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.




Working Party – Getting Ready For Santa- Dec 3rd 2016

In preparation for Santa’s visit there are lots of tasks that need to be done.  If anyone can spare an hour or two it really will be a lot of help.

9:45am – 1pm Help needed to set up the stage, build the Christmas Tree frame, tidy some vegetation, cover the igloo, put up the all the hanging lights, fit the windows, prepare logs, erect gazebos.

2:00 – 17:30 – Decorate the stage area, install & test the lights & inflatables, bury cables, set up the glow trail, decorate the grotto, set up & light the fires

After 7:45pm (ish) – Take down all decorations, dismantle tree, pack up igloo cover, remove, clean and pack lighting fixtures & cables, extinguish and remove fires.


Santa needs you please! 9:30am Sat.26th & 3rd @ The Hut/Grotto.

Santa needs you please! 9:30am Sat.26th & 3rd @ The Hut/Grotto.
This Saturday, when we’ll be spreading lots of fresh chippings. So all you Dads, Uncles, Mums, Aunties, brothers, sisters, in fact any one who can help please come along to prepare for Santa’s arrival on Saturday 3rd December.
If we have time this week we’ll build the igloo, then next Saturday the decorations can go up.
Lots of help will be needed then too.
Hope you can join us any time from 9:30am for a few hours.
As usual all tools & refreshments provided, we just need you!

Working Party – Saturday 19th November 2016

09:30 – 11:30am – Saturday 19th November 2016

There will be another working party this Saturday at the Railway Keeper’s Hit (just near the Railway Vue)

This will primarily be in prep for Santa’s visit in December but will also help keep the area looking nice.  There will be various tasks including spreading wood chippings, construction of the igloo frame (massive mechanno for adults in the wood!) and general clearing of dead vegetation.

Enviro volunteering is great fun and open to anyone.  No experience is required, and you can join in for as much as little as you like.  The only real recommendation is some sturdy shoes and a sense of humour!



Santa’s Grotto needs your help! Enviro working Party THIS Sat.12th


Now that Christmas is looming we need to start prepare for Santa’s visit to his Grotto…..

So we’ll be meeting up at the Crossing Keepers Hut on Saturday (12th) morning for a couple of hours from 9:30am.

There’ll be an assortment of odd jobs like clearing chipppings, trimming back vegetation etc.

I’d also like to share some festive decoration ideas, so if you not into the green working party perhaps you could join the craft working party.

I’ve also got an update on some new trees for the village……

As usual all tools and refreshments supplied, so just turn up!

Hope to see you.



Enviro Working Party – Saturday 8th October 2016

Now that holidays and summer commitments are becoming a distant memory the enviro.volunteers will be out and about again.

We’ll be meeting up at the Crossing Keepers Hut on Saturday the 8th of October for a couple of hours from 9:30am.

There’ll be an assortment of odd jobs like spreading chipppings, clearing ivy, trimming back vegetation, litter picking etc. Also news on some new trees for the village……watch this space.

As usual all tools and refreshments supplied, so just turn up!

Hope to see you.



Santa at the Hut 2015 – 5th December

Father Christmas will again be making time in his busy schedule to meet the children of Histon and Impington on the 5th of December 2015.

There will be stalls, singing and a general festiveness on the night.  Santa will be arriving at 6pm (tickets available on the night) and these have a habit of selling out so make sure you get there early to get your ticket.  The lights will be switch on at 5:45pm.


Santa’s elves are once again in talks with the Histon and Impington enviro volunteers who would of appreciate any help available setting up during the day, please get in touch if you can help out!

Some archive video footage of Santa’s visit in 2011 is available here – Santa visits the hut in 2011



Working Party – wood chippings at the crossing keepers hut – Saturday 13th Dec 2014

You may have noticed that there’s a huge pile of lovely fresh pine chippings near The Crossing Keeper’s Hut….
So the enviro.volunteers will be meeting up on Saturday morning for a two hour session in the “green gym”.
All tools and resfreshments will be provided
Any help will be much appreciated.
Just turn up any time between 9:30-11:30am on Saturday 13th December
Hope to see you!