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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.

Minute Proposals: The 258th Minutes were proposed by GI Bennett and Seconded by GI Curnow.     

Treasurer’s Report: 

The cash statement was read out. 

All subs are now being accepted for 2012.

Secretary’s Report: 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.

Vice President:  Apologies.

Presidents Report: 

Welcome to:  Our Patron Sir Richard Ibbotson, GI’s Cox, Baker, Davies and McCallum.

Apologies Rx’d from: GI’s Morgan, Dobson (K), Lester, Rodda, Westall, Honeychurch and Richardson

Sick Note:

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 drive.

GI Daniel – Undergoing 2nd bout of Chemo.

Our Thoughts are with you ALL.

Happy Birthdays: GI’s HRH 29th Nov and Place 6th Dec.

January Meeting: 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.  

Presidents Charity:

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’.

Association Website:  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

Portsmouth Website: - don’t forget to keep tabs on the Portsmouth Website.  

Letter from Poppy Appeal Organiser Torpoint & Rame Peninsula:

Chairman West Country Gunnery & Missile Instructor’s Association,

Please accept this letter as both a receipt and my personal thanks for the generous donation of £300 towards this year’s Poppy Appeal.

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 support.

John Tivnan


Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:

      From GI Danbury:

Hi 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.

Next Raffle:  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 

Raffle Winners: GI’s Cox, McKie x 2, Paul (Landlord), Bennett, Prout, Curnow, Boyle and Potts.

Relax                       2029

Stand To         2140


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.

GI Bennett:  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.

GI Luker:  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.

GI Manning:  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.

GI McCallum:  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 Facebook.

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 bastard?”

GI Bladen:  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.

GI Cox:  It’s finally good to attend a meeting and see you all again, I promise to make the effort to get here more often.

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!!

GI Walker:  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 available.

GI Thurston:  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 still listening.


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.

any Dits, nostalgic pictures or queries contact me on: or 01752813712/07411434224  

See you at the next Meeting.


Yours Aye

Sam & Steve

P.S.  Please advise of any spelling mistakes so that they can be corrected to maintain a professional set of Minutes. 


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