East Devon District Council opens new headquarters

Council officials and schoolchildren pictured outside the new Blackdown House offices in Honiton

EAST Devon District Council marked the official opening of its new headquarters at Blackdown House, Honiton, with flag raising and the installation of two time capsules. 

Council chairman Andrew Moulding was joined by children from two Honiton schools for the special ceremony on Wednesday. 

Councillors, council officers and guests gathered around the new flagpole, where Councillor Moulding welcomed everyone and made a short speech, before introducing the schoolchildren and asking them to explain what they had put in their time capsules.

He then helped the children lower the capsules into a pre-dug hole in the ground near the flagpole.

The time capsules, one from each school, contained a diverse selection of objects chosen by the children, including local newspapers, books, magazines, videos and photos of school life, school certificates, photos of Honiton, articles about contemporary events such as Brexit, a poster showing today’s fashions, future predictions, and information about rural village life in East Devon.

Each time capsule also contained a book, kindly donated by the Sid Vale Association, about the history of East Devon’s former offices at Knowle in Sidmouth, plus a programme commemorating the opening of the offices at Knowle in 1978.

A commemorative plaque to mark the opening had been provided by the council’s contractors Interserve, who built Blackdown House.

Cllr Moulding said: “I am particularly delighted to receive these time capsules from the children from Honiton Primary and Littletown Academy schools. They provide an excellent flavour of 21st century life in Honiton.

“My thanks to Councillor Alan Dent for visiting the schools and organising the time capsules and to the schoolchildren for putting together the contents.

“Congratulations to all concerned with the delivery of our new headquarters in Honiton. A particular thank you to Steve Pratten and Simon Allchurch for the building, the fit-out and the furnishing arrangements, and to Karen Jenkins for overseeing the smooth transition of our staff.

“We must not forget the patience of our staff throughout the process. I’m sure they are now pleased that the process is over and that they can looking forward to a successful relocation.”

Following the time capsule ceremony, the chairman invited the children to help him raise the East Devon flag to mark the official opening of the building.

All the children were presented with memory sticks, as mementoes of the day, featuring a time lapse video showing the construction of Blackdown House.

Guests were then invited into the new building to enjoy refreshments.

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