Chester primary school children have taken a trip back in time to find out more about the history of the area they live in thanks to Redrow.
Pupils at Saighton Church of England Primary School worked with the housebuilder and Redrow TV, its film crew, to produce a film about Saighton Camp, a former military training camp around the time of the Second World War.
In the process, they found out more about the conditions, training and army exercises via old photographs and book extracts sourced from various museums. They discovered that soldiers in training even used to use the school to sleep in.
Teacher Ben Crompton says: “When you bring history to their doorstep, the level of engagement goes through the roof and the children are aware that they are part of the local community. It’s projects like these that really help the children appreciate the area.”
The 120 pupils of the school got to see the results of the filming at a special screening during an assembly which was also attended by several parents as well as Redrow sales director Jason Newton and site manager Jim Macdonald.
Additionally, the children filled a time capsule with items such as a newspaper, a union flag, village and school pictures, a Redrow teddy and a bible and buried it at Redrow’s Regent Grange development close to the school.
Headteacher Mavis Sellers said: “It was a very special morning for the school. The film was delightful as it reflected not only the ethos of the school but also the much sought after location of Saighton. The film crew were ‘child friendly’ and interacted with the children in a most patient, natural manner. There was great excitement surrounding the making of the film and it was nice to see footage of every class.
“Each child contributed to the time capsule by writing a letter to a ‘person of the future’ and deciding what other items would be included. It was such an experience for the children to see a construction site – the whole project was thoroughly enjoyable for everyone involved and we wouldn’t hesitate to work with Redrow again.”
Jason Newton added: “We were really keen to get involved with this project as we really cherish getting involved in the communities in which we build. The children did a fantastic job on the film, the presenters Will and Beau were amazing and Amelie and Tilly, who both live in a Redrow home on the former Saighton Camp site, did a great job of explaining why they like where they live.”
To watch the film the children enjoyed making so much, go to www.redrow.co.uk/tv/videos/generic/saighton-school-community-history-project
For more information about Regent’s Grange visit the marketing suite and showhome from Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 5.30pm and Mondays from 11am to 5.30pm. Alternatively, call 01244 630 730 or go online at www.redrow.co.uk/regents
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the WhatHouse? Awards 2014, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and five consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey. Redrow also collected the award for best marketing initiative at the 2014 Housebuilder Awards and its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence.