Time capsule buried at school

A UNIQUE time capsule guaranteed to leave future generations scratching their heads has been laid at a Suffolk church.Around 50 children from Cockfield Primary School, near Bury St Edmunds, signed their names on the back of two large facing stones – which will be placed over the porch of local church St Peters during the final stage of an extensive restoration project.

A UNIQUE time capsule guaranteed to leave future generations scratching their heads has been laid at a Suffolk church.

Around 50 children from Cockfield Primary School, near Bury St Edmunds, signed their names on the back of two large facing stones – which will be placed over the porch of local church St Peters during the final stage of an extensive restoration project.

The church, whose porch is currently cocooned in scaffolding, suffered crumbling stones and deteriorating tiling after 800 years in existence.

But during the 10-year restoration project, a total of £100,000 has been spent on repointing the tower and renovating parts of the roof and windows.

Churchwarden Gillian Hodge said: "Inviting the children along was a nice gesture, and they seemed to enjoy being given the chance to sign the stones.

"I don't think there will be much there next somebody takes the facing stones off, as they have already lasted 800-years and will hopefully last again.

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"The porch is the last phase of the restoration project, and should be finished within two weeks. We will be absolutely delighted when all the work is finished.

"The church will not look very different, but at least the stones should stop crumbling and the building can be preserved for years to come."

Money for the project came from grants and donations.

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