Children from Drove Primary School and Mountford Manor Primary School have made their own piece of history by burying a time capsule in the entrance of the new John Lewis at home shop currently under construction at the Mannington Retail Park.
The shop, which is due to open this autumn, is located just off the A3102 and will focus on furniture, homeware, furnishing accessories, electricals and home technology, and also have a cafe.
The children, dressed in protective clothing including safety helmets and high visibility jackets, were given a safety briefing before accessing the site of the new shop. They filled the time capsule with a range of items which will be available in the new shop, including a John Lewis Walk in the Park Cotton Cushion, a London Pottery teapot in red and a John Lewis Adjustable Blinklight lamp.
The pupils also wrote letters and drew pictures for the children of the future to find telling them about life in Swindon in 2010. The time capsule was carefully sealed and the children placed it into the shop wall. A commemorative plaque marked the location of the time capsule so that future Swindon children can uncover it in years to come.
And a copy of Swindon Link magazine was included.
Drove Primary’s head teacher Mr. Nick Capstick has recently been appointed as head of Mountford Manor and will now oversee the running of both schools. Nick said: “This has been a fantastic experience for our pupils and also a great chance for the two schools to meet. The children have been very excited about coming to the new shop to bury the time capsule and have enjoyed writing letters to include.
“As the head teacher of both Mountford Manor and Drove Primary Schools I am really delighted that this project with John Lewis at home has given us our first opportunity to work collaboratively. I am keen for both schools to continue to build a relationship with each other and with the wider community. Involvement with John Lewis at home in Swindon is a great way for us to do this, and to give the children a unique experience they will remember for years to come.”
Branch manager Dominic Joyce said: “The burial of the time capsule today was a great success and it was a pleasure to meet children from both Drove Primary School and Mountford Manor Primary School. I am glad the pupils were able to help us make history at the shop today, and I hope that they enjoyed their experience. It was great to hear them read out their letters about life in Swindon, and I am sure that when the time capsule is retrieved in years to come the contents will be very interesting to the children of the future.”
The new John Lewis at home shop is set to open this autumn. Readers can keep up to date with progress at the shop through branch manager Dominic Joyce’s blog at www.johnlewis.com/swindon