. Once again the weather was nice (despite much overnight rain and a dodgy forecast) with a dozen people...
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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.
Words and photos by Peter Mann. The weather was nice and over a dozen people turned up to help with mowing and raking the...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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