THE OLD CROSS
Parishioners have probably noted the disappearance of the old cross from the transept gable, of Badsey Church. The cross, the stone of which had perished, fell about a month ago, and, striking a tombstone, was shattered beyond all hope of repair. As will be seen from the following extract from the report of Mr. Graham Jackson, R. A., after his inspection of the church prior to restoration, the cross was one of more than ordinary interest. "The church retains another very fine cross, dating from the 14th century, on the gable of the north transept, which has the peculiarity of being, set to face east and west." The Vicar and Churchwardens consulted Messrs. W. and H. Gardiner, who reported that the base of the old cross, which formed the apex-stone of the gable was itself so badly perished as to be unfit to be cut to receive, a new cross. They suggested that a new cross and base should be made in old Cotswold stone, and the colour toned down to match the old work as nearly as possible. Messrs. Gardiner's suggestion has now been carried out, and the cost will be about £6 10s., towards which the collections on Sunday, June 27th, will be devoted. Parishioners who may be prevented from contributing through the medium of church collection may send donations to either of the Churchwardens.