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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.

Minute Proposals: The 268th Meeting Minutes were Proposed correct by GI Potts and Seconded by GI Luker.         

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



      Cuff Links



      Lapel Badges




Secretary’s Report: 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 reply.

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 Honour.

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!!)

Vice President: Apologies, on a course in Las Vegas.

Presidents Report: 

Welcome to:  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).   

Sick Note: Donna Peart and Mrs Tidball. 

Our Thoughts are with You and You know where we are.

Happy Birthdays: GI’s Archer 24th September, Adams T 27th , Loar 30th , Pearce D 5th October, Owen S 6th  and Gough 12th .


Presidents Charity:

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 from elsewhere.

Association Website:  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 time.   

We also have our attached forum

Don’t forget that these Forums are there for you to express yourselves, dit on, etc.

Portsmouth Website: - 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. 

       Kind regards 


Regards: From Ex-GI Ian Simm who now resides in Scarborough.

Raffle Prize donators: GI’s Roberts A, Walker, Bennett, Baker T, Nutt BEM and Lewis.

(Prez: Thanks Guys)

Next Raffle:  GI’s McKie, Cook, Luker, Boyle, Lewis, Thurston, Swain and Luther.

Raffle Winners: GI’s Paul the Landlord, Luther, Boyle, Lewis, Potts and Roberts A.    


Tonight’s raffle raised £75.70, a huge Thanks to everyone for their contribution.    

RELAX                2047

STAND TO          2057


GI Swain:  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 Raleigh.

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.

GI Luker: 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 welcome.

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”.

GI Lewis:  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 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:

See you at the next Meeting.


Yours Aye

Sam & Steve


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