The unprecedented year of the COVID-19 pandemic saw the Hall staff working from home, a cessation of all in-person events and a challenging year for everyone. 

Online events began immediately the lockdown was declared, with ‘First Thursday’ an early adopter of technology.  It was evident that this had opened up the event to more members, so a Third Thursday was also implemented. 

The Equality Panel led the way with an online dinner in June, followed by the annual Summer Banquet in July when the three course meal was delivered fully prepped for home consumption and Zoom attendance. A first for the company, it was again apparent that a wider reach of the membership were able to be involved. 

A brief window allowed a much reduced installation of Master Mark Holford, which was broadcast to members during the online Installation Dinner. 

‘Carols in the City’ was introduced as a virtual service across the livery and beyond, raising significant funds for a  number of charities including the WCIT Charity.  

The first WCIT Yearbook was produced to capture Master Ray Long CB’s year which included the new affiliation with HMS Collingwood approved at Court on 16 January 2020.