Youngsters take time to mark new homes

A GROUP of Royton youngsters have created their own piece of history to mark the completion of a new housing development.

Pupils at Thorp Road Primary School buried special project work in a time capsule to commemorate the completion of new homes near to their school.

Among information planted underground for future generations to discover was work children do to improve the environment in their Eco Club, interviews with teachers about their lives, pictures of toys they currently play with, a school jumper and some creative models and artworks showing their ideas of ‘schools of the future’.

The capsule was buried in a landscaped area in the middle of the new development.

Royton North councillor Hannah Roberts, Oldham Council’s cabinet member for housing, attended the ceremony together with headteacher, Miss Bowers, teacher Miss Wood, and nine students from the school’s Eco Club.She said: “The children clearly worked very hard to prepare their information for the time capsule.

“It is amazing they are trying to think about what things will be like in the future. Life is changing so much.”

First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO) and its development arm – Fabric Living – have finished work on 28 new properties on Thorp Road that are available through a mix of shared ownership, rent to buy and affordable rent.

The homes have provided local families, including some of those with children at the school, the opportunity to take a first step on the housing ladder.

Jamie Smith, Project Manager for FCHO, was delighted with the hard work put in by the school children.

He said: “I am really grateful to all the children and teachers who worked so hard to produce such interesting and attractive information to place in the capsule.

“It will give future generations a real insight into what life was like when these houses were built and show the type of work undertaken by local school children.

“It’s also great to hear that some of the families with children at Thorp Road school are moving into the new homes.

“The development has given many local people the chance to purchase a new home for the first time.”

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