The Master and Liveryman Nick Claydon (our Relationship Manager for the Royal Signals) visited the Royal Signals at Blandford Camp on Saturday 2 October for the annual Gordon’s Cup. This is a military skills competition and tests this year included an Assault Course, Pistol Shooting, Shelter Building, Stalking, Communication repairs, and a Bayonet Course. Despite challenging weather conditions, the day started with breakfast at 5.30am and ended with a prize giving in the field. The Master presented the WCIT Cup for the Best Shot to Signaller Turner of 11th (Royal School of Signals) Signal Regiment.
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.
WCIT was delighted to hold its first in person formal event on 15 September 2021 – our 108th Business Lunch in the stunning surroundings of Butchers’ Hall. The Master welcomed over 100 members and their guests, and paid tribute to the Company’s achievements during the pandemic. Special recognition was given to Liveryman Frank Joshi from Mvine for the website support provided to the Company over the years; to our 2020 Pinkerton Award finalists and to Gary Phillips who has retired as Headteacher at Lilian Bayliss Technology School after 22 years. On behalf of WCIT and the WCIT Charity, Gary was presented with a specially commissioned piece of glass called Binary.
On 15 September 2021 WCIT welcomed Alderman and Sheriff Professor Michael Mainelli to Information Technologists’ Hall as part of the annual Sheriffs Ride around the City of London. Michael, his trusty steed Leo and a Light Cavalry escort broke their three hour ride for some welcome refreshments at the Hall. The annual ride raises money for the Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund and this year was also focusing on the re-opening of the City.