Pupils in Essex have left a lasting legacy at David Wilson Homes’ Corinthian Place development in Burnham-on-Crouch as they buried a COVID-19 time capsule onsite.

Whilst the pandemic has been a difficult time for many people, the homebuilder took the opportunity to invite 30 Year 6 children from St Mary’s C of E Primary School to make their mark and bury their memories of the past 18 months at the new homes community on Maldon Road.

With the help of Long Creations, David Wilson Homes distributed booklets for the pupils to complete ahead of the burial, which detailed information about themselves, how they’ve felt during the pandemic and what they did to stay in touch with their community.

To be opened in 2071 – 50 years from now – the time capsule has given the children a chance to be part of history and they have helped the homebuilder to leave a legacy for the next generation at Corinthian Place.

Geraldine Denham-Hale, Headteacher at St Mary’s C of E Primary School, said: “The children were very excited to have the opportunity to send a message for local people 50 years in the future!

“They had lots of fun imagining what life might be like and what they would be doing in 2071. It has been great that they have been able to be part of the history of our town.”

Also included within the booklets completed by the pupils were opportunities to leave the handprints of their families and add photos, whilst encouraging them to note how they overcame a range of challenges such as home schooling.

Whilst adding their booklets and photos to the time capsule, a bottle of hand sanitiser and a face mask were also buried – two items which may be a distant memory for those digging up the capsule in 50 years’ time.

Annette Hurst, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes Eastern Counties, said: “We’ve all been part of history over the past 18 months and, rather than dwelling on what has undoubtedly been a difficult period, we wanted to encourage local school pupils to stamp their place on the timeline of our Corinthian Place community.

“We’d like to thank the pupils at St Mary’s C of E Primary School for helping us to leave a lasting legacy for our current and future residents at this growing community.”

Corinthian Place is a development which consists of two to five bedroom homes.

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