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Village enhancements arrive in Girton this Autumn

1 Oct 2018

In previous issues of Girton Parish News we have reported on the progress of the new Art Railings which are to be installed between St Andrew’s Church and the car park over the next few weeks. As part of this project, the bus shelter will be replaced. The car park will be refurbished separately by Girton Parish Council. Here Dr Robin Hiley, Chairman at Girton Town Charity explains what is happening.

In previous issues of Girton Parish News we have reported on the progress of the new Art Railings which are to be installed between St Andrew’s Church and the car park over the next few weeks. As part of this project, the bus shelter will be replaced. The car park will be refurbished separately by Girton Parish Council. Here Dr Robin Hiley, Chairman at Girton Town Charity explains what is happening.

These new amenities require demolition of the existing bus shelter as it stands on land needed for the foundations for the Art Railings. Following the advice of a Heritage Consultant, GTC is replacing the bus shelter with a structure in keeping with the Grade II Star quality of St Andrew’s Church and the visual improvements made by the Art Railings. Demolition of the existing bus shelter is scheduled for 8th October, with an installation date for the new bus shelter of 19th October.

We shall also be funding a footpath allowing safe passage alongside the car park for families walking to school.

Work on these enhancements has already commenced and the handover date for completion is scheduled for 9th November.

Seeing the Art Railings installed is an exciting end to a project which GTC has been working on for over two years. In May a group from Girton, which included Parish Councillors, representatives of St Andrew’s Church and GTC Trustees visited Sanderson Sculpture in Herefordshire to see at first hand how the Art Railings were progressing.

The group was welcomed by Sculptor Matthew Sanderson who showed them around the workshop where the Railings are being created.

Girton’s history

The design, which has been approved by SCDC, incorporates the geese and quills historically associated with Girton when flocks of domestic geese provided quills for the University, as well as a tree of life using the Fibonacci sequence to define the proportion of panels and post settings.

Matthew Sanderson, who was awarded the project back in 2015, uses both hand skills and modern industrial technology to interpret historical craft techniques creating original, robust, visually delicate, large scale artworks. Born in Cambridge, he lived and worked in East Anglia for many years supplying work for permanent and temporary sites nationally and internationally. A few years ago he moved to Herefordshire where he has larger and more permanent studio space for his structures.

Partnership

This project, which is wholly funded by GTC including the new footpath and replacement bus shelter, has involved working in partnership with both the Parish Council and St Andrew’s Church. We look forward to seeing these improvements enhancing this area at the heart of our Village over the next few weeks.

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