COFTON Hackett and Longbridge communities gathered to bury a time capsule at the new village hall last week.
The contents of the capsule, buried at Cofton Village Hall, included drawings by school children, nostalgic car posters from Longbridge plant in its Austin heyday, leaflets from local businesses and old photographs of the area.
The ‘Area Action Plan’, which is the original document detailing developer St Modwen’s plans to regenerate the village hall, was also included.
Rev’d Sheri Gidney, a local resident and chair of Cofton Village Hall Trust, said: “Longbridge has undergone a huge transformation in the last 13 years with new homes, shops, restaurants and offices created in the area.
“We wanted to take a moment to pause and appreciate the great progress that has been made.
“The completion of the new village hall in Cofton Hackett this summer will be a huge milestone, helping us strengthen an already strong community bond.”
Chris Newsome, development director at St. Modwen, added: “Longbridge and Cofton Hackett are very special places and the residents and businesses have been incredibly supportive as the areas have undergone significant change.
“We’re pleased to be able to help boost the sense of community and will continue to work closely with all parties as we move into the next phase of development in Longbridge.”
As the construction of the village hall nears completion, The Cofton Village Hall Trust is raising money to make it ready for public use.
St. Modwen has paid for the building and fittings but funds for contents and start-up costs must be raised locally.
At least £40,000 is needed and the trustees are working hard to secure grants, as well as organising community fundraising activities.
You can help donate directly by heading to www.gofundme.com/CoftonVillageHall