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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.

Bar Crossers: 

GI (Lt Cdr) ‘Dog’ Pearce

GI Dickie Meads

A Minute Silence was held in their Memory.  Sincere Condolences to their families.

Minute Proposals: The 256th Minutes were proposed by GI Walker and Seconded by GI Bennett.     

Treasurer’s Report: 

The cash statement was read out. 

Secretary’s Report: 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 Dinner.

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!!

Vice President:  Apologies.

Presidents Report: 

Welcome to:  GI’s Curnow, Tidball and Mega Sea Dad MacIntosh!!

Apologies Rx’d from: GI’s  MacCallum, Rodda, Pickup, Perry, Hocking, Davis and Byrd

Sick Note:

GI Ben Hedges – Testicular Cancer and is under-going an operation shortly

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.

Happy Birthdays: GI’s  Jones (Ken) 18th October

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ken

Presidents Charity:

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 chopsm@tiscali.co.uk .  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.

Association Website:  Our new website is up and running www.westcountrygunners.com  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 http://www.westcountrygunners.com/phpBB3/index.php 

Sincere Thanks to Ray for all of his hard work

Portsmouth Website: www.rngia.com - 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.

Next Raffle:  All welcome to provide prizes as proceeds go to The Royal British Legion

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.

Raffle Winners: 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.

AOB:

GI Walker:  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)

GI Roberts:  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 Boyle:  GI Bates Snr would have liked to attend the Gents Evening, but sends his apologies as Mrs Bates isn’t very well at the moment. 

GI Dobson:  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 for John.

 GI Lewis:  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 were 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:

ahoyshipwreck@sky.com or through the website www.westcountygunners.com  or 07411 434224.  My home

See you at the Meeting.

SEMPER STRENUISSIMA

Sam Cook

P.S.  Please advise of any spelling mistakes so that they can be corrected and we maintain a professional set of Minutes on our WorldWide Website www.westcountygunners.com

 

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