Contractors hand over keys to new community centre....17 April 2003

Contributed by localrags on Apr 17, 2003 - 10:03 AM

Contractors have officially handed over the keys to Hawkinge’s new community centre to the trustees who will run it.....more

Pic: (left to right) Andy Carter, site manager for GSE Design & Build, Nick Hamer, senior project manager for GSE, Cllr George Hodgson, Ian Reynolds of Hawkinge Baptist Church, Roger Joyce, architect, Cllr John Heasman, chairman of Hawkinge Parish Council and trustee, Cllr Trevor Johns, project manager and trustee.

But parish council project manager, Trevor Johns, stressed that this was only the beginning of the handover procedure and that work putting the finishing touches to the interior would be continuing.

He said: “We have made a start on the handover. The charitable trust, which will run the centre, is in place and we are able to respond to booking enquiries if people would like to get in touch.�

And he praised contractors GSE Design and Build, and in particular senior project manager Nick Hamer, for all their hard work on the new building.

He said: “Nick has put his heart and soul into this place and it has his unique stamp all over it.

“I think we can all be proud that we now have one of the premium community halls in the area.�

The trust is appealing for people to come forward and offer to help with the running of the new centre. Volunteers can get in touch via the parish council’s website on

Booking enquiries can be made on