In July the WCIT Government Panel held a dinner at the House of Lords, in the Cholmondeley Suite and Terrace. 111 people attended, hosted by the Earl of Erroll with an honoured guest in the person of the Rt. Hon. Sir Alexander Lockwood Smith, the New Zealand High Commissioner, a guest of WCIT Freeman David Brown.
The dinner raised over £1,200 for the WCIT Charity and it has been agreed by the Charitable Operations Committee to make donations to three charities following this – the RHQ Royal Corp of Signals Benevolent Fund; the Moggerhanger House Preservation Trust and the Bletchley Park National Museum of Computing.
Bletchley Park holds special poignancy. As you may or may not know, WCIT Liveryman Tony Sale had been a member of the WCIT since it started, and he devoted ten years to rebuilding the famous Colossus computer at Bletchley Park, which is admired by thousands of visitors who visit the site of one of the great code-breaking achievements of WWII. Tony sadly passed away last year, and many people have suggested that a donation from the profits of the dinner should be donated to Bletchley in memory of Tony’s achievement. We have had three WCIT visits to Bletchley Park in the past and this will be a fitting tribute to Tony’s work.