Young and old unite to plant time capsule at new Grantham care home

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The opening of a new care home on Springfield Road was marked with the planting of a time capsule by local school children and brownies on Friday.

The Apple Trees Care and Reablement Centre specialises in looking after people living with dementia, and after the arrival of its first residents at the beginning of last week the staff wanted to organise an event to welcome them into the community.

Residents of Apple Trees care home joined by local children with their 2064 predictions

Residents of Apple Trees care home joined by local children with their 2064 predictions

For this reason members of the 1st Barrowby Brownies and pupils of Huntingtower Primary School were invited to plant a time capsule in the grounds of the centre,

Communications Manager of The Orders of St John Care Trust Janis Tunaley said: “Community links for our homes are really important so just like anybody who has moved into a new home we are getting to know our neighbours.”

The children had been asked to create posters to put inside describing what they thought the world will be like in 50 years time, with the idea being to dig it up in 2064 and find out if their predictions have come true.

Letting their imaginations run wild, the youngsters came up with everything from the existence of jet-propelled broccoli to ensure everyone in the future eats their greens, to forseeing World War Three.

Amongst the children responsible for planting the time capsule was 9-year-old Emily Maxwell-Mees from the 1st Barrowby Brownies, who said: “It has been really fun and I would like to do it again. Inside we had brownie badges, posters and food magazines so in the future they can see what we like to eat now.”

One of the new residents Joan Lea, 90, said: “Today has been lovely and it is so nice to see all the children so happy and fresh.”

The Orders of St John Care Trust’s Operations Director Dan Hayes added: “Old people absolutely love it when young people visit. It brings life to the care home and in 50 years time the children will be back here digging the time capsule up.”