WHEN FUTURE historians want to find out what life was really like in 2012 they can check out a copy of the Sussex Express.
A recent newspaper – together with other items that fix the date of the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee – was buried in a time capsule in Buxted last week.
Buxted parish councillor Maggie Dopson and organiser of the Uckfield Art Trail, Tim Benians helped local schoolchildren bury the capsule at new care home Hurstwood View. The home invited pupils from Buxted Church of England Primary School to suggest objects to put in the capsule. Six winners were presented with a £10 book token and head teacher, Ann Radford accepted a voucher for £100 to spend on books for the school.
Winning entries included pictures of the school’s Diamond Jubilee tea party, Jubilee keepsakes, a Winnie-the-Pooh book, a United Kingdom flag and a current copy of the Sussex Express. There was also a picture of Heathfield fundraiser Derek Mepham, holding his Olympic torch.
Maggie placed a copy of the Buxted Community Voice magazine and Tim placed a programme for this year’s Art Trail which ran during the Uckfield Festival. Hurstwood View was the main sponsor of this event. Dean Hamblin, construction manager for Castleoak, Barchester’s partners for the development of Hurstwood View, placed a London 2012 Wenlock mascot and Geoff Pride, of Barchester Healthcare, placed copies of Hurstwood View’s brochure and floorplans. The capsule was buried in the sensory garden courtyard and the children placed the sealed box into the ground.
Hurstwood View manager Jane Higgins said: “I’m pleased that we can involve the school and local people in this in this occasion. A plaque will mark where the capsule is to remind the community to unearth it in 50 years time.”