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New CrossLabour of love

Long serving colleague Richard Brown completed his final major project for the hospital Chapel ahead of his retirement. 

Richard, who has been part of the Estates maintenance team for over 22 years, crafted a new cross for the chapel from a tree planted on the Wonford site 40 years ago. Now more than 30 feet tall, the tree was brought to the UK as a seedling taken from an ancient Plane tree growing on the island of Cos where Hippocrates first practised.

Richard said: “This was a very unusual project for me – a great way to end my career here. We took a number of limbs from the tree in August last year and seasoned them over the winter. I love working with wood and enjoyed the challenge of finding the right shape of timber and producing the final piece.”

Lead Chaplain, Simon Harrison said: “Richard has been the backbone of our project to fully refresh our sacred space. We carried out a range of small changes to increase multi-faith flexibility but keep the distinctive identity of our Chapel. For this unique cross we worked closely together to select the wood and produced a beautiful, natural piece with a gentle curve suggestive of the human form.  I hope Richard will be proud of this and his many other contributions to the fabric of the RD&E.”



















































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