MINUTES OF THE 260th MEETING 2011
Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Morgan, Cook, Boyle,
Maddocks, Roberts A, Luker, Bennett, Walker, Paton, Potts,
Manning, McCallum, and Thurston (14).
Apologies from GI’s – Cooper, McKie, Curnow, Dobson, Archer,
Bladen, Pickup, Tidball and Rodda.
The 260th Meeting was held onboard HMS Albion on
Thursday 12th January 2012. Our President offered
Sincere Thanks to GI Dougy Maddocks for hosting the
The President opened the Meeting at 2021 with our Loyal
Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere.
The Association stood in Silence in Respect of Minnie Dobson
who passed Away just before New Year. Her Funeral was well
attended by the Association (Prez: Thanks Guys).
The Ashes of the Late GI Dickie Meads Ashes were interred in
the Rose Garden on the Sunday 18th December in a
spot where he can look down through the wrought iron gates
to what used to be the Parade Ground.
The 259th Minutes were proposed by GI Thurston
and Seconded by GI Luker.
The cash statement was read out.
All subs are now being accepted for 2012.
Below is an outlay of the stock that I hold and prices. If
anyone is interested in purchasing any of these goods then
please contact me.
As is withholding of our January meeting there are two
committee positions up for election. Our first position is
that of Vice-President: GI Gareth Morgan to remain
Vice-President, nominated by GI Lewis and Seconded by GI
GI Lewis –
In the immortal words, if it ain’t broken don’t fix it.
GI Cook –
I can reiterate the words of our President and also say that
Rattler does a fine job when it comes to our Social events,
also I believe he has the backing and trust of all our
A vote was cast and with no abstentions or votes against the
proposal was passed unanimously.
In his re-election speech our Vice-President went on to
acknowledge his absences over the past year and stated that
would change for this years as he had re-arranged
Our second position up for nomination was that of Treasurer:
GI Sam Cook to remain Treasurer, nominated by GI Lewis and
Seconded by GI Potts.
GI Lewis -
It’s not a job I would welcome, looking after the
Associations funds and Sam does a sound job.
GI Potts –
I reiterate the words of GI Lewis.
A vote was cast and with no abstentions or votes against the
proposal was passed unanimously.
In his re-election speech our Treasurer thanked the
President and GI Potts for their kind words and promised the
Association members to look after their funds for the
Social Secretary’s Report:
Gentlemen.......Bit of a disappointment with the attendance
last night, we had 20 odd names down to attend and only 14
turned up, one or two had the courtesy to inform the
Pres/Chancellor they couldn't make it...why do we bother?
Anyway to the meeting, thanks to Dougie Maddocks for
organising our visit to Albion we were made very welcome
with minimum amount of fuss security wise. We met at Drake
Main Gate and walked to the ship, when I saw the climb onto
the gangway I began to wish I hadn't come, but I, Robbie and
Bill Luker made it up with breath to spare. We had a good
meeting in the Senior Rates Dining Room with beer and
pasties laid on. Robbie as usual struggled to stay with us
and his mind kept wondering off and when the Pres did any
AOB we couldn't shut him up. Whiskey had his say and took
some shit from the Vice, who I will point out has a 100%
attendance for 2012. It was decided by the committee that
the Association would pay for the beer and pasties consumed
Okay, I pointed out to the floor that numbers for Ladies
Night was going very well but has slowed down recently, I
said I was still hoping to reach the 70 number or even more
by chop date. At present it stands at 56 and only 15 of them
are paid up members the rest are wives and guests. The menu
has now been published the only change we have made is the
cost, members and wives will be charged £30.00 each & guests
will be charged cost price of £35.00 each. Can I have all
names to me by the end of February please? Still undecided
whether to go for group or disco as entertainment. Other
than that the planning is going very well. Rattler will be
doing photo's again, there will be a raffle. No GOH as yet
the President is looking at this one, our Patron is booked
up that night but he will be asked just in case. I will
publish a list of all those down for Ladies Night in 2
weeks, so if you want to be on this list get back to me to
make sure you are on it. Name of the game is support your
local Soc Sec.
Ken Dobson is well, won't be joining us for a while, he
thanks all those who attended Minnie’s funeral, he saw some
faces he had not seen for a while.
I didn't say much more I wanted to save my breath for
getting down that bloody gangway again.....
Normally at this point the President would move on, tonight
we are graced and so we hand over!!
Personal thanks from Gareth before he began. Don’t leave
the recruiting for our Ladies night solely to the Social
Sec, get your friends in on the act, let them know about it
and get them onboard.
Apologies Rx’d from:
GI’s Dobson, Bladen, Cooper, Tidbal, Rodda, Pickup and
GI Ralph Bladen – results Wednesday from last scan
GI Shaun Hawksby
refused to answer door it has been reported – given up.
GI Hastie is getting better and now has a mobility scooter.
He and GI Bernie Wilcock have formed a GI’s Mobility
Our Thoughts are with you ALL.
GI’s Radburn (Dave) 21st Dec, Stevenson 25th,
Hastie 28th, Bladen 30th, Pointon 4th
Jan, Freeman 9th
Beckly Children’s Centre
– After the dust has settled from Christmas contact will be
made with the Centre to arrange a photo opportunity.
Oncology Broadband & Wheel Chair
– 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
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
- don’t forget to keep tabs on the Portsmouth Website.
Face book Pages:
As we know, FB is the ‘it’ Social Networking Site. As GI
McCallum will bear witness, I have submitted the forthcoming
Dinner on 3 of these Groups:
Royal Navy Gunnery Branch 1960-2010, HMS Cambridge &
Royal Naval Gunnery Instructors Association
Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:
Raffle Prize donators:
GI’s Roberts, Archer, McCallam, Boyle and Bennett
GI’s Curnow (D), Luther (D), Lewis, Morgan, Luker, Cook &
GI’s Bennett, Roberts A, Cook, Morgan, and Paton.
Emails from Dave Watts & Shep Wooley passing on their
regards to all within the West Country Brethren. Also big
thanks to our host Brum Maddocks for putting on this
evening. Before I forget, had to hold Sam Pott’s hand coming
over the gangway, just to reassure him that he wasn’t going
back to sea. I would also like to pass on my
congratulations to our President for his appointment as
Deputy of the West Country Royal British Legion. Very well
done & looking forward to the MBE?
GI Roberts A:
Seeing as we’re on the Albion I thought a quick dit would be
appropriate. 1962 as a young Scruttock on a minesweeper in
Aden, I was perched upon a bollard on the sweep deck
observing the Albion coming into harbour. It attaches its
two tugs, one fwd & one aft, all of a sudden the Albion
lurches forward and this tug at the rear just gets pulled
under, it disappears below the waterline. There I am
observing this feat of an evolution, the AB on the
quarterdeck of the Albion swings his axe at the wire
attaching said tug and because the wire was so taut his axe
just bounced straight back up.
Four hours later after diving operations they managed to
refloat this tug, which was another feat in itself.
Unfortunately there were four fatalities but I just remember
being there as a young AB thinking “There’s something wrong
Just to let people know Geoff Roberts is back for a third
time, FOST Planner under a three year contract.
Adding on to Robbie’s dit and pointing out that it wasn’t
only foreign ports where there were incidents of pulling
tugs under. I was on HMS Bristol docking in Rosyth and we
did the same thing.
I would like to take this opportunity to say it is a
pleasure to host you onboard and I hope you all have an
enjoyable evening. As for the Albion itself, over the next
couple of weeks it will be going into a state of extended
readiness and come the end of March the ship will be shut
down totally, with it being highly likely that it will not
come out the other end.
GI Ronnie Barker IS standing down in Portsmouth after 4
years in the seat because he is due outside and their
President must be serving. WO GI Del Rea’s name has been
bounced around as his replacement. I sent an email to GI
Mike Smith Thanking GI Barker for his support over the years
and wishing him well for his retirement.
GI Sticky Bunce is now residing in Canberra.
Anyone interested in joining the Type 42 Association please
contact GI Tim Rankin – Portsmouth GI’s Association.
A final Thanks to HMS Albion and their Crew for
accommodating the West Country Gunnery & Missile Instructors
Association on the occasion of their 260th
The Meeting closed at 2107
The 261st Meeting will be held on Thursday 9th
February 2012 at the ST.Levans Inn.
That’s All Folks. Subs are due in March 2012. 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