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GCHQ Bude thanks families of staff for their support

Last Updated: 16 Aug 2016
Family Day event offers an insight into our work keeping Britain safe.

News article - 1 Aug 2016

GCHQ Bude welcomed more than 350 relatives of members of staff, as well as representatives from the local area, to a Family Day event on 30 July. 


Young girl uses a remote controller to play a cyber game
Trying out one of the family-friendly games. ©GCHQ 2016


The main aim of the day was to thank our families for their invaluable support as we carry out our work to keep Britain safe, often under difficult circumstances, and to show how proud we are of our staff.

The event was designed for all ages to enjoy, and highlighted the importance of being part of the local community, as well as demonstrating how GCHQ is a diverse and inclusive organisation.

The Head of GCHQ Bude said: “The weather was amazing and the atmosphere exactly what we had hoped for – it was a great chance for our guests to have an insight into what happens inside the fence.

We were joined by Devon and Cornwall Police, the Amber Foundation, Bude Surf Life Saving Club, the Cornwall Air Ambulance, Bude Town and Metric Brass Bands, and many others.

As well as more serious messages about the important work that our Bude team does to support the safety and security of Britain and our allies, families enjoyed delicious ice creams, pasties, and the most fantastic views of the north Cornwall coast in the sunshine.


Metal safe with inset touchscreens that show the puzzles to solve
The Smart Safe: solve the puzzles to open it and win the prize inside! ©GCHQ 2016



A passport lit with ultraviolet light shows special ink patterns that are normally invisible.
Ultraviolet light box - see the normally invisible features of your passport. ©GCHQ 2016



A grid of coloured lights. The player presses buttons to adjust the lights and win the game.
Grid Defender: defend the network against cyber attacks to save the town! ©GCHQ 2016



Pressing keys on the Enigma lights up the corresponding encrypted letter which is then written down.
Encoding messages using a genuine Enigma. ©GCHQ 2016



A young girl decorates her doughnut with icing and sprinkles.
Decorate and eat your own 'doughnut'. ©GCHQ 2016



An Enigma,encoding wheels, codebooks, and more!
Historical encoding equipment. ©GCHQ 2016