MINUTES OF THE 257th MEETING 2011
Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Cook, Boyle, Roberts A,
Thurston, Luker, Richardson, McKie, Bennett, Dobson, Curnow,
Tidball, Walker, Paton and McIntosh. (15)
Apologies from GI’s – Morgan, MacCallum, Manning, Evers,
Bladen, Rodda, Pickup, Perry and Hocking.
The 257th Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn
on Thursday 13th October 2011.
The President opened the Meeting at 2010 with our Loyal
Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere.
GI (Lt Cdr) ‘Dog’ Pearce
GI Dickie Meads
A Minute Silence was held in their Memory. Sincere
Condolences to their families.
The 256th Minutes were proposed by GI Walker and
Seconded by GI Bennett.
The cash statement was read out.
Nothing to report
Social Secretary’s Report:
Gentlemen...another poor turnout for the Meeting - 15
attended, “WHATS HAPPENING”? We used get in the 20's. Now I
know quite a few have joined the gin palaces because they
didn't get much sea time when they were in the Pusser but
where are the rest? To those who - attended thanks very
much. Whiskey was on top form again.
It was decided by the President to press ahead with the
Dinner and we will try and improve the numbers between now
and the chop date of 10th November. This I will do for the
Dinner but I can't say I will be in the job by the time the
Ladies Night comes up next April/May. I have been sending
E-mails out by the bucket loads and only five people have
had the manners to reply one way or the other; not very
encouraging to continue doing this job.
Anyway, I digress; I informed those present that I needed
car details/accommodation/breakfast if attending. Please get
back to me with these details ASAP. I have some from those
who attended tonight so you don't have to bother, except
Whiskey - need your guests name and Eric - need your guests
name. A full detail will be given in the next two weeks.
This will include the Menu that I have chosen for your
pallets (it’s nice) and the format for arriving and for the
The President has fixed the cost at £30 Members £35 non
Members. We have not had a price from Raleigh yet. If it
costs more than this the Association will take the hit.
Port: I think we will have enough. Wiggy donated two
bottles tonight (thank you) however; if you want to donate
more it will be gratefully received.
Try and make November Meeting Gents.
Quote of the evening from the Social Sec: “Our starter will
be Scottish Salmon steak served on a bed of vegetable cous
cous (pronounced coo coo!!). Outbreak of laughter was very
loud indeed and there were even a few tears of laughter
shed. Cheers for the entertainment Terry.
GI Dobson was reminded that there is to be no abusing of
Tarquin the waiter over breakfast the following morning!!
GI’s Curnow, Tidball and Mega Sea Dad MacIntosh!!
Apologies Rx’d from:
GI’s MacCallum, Rodda, Pickup, Perry, Hocking, Davis and
GI Ben Hedges – Testicular Cancer and is under-going an
GI Shaun Hawksby about to start Chemo
GI Eddie Seaborne MBE is unwell with a heart problem
GI Bill Hastie is still recovering from illness.
Our Best Wishes and Thoughts to you all.
GI’s Jones (Ken) 18th October
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ken
Beckly Children’s Centre –
Having purchased and had the 42 Flat Screen TV delivered to
the Beckly Children’s Centre in Plymstock, the Committee
were awaiting contact from Sarah Noble regarding a photo
opportunity. This is now confirmed as Wednesday 9th
November. The Centre is having an open afternoon from
15-1900. There are 4 tickets available for this. If anyone
is likely to be available to attend, please contact the Prez
on 07737 458 708 or
. If the Prez is to attend then he would prefer to have the
photograph taken as near to 1500 as possible as he has to
return to Torpoint for his RBL AGM.
Oncology Wheel Chair – Regrettably the wheelchair has not
yet been purchased.
It is still the hope that the GI’s Association can negotiate
with the Derriford’s procurement team to facilitate a
dedicated phone line on a continual long term contract to
provide Broadband for the Cancer sufferers in Level 2
Oncology – what this space.
Our new website is up and running
There is still not enough action occurring on it though.
The Joining button is now operative. Please visit and add
your comments. If you have something that you would like
including on the site, email it to our Webmaster (Ray
Lester). It is hoped that eventually the Committee will be
able to input themselves without relying on Ray all of the
time. We also have our attached forum
Sincere Thanks to Ray for all of his hard work
- don’t forget to keep tabs on the Portsmouth Website.
Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:
Raffle Prize donators:
GI’s Paton (D), Walker (D), Bennett, Luker, Roberts A,
Lewis, Richardson and Cook.
All welcome to provide prizes as proceeds go to The Royal
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. All proceeds from the November
raffle are donated to the “Royal British Legion Poppy
Appeal”, so if you wish to bring along a prize to boost the
funds your generosity will greatly welcome.
GI’s Roberts A, Walker, McIntosh, Dobson, Lewis, Richardson,
Luker, McKie, Boyle, Tidball and Lewis again (never returned
it for a re-draw!!). This month’s raffle raised £75, many
thanks to all for your generosity.
Mike attended the 21 Association Annual Meeting during which
those in attendance were reminded that anyone with linkages
to any of the 21’s should come along and join in next year
as they will be remembering the 30th year
Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict. A reminder also for
Remembrance Sunday; the 21 Association muster 30 minutes
early – 1030 – at the 21 Memorial on the Hoe before joining
the main parade.
Mike now took this moment to remind us that he had been a
civilian for four months now and was starting to get a
little bored. So, if anyone knows of a job could they get
in touch? He is willing to work 40 hours a week, but will
not start work until 1030. He wants 2 hours for lunch, a
sports make-and-mend on Wednesday’s, finish work at 1200
every Friday, it has to pay a minimum £40k - £50k and he
won’t be told what to do. Any interested employers are
welcome to get in touch.
GI Bennett: With great reluctance I have to
pull out of the Gents Night due to an overwhelming family
event that I have to attend. Even though it is a short
notice retraction I would still like to donate a bottle of
port to the evening (Wiggy handed me some cash to purchase
said bottle of port). (Prez: Thank you, Mr Bennett)
Enlightened us all with stories of his re-visit to Malta
with Mrs R. Entertaining as always, Robbie, many thanks.
(Especially the photos of the Libyan Mirage jets)
GI Bates Snr would have liked to attend the Gents Evening,
but sends his apologies as Mrs Bates isn’t very well at the
A fortnight ago, on behalf of the Association, I attended
John Smallbone’s funeral. There was an excellent turnout.
Myself and Alex Pugh turned out for the Gunners but it was
also good to see all the old “OILIES”. A very good send off
T-shirts; some miscommunication between myself and the
Secretary delayed the order slightly but that is all sorted
out now. STOP PRESS: T-Shirts are here.
This year is the Royal British Legion’s 90th
Anniversary. Please buy your Poppy’s and give generously.
Every week the Legion spends £1.4m providing Welfare Support
for those far less fortunate than ourselves.
The Meeting closed at 2055
The 258th Meeting will be held on Thursday 10th
November 2011 at the St Levans Inn.
That’s All Folks. Subs
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:
or through the website
07411 434224. My home
See you at the Meeting.
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