Pupils bury time capsules to mark opening of council HQ
PUBLISHED: 12:03 27 February 2019 | UPDATED: 09:24 04 March 2019
Honiton schoolchildren included many items – including the Midweek Herald
Children buried time capsules to mark the official opening of East Devon District Council’s new headquarters at Blackdown House in Honiton on Wednesday (February 27).
Pupils from Littletown Academy and Honiton Primary School included a number of objects to reflect the issues of the day – including copies of the Midweek Herald.
Councillors, officials and guests gathered round the new flagpole, where council chairman Andrew Moulding welcomed everyone.
He invited the schoolchildren to explain what they had put in their time capsules and then helped them lower to bury them in the grounds, near the flagpole.
The time capsules - one from each school - contained a diverse selection of objects chosen by the children, including the Midweek Herald, videos and photos of school life, photos of Honiton, articles about contemporary events such as Brexit, a poster showing today’s fashions, future predictions, and information about rural village life in East Devon.
Each time capsule also contained a book donated by the Sid Vale Association, about the history of East Devon’s former offices at Knowle in Sidmouth, along with a programme commemorating the opening of the offices at Knowle in 1978.
A commemorative plaque to mark the opening was provided by the council’s contractors Interserve, who built Blackdown House.
Cllr Moulding said: “I am particularly delighted to receive these time capsules from the children. They provide an excellent flavour of 21st century life in Honiton. My thanks to Cllr Alan Dent for visiting the schools and organising the time capsules and to the schoolchildren for putting together the contents.”
Cllr Moulding praised all those involved in delivering the new building and the staff for their patience throughout the process. He added: “I’m sure they are now pleased that the process is over and that they can looking forward to a successful relocation.”
Following the time capsule ceremony, Cllr Moulding invited the children to help him raise the East Devon flag to mark the official opening of the building.
All the children were presented with memory sticks, as mementoes of the day, featuring a time lapse video showing the construction of Blackdown House.
Guests were then invited into the new building to enjoy refreshments.