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St Mary the Virgin Gamlingay: From the past, for the future - repair, restore, revive.


The initial request for grant funding to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has been successful. There is now much work to do in order to take the request to the next level of approval. This we will aim to complete by early August.

This is to include the church roof repairs, needed as a result of the lead theft last October, along with other work on the church, including improvements to church facilities and other essential repairs to the church fabric.

 The launch of this Project took place in April. The intention is that the community in Gamlingay will get involved in the challenge of putting our church into good working order, so it is warm, comfortable and accessible to young, old and everyone in between. Whether for worship, quiet reflection, marking special life events or putting on exhibitions, concerts, and other events, we want to see this wonderful ancient building serving the community it belongs to both now and in the years to come. 

More information on this project will be available soon.



As you will probably know by now a considerable amount of lead was stolen from St. Mary's Church roof on Wednesday 24th October 2018. 
Many thanks to all those people who have expressed their support and offered help. The cost of the repairs to the building and replacement of the lead will be considerable. A fund will be started once the full costs are known, we hope everyone will support our fundraising efforts.

There is now temporary weather proofing in place and church services continue as usual.

If you have any information about the theft please contact:
Rev. Hilary Young - hilaryafyoung@gmail.com or the police on 101.




Our Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults

The care and protection of children, young people and adults in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Church.


  • Promoting a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any resonsibility related to children and vulnerable adults
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegationsof abuse and other affected persons
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk.


that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Adviser or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.

Safeguarding Officer for Gamlingay and Hatley PCC

Ann Loudon, tel. 01767 651332, E-mail: annloudon01@gmail.com

or Rev. Hilary, Young, tel. 01767 650587, E-mail: hilaryafyoung@gmail.com

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Sarah King,  E-mail: sarah.king@elydiocese.org

If there is immediate risk or danger please contact the police on 101.


Data Privacy Notice 

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of Gamlingay with Hatley St. George and East Hatley

1. Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data.  Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

2. Who are we? 

The PCC of Gamlingay with Hatley St. George and East Hatley is the data controller (contact details below).  This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

3. How do we process your personal data?

The PCC of Gamlingay with Hatley St. George and East Hatley complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use your personal data for the following purposes: -

  • To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area as specified in our constitution; 
  • To administer membership records; 
  • To fundraise and promote the interests of the charity; 
  • To manage our employees and volunteers; 
  • To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);
  • To inform you of news, events, activities and services running at St. Mary the Virgin, Gamlingay and St. George, Hatley St. George ;
  • To share your contact details with the Diocesan office so they can keep you informed about news in the diocese and events, activities and services that will be occurring in the diocese and in which you may be interested.

4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

  • Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and keep you informed about diocesan events.
  • Processing is necessary for carrying out legal obligations in relation to Gift Aid or under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement;
  • Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: -
    • the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and 
    • there is no disclosure to a third party without consent. 

5. Sharing your personal data
Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.

6. How long do we keep your personal data]?
We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website (see footnote for link).

Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.
7. Your rights and your personal data  

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: -

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which the PCC of Gamlingay with Hatley St. George and East Hatley holds about you; 
  • The right to request that the PCC of  corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;  
  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the PCC of Gamlingay with Hatley St. George and East Hatley to retain such data;
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
  • The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable)
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.

8. Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

9. Contact Details

To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact the PCC Secretary Mrs B. Elcome, 2 Charnocks Close, Gamlingay, Sandy, SG19 3LX

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.


[1]Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: - https://www.churchofengland.org/more/libraries-and-archives/records-management-guides


You will find a brief history of the building, which dates back to the 1100's by clicking here.

Please visit the EVENTS page to see all the exciting activities planned in and around St. Mary's Church in the next few months.

 If you would like to help the Church raise funds using Easy Fundraising click here.

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