Local school children capture a moment in time at CALA's Shopwyke Lakes

Local children from Westbourne House School were given a unique opportunity to capture life in 2019, after being invited by CALA Homes to bury a time capsule at their nearby Shopwyke Lakes development in Chichester.

CALA Homes 12 March 2019

The children, aged 4 to 7 years old, were joined by their head teacher and members of the CALA Homes sales team to enclose items in the time capsule, designed to give future generations of Chichester a glimpse into life in the city in 2019. Included in the time capsule were thumb prints, drawings, information about the school, photographs, current newspapers and coins. Some other thoughtful ideas included guidelines on how to be kind and respect others and flower seeds to share the pupils’ interest in nature with future generations.

Nicki Dennis, Sales and Marketing Director for CALA Homes (South Home Counties) said: “We were delighted to welcome pupils from Westbourne House School to take part in the time capsule project. As well as building houses, we strive to create a sense of community so it was fantastic to provide this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the children to think creatively about how they can leave their mark at Shopwyke Lakes for future generations. It’s great to have this important piece of the site’s history now buried within its foundations and we can’t wait for it to be discovered in years to come.”

Caroline Oglethorpe, Westbourne House’s Head of Pre-Prep and Nursery, said: “Our pupils worked closely together to decide what to put into the time capsule, taking care to think about what future children may be interested in looking at and reading about.  Thank you to CALA Homes for giving our children this opportunity and a real sense of living history.

Chichester itself has a strong historic background, and outstanding sense of community, with many quaint side streets occupying family run businesses, boutiques, high-street shops and fashionable eateries. This cathedral city dating back to Roman times, is ideally placed for everything the South Downs National Park and Sussex coast have to offer.

Chichester offers both state and private schools which provide an excellent standard of education. The city provides a good base for commuters, with direct rail services to Portsmouth, Bognor and Arundel in under half an hour, while Brighton and Southampton can be reached in less than an hour. 


CALA Homes are offering a range of schemes to help with your dream move including the Government backed Help to Buy initiative and their popular up to 100% Part Exchange scheme. 

For further information on these and the range of two, three, four and five bedroom homes currently available at Shopwyke Lakes priced from £345,000 to £675,000, please visit the marketing suite and showhomes, which are open daily from 10am to 5pm, call 01243 884840 or go to www.cala.co.uk