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MINUTES OF THE 280th MEETING 2013

Members present were GI’s – Lewis, Morgan, Cook, Walker, Pointon, Luker, Thurston, Curnow, McKie, Dobson K, Boyle, Roberts A, Tidball, Potts, Bennett, Archer, McIntosh and Luther (18).

Apologies from GI’s – Nutt BEM, Baker T, Stone, MacCallum, Westall, Nuttycombe, Jewell, Beer, Rennie and Lester.

The 280th Meeting was held at the St Levans Inn on Thursday 10th October 2013.  

The President opened the Meeting at 20:00 with the Loyal Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and POAWW’s everywhere. (Note the serial start time, it’s been a while since we achieved this!!)

Sadly a Minute Silence was observed in Memory of Norman R Batley (A GI’s of 67) who recently Crossed the Bar. 

Sincere Condolences to his family and friends.

Minute Proposals: The 279th Minutes were Proposed by GI Luker and seconded by GI Bennett.

Apologies to Mr Johnson who attended last month’s Meeting as it has become apparent that he never served in HMNZN.         

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:  I reminded Members present that as of December I will be standing down as Secretary and as of yet nobody within the Association has shown an interest in taking over the reins. Consequently, if no one comes forward then there will be no Minutes of the Meetings.

Social Secretary’s Report: A letter was forwarded to the Second Sealord reference the costing of functions within HMS Raleigh and HMS Drake from the civilian companies which the MOD have granted contracts.  We received a reply from the Second Sealord, and as per the trend that is circulating Naval Establishments, they favoured the civilian company rather than the Association that has Serving and Ex-Serving Members who are Serving or have served their country for countless years!!

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.

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 the meal.

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:  GI Cook stated the position of Secretary and also GI Lewis has suggested that, in the not too distant, he will be stepping down as President. These are two positions within the Association Committee that are vital to ensure the running of this Association.  If we do not get people coming forward to take up the responsibility then the consequences could be severe for the Association.

Presidents Report: 

Welcome to:  GI’s McIntosh, Archer and Luther.   

Apologies Rx’d from: GI’s Cox (in NZ), Honeychurch, Curnow, Manning, Westall (London), Perry (Aldershot).

Sick Note:  None to report.

Happy Birthdays: GI’s Archer 24th Sept, Adams T 27th , Loar 30th , Pearce (Dangerous Dave) 5th Oct , Owen S 6th and  Gough 12th

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ALL

Presidents Charity:    

Torpoint Athletic Under 13’s kit.  The President proudly showed off the sponsors top that he wears on the Match sideline most weekends.  He spoke of his intention to utilise some of the remaining funds to purchase weather-proof cagoules to prevent Team Members getting wet and cold pre and post match.  Watch this space for further details.

Association Website:  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 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).

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.

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

Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:

GI Ralph Bladen:  The President has finally braved it to visit Ralph’s Grave and admits that it should have been done well before now. He thinks that Ralph would be pretty pleased with his plot!!

Raffle Prize donators: GI’s Cook, Nutt BEM, Tidball, Thurston, Bennett, Luther, McKie, Tidball, Dobson K and Luker.  

(Many Thanks Gentlemen)

Next Raffle:  GI’s Jewell (D), Baker (D), Manning (D), Swain (D), Cook, Lewis, Pointon and Boyle.

D=Defaulter: Get your ‘at!!! If you are offering to supply but are subsequently unable to do so, the Association requests that you pass your prize to your Oppo or give to Paul in the Levy.        

Raffle Winners: GI’s Cook, Boyle, Tidball, George the Barman, Pointon, Paul the Landlord, Dobson K and Boyle (again).    

Tonight’s raffle raised £90.

Thank You to everyone for your contribution.    

AOB: 

GI Boyle: Informed us that GI Bates Snr is not in good health at the moment.  Please contact Terry for further info 

GI Potts:  On Tuesday the 12th November the Combined Services team will play a Barbarians side with all proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.  Kick off will be at 1900 and tickets will be £10 payable on the gate.

GI Walker:  My new lady friend has talked me into going out to India next year to teach English in a boy’s school. Our intention is to purchase some MP3 players, iPlayers and projection screens to assist our teaching the under privileged children. GI Lewis proposed that we have a whip round at the Members Evening to raise cash to assist Mike with his project next year so those attending the Dinner please bring sponsorship money with you. (STOP PRESS: Due to sad Loss of GI Stone’s Mother, the Dinner was postponed to post Christmas dtbc).

GI Lewis: Confirmed that Paul our Host at the Levi had been asked to attend our Dinner but was sadly unable to on this occasion.  He also questioned arrangements regarding the collection of the Wreath to be laid on behalf of the Association in Torpoint at the forthcoming Remembrance Tide?  GI Morgan confirmed that he would sort it. (Prez: Thanks Rattler).

The Meeting closed at 20:43 

The next Meeting (281st) will be held on Thursday 14th November 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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