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In this Coronation year, Walton Parish Council has planted a commemorative tree and has buried a time capsule, to be unearthed in 2123, one hundred years from now. While the tree was planted in May, our official capsule burial ceremony took place on Saturday 1st July on the village green in Higher Walton.

We are grateful to Revd. Anita Ragget from St John's Church, Walton for officiating and marking the occasion on behalf of the Walton community. Anita presided over the burial of the capsule with Parish councillors and parishioners present. As Anita is retiring this month, this was one of her final civic duties. We are grateful to Anita for her support for the Parish Council over the years and wish her a very happy retirement.

Parish Council Chairman, Yousuf Shaikh, unveiled the commemorative plaque which states that the time capsule is to be exposed in May 2123. The time capsule contains a number of items that we hope will be of interest to future generations. The items are:

  • Newspaper front pages from The Times and Warrington Guardian covering the King's Coronation
  • A Church Parish Newsletter
  • A Parish Council Newsletter
  • A set of Parish Council minutes
  • Photographs of Lower and Higher Walton
  • Photographs of Stockton Heath
  • A copy of 'Our Heritage', the historical guide to Walton
  • A King's Coronation 50p coin
  • An expired European Union, UK passport
  • Menus from both the Walton Arms and Stag pubs
  • Some passport size photos of parish residents
  • A picture taken at a Parish Council meeting
  • Photographs and addresses of all Parish Councillors
  • A sample of supermarket receipts
  • A Covid vaccination card

A spokesperson for the Parish Council said, "we wanted to mark the King's coronation with a community project that would bring interest and enjoyment to future generations. We hope our time capsule items will help to convey something about our wonderful parish and the times that we currently live in."

Councillor Shaikh thanked everyone for supporting the project and for attending the burial ceremony.

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