With the regeneration of Sheerwater well underway, treasured memories of life on the estate have been encased in the foundations of the new development and preserved for all time.
On behalf of the local community, the Mayor has placed a 16-inch stainless steel time capsule into the ground where the first residential properties will be built.
Speaking at the event organised by site contractors, Gilbert-Ash, the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, said: “There has always been a strong sense of community spirit in Sheerwater so it’s hugely symbolic that a small part of that has been captured and placed in the foundations of this new development.
“It’s been a long time coming but now that you can see the transformation of Sheerwater is actually happening, you can feel the excitement building. This time capsule recognises the community’s involvement in bringing this regeneration project to bear so I’m deeply honoured to be invited to help formalise this bond.”
Contained within the stainless steel air and water-tight container are historical records and references to life in Sheerwater. These have been curated by the Sheerwater Together Group, a community group made up of residents and representatives from Mascot, St Michael’s Church, Sheerwater Islamic and Education Centre, Citizen’s Advice and other local organisations.
Items selected for internment include a copy of the regeneration plans, the Mayor of Woking’s crest, the Sheerwater census profile, a complete set of coins of each denomination, a copy of the Woking News and Mail, the Sheerwater Coat of Arms and an Asda grocery receipt, which shows the cost of essential items like a pint of milk and loaf of bread.
The capsule is guaranteed to last for 200 years and will be marked on the official site plans. Its GPS co-ordinates will be added to the official time capsule register so that any future developer will know where to find it.