Do not open until 2062!

From the left, Grindleton schoolchildren Tom Doherty (11), Jessica Aspin (8), and Daniel Wood (9) hand over their time capsule to John Moore builders at Grindleton Pavilion, with Dr Anne Huson and Grace Dobson.
From the left, Grindleton schoolchildren Tom Doherty (11), Jessica Aspin (8), and Daniel Wood (9) hand over their time capsule to John Moore builders at Grindleton Pavilion, with Dr Anne Huson and Grace Dobson.

The first ever event was staged at the Grindleton Pavilion when three time capsules were handed over to the builders.

The capsules were put together by pupils at St Ambrose Primary School and the local WI and contain items ranging from reading books and letters by the children to a copy of The Clitheroe Advertiser, a till receipt and empty food packets. They will now be sealed inside the new Pavilion which is fast taking shape on the recreation ground opposite the school.

Headteacher Maureen Stansfield, said: “The children are watching the progress of the pavilion with interest and were keen to play a part. They like the idea of the capsules being opened in 50 years’ time, hopefully when many are still living in the village.”

The WI capsule, put together by Grace Dobson, has contributions from Bowland High School Grindleton cricket and football teams and the Brownies, as well as farming magazines, a Jubilee mug and coins.

The £350,000 building has been part-funded by Sport England as part of its Olympics Legacy programme – “Places People Play” – as well as the Rural Development Programme for England.

Finished in stone under a slate roof, The Pavilion will provide changing rooms and a referee’s room, a well-fitted kitchen, bar area and an oak trussed meeting room with a feature window looking out towards Pendle Hill.

Dr Anne Huson, who is spearheading the fund-raising, said: “The Pavilion is on course to be open at the end of October, but it was wonderful to be able to go inside for the first time and get an idea of what a lovely building it will be.

“The children gave the first ever performance in the building when they sang the official Jubilee song and we would like to thank the builders for making access possible. It was another significant milestone for the project.”

The Pavilion is being built by local firm John Moore & Sons, with up to 17 people regularly on site. John Moore said: “We are actually slightly ahead of schedule, with the roof finished and the windows due to go in this week. It is lovely to work on a project that will play such an in important part of the village and great to have everyone wanting to be involved.”

For more about the village and the Pavilion, visit the village website (www.grindleton.org) or the Facebook page: Grindleton Pavilion.

It will be available for hire by the end of the year and groups or organisations that might be interested should e-mail: annehuson@btinternet.com