MINUTES OF THE 259th MEETING 2011
Members present were GI’s – Sir Richardson Ibbotson, Lewis,
Cook, Boyle, Roberts A, Luker, McKie, Bennett, Curnow,
Tidball, Walker, Paton, Nutt BEM, Archer, Potts, Fletcher,
Prout, Manning, Luther, Cox, Bladen, McCallum, Baker T,
Davies, and Thurston (25).
Apologies from GI’s – Morgan, Cooper, Honeychurch, Westall,
Richardson, Lester, Dobson and Rodda.
The 259th Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn
on Thursday 8th December 2011.
The President opened the Meeting at 2006 with our Loyal
Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere.
The 258th Minutes were proposed by GI Bennett and
Seconded by GI Curnow.
The cash statement was read out.
All subs are now being accepted for 2012.
In the month of January there are two Committee positions up
for election or re-election. These are Vice President
and Treasurer. Our proposals book was available at the
meeting, and I know that I & GI Morgan have been proposed.
However, if there are any other proposals you can email me
and I will gladly put them in the book for you.
Social Secretary’s Report:
It is so good to see so many members here tonight; maybe we
should invite our Patron every week. Our Dinner Dance
is definitely going ahead on the 6th April and at
the moment our number are looking strong, however, I still
want more. As far as I am concerned and unless the
members make it known otherwise, this will be our only
function in 2012 so get your entries in now.
Our Patron Sir Richard Ibbotson, GI’s Cox, Baker, Davies
Apologies Rx’d from:
GI’s Morgan, Dobson (K), Lester, Rodda, Westall, Honeychurch
GI Hawsby – 3 lots of Chemo so far with 3 more to go.
GI Bladen – Starting Chemo again in January.
GI Hedges – Awaiting update after operation.
GI Hastie – Still quite poorly and currently unable to
GI Daniel – Undergoing 2nd bout of Chemo.
Our Thoughts are with you ALL.
GI’s HRH 29th Nov and Place 6th Dec.
The Prez wished to offer Sincere Thanks to GI Dougie Maddox
who has kindly agreed to host the 260th Meeting
aboard his fine ship Albion.
Beckly Children’s Centre
– After the dust has settled from Christmas contact will be
made with the Centre to arrange a photo opportunity.
Oncology Wheel Chair
– Regrettably the wheelchair has not yet been purchased.
Thanks to the hard work of our Patron, progress is finally
being made. The President will be visiting the man who
might be able to make it happen on the 17th
January – fingers crossed. With the number of our own
currently requiring treatment, now is the time more so than
ever to get the Broadband and Wheelchair sorted and the
President hopes that the work currently going on behind the
scenes will be approved by both West and East Associations’.
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
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
- don’t forget to keep tabs on the Portsmouth Website.
Letter from Poppy Appeal Organiser Torpoint & Rame
Chairman West Country Gunnery & Missile Instructor’s
Please accept this letter as both a receipt and my personal
thanks for the generous donation of £300 towards this year’s
It is via kind and generous gestures such as this that
assist in fulfilling the Royal British Legion’s aims of
assisting those in their hour of need. Each year more people
come to the Legion for help and the cost of that help is
continually growing. Daily we see and read of young
Service mend and women employed in peace keeping roles
throughout the world, often in considerable danger and this
means that there will always be a need to provide for them
and their dependants when they themselves no longer can.
That is why it is so important that the Legion can continue
with its vital work.
Thank you on behalf of those who will now benefit from you
Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:
From GI Danbury:
Steve. I’m back have a job in London now in the MOD (Same
place as young Dickie Byrd) My lad is doing great is down
south in the MONTROSE. Good luck on Thursday - will you pass
on my best wishes to everyone and my hopes that the GIs
association, representing as it does some of the very best
people I have the pleasure to know, goes from strength to
strength. Also please give my best regards to Sir Richard -
a true gentleman. Cheers Bro
Raffle Prize donators:
Baker (T), Walker, Fletcher, Manning, Tidball and Potts.
GI’s: Roberts (FMTH) (D), Archer (D),
McCallum, Curnow, Luther, Boyle, Bennett.
Port Fines were Rx’d from GI’s Walker and Archer for the
misdemeanours at the Social Evening
GI’s Cox, McKie x 2, Paul (Landlord), Bennett, Prout,
Curnow, Boyle and Potts.
Sir Richard Ibbotson:
Unfortunately our Patron was munching a mince pie when the
President informed him he had the floor!! Never mind
Sir, we’ll come back to you.
Informed the members that the St Levans games teams who were
with us the other evening when we had our impromptu drinks
evening would be up for challenging us at pub sports, darts,
pool, euchre & possibly uckers, if we can muster a board.
This raised great approval from those present and a date was
being sought forthwith. After little deliberation it was
decided that we would look at an evening in February so long
as support was strong. Therefore, all members who
would like to volunteer for the “Great St Levans Games
Evening” could you forward your names to me ASAP.
I would like to inform you Mr President that last week I
bought a “Dongle”!! Obviously this raised hilarity
among the crowd and GI Walker was heard to pass comment
“That’s not it in your pocket is it Bill?” I would
like to say it is good to hear Mr Luker is finally embracing
the electronic age.
Thanked the Association for the impromptu “Piss Up” last
week, and did inform the President that it was GI Walker’s
bare bottom on show.
Opened with the lines “It’s not like me to waste any of your
time!!”. I had an email from Dave Watts who asked me
to pass on his regards to all, especially Sam Potts, and to
ask Tom Luther why he keeps asking for him to be a friend on
GI Nutt BEM:
Opened with the lines “Beware your past doesn’t catch up
with you”. After finding lump on one of my testicles I
went to Derriford Hospital. There I was in the
examination cubicle, wearing just my shirt and tie, in walks
the inspecting male nurse. As he looks me up and down
he checks my name again on his patient list then says to me
“I know you Mr Nutt, can you lay down there and spread your
legs for me?” He then proceeds to place his hands in
an ice cold bucket of surgical gel, places his hands on my
testicles and says “Remember me from the parade ground you
Firstly, I don’t know how many of you watch “I’m A Celebrity
Get Me Outta Here”, but for those of you who did, do you
think Eric Nutt is Willie Carson’s younger brother?
Secondly, Henry Cooper has just come to the end of his first
contract; he’s done two ships within that space of time and
loving it and cannot wait for his second contract to begin.
It’s finally good to attend a meeting and see you all again,
I promise to make the effort to get here
GI Roberts A:
No ….. You’ve caught me on the hop. What?
Robbie, nothing to say!! Quick, let’s move
on before he changes his mind!!
You’ll be pleased to hear that while I was marching through
town today in company with
number two son, I spotted a Naval Rating in Action Working
Dress & Foul Weather jacket, smoking a cigarette while
holding up the bulkhead which supports the roof of Vodaphone.
I informed number two son that I was dispatching
independently to have a word with said rating.
However, I was intercepted from my current course by a
Leading Hand who proceeded to point loaded finger at said
rating and told him to extinguish cigarette, place on
headgear and stand up straight. Seeing as task was complete
I proceeded to fall back in with number two son and continue
with our original course to “Teddy Bear World”.
GI Baker T:
Following up on Eric’s dit about things catching up with you
from the past – I had a new joiner
come to my office the other day “Hi Chief, my brother served
with you on the Northumberland and told me the dit about
when he left his locker open in roughers and you got out of
bed and punched him”. My reply to him was along the
lines of, “Don’t be silly young man I would never do
something like that”!! Finally, sir, I’m leaving the navy in
2013, don’t want to and they won’t give me 2OE. So I
thought with your connections – Chief Baker sir I am
I am no longer a driving instructor just wasn’t getting the
business and money was getting
tight, so decided to end it. Now I find myself looking
for work, so if anyone knows of any jobs going a call would
be much appreciated. Also, I recall people were enquiring
about Al Tonge. I now see him most nights and he is a
multi-drop driver for City Link.
Sir Richard Ibbotson:
Mince pies now finished. Quick dit I heard last night,
seeing as we were talking
about the Falklands earlier on. I went to Julian
Oswald’s memorial service, Terry Lewin was present, and I
don’t know if you recall during the Falklands war he was
Chief of Defence Staff. Some time in the middle of the
war he was in his London flat with the other Chiefs of Staff
receiving his morning brief, his secure phone line rings and
it’s Chequers. The conversation went something along
the lines of “No, no, no, no, yes, no, no.” After
putting the phone down one of the Chiefs turned to him and
asked the question “What did you say yes to the Prime
Minister about?” Well, she actually asked me if I was
The Meeting closed at 2108
The 260th Meeting will be held on Thursday 12th
January 2012 onboard HMS Albion.
That’s All Folks. Subs are 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.
Dits, nostalgic pictures or queries contact me on:
Ahoyshipwreck@sky.com or 01752813712/07411434224
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