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Hampshire Solent museum and arts centre wins national award for voluntary organisation governance

We are delighted to announce that on Monday 10 November The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, an Accredited museum in Havant, was formally declared the winner of an important national award for good governance.

The Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize, awarded annually by the National Council for Voluntary Organisation (NCVO), highlights the charity boards who work to a high standard to secure the long term direction of their organisation, making sure it is operating in a responsible and effective way.

The NCVO is the largest membership body for the voluntary sector in the UK and has more than 11,000 members. The award was open to charities of all sizes and in all areas of public benefit. The Spring was included in a shortlist of four organisations including a hospice, a national disability charity and an environmental organisation.

The Spring’s Trustee Peter Hammond attended this the NCVO's national conference and collected the museum's prize of £1000 and free membership of NCVO for one year.

Roger Harrison, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said 'We are absolutely delighted to have been named as the 2014 winner of this prestigious award. The fact that The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre won against such strong competition is national recognition for the vital contribution we are making to our region. Such external validation is a tribute to the hard work that is carried out daily by a dedicated team of staff, trustees, volunteers and other key stakeholders. We would like to thank NCVO for both recognising and rewarding the tremendous work that is done by a lot of committed individuals for the good of their community.’

This award recognises The Spring at a national level and was particularly awarded to the trustees for their support in the development of a new business plan, in the organisation's new way of balancing charitable objectives with a business approach and in its commitment to using arts and heritage to enhance wellbeing and to make its region a better place to live.

The Spring's Director Sophie Fullerlove said: 'The fact that we won against such strong competition is national recognition for the contribution we are making to the region and we hope that Havant and Hampshire can benefit from this success too.'


Winifred Tumim Award 2014  L-R Peter Hammond (Trustee) Roger Harrison (Chair of Board of Trustees) Sophie Fullerlove (Director of The Spring)

The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre

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