Newcastle Building Society is casting an eye to the future by burying a time capsule in the walls of its brand new branch and Financial Advice Centre in Darlington’s town centre.
Items were donated to fill the time capsule from Darlington Harriers and St Theresa’s Hospice, who helped bury it alongside branch manager Gemma Manson and John Weatherall from Newcastle Financial Advisers, the financial advice subsidiary established by Newcastle Building Society.
As well as the charity donations, the capsule contained the current £5 note and £1 coin, both of which are due to be discontinued this year, plus a restaurant menu and a newspaper from the day of the burial.
Due to open on 24th April, with an official launch event being held on 5th May, the new branch and Financial Advice Centre at Horsemarket will replace the Society’s current Skinnergate branch, which has served the Darlington community for over 25 years.
Construction work is well underway on the new premises which will offer a bright, inviting environment, including more private meeting spaces, reflecting the Society’s commitment to making face to face financial advice accessible on the high street. Professional financial advisers are available in all branches.
Large digital screens will keep customers up to date with products and promotions, alongside the Society’s Darlington community news.
The new facility follows an upgrade of the Society’s Gateshead branch in 2016, as well as the launch of their flagship Financial Advice Centres in Newcastle City Centre and a unique partnership branch inside Yarm Library.
Darlington Branch Manager, Gemma Manson said:  “We’ve been part of the local community for almost three decades, so it makes sense we want to continue improving our facilities and services for existing and new customers.
“We’re moving just round the corner, but we wanted to mark the significance of our relocation and felt that burying a time capsule would be the perfect way to bring a part of our Darlington history with us to the new branch.
“We’ve worked closely with St Theresa’s Hospice to support them over the last two years, with the branch team and our customers working hard to raise almost £2,000 for them in that time.

“They offer an extremely important service to our local community and we were pleased we were able to involve them in the project and give them a behind-the-scenes view of a branch under construction.
“The launch of the branch and Financial Advice Centre is fast approaching us and we can’t wait to move into our new home and show our customers their much improved branch.”