Journeymen’s Dinner – 23 September 2021
On a warm autumnal evening in September, some 20 members of the company gathered at our own Livery Hall to celebrate and recognise the achievements and involvement of our younger members. Gloriously supported by our resident Beadle, the atmosphere was charged with excitement. For some in our number, this was the first-time meeting since the beginning of 2020. For some, it was the first-time meeting anyone in the Company in person, having joined during the more solitary days of the pandemic.
With a well-stocked buffet of foods and ample pours of wine, the evening was expertly arranged by recent Journeyman, now Freeman Tasha Morrison, and Mellissa Maher.
Still feeling the impacts of the pandemic, we couldn’t indulge in the livery traditions of the Loving Cup, nor the Rose Water Ceremony. However, the silver lining was that this gave us more time to hear from our speakers. Appropriately, the theme of the evening was “Your Journey” and we were fortunate to hear from of the Master, Mark Holford, Liveryman Eileen Brown and Liveryman Matt Eglin on how they came to be seated around the table.
It was a wonderful insight into the different paths people had taken into Livery, and indeed Information Technology. With journeys taking routes through insurance to shipping, it was clear that there are many paths that lead here! The evening was also an opportunity to introduce the Company to prospective new younger members, and we had the pleasure of hosting two such guests for the evening.
Fed and watered, we retired to the Hand & Shears for a traditional nightcap before heading in our separate directions home. An excellent evening was had by all and we will continue this event in the coming years as our population of “Young WCIT” members grows.