The Almoners provide, first and foremost, a confidential befriending service to any Marketor who is facing life’s most difficult times such as: illness (physical or mental), bereavement, unemployment, relationship breakdown or loneliness. Whether you are directly involved, or caring for someone else who is going through it, we are here to support you. At any time we are typically in touch with 15-20 people.

We are not professional counsellors but we can provide a listening ear, a phone call from time to time or a visit. We can put you in touch with the Chaplain (there are no religious or faith pre-requisites) and with the Marketors’ Trust, which provides financial assistance to Freemen, Liverymen and their dependents ‘in necessitous circumstances’. This has been one of the purposes of the Trust from its inception and sits alongside its other objects of supporting education and charitable work.

We ask all Freemen, Liverymen and their partners to look out for members who might be in need and especially to inquire about friends and contacts who you haven’t recently seen or heard from. You can contact the Clerk, any of the Almoners or any member of Court if you want to tell someone in confidence about your own difficulties or about someone else who needs the hand of friendship

Liveryman David Cowell
Past Master Harry Druce
Past Master John Fisher
Past Master Venetia Howes
Liveryman John Reid – former Chairman of the Marketors’ Trust & Court Assistant
Court Assistant Ian Ryder
Court Assistant Emeritus Alan Wellan
Liveryman Angela White Horan – former Court Assistant

Clerk John Hammond
Junior Warden Phil Andrew
Court Assistant John Hooper – Chairman of the Marketors’ Trust
Chaplain, Reverend Canon Dr Alison Joyce

What can I do to help?

We can all be almoners with a small ‘a’. We’ve been told that the following sorts of actions are particularly well-received:

  • recognition for the person in distress and for their carer – both need support;
  • a telephone call, meeting or visit, especially when done on a regular basis;
  • a card sent by post (get well, birthday, or just to say ‘we’re thinking of you’);
  • attending a funeral;
  • sitting to speak to a person who is also seated or in a wheelchair, at their level;
  • prayers – it is remarkable how powerful this can be, even for those with no history of church attendance, in raising morale and enabling them to grapple with their problem (“I thought of all those people at St Bride’s praying for me and told myself I’d bloody well better get better!”);
  • even the lowly email can be helpful, although personal contact is better.