Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Buried treasures in Town Hall Time Capsule
There are buried treasures now hidden away underneath the construction site where Hebden Bridge's new Town Hall extension is taking shape. A time capsule, carrying contributions from children at Riverside School in Hebden Bridge reflecting life in 2011, was buried last Friday under what will eventually become the Town Hall's riverside courtyard.
The actual burial of the time capsule was undertaken by the oldest and youngest members of Riverside School's School Council, Sam Edmondson (11) and Arley Hewitt (7), assisted by Brian Fletcher for the contractors Strategic Team Group. Other members of the School Council, representing two elected children from each year class, watched from the balcony at the rear of the Town Hall.
Contributions for the time capsule came from many children at the school, and included messages, drawings, photographs, coins and a small wire sculpture.
Andrew Bibby, trustee of Hebden Bridge Community Association, said: "Children from Riverside shared their ideas for the future of the Town Hall at a workshop with our architects back in 2009, when we were first beginning to discuss the Town Hall extension. We were delighted to be able to welcome them back, and show them the building which is actually now taking shape."
Val Eggleton, head of Riverside School, said: "We've been very pleased to work with the Community Association on the time capsule. Our children have worked very hard to choose appropriate things to put in it, and it's great to think that their contributions will be there under the Town Hall, to be rediscovered some time in the future."
The time capsule itself is a stout metal box, worthy of the best Treasure Island story, which has been specially made and donated by local Hebden Bridge business Halifax Wireform.
A second local school, Hebden Royd, have also been assembling material for a time capsule, and this will be buried in a different part of the Town Hall site later in November.
The Association have also announced that a public Hard Hat tour of the site will be taking place on Saturday December 3rd with twenty-minute tours commencing at 10am and with the last tour at twelve noon. Places are limited, and may be booked by calling into the Town Hall between 10am and 2.30pm or phoning HB 845261.
The construction work on the new Town Hall extension has been funded partly from support from the European Union for the region's economic development, through the Yorkshire and Humber European Regional Development Fund programme 2007-13. The programme provides investment support to help regions improve their economies and help local businesses, people and communities to improve their prospects.
Town Hall will Open Doors as part of National Heritage Weekend
(2nd August 2011)
Pennine Quarry will supply stone for Town Hall (April 2011)
Town Hall Development gets go ahead
Calderdale Council give 125 year lease for Town Hall (26 October 2010)
Town Hall Development Plans go to Calderdale (16 July 2010)
Public consultation on Town Hall plans (May 2010)
Association seeks Treasurer to take on Town Hall role (2 March 2010)
Invitation to see plans for Town Hall (Feb 2010)
Weddings and civil partnerships at Town Hall (Jan 2010)
Town Hall Future Secure (Dec 2009)
Town Hall Group seeks ‘Friends’ (April 2009)
Hebden Bridge Town Hall project: Transfer of Town Hall to community ownership one step closer (March 2009)
HebWeb News: New Charity created to manage Town Hall (Jan 2009)
HebWeb News: Government gives thumbs up to Hebden Bridge Town Hall plans (July 2008)
HebWeb News: Plans to put Town Hall once again at the heart of local life (October 2007)