MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2012 ( 266th)
Members present were GI’s – Morgan, Cook, Potts, Luker,
Boyle, McKie, Manning, Bladen, Thurston, Nutt BEM, MacCallum,
Walker, Bennett, Dobson K, Rodda, Baker T, Curnow, Prout &
Cooper G (19)
Apologies from GI’s – Lewis, Fletcher, McIntosh, Archer,
Pickup, Owens T, Archer, Evers, Westall & Honeychurch.
266th Meeting was held at the St Levans on
Thursday 12th July 2012.
The Vice President opened the Meeting at 2007hrs with the
Loyal Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere.
The 265th Minutes were Proposed by GI Walker and
Seconded by GI Bennett.
The cash statement was read out at the meeting.
At the time of the meeting I was very unsure as to whether
we would have to postpone this years BBQ. As the days have
progressed since then the weather has had a dramatic turn
around and I am looking forward to a large turn out on
Friday 27th July.
Social Secretary’s Report:
Gentlemen.....At last night’s meeting I finally got rid of
the Social Secretary position, it was close at one time with
Mike Walker giving it some thought before accepting the
position. I can assure you if he had said no and no one else
there had volunteered I would have stayed on temporarily
until some other cabbage came forward. I wouldn't just up
sticks and go with no one else in position.
my thanks to the committee, to Steve for giving me a free
reign to do things the way I wanted to, in his words (ITS
YOUR TRAIN SET DO WHAT YOU WANT) To Sam for never telling me
I was spending too much and to go for it..And of course to
Rattler who gave me a big hand in the Ladies nights and
always ran them very well....Gentlemen we have a good
committee working on your behalf we MUST support them, now
with Mike Walker aboard he is one of the old Navy and things
will only get better social wise(pressure Walker).
thanks to all those who supported me throughout my time in
the chair by attending the functions and my thanks to the
guests you brought.
This is my last Social E.Mail....I will have to start
talking Mac on the WEB Sight now
Vice Presidents Report:
GI’s Gary Cooper, Rodda & Bladen.
Apologies Rx’d from:
GI’s McIntosh & Archer.
GI’s: Clements 27th June, Lewis 3rd
July, Smithies 7th July, Carson & Lafferty 8th
July, Rees G 12th July, Walker & Utting 18th
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ALL
No more movement from what was reported last month. Spoke
to Sarah Noble at the Beckley Centre tonight and the details
are as follows:
During August – Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 1030 –
Oncology best day is a Friday
am now awaiting a return call from Tristan Nichols at the
Our new website is up and running
you have something that you would like included on the site
email it to our webmaster – Ray Lester. Ray has done a
brilliant job of amending the website as soon as I request
anything, thanks Ray.
Guest Book –
Please visit and add your comments as there is still not
enough action occurring. Even the new President of
Portsmouth has responded through it and Big Mac still thinks
he is going mad as he assumes he is still talking to
himself. If for nothing else just visit the website and
Guestbook to speak to Mac.
Don’t forget that these are there for you to express
yourself with dits or humerous stories etc.
don’t forget to keep tabs on the Portsmouth Website.
Falklands 30th Anniversary Parade:
Held at HMS Raleigh on 15th June, proceedings
went extremely well and the Veterans were duly recognised.
National Armed Forces Day:
Took place Saturday 30th June on Plymouth Hoe,
Ronnie Barker was present as the State Ceremonial Officer
for the Royal Navy.
GI Steve Lewis to be re-elected as the President of
the West Country Gunnery Instructors Association.
Proposed by GI Morgan:
Seconded by GI McIntosh:
After much deliberation it came to bear that our current
President has not stated that he does want to resign. Yes,
we do know that Steve does a marvellous job and the next in
coming President would have massive boots to fill. What we
do have to take into account is that as of lately Steve’s
diary has been more filled with his British Legion duties
and we do seriously as an Association need to look at the
near future for a relief.
For the record Steve was unanimously voted in with one
Quick note from the President: A sincere thanks to the
Members for supporting me over another 12 months of service.
Every year is appreciated as much as the previous and I
believe that this last one takes me to 10.5 years now and I
have to say that it has been an immense privilege – Thank
The President’s charity has been superbly supported over the
years by you and again we achieved our target as well as
raising over £530 at the Annual Ladies Night. Many local
people will benefit from the Associations generosity.
Hopefully we will be able to present our achievements with
the Herald reporter and photographer present.
GI Terry Boyle to be re-elected as the Social
Secretary of the West Country Gunnery Instructors
Proposed by GI Morgan: As Vice President Terry has produced
outstanding Ladies Nights over the past couple of years and
it would be a great loss if he stepped down.
Seconded by GI Manning:
A vote of 5 people for the Proposal.
Terry did re-iterate that he had stated two years ago that
he would only do 12 months in the position, this turned out
be 24 months as last year we had nobody step forward.
A note from the President: Thank you Terry so very much on
behalf of the Committee and Members for organising such
outstanding Social Serials over the past couple of years.
You talk a good wanting to leave but I reckon you really
yearn for more punishment and stress. Thanks Terry if the
lads permit you to stand down.
GI Mike Walker to be elected as the new Social
Secretary of the West Country Gunnery Instructors
Proposed by GI Boyle: Proposed Mike due to the fact that he
is a good organiser, a good person and at present has
nothing else to do.
Seconded by GI Cook: I personally believe Mike will do a
fantastic job if voted in and given the full support of the
Mike stated that he has been within the Association from its
birth and throughout those years has held literally every
position within the Association. If I am elected as Social
Secretary I will make the point of giving 110% into
organising events, however, I will not be chasing people for
A vote of 14 was cast for Mike to be elected as Social
Secretary of the West Country Gunnery Association.
A note from the President: Welcome aboard this fine
Committee Mike, you can be sure that we the Committee will
all give our full support and I hope that our members will
Vice President to finally produce and issue the
Constitution for the West Country Gunnery Instructors
Proposed by GI Potts: As an Association we need general
guidelines, it doesn’t need to be war and peace and it
doesn’t need to be something rigid. We are an Association
that generally runs itself through matters but still
requires stringency in small areas.
Seconded by GI Luker: Bill pointed out that 2 years ago our
previous Vice President did a re-write on the then
Constitution which we felt was lacking in updated
information. This re-write was then disseminated to the
members for them to read and forward comment if necessary
and it was at this point that the update to our Constitution
A vote was cast with 2 votes for, 6 votes against and 6
Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:
Raffle Prize donators:
GI’s Dobson K, Luker, Potts, Cook, Boyle, Nutt BEM, Rodda,
Manning and MacCallum.
GI’s Roberts A (D), Walker, Bennett and Nutt BEM.
GI’s Cooper G, Bladen, Dobson K, Manning, Cook, Walker
Junior, Boyle, Curnow and Luker.
This evening’s raffle raised £105 thank you to all for your
this was our Annual General Meeting there was no AOB.
The Meeting closed at 2051
The 267th Meeting will be held on Thursday 10th
August 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