MINUTES OF THE
250th MEETING 2011
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
to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere.
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.
The 249th Minutes were Proposed by GI Manning and
Seconded by GI Nutt BEM.
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.
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
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
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.
GI’s Ray Lester, Bladen, Rodda, Archer (complete with
Veteran’s Badge), Simm and Baker T.
Apologies Rx’d from:
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.
GI’s: Cook G 25th Feb, Nutt BEM 01 Mar, Bradley P
4th, Lester 8th, Evans G 12TH,
Kelly B 12th, Wheatley14th, Bowen 18th
Luker 19th March.
Association Website: After some
deliberation it was decided to end our contract regarding
westcountrygunners.co.uk 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
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
www.westcountrygunners.com (Thanks Ray).
www.rngia.com - 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
GI’s Smith (D), Evers (D),Pickup, Dobson, Manning, Luther,
Bladen and Luker
(D denotes Defaulter).
GI’s MacCallum, Richardson, Cooper x 2, Smith K, Baker T,
Paton, Boyle, Thurston and Curnow. This month’s raffle
Does Waterstones sell Facebook?
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
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
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.
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
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.
“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
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
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:
See you at the next Meeting.
Sam & Steve
P.S. Please advise of any spelling mistakes so that they
can be corrected to maintain a professional set of Minutes.