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Capsule rolls back the years

THE time capsule discovered at Shirley Baptist Church in August was opened this Sunday in front of over 300 people who attended Sunday service.

Rev Paul Campion

THE time capsule discovered at Shirley Baptist Church in August was opened this Sunday in front of over 300 people who attended Sunday service.

The Reverend Paul Campion together with two church members and Gary Flowers, the builder who originally found the capsule back in August, carefully opened the capsule using a saw.

Its contents included copies of the circular church newsletter, the handbill regarding the stone laying and newspaper articles from the Birmingham Post, a sister paper of the Solihull News, and the Daily Post.

All the documents that were enclosed inside the lead casket were in perfect condition and hardly looked their real age of 100 years old.

The church motto for 1910 was in immaculate condition, written on a piece of card with the coloured font as clear as it would have been the day it was buried.

Rev Paul Campion was very excited about the official opening of the capsule and its contents.

"We are all absolutely delighted with the quality of the documents. We will look after them very carefully and hopefully re-bury them as part of the next stage of our redevelopment."

The capsule was buried in 1910, with evidence of the stone laying ceremony printed in a local history book.

It was found in a wall cavity while builders were relocating the stone to another part of the church.

The £180,000 refurbishment included a new worship area with television screens and a new structured seating plan which can be re-arranged.

The church is holding an open day for visitors to view the refurbishment as well as the contents of the capsule, on Saturday November 29, 10am-3pm.

Rev Campion is encouraging everyone to attend and take part in such an important chapter for the church, "This is a very historic moment for the church and for Shirley, we are very proud to be involved in this and everyone is really excited for the future of the church." ..SUPL:

 

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