It feels a little strange writing about the role of Almoner: I'm more of a practical person than a writer, but here goes!
The role of Almoner in any Lodge is in my view the best job in Freemasonry. I am currently in my second slot as Almoner for The Lodge of St Michael 7833 and starting my eighth year. It is often time-consuming, but I enjoy being busy.
Almoners carry out their roles very much focused on the Brethren and their families, but while not solely a key element, one task amongst others is keeping contact with the families of Brethren who have joined the "Grand Lodge Above" and assisting them in any way possible, from transport, gardening, decorating and more importantly maintaining contact with them and helping in whatever way may be needed.
The Masonic Almoner's jewel worn in the Lodge is a representation of a scrip purse with a heart on it, symbolising care for the needy, and needs can be very varied.
Almoners wear a number of hats but the main areas we focus on can be:
W Bro David Whittall PPGSuptWks, Almoner.