MINUTES OF THE
252nd MEETING 2011
Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Morgan, Cook, Boyle,
Roberts A, Curnow, Dobson, Paton, Thurston, Luker, Potts,
Bennett, Evers, Scarrott, Hind, Walker, Rodda, Nutt BEM,
Archer, Smith K, Sims, Tidball, Bladen (23)
Apologies from GI’s – McKie, Baker T, Norman, Cooper,
Roberts G, Luther & Dixon RNZN.
252nd Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn on
Thursday 12th May 2011.
The President opened the Meeting at 2013 with our Loyal
to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere.
It was with great sadness that the President informed of the
Passing of GI Gary Chisnal (Ex-Penelope during Falklands) at
the age of 50. A Minute of Silence was held in his Honour
and Condolences offered to his family.
The 251st Minutes were Proposed by GI Potts and
Seconded by GI Bennett.
The cash statement was read out.
As I promised in last month’s minutes
I produced a break down of costings for our Ladies Night.
Our Social Secretary had a huge grin on his face when
I initially pronounced that he had made a huge loss.
However, his idea of using the 250th
Meeting pot to add towards the payment of the Ladies Night
has severely backfired and he is now looking at making a
“profit”. Sorry Terry, it was still a fantastic night
though and I promise to make a loss at the BBQ.
Our yearly BBQ has been provisionally booked for Friday 22nd
July, I still have to request this with Major Nev Nixon, but
I am sure that if there is nothing in the way then this will
be the date. GI’s, can I please ask that you put this date
in your diaries now and start talking to your friends and
family so that we can have another hugely successful event.
Can I also ask that you forward me your name and number of
A reminder to our members that July’s meeting is our AGM and
there are the usual three Committee positions up for
election or re-election. These positions are President,
Social Secretary and Secretary.
Members, it is your Association Committee and it is you who
votes us into these positions of honour, so can I ask you
all to think about these elections and either attend the
next meeting to make your proposal or email me and I will
enter it in the book for you.
Social Secretary’s Report:
Next event is the BBQ, which is in hand with the Treasurer &
VP. Gents Night was provisionally booked for 11th
November 2011 (11/11/11), however, some s**t head
CPO pointed out to me that the following day may be
Remembrance Sunday!!! So, our provisional booking has been
made 18th November.
Photos from the Ladies Night, still a couple in my
possession and group photos are available for those
Scarrott, Rodda, Bennett and Walker
Apologies Rx’d from:
Richardson, Honeychurch, Honey, Jennings and Pickup
GI Dennis Elliot has been unwell but appears to be good
spirits. He hopes to attend a Meeting again in the not too
Luker 19th March, Daniels 21st, Toms
22nd, Roberts G 23rd, Evers 3rd
April, Smith M 4th, Harris 7th, Brayne
10th, Morgan 10th, Surman 17th,
Hind 25th, Roberts FMTH 12th May,
Miles 13th, Jennings 15th and Meechan
There will be an update regarding the Ladies Night Charity
at the next Meeting. From this we may be able to help
further with some of what is still in the pot. Mr Dobson
also offered an alternative which will be looked into.
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 following link:
www.rngia.com - don’t forget to
keep tabs on the Portsmouth Website.
Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:
STRENUISSIMA IN THE GUNNERY MOTTO DOES NOT EXIST
Fellow Gunnery Rates,
Now I know I portray myself to be busy in this job but I
have taken time off for a good cause.
Imagine my surprise when I recently
discovered that the word strenuissima (striving) in the
Gunners Motto does not exist. I have trawled through the
internet and numerous Latin dictionaries and the word
strenuissima is not listed anywhere. It has possibly been
made up during an almighty piss up, like the phrase “Taurus
escremetii in eternium” (bullshit forever). As proof
of my findings I have attached all the Latin words under the
letter “S” in the dictionary.
I believe a new motto needs to be found in order to save
further embarrassment to the branch and I propose the new
branch motto as follows:
“Semper Inflixi Hostium” (Always hit the enemy)
infligo inflixi inflictum : to strike, hit, knock
/ cause damage.
hostes hostium : the enemy.
At least it can be verified and the words do exist.
I welcome your comments and would be grateful if both
GI associations could verify my findings.
Raffle Prize donators:
Smith (K), Evers x2, Patton, Boyle, Cook, Scarrott, Hind,
Rodda and Nutt BEM.
Manning (D), Bladen (D), Luker, Bennett, Archer, Walker,
GI’s Scarrott, Nutt BEM, Curnow, Boyle, Paul (our kind
Landlord), Tidball, Potts, Roberts, Luker & Rodda. This
month’s raffle raised £115, many thanks to all for your
Ralph quelled rumours of his demise by letting everybody
know that he is not dying!! However, he has had another set
back with his cancer, another tumour on the base of his
tongue. He has had two biopsies and he is now awaiting the
results. Please pass onto other GI’s because, as Ralph put
it himself, “You fart on the Forecastle & by the time it
gets to the Quarterdeck you’ve followed though”.
Enquired about the latest health of GI Biff Elliott. Steve
has seen Dennis lately and he is looking better, he left a
message on his answer machine today but as yet has had no
Expressed his pleasure being at tonight’s meeting and being
able to attend, wishing he could do more. Brought with him
an old pace stick of which the President took custody of to
pass onto the ceremonial staff at Raleigh.
Ben then enlightened us all with his story of how he came
into possession of a canon, of which he has lovingly
restored and made a carriage for it to sit proudly in his
garden. What he would like to do now though is find out if
it will actually fire!! So, Ben is on the scrounge for a
quantity of gunpowder to test fire his canon, if there is
anyone out there with access, or knowledge of access to said
quantities of gunpowder, please get in touch and we can let
After last year going through terrible health problems Jac
is feeling a lot better and getting on with life. A question
or two, “Who is the oldest member of the Association?” and
“Whoever it is do they get any special privileges”
After going round the table we managed to make Dennis
Elliott the oldest member & no, there are no privileges!
Next meeting 9th June I will have been an
ex-serviceman for 48 hours having completed 34.5 years in
her majesty’s finest. To that end at the next meeting I will
put a tab behind the bar and the wets will be on me.
I was in the dockyard not so long back delivering goods to
HMS Bulwark, I went up the gangway and told the armed
gangway sentry, who was a marine, that I had some palettes
of goods in the back of the lorry. He informed that
unfortunately they didn’t have a forklift available to lift
the palettes off. When I informed him that they could be
just lifted off the back he said that he would give me a
hand to lift them off. At this moment the other gangway
sentry said “what about the security of the gangway?” To
this question the marine said “If anyone comes up the
gangway gobbing off, just slot em!!”
The Meeting closed at 2105
The 253rd Meeting will be held on Thursday 9th
June 2011 at the St Levans Inn.
That’s All Folks. Subs are due in March 2011. Please pay GI
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.