Hatherley Happenings


News from your village

Sunday 3 September, Down Hatherley Church, 3-5pm

Illustrated talk on  Button Gwinnett,

He was a son of Down Hatherley and second signatory on the American Declaration of Independence. Our talk will feature local historians and members of the Gwinnett family, Elizabeth Jack and Colin Gwinnnett Sharp. They will speak about Button’s early life, his emigration and rise to high political office in America, and his unfortunate end in a duel. We will also tell the tale of the restoration of Button’s parents’ tomb in Down Hatherley churchyard. This has its own intrigue and can be visited following the talk. Refreshments available. 

The talk is part of the Gloucester History Festival.
Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance:
contact Ellie Stevenson (elstevenson@hotmail.co.uk 01452 739142)

Village Hall Open Afternoon

Sunday 1st October 2.30 - 4.00 pm

Come and see your new-look village hall. Drop in and enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee. Find out about the clubs & societies which use the hall.

The village hall has undergone extensive renovation during the summer and will reopen towards the end of September. A number of clubs & societies regularly meet here. If you are interested in discovering more or perhaps going along to a meeting, these are the contacts:-

Nin jitsu Mark Powell 01452 301732

Dog Training Club Liz Lenton, ejlenton@hotmail.com

Down Hatherley Dog Training Mary Siddall, reflexsid@hotmail.com

Lunch Club Sue Jones 01452 730005

Gloucestershire Association of Wood Turners John Hawkswell 01452 730528

Friendly Friday Coffee Morning Margaret Brind 01452 730744

Yoga with Churchdown U3A

In October there will also be dance classes available which will include Modern Ballroom, Latin-American, & Rock & Roll. More information available at the Open Afternoon.

A Saturday morning children's dance session is also planned

The Hall is also available for private hire, see website for details or contact Jo Jones on 07976 828618

Photographs of Down Hatherley

During the open afternoon there will be an opportunity to see a display showing Down Hatherley in bye-gone years. If you attended the local school or took part in the village fete you may be able to spot yourself in the photographs, or you may be interested to see the changes that have occurred over the years.

Friendly Friday

Meets in the village hall on the first Friday of each month from 10.30 am -noon. We enjoy coffee,
cake and conversation. Games and toys are available for pre-school children. Just drop in for a bit of company. Its free - though a donation for your coffee would be appreciated.

Harvest Festival St Mary & Corpus Christi Church, Down Hatherley

Throughout the land village churches during the next two months will be adorned with produce for Harvest Festival. The numbers of people working in agriculture has declined dramatically in the past 50 years and this has resulted in a fall in the number of people attending Harvest Festival Services. I think it would be a great pity if this tradition were allowed to wither and die.
Our service will be on 1st October at 6.30pm, do come along and join us for a joyous celebration. How lovely it would be to see the church full and echoing to the sound of harvest hymns.

Harvest Supper Down Hatherley Village Hall Saturday, 21st October

Further information & tickets from Sue Jones 01452 730005, Jean Hawkswell 01452 730528

Down Hatherley churchyard

Down Hatherley churchyard is a place where one can enjoy the beauty of the countryside and sit quietly in contemplation or meditate. There are memorials dating back to the 16th century. Imagine what events must have occurred over the past 500 years in our small village. We have a responsibility to ensure that future generations will also be able to enjoy what it can offer for those who care to visit.
If you would willing to give a small amount of your time to help maintain the churchyard please contact Andy Nicol tel. 730025.

Parish Council News

Although well earned and highly deserved, the Parish Council is sorry to announce that our long-serving Parish Council Clerk, David Bayley, has decided to hang up his 'quills' and retire. David has been our clerk for 18 years, and has been clerk for the Twigworth Parish Council for even longer. I'm sure that those of you who know him will agree that David has been a highly motivated and enthusiastic clerk to the council, always willing to go the extra mile, and beyond, to support the community. We have been very fortunate to have enjoyed his services; he will be a hard act to follow. However, I am pleased to report that we have secured a replacement, Mrs Grace Andrews. Grace lives in Sandhurst and will take over the reins when David bows out at the end of September. I'm sure I speak for all when I wish David and his family every good fortune in the years to come, and proffering a warm welcome to Grace who we look forward to working with in the future. We will provide contact details for Grace via the Parish Website when she assumes the Clerk's role.

David Evans
Chairman Down Hatherley Parish Council

Remember, Down Hatherley Parish Council web-site contains much information including planning applications & road closures