Time capsule buried at new extra care scheme

The burial of a time capsule was just one of the attractions at a community celebration to officially open the multi-million pound Kingsway extra care scheme in Blackburn on 11th October.
The complex, which has more than 60 homes consisting of separate apartments and bungalows, has round the clock support and also facilities including a restaurant, hairdressing salon and a sensory garden.
At the ceremony, the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Councillor Karimeh Foster, helped residents bury the time capsule whilst children from nearby St Anne’s Primary School sang a special song to mark the occasion.
Councillor Tony Humphrys, executive member for housing, said: “I am very clear on the need for good quality housing for older people in Blackburn with Darwen. “Kingsway is a superb example of the kind of development we want to have in this borough to cater for older people in this area."
Councillor Mohammed Khan, executive member for adult social care, said: “I am delighted to see that residents have settled in very well in this excellent facility. The Council wants to build more schemes like this because it enables older people to enjoy their retirement in a safe, secure and vibrant environment with superb facilities on their doorsteps. But it will be subject to securing funding, which will be difficult in these tough times. Our goal is help older people live independently in their own homes."
Peter Caley, Director of HR for Housing 21 said: “We’re very proud of Kingsway and it’s really nice to celebrate the official opening with the residents and hear how their lives have improved since moving in. This scheme is an excellent example of how extra care living can bring huge benefits, both to the people who live here and to others in the local community.”
Kingsway also houses the United Reformed Church and the Blackburn with Darwen carers’ service, which provides support for all unpaid carers in the borough.
Other features of the scheme include artefacts from the old Ragged School such as the St George plaque in the corridor by the entrance, the foundation stones in the garden and memorials of local residents who died serving their country in the first World War.

In 2009, during construction of the new development, a pair of 112 year old time capsules were unearthed. The glass jars were found behind the foundation stone of the former Ragged School, which was laid by MP Earl Compton on July 12, 1897.

Editor's notes

  1. For further information, please contact Wendy Gornicki, PR & Information Officer, Housing 21 on 0370 192 4338 or email wendy.gornicki@housing21.co.uk
  2. Housing 21’s mission is to promote independence and choice for older people through quality care, health and housing services. It provides around 124,000 hours of community care each week and manages 18,200 sheltered and extra care apartments.
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