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MINUTES OF THE 263rd MEETING 2012 

Members present were GI’s – Cook, Boyle, Roberts A, Luker, Bennett, Potts, Thurston, Curnow,      Dobson K, Walker and Archer (11).

Apologies from GI’s – Lewis, Morgan, McKie, McCallum, Baker T, Pointon, Manning and Luther.

Prez: Please excuse my absence, but due to unforeseen circumstances I feel unable to attend.

Annual Dinner: I would like to thank, most sincerely, all those who contributed to make Friday night the wonderful Gunnery Serial that it was. Those people include Terry, Mr Potts, Rattler and Dave McKie. If it wasn’t for these staunch Members the night would not have happened and I feel that the Association needs to appreciate this. Further Thanks go to Lena Morgan and Schanine Dobson who counted the £535 raised during the raffle.

My final Thanks go to all those who gave up their Easter Friday evening to attend and make it the success that it was.  As usual Evers, Claire, myself and Mrs L were the last ones to vacate at 03.40 – standards and all that.

The 263rd Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn on Thursday 12th April 2012.

The Treasurer opened the Meeting at 2005 with our Loyal Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere.

Minute Proposals: The 262nd Minutes were proposed by GI Potts and Seconded by GI Bennett.      

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 priced at £25. Anyone interested in purchasing please contact me through the usual channels.

      Polo Shirts

2

£17.00

      Cuff Links

10

£5.50

      Lapel Badges

11

£1.50

Secretary’s Report: As you will have no doubt read via emails sent by GI Terry Boyle, he will be stepping down as the Social Secretary as of July this year. Therefore, we need to seriously start thinking about his replacement. We have our Proposal Book which is available at each Meeting or if you so wish you can email me and I will append in the book for you.

Social Secretary’s Report: As per distributed emails.

Vice President: Apologies

Presidents Report: 

Welcome to:  To GI Mike Walker, who it was good to have back after a short absence.   

Apologies Rx’d from: GI’s Bladen (feeling tired from latest chemo), Lewis (family bereavement), Nuttycombe, McIntosh, Morgan, McKie, Booth, Lester, Davies, Hocking (Joint Warrior), Nutt BEM, Richardson (Faslane), Westall (London), Smith K (new granddaughter) and Dobson R.

Sick Note:

GI Ralph Bladen – feeling tired after latest session of chemotherapy

Happy Birthdays: March - GI LUKER 19th, Snodden 20th, Daniel 21st, Roberts G 23rd April – Evers 3rd, Smith M 4th, Harris 5th, Morgan 6th, Brayne 10th, Surman and Lewis 17th.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALL

Congratulation: To GI Kevin Smith and his wife Sue on the birth of their Granddaughter – BZ.

Presidents Charity:

With everything now sorted with the Charities, including the arrival of the wheel-chair all that is left is for me to contact Tristan Nichols from the Evening Herald and arrange a date mutually agreeable to Oncology, Beckley, himself and us - watch 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

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!!

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

Regards:

The Patron emailed to Thank the Association for a wonderful evening.  He enjoyed getting round to all the tables for a chat.

GI Scouse Bladen sent a BZ to the Team for a wonderful Serial.

GI Tony Booth who wished to express his Sincere Gratitude to the Team for a brilliant Serial.

WO SEA Arty Shaw: Thank you and your Gunnery Instructors Association very much indeed for a brilliant evening last night at the Annual Dinner.  Angie and I had a fantastic time.  A first class event, splendid food, good service, entertaining speeches and terrific company were experienced by all.  Angie and I were privileged to attend, we thoroughly enjoyed the evening.  It was wonderful sitting with Jan, Chris and Daz, who, supported by their partners and guests, were great company.  There was never a dull moment.  I was amazed to learn how much good stuff you have achieved in support to various charities in the local area – some of which are extremely close to my heart; you all have a lot to be proud of.  As an Ex-Gunner, privileged with SMDO Training at HMS Cambridge, it was an honour to be at the Dinner.

Mrs Jenny Roberts: I would like Thank You all on such a wonderful and splendid Ladies Night.  Our Guests and I really enjoyed it.  Everything was well presented and thoroughly enjoyable and it was nice to dress up.

Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:

Portsmouth News: 66th Annual Reunion Dinner – Saturday 9th June 2012 at HMS Excellent.  Guest of Honour will be Commodore Mike Mansergh CBE.  For details contact:

Brian Morgan
3 Hilltop Gardens
Horndean
Waterlooville
Hampshire
PO8 0AT

Cost will be £40 per person for members and non members.

Raffle Prize donators: GI’s Dobson K, Boyle, Curnow and Lewis.  

(Prez: Thank Guys)

Next Raffle:  GI’s Richardson (D), Baker T (D), Cook, Luker, Bennett and Archer.

Raffle Winners: As there were only a small minority in attendance this evening it was agreed that we would carry over the prizes from tonight’s Meeting to next month.   

AOB:

GI Curnow:  Made it known that Tom Luther called Mrs Curnow on the Thursday morning to enquire what day the Dinner was.  He stated that he thought the Dinner was on the Saturday!!   Mrs Curnow did correct him at this point.

GI Thurston:  Andrea thoroughly enjoyed herself on Friday night and wishes me to make her apologies to the President for keeping the “Top Table” waiting while she applied her lippy.   She also left me without a jacket for the beginning of the evening which wasn’t spotted by the Vice President! (Sec:  Rattler, I will leave that admission in your hands but I’m sure that self admissions to come with a port fine!!)

GI Archer:  Passed on his compliments to Terry from himself and all his eight guests for an outstanding evening.  They had travelled from Manchester and London to attend and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Definitely looking forward attending next year.  Gutted that Terry is standing down, he has done us proud.

GI Walker:  Reports that all his faeces is in one foot cover!!  Glad to be back.

GI Potts:  For those that are interested, Sam is attending the reunion of HMS Hayne in Portsmouth this weekend.  Robbie then pointed out that there was a mutiny onboard the Hayne back in the sixties.  Tom Archer was thoroughly impressed with Robbie’s knowledge of such things; especially seeing as this certain mutiny was kept very hush hush.

GI Luker:  As I stated a while ago when Terry took over as Social Secretary, I was his Divisional Officer many years ago.  So, far be it for me to say nice things about him, so I won’t.  That’s it!!

GI Bennett:  All my guests at the Ladies Night were drinkers from here at the St.Levans.  Likewise with all other comments they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I would like to pass on to Terry theirs and my Thanks for a fantastic evening.

The Meeting closed at 2037

The 264th Meeting will be held on Thursday 10th May 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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