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A frosty morning at St Cross

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Anyone interested in writing their Christmas cards might consider rupturing their quads, as David has done, for he stoically points out that immobility is helpful when tackling a Christmas card list.

Here is a card he is sending out. The image is by Adrian Harvey. The card is sold to help maintain the fabric of The Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty, just south of Winchester and an easy jog up the tow path from David's house at Shawford.

The oldest and the largest medieval almshouse in Britain, the Hospital of St Cross was founded in the 1130s by Bishop Henry of Blois for 'thirteen poor men, feeble and so reduced in strength that they can scarcely or not at all support themselves without other aid'. For over 850 years St Cross has provided shelter and food to people in need.

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