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Is Spalding school time capsule riddle solved?

A former pupil of Goodfellows Primary School may have solved the mystery of where a lost time capsule is buried.

Ex pupil Chris Thompson phoned to say his sister, now Susan Pixley, remembers the time capsule being buried in 1972 beneath a tree "at the pointed end" of a triangular field next to the school.

Around 60 former pupils have been debating on Facebook whether it should be dug up and reburied in a spot where it won't end up under concrete.

The former Goodfellows Primary School at Spalding Common.
The former Goodfellows Primary School at Spalding Common.

But, until now, no one could remember where it was buried and time is pressing because a care home is due to be built on the site.

Facebook group member Kevin Scott hopes to investigate Susan's site suggestion on April 1, although he believes the tree that she mentioned has since been removed.

Kevin said: " I have been searching on line for old aerial photos of the school from that time but had no luck."

Building work on the care home is scheduled to start in May.

Some in the Facebook group believe there may have been more than one time capsule.

Last week Kevin told us: "Time is running out for us to achieve our aim before the diggers move onto the site."

The developers are sympathetic to the group's aims but Kevin explains "they cannot go looking all over the site".

A 60-bed care home, to be called Fenchurch House, is due to replace the Goodfellows Primary School building at Spalding Common.

Kevin said the group's aim has never been to dig up the time capsule and disregard it.

Members want to preserve the time capsule and log down what's in it and then rebury it along with another from the present day.

He says hopefully that will be done "with loads of pictures from ex pupils from that era, but nearly 50 years later, and other items from the present."

* Our picture shows how children and staff at Goodfellows Primary School in Spalding looked towards the end of the 1970s.

A class picture from Goodfellows C of E Primary School, Spalding, in the 1970s. Photo supplied by Allison Green.
A class picture from Goodfellows C of E Primary School, Spalding, in the 1970s. Photo supplied by Allison Green.

Allison Green (52), of Gosberton, kindly provided the Spalding Guardian with this snapshot from the area’s educational past, taken at least 25 years before Goodfellows closed in 2004.

During its 132-year history, after the school first opened in January 1872, it is questionable whether anyone developed closer family ties to the school as Allison did.

She said: “My nan used to live in a house next door to the school and my mum was the eldest of 14 children, 12 girls and two boys, who all went to Goodfellows.

“My dad, who also went to the school, still lives on Goodfellows Road, Spalding, and both myself and my brother Mark went to Goodfellows School too.

“It was a nice school, everybody knew each other and there were charity events there, including garden fetes.

“That’s why it’s a shame to see the state it’s in now because I thought it might have been used for new housing.”

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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