A time to remember at Templars Gate in Baldock
PUBLISHED: 08:35 11 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:40 20 February 2013
PUPILS from St. John's Catholic School in Baldock teamed up with Barratt Homes last week to create a long lasting memory of the local community, by burying a time capsule at the housebuilder's Templar's Gate development in Baldock.
PUPILS from St Johns Catholic School in Baldock teamed up with Barratt Homes last week to create a long lasting memory of the local community, by burying a time capsule at the housebuilders Templars Gate development in Baldock.
The capsule was buried beneath a copper beech tree which stands on part of the development which has been acquired by North Hertfordshire Homes Limited.
The pupils, who have been working on the project for the last few weeks, were briefed to select the items based on what they believed would best represent themselves and help future generations gain a better understanding of school life in Baldock in 2010.
Among the items chosen were photographs, a TV magazine, art work by the pupils and a school jumper.
Also present for the burial was Archeologist, Keith Fitzpatrick Matthews who spoke to the children on Baldocks history before the capsule was lowered into the ground and Councilor Michael Weeks who came to support the pupils on the special day.
Others present included Kevin Thompson Chief Executive of North Hertfordshire Homes and their Head of development Nick Wright.
Kevin Browne, year 6 class teacher, commented, 'It was a fantastic activity for our pupils to be involved with. Its nice to see events like these bring the local community together. The children loved coming up with their ideas for the time capsule and being part of such a historical event, Im sure the day will be a long lasting memory for everyone involved.'
Chris Scarborough, sales director for Barratt North London, explained, 'As a housebuilder we recognise the importance of community and thought that this would be a fun and educational activity to get people involved with. We wanted to help create a record of what lifes like today in the area, in the hope that our efforts will one day prove useful for children of the future, enabling them to gain a better understanding of yesteryear.
'We are incredibly pleased to get pupils from St. Johns School involved, particularly as the children all live within close proximity to the development. The contents of the capsule were entirely up to the pupils, so we hope that we have managed to leave an accurate and genuine picture of the area as it is today.
'Special thanks go to Perrins Solicitors and Speechly Bircham Solicitors who helped to make the process possible.'