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
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.
The 260th Minutes were proposed by GI Potts and
Seconded by GI Manning.
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.
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
So your task now is to get on to your Guests with choices
and get them to me ASAP.
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
GI Ralph Bladen has no Chemo now for 3 months which is great
Our Thoughts are with you ALL.
Ronald 24th, Davis C 29th and Perry 1st
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.
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
- don’t forget to keep tabs on the Portsmouth Website.
Face book Pages:
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
Raffle Prize donators:
GI’s Curnow (D), Luther (D), Lewis, Morgan, Luker, Cook,
Davies x 2 and Smith K x 2.
GI’s Bennett, Tidball, Manning
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
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).
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
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
The Meeting closed at
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
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:
See you at the next Meeting.
Sam & Steve