Pupils from Millfield First & Nursery School in Buntingford helped staff at a brand-new luxury care home to bury a time capsule in the gardens of the home. The children were asked by the home to collect items of local and personal interest for the time capsule which would give children of the future a glimpse of what life was like in the area in 2018.
Pupils from Year 4 visited Layston Grove on Keen Avenue today with teacher Rebecca Cranko and parent helper Mr Pattman. The children had spent some time discussing and deciding what to bury, and they agreed on: a copy of the Buntingford Journal; a daily newspaper; their weekly time table; certificates; book tokens, school newsletter: photos and pictures. Also, present at the ceremony was the Buntingford Town Mayor Councillor John Noades and his Consort, Janet Noades and Councillor Jeff Jones.
As the ceremony took place, the pupils each placed the items in the capsule and took turns to fill the burial hole with earth along with The Mayor, Consort, Councillor and Home Manager. A brass plaque to commemorate the burial was provided and read aloud by all the children. The plaque will stand on the site of the burial.
Sam Campbell, Home Manager had the idea for the time capsule and wanted to get the local community involved. She said, “We are all delighted that the children have taken such an interest in our time capsule. It’s been a great morning and we would all like to thank Millfield for coming to our home and taking part in this morning’s event. We are sure that it will be a great talking point for our residents, and we hope that some of the same children will return in years to come and dig up the capsule with their own families!”.
After the burial ceremony, the group enjoyed some brightly coloured cupcakes and then proceeded to have a grand tour of the home and visited the cinema which the children said they could not wait to return and make use of. The children even had a demonstration of one of the assisted bathrooms where the children lowered Brandan, into the bath by the electronically controlled system. Head Teacher Laura Kennedy-Weeks, said, “The children had a great time visiting the home and planting the time capsule today, and it has raised lots of talking points about how things will change in the future. It has been good to get involved with the new care home facilities which are opening just up the road from us, and we hope to come and visit the residents once they have settled in.”
Layston Grove is due to open at the end of March and will provide luxury state-of-the-art facilities for 66 elderly people from the surrounding area, complete with English tea room, cinema, hair and beauty salon and landscaped gardens. All residents stay on an ALL-INCLUSIVE which means there are no additional extras. The brand new, purpose built home has been designed and built by LNT Care Developments and acquired and run by Oakdale Care Group – a small, privately owned company providing high quality care in outstanding accommodation, with the ethos of providing the best care, every day to every one.