Local children have spent weeks collecting treasured items to be buried in a time capsule in the grounds of Mayflower Court, Anchor’s new residential care home in Southampton, which opens this autumn.

Pupils from Highfield CofE 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 Mayflower Court on Tuesday 14 July.

The time capsule was buried by Mayor Linda Norris along with seven Highfield CofE Primary School pupils from years 1 and 2, Pastor Helen Thompson from Highfield Church, Anchor staff and the builders of the home Midas Group at a special ceremony in the gardens of the new care home on Westwood Road.

Joe Patterson, Home Manager at Mayflower Court 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 the children put together about their lives and papers relating to Mayflower Court and Southampton will be important historic documents when they are read in centuries to come.”

Linda Norris, Mayor of Southampton, commented: “Mayflower Court will be a really valuable addition to the Highfield community; we need an upmarket care home in Southampton and the team here can make that happen. Having the home and the primary school so close to one another, working together on projects like this, presents lovely opportunities for the generations to connect.”

Howard Nankivell, Sales and Marketing Director at Anchor, added that he was thrilled that children from Highfield CofE Primary School attended the ceremony, saying: “We want to be central to life in Highfield, and wider Southampton, and this is just the start of our relationship with the local community. It’s great that the children have had a chance to find out about what Mayflower Court will be like when it’s open – I really believe it will be a care home for Southampton to be proud of.”

Head teacher Allan King said: “It’s been fantastic for children at Highfield 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 100 years and then asked the children what they thought Southampton might look like in another 100 years. We talked about everything, from local 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.”  

Mayflower Court will provide care for older people as well as specialist dementia care for those who require it. The home offers first class care and facilities including en-suite rooms for up to 72 residents, a café, beauty salon, craft room, allotments and landscaped gardens for residents to use and enjoy.

For more information on Mayflower Court care home, call 0808 120 5118. The home is part of Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people.

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