Time flies with school capsule
RAF join youngsters as they preserve their memories of 2015
SCHOOL pupils looked to the future when they filled a time capsule with their 2015 momentoes and buried it in Uxbridge this week.
UXBRIDGE school children and their teachers joined representatives from the community and the RAF to bury a time capsule last week.
The groups gathered at St Andrew’s Park, the former RAF site in Uxbridge that is being developed into homes, to bury their memories of 2015 and RAF Uxbridge’s rich history.
Pupils from the new John Locke Academy, which is on the site, enclosed a photograph of themselves jumping for joy.
Children from St Bernadette’s School in Long Lane, drew pictures of the celebrations held at their school on VE Day.
One made a model spitfire and another contributed colourful bunting, while three pupils submitted entries on disks and a memory stick.
Many of the school children had written letters to “people of the future”, describing the major news events of 2015 including the general election, the birth of Princess Charlotte and Chelsea winning the Premier League.
Youngsters from St Abbotsfield School in Clifton Gardens donated a school tie and badge and the Year 11 yearbook with photographs and good luck messages.
While St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School put together a book called ‘Life in 2015’.
Nandita Joshi and Sivitha Sivakumar, both 13 from Swakleys School, wrote an account of their daily lives which will no doubt prove fascinating reading in the future.
And the volunteers of RAF donated a slate coaster from the officers’ mess at RAF Uxbridge as well as a plotting block from the Operations Room table.
The time capsule burial was organised by VINCI St. Modwen, the developer building 1,300 new homes, at St Andrew’s Park and will be unearthed at an unknown future date.
Tim Seddon, St. Modwen’s regional director said: “This has been a fantastic way of bringing together elements of the past, present and future on site. The heritage of RAF Uxbridge is tremendously important and we wanted to involve local people in recognising that and in our exciting plans for the future of St Andrew’s Park.”
n GOING UNDERGROUND: Paul Thomas and Cynthia Fowler, both former RAF Uxbridge Commanders, bury the time capsule at St Andrew’s Park, watched by pupils from John Locke Academy
n HERALDING THE PAST AND THE FUTURE: Members of the RAF joined school children to bury their time capsule