After weeks of preparation, school children from Tithe Farm Primary School in Houghton Regis buried their memories of covid and celebrated what 2022 means to them at an exciting event held on Wednesday 9th February at Storey Homes’ exciting new development, Bidwell Mews. Creating a snapshot of today for future generations, a time capsule filled with items reflecting their experiences and memories was buried at the nearby development. The event was attended by pupils aged between nine and eleven from the school who were accompanied by headteacher Rachel Worsfold, as well as Mayor of Houghton Regis Clare Copleston and Storey Homes’ Managing Director, Katy Jordan.
The children gathered items which represented their home, life and family and a collection of key artefacts were placed into the capsule including favourite books, hand-written letters to the children of the future, an obligatory lateral flow test, a picture of the Queen and items of their school uniform. The children were then invited to visit Bidwell Mews and assist in the lowering of the time capsule into the ground.
Headteacher, Rachel Worsfold commented: “This was such an exciting project for the children to be involved in and they thoroughly enjoyed every part of it, from collecting the items to actually seeing the burial of the capsule. It’s great to capture their thoughts and memories, particularly after the turbulent few years we have all experienced. It has been equally interesting to see where their imaginations go when thinking about the future of their local area and this has led to some very interesting conversations in the classroom!”
Councillor Clare Copleston comments: “This has been a wonderful opportunity to see different corners of our community work together on such a fascinating project. The different items in the time capsule represent the wonders of our neighbourhood and I would be very interested to see how our local area transforms over the next 70 years.”
The capsule was buried near the entrance of the development and was marked by a commemorative plaque. Katy Jordan, Managing Director at Storey Homes comments: “I’d like to thank all the children and teachers at Tithe Farm Primary School for putting so much thought and creativity into this project. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to preserve this moment in time at Bidwell Mews and it’s amazing to think that in 70 years-time the contents of this time capsule will provide a fascinating insight into our community for future generations.”
Bidwell Mews is a development of traditionally designed 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom homes. Situated between the historic town of Houghton Regis and the new thriving community of Bidwell, this development is perfectly placed to offer the best of town and country. The new settlement will provide a local centre, primary school, and sports pitches; in addition to all of the facilities available in Houghton Regis.