Steve Brine took young William to the Hospital of St Cross on Saturday 12th May, as the Friends held their AGM.
The ancient Hospital of St Cross, which recently featured on BBC programme Wolf Hall, is reknowned for the tranquillity of its setting and the beauty of its architecture, and is one of England's oldest continuing almshouses, which have provided food and shelter for hundreds of years. The principal activity of the Hospital continues to be the provision of individual, private apartments for a living community of about twenty-five elderly men. Known as 'Brothers' they wear black or red gowns and a trencher hat for daily church and other formal occasions.
The AGM was addressed by Elizabeth Fathi of the National Almshouse Association who travelled up from Devon, before Alistair Bruce opened the new (otter-proof!) gate leading out of the Master's Garden.
Speaking after they had afternoon tea in Brethren Hall, Steve said: "I am so proud to be a member of the Friends and it was really interesting to hear about Almshouses across the country – and further afield – as well as their very real relevance to help meet the modern housing challenge we face.
"It was nice to see the new gate and to catch-up with fellow members who support this most Winchester of institutions."
Pictured; Steve Brine MP with the brothers of St Cross, the artist who created the new gate, Friends Chair John Pringle and Alistair Bruce
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