MINUTES OF THE 262nd MEETING 2012
Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Cook, Boyle, Roberts A,
Luker, Bennett, Potts, Manning, Thurston, Tidball, Curnow,
Nuttycombe, Smith K, Dobson K, Rodda, Nutt BEM, Richardson,
Dobson R and Baker T (19).
Apologies from GI’s – Morgan, McKie and McCallum.
Sincere Apologies to Members for the delay in getting the
Minutes on the street. This is totally my fault and nothing
to do with the Sec.
The 262nd Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn
on Thursday 8th March 2012.
The President opened the Meeting at 2011 with our Loyal
Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere.
Crossing the Bar:
A Minute Silence was held in Respect of the following:
GI Shaun ‘George’ Hawksby
GI Bill Nutt
GI Harry Heyburn
Sincere Condolences to those left behind.
The 261st Minutes were proposed by GI Luker and
Seconded by GI Tidball. (Shocker!! GI Baker T arrives
adrift – with the poor excuse that he has a wife who has
needs and he ain’t getting older. A very gay excuse from a
very gay GI!!)
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 priced at £25. Anyone interested in
purchasing please contact me through the usual channels.
Nothing from me.
Social Secretary’s Report:
As per distributed emails.
The President offered a warm Welcome to GI’s Dobson K,
Dobson R, Nuttycombe, Rodda and Baker T.
Apologies Rx’d from:
GI’s Walker, Davies, McKie, Bladen and Lester
The President offered his Congratulations to GI Nuttycombe
on his Selection to Warrant Officer.
GI Ralph Bladen – been for a scan – watch this space
Brian Witts has had is hip operation and is carrying out
exercises as per the Drill Book.
Our Thoughts are with you ALL.
GI Perry 16th Feb, Cook K 25th, Nutt
BEM 01st March, Bradley (Paul) 4th, Lester 8th
(60 Today), Kelly (Bernard) and Evans G 12th.
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
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. (STOP PRESS: We are in receipt of the
wheelchair now. 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
Please check out the Guestbook too this out because Big Mac
is lonely on their and thinks he is losing it as he appears
to be talking to himself!!
- don’t forget to keep tabs on the Portsmouth Website.
Face book Pages:
we know, FB is the ‘it’ Social Networking Site. GI McCallum
will bear witness; I have submitted the forthcoming Dinner
on 3 of these Groups:
Royal Navy Gunnery Branch 1960-2010, HMS Cambridge and Royal
Naval Gunnery Instructors Association
I am unsure whether the Social Sec got any business from
these but I shall keep plugging it.
Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:
Raffle Prize donators:
GI’s Tidball, Cook, Nutt BEM, Rodda, Thurston, Manning and
GI’s Dobson K, Boyle, Curnow, Richardson, Baker T and Lewis
GI’s Manning, Baker T, Smith K, Cook, Richardson, Luker and
Lewis (Prez: HURRAH!!) Tonight’s raffle raised £105, thank
you for your generosity.
This is probably is my last Meeting for a while as the
appearance of my name on the Signal has inspired the
appointers to send me up to Faslane to take over in P
GI Nutt BEM:
Will unfortunately be absent from the Ladies Night, but with
good reason. Mr & Mrs Nutt will be celebrating their 30th
Wedding Anniversary on the island of Jersey. Because he had
already promised the Social Sec a bottle of port, and not
being one to go back on his word, he presented the Social
Sec with a “Special Reserve” bottle of port to be placed
on his table for his consumption as thanks for
organising this year’s event.
GI Baker T:
Informed us that he had been employed in RNR Cambria for
about two months now and he has never been more reminded
that some things are not as good as they look!!!! Apart
from that my glam pad is excellent and the day job is cushy
- one in two routine for Friday forenoons - loving it
GI FMTH Roberts A:
Wanted know what was happening at Raleigh for the 30 Year
Falklands Remembrance? (Prez: Robbie, check your emails from
Torpoint RBL for details)
As we know, the Captain of Raleigh wishes only Cornwall
South Atlantic Medal holders to be on Parade Friday 15th
June so any SAM holders from Cornwall should get in touch
with Torpoint RBL or the Captain’s Personal Assistant for
On the 29th April I will be running in the
Stratford –upon-Avon Half Marathon in aid of Plymouth
Oncology Outpatients Hospital at Derriford. Can I ask for
your kind sponsorship towards this good cause? Please get
in touch and I will add your name to my sponsorship form -
thank you very much.
The Meeting closed at 2052
The 263rd Meeting will be held on Thursday 12th
April 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