Time capsule buried in Alford

Alford School Primary 4 pupils let out a cheer as they bury their time capsule at Silver Birches with Stewart Milne Homes' site manager Derek Gibson (left of capsule) and Alford Primary School janitor Stuart Malcolm (right of capsule)
Alford School Primary 4 pupils let out a cheer as they bury their time capsule at Silver Birches with Stewart Milne Homes' site manager Derek Gibson (left of capsule) and Alford Primary School janitor Stuart Malcolm (right of capsule)

Primary 4 Pupils of Alford Primary School have made their own mark in history with the burial of a time capsule at the local Stewart Milne Homes’ development, Silver Birches.

Forming part of the curriculum on Houses and Homes, the time capsule project helped the 7-8 year olds think about the local community and school and the ever-evolving nature of their home town.

Contents should make for interesting viewing with the pupils in Mrs Watson’s class choosing to mark the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee as two key occasions of this year.

Pupils included bunting and flags from the Alford Jubilee Picnic, Olympic pictures and Andy Murray news from the paper, photographs to commemorate Neil Armstrong, and a Beano comic with favourite sweet wrappers.

The latest CD from singer Emile Sande - a former pupil of Alford Primary - was also added along with old mobile phones, the school’s uniform and prospectus and packets of locally produced The “Oatmeal of Alford”.

Commenting on the initiative, headteacher Elizabeth MacLeod, said: “This time capsule project is a great way to look back on life so far and think about how things may change in the future. The pupils have all contributed with such enthusiasm.

“The pupils have really enjoyed the process and are very excited by the idea of their time capsule and personal memories being discovered in the future.

We were delighted when the opportunity arose with Stewart Milne Homes. Silver Birches is a significant development within the community, and presented the perfect partner for the project.

Personally, it has provided a fascinating insight into how children see the world around them and I hope we can offer the experience to more pupils over the years.”

Mike Cowie sales director for Stewart Milne Homes North Scotland, said:“The time capsule project is ideal for Alford given the community-driven nature of the village. It’s an especially popular location for those looking for a close-knit family friendly neighbourhood. In fact, our sales consultant at Silver Birches, Laura Riddell is a former pupil of Alford Primary School herself and Mrs MacLeod was her headteacher!”