MINUTES OF THE 258th MEETING 2011
Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Morgan, Cook, Boyle,
Roberts A, Luker, Richardson, McKie, Bennett, Dobson,
Curnow, Tidball, Walker, Paton, Nutt BEM, Pickup, Archer,
Potts, Rodda, Fletcher, Prout, Manning and Lester (23).
Apologies from GI’s – McCallam, Roberts G, Till, Luther,
Baker T, Baker L, Perry, Thurston and Bladen.
The 258th Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn
on Thursday 10th November 2011.
Two Minute Silence was respectfully held to remember all
those who have selflessly given their lives.
The President opened the Meeting at 2013 with our Loyal
Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere.
The 257th 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.....What a good turn out last night and what a
long session we had; even had to take a break half way
through. If you couldn't make it you missed a good evening
and I will give you a quick summary of what happened on the
Social front. Great thanks again to all those who donated a
raffle prize, (stand fast Robbie) we were awash with them
and the Poppy Appeal will be donated £300 - Well Done the
I explained to those present the reason for having to cancel
our Gents Night at Raleigh. The majority agreed with the
action and some were very disappointed, especially GI Walker
who had nothing on the said Friday 18th
November. There were two main reasons for cancelling; first
was the quoted price. I couldn't really justify asking
Members to pay that much. Secondly, and the one that really
got to me, was the numbers attending. There were more GI’s
at last night’s Meeting than were registered to attend the
Gents Night!! I ask you the Members - do we want two Formal
Dinners a year or would you prefer one function every year
alternating between the two? Think about that one and get
back to the Pres or Me with your thoughts. Personally I am
in favour of both. Twice a year isn't much to ask but
that's my personal point of view.
I have provisionally booked Drake for Friday 6th April
2012. This function will be publicised as the “West Country
GI's Dinner & Dance”. By doing this we hope to push it out
to wider field e.g. the TASI’s/PRI's. If you are thinking
of attending, I would like to encourage you to bring along
friends and family. If we all did this we might get a more
encouraging turnout. Details will follow over the coming
Stand To 2100
Apologies Rx’d from:
GI Ben Hedges – Testicular Cancer and is under-going an
GI Shaun Hawksby about to start Chemo tomorrow 1 day then 2
weeks of x 3
GI Bill Hastie is still poorly from illness.
GI Danny Daniel is back on Chemo
Our Thoughts and Best Wishes to you all.
GI’s John Windust 26th October, GI’s Minall 28th
, Matthews (P) 16th November
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you all.
Beckly Children’s Centre –
GI Dobson kindly represented the Association the official
opening last night. Representatives from the local Media,
Dignitaries, Senior Management and Local Councillors were
also present, and according to Ken the place looks fantastic
with the television receiving warm applause.
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 – watch this space.
(Prez: Our illustrious Patron has been into bat for us and
as a result an email has been sent to Andy Nevill at
Derriford and I am currently awaiting a response).
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
included 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
Thanks again, Ray.
The following 12 Petty Officer AWW’s have been selected for
promotion to Chief Petty Officer AWW:
BENNETT T MWS COLLINGWOOD
BREEDS H DRAGON (COLLINGWOOD)
COPELAND DG DARTMOUTH (MONMOUTH)
GUEST SR MWS COLLINGWOOD (MANCHESTER)
JONES SB MWS COLLINGWOOD
KIRKPATRICK CD BRNC DARTMOUTH
MADDOCKS DC ALBION
OLIVER JM NORTHUMBERLAND
RUMSEY ML MWS COLLINGWOOD
SCOTT M HIBERNIA
STREETER DA EDINBURGH
THOMPSON AP RALEIGH (FORWARD)
HILL C NMTS RALEIGH (Supplementary)
Congratulations to all.
- don’t forget to keep tabs on the Portsmouth Website.
Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:
Raffle Prize donators:
A big thanks to all those who provided prizes for this
month’s raffle. We raised a very impressive £282 for The
Royal British Legion “Poppy Appeal” which the Association
will add to raising it to £300.
GI’s: Roberts (FMTH), Walker, Fletcher, Archer, Manning,
Tidball and Potts.
GI’s Morgan, Boyle, Cook, Pickup, Walker, Potts, Richardson,
Lester, McKie, Tidball, Rodda, Lewis and Bennett.
Has officially been Medically Discharged from the RN after
23 years Service. He will not be remaining in the Plymouth
area once all formalities have been completed as he has
already been house hunting in the North-West.
Could anyone with ideas of what material they would like to
see on the website then get in touch? All feedback is very
Made a valid point about all the crap going around about the
“Counter-Piracy” jobs. With regards to the correct courses
and paperwork required to meet the criteria; please feel
free to contact myself or Tom Archer and we will put you in
the right direction instead of listening to the rumours!
Took this moment to pass on his thanks to the Association
for their kindness and support over the past couple of
Prez: The first Sailor in the 502 year History becomes a
Beefeater at the Tower of London.
Former WO1 Rob Fuller has made a small slice of British
history as the first sailor ever to become a Beefeater at
the Tower of London
Meeting closed at 2143
The 259th Meeting will be held on Thursday 8th
December 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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