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Opening of Phase 2 of the Heritage Centre. 
(June 13th 2005


The picture above shows the chairman Gordon Thorne, 
with the Marques of
 cutting the ribbon, the Archivist Pam Reeks and the secretary Ann Page


The Official Opening of Phase two of the Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre by the Marques of Salisbury, PC, DL occurred on June 13th 2005. He said that “in days of globalisation Verwood is taking pride in the town's traditional activities; looking forward, while knowing details of Verwood's past.” He commented on how the centre is a good example of the best collaboration between local government and an independent charity. Mr Thorne (chairman) thanked all those who had helped so much to get phase 2 built and equipped.


The Marques of Salisbury being presented with a gift 
by Cherry Thorne and Pam Reeks.




The Chairman and Secretary greeting visitors.

Why was it needed?  

The motivating force for the project was to preserve the old Pottery Workshop which stood in danger of demolition.

Until the arrival of the "Verwood HUB" there was then no other hall in Verwood where an exhibition could be on show for more than a day or at the most two.  The restored workroom and in time the studio enables the Heritage Centre, Verwood Historical Society, artists and craftspeople and similar organisations to leave their work on display for longer periods for the greater convenience and enjoyment of the public. 


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