Heathfield time capsule to mark the opening of Holdenhurst

Heathfield time capsule to mark the opening of Holdenhurst


Heathfield time capsule to mark the opening of Holdenhurst, a new development of affordable apartments for older people

Abbeyfield South Downs is launching a time capsule initiative to celebrate the opening of its affordable rental development Holdenhurst – and is inviting the local Heathfield community to get involved.

The time capsule will be buried under a Monkey Puzzle tree on the Holdenhurst site on Mill Road in May. It will include items that help tell the story of the area past and present, as well as objects that represent what it is like to live in modern Britain today.

Abbeyfield South Downs, a registered charity that specialises in offering Care Enabled housing for older people in the local community, will be inviting schools in the area, community groups, businesses and residents of the town to contribute content and ideas, including photography of Heathfield through the ages; drawings from school children to illustrate what living in Heathfield means to them; as well as film footage of local residents talking about what life is like in Heathfield today.

The time capsule will also include current British currency, stamps, tinned produce, a disused iPhone, front pages of national and local papers available to buy on the day. A soil sample taken from the grounds of Holdenhurst in an airtight vial, to celebrate the building’s opening, will also be put in.

Abbeyfield Trustees visit the Holdenhurst site

Nolan Taylor, Chief Executive of Abbeyfield South Downs, commented:

“We are extremely excited to launch the time capsule initiative and look forward to working with the Heathfield community to ensure its contents are truly representative of what it is like and has been like, to live in this thriving market town. After the year everyone has had, we hope it will be a fun and positive focus to bring the community together.

Local people will play an important role at Holdenhurst and we thought there no better way to commemorate this than by organising a time capsule. In its previous incarnation, Holdenhurst regularly hosted the local Age UK group lunches and we hope the new building will be similarly used by local community groups.”

The capsule will be buried on the site on Friday 4 June. It will be marked by a plaque and dug up fifty years later in 2071. In addition, the initiative coincides with Local and Community History Month, which takes place each May.

Affordable rental apartments

The Holdenhurst development comprises 48 affordable rental apartments, offering enhanced sheltered housing in a care-enabled environment to anyone over 60.

Holdenhurst has been designed to attract tenants who want to live in a vibrant and like-minded community where active, independent living is at its heart, but with the option of additional services if required, now or in the future. A restaurant, café and bar, hairdressing salon and a wellbeing suite for exercise, activities and crafts will also be on-site for tenants to use, as well as accessible spaces for local groups to have a place to meet.

Holdenhurst will be hosting a celebration for its tenants and the local Heathfield community later on in the summer.

Get involved!

To get involved with the time capsule, please contact Sarah Jones at sarah@wildernesspr.co.uk.

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