Sheriff's and Recorder's Fund AGM

Monday 4th July 2022

Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey

The Tobacco Pipe Makers and Tobacco Trade Benevolent Fund is a regular donor to The Sheriff’s & Recorder’s Fund – as are several of the Livery companies.

All current Masters and their Clerks are invited to the S&R Fund’s AGM, held in No. 1 Court of The Old Bailey.

It was an honour for the Clerk and I to attend.

Founded in 1808 the Fund gives grants to ex-prisoners and their families, to help them stop offending and start a new life. It is well worth reading more about this on their web – quite fascinating work they do and most professionally managed.

A moving and somewhat emotional talk was delivered by a beneficiary who highlighted the difficulty prisoners faced in society on being released.

We also heard from HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Mr. Charlie Taylor on the many issues and challenges at stake surrounding prisons and inmates.

Lady Hilary Russell (Lady Mayoress 2021) was elected as Chairman and there is no doubt that she, along with her officers, will continue to broaden the range of essential benefits to the prisoners and their families. Last year they made 998 grants amounting to £199,600 – an impressive and commendable achievement.

A reception followed the AGM, sponsored by The Cooks, with a delicious range of canapes prepared by The Clink – memories rebounded of our visit to The Clink Brixton prison several years ago capably arranged by Past Mistress Kate Golding!

As far as I can determine we are sponsoring a very worth while charity.