A time capsule buried 25 years ago at the opening of Asquith Court sheltered housing scheme in Halifax, is being dug up and replaced by a new one, at an event on 11 July.
Children from Ling Bob Primary School were present when the first capsule was buried back in 1992. Danette Spark was one of these school children, and staff at the school managed to contact her through social media.
She said: “I can’t believe 25 years has flown by. It’s going to be fascinating to re-open the capsule and find out what’s inside. I’m thrilled Yorkshire Housing have got in touch and invited me along to the ceremony.”
Current pupils from the school will also attend the event and have been gathering items for the new capsule.
Mandy Amos, Pastoral Support at the school said: “Children and staff have really enjoyed collecting items to bury with the new capsule. This ceremony has provided a brilliant talking point for our children about in what to put in the new capsule and guess what’s in the old. We’ve had lots of ideas of what to put in the new capsule like a current newspaper, fidget spinner, photo of current games console and examples of pieces of school work.”
Working with the school and residents is Yorkshire Housing’s community investment officer Charlotte Woollard, she said:
“The event will bring people of all ages together and we’re really proud that the scheme is celebrating its 25th anniversary. We can’t wait to find out what’s been under the ground for 25 years. We found some old black and white photos of the capsule but no one knows what’s inside.”
Rev. John Hellawell, the Lord Mayor (Councillor Ferman Ali) and Mayoress (Mrs Shaheen Ali) of Calderdale, Asquith Court residents and guests will also attend the event.