Many of you will have taken part in the community workshops organised in 2018/2019 to design a public art installation, celebrating the history and tradition of jelly making in the villages of Histon and Impington. Work has continued with the artist, Charlotte Howarth of Making Marks Ltd., on the second phase of the project, the creation and installation of the pieces, six small scale sculptures carved in stone and also cast in bronze, to make groups of “jellies” that reflect the food heritage of the villages. The project is funded from a grant from Amey Cespa, funding from Section 106 Public Art monies received by the Parish Council and a donation from the Red Lion Beer Festival.
Once all the grant funding had been secured for the project, Charlotte was commissioned to make the sculptures and we are pleased to say that the stone jellies were installed at Doctor’s Close Pocket Park just before Christmas and the bronze versions have now been installed in The Coppice. There is some signage to follow in January. The project has been supported by expertise from Half Moon Creative Arts CIC.
The locations were chosen to encourage the community to use the pocket park and wooded area for recreation and relaxation, making the areas more of a destination for residents. Eventually it is hoped that both locations will be included in an art trail around the village which will list all the sites to be visited and encourage people to explore their villages in more detail.
(Photograph by Kim Fyson)