A Moment in Time

1-80a-1 Devizes Road Christ Church Hall 1913-190

Laying the foundation stone for the Devizes Road Church Hall

Chris Smith Community Development Manager, representatives from King William School and Rev'd Daphne Hardwick

Chris Smith Community Development Manager, representatives from King William School and Rev’d Daphne Hardwick

On July 1st 1913 the foundation stone for the new Church hall in Devizes Road was laid. After many years of service, this hall was sold to the Salvation Army and is still in full use today. The money raised from that sale has been put towards the  building of a new Community centre for the people of Old Town. This, plus generous grants from the Borough council, the Garfield Weston Trust and the Hills Group made available through the Landfill Communities Fund, have enabled building to get underway.

Now, almost exactly 100 years later, as we lay the foundations for a new Community Centre on the Christ Church Site, the children of King William Street School have put together a time capsule project. The capsule was donated by Mr Mark Hillier (Hillier’s Funeral Service) and engraved by Richard Deacon of Deacon & Son. It will be buried in the foundations of the new centre for future generations to discover.

It contains items that create a snap-shot of life in 2013 as visualised by the children.

To mark the foundation laying of the new Community Centre, school year representatives from each year came to Christ Church to supervise the burial of the time capsule.
A memory stick with some examples of the children’s work,
  • Photos from the Diamond Jubilee celebrations/party held at school.
  • A copy of today’s Advertiser and Times Newspapers.
  • A small bag of coins dated 2012.
  • Some sweet and chocolate bar wrappers.
  • ‘Harry Potter’ novel to represent one of the most successful authors of their generation.
  • Mobile Phone.
  • Some Photos of the Royal Wedding.
  • Some photos and information about current celebrities.
  • Top Ten songs on this date.
  • Some small items with school logo.
  • Some toys that represent their generation – Super Mario Toy, Trash Cans, Hot wheels and Lego.

The new centre is expected to be completed in September and will include a large hall, kitchen, meeting rooms, storage area and will feature a Garden Room at the east end offering hospitality to those visiting both the church and the burial ground. It will also provide toilet and refreshment facilities as well as a garden of reflection and information area.

Just in case any future historians are curious, the site of the time capsule is at +51° 33′ 12.31″, -1° 46′ 25.60″

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