Histon and Impington Village Society
Annual membership £8. Visitor £2 per meeting.
The Society meets once a month at Impington Village College during term time for lectures on themes of local and general interest. One of the most popular meetings takes place in January, when, after the AGM, the Chairman of the Parish Council is invited to speak on issues currently affecting Histon and Impington.
Meetings are held in the Brackenbury Lecture Room at Impington Village College from 7.30 - 9.15 p.m. The programme of meetings/lectures for Spring 2013 is summarised below - new members are welcome - you can come along and join at any of the meetings.
Publications, Streetscapes and notelets are available from Joyce Horkley, 1, Park Drive, Impington, Cambridge CB24 9LY 01223 232744 and from Histon Library.
Booklets currently available 2011
Postage and packing U.K. pro rata.
A selection of annual Heritage Bulletins are available based on our photographic archive. Topics include Histon Station, Chivers and Sons, Impington Village College, Lost Properties and most recently William J. Unwin Seedsman.
Also available - cards and notelets of village scenes.
Within the Society there are three subgroups:
History Group - Group leader: Eleanor Whitehead 21, Cottenham Road, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9ES 01223 234502
Photographs and village memorabilia are collected by this working group who meet three times a year to report on work done. Members photograph local events and changes of scene and publish booklets on local history (thirty publications in thirty years!) Other activities include displays, talks and assistance to interested parties.
In June 2013 members will be acting at as History Guides at several the 'Open Gardens' held Sunday June 16th. The archive has contributed data for use in the Infant School Centenary which was celebrated in June 2012.
In June 2011 we published a booklet featuring the history of Histon Football Club 'Not Bad For a Village Team.' In July 2012 we unveiled a memorial plaque to William Unwin, founder of Unwin Seeds.
Current projects include an updated edition of the 'The Inns and Public Houses of Histon and Impington' which we hope to publish in May 2013, production of a bulletin featuring Histon Instute, annual guided heritage walks, local heritage displays in Histon Library and the digitizing of the archive document and photographic indexes.
Projects Group - Group leader: Pene Nudds, 3, Clay Close Lane, Impington, Cambridge CB24 9NE
Early projects included the restoration of the wrought iron surround to the Blacksmith's Grave, the circular George V Jubilee seat at School Hill (subsequently replaced by Histon Parish Council), the Histon Giant's grave and the Pump on Histon Green. In July 2009, as part of the Society's 30th anniversary celebrations, a Plaque to commemorate the site of the former Impington Hall and its connection with Percheron Close was unveiled.
A group has recently been activated with - Group leader: Pene Nudds, 3, Clay Close Lane, Impington, Cambridge CB24 9NE , with the object of restoring the traditional cast iron street signs in the two villages, the service building on the Mill Lane Burial Ground, the agricultural lift pump at New Road Recreation Ground and completion of the rebuilding of the crossing keeper's hut which formerly stood opposite Histon Railway Station.
Environmental Group - Until recently this Group concerned themselves with the preservation of open green spaces, the preservation and marking of Public Rights of Way and keeping a watching brief on Planning Applications as well as formulating responses, where appropriate. In conjunction with the Cambridgeshire County Council Rural Group, a Beating the Bounds leaflet was published, which was distributed to all local households. Public Footpath map-boards were designed and commissioned for Histon and Impington and set up in three prominent locations. The Group reforms as needed. It organised a successful 12 km Country Walk as part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. At the request of the newly formed Histon and Impington Parish Council Planning Sub-committee, a document listing and describing properties of architectural and/or historical interest within the villages was compiled.