The Friends of St Cross Hospital Winchester is an independent charity established in 2011. Our main objectives are to:

  • Assist the Trustees of the Hospital in funding the maintenance of the property and ground-works within the Hospital precincts.
  • Organize activities to widen the appreciation of the historical and architectural significance of the Hospital buildings and gardens.
  • To support the Hospital’s role as an active community of Brothers.


Note from our Chairman – Richard Chisnell


Since our Launch, as a Friends Charity, in September 2011, we have been delighted to welcome some 400 memberships across our individual, joint/family and corporate categories, involving over 600 individual Friends.

Our Members are both local and from other parts of Hampshire and beyond, all of whom are keen to help preserve one of Britain’s finest heritage jewels here in Winchester.

St Cross is one of the oldest Almshouses in the UK with 24 Brothers currently resident in the “Almshouse of Noble Poverty”

The Friends of St Cross Hospital has an active management team and a busy event programme each year, designed not only to allow the development of a happy, social network of Friends but also to assist our fund-raising efforts through the year.

Since we started we have given grants worth £35,000 to the Hospital Trustees towards the upkeep of Hospital buildings, some of which date back almost 900 years.

Please consider joining our Friends network and, by so doing, help contribute to the maintenance of this iconic Institution.  You will be playing your part in the continuing history of this special place.

You can get in touch via our e-mail address to find out more or download our application form and send it to the address given.