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Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Morgan, Cook, Boyle, Roberts, Curnow, Lester, Rennie, Bladen, Cooper, Luther, Dobson, Rodda, MacCallum, Turner, Manning, Nutt BEM, Sims, Archer, Paton, Baker T, Smith K, Thurston, McKie, Luker, Richardson (26)

Apologies from GI’s – Bennett, Westall, Pickup .    

250th Meeting was held at the Stonehouse Creek Social Club on Friday 11th March 2011.

The President opened the Meeting at 2010 with our Loyal Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere. 

Bar Crossers: The Members paused briefly in Respect of Iris Hance who sadly Passed Away after a long illness.  He offered Thoughts and Sincere Condolences to GI Hance and his Family.

Minute Proposals: The 249th Minutes were Proposed by GI Manning and Seconded by GI Nutt BEM.  

Treasurer’s Report: 

The cash statement was read out. 

All yearly subscriptions are now due for 2011.  If you wish to set up a Standing Order, email me and I will inform you of what the bank requires.

Secretary’s Report:  My apologies to GI Baker T as I didn’t realise our Minutes were going to appear on Facebook and failed to censor his email to me.  Ty, please keep sending me your emails and I will promise to censor in future.

Social Secretary’s Report:  All final preps for our Ladies Night are now in full swing and I am waiting for the last minute rush of names.  I will be sending out emails keeping everyone up to date with the way things are progressing.  Please read your emails and reply accordingly.

Vice President: Photographer for Ladies Night will be in house and will cost us £5 a photo.  It is the intention to take a group photo on the evening as well.  There will be a raffle on the night and all monies raised will be going to a charity of our choice.

Vice President fined our Social Secretary a bottle of port for being adrift for his own nominated serial start.

On Thursday 10th January 2001 our now President was elected into the seat and he has been in office for 110 Meetings.  Four people present at that General Meeting were also attending the 250th.  They were:

GI Bill Luker, GI Steve Lewis, GI Ty Baker and GI Brian Sterry, sorry that should have read GI Tom Archer.

2043 – RELAX.

2053 – STAND-TO.

Presidents Report: 

Welcome to: GI’s Ray Lester, Bladen, Rodda, Archer (complete with Veteran’s Badge), Simm and Baker T. 

Apologies Rx’d from: GI’s:Pickup  

Sick note: GI Dick Charge is reportedly still partially blind in one eye.  He is still on steroids but maintains his sense of humour whilst undergoing treatment.

Our Best Wishes go to him for a speedy recovery.

Happy Birthdays: GI’s: Cook G 25th Feb, Nutt BEM 01 Mar, Bradley P 4th, Lester 8th, Evans G 12TH, Kelly B            12th, Wheatley14th, Bowen 18th and Luker 19th March.  

Presidents Charity: Ongoing .

Association Website: After some deliberation it was decided to end our contract regarding as Scouse was unable to make many amendments to it.  At the 250th Meeting GI Ray Lester approached the Committee and enquired as to whether we might like him to set up one?  He already administers several and has said that he would be delighted to do one for us.  Could I kindly request Members to have a perusal of the with a view to a decision being made at the next General Meeting?  The cost will be £9 for the first year and the £25 annually thereafter.  The intended address will be  (Thanks Ray).

Portsmouth Website: - don’t forget to keep tabs on the Portsmouth Website.   

Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:

Raffle Prize donators: GI’s Archer, Cook, Boyle, Morgan, Curnow, Turner, Rodda and MacCallum.

Next Raffle: GI’s Smith (D), Evers (D),Pickup, Dobson, Manning, Luther, Bladen and Luker

(D denotes Defaulter).

Raffle Winners: GI’s MacCallum, Richardson, Cooper x 2, Smith K, Baker T, Paton, Boyle, Thurston and Curnow. This month’s raffle raised £125.


GI Luker: Does Waterstones sell Facebook?

GI Baker: I did notice on Facebook that our President had a pop at Ceremonial Training onboard HMS Manchester while it was on television, nuff said.

Did query with Mr Dobson if it was he that had an oppo who was looking for liquorice legs.  The answer was yes.  Ty made good with the request and informed Mr Dobson that he had acquired a pair of the said liquorice legs that he could have.

GI Archer: Informed the Members that he was moving house and so asked if anyone knew of anywhere that he could hire a Luton van?  Of course the instant reply of “yes, Luton” rung around the hall.  Mr Archers’ reply to that was “I hate you Matelot bastards”.

GI Sims: Two things – Firstly, Taurus van hire!!  Secondly, I don’t do Facebook, I haven’t got a clue what Plaxo is, so Happy Birthday to me for 16th January.

GI Bladen: In October my scan showed that the cancer had stopped.  It hadn’t gone but hadn’t got any worse.  I went back to work for 6 weeks on the liner in California, came back 2nd March for another scan which showed everything to be the same as it was in October.  The good thing is that it’s not growing but it’s not reducing.  My doctors are quite willing to manage me as there is nothing happening with the cancer.  However, if they operate on the cancer there is a bigger likelihood that I would lose my leg than the cancer getting worse.

GI Cooper: Stated that GI Boyle should not be allowed to step down from his position as Social Secretary until the President requires him to step down.

GI Rennie: “Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking, I would like to make the following noted: Every single one of you guys here tonight, with good health, with bad health, your ailments, your families, your humour - you are the best bunch of fellas that I ever want to part of – thank you.”

GI Roberts “FMTH”: “Talking of people’s health and medicines, I would like everybody to know that I have been on CSB since I was four years old and as you can see it’s not harmed me in any way whatever!!”

The Meeting closed at 2136

he 251st Meeting will be held on Thursday 16th March 2011 at the St Levans Inn.

That’s All Folks. Subs are due in March 2011.  Please pay GI Cook ASAP. 

Still only £10 per annum plus a £5 joining fee.  Full Members get a £5 discount for the Ladies Night Dinner and the Branch Dinner so why not pay up now and feel better for paying less at these prestigious Serials.

Any Dits, nostalgic pictures or queries contact me on: or  

See you at the next Meeting.


Yours Aye

Sam & Steve

P.S.  Please advise of any spelling mistakes so that they can be corrected to maintain a professional set of Minutes. 


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