MINUTES OF THE 268th MEETING 2012
Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Morgan, Cook, Luker,
Potts, Thurston, Dobson K, Prout, Roberts A, Boyle, Nutt
BEM, Curnow, Rennie, Lloyd and Baker T (15).
Apologies from GI’s – Walker, Fletcher, Nuttycombe, Bladen,
Minall, Rodda, Bennett, McKie, Tidball, Hocking, MacCallum,
Manning, Westall, Archer and Perry.
The 268th Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn
on Thursday 13th September 2012.
The President opened the Meeting at 2001 with our Loyal
Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere.
GI Kevin “Ginge” KENT
crossed the bar suddenly due to a heart attack. Ginge was a
very popular and likeable ex CPO (OPS) (M) of GI Mike
Smith’s era and not only was he a Member of our Association,
he was an active Member of the Portsmouth Field Gun
Association. The Service to Celebrate his Life took place
on Friday 24 August 2012 at The West Hearts Crematorium,
Rev James Diaper
was a retired deacon of St Alban’s Church, Copnor. He was
hit by a car at the corner of Copnor/Laburnum Rd at 1530 and
died without regaining consciousness at 2230 on the 2nd
Aug. He joined the RN as a boy in 1945, Qualified GI in ‘D’
GI’s of 1953. The Funeral Service (full Mass) took place at
1200 on the 24th Aug at St. Alban’s Church, Copnor Road
followed by a Cremation in Portchester.
The 266th Meeting (2012 AGM) Minutes were
Proposed correct by GI Potts and Seconded by GI Cook as the
267th Meeting was cancelled due to lack of
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.
My first real opportunity to thank everyone for attending
the BBQ this year and I hope that all that attended had an
enjoyable time. MTU Staff had a wonderful time and did
comment as such when we returned to work on the Monday. We
will definitely look at organising again next year so please
keep a look out for next July.
Social Secretary’s Report:
Apologies. However, Mike has still been over to speak with
Michelle in Raleigh regarding our Gentlemen’s Night in
November. This prestigious evening has been booked for
Friday 16th November 2012, so can I ask that all
Members consult their diaries and let me know ASAP their
attendance or non-attendance?
Rattler handed round photos that were taken on the day of
Presentation at Beckley Children’s Hospital.
GI’s Larry Lloyd, Dave Rennie, Leroy Prout & Ty Baker.
Apologies Rx’d from:
GI’s Walker (Calgary), Tidball, Fletcher (Advanced NGS
Serials), Nuttycombe (Scotland), Bladen (up country) Minall,
Rodda, Bennett (Malta),
GI Tidball reported that Mrs Tidball is very poorly at the
moment and Our Thoughts are with them both.
GI Peart also bomb shelled us with the news that his wife
(Donna) is also very poorly. Thoughts are also with you
You know where we are.
GI’s Rees 12th July, Dobson K 24th ,
Jones S 27th, Bradbury D 30th, Tonge
10th August, Barsley 24th, Bennett 30th,
De La Haye 11th , Luther (today) 13th
and Manning tomorrow (14th).
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALL
All Presentations are now complete. Thanks to GI’s Morgan,
Bladen, Roberts and Curnow for giving their time to attend.
A call is still awaited from the Plymouth Evening Herald’s
Defence Correspondent for an interview for the article.
It was disappointing not to hear anything back from Oncology
since the presentation when the Association contact details
Next project? Watch this space..
Request: Tony Booth:
Dear Steve, I am writing with reference to our phone
conversation tonight. I would like to ask the
Association/Committee to sponsor me for a Skydive I am
undertaking for St. Luke's Hospice on August 20th. I would
be most grateful for any donation you deem fit.
Yours Aye, in anticipation
Our 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
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Lester). It is hoped that eventually the Committee will be
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We also have our attached forum
Don’t forget that these Forums are there for you to express
yourselves, dit on, etc.
www.rngia.com - don’t forget to keep tabs on the
Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:
GI Smithies asked that his Regards be passed on to the
Members of the Association and he hopes that all are well.
Raffle Prize donators:
Bladen, Nutt BEM and Boyle x2.
(Prez: Thanks Guys)
GI’s Roberts (D again!!), Walker (D), Bennett (D), Baker,
Morgan, Nutt, Lewis
(D denotes Defaulter – Get your ‘at!!!).
GI’s Paul the Landlord, Boyle, Lewis, Prout & Potts.
Tonight’s raffle raised £81, a huge Thanks to everyone for
Informed us that GI Luther was given the order “About Turn”
at passport control as he was on his way on holiday.
Apparently Tom didn’t realise his passport had expired until
he had it handed back at the airport. So, Tom had to scuttle
away home and didn’t get to go on his holiday until a week
later. Today’s lesson – If you are intending to go on
holiday check well in advance that your passport has not
GI Nutt BEM:
Funny story about the Late GI “Ginge” Kent – Eric was on
two’s course with Ginge in 1970 and was remembering the time
they were both on Parade. Ginge was Class Leader and he had
forgotten the Chief GI’s name, which was McKnight. Well,
some good egg told him that it was “McNasty”!! Off Ginge
went to report the class ready for instruction. “Qualifying
Course ready for instruction, Chief McNasty”. Chief GI
McKnight’s answer to that was to call that course “The
running 19’s. “Take them three times around the Parade
GI Baker T:
Yesterday was the Royal Navy in Wales event for RNR
Cambria. The final part of the event was a Ceremonial
Sunset with band etc. Ty gave us a brief description of how
the RNR believe they are better than General Service and
then informed us that three of the Ceremonial Sunset Guard
didn’t realise they had to turn up with boots. Enough
Apologies for next month. I will be travelling off to
Switzerland again. For all the Type 21 ratings out there, a
reminder the next Re-Union will be the first weekend in
October 5th, 6th & 7th.
Friday night will be in the St.Levans and Saturday will in
the Royal British Legion at Crownhill with guest performer
Thank you for hosting me tonight and it is a pleasure to be
among such fine company. There are some people here this
evening who strongly shaped me into the person I am today -
some of you will never know who you are.
Just to inform the GI’s of the West Country; on Friday 5th
October WO Si Cox will be performing his final Divisions
within HMS Sultan. Si has no idea that on completion of
said Divisions he will be given his final glass of port and
then dragged into the “Coach & Horses” outside Victory Gate
for a massive session with friends from his past and
I will pass on my Apologies for next month’s Meeting as I
have unfortunately been stitched to do a
course in Las Vegas. (What a P***er!!)
Spoke about his recent Station Duty collecting the Sea
Cadets for the following weeks Courses at Raleigh’s National
SSC Training Centre. Whilst stood awaiting the final
arrivals, he and the already assembled youngsters of the
future, noticed a gathering of scruffy headwear less Naval
Personnel who were casually stood in the public eye in the
Station Main Entrance with their hands in pockets (you know
– looking the part – first impressions of the Senior Service
upon arrival in Plymouth and all that!!!). One of these
Ratings headed through the ticket barrier with his ‘Pash’
and passed Steve and the young Sea Cadets. Steve (in
relaxed Unit non-Uniform Rig) chanced to ask the lad, “Does
that Uniform come with headgear?” The response? Wait for it
“It’s in ma bag Mate.”
Infuriated by the response and somewhat embarrassed that
this is the Navy’s future, he flashed my RN CPO(AV) ID card
at which point the said Rating stopped, instantly
apologised, went extremely crimson, got his headgear out of
hit bag and fitted it to his schwad. Once the last Cadets
had arrived, we proceeded on mass through the Station Main
Entrance passing 6-8 other AB’s and LH’s all in the same
poor state of attire. Wondering if it worth mentioning to
this larger group, Steve decided against when in through the
Main Entrance walked a Serving Chief Petty Officer in the
same crabby kit, no headgear and hands in pockets!!!!!
On a lighter note; Steve then took this opportunity to
defend against GI Rennie (who had obviously sniffed half a
Lager Shandy) the honour of his “Hog” (well - “Chicken
Chaser”). It does 30mph on the flat, 50mph downhill and
about 15mph uphill (GI Rennie: I bet Stephen Hawkins is
The Meeting closed at 2046
The 267th Meeting will be held on Thursday 11th
October 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