Haverhill student Kate makes her mark on history

Sam Ward student Kate Lawes receives her prize of a Kindle from Helen Chaplin (right) from Haverhill Research Park. They are joined by Pat Stalker
Sam Ward student Kate Lawes receives her prize of a Kindle from Helen Chaplin (right) from Haverhill Research Park. They are joined by Pat Stalker

A Haverhill teenager has left her mark on history as a time capsule designed by her was buried at Haverhill Research Park for future generations.

Samuel Ward Academy student Kate Lawes triumphed in a competition to select the contents of the capsule to be buried on the £100 million Carisbrooke Developments site in Hanchett End.

Kate was presented with a Kindle by Helen Chaplin from the research park at her school assembly on Friday (24).

The judging criteria was based on the creativity and the appropriateness of the students’ ideas on what should go into the time capsule to tell future generations about the life of young people in Haverhill in the early 21st Century. The time capsule is to be composed of five items.

Kate based her five items around the five main senses.

The first item was a badge for the Churchill Free School, a school that provides special needs education for children with language and interaction problems, autism, and Asperger’s Syndrome.

The badge is linked to the sense ‘touch’ because it is a tangible object that shows that Haverhill is developing and willing to lend a ‘helping hand’ to people in need.

Her second item was a sheet of music with a page from the leaflet of the Haverhill Arts Centre and is linked to ‘sound’ because of the regular concerts, musicals, and films held there.

The third item was a glow stick with a tag attached to it, which had a picture of the fireworks at the Recreation Ground which represents ‘sight’ because the entire display is large and colourful.

The fourth item is a pressed/dried flower along with a picture of the High Street, which has planters lined up and is full of flowers.

This item represents the sense of ‘smell’.

The last item was an empty tin of beans, which had a picture of the Haverhill Foodbank, which represents ‘taste’.

Carisbrooke director Nic Rumsey said: “The shortlist was of a very high standard, but I really liked Kate’s rationale and creativity used in choosing her five items, because each object is relevant to the contemporary lifestyle here in Haverhill. Hopefully, one day someone will open the time capsule and learn what it was like to live here during the early 21st century.”

Achievement director at Samuel Ward, Imogen Senior said: “The items that Kate selected for the time capsule were highly imaginative, clear, and her explanations were detailed and well-thought through.

“The objects give an overview of life in Haverhill and provide direct links and references to town landmarks.”

Kate will bury the time capsule with her five items at a ceremony in early 2014.

The judges for this competition were St Edmundsbury Cllr Karen Richardson, Ms Senior, Echo reporter Jack Tappin and Mr Rumsey.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (February 6) Echo.15,