MINUTES OF THE
253rd MEETING 2011
Members present were GIís Ė Lewis, Cook, Boyle, Roberts A,
Curnow, Dobson, Paton, Thurston, Luker, Bennett, Walker,
Archer, Sims, Tidball, Bladen, McKie, Fletcher, Richardson
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.
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
The 252nd Minutes were Proposed by GI Archer and
Seconded by GI Bladen.
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.
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.
(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
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 .
Ladies Night Charity:
It was decided that it would be
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.
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.
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.
requests were approved.
Our new website is up and running
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
I will email the Sec with the details. Ray wants to know
what you want on the site.
www.rngia.com - donít forget to keep tabs on the
Emails Rxíd from around the Globe:
Ex-LS(M) Nige ĎScouseí Manley
who sends his regards to all who remember him
(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.
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
GIís Bennett (D), Walker (d), Manning (D), Boyle, Dobson,
Patton and McKie.
GIís Tidball, Curnow, Fletcher, Bladen, Cook & Roberts A.
This monthís raffle raised £96, many thanks to all for your
2057 STAND TO
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.
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??
Has started another course of radiotherapy treatment. This
one is every day for 6 weeks with weekends off for good
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!!
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
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
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.