Life in March makes history
Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities, Education
Left to right – The Town Crier of March’s wife and escort Sylvia Keane, Sanctuary’s Chris Cole, Councillor Peter Murphy, Sanctuary’s Simon Rudkin, The Town Crier of March Councillor Bernard Keane and pupils from Burrowmoor school Fred, Robert and
13 March 2014
Life in March makes history
The subject of local life has been on the class timetable for the pupils of Burrowmoor School in preparation for the burial of a time capsule.
Leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group is developing 52 new homes for affordable rent at March, Cambridgeshire and to celebrate the start of the building work, Key Stage 2 pupils from the local school were invited to fill the time capsule and assist in its burial at the Gaul Road site.
The Town Crier of March Councillor Bernard Keane attended the event where he ceremoniously announced the start of work on site. Other attendees included Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for environment and growth, the Town Crier’s wife and escort Sylvia Keane and representatives from Sanctuary and contractor Langwith.
The time capsule, which will be reopened in 2064, has been filled with a number of interesting artefacts that represent present life in March, including a Burrowmoor school uniform and badge, photographs, a newspaper, children’s work, test papers and a letter addressed to those that open the capsule in the future.
Chris Cole, Sanctuary’s head of development for the South East said: “Sanctuary is delighted with the pupils of Burrowmoor for contributing and assisting in the burial of the time capsule. We hope that when the capsule is opened 50 years from now it will give future generations a real insight into the history of March. March may be very different in 2064 but the housing we’re creating will provide quality homes to local residents until then and beyond.”
Anna Goffe, Headteacher at Burrowmoor School said: “The children have really enjoyed the opportunity to create a 'snap shot' of their school life in 2014 and are very excited to think how this will help children of the future to learn about life in the past.”
Councillor Peter Murphy said: “We’re delighted to see work starting on these new homes. Helping to deliver more affordable housing is a priority for us as the district continues to grow and develop. And who knows – perhaps one day another group of children will include something from this scheme in a future ‘Life in March’ time capsule.”
Part funded by the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency, the £5.8 million development is being built in partnership with Fenland District Council and is due for completion in Spring 2015.
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