Wokingham Paper among items buried in Market Place time capsule

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The Wokingam Paper is one of a number of items buried in a special time capsule outside the town hall; the capsule will be opened in 50 years

As Market Place works were almost completed, stamps, coins and Wokingham memorabilia were buried in a time capsule in front of Wokingham Town Hall.

A special ceremony was held last Tuesday and saw Wokingham Town Council Mayor Cllr Julian McGhee-Sumner, Wokingham Borough Council Deputy Mayor

Cllr Bill Soane, Kevin Lenton from The Wokingham Society and previous mini-mayor Caitlin Hyde gather to add the cap stone which depicts the date, 50 years from

now, when the capsule should be opened and reviewed by future generations.

The capstone was donated by Balfour Beatty who, through the SCAPE contract, have worked with both councils on the project.

The lead capsule contains items selected by Town Councillors in conjunction with Wokingham Society all of which represent Wokingham as it is today, including The Wokingham Paper.

There were also a few items of national interest plus letters written by local pupils from Emmbrook Secondary School, Evendons Primary and Holme Grange schools, all of which provide a snapshot of what local life is like in 2018.

All the items were vacuum sealed before inclusion. A record of the contents and the location of the buried capsule will be recorded at the Berkshire Records’ Office.

Cllr McGhee-Sumner said: “I am delighted that we have been able to capture a sense of what life is like in our town in 2018 which will give a ‘peek into the past’ for our residents of the future. We hope that perhaps some of the children who have written letters will still live locally and see the capsule opened in 2068.”

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