Pupils from St James’ Church of England Primary School in the heart of Wetherby have been creating posters and collecting artefacts to bury in a time capsule at brand new Wetherby care home, Windsor Court. The Head of School at St James’, Miss Beatson, and other representatives brought over 60 children to the home earlier this week to seal and bury the time capsule in the grounds on Sandbeck Way.
Windsor Court has been built by LNT Care Developments and construction was completed last week. The residential care home is due to open in January and Home Manager, Paula Mountjoy, wanted to create the lasting legacy of a time capsule to commemorate the completion of the build.
Paula said, “We are so pleased that St James’ School were keen to be involved with the time capsule idea – it is a really exciting project and I am sure it will be a great talking point at the home for many years. I am extremely passionate about Windsor Court being part of the local community for several reasons, but most importantly to maintain fundamental links for our future residents. We look forward to continuing our great relationship with the school.”
Children from years 1 to 6 attended the event each bringing with them something for the time capsule. A copy of the Wetherby News, an Xbox controller, Harry Potter book and CD were placed in the silver capsule along with various pictures and notes. The children were excited to be the very first visitors to the home and Paula is hoping that they may return with their own children or even grandchildren when the container is due to be unearthed in 2068.
Everyone enjoyed a talk about life in a care home and the significance of the time capsule and Miss Beatson mentioned how keen the school is to integrate with the new residents in the home. She said, “The time capsule idea really captured the children’s thoughts – it got us all thinking about life today and how things might have changed in 50 years’ time. The children were also interested in what life will be like at Windsor Court. We can’t wait to visit again when the home is open.”