Yate schoolchildren and D-Day veteran leave message for future generations

November 26 2021
Yate schoolchildren and D-Day veteran leave message for future generations

CHILDREN from a Yate primary school teamed up with a D-Day veteran to bury a special time capsule in the gardens of the building which bears his name.

Pupils from Abbotswood Primary School were joined by Leonard Trewin, the 97-year-old from Yate who inspired the name of Trewin Lodge.

The event was organised by Churchill Retirement Living, which built Trewin Lodge, in Normandy Drive.

Apartment owners and staff from the development joined Leonard and the children for a ceremony in the building’s communal gardens.

Items placed in the capsule included one of Len’s berets, signed photos, a scroll of artwork done by the children and a copy of a local paper to mark the date.

 Leonard also shared stories about his wartime experiences and showed off some of his medals including the Legion d'Honneur awarded to him by the French government in 2019 for his service in helping to liberate France during the Normandy landings.

Abbotswood head teacher Sarah Willoughby said: “This has been a fun project for the children to get involved in and a wonderful opportunity to meet such an inspirational local figure and learn from him about the past.

"We’re very grateful to Churchill Retirement Living for organising the visit – all of the pupils worked very hard on their contributions for the time capsule, which I’m sure our descendants will have a lot of enjoyment looking through one day. We had great fun thinking about what people in the future will think when they dig it up!”

Churchill Retirement Living's Jo Ridehalgh said: “We hope that some of the same children can return with their own families one day to see the capsule dug up.”

Trewin Lodge is located on Normandy Drive near the heart of Yate, close to shops and amenities, and perfectly located for local transport links. The development comprises 65 private, self-contained apartments and 6 cottages with spacious rooms throughout, considerately designed with the over 60s in mind, and a warm, comfortable Owners’ Lounge where regular social events will start up again as soon as Covid restrictions allow.

For more information on Trewin Lodge call 01454 837682 or visit www.churchillretirement.co.uk.