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Tithe Lodge hosts time capsule re-burial to commemorate local history

On Friday 7 October, the Mayor of Southam, Councillor Mike Brooks, along with customers who live at Tithe Lodge, officially re-buried a time capsule in the garden at the housing scheme. The capsule was buried to replace the original ‘millennium time capsule’ that was uncovered when the new homes at Tithe Lodge were developed over a year ago.

The original time capsule was created in the year 2000 and contained a number of local publications and photos. To that, we have added plans of the new Tithe Lodge building and some other local information relating to the area. As the capsule was being put back to rest at Tithe Lodge, some details about the history of the scheme were also included with the original contents. The new capsule will be opened in the year 2100.

Valerie Steele, who was the Secretary of the Millennium Committee from 1998 to 2000, also came along to watch the time capsule be re-buried.  She says; “I was involved in the original burial of the time capsule. It was nice to see that the information was saved and re-buried safely, so that future generations can learn more about Southam and its long standing history.”

Barbara Whitehead, one of the Orbit customers living at Tithe Lodge, was on hand to assist. She says; “It was an honour to be asked to participate and to officially become part of the history of the area. The new homes at Tithe Lodge are not only a great resource for the community today, but we’re hoping it will be for many more years to come.”

The Mayor of Southam, Councillor Mike Brooks; “We’re burying a piece of history on top of another piece of history because under the development of Tithe Lodge, we unearthed the medieval Tithe Barn from the 12th and 13th centuries. There was a lot of excitement around the discovery at the time and we’re pleased that we were able to commemorate that today along with the area’s more recent history, with the burial of the time capsule.”

Tithe Lodge is an independent living with care scheme designed for people aged over 55. Developed by Orbit Homes and Bouygues UK, Tithe Lodge contains 75 modern one and two bedroom apartments and 24/7 on-site care facilities, Tithe Lodge offers customers an affordable and active lifestyle in their later years. It is twinned with the Tithe Place community hub which houses Southam’s Library and The Tithe Café. There are currently affordable rented vacancies at Tithe Lodge and anyone over 55 who has a medium to high care need, is encouraged to get in touch for more details or to arrange a viewing. Please call 0800 678 1221 or email for more details. Information is also available on our website at

Located on the high street, Tithe Lodge provides an unrivalled blend of independent living housing and impressive communal facilities, including two private gardens, a restaurant, cinema and games room. The development is also home to a unique community hub, open to both customers and the public, which brings together Southam’s new library and a space for the local community.