Young Members’ Group Trivia Night at the RAF Club

The Young Member Groups of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP) and the Security Institute (SI) jointly hosted the first event of the season, a trivia night, held on Thursday, 27 September at the RAF Club in Piccadilly.The Young Member Groups of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP) and the Security Institute (SI) jointly hosted the first event of the season, a trivia night, held on Thursday, 27 September at the RAF Club in Piccadilly.

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Thanks to the Immediate Past Master of the WCoSP, Air Commodore Stephen Anderton, around 60 of us affiliated with the two organizations gathered inside an astonishing venue to participate in a heated competition for some fantastic prizes, such as an Afternoon Tea for two at the iconic Savoy Hotel.

I personally had the pleasure of bringing along some of my friends who I knew loved to participate in pub quizzes. The venue, of course, was different from the kind of trivia nights they were used to, but I know that they were extremely elated to participate in the event.

Most of them had very little recognition of either the WCoSP or the SI, but upon listening to several distinguished speakers (WCoSP Master Phillip Hagon QPM, WCoSP IPM Stephen Anderton, Carl Dakin QGM MSc MSyI, Rick Mounfield CSyP FSyI, Paul Barnard MSt (Cantab), MSyl and Brigadier David Neal Provost Marshal (Army)) who then proceeded to entertain and puzzle us with their subsequent trivia questions, they became more curious about the security industry. It is thanks to these events and the increasing diversity of the industry that can keep attracting young people like us to be part of the professional network, and I believe that the Young Members’ Group of the WCoSP did extremely well in coordinating this event.

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To be frank, my team probably had the worst results, though we are not certain about this as the organizers were very wise to not have us share the individual scores; and to be fair, we were certainly the youngest team! Perhaps we were too young – so young that a few of the historical questions had us thrown.  

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None of us knew the name of the biggest navy battle in history between England and France in 1806, but despite the loss, we had so much fun in boggling our brains to answer some obscure questions. If you can think off the top of your head how many combined miles of roads there are within the City of London, including the alleyways and the small rows, then hats off to you. At the end of the night, my friends who have never experienced an event such as this before were already asking when the next trivia night would be. This just demonstrates how much they really enjoyed the event, and I certainly agree with that sentiment. I would therefore, like to personally thank the Young Members’ Group of the Company and especially the new Chairman, Jade Davies, who put an enormous amount of work in making sure that the night went smoothly.

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Next time, I will be sure that my team will be better prepared on knowledge of the City and the security sector!

Written by Apprentice Kiyomi Ran