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MINUTES OF THE 276th MEETING 2013

Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Walker, Potts, Pointon, Luker, Thurston, Rennie, Baker T, Dobson K, MacCallum, Jewell, Curnow, Evans G and Manning (14).

Apologies from GI’s – Morgan, Cook, Beer, Archer, Bennett, Prout, Clarke, Cox, Perry, Stone and McKie.

The 276th Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn on Thursday 9th May 2013.  The Rum was kindly donated by GI Baker for which the President offered Since Thanks.

The President opened the Meeting at 2013 at 20:08 with the Loyal Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere.

Bar Crossers:

Ex-Gunner Benjamin Bryan Thomas from Cornwood (Plymouth) Joined in 62 and left in 76.  He was onboard when Ronnie Biggs visited Danae.

Our Thoughts and Condolences to all the Families.

Minute Proposals: The 275th Minutes were Proposed by GI Potts and seconded by GI Luker.          

Treasurer’s Report: 

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.

      Polo Shirts

2

£17.00

      Cuff Links

9

£5.50

      Lapel Badges

11

£1.50

Secretary’s Report:  The only date available for the Annual GI’s Bar-B-Q is Friday 19th July.  Details to follow at the June Meeting.

Social Secretary’s Report:  Thanked everyone who attended the Ladies Night. He vehemently defended the accusation of negative vegetables; coleslaw contains carrots & cabbage - vegetables.

One main point from this year’s event is that civilian companies working in military establishments are pricing themselves out of the equation for future locations. For next year it is my intention to look at corporate venues around Plymouth.

Another point was the lack of numbers attending this year’s event. This will be looked at and discussed at the next meeting.

Please forward any photos to Ray Lester through the website www.westcountrygunners.com

Port Fines: 

Lt Dobson 2 bottles – His wife over indulging on after dinner mints & his guest Simon Kingdom for wearing his hat throughout the meal.

GI’s Association 2 bottles – Mrs Bladen tabbing on and keeping the President waiting and stitching up the ‘Crab Fat impersonator.’

WO Honeychurch – His guest Jeff Maunder eased springs early. 

GI Roberts – For going on a busman’s holiday.

GI Cook – Because the President said so.

Simon Clarke – For wearing ladies make up.

GI Lewis x 2 – For being grumpy and for no vegetables with the meal.

Tony Booth – for relaxing jackets far, far too early. 

GI Baker x 2 – For not wearing the correct medals and wearing the uniform of a junior Service.

GI Walker x 2 – For no vegetables with the meal and because the President said so.

All port fines are to be paid for as soon as possible and handed to any member of the Committee or presented at any of the monthly Meetings.

Vice President:  Apologies

Presidents Report: 

Welcome to:  GI’s MacCallum, Manning and Dobson K.

Apologies Rx’d from: GI’s Cook G, Westall, Prout (Rotterdam), Bennett, Clarke, Cox, Beer (Scattering Jane’s Ashes), Perry, Jed (Man Flu).

 Sick Note:  

Happy Birthdays: GI’s Hind 25th April, Roberts FMTH 12th May, Miles 13th and Jennings 15th 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALL

Blast from the Past:  I popped in to see Dennis Elliot whilst in Plymouth the other day.  He is still living in Eggbuckland / Crownhill area.  He has aged a little but is still in fine spirit. He asked to be remembered.

Presidents Charity:    There have been a couple of suggestions of late for worthy recipients of the Presidents Charity Cash.  Regrettably, none have fallen under the ‘receive very little funding’ caveat.   The President has been looking around (including the Devon Fee Wheelers) and an announcement will be made at the June Meeting. 

Association Website:  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 http://www.westcountrygunners.com/forum/phpBB3/index.php

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).

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

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 @ http://type42association.co.uk/

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

REUNION 1:- HMS Excellent, 13th JULY 2013, 14:00 – 20:00 MAX No’s 5,000. The book closes on 1st May.

Request: 

The President is looking for WWII Veteran’s who Served primarily in Bomber Command / Pathfinders and Fighter Command although he will interview other Service Persons too. This is an RBL Project that will hopefully see a book being compiled from the interviews.  The book will serve two purposes:

1.      It will immortalise whichever WWII Heroes are featured.

2.      It will be sold to raise money for the Poppy Appeal.

To date he has interviewed the following:

Bomber Command Rear Gunner WO Jim Southworth DFM Lancaster’s 44 Operational Missions

Bomber Command Radio Operator WO George Luckraft 32 Operational Bombing Missions

Bomber Command Mid-Upper Gunner WO Ivor ‘Blondie’ Foster 17 Operational Missions

Bomber Command Rear Gunner Lancaster’s regrettably unsure how many Missions but did bomb Dresden

CPO Gunner / Seaman William Jock Kelly Sunk on HMS Dorsetshire by the Japanese

CPO Translator Flora Shimmell – Channel Dash / V Bombs

Sgt’s Fred and Albert Trethewy RAF Engine Fitters

Crew Member of HMS Orion DSM  

If anyone knows any Veterans

Raffle Prize donators: GI’s  

(Thanks Guys)

Next Raffle:  GI’s Luker, Baker T, MacCallum

Raffle Winners: GI’s Evans G, Walker, Potts, Jewell x 2 & Manning.

Tonight’s raffle raised £75.

Thank You to everyone for your contribution.    

AOB: 

GI Dobson K:  Apologies for the next two Meetings as I will be in Australia for the forthcoming Lions Tour.

The Meeting closed at 2055

The 277th Meeting will be held on Thursday 13th June 2013 at the St.Levans Inn.

That’s All Folks. Subs are now due for 2013.  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:

Ahoyshipwreck@sky.com

See you at the next Meeting.

SEMPER STRENUISSIMA     

Yours Aye

Sam & Steve

 

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