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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

John Pringle – Chairman of Friends

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!


Robin Goater – Treasurer

Having been born and brought up in Hampshire I moved away to pursue  a successful career as an accountant . I worked initially in local government and more recently the Charity sector; taking me to West Yorkshire then the West Midlands . I returned to Hampshire in 2017 when my wife Catherine Ogle was installed as the Dean at Winchester Cathedral. I have now retired from paid work and split my time between supporting Catherine ; helping in a range of roles for various Charities in Hampshire and beyond; and of course walking to and from beautiful St Cross with our dog Kimi.

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.

Richard Chisnell:

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.

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.

David Firebrace:

I have lived in Sutton Scotney for forty years and was a General Practitioner there until I retired seven years ago. A patient introduced me to St Cross and I was so impressed by the peaceful surroundings that I put my name forward to be a Trustee. I was appointed nine years ago and chaired the Welfare Committee for many years. In June 2017 I had the privilege of becoming Chairman where I will have the challenge of balancing the needs and wants of the Brothers with the maintenance of the beautiful Grade 1 listed buildings.

Robin Chute:

I have lived and worked in Winchester for 36 years being Estates Bursar of Winchester College - responsible for its property portfolio. I have been the Warden's nominative Trustee of St Cross for ten years and chair it's Property Committee. My family have been regular visitors to St Cross since our children first went to "Miss Harper's" in the village hall in the 1980s

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.