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MINUTES OF THE 261st MEETING 2012

Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Cook, Boyle, Roberts A, Luker, Bennett, Paton, Potts, Manning, McCallum, Thurston, Tidball, Curnow, McKie, Nuttycombe, Davies and Smith K (17).

Apologies from GI’s – Morgan, Dobson, Archer, Bladen, Pickup and Rodda.

The 261st Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn on Thursday 9th February 2012.

The President opened the Meeting at 2010 with our Loyal Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere.

Minute Proposals: The 260th Minutes were proposed by GI Potts and Seconded by GI Manning.     

Treasurer’s Report: 

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. I now have in my possession one of the new style t-shirts in XL, price £25. Anyone interested in purchasing contact me through the usual channels.

      Cummerbunds

1

£19.00

 

      Polo Shirts

2

£17.00

 

      Cuff Links

10

£5.50

 

      Lapel Badges

11

£1.50

 

Secretary’s Report: Nothing from me.

Social Secretary’s Report: Gentlemen, on the Social Front, I gave the Members an update on how things are progressing on the Ladies Night.

Numbers are up on last year’s serial, which is very good, but that's so long as no one drops out at this late stage.  The Disco is booked and I believe that it’s the same bloke as last year.   I can't remember what he was like because after the meal I was out of the game (slightly pissed). I am still waiting for a lot of Members to send the full names of their Guests along with menu choices.  I need them swiftly, gentlemen, so as I can crack on with something else.  Once I have them all, I will push your choices out on E-mail so that you can check and / or change them as you wish.  I explained why I had to bring the chop date forward.  This is because the place where I am purchasing the Ladies Gizzits from needs two weeks’ notice to make sure they can fulfil my order.  I am cracking on with trying to work the seating plan out.  We will have nine tables at present and on each table of eight there will be 2 Red/2 White and on tables of ten 3 Red/2 White.

Thanks to those who donated their Raffle prizes from last night towards the Raffle on Ladies Night.  If you have any unused Christmas Presents at home that you are dying to get rid of please bring them next month and they will go into the raffle.  Likewise, those who have promised donations for next month’s raffle, if you can make it Port I am sure the winners will donate it to my cause.

Steve informed us that the Admiral is insisting on paying for his meal ticket.  This is because he does not want to speak for his supper on the night and I'm not arguing with an Admiral.

So your task now is to get on to your Guests with choices and get them to me ASAP.

Vice President: Apologies.

Presidents Report: 

Welcome to:  GI’s Smith K, Nuttycombe, Davies, Smith and Tidball.

Apologies Rx’d from: GI’s Dobson, Bladen, Fletcher, Nutt, Maddocks, Walker and Baker T.  GI Bennett did query if Mike Walker had any family left?????

Sick Note:

GI Ralph Bladen has no Chemo now for 3 months which is great news.

Our Thoughts are with you ALL.

Happy Birthdays: GI’s Ronald 24th, Davis C 29th and Perry 1st Feb.

Presidents Charity:

Beckly Children’s Centre – Contact will be made shortly with Sarah at the Centre to arrange a photo opportunity.

Oncology Broadband & Wheel Chair – This has finally been sorted.  Two Laptops have been made internet ready for a year and 300 x 2 hour internet vouchers have been purchased for customer use in Level 2.  The initial cost of doing this was going to be as follows:

Laptop Broadband per annum £198 – Our rate £100

Vouchers at £4 for 3 hours – our rate 300 x £1    

The Prez would like to offer a huge Thank You to the following people who made this happen:

Our Patron, Rob Harder, Matt O’Donovan, Ollie Malkin, Andy Blofield and Andy Neville.  Thanks Guys.

Our wheelchair has also been ordered so we are well on the way to completion.  Defence Correspondent Tristan Nicholls (Evening Herald) would like to do an article regarding Beckley and Derriford Projects – 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 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 http://www.westcountrygunners.com/forum/phpBB3/index.php

Portsmouth Website: www.rngia.com - 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:

GI Jack Hind is still suffering from a hip replacement but sends his regards.

Billy Stevenson and HRH (Northumberland) both hope to make a Meeting soon.

Raffle Prize donators: GI’s Curnow (D), Luther (D), Lewis, Morgan, Luker, Cook, McCallum, Luker,

Davies x 2 and Smith K x 2.

Next Raffle:  GI’s Bennett, Tidball, Manning

Raffle Winners: GI’s Nuttycombe, Paton x 2, Smith K, Paul x 2, MacCallum, Potts, Bennett, Thurston and Luker. Tonight’s raffle raised £85, thank you for your generosity. A big thank you to GI’s Paton and MacCallum who donated their prizes for the Ladies Night raffle.

AOB:

GI Paton:  While painting a bulkhead in work, I was trying to explain to one of my colleagues (Rose) that when I was a young scruttock I would have had “Ginge” Teague looking over my shoulder saying “Scouse, if there were any more holidays in that, Cliff Richard would have been singing it”.

The same day I received communication from a company called “Minimal Risk”.  They asked me if I could deploy at short notice. This is one of the companies I’d put my CV out to and they asked me if I could make it to Hereford for an interview on Tuesday?  My interview went exceedingly well, so well in fact, that I deploy on Sunday to the Seychelles to be employed as Maritime Security on a Spanish Tuna boat.  All my discharge papers have been completed in Drake and leave for my first posting on Sunday. (Sec: I’m sure that along with myself, all Members of the Association wish Scouse all the best and look forward to seeing him again soon – Good Luck mate).

GI McCallum:  Received another email from Dave Watts in Pompey.  Apparently on the 30th November it will be the 20th anniversary of when the China Fleet Club in Honk Kong closed.  Dave wanted to know if anyone remembers the occasion.  If so, he recommends contacting the current organisation to see if any special event was being organised.   

GI Cook:  This was not part of AOB but I’m sure the President would like this annotated as we both shed tears whilst observing what can only be described as something that would befit a silent comedy moment.  GI Sam Potts (who shall remain nameless) was seen trying on the XXL t-shirt owned by GI McCallum.  His first attempt resulted in the said t-shirt being donned back to front.  His second attempt witnessed nameless GI donning said t-shirt again back to front!!Now, among much merriment and laughter there gathered a helping crowd around nameless GI passing on all sorts of encouragement of how to fit said t-shirt correctly. His third attempt, bringing the whole room into raucous laughter, was yes, you guessed it, the said t-shirt was donned back to front for a third time.  You had to be in the room to witness the tears of laughter that were being shed, and to save Mr Potts, I mean nameless GI, from a further donning of said t-shirt back to front, a helping hand or two were employed to ensure correct fitting of said t-shirt was completed.

The Meeting closed at 2043

The 262nd Meeting will be held on Thursday 8th March 2012 at the St.Levans Inn.

That’s All Folks. Subs are now due for 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.

Any Dits, nostalgic pictures or queries - contact me on:

Ahoyshipwreck@sky.com

See you at the next Meeting.

SEMPER STRENUISSIMA     

Yours Aye

Sam & Steve

 

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