The Guild’s Council is busy planning an innovative event to replace the 2020 Harvest Lunch which has been cancelled due to Coronavirus.
The Harvest Lunch is major highlight in the calendar, bringing communicators and sponsors from across the UK to central London for a day of socialising and networking while also celebrating the achievements of fellow members.
The decision to cancel this year’s event was not taken lightly; as the lockdown eases, holding a large gathering in October may be possible.
But the Guild felt that ploughing an enormous amount of time, effort and money into an event which may either not take place or be poorly attended was not in the best interests of members.
Plans are now afoot for an online event which gives members the chance to get together digitally from the comfort of their own homes and offices.
Guild Chair Olivia Cooper said: “It is a great shame that our members won’t get to meet up for our Harvest Lunch but these are exceptional times and this is the right decision.
“We will be back, bigger and better, next year but in the meantime we are getting creative with some ideas for a replacement event so watch this space.”
A major drawback of not holding the Harvest Lunch is that the Guild’s Charitable Trust will not be able to pass round its famous Chairman’s Boot to collect donations.
A sum in the region of £1,000 is usually raised, thanks to members’ generosity on the day.
We’ll soon be launching a JustGiving page where, if you wish, you can make donations. Details will be sent to all members shortly.
And there is the ever-popular 200 Club to join too. Further details about the Charitable Trust and how you can help are on our website.