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The Spring renames room in honour of retiring chair of trustees

The Spring renames room in honour of retiring chair of trustees 18 April 2019

The Havant arts centre has renamed one of its rooms in recognition of Roger Harrison’s hard work and dedication over the past seven years.

Mr Harrison said The Spring has gone from strength to strength since 2011, when it recruited a new team of arts professionals, led by current director Sophie Fullerlove.

“Over the years, they have delivered an exciting and high-quality programme of cultural events and activities,” he said.

“Our volunteers, partners and others have all weighed in as well to ensure The Spring's impact in the region is diverse, relevant and well-executed.”

“It has been a precious gift to work with such a brilliant team.”

The former IBM worker chaired 45 board meetings, saw 94 performances and attended 250 other meetings on behalf of The Spring during his tenure.

Mr Harrison added: “As for the 'Harrison Room', I now know how Queen Victoria must have felt when told her name would always be associated with a deliciously moist sponge cake.”

He is succeeded by Paul Jessop, the current vice-chair. Mr Jessop is a fan of contemporary dance and a self-confessed heritage geek.

The board of trustees oversees the strategic direction of The Spring and is responsible for governance and making sure the centre delivers on its charitable objectives.

The Spring celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It was previously the Havant Arts Centre and Havant Museum, merging into one organisation and re-branding in 2009.