Ways We Help
FRIENDS GRANTS TO THE HOSPITAL
Monies granted each year and the projects covered – all or in part
Church Pew alterations
The pews with Tudor ends in the North Transept to be altered to fit into the Memorial Chapel.
A new, bespoke, iron gate to be installed between the Master’s Garden and the Bowling Green
Cleaning, repairing and redecorating the railings between the Bowling Green and the Brothers’ graveyard
Additional contribution towards the construction of a new Visitor Toilet Block:
In view of the importance of this project our total grant has been allocated towards its completion.
Contribution to Improve Facilities
Modifications to existing buildings will provide modern visitor toilets and some additional office and storage space on the first floor. Work is expected to take place during 2016.
Provision of running water and power to the Brothers Bowling Green:
An increasing number of Weddings and other outside events, including some for the Friends, take place in the Master’s Garden or the adjacent Bowling Green. There will now be permanent and safe access to water and electricity services.
Repair of Main Hospital Gates:
The outer Hospital Gates are very old and used daily. They need to be preserved for the future.
Installation of a new Kissing Gate of the entrance to the Water Meadows:
A fully accessible wooden kissing gate will allow wheelchairs and prams/pushchairs access to the Meadows and on into the City along the River path.
50 long life stacking, oak-veneer Chairs:
These were part of a large number of new chairs purchased for use in the Church and other Hospital locations.
Lady Chapel Triptych Security Alarm:
The beautiful and quite rare Triptych, painted by Jan Gossaert (c1478- c1572), is now much more secure with a state-of-the-art alarm system.
Hospital Notice Board on the Brothers Bowling Green:
Walkers using the Water Meadows can now learn about the Hospital buildings as they pass by and note the many events that take place within.
Refurbishment of Kneelers and new Cushions for the Red Brothers Stalls
Refurbishment of a second Brother’s Shed
Restoration of Painted Ceiling in Church:
The Friends Grant helped pay for the cleaning and the touching in with matching colours of the paint of the magnificent 19th Century wooden ceiling.
Ceiling Before Ceiling Today
Brethren’s Hall Staircase Refurbishment:
The staircase was used by Bishop Fox to reach the Master’s Lodgings, then in the Beaufort Tower. The Tudor handrail woodwork was in poor condition through wear and tear and insect damage. Our Grant funded extensive repairs and additional safety features, so that access to the Tower Room is now possible.
Refurbishment of a Brother’s Shed:
Brothers use the historical, listed Sheds for storage space as there is very little provided in their Flats. Hospital Carpenter, Steve, has done a great refurbishment job.