MINUTES OF THE 277th MEETING 2013
Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Morgan, Pointon, Luker,
Thurston, MacCallum, Jewell, Curnow, Prout, Beer, Perry,
Richardson, McKie, Hind and Scarrott (15).
Apologies from GI’s – Cook, Walker, Potts, Dobson K, Nutt
BEM, Rennie, Baker T, Tidball, Archer, Bennett, Clarke, Cox,
Stone and Lester.
The 277th Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn
on Thursday 13th June 2013.
The President opened the Meeting at
with the Loyal Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s
Portsmouth GI’s have only just learnt that GI Stan Good, one
of their older Life Members, sadly died on Hayling Island
In addition, they have also just been informed by HMS Ganges
Association that one of their Members, Lt Cdr Tom Mullen,
passed away on 27th March.
They were further informed that GI Reg Ralph Passed Away on
17th April. His funeral was held on 13th
May. Reg was an enthusiastic Field Gunner, running for
Portsmouth in 1949, 1954, 1957 and 1960. He then went on to
be Trainer in 1968, 1969 and 1973. Apparently at his
Funeral, there was an abundance of ex-Field Gunners who
raised the roof when singing “Jerusalem”.
GI Harry Greenslade was tracked down to a residential home
last month. Sadly though his Son, Tony, reported that Harry
had Passed Away on 30th May and his Funeral had
taken place on 10th June.
Our Thoughts and Condolences go out to all the Families.
The 276th Minutes were Proposed by GI McKie and
seconded by GI MacCallum.
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.
At present there has been a very poor response to the BBQ.
I will make a final decision on whether it is worth holding
this event on
It would be very sad if we had to cancel as we have had
some very good times in the past. Can I ask that you contact
me ASAP letting me know if you are attending or not?
Social Secretary’s Report:
Prez on Social Secs behalf:
Ladies Night –
Thank you, Mike, and Sincere Apologies to all for any
shortfalls. I assure you that this is being addressed.
Finally, after a month of trying, I managed to pin down the
Mess President who informed me that he has had no other
complaints reference the service during functions or
Annette. He is adamant that there will be no further action
taken against Annette. He also stated that if we have any
complaints reference the food, we are to take this up with
ESS and not the Mess!!
Could you please let me know if you have handed your fine to
a Committee Member?
Lt Dobson 2 bottles – His wife over indulging on after
dinner mints and 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
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
Tony Booth – for relaxing jackets far, far too early.
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.
Apologies for being absent from Ladies Night. I hear I
missed a memorable evening!!!
GI’s Hind, Scarrott, Perry, Richardson and MacCallum.
Apologies Rx’d from:
Cook (Download Festival), Potts (Switzerland), Dobson K
(Australia), Walker, Nutt BEM, Bennett, Tidball and Baker T
(watching Strictly Come Dancing).
None to report.
GI’s Meechan 17th, Jewell 18th, Pickup
20th, Beer, Baker T, Baker L 22nd,
Belben, MacCallum 23rd, Pooley 1st
June, Cdr J Donaldson 7th, Plaice, Gurney 8th,
and Tidball 65 today.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ALL
Next Project –
I have decided to sponsor Torpoint Athletic Under 12’s
Football Team but I am still awaiting further details and
confirmation of cost but it is expected to be in the region
of £400. It has been a while since anything Cornwall was on
the end of our sponsorship.
I have spoken to the Vice President and he no longer
requires sponsorship for the team he was coaching.
There are still funds to clear so I remain on the lookout
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
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).
Ray has done a brilliant job of amending the website as soon
as I request anything, thanks Ray.
Guest Book –
Please visit and add your comments. There is still not
enough action occurring even though the President of the
Portsmouth Association has responded himself through it. Big
Mac remains convinced that nobody wants to speak to him as
he always seems to speaking to himself. So if for nothing
else, visit the site and say hello to Big Mac.
- don’t forget to keep tabs on the Portsmouth Website.
Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:
GI Ralph Bladen
Raffle Prize donators:
GI’s Luker, Baker T, MacCallum, Hind, Pointon and Morgan.
GI’s Walker x 2(D), Jewell x 2(D), Boyle x 2(D), Beer, Prout,
Thurston, McKie and Lewis.
GI’s Perry, Richardson, Scarrott, Luker x 2 and Morgan.
Tonight’s raffle raised £80.
Thank You to everyone for your contribution.
Back from 7 month deployment on Monmouth. Nothing major to
report. All went well throughout; the highlight being
finding a dead body floating in the oggin after said person
had been reported missing a week earlier. Proposed to my
girlfriend on returning and we are looking at getting
married sometime next year (Prez: Congrats to you both).
If the President thinks that taking his good lady wife to
the BBQ on their anniversary is seen as a sound manoeuvre,
then please don’t say anything to Mrs Luker. It was our
anniversary yesterday and I took Mrs Luker to the dentist
where she had two teeth extracted!!
It’s been nearly a year since me and Jack made our last
pilgrimage from East Devon. Just sitting here listening to
what’s been going on over that year and also the banter
that’s going around, it just seems like we haven’t been
away. (Prez: You Guys are always most welcome down here)
Totally agree with what Ben has just said but I also just
want you guys to know that we wish we could attend more
often. If anyone has the opportunity to get to Brixham I
recommend the “Heritage Experience”. It’s a day out on a
sail ship where you get to witness all how they sailed these
I attended the HMS Antelope re-union and Ted Meechan asked
me to pass on his regards.
I attended Battle of the Atlantic Ceremonies in Liverpool
last week where I met and talked to some very interesting
people. Ex WAFU’s who used to fly Spitfires and Swordfishes,
ex Stokers who seemed a bit confused that we had a female GI
onboard!! It turns out that they were actually talking
about the Clubswinger!!
Firstly, I’d like to thank Steve and Mike for attending the
Funeral. Secondly, Ben Scarrott at Cambridge, when I was a
young Petty Officer, had me almost convinced that the Queen
was holding magazine keys in her hands. 1300 on the dot he
would look at the picture of the Queen in the Mess and say
“Time for rounds, Danny, she’s got the magazine keys”.
Looking at the picture, it did look as though she was sat
with a set of keys in her hands.
If you are thinking of reclaiming for PPI then I recommend
you go straight to the bank or building society and do not
use the companies that are advertising to help you. I’ve
just sorted mine out and received a substantial payment.
The Meeting closed at 2056
The 2013 Annual General Meeting (278th) will be
held on Thursday 11th July 2013 at the St.Levans
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