Chil­dren bury the present at new de­vel­op­ment

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

SCHOOL pupils in Ick­en­ham have buried a time cap­sule with hous­ing de­vel­oper McCarthy and Stone.

The re­tire­ment home builder in­vited young­sters from Glebe Pri­mary School, in Ick­en­ham, and Bishop Win­ning­ton-In­gram C of E School, in Ruis­lip, to its Her­itage Place de­vel­op­ment.

There they buried a col­lec­tion of po­ems and short sto­ries com­mem­o­rat­ing the Se­cond World War at the site, where homes are be­ing built at the for­mer West Ruis­lip RAF base.

Elaine Strat­ford, from McCarthy and Stone, said: “The time cap­sule is a fit­ting trib­ute cre­ated by the chil­dren to keep an im­por­tant part of lo­cal his­tory alive and will be there to be found and trea­sured by fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

At early stages of the de­vel­op­ment, it was de­cided to give the two new build­ings his­tor­i­cal names.

Hilling­don Coun­cil agreed that the pro­posed names of Lysander and Lan­caster House would pro­vide an en­dur­ing ac­knowl­edge­ment of the RAF wartime vic­tory, which was not won eas­ily or with­out loss for many fam­i­lies.

Among the items buried in the time cap­sule were the chil­dren’s per­sonal dec­la­ra­tions on what they have learnt about the 70th an­niver­sary of VE Day and what they would say to the men and women who served coura­geously at the RAF base.

n GO­ING UN­DER­GROUND: Pri­mary school chil­dren in Ick­en­ham buried a time cap­sule

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