Pupils bury time capsule at Hailsham Housing scheme

Bentley Grange time capsule is buried by pupils
Bentley Grange time capsule is buried by pupils
  • Ten pupils from Year 11 visited Bentley Grange
  • The development will provide 45 one and two-bedroom apartments for older people
  • The children filled a box with items including local papers, pictures and photographs

Children from Marshlands Academy Primary School helped create history last week when they buried a time capsule in the grounds of a new housing scheme.

Ten pupils from Year 11 visited Bentley Grange - the site of a new Hailsham development for older people who need care and support to live independently - on Wednesday, June 3.

The children filled a box with items including the local papers, pictures, photographs of family and pets, and accounts of daily life in Hailsham in 2015.

It is hoped the time capsule will spend hundreds of years underground.

Marshlands’ new head teacher, Tony Rawdin, said: “The children are very excited to be taking part in a project like this. I hope that we can continue our links with Bentley Grange and its residents when the scheme opens later this year.”

Also attending the event were Collette Burgman, manager at the new scheme, which is owned and run by housing association Saxon Weald, and Teresa Fowler, a member of East Sussex County Council’s Older People’s Reference Group, which helped to make decisions about the scheme, including naming the communal rooms.

When it’s finished later this summer, Bentley Grange will provide 45 one and two-bedroom apartments for people over the age of 60 who are finding it hard to cope with everyday tasks such as cooking, cleaning and personal care.

It will also enable couples with different care needs to continue to live together. Ten of the flats will be for sale, the rest for affordable rent. Across the road from Bentley Grange are ten apartments for adults with learning disabilities.

Councillor Graham Wells, Cabinet member for Housing at Wealden District Council, said: “Extra care schemes are very much part of the community and the central location of Bentley Grange helps ensure the residents continue to be part of the generational mix in a lively place like Hailsham.”

Councillor Bill Bentley, lead member for adult social care at East Sussex County Council, said: “It’s great to see our local schoolchildren and school staff helping us to celebrate this much-needed development with Teresa from the Older People’s Reference Group.

“We’ve invested £1m in these extra care and neighbouring learning disability facilities and we’re looking forward to their completion later this summer.”

If you would like to know more about living at Bentley Grange, contact Collette Burgman on 01403 226185 or email collette.burgman@saxonweald.com.

Marshlands Academy Primary School, on Marshfoot Lane, is assisted and led by the Lilac Sky Schools Academy Trust.

For more information about the academy, visit is website at http://marshlands.lilacskyschools.co.uk.

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