Our Groundsman of 25 years is due to retire and therefore we need to recruit his replacement.
The role is split roughly 75% / 25% between groundsman tasks (maintenance of grass areas, paths and hedges) and general maintenance jobs.  St Cross employs a full-time Gardener who maintains the plant borders and the two roles work side by side.  The Groundsman is also required to help with site security (assisting St Cross’ Porter) and assist with emergency cover.  Therefore the role comes with the provision of accommodation in one of the Hospital owned cottages near to the main site.

Core working hours: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday
Salary range: tbc
House for Duty (unfurnished 2 bedroom cottage.  Rent free.  Council Tax, utility bills and services (contents insurance) payable by occupant).

Groundsman duties to include:
Grass cutting of all areas (within the Hospital site (private and public) and some external sites)
Hedge maintenance and some minor tree work
Garden machinery maintenance
General maintenance of gardens and (small) graveyards including litter picking, emptying refuse bins, leaf raking (blowing), sweeping, raking paths, snow clearance and salting, stream clearance.
General observation of Hospital owned meadow land; where appropriate assist with clearing and maintenance of river hatches and grilles
General maintenance of driveways and car parks
Garden wall maintenance – clearance of moss/ivy etc
Assist with interment of ashes
Assist Gardener with pond maintenance
Management of garden waste via bonfires and compost bins

General maintenance to include:
Small “DIY” tasks within the Hospital buildings (e.g. changing light bulbs, moving small items of furniture, small painting jobs etc)
Liaising with pest control contractors
Clearing low level gutters and gullies (outside main clearance work by contractors)

Assist with preparation for and running of events (e.g. car parking duties, signage, moving furniture, installing Christmas trees etc).
Assist with locking and unlocking of the main Hospital site
Assist with raising flag on Church roof
Assist with regular checks of safety equipment (e.g. fire alarm and emergency lighting tests, pump tests etc)
In the absence of the Porter, hold a pager to respond if fire alarm is triggered.

We are seeking a Groundsman who is experienced in grounds management (as outlined above) and also has experience of undertaking light DIY tasks.  The St Cross team work closely together to maintain the sensitive, Grade 1 listed buildings and grounds at St Cross and also to look after the residents.  Not only will the successful candidate need to have relevant skills and experience but they will also need to demonstrate the right attitude to engage in team working and have empathy towards the Brothers.  Experience of working with the elderly and to drive and be a car owner are desirable.

Please contact Sharon Bondsfield by email at to register your interest and request an application form. 

Candidates will note we also have a vacancy for a Relief Warden (to cover leave of permanent staff – see below); these two vacancies may suit a couple.


Relief Warden (Part-Time Vacancy)
The Hospital of St Cross provides accommodation for up to 25 male residents (‘Brothers’) who are over retirement age and preference is given to those in most need. Brothers are required to live independently; personal and nursing care are not provided in-house.  The Brothers’ Warden supervises the well-being of the Brothers and provides assistance and support.

The Hospital wishes to recruit an additional Relief Warden to cover annual and other leave which could be needed between Monday and Sunday and occasionally includes bank holidays.  This will be occcasional work, not regular hours.

We are seeking a caring, flexible person to provide support and assistance to residents. Duties include making daily checks, keeping records and assisting with general items such as prescriptions and arranging transport.  Experience of working with the elderly and health and safety awareness is essential. Preference is for a car owner/driver and a first aid certificate will be required; training can be arranged.  The post would suit a retired nurse or carer.

Hours: 08:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday & 08:30 and 16:30 Saturday and Sunday

Pay:     Dependent on experience.
DBS checks are applicable to this role.

Details and application form from Sharon Bondsfield
The Hospital of St Cross, St Cross Road, Winchester SO23 9SD
Tel 01962 878218 E-mail


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