Local children have spent weeks collecting treasured items to be buried in a time capsule in the grounds of Buckingham Lodge, Anchor’s new residential care home in Aylesbury which opens this April.

Pupils from neighbouring Buckingham Park Church of England Primary School took part in a competition to decide what they would like to put into the time capsule for future generations to find. Drawings, photographs and letters carefully chosen to capture the essence of modern life were buried alongside documents relating to Buckingham Lodge on Friday 27 February.

The time capsule was buried by Deputy Mayor Allison Harrison and Cllr Alison Looker, along with 11 Buckingham Park CofE School pupils, staff from Anchor and the builders of the home LNT Construction, at a special ceremony in the grounds of the new care home on Culpepper Close.

Wendy Luck, the newly appointed Home Manager at Buckingham Lodge care home, 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 collected by the children and papers relating to Buckingham Lodge and Aylesbury will be important historic documents when they are read in centuries to come.”

Cllr Alison Looker, Vice-Chair of Buckingham Park Parish Council, commented: “Buckingham Lodge will be a really valuable addition to the Buckingham Park community; having the care home and the primary school next door to each other presents lovely opportunities for the older and younger generations to come together.”

Howard Nankivell, Director of Sales and Marketing at Anchor, added that he was thrilled that children from Buckingham Park Primary School attended the ceremony, saying: “We want to be central to life in Aylesbury and events like this are the start of our relationship with the local community. It gives children a great opportunity to find out more about what Buckingham Lodge care home will be like when it’s open and hopefully we can organise more events with them in the future.”

Head teacher Nick Waldron said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for children at Buckingham Park CofE Primary 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 last 100years and then asked the children what they thought Aylesbury might look like in another 100 years. The contents reflect life in 2015 and include photographs and letters written by the children to be opened by future generations.”  

Buckingham Lodge will provide care for older people as well as specialist dementia care for those who require it.  Meticulously finished to a very high standard, Buckingham Lodge offers first class care and facilities with en suite rooms for up to 64 residents, in a light, spacious and elegant setting. The care home will provide 24 hour care and support in a warm and considerate environment. In addition to this, high quality, nourishing cuisine will be served in the dining rooms and there will be a café, lounges a hair salon and landscaped gardens for residents to use and enjoy.

With over 45 years of experience, Anchor prides itself on giving older people a choice of great places to live. Anchor is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing for older people. It has more than 1,000 properties across England, ranging from rented and leasehold retirement properties, to residential care homes, specialist dementia care homes and retirement villages. 

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