We’ve just buried The Gruffalo and Prince William!

Children from Thorneyholme School help to bury the capsule (s).
Children from Thorneyholme School help to bury the capsule (s).
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Prince William’s wedding, The Gruffalo and a school jumper were among the items village schoolchildren chose to bury in a time capsule at a new housing scheme.

Children from Thorneyholme RC Primary School in Dunsop Bridge were invited to contribute towards the official ceremony for 12 “lifetime” rural affordable homes at Dunsop Bridge, being opened by Lord Shuttleworth, The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire.

The children included letters, pictures of Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee year and the wedding of Prince William, the children’s book The Gruffalo, a Thorneyholme School jumper and many other items that were placed in the ground alongside the scheme.

The development was undertaken by the Duke of Lancaster Housing Trust, the patron of which is Her Majesty The Queen.

The housing trust’s objective is to help local people wishing to stay and build their future in rural communities such as Dunsop Bridge.

The homes are managed by registered social landlord, Ribble Valley Homes, in partnership with The Duke of Lancaster Housing Trust.

The houses and cottages, designed by Francis Roberts Architects of Preston, are built in traditional, local materials to blend into the village and each has its own private garden and parking.

They are built to the Code for Sustainable Homes and the national Lifetime Homes Standard, and the three-bedroom family homes have flexible accommodation for up to five people.

Mr Colin Redman, Chairman of the Duke of Lancaster Housing Trustees, said: “Dunsop Bridge is a picturesque village in the geographic heart of the country, but it has lacked affordable housing for local people.

“Schemes such as this aim to help local people of all ages who wish to stay in the rural villages in which they grew up.

“The scheme provides high-quality, affordable homes which cater for their needs throughout their lifetime.