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Friends of St Cross Hospital Winchester
The Hospital of St Cross,
Porters Lodge Office
St Cross Road,
Winchester, SO23 9SD


Supporting England’s most perfect Almshouse

Who Does What

Richard Chisnell – Chairman of the Friends:

I represent the third of five generations of Chisnell family to live in Winchester – with two preceding and two more following! We are firmly rooted here and have lived in St. Cross since 1971. Together with my wife, Maureen, and our three children Catherine, Rosie and Adrian, we all sang in the St. Cross Choir during the 80s and we have been involved with our local community in many other ways. Maureen served as a St. Faith’s School Governor while I served on the PCC and Fete Committee and also assisted with the Church Youth Club. We feel privileged to live within the halo surrounding the Hospital of St Cross and its proximity has had a significant influence on all our lives.

John Pringle – Treasurer:

Since retiring  from a nomadic career as an International Banker I have become involved with various Charities.  I live in St Cross and worship at the Church so I have the joy of visiting the Hospital grounds at least once a week. The opportunity to do something to help preserve this magnificent institution was too good to miss!

Robert Parsons - Marketing Director:

Moved to Winchester from Buckinghamshire some twelve years ago and have been a 'Friend' for the past three.  With my wife, Tricia we have attended a number of wonderful events during that time, and I now feel privileged to be invited to become a Trustee and look forward to taking a more acitve role in the fine work of the Hospital. 

Fiona Whitehouse - Administrator:

I have lived in Winchester for over 17 years and I am active in a number of other charities, including Rotary.  I enjoy meeting the members, the Brothers and being involved in supporting Friends of St Cross, to ensure that this unique establishment remains an active part of the rich heritage of Winchester.

Gill Rushton:

I have lived in Winchester for over 30 years, working as an archivist  for  County, City and Cathedral, and playing an active role in several heritage organisations and charities.  My personal association with St Cross Hospital began in the 1970s but was later greatly enhanced after one glorious summer working in the Beaufort Tower on its archives. I became a ‘Founder Friend’ in 2011 and feel privileged to have been invited to become a Trustee of the Friends’ organisation, as I am  delighted to have the opportunity to help in its work of supporting  the very beautiful and special St Cross Hospital.

Cled Jenkins:

I have lived in St Cross, Winchester for the past 50 years. Our family have worshipped and been educated in the parish and for some years I was the recognised doctor for the Hospital of St Cross. The Parish and the Hospital are such an important part of my life and I welcome the opportunity to help found the Friends of St Cross.

William Corbett:

Chairman of the Trustees: I was born in Winchester and brought up just outside. I first visited St Cross as a small child well over 50 years ago and I have been a regular visitor ever since. Having recently retired from work in London I now spend more of my time back in Hampshire and have become Chairman of the Trustees of the Hospital of St Cross. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to contribute to a community and a place which means so much to me and to so many others.

Sue Woodward:

I moved to St Cross with my husband, Stuart, in 1991 before the birth of our first child and fell in love with the Hospital and its beautiful surroundings.  It has been a great privilege to bring up three children with the Hospital and meadows on our doorstep.  I was appointed Trustee of the Hospital in 2005 and Honorary Treasurer in 2011 and I am delighted to be involved in founding the Friends organisation.

Pip Billington:

I have lived in St Cross for 18 years. We have four children who all attended St Faith’s Primary School so as a family we have a long and affectionate association with the church. We feel very much part of the wider community of St Cross and I was delighted to be asked to give time to the Friends who are doing such great work in inviting people to support the Hospital of St Cross.

Chris Brannigan:

I have been part of the community at St Cross, along with my family, for the last dozen years. The Hospital, the worshipping community, and St Faiths School all enhance the sense of who we are and what we do for each other. I am privileged to be asked to contribute towards the work of the Friends of St Cross by being a trustee. I hope my input supports the work of others in our continuous striving to promote the life and work of England’s oldest almshouse.