The Coventry Freemen’s Guild, President, Master and Wardens

Unless stated here, the address, email and telephone number for our Master and every Warden is published in our magazine called “The Guildsman”. This magazine is sent out twice per year to all members of the City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild.


President = The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Coventry Councillor John Blundell (web site:

The Guild President represents The City of Coventry and has the highest role at all of the Coventry Freemen’s Guild courts and functions. The Guild derives its authority from the Office of The Lord Mayor.

Master = Mr. Brian Jackson

The Guild Master represents The City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild at all official functions. As the Guild derives its power from the office of The Lord Mayor, the Master of the Guild is second only to this higher office during Guild functions. The Master also “chairs” all of the monthly Guild meetings.

Deputy Master = Mrs. Carole Wilson

The Deputy Master represents the Coventry Guild at official functions when the Master is unavailable and is also the contact for the Guild Christmas Dinner and President’s Dinner.

Guild Clerk = Past Master John Wilkinson

The Clerk is responsible for all matters of official correspondence and records the minutes of the meetings.

Immediate Past Master = Anthony Archer

Organises the Past Master’s Luncheon

The Guild Chaplain = Rev. Graeme Anderson

Graeme Anderson, the vicar of Holy Trinity Church in Coventry, is the Guild Chaplain. Although the Guild respects all manner of religious belief, all religious affairs, such as the Freemen’s Sunday, are conducted at the Holy Trinity Church in Coventry. (web site:

Renter Warden = Mr. David Hearn

The Renter Warden is the Guild name for our Treasurer and is responsible for all of the Guild finances.

Senior Warden = Mr. Matt Johnson

The Senior Warden chairs the Special Appeals sub-committee and the Social sub-committee. This Warden also organises the Ladies Night and the Charity Awards Night. At the Guild Admission Courts, the Senior Warden reads out the brief for new members on Guild activities, describes the ceremony of the Loving Cup and then introduces the Guild Officers.

Membership Secretary = Mr. Gordon Nicklin

The Membership Secretary is responsible for all matters relating to membership and subscriptions. This Warden also maintains the list of members who wish to receive The Guildsman magazine.

Junior Warden = Past Master Steven Morson

The Junior Warden is responsible for organising trips and excursions for the Guild.

Charity Warden = Mr. Ron Robinson

The Charity Warden is responsible for anything to do with fundraising, including the annual charity events.

Almoner = Past Master Anthony Archer

The Almoner will aim to help all Guild members who require assistance due to debilitating sickness.

Chamberlain = Past Master Peter Wilford

The Chamberlain is responsible for matters relating to The Guildsman magazine.

Enterprise Warden = Mr. Matt johnson

The task of the Enterprise Warden is to coordinate the Apprentice of the Year competition and deal with all matters connected to the promotion of Apprenticeship Schemes throughout the Coventry area.

Freemen of England and Wales = Past Master Derek Austin

The FEW Warden for the South Midlands Area, as well as being the Coventry Guild contact for all matters relating to the Freemen of England & Wales and our contact with fellow Guilds and Leets throughout the UK. The FEW has its own web site at:

The Searcher = Past Master David Bullman

The Searcher is responsible for the Guild silverware, the Guild robes, hats and “jewels”. The Searcher is also the contact for anyone who wishes to buy any Guild merchandise.

Coventry Freemen’s Charity = Past Master Keith Talbot

This charity is for elderly Freemen of Coventry who seek help with seniority payments (or special needs charity) from the charity fund.

Chronicler / PR Warden = Past Master Peter Wilford

The Chronicler / PR Warden represents the Coventry Guild at press meetings and is the contact for such occasions as the Open Days and the Godiva Festival.

Web Master = Past Master Steven Morson

The Web Master is responsible for matters relating to the Guild web site and Facebook sites.


5 thoughts on “Contacts

  1. My dad is being buried soon and I would him to do so with his freeman’s lapel pin. How do I get one please?

    • Dear Dean,
      If your dad was a member of the City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild he would have been able to buy a Guild lapel badge. Details of how to buy one of these lapel (pin) badges is provided in the Guildsman magazine that would have been sent to your dad twice per year.
      If he decided not to join the Guild after he was “made Free” by the Lord Mayor, he would have been entitled to the City Freemen’s lapel (pin) badge. In order to get a new one of these you need to apply to the Lord Mayor’s Office.
      My sympathies for your loss.
      Steven Morson
      Past Master of the City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild

  2. Good morning Steven. Dean is my partner and after reading your reply I wanted to let you know that I informed the Freedmen’s Guild a few years ago that Dad was no longer living at home. A gentleman brought a magazine to my house for Dad and said he would arrange for the magazine to be delivered to my address from then on but I did not receive any more. I will try the Lord Mayor’s office. Regards, Janet.

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