East Devon District Council Chairman, Cllr Andrew Moulding, welcomed guests and Honiton school children to Blackdown House for a special opening ceremony.
Children and teachers from two Honiton schools – Honiton Primary and Littletown Academy – joined East Devon District Council’s Chairman Councillor Andrew Moulding and the council’s Leader Cllr Ian Thomas on 27th February 2019 for a special ceremony, involving the installation of two time capsules assembled by the schoolchildren, to celebrate the official opening of the council’s new headquarters, Blackdown House in Honiton. Councillors, council officers as well as guests gathered round the new flagpole, where Cllr Moulding welcomed everyone and made a short speech, before introducing the school children and asking them to explain what they had put in their time capsules. He then helped the children lower the capsules into a pre-dug hole in the ground near the flagpole. The time capsules (one from each school) contained a diverse selection of objects chosen by the children, including local newspapers (Midweek Herald, The Paper for Honiton and First News), books, magazines, videos and photos of school life, school certificates, photos of Honiton, articles about contemporary events such as Brexit, a poster showing today’s fashions, future predictions, and information about rural village life in East Devon. Each time capsule also contained a book, kindly donated by the Sid Vale Association, about the history of East Devon’s former offices at Knowle in Sidmouth. Plus a programme commemorating the opening of the offices at Knowle in 1978.East Devon District Council