Schoolchildren bury time capsule at Reigate retirement lodge to mark jubilee

Ian Stratton/UNP Pupils from Sandcross Primary School, and Churchill sales executive Sally Reid, with the time Capsule

In a collaboration across the generations, children from Sandcross Primary School earlier this month helped bury a time capsule in the communal gardens at the Colebrook Lodge retirement development in Reigate, to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

Twenty-two pupils from Years 1 to 6 at the school joined apartment owners to bury the capsule.

The children enjoyed a Q&A session with apartment owners, before presenting what they brought with them to go into the capsule.

Items included the school values – kindness, responsibility, respect and resilience – along with articles on climate change, pictures, photos and newspaper clippings to show future generations what life is like in 2022.

There was also a drone photo of the whole school assembled on the playing field in the shape of “HRH 70”.

Colebrooke Lodge apartment owner Mrs Harris also put in a one penny coin from 1936, the year she was born.

Headteacher Mr Mark Richards said of the event, which took place on Thursday 9 June: “This has been a fun project for the school to get involved in and a wonderful opportunity for the children to meet with people from the wider community in Reigate and learn from them about the past.

“We’re very grateful to Churchill Retirement Living for organising the visit – all of the pupils worked very hard on their contributions for the time capsule, which I’m sure our descendants will have a lot of enjoyment looking through one day.

“We had great fun thinking about what people in the future will think when they dig it up!”

Liz Luesley, regional marketing executive at Churchill Retirement Living, added: “We were delighted to host the children from Sandcross Primary School and were grateful for their help in making our time capsule extra special with their fantastic work.

“Our owners enjoyed talking with the pupils, and we hope that some of the same children can return with their own families one day to see the capsule dug up.”

More about Colebrook Lodge can be found on the Churchill Retirement Living website.

Ian Stratton/UNP Liz Luesley of Churchill Retirement Living with resident owner Diana Harris and a 1936 penny that she put in the capsule

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