Children bury the present at new development
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