MINUTES OF THE 275th MEETING 2013
Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Morgan, Cook, Walker,
Roberts A, Potts, Beer, Smith K, Pointon, Luker, McKie,
Thurston, Westall, Rennie, Tidball, Boyle, and Archer (17).
Apologies from GI’s – Dobson K, Baker T, Evans G, McIntosh,
Jewell and Rodda.
The 275th Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn
on Thursday 11th April 2013.
The President opened the Meeting at 2013 at
with the Loyal Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s
Ex-GI Vic COWLING last month
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Thoughts with Family
Thank you to all who attended Ralph’s Funeral last month
especially those who travelled down from Portsmouth
including GI’s Association President Del Rae.
Our Thoughts and Condolences to all the Families.
The 273rd Minutes were Proposed by GI Roberts A
and Seconded by GI Beer.
The 274th Minutes were Proposed by GI McKie and
Seconded by GI Thurston.
The cash statement was read out to the members present.
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.
Nothing to add.
Social Secretary’s Report:
As of Mike’s arrival at the meeting this evening he had a
total of 44 names for the Ladies Night. As it stands with
this amount we would be looking at running a costing of more
than the original £900 agreed. Hopefully by the time these
minutes hits the streets Mike has had more proformas to bump
up the numbers. It should also be noted that the President
put advertisements on the all of the Ops Department related
Facebook Pages with, it would appear, little success.
I will tender my apologies for the Ladies Night as I will
be at a family birthday celebration up the line. (Prez:
Bottle of Port Mr Vice Absent from place of Duty).
GI’s Tidball, Westall, Morgan G, Tom,
Apologies Rx’d from:
GI’s Evans G, McIntosh, Jewell, Rodda, Rodda, Baker T,
Nuttycombe, Maddox. Prout
Morgan 10th, Brayne 10th, Surman and
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALL
project – The President is still waiting for Rattler to give
me some details on the football team he said needs
assistance with their kit.
Danny handed some paperwork over regarding
Jeremiah’s Journey but he was informed by the President that
this Charity does get a lot of funding and so this is not
likely to be supported.
GI Cook provided some paperwork for Hospice South West
(Little Harbour) and the President has agreed to look into
this and report back.
Our website is up and running
www.westcountrygunners.com . 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).
We also have our attached forum
Don’t forget that these Forums are there for you to express
yourselves, dit on, etc.
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).
www.rngia.com - don’t forget to keep tabs on the
Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:
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
REUNION 1:- HMS Excellent, 13th JULY 2013, 14:00 – 20:00 MAX
No’s 5,000. The book closes on 1st May.
Raffle Prize donators:
GI’s Boyle, McKie, Bladen, Morgan, Tidball and the Prez.
GI’s Cook, Curnow (D), Jewell (D), Rennie, Smith K and
GI’s Archer, Cook, Paul (our Host), Luker, Westall and
Tonight’s raffle raised £85.
Thank You to everyone for your contribution.
Apologies for the next meeting as I will be on my
GI Roberts A:
Is on another mission!! He has all the lyrics to the song
“My Brother Sylveste”, but cannot remember the music. If
anyone can help Robbie with this please contact me and I
will pass it on.
He was advised to do a search on Google & YouTube.
Apologies for the next meeting as I will be on my
Mediterranean Cruise. (Before anybody is questioning the
previous Apology by GI Boyle, they are not cruising
I was in B & Q the other day looking for exterior paint as
my house is in need of a facelift. As I am scouring the
shelves I noticed that “Sandtex” have increased their range
of colours. Among their range is “Plymouth Grey”!! After
inspecting said colour I came to the conclusion it has
nothing to with Plymouth; it is “Shipside Grey”!! So, I
have fired off an email to their company to explain the
error of their ways and when summer arrives I will be
changing the exterior of my house from white to “Shipside
Currently on the “Type 21” Association page a conversation
has been started regarding a mass Run to Gibraltar!! It all
came about from questions regarding pubs and run ashore dits
in Gib over the years. So, if anyone is interested, get
yourself onto the page and see if we can as many old
matelots over there to educate the young generation of
sailors about how it was back in the day.
Apologies for the Ladies Night - totally gutted I will be
missing it but I am waiting for a phone call to go on my
next stint away. I hope that all goes well and I will see
you all in about two months.
GI Morgan G:
I have been doing my resettlement for going outside shortly
and I would like to inform everyone that I am now a
qualified photographer (You can only imagine the comments
that followed that statement!!). Could ask you all to
recommend me to anyone who you may know that needs a
photographer for weddings, christenings etc? That would be
much appreciated (Mr Potts wished Gareth all the luck in his
new endeavour; however he did warn him that there are lots
of “Snappers” in that profession!!).
The Prez reminded all that 2014 is the Centenary of the
commencement of World War I. He advised that he would be
interested in making a trip across to Belgium to visit Ypres.
He said; “If you’re going to visit Ypres, you may as well do
it on the big Anniversary” so if anyone is interested give
him a shout. Also, whilst talking about War’s of great
magnitude, he is currently on the look-out for any WWII
Veteran’s who were in Bomber Command, Path Finder Force or /
and Fighter Command. If anyone knows of any – please advise
Steve soonest as he would like to interview them about their
The Meeting closed at 2058
The 276th Meeting will be held on Thursday 9th
May 2013 at the St.Levans Inn.
That’s All Folks. Subs are now due for 2013. 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