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A new art installation in Histon and Impington features six small-scale ‘jelly’ sculptures carved in stone and bronze.

Pene Nudds, chair of the environment committee in Histon, with the stone jellies installed at Doctor's Close, Pocket Park. Picture: Keith Heppell
Pene Nudds, chair of the environment committee in Histon, with the stone jellies installed at Doctor's Close, Pocket Park. Picture: Keith Heppell

Artist Charlotte Howarth was commissioned to make the sculptures – phase two of ‘Theories of Home’, a project which began in 2019 to celebrate the history of jelly making in 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.

The artwork at The Coppice in Histon. Picture: Keith Heppell
The artwork at The Coppice in Histon. Picture: Keith Heppell

Organiser Alison Turnbull said: “Jams and jellies have obviously been an important part of the Chivers’ output but we found that before that, there was a tradition of jelly making where people would use their surplus fruit to make jellies and sell them from their cottage doors, along with various other sweets.”

The artwork at The Coppice in Histon. Picture: Keith Heppell
The artwork at The Coppice in Histon. Picture: Keith Heppell

Alison added: “Charlotte was really keen to reintroduce people to making those sorts of desserts again.”

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.

Pene Nudds, chair of the environment committee in Histon, with the stone jellies installed at Doctor's Close, Pocket Park. Picture: Keith Heppell
Pene Nudds, chair of the environment committee in Histon, with the stone jellies installed at Doctor's Close, Pocket Park. Picture: Keith Heppell

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