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Members present were GIís Ė Lewis, Cook, Boyle, Roberts A, Curnow, Dobson, Paton, Thurston, Luker, Bennett, Walker, Archer, Sims, Tidball, Bladen, McKie, Fletcher, Richardson (18)

Apologies from GIís Ė Baker T, Norman, Cooper, Potts, Honey, MacCallum & Dixon RNZN.   

The 253rd Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn on Thursday 9th June 2011.

Quality moment -  GI Tidballís mobile ringing during the Presidents introduction, nice!!

The President opened the Meeting at 2015 with our Loyal Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWWís everywhere.

A further toast to welcome GI MIKE WALKER into the civilian world followed this.

Bar Crossers: GI Les Parsons who died early last month.  He was onboard HMS Foylebank when 22 Stukas from the Luftwaffe attacked her during the Second World War.  Of her 300 strong crew 175 died (including Jack Mantle VC) and 95 were seriously injured.  Les was one of the few who escaped relatively unscathed.  He was a wonderful man who you could never tire of listening to R.I.P.  

 Minute Proposals: The 252nd Minutes were Proposed by GI Archer and Seconded by GI Bladen.   

Treasurerís Report: 

The cash statement was read out. 

As I promised in last monthís 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 having made a ďprofitĒ- sorry Terry.  It was still a fantastic night though and I promise to make a loss at the BBQ. 

Secretaryís Report: Our yearly BBQ booking has been confirmed as Friday 22nd July.  I did have requests from other Members to contemplate other dates in July and after conversation with Major Nev Nixon it turned out that our only option was the date mentioned.  I would like to take this opportunity to invite all Members of the Association, their friends and family and any other GIís that we may know throughout the land.  Last year was again a fantastic event and I would like this year to be no exception and so request that everyone does try and give this evening high priority.

A reminder to our Members that the next 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 Secretaryís Report:  Terry has sent out an email highlighting all information regarding forthcoming social events.

Vice President: Absent. 

Presidents Report: 

Welcome to: GIís  (Mr) Walker, Fletcher, Richardson and Boyle who was sporting a girly yellow jumper to show off his Cruise Tan!!!   

Apologies Rxíd from: GIís: Rodda and Evers

Sick Note:

Happy Birthdays: GIís Pickup 20th May, Baker T, Baker L and Beer 22nd , Belben 23rd ,Pooley 01st June, Donaldson 07th, Gurney and Plaice 08th,  John Bowler, GIís Tidball and Ball (W) 13th .

Presidents Charity:

Ladies Night Charity:  It was decided that it would be Breast Cancer based.  Having spoken to a friend who has suffered from this terrible illness the Prez put to the Members that it was his wish to purchase a wheelchair for the Oncology Ward (Derriford) that would assist patients getting from Level 2 to Level 8. 

The Oncology Ward:  Needs Broadband for those having all day treatment.  It was suggested that the Association would pay to have a separate line installed from that of the hospitals if the hospital would permit it.  The hospital has since Vetoed this idea without a reason.  The alternative is to provide and pay for dongles for the 2-3 promised laptops for Level 2.  This seems to be a viable option.

Beckly Childrenís Centre Ė Plymstock:  Flyers were distributed to those gathered detailing its function for children with severe learning disabilities and Social Skills.  The Prez had an afternoon at the Centre and after much deliberation decided that a large flat-screen TV would be the most suitable option to benefit the children who use the Centre.

All three requests were approved.

Association Website: Our new website is up and running   Ray Lester is administering it at this time and it is hoped that the Committee will be able to input themselves without relying on Ray all of the time.   We also have our attached forum  I will email the Sec with the details.  Ray wants to know what you want on the site.

 (Thanks Ray).

Portsmouth Website: - donít forget to keep tabs on the Portsmouth Website.    

Emails Rxíd from around the Globe:

Ex-LS(M) Nige ĎScouseí Manley who sends his regards to all who remember him

Lynn Jones (Widow of Mick Jones):   I emailed to advise of change of website.  She said that she had tried the old site and figured it had moved.  She has just completed the train journey across Canada that her and Mick promised themselves upon retirement.

Sir Richard Ibbotson:

His email was not used as I was awaiting his approval to do so.  He said that he had had his knuckles rapped before for saying things how he sees them.  Unfortunately, I did not Rx his answer and so left it out.

Raffle Prize donators: GIís  Bladen, Luker, Archer, Curnow, Thurston and Tidball

Next Raffle: GIís Bennett (D), Walker (d), Manning (D), Boyle, Dobson, Patton and McKie.

Raffle Winners: GIís Tidball, Curnow, Fletcher, Bladen, Cook & Roberts A. This monthís raffle raised £96, many thanks to all for your generosity.

2046        RELAX

2057        STAND TO


GI Thurston:  and his good lady wife represented the West Country Association at the Portsmouth GIís Dinner. Didnít start too well as it took them 6 hours to get there!!  Attended the meeting on Friday night, spoke with or listened too, which ever way you look at it, GI Ellis!  On the Saturday evening they got a taxi to Excellent and guided the taxi driver to the site of the old Mess before being given directions to the new site.  Had a wonderful evening and was in touch with GIís that he hadnít seen for a while.

GI Paton: Took us through his ball crunching episode of a visit to Naval Stores in Drake.  He then informed us of the Junior Rate in white socks because Stores didnít have black ones due to cut backs -this incidentally was backed up by his Divisional Senior Rate.   On the other side of the coin with defence cut backs, as there is no accommodation left in Drake, MOD are paying the Copthorne Hotel £64 a night plus £25 for food to house service personnel while they attend courses within Drake???  No money for black socks but can pay out food & accom for personnel in hotels??

 GI Bladen:  Has started another course of radiotherapy treatment.  This one is every day for 6 weeks with weekends off for good behaviour. 

GI Archer:  Passed on his appreciation to GIís Lewis and GI Rennie for their fantastic references which enabled him to gain employment in his 1st preference job.

GI Roberts ĎFMTHí:  and his Oppo Pete Woolley went on Robbies sonís Stag Do to Cardiff with 10 other lads. The weekend package included clay pigeon shooting in the forenoon, quad biking in the afternoon followed by getting leathered during the Long First.   They arrived at the clay pigeon shooting where everybody was swiftly made aware of their past careers as Gunnery Instructors.  Guess who came last? Pete did!!  Peteís excuse for coming last?  We were taught in the Royal Navy that you donít Engage Opening Targets!!

GI Boyle:  Firstly pointed out that it was the second Meeting in a row that he has been ignored within the Committee Briefing.   Terryís email has been disseminated and he asks everybody to make the dates of forthcoming socials available in your diaries.

GI Bennett:  Had HMS Ardent re-union in the St Levans last week.  He was speaking to GI Ritchie Gough and he sends his Best Wishes to all who remember him.

The Meeting closed at 2132

The 254th (Annual General Meeting) will be held on Thursday 14th July 2011 at the St Levans Inn.

Thatís 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

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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