Local children have spent weeks collecting items to be buried in a time capsule in the grounds of Hampshire’s newest retirement village and care home this week.

Pupils from Stoke Park Junior School collated magazines, photographs, letters and toys to capture the essence of modern life, which were buried alongside documents relating to the new Anchor retirement village, Bishopstoke Park, on Church Road on Wednesday 16 July.

The time capsule was buried by Stoke Park Junior School head teacher, Matt Johnson, pupils, Anchor staff and building contractor, Willmott Dixon, at a special ceremony in front of 19th-century Mount building that is being restored and will become the heart of the new development. The unique building will provide a focal point for village life and will contain a fully equipped gymnasium, hair and beauty salon and private treatment rooms.

Bishopstoke Park Village Adviser, Fiona Bacon said, “Everyone has been looking forward to burying the time capsule as it will be an insight into life in 2014 when it is opened in 50 years’ time. The pieces collected by the children and papers relating to Bishopstoke Park will be important historic documents when they are read in 2064.”

Head teacher, Matt Johnson, said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for children at Stoke Park Junior School to be involved in this project. When considering what should be included in the time capsule, we looked at what had changed in the 50 years that our school has been opened and then asked the children what they thought Bishopstoke Park would look like in 50 years’ time. The contents reflect life in 2014 with letters to be opened by future generations.”

Fiona added that she was thrilled members of Stoke Park Junior School attended the ceremony, saying: “We want to be central to life in Eastleigh and Hampshire. Events like this are the start of our relationship with the local community and gives children a great opportunity to find out more what Bishopstoke Park will be like when it’s open.”

James Lax, Operations Manager, Willmott Dixon Housing, said: “We are pleased to have been given the opportunity to work with Stoke Park Junior School in enabling them to place a time capsule capturing life in the early 21st Century to be buried on the Bishopstoke Park Project in Eastleigh. The pupils and school worked enthusiastically with Lucy May at Willmott Dixon Housing and the time capsule will be buried for 50 years and when opened will give the residents at Bishopstoke Park a glimpse of life in 2014 and the issues that were important to the pupils.”

Bishopstoke Park will have over 170 prestigious independent and assisted living apartments, giving the over 65’s the opportunity to live independently and receive care by highly trained professionals should they need it.  There will also be a 48 room care home on the site. The village will also feature a Wellness Centre and Spa, juice bar, bistro and delicatessen, general store and craft room. Bishopstoke Park is due to open in spring 2015.
 
For more information on Bishopstoke Park retirement village, call 0808 271 3087 or visit www.anchor.org.uk

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