Calling all elves!
Your help is greatly needed to transform the Crossing Keepers Hut into Santa’s Grotto.
There’s a lot to do and a variety of jobs from erecting and decorating the main tree, setting out the power, hanging the lights & decorations, spreading chippings, covering the igloo, erecting the gazebo, decorating the hut, building and decorating the little trees, setting out the reindeer, inflating Santa, possibly setting up a glow trail, ushering the queue, minding the fires etc….
We’ll be there from 10am until about 8pm so if you are available to help anytime that would great!
The lights will be switched on at approximately 4:45pm and tickets will go on sale before welcoming Santa at 5pm.
There’ll be pre recorded music and live entertainment from the Salvation Army Band and singers from Histon Baptist Church. If you (or a friend) would like to perform any suitable entertainment please let me know. The guides are hopefully offering mulled wine. There’ll also be plenty of food and drinks available at the pub, pllus Station Stores will be open as usual.
Many thanks for any offers.
Hope to see you there!
Relive the magic of previous years:
Many thanks to those who helped plant 2 sacks of daffodil bulbs by the Holiday Inn entrance last Saturday. Also on the previous Saturday when we planted 2000 crocus bulbs in the shape of a giant poppy in Homefield Park by the large beech tree. We just need to wait until springtime to see the results 😊
This Saturday we’ll be meeting up at The Copse by the Crossing Keepers Hut to spread chippings and build an igloo in readiness for Santa’s visit.
As usual all tools and refreshments will be provided. We just need you!
Hope to see you,
There will be a working party this Saturday (17th November) to plant daffodill bulbs at the entrance to the village near the Holiday Inn.
Come and help brighten up the village entry for the spring after all the deforestation that the A14 team have done a bit further down.
No experience or tools are required, sturdy shoes are recommended.
We will meet from 09:30am at the holiday Inn entrance.
Many thanks for everyone’s help so far in getting the six new trees planted at The Cemetery. It was so good to get them in before the snow.
We’ll be meeting up again this Saturday to do the finishing touches. This will involve tying the trees to their stakes, adding some more mulch and spreading fresh chippings in between the trees to suppress the ivy growth. Oh an probably a bit more dead hedging….
As usual all tools and refreshments will be provided. Just turn up!
Hope to see you there.
A successful morning clearing Ivy and planting 6 new trees in the Histon Cemetery. Snaps from the working party below
Thanks to those who were able to join us again last Saturday. Although we were a very small group we managed to clear most of the remaining saplings and continued cut back the hedge.
As before we used all the vegetation we had removed to build a dead hedge along the B1049 boundary. This hedge serves several purposes. It not only uses up our waste material, it also provides a refuge for wildlife, creates a barrier screen and helps to absorb the traffic noise. So a good win all round.
We still have a little more clearance work to do, but we will definitely be planting and mulching the trees this Saturday. For info we have two Hornbeams, two purple plums and two Chinese Red Birch trees so lots of year round interest.
As usual all tools and refreshments (and biscuits! ) will be provided. Just bring yourself and your enthusiasm. Also sturdy shoes and thick gardening gloves are recommended, but I do have some spare gloves if needed.
Hope to see you there!
It was great to see those who could join us yesterday at the Cemetery. We tackled the hardest section first, but managed to make a huge impact. Thank you and I hope any thorns you may have caught aren’t still bothering you.
We also used all the vegetation we had removed to build a dead hedge along the B1049 boundary. This hedge serves several purposes. It not only uses up our waste material, it also provides a refuge for wildlife, creates a barrier screen and helps to absorb the traffic noise. So a good win all round.
We’ll meet up once again on Saturday at 9:30am and will be working inside the Cemetery (nearer the entrance this time) on the Holly hedge along Mill Lane.
I’ll bring the new trees with me this time so we can hopefully get them positioned and planted.
As usual all tools and refreshments will be provided. Just bring yourself and your enthusiasm. Also sturdy shoes and thick gardening gloves recommended, but I do have some spare gloves.
Hope to see you there!
Snaps from our session clearing ivy at the cemetery on the 10th of Feb are now available in our flickr album –
I’ve just received confirmation that the trees for the Cemetery will be delivered next week….. So that means we’ll be meeting up this Saturday to prepare the area for planting. Firstly we need to clear ivy, sapling Ash and Sycamores and trim back the hedge. We’ll also need to mark out the positions for 6 new trees. With a bit of luck we’ll get that done so next week we can dig the holes and plant them.
Hopefully we’ll have some scouts to assist us. They have already been busy building bird boxes.
We’ll meet up at 9:30am and will be working inside the Cemetery (near the entrance) by the Holly hedge along Mill Lane.
As usual all tools and refreshments will be provided. Just bring yourself and your enthusiasm. Hope to see you there.
SANTA IS BACK!
Santa’s arriving at the Crossing Keepers Hut on Saturday 2nd and your help is needed to ensure his Grotto is ready for him to distribute his gifts to the children.
The event starts at 5:45pm but there’s lots to do beforehand so the enviro.volunteers will be having a working party from 9:30am. If you can come and help for any amount of time at any stage of the day that would be great.
There’s lots to do….
We need to erect the scaffold for the tree, fit the windows, cover the igloo, put up any ropes required for decorations, hang the icicle and festoon lights, prepare the fire pits and spread any chippings if we have any.
We’ll break for teas and stop for lunch when hopefully I can return with more stuff so we can put up the decorations in the hut, build the little Christmas tree, put out the reindeer, erect the gazebos, dig in the cables etc.
All help at any time during the day will be much appreciated.