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Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Cook, Walker, Roberts A, Evans G, Curnow, Stone, Bladen, Potts, Beer, Prout, Smith K, Boyle and Jewel (14).

Apologies from GI’s – Morgan, Baker T, Bennett, Luker, MacCallum and McKie   

The 272nd Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn on Thursday 10th January 2013.

The President opened the Meeting at 2013 with the Loyal Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere.

Minute Proposals: The 271st Meeting Minutes were Proposed correct by GI Potts and Seconded by

GI Beer.         

Treasurer’s Report: 

The cash statement was read out. 

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.

      Polo Shirts



      Cuff Links



      Lapel Badges



Secretary’s Report:  Tonight the following Committee positions are up for election:

Vice President



Before we started our elections GI Mike Walker pointed out that it is at the point where it is the same people that are being elected as committee members. Nobody else seems to be stepping forward to do their year in office as a committee member. This is something that needs to be closely looked at over the coming year.  

1)    GI Morgan to be re-elected as Vice President of the South-West Gunnery Instructors Association.

Proposed by GI Steve Lewis & Seconded by GI Sam Potts.

Steve & Sam both pointed out that Rattler does a fantastic job with our functions, also, is and has done a sterling job of Vice President during his term.

This proposal was put to the vote and passed unanimously.

2)    GI Sam Cook to be re-elected as the Treasurer of the South-West Gunnery Instructors Association.

Proposed by GI Steve Lewis & Seconded by GI Mike Walker.

Steve made it known that Sam was doing a tremendous job with the Associations accounts. Mike concurred Steve’s words and at the same time pointed out that he’d had large pants to fill when taking over from GI Bill Luker (apparently Bill Mike meant wide not tall when he was talking about the pants!!)

This proposal was put to the vote and passed unanimously.

3)    Position of Secretary for the South-West Gunnery Instructors Association to be resolved.

At this present moment in time we the Association still do not have an elected Secretary. As it stands, and has done for a while now the President and myself have been sharing the responsibility until someone comes forward to fill this position.

In the proposals book there are still no nominees for this position. However, the situation is this, next year I am going to be elected Vice Captain of Whitsand Bay Golf Club; a position which golfers among us will know is a very important and demanding position. To that end I will not be able to continue in the temporary position of Secretary, so within the coming months a volunteer has to come forward or we will lose the promulgation of our monthly minutes.

Social Secretary’s Report:  It is now confirmed, HMS Drake Senior Rates Mess has been booked for the Ladies Night, Saturday 4th May 2013. This year’s intention is to make it a Dinner/Dance with buffet, my full reasoning behind that is less money on staff and more money on food. The kind of format I aim for is having a band playing gently in the background throughout the eating phase with tables of 8 or 10 being positioned around the hall. My idea is for each table to be called forward in order and in between courses if people want to get up and have a dance they can do so. I want to base the music on 40’s/50’s swing bands and entertainers just to try and give it that mellow entertainment feel. On completion of eating phase we will replace the band with a DJ for the rest of the evening. Now costing, I am looking at charging £75 for a dual ticket, this may change later on depending on final costs and also funds available to me from the Association.

Vice President:  

Presidents Report:  Apologies

Welcome to:  GI’s Smith K, Jewell, Beer   

Apologies Rx’d from: GI’s Rennie (Slipped Disc), Nutt BEM (bad back), Evers, Bennett (working), Archer  (Deployed), Perry, Luker, Dobson K (Rugby commitment), Turner ((out of town), Nuttycombe (Scotland) Pickup (Southampton) and Thurston (working).

Sick Note:  GI   Dennis Elliot recovering from a tough 2012.  Spoke to his Son Mark and I hope to visit next week.

Mrs Nuttycombe has been diagnosed with Crohnes and has had 70cm of bowel removed and now has to dump in a bag.  Hopefully the bowel can be reattached and everything back to normal sometime this year.

       We wish you a speedy recovery.

Happy Birthdays: GI’s Radburn 21st Dec, Stevenson 25th, Hastie 28th, Bladen 30th , Pointon 4th Jan and Freeman 9th


Presidents Charity:    The President is still awaiting ideas.

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.

Prez: I was on the new website today (13th Dec).  There seems to be a bit of traffic on there.  Ray was only missing the last Minutes (270th) probably due to recent events which I have now sent him.  It is still looking good.

If you have something that you would like including on the site, i.e. phots from the Dinner / Dits / etc, 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  

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

Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:

Chairman West Country Gunnery & Missile Instructor’s Association,

Dear Sir,

Please accept this letter as both a receipt and my personal thanks for the generous donation of £201 towards this years’ Poppy Appeal from your Association.

It is via kind and generous gestures such as this that assist in fulfilling the Royal British Legion’s aims of assisting those in their hour of need. Each year more people come to the Legion for help and the cost of that help is continually growing. Daily we see and read of young Service men and women employed in peace keeping roles throughout the world, often in considerable danger and this means that there will always be a need to provide for them and their dependants when they themselves no longer can. That is why it is so important that the Legion can continue with its vital work.

Thank you on behalf of those who will now benefit from your support.

John Tivnan

Honorary Poppy Appeal Organiser Torpoint and Rame Peninsula. 

Type 42 Association: GI Dean Deakins

Type 42 Association has been formed to unite all those who served on the 14 ships of this class.

Join the 42 Association Forum @

This is an exclusive forum for members of the Type 42 Association.

REUNION 1:- HMS Excellent, 13th JULY 2013, 14:00 – 20:00 MAX Nos 5,000.

Raffle Prize donators: GI’s Cook, Smith K, Prout,  Evans, Beer, Roberts, Prout.  

(Thanks Guys)

Next Raffle:  GI’s  Curnow, x2, Bladen x2, Boyle, Walker and Jewell.

Raffle Winners: GI’s Walker, Bladen, Smith K, Stone and Lewis    

Tonight’s raffle raised £78, a huge Thanks to everyone for their contribution.    


GI Prout:  Will be missing from our ranks for a considerable time due to his operational commitments at sea.

GI Bladen:  Proudly announced that on Monday 14th January his son Gary Bladen will be officially joining the Ranks of Her Majesty’s Royal Navy.

 GI Potts:  Was talking to ex Portsmouth Field Gun Trainer and ex CPOGI “Buck” Taylor and he asked me to pass on his thoughts and regards to all that know him.

President & Members of the West Country Gunnery Instructors Association:  Would like to take this opportunity to pass on our congratulations to WO (AWW) Paul Barker for the award of MBE.

The Meeting closed at 2100

The 273rd Meeting will be held on Thursday 14th February 2013 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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