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Can you help ex Spalding school pupils find buried time capsule?




Former pupils of Goodfellows Primary School at Spalding Common are in a race against time ... to find a lost time capsule.

Around 60 ex pupils are debating on Facebook whether it should be dug up and items inside recorded.

The problem is no one can remember exactly where it was buried ... and a care home is due to be built on the site, with work scheduled to start in May.

Goodfellows Primary School is still standing ... but not for much longer. (270219-3)
Goodfellows Primary School is still standing ... but not for much longer. (270219-3)

Ex pupil Kevin Scott says: "Time is running out for us to achieve our aim before the diggers move onto the site."

Some believe the time capsule was buried in 1972, while Kevin thinks it may have been a little later, and there may be a second time capsule in the mix.

Kevin said: "I am in contact with the developers who are keen to help us find the capsule or capsules but obviously they cannot go looking all over the site."

The fear is that the time capsule - or capsules - could be lost forever if a 60-bed care home, to be called Fenchurch House, is built over the top.

Former pupils hope Spalding Guardian readers, including any ex Goodfellows teachers, can help their quest.

Kevin (53) said: "A few people on Facebook, not necessarily in our group, are not happy that we are looking for it - they believe it should be left and retrieved at a later date but we feel, if it's built on, it will never be found.

Fenchurch House, a 60-bed care home, will be built on the site of Goodfellows Primary School at Spalding Common.
Fenchurch House, a 60-bed care home, will be built on the site of Goodfellows Primary School at Spalding Common.

"Our aim has never been to dig it up and disregard it but to preserve and log down what's in it and rebury it along with another from the present day - hopefully with loads of pictures from ex pupils from that era, but nearly 50 years later, and other items from the present."

Goodfellows Primary School closed its doors for the last time at the end of the summer term in 2004.

It had opened in January 1872 and was an "all age" school until April 1941, when senior pupils transferred to the Gleed Senior Council School in Spalding.

Kevin, who works for a transport firm, attended Goodfellows and Gleed Boys' School.

He remembers happy days at Goodfellows but says: "You never appreciate school until you have left."

During his time there, he remembers Mr Kelman was head teacher and teachers included MissBrewster, Mr Isaacs and Mr Fisk.

We reported in January that the new care home, to be called Fenchurch House, will create 60 jobs.

* Please call reporter Lynne Harrison on 01775 765413 if you can pinpoint either time capsule or email lynne.harrison@iliffepublishing.co.uk



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