MINUTES OF THE 256th MEETING 2011
Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Boyle, Roberts A,
Thurston, Luker, Richardson, Potts, Nutt BEM, Turner, Baker
T, Smith.K, Perry, McKie, Bennett, and Dobson. (16)
Apologies from GI’s – Cook, Morgan, MacCallum, Manning,
Curnow, Fletcher, Evers, Walker, Bladen and Rodda.
The 256th Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn
on Thursday 8th August 2011.
The President opened the Meeting at 2015 with our Loyal
Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere.
Sam Rodda sadly Passed Away (aged 31) after returning back
to Hong Kong having just visited home for the occasion of
his Mother’s 65th birthday.
Our Sincere Condolences to GI and Mrs Rodda.
The 255th Minutes were Proposed by GI Luker and
Seconded by GI Richardson.
The cash statement was read out.
Nothing to report
Social Secretary’s Report:
At last night’s Meeting, bit of a dismal turn out by the
way, I was not surprised that it only lasted some 40
minutes. I pointed out to the Members that I have not
discussed our men’s night over in Raleigh on the 18th
November with Michelle yet, as I only have half the numbers
I want. As soon as numbers start increasing I will be in
touch with her, but remember, if I am to try and book
accommodation I must start talking to her soon. So, if you
intend coming along then let me know ASAP and I can
get things moving. I would still like to hear from you even
if you are not attending; I will then stop pestering you and
also put your name in the bad boy’s book. That was the only
point on the Social events front.
GI’s Perry and Smith. K.
Apologies Rx’d from:
GI’s: MacCallum and Evers.
GI Sean “George” Hawksby – is quite ill at present,
underwent a major operation to remove a tumour from his head
and has also completed his treatment of chemotherapy. He is
trying to keep himself as active as possible and is still
getting out and about walking the dog, etc.
GI’s Barsley 24th August, Bennett 30th
, De La Haye 11th September, Luther 13th
, Manning 14th , Archer 24th , Adams 27th
, Loar 30th , Pearce (D) 05th October,
Owen (S) 6th , Gough 12th .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALL
Beckly Children’s Centre – The
TV and wall hanging bracket have now been purchased and
collected by Sarah who runs the centre. Once all of the
decorating is complete, a decision will be made whether it
would be more appropriate for Members of the Association to
be present when it is gifted to the children or at the
initial switch on. Watch this space or emails for further
Oncology Wheel Chair –
This will hopefully be purchased before the October
Meeting. Again, watch this space or emails for updates.
Steve has been into the “3” shop in town and they have said
that the signal will be okay for dongles at Derriford
Hospital. It looks like price will be about £18 a month for
15 GB of internet access. There are three laptops so this
will add up to a cost of £54 a month if the Association is
still wishing to go ahead with this cost. However, Steve
has said that he wishes to visit the hospital and hear the
definitive answer of why they cannot have a dedicated phone
line connected which would obviously be more cost effective
and more beneficial to the patients.
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
I will email the Sec with the details. Ray wants to
know what you want on the site.
There was a minor fault on the site
with the joining button but Ray has now fixed this (Thanks
- don’t forget to keep tabs on the Portsmouth Website.
Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:
Thank you very much for the email; however, I am extremely
shocked and saddened by this news.
While Dickie was an RN Legend many decades before my time,
he was also the man that first engaged with me about a
serious career in the RN, when I was a 12-year old Sea Cadet
in East London, and he was Chief GI to the London Area Sea
Cadets - a job that he fulfilled, in rig, before he fully
retired to Spain.
Moreover, as some may not be aware, he was also the founder
of the Sea Cadet Corps London Area Parade Staff; a group of
individuals who were hand-picked by Dickie, and very often
trained and mentored by Bob Pearce, to uphold the standards
of the RN and further cadets, more specifically, in the art
of ceremonial, sometimes in support of parades and events
that the Corps could complete where the RN found it
difficult to man and therefore support.
This staff lives on to this day, and while it is loved and
doubted in equal measure by many across the Sea Cadets, it
remains hugely respected by many, with some of our Branch in
the RN even being both shocked and pleased by the standards
the staff uphold, whenever the RN have the opportunity to
come in to contact with them specifically. Primarily
because the ethos of Dickie is still so very deeply rooted
in all that the 'London Staff' do.
Steve, my ex-Brother-in-Law, who I know you have already met
in RALEIGH, is Cc'd on this email, so he can ensure that
this email is given as wider 'dist' as possible across the
London Sea Cadet Corps staff members - where many of the
more 'experienced' members will have enjoyed early days
working for and alongside Dickie. So, when you do obtain an
update of where flowers are to be sent/donations made,
please do include Mark on that 'dist' so he can keep all
London SCC Staff posted, so they can contribute to great
memory and sad passing of CPO GI Meades BEM.
And, once again, thank you for keeping a boring old Pusser
in the ever faithful Gunnery Loop.
Raffle Prize donators:
GI’s Turner, Dobson, Potts, Thurston, Smith K, McKie and
GI’s Paton (D), Walker (D), Bennett, Luker, Roberts A,
Lewis, Richardson and Cook.
Those who have volunteered but who are subsequently unable
to attend are invited to place their prizes behind the bar
with Paul especially as the more we make the more that goes
to the Ladies Night’s.
GI’s Turner, Luker, Nutt BEM, Roberts, Smith, McKie, Boyle
This month’s raffle raised £105. Many thanks to all for
Update on GI Curnow: a successful hip operation has been
completed but GI Curnow is still finding it slightly
difficult mobility wise but hopes to be at the next Meeting.
The Meeting closed at 2055
Meeting will be held on Thursday 13th October 2011
at the St Levans Inn
That’s All Folks. Subs are now due. Please pay GI Cook
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 through the website
07411 434224. My home
See you at the Meeting.
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