Historically-minded locals bury time capsule celebrating Stockport's history

By Alasdair Perry

1st Apr 2024 | Local News

Vernon Building Society teamed up with St Joseph's Catholic Primary School to bury a time capsule, to be opened in 2124 (Image - Vernon Building Society)
Vernon Building Society teamed up with St Joseph's Catholic Primary School to bury a time capsule, to be opened in 2124 (Image - Vernon Building Society)

A group of helpful historians have buried a Stockport-themed time capsule, featuring items from the past 100 years of the town's history.

Employees at Vernon Building Society worked alongside pupils from St Joseph's RC primary to bury the seven kilogram capsule.

It will remain buried in the school's peace garden for a further 100 years, to be opened by pupils in 2124.

Some of the artefacts include a Blossoms vinyl, a leaflet celebrating Stockport's year as Town of Culture, and a letter to the future people of Stockport.

Stockport Mayor, Councillor Graham Greenhalgh joined head teacher Ann Reeh and children from St Joseph's school council for the burial. Vernon's CEO, Steve Fletcher, also attended.

Headteacher Ann Reeh helps the pupils place the special items into Vernon Building Society's time capsule (Image via Vernon Building Society)

The full contents of the capsule are as follows:

  • A copy of the first minutes from The Vernon Building Society on March 27 1924
  • A graphene coin, a piece of Concretene (graphene enhanced concrete) and a GIM Concrete coaster to celebrate Manchester University's groundbreaking graphene research.
  • A 2024 Royal Mint UK Brilliant Uncirculated Definitive 8 coin King Charles set
  • March 27 2024 edition of the Manchester Evening News
  • Miniature hat donated by Stockport's Hat Works Museum
  • Manchester worker bee pin badge
  • Coronation Street keyring
  • A Stockport Council leaflet celebrating the 2023/24 Town of Culture year
  • Vernon Building Society's Vernon Bear soft toy
  • A Blossoms 7" vinyl
  • A Stockport County scarf
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School unform tie
  • A printed news article revealing Stockport has been named the best place to live in the North West by The Sunday Times from March 2024
  • 'It's a No-Money Day' children's book by Kate Milner exploring a family's trip to a foodbank and living below the poverty line
  • Pop Bubble Fidget Toy
  • Letter to the future people of Stockport from Stockport Mayor, Councillor Graham Greenhalgh

Kimberly, ten-year-old pupil at St Joseph's Primary School, said that when the capsule is opened "the children will think that it's from one thousand years ago because they will have floating cars and lots of things that we would never expect, as technology can improve things very quickly and fast. They probably won't have to eat anything, they will just tap something to get what they need."

Aarna, aged seven said that in 100 years time "life will be really fun, as parents will say yes to everything!"

Vernon CEO Steve Fletcher said: "We're hoping that in 100 years' time, people will be excited to open our time capsule and that some of our employees and members will be there to enjoy the occasion."

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