Thanks from Santa!

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to put on the recent Santa’s Grotto Event at The Crossing Keeper’s Hut. I hope those who came along to The Copse on Saturday evening enjoyed what we hope was a magical Christmas Event. Clear skies, frost and moonlight added to the atmosphere when the crowd counted down for the BIG switch on of the Christmas Tree and woodland lights. This beautiful display signalled Santa’s arrival. Children queued to visit him in his Grotto whilst carols were sung and festive stories were told. There was plenty to see and do with a variety of hot food and drink available, fires to huddle around or the Glow Trail and Igloo to explore.

This was all only possible due to Santa himself and the immense efforts of the enviro.volunteers (with financial support from The Feast), Edd Stonham for music & PA and Pulsar Light of Cambridge Ltd for colour changing lights. Local businesses also contributed to the evening by providing a variety of hot food and drinks at The Railway Vue and Station Stores. Many thanks also to H&I Junior School Choir, Village Churches carol singers, Histon Girl Guides, The Beavers, Malcolm Busby Storyteller, Dickensian Guests, Kristen Ellery’s Eat The Rainbow, G&H Scaffolders, Lighthouse Toys, CCC Guided Busway (for electricity) and H&I Parish Council.

Thank you

Pene

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Working Party – Saturday 22nd November 2014 – Crossing Keepers Hut

Hi,

Thanks to everyone who helped last week. The tree surgeon has delivered us another pile of chippings so we’ll be spreading them onto the woodland paths in readiness for Santa’s visit to his Grotto (The Crossing Keeper’s Hut) on Dec 6th.
We’ll be meeting up at 9:30am THIS Saturday, 22nd Nov. All help will be much appreciated.
If you can’t help today, but have some ideas please come along and share them with us over a cuppa at about 11.
As usual all tools and refreshments provided,
Just turn up!
Hope to see you!
Cheers,
Pene

Enviro Working Party – Saturday 8th November 2014

Hi,

Thanks to everyone who helped decorate the area around The Crossing Keeper’s Hut into a safe “spooky” place for some Halloween activities last Friday.
We’ll be meeting up again at 9:30am this Saturday 8th November in the corner of The Copse near the Hut. This time we’ll be putting up the Grotto banner, building an igloo, weeding around the Hut and generally making preparations for Santa’s arrival which will be on the evening of Saturday 6th December. I know with this lovely fine weather it seems crazy to be thinking about Christmas!
All help will be much appreciated, please also come along if you have any ideas you may want to share with us to help make it a great event.
As usual all tools and refreshments provided,
Just turn up!
Hope to see you!
Cheers,
Pene

Santa Visits the Crossing Keeper’s Hut 2013

On the 7th of December 2013 Santa made his annual visit to the rebuilt Crossing keeper’s hut.  The elves were hard at work from 9:30 that morning due to the strong winds of Thursday 4th December bringing down a rather large tree across the route of the glow trail.
Tree down in the Copse

A tree that had blown over two days earlier blocking the glow trail

There were also woodchippings to be spread to ensure the reindeer didn’t get muddy feet.

Spreading Woodchippings

Spreading Woodchippings

The enviro volunteers and elves spent Saturday getting arrival for Santa’s arrival.

Santa Arrives

Santa Arrives

mpington and Histon Girl Guide Carol Singers

Impington and Histon Girl Guide Carol Singers

More photos are available on our flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/hisimpenviro/

Santa was heard to say that he was very impressed how well behaved the children of Impington and Histon area were, as well as how much he enjoyed the carol singing from the girl guides, bell ringing from the histon bell ringers, mulled wine and mince pies from the enviro volunteers, hot drinks from the scouts, Samosas from Station stores and music from DJ Edd Stonham.  Although his reindeer were only able to do a secret flypast they are looking forward to the enjoying the sales of reindeer food this coming Christmas Eve.

Working Parties – Saturday 7th Dec ’13 – Getting ready for Santa

We’ll be meeting up gain this Saturday morning at 9:30am to transform The Crossing Keeper’s Hut into Santa’s Grotto and then again from 5pm to set up the lights.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. As usual all tools and decorations will be supplied plus teas/coffees to keep us energised!
Many thanks to everyone for all their help last week – we built the igloo (no ice required), tightened up the banner, spread chippings on the paths and pondered the mysterious disappearance of the chippings and the arrival of a skip etc! Consequently we’re a bit short of chippings, so hopefully we’ll get some more delivered.
Hope to see you some/all of the work times above and hopefully, if I can get some chippings, we can do some moonlight spreading one evening this week – I’ll keep you posted!
Cheers,
Pene

Working Party – Building an Igloo & spreading more chippings! Saturday 30th November

Hi Everyone,

Many thanks to everyone for all their help last week – it was great to see some new faces and some we haven’t seen for a little while 🙂
We achieved a lot – the banner is up and the chippings are looking (and smelling) lovely around the Hut.
If you fancy a bit more exercise again this Saturday morning then why not come and join us at The Crossing Keeper’s Hut. This time we’ll be building an igloo, plus spreading some more chippings on the paths in The Copse, clearing ivy and putting up the tree if we can get in time.
Please pop along any time in the morning after 9:30am – all help is greatly appreciated.
As usual all tools are supplied plus teas/coffees to keep us energised!
Hope to see you there.
Cheers,
Pene
Santa's Sign at the Hut

Woodchippings at the Copse 23rd November 2013

On Saturday the 23rd of November the Enviro Volunteers were out again preparing the Crossing Keeper’s Hut in Impington for Santa’s arrival on Saturday the 7th of December.  A selection of pictures is now available on the enviro volunteers flickr page www.flickr.com/photos/hisimpenviro/
Woodchipping at the Copse - 23rd Nov 2013
Three huge piles of woodchippings were spread along the opening to the Copse and and immediate pathways.  We hope this will make walking round this area of the Copse a less muddy experience!
Woodchipping at the Copse - 23rd Nov 2013
And we managed to hang the sign up to announce Santa’s arrival too!
Putting the sign up for Santa - Crossing Keeper's Hut 2013
We had a good turn out of volunteers from the villages on the day – everyone is welcome to join the enviro volunteers for as long or as little as you like!

Looking back at – Saving the Crossing Keeper’s Hut

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If you had visited the location of the Histon and Impington guided bus stop in early 2007, things looked very different.  Not only where there overgrown railway tracks where now we have busway tracks, the railway keepers hut was also situated on the other side of the road.  So exactly how does a brick building that had been standing for almost a hundred years get up and rebuild itself on the other side of the road?

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With the construction of the guided busway the huts future was in doubt and it faced potential demolition.  In order to retain at least some of our local heritage, the County Council gave permission for the hut to be dismantled and for it to be relocated elsewhere. Although the new location was yet to be confirmed, it was dismantled and put away in safe storage.

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Starting on Saturday the 4th of August 2007 the enviro volunteers spent the weekend, evenings and the following weekend carefully dismantling the hut, brick by brick, completing the job on Saturday the 11th. the Station at 9am on Saturday 11th August.

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Several bricks had unique markings on them, including this one dated 1916 that can still be seen on the hut today.

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Nuttalls, who were building the busway, provided a large secure container in the yard at Histon Station in which to store all the salvaged materials. CamTile and MT Scaffolding kindly supplyed and erecting the scaffolding to provide a safe working platform, Mick Marshall provided his expertise to supervise the dismantling of the building and Alan Eade supplied fantastic detailed working drawings which will be required for the reconstruction. Volunteers worked with Pene to carefuly dismantle the hut- loading bricks indiviudally onto pallets which True Value (Bishops) have moved into the container using their pallet movers or forklift truck.

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Volunteers included Mick Marshall, Pene Nudds, Alison Borley, Geoff Grayton, Steve Moore, Paul Marshall, Sue Borley, Will Russell, Sula Armstrong, Peter Sumner, Jane Rush, Judith Reynolds, Dave Rush, Peter Borley, Hannah Reynolds, Adrian and Alex; also Ian Levitt and Mike Mason who delivered the pallets.

Ann McCarthy supplied her delicious rock cakes and Sue and Surinder at Station Stores provided an endless supply of cups of tea which kept us all going!

The hut was then constructed on the other side of the road, mostly with the original bricks however some kind donations of bricks from villagers, and the help of Mick Marshal and MJ Salmon & Son, plus once again the helpful hands of villagers.

The pictures below tell the story of the huts reconstruction

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building the crossing keepers hut

Building the crossing keepers hut

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Mick Marshal building the crossing keepers hut
Since it’s construction the hut has been used for events including Santa’s Grotto and enviro volunteers Halloween events.

Your help needed please to erect 2 gazebos on Saturday 15th June

Hi,

The enviro.volunteer’s have been asked if we can lend the Opens Gardens gazebo for serving cream teas….
So if you can help on Saturday morning to put it up (along with another one) please meet at Brook House in School Hill at 10:30am.
If you don’t already know where it is, it’s next to the bus stop opposite the island with the Oak tree and bench.
If anyone would also like to help out on our allotment plot (or to spread some chippings at The Coppice) either beforehand or afterwards, please let me know.
Otherwise see you at Brook House.
Thanks,
Pene