Church Notices

A visit to the Hospital of St Cross in Winchester

For a few hours on Wednesday, June 25 some thirty members of the benefice Churches of Beaulieu, Exbury and East Boldre were given the opportunity to savour the life enjoyed by the residents of a mediaeval almshouse!  The hospital of St Cross, and the Almshouse of Noble Poverty were the results of a charotable foundation in the twelth century, and they have retained much of the atmosphere and dignity of that time.  In an anceint building reminiscent (to your scribe at least) of the Abbey of Romsey or the minster at Tewkesbury, services are held, and the resident brethren attend, much as they must have done seven hundred years ago.  Some pictures of the experience are shown here.