MINUTES OF THE 279th MEETING 2013
Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Morgan, Walker, Pointon,
Luker, Thurston, Curnow, Beer, McKie, Dobson K, Boyle,
Johnson (HMNZN), Roberts A, Rennie, Tidball, Rodda, Swain,
Potts and Bennett (19).
Apologies from GI’s – Cook, Nutt BEM, Baker T, Archer,
Stone, MacIntosh, MacCallum, Westall, Nuttycombe, Jewell and
The 279th Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn
on Thursday 12th September 2013.
The President opened the Meeting at
with the Loyal Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s
The 278th Minutes were Proposed by GI Beer and
seconded by GI Walker.
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.
Apologies to the Social Secretary and the Members for my
blatant error of promulgating the Members Evening as
Saturday 2nd November, when clearly it was
originally produced in the 271st Minutes as
Friday 1st November.
Social Secretary’s Report:
Firstly Ladies Night: We the Association currently haven’t
paid for the Ladies Night as there is an ongoing
investigation with regards to the service we received on
Secondly Members Night: I have spoken to Mrs Mandy Stone and
we have tried to vamp up the menu this year. We are trying
to keep the costing down to £40 per member and £45 per
Sir Richard Ibbotson has confirmed his attendance as our
Guest of Honour.
I have also drafted a letter to be sent to 2SL voicing our
displeasure at companies such as ESS within HMS Drake and
HMS Raleigh charging astronomical prices to Associations
like ourselves for holding Mess Dinners and Ladies Nights
within those Establishments.
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.
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.
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.
You will be seeing me at a lot more Meetings now as I have
begun coaching a different age group who consequently have
training on different evenings.
Congratulations to Taxi Carr, Ste Derri, Ken Dodd, Lenny
Harding, Mark Jackson and Alan Jones for being selected on
the CPO(AWW) Signal.
GI’s Potts, Bennett, Dobson K, Johnson (HMNZN) and the Vice
Apologies Rx’d from:
Jewell, Westall, MacIntosh, MacCallum and Nuttycombe.
None to report.
Dobson K 24th July, Bradbury D 30th,
Tonge 10th August, Barsley 24th , 30th
, De La Haye 11th Sept, Luther 13th
and Manning 14th.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ALL
The Torpoint Athletic under 13’s football strip has been
purchased and worn attracting positive comments from the
players, parents and opposition alike. Unfortunately, the
‘Sponsors shirt’ was left at home by the Prez due to an
error in his admin. The kit is different to the other
Torpoint Teams and the quality suggests lasting 2-3
seasons. I am hoping to discuss with the Coach regarding
purchasing some weatherproof kagools as there is nothing
worse than seeing kids sat on the side line wet and cold.
Watch this space.
Our website is up and running
www.westcountrygunners.com . There is still not enough
action occurring on it though. 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:
The Patron is looking forward to getting on it with the
Boys. When I advised that Pussers have sponsored us again,
he decided that he would get a taxi as he has a soft spot
GI Ralph Bladen
Raffle Prize donators:
GI’s Rodda, Potts, Morgan, Tidball, Pointon, Beer, Swain,
Bennett, Curnow, Roberts A, Rennie and Boyle.
(Many Thanks Gentlemen)
GI’s Jewell x2 (D), Baker x2 (D), Manning x2 (D), Cook,
Dobson K, Luker, McKie, Swain plus bottles donated by GI’s
Roberts FMTH and Morgan (Prez: I think) – Thanks All.
GI’s Boyle, Paul our Landlord, Thurston, Dobson K, Curnow,
Rodda, Bennett, McKie,
Morgan, Johnson, Morgan (again) and Roberts A.
Tonight’s raffle raised £200.
Thank You to everyone for your contribution.
I would like to pass on my thanks and gratitude to Steve and
Mike for writing up references for a job application and
because of those references I have managed to secure full
GI Dobson K:
On my recent deployment to Australia, I visited the warship
HMAS Vampire which is berthed in Darwin Harbour. I paid
Senior Citizens rate of $10 but it was a bloody good tour
and fully recommended to anyone going to Sydney.
It’s good to be able to finally attend a Meeting; I will
also be at the next one but back working from there on.
I started back at work after 15 months, onto night shift,
but have requested Meeting evenings off.
The Meeting closed at 2051
The next Meeting (280th) will be held on Thursday
10th October 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