A Ground Breaking Ceremony took place on Thursday 4 November to celebrate the construction of the Bourne Community Hub in Poole. This follows the Poole Communities Trust working with local residents and raising over £2m from a variety of funders. The new Community Hub at Bourne, being built by Amiri Construction, includes a 50 place pre-school, facilities for young people and a wide range of activities and services for local people of all ages.
Over 50 people celebrated this important milestone and expressed thanks to all of the local residents, funding organisation’s and construction specialists involved.
Kerry Manning, Chair of Bourne Big Local and Sir Christopher Lees, Talbot Village Trust laid the first bricks on the site. Earlier in the day the crane had lifted into place the impressive steel frame for the main sports hall.
Sir Christopher Lees, Talbot Village Trust said:
“Talbot Village Trust is absolutely delighted to be able to support such a wonderful community building that will undoubtedly benefit the lives of many. The Bourne Hub will bring communities together and address the issues encountered by people of all ages. The Poole Communities Trust has done an outstanding job with fundraising such a staggering amount and for us, this is not just the building of a community centre, it is delivering hope to the lives of many.”
Kerry Manning – Chair of Bourne Big Local said:
‘It is wonderful to see the progress being made on site and to help lay the first bricks. We cannot wait to see the building opening next summer. Whilst construction is taking place, we are working with Poole Communities Trust and Little People Pre-school to ensure we have a full programme of services and activities when we open next year.‘
Chris Beale, Chair of Poole Communities Trust said:
‘We are thrilled to be celebrating today with residents, funders and partner organisation’s. We are hugely grateful for their support and commitment. Our thanks to Amiri Construction Ltd for allowing us to come on site today and get a wonderful sense of our new building.’
Martin Tidby, Amiri Construction said:
‘It was a great opportunity to get everyone involved in this project together and celebrate the work that is going on, on site. We are delighted to back in the area working with local supply chain partners on a project that benefits the community having delivered the Quay School just up the road a few years ago.”
Debbie Dixon, Poole Communities Trust said: ‘We have all put so much work into bringing the dream of the Bourne Community Hub to life but we still need your support. If you want to see the Hub come to fruition for generations to come then please consider making a small donation by ‘buying a brick’ (or three)! Please click the link below and buy as many as you can afford – we promise this money will go directly towards building, furnishing and landscaping the new Bourne Community Hub. And don’t forget to leave your name and a message in the box provided if you are buying a brick in memory of someone or to mark a special occasion, we will include your message on the Wall of Supporters in the entrance hall of the new Community Hub. https://poolecommunitiestrust.org.uk/buyabrick’