Abbeyfield South Downs will be burying a time capsule to mark the opening of its new 48 apartment independent living with care development, Holdenhurst, in Heathfield, East Sussex.
Local MP Huw Merriman, accompanied by Abbeyfield South Downs's CEO Nolan Taylor, will bury the time capsule on 4th November under the iconic Monkey Puzzle tree on Mill Road, in front of the building. It will include items that illustrate what it is like to live in Heathfield in 2022, as well as the history of the building. The capsule will be marked by a plaque and will be dug back up in 50 years' time.
Abbeyfield South Downs has invited schools, community groups, businesses and residents of the town to contribute content, including photography of Heathfield, drawings, poems and stories from local school children describing and illustrating what living in Heathfield means to them, as well as contributions from local societies and clubs.
The capsule will also include coins, stamps, a disused iPhone, front pages of national and local papers published on the day of the time capsule burial, as well as a soil sample taken from the grounds of Holdenhurst in an airtight vial.
"We are extremely excited to bury the time capsule and have enjoyed working with the Heathfield community to ensure its contents are truly representative of what it is like living here. Holdenhurst has long been a part of the community, and local people will continue to play an important role. We thought of no better way to commemorate this than by burying a time capsule. Over many years, the site has been a facility for older members of the community, and in its most recent incarnation, Holdenhurst regularly hosted the local Age UK day centre lunches. We hope the new building will be similarly used by local community groups."Nolan Taylor, Chief Executive of Abbeyfield South Downs