MINUTES OF THE 269th MEETING 2012
Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Cook, Walker, Luker,
Potts, Thurston, Roberts A, Boyle, Baker T, Luther, McKie,
Stone and Swain (13).
Apologies from GI’s – Morgan, Fletcher, Nuttycombe, Bladen,
Minall, Rodda, Bennett, Tidball, Hocking, MacCallum,
Manning, Westall, Archer, Rennie, Dobson K, Curnow, Paton,
Lloyd, Nutt BEM and Perry.
The 269th Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn
on Thursday 11th October 2012.
The President opened the Meeting at 2013 with our Loyal
Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere.
The 268th Meeting Minutes were Proposed correct
by GI Potts and Seconded by GI Luker.
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.
To all members of the Association who receive emails from
the Committee, can I please ask that you reply in some form
or another. I published the email from the Social Secretary
detailing our Gents Night and I received five replies. Even
if it is a one word reply it doesn’t matter at least it is a
November Meeting: all proceeds from the raffle will go to
the Annual Poppy Appeal. To that end can I ask that those of
us who are attending be generous in providing raffle prizes
as every penny will be greatly appreciated?
Social Secretary’s Report:
The Social sec briefed all present on the Annual Association
Dinner arrangements. In a Nutshell, contact has been made
with Michelle the mess manager and a couple of menus agreed.
The Beef based menu came in at £53.72 per head base on 40
persons. The chicken based menu came in at £47.53 per head.
Both menus included a half bottle of wine PP and a round of
port. At this time there is no accommodation available in
RALEIGH and it will be the Thursday before it will be known
if accommodation is available. As a result of discussions
with the committee the Pres is happy to announce that the
association will subsidise ticket prices so that members pay
£40 and guests £50.
There was still a feeling that this was too high for a
military mess and an alternative was suggested by GI Jed
Stone. He told those present that his wife was the catering
manager for the Masonic Lodge in Stoke and it does limited
silver service events on a regular basis. He suggested that
if we were to accept that it isn't a Naval Mess then we
could all have a good formal dinner for significantly less
than the quote we have received from RALEIGH. After further
discussion with the floor I undertook to compile the results
of investigations being undertaken by the Treasurer and
myself and discuss them with the President before putting
out this note to all members to allow them the opportunity
to see the alternatives. After further discussion with Jed,
Sam and Mr Pres the alternative suggestion and the preferred
option of the Social Sec and committee was to move the event
to Friday 30th November and hold it in the Masonic Lodge in
Stoke given the prices we have been quoted, The dinner will
run from 1830 arrival (for 1930 start) and looking to be
completed by 2330. The event will cost members £20 per head
and a guest £25 per head.
GI Cook investigated accommodation in RALEIGH and found that
there would be accommodation available.
The Social sec has had further contact with GI Stone and
after meeting with Mrs Stone, viewing the St Aubyne Hall in
Stoke and discussing the facilities and variety of menus
available has booked the hall for the evening of 30th
November 2012. Ticket prices remain at £20 for members and
£25 for guests. An e-mail has been circulated and as a
result, as of the 26th Oct 12 we have 15 members with 8
guests signed up. The list will close 7 days before the
event with the exception of serving members and the MARSEC
community who may deploy or return at short notice (they
will need to give 48 hours notice). The Sec is still
discussing the menu but there will be 2 choices of starter,
main and desert as well as cheese board. The sec has since
contacted RALEIGH and explained that we would not be holding
our dinner there due to the price.
An invitation has also been sent to our patron Sir Richard
Ibbotson KBE CB DSC inviting him to join us as our Guest of
During the Social Secretary’s speech GI Kenny Swain was
going through the list of persons who had already said they
would be attending the Gents Night and his words went as
follows – “Jan Minall said he was going and ….. and …..
what’s his name? killick …. Little fat bald killick …. Tom
is it? Just about now the whole room burst into laughter as
they all realised who Kenny was trying to think of. (Yes Tom
Archer, he was trying to think of your name!!)
Apologies, on a course in Las Vegas.
GI’s Tom Luther, Jed Stones and Kenny Swain.
Apologies Rx’d from:
GI’s Morgan (USA), Dobson K, Nuttycombe (GULF), Minall
(Family Bereavement), Bennett (work), Rennie (Portsmouth),
Lloyd (Portsmouth) and Bladen (baby-sitting Duties).
Donna Peart and Mrs Tidball.
Our Thoughts are with You and You know where we are.
Archer 24th September, Adams T 27th ,
Loar 30th , Pearce D 5th October, Owen
S 6th and Gough 12th .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALL
Sadly, the President is still awaiting a call back from the
Herald Defense Correspondent to do the article for the
Herald regarding the Presentation. She was due back on the
15th October from holiday and to date (01 Nov)
nothing has been heard.
Equally nothing has been heard from Oncology Level 2 despite
the Associations incredibly hard work to get Broadband
sorted for attending Patients. The Beckley afforded the
Association a letter of Thanks but nothing has been heard
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
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
We also have our attached forum
Don’t forget that these Forums are there for you to express
yourselves, dit on, etc.
- don’t forget to keep tabs on the Portsmouth Website.
Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:
I apologise but I ended up conducting an external Cse just
after I sent you the email, and I then ended up receiving an
eye injury which required an operation and more time off
work. However, I am now finally back at work. Unfortunately
my good friend Jim Senton (Ex CPOGI- Whale Island trained)
ended up passing away a lot sooner than expected.
I thank you for getting back to me in reference to my
request. FYI, I am just settling into a new role at the
moment and I am trying to sort out a few Force
Protection and Boarding Party issues. Once things settled
down, after next week, I'll flick you another email as I am
keen to find out more about the GIs Association etc.
Sorry about the quick email.
From Ex-GI Ian Simm who now resides in Scarborough.
Raffle Prize donators:
GI’s Roberts A, Walker, Bennett, Baker T, Nutt BEM and
GI’s McKie, Cook, Luker, Boyle, Lewis, Thurston, Swain and
GI’s Paul the Landlord, Luther, Boyle, Lewis, Potts and
Tonight’s raffle raised £75.70, a huge Thanks to everyone
for their contribution.
STAND TO 2057
I actually want to tell you about my best mate, he’s a well
built good looking chap, was a great Petty Officer in the
Royal Navy, called Tom Archer.
GI Jed Stones:
Nice to be here tonight. I do find it difficult to be a
regular attendee but I do like to maintain links with the
Association and its Members.
GI Mike Walker:
I have an announcement to make; on the 1st
September 2012 I became a Grand-father. My youngest Son and
his good lady Wife produced a baby boy weighing in at 8
pounds 2 and half ounces.
My other Son is currently sat in Greece exercising with
their American counterparts, read into that what you will (Prez:
It should be noted that GI Walker at no point put any money
behind the Bar to so that we could join him in wetting the
Babys Head – UNSAT).
GI Sam Potts:
Mentioned that maybe an alternative venue for our Gents
Night Dinner could be the using of Masonic Lodges in the
area. They provide silver service meals week in week out
and at cheaper price to what has been quoted from HMS
Last weekend was the Type 21 Association weekend which went
very well. Our good friend Shep Woolley was the main
entertainment on the Saturday night. He did have a gripe at
the end of his performance saying that everybody was giving
him grief that he’s still using the same material after all
these years. His answer to that was “Come on guys there was
at least three new ones in there about Jimmy Saville”.
GI Tom Luther:
Seconded the thoughts of maybe using a Masonic Lodge for
future meals and also that the University’s do “Real Working
Environment” evenings for meals too.
My hand is forced to enter this point but I suppose seeing
as Mr Luker scrutinised my books so thoroughly and spotted
the blatant mistake by myself I suppose I had to. Bill
asked the Members present why we were so worried about
spending money on functions? If you looked in the books you
will notice that the final figure states that we have
£356,768 in the bank!! Yes, I have to hold my hands up and
admit to putting the point in the wrong place, so it should
read £3,567.68. Thank you Mr Luker, your keen eye is always
GI Baker T:
Was not impressed with the Presidents use of an I-Pad at the
meetings. He thinks Steve should go back to “Retro Man” and
use his agenda forms with squiggly lines, crossings out and
using the saying “Lovely Jubbly”.
Borrowed an interesting article from the BBB and hopes that
GI Mike Smith won’t mind him using it:
Article in the BBB reads:
HMS Illustrious will be preserved to celebrate the ‘lasting
legacy’ of the Harrier carriers when she leaves service, but
her sister Ark Royal will be broken up, the Government
announced earlier this month. Ark will be sold for around
£3m to the same yard which dismantled her sister Invincible,
but Whitehall wants to hear proposals for maintaining
Illustrious for future generations to admire. HMS Ark Royal
will be scrapped – but her sister HMS Illustrious will be
preserved as a permanent memorial to the ‘Harrier carriers’
which have been the mainstay of Royal Navy operations for
more than 30 years
The Meeting closed at 2118
The 270th Meeting will be held on Thursday 8th
November2012 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