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Primary school kids share Covid experiences with residents of the future

They bury a time capsule at Barratt Homes' Martello Lakes development

Pupils at Hythe Bay Primary School in Hythe have commemorated the events of the past year by burying a time capsule at Barratt Homes’ Martello Lakes development. The objects, chosen by the children to represent the events and challenges of the past year, were buried earlier in the month with representatives from both Barratt Kent and six students from the school present.

The objects included in the time capsule hope to encapsulate the local response to the unprecedented changes that have occurred, with the items ranging from posters about life during the pandemic, letters to the future, photographs of school displays including a giant rainbow, to a lateral flow test, mask and sanitiser. Some of the objects were created by the children in class, reflecting their daily life in 2021 seen through objects including rules to follow at school and examples of virtual sports events, with the capsule scheduled to be dug up in 2121 by a new generation of residents.

Carol Hughes, deputy headteacher of the school, says: “It goes without saying that the past year has been like no other, but for future generations, we hope that our time capsule can offer a glimpse into the experiences our community shares today. We thank Barratt Kent for the opportunity to bury the items at its Martello Lakes development in order to share our children’s stories and experiences over the past year in Hythe.

“The students really enjoyed putting these items together and hopefully those who open the capsule will enjoy learning about our community and hearing the stories the students have shared.”

Carol Hughes, deputy headteacher of Hythe Bay Primary School

Natalie Perry, sales and marketing director for Barratt Kent, adds: “Time capsules are a very special way to connect our community with residents of the future. We are pleased to have the capsule buried at Martello Lakes and have enjoyed seeing the items included for the project. They offer a snapshot of the past year, and we hope that the residents in 2121 will enjoy connecting with our experiences as we have also done today.”

Barratt Kent is currently building its Martello Lakes development, with the latest phase of homes fully sold. For further details about Barratt Kent visit or call 0333 355 8498. 


David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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