On this site you will find information on the community groups in the village, events which are taking place, and information on the area’s history and its environment.

Making connections:

This web site helps people to make connections within Down Hatherley, and it helps people in Down Hatherley connect to the rest of the world. Ideas, information and contributions are always welcome so please feel free to use the contact us page to let us know what you'd like to change or add. The site includes contact names and addresses for specific organisations or community interest groups.

Down Hatherley – its location and character: 

Down Hatherley lies in the Green Belt between Cheltenham and Gloucester. It has evolved as an area of farming, small holdings, orchards and nurseries, and these are still very much in evidence in the locality. The area enjoys long open views across open farmland and some attractive walks across arable and pastoral farmland and along the Brickhampton Golf Course. The Cotswold Hills are prominent to the East, the Malvern Hills are in view to the North West, May Hill frames the view to the West, and Gloucester Cathedral is a key landmark to the South West.

As well as its 165 households, Down Hatherley includes St Mary and Corpus Christi Church, a village hall, the Hatherley Manor Hotel, a cricket club, garden centre, three plant nurseries, horse stables, and four farms.

Although there are few services and no shops in the parish........ adjacent villages, suburbs and the nearby major towns of Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury together provide a great variety of choice just minutes away by car, bus or bike.

A rhyme about Down Hatherley and Up Hatherley

By the late E.R.P. Berryman Esq


There are two little villages close to the town,
One of ‘em’s Up and the other one’s Down;
And once on a time a sprite, so they say,
Used to tell people wrong when asking the way.
  Mind who you ask when you’re asking the way!

You’d meet an old fellow all wrinkled and brown
And ask him the best way to Hatherley (Down),
And later you’d know that he’d sold you a pup
For you’d find yourself making for Hatherley (Up).

Or perhaps ’twould be dressed in another disguise,
A charming young lady with pretty blue eyes,
And she’d smilingly say to a stranger from town
“That’s the way to Up Hatherley, pointing to Down.

All this of course happened a long time ago
And you ask if it’s true, well, I really don’t know.
But such things don’t happen to people to-day
For lovely white sign-posts will show them the way.
  Mind who you ask when you’re asking the way !
By E.R.P. Berryman
Reproduced with kind permission from the copyright holder: ‘Hop, Skip & Jump’ – Cotswold Play and Support Centre for Special Needs Children, Seven Springs.

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