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Village time capsule will be a snapshot for the future

A COUPLE of local villages hope to preserve some of the past and present for future generations with the burial of a time capsule within the walls of the village hall.

It carries snapshots of the communities of Cherrington, Stourton and Sutton-under-Brailes and their families along with a copy of the Stratford Herald inside it at the new village hall in Stourton. A grand opening was recently held for the new state-of-the-art village hall, which serves all three local villages.

Trevor Lewis, who served as one of the trustees who helped organise the building of the new hall, said: “We thought it would be nice to put into a sealed container what life was like in the village this year. So they can open it in a hundred years time.

“It’s the small things in life that tend to get lost. It’s preserving life and capturing a snapshot of it for the future.”

Practically speaking the time capsule is a sealed rectangular box placed inside an internal wall inside the village hall with an identifying plaque placed in front of it.

The contents of the time capsule were gathered with the help of a small project team of volunteers, and included accounts, messages and photos from local children, seniors and posters and programmes of the Cherington Players and Country Fair and Flower show among others.

Mr Lewis added: “We’ve got a complete copy of the Herald as well in it. So in a hundred years time people can see the local paper as well.

“The collection in the box is to offer some insight amusement and inspiration for those in one hundred years time.”

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