Local children have spent weeks collecting treasured items to be buried in a time capsule in the grounds of Willow Gardens, a new residential care home in the heart of Anchor’s Hampshire Lakes retirement village.

Pupils from St Michael’s CofE Primary School in Sandhurst took part in a competition to decide what they would like to put into the time capsule for future generations to find. Drawings, letters and news articles carefully chosen to capture the essence of modern life were buried at Willow Gardens yesterday (Wednesday 16 December).

The time capsule was buried by Mayor Cllr Gerry Forbes Crisp, along with ten St Michael’s CofE Primary School pupils from years 2-6 and Anchor staff, at a special ceremony in the grounds of the new care home. 

The Mayor then raised a glass to Willow Gardens and guests enjoyed homemade mince pies around the Christmas tree, with gifts for the schoolchildren to thank them for their creative contributions to the time capsule.

Angie Slade, Home Manager at Willow Gardens, said: “Everyone has been looking forward to burying the time capsule as it will be an insight into life in 2015 when it is opened in 100 years’ time. The pieces the children put together will be important historic documents when they are read in centuries to come.

“We want to be central to life in Yateley so I’m delighted that the children have had a chance to find out about what Willow Gardens will be like when it’s open, and this is just the start of our relationship with the local community.”

Gerry Crisp, Mayor of Yateley, commented: “It’s great to be back at Hampshire Lakes, having been present for the groundbreaking ceremony back in 2014, and see how the development has come to life.

“Willow Gardens will be a really valuable addition to the local community; it is a beautiful, peaceful place and I feel residents will be very happy here. Having the care home and the school working together on projects like this presents lovely opportunities for the generations to connect.”
Head teacher Maire McGrory said: “It’s been fantastic for children at St Michael’s to be involved in this project. When considering what should be included in the time capsule, we looked at what had changed in the last 100 years and then asked the children what they thought life in the local area might look like in another 100 years. We talked about everything, from landmarks to lessons at school. The contents reflect life in 2015 and include photographs and letters written by the children to be opened by future generations.”  

Willow Gardens will provide 24-hour support for older people and specialist dementia care for those who require it. The home offers first class facilities including en-suite rooms for up to 36 residents. Willow Gardens is nestled in the heart of Hampshire Lakes retirement village, which has a fully accessible heated indoor swimming pool, licensed bistro, deli and general store for residents to use and enjoy.

For more information on Willow Gardens care home, call 0800 740 2020 or visit www.anchor.org.uk. The home is part of Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people.

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