MINUTES OF THE 292nd MEETING 2014
Members present were GI’s – Baker, Jewell, Luker, Roberts
FMTH, MacCallum, McKie, Manning, Bennett, Walker, Lumley,
Nuttycombe, Prout, Clarke, Horswill, Lewis & Potts (adrift).
Apologies from GI’s – Thurston, Luther, Beer, McIntosh, Cook
G, Dobson, Curnow & Pointon
The 292nd Meeting was held at the St Levan Inn on Thursday
13 November 2014.
The President opened the Meeting at 20:00 with the
Loyal Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and AWW’s everywhere.
Crossing the bar: Gentlemen,
it’s that time of year again.
100 years, 2 days & 9 hours ago, the guns stopped firing
marking the end of the Great War, the war to end all wars.
Looking back over these last 100 years, how wrong could we
have been? The awe inspiring Blood Swept Lands and Seas of
Red at the Tower of Londons moat comprising of 888,246
ceramic poppies, each one representing a British military
fatality during the war gives an insight to the magnitude of
loss we as a nation have suffered.
Remembrance and reflection is as significant now as it ever
was with our most recent losses still fresh and to some –
bitter as we finalise 13 years of defending our way of life
in the Middle East.
A minutes silence was observed to remember the fallen.
The 291st Minutes were proposed by GI Luker and Seconded by
Our Treasurer sends his apologies but submitted the figures
to GI Lewis as to how much we’re worth which was articulated
to all in attendance. Below is an outlay of the stock that
we hold and prices. If anyone is interested in purchasing
any of these goods then please contact him.
Our Secretary sends his apologies but the minutes were on
hand for the thorough scrutiny of GI Luker. Sadly, our
secretary has failed once again to keep the life member
quiet at this point of the meeting. Don’t forget, you can
contact him by dropping an email to
A point to note though, he did send in his raffle prise so
good drills on that front (take note defaulters!)
This set of minutes has been brought to you by your friendly
neighbourhood President for the “Luker Red Pen” experience!
GI Thurston couldn’t wait to let me know he can’t make our
next meeting as he’s away to sunnier climes.
Social Secretary’s Report:
My statement saying – “There are no socials without a social
sec” still stands true.
That said, the show must go on and indeed it will.
The VP is in the process of securing a fixture in July next
year for a Ladies Night. That particular month may be a bit
ambitious as it’s right in the middle of Wedding Season but
as July 2015 marks our 300th meeting I think the
two tie up nicely.
On top of that, July is BBQ season, and although the GIs BBQ
date has yet to be announced, the two may very well fall on
the same weekend. That would be a great advert to entice our
members from further afield to come down to the West
Country, particularly our Pompey Brethren.
I am in the process of securing a date for our Ladies night
(outside of Sporting fixtures for GI Boyle and also Concert
dates for Ty) so a date for that will be announced in due
course. I am away from January through to March next year
but I will be in close liaison with the Pres to move forward
with this event and not let my responsibilities as VP fall
by the wayside.
Exeter Rugby Club have been in touch about allowing us to
attend a match for free (on production of either an ID Card
or Veterans Badge), it was for the game against Bath but the
Call for Fire came out just two days before the Match which
didn’t leave me any time to coordinate with the Association.
We’re still in touch though and next time my contact will
give me a lot more notice so I can get something organised
with you all.
Our next meeting is a Games Night against the TAS Apes,
they’re bringing £50 towards the cost of the evening and
also lots of Raffle Prises, we will split the Raffle takings
50/50 for both Associations. The format will be a relatively
quick meeting and then we’ll break out into different
stances/games, Paul & Ann Bodenham will provide nibbles,
please come and support the night, if it’s anything like the
last time we did this (and beat them) then it’ll be a
successful night to be had by all. Get the word out, get
command approval and lets beat them once again.
I’m going to base nibbles on 35 attending for next
months Games Night. Don’t forget, it will be in Silly Season
and the last time we did this, there were a few of us
“playing” for quite some time, please take this into account
if you have to drive the next day.
For those working at Raleigh, Royal Navy sauces are
available in the NAAFI there.
Congratulations to GI Prout on gaining his Degree in L&M and
now over to him for the latest on the Gib meeting over
“Guys, I need your commitment on this, indications on the
price will not be cheep. The accommodation doesn’t come to a
lot but the cost of the flights being over the Easter period
do ramp up the total outlay. COP on this is set at 05 Dec”
In further amplification to what was said at the meeting, GI
Prout (BA Hons) has added:
It may be possible to reduce the flight price by extending
our planned stay in Gib. If we go on the Sat and return on
the Mon it reduces the flight price.
I've looked into National Express coaches from Guz to
Gatwick, it comes to £42.
The flights will have to be paid in full at time of booking
and bookings will have to be made shortly prior to
confirming accom. Based on the current time of year can you
all afford this?
I've had no more interest so I will probably reduce the
accom request. Extending into Monday should not cost much
Get back to me ASAP please with your answer.
From GI Walker: Robbie, they still do Chicken on a Fist,
GIs MacCallum, Manning, Nuttycombe & Bennett. Good to see
Apologies Rx’d from:
GIs Richardson, Rennie, Morgan, Pilkington (you owe Big Mac
£10!), McIntosh, Clarke, Phipps, Lowther, Curnow & Holmes.
GIs Edis (had some positive news about him, our fingers are
crossed), Curnow (Hope you are OK mate) & Mrs Rennie
GIs Minall & Norris 28th October, Stock 10 November, Pearson
11, Norman 15, Cook G 19, Maddocks 20 & Bradford 29. Happy
Birthday to you all.
I have chosen Emma for my Charity, she suffers from Cerebral
Palsy and needs an operation which will enhance her quality
of life, give her more independence and basically make her
more able to live the way we might take for granted.
Tonights raffle money will goes to the RBL but after that
I’ll be hounding you quite tenaciously to raise as much as
we can to help her.
The Terry Boyle / Mac MacCallum chat room is there for your
use and will remain that way, please use it. If there’s
anything you’d like to go on there please give either Ray
or the Committee a shout.
Still under construction
Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:
Raffle Prize donators:
Horswill, Baker, Clarke, Jewell, Thurston, Bennett, Prout,
Nuttycombe, McKie & a very nice bottle of Pussers Rum from
GI Pointon & everyone please!!!
Mickey Goble, GI’s Walker, Jewell x 2, Clarke x 2,
Richardson, Pilkington, Horswill.
Tonight’s raffle raised £190 towards the Royal British
Thank You to everyone for your contributions.
For the old Presidents Charity, we have purchased & paid for
the tops of the Torpoint Under 14s Team, they are now at the
embroiders to get made up with GIs Crests on to highlight
On the subject of the Mustard Tree, I have been in contact
with them and I have identified what type of footstools they
require and will get over there & have a look at what I can
do to finalise this.
On behalf of the RBL, thank you very much for the raffle
tonight for the Poppy Appeal.
Just to let everyone know, in April 2016 the AB Gunner or AB
(AWW) will be resurrected once again with a new Branch Badge
of two crossed Astor Missiles.
Good to be back guys, I seem to spend most of my time
attacking Ships which tends to keep me away.
A friend of my daughters had Kidney failure when she was 5
days old, at the age of 14 she had a Kidney Transplant, 8
months later at the age of 15 she took part in her first
British Transplant Games in Sheffield. This year she took
part once again and did exceptionally well which resulted in
her selection to represent Great Britain in the World
Transplant Games which will be held in Argentina in August
2015. Unfortunately she has to fund the trip herself at a
cost of £2000, so far she has raised almost half of the
total, I’d like to ask the Association if you’re are willing
to donate some money to her cause? I have put this request
into the Proposals Book and on behalf of this courageous
girl would welcome any help you could give.
This proposal will be put to the vote in January 2015.
brought with him a very poignant poem for the Remembrance
Meeting called “Dodge Bullets” written by a young girl [Beth
Hall] for her School Assembly about WW1. The poem was read
out by GI Walker and was enjoyed by all. In refection, it’s
pleasing to know that teachers do not sugar-coat the horrors
He also mentioned the programme on BBC2 called “Young Tommys”
which was about 5 boys aged between 14 – 18 who lied about
their age in order to fight for their country.
Our resident Stand Up comedian was on form as ever tonight,
he went into a long story which for my convenience
(honestly), didn’t come out very well on the Dictaphone
recording but explained the difference between a domestic
cat and an RP. The conclusion of his satire was very well
received by all members present but there’s NO WAY it’ll be
reflected in these minutes!!!! GI MacCallum, get a stage!
GI Roberts FMTH
I’ve got the dispensation and I’m looking forward to the Gib
Although I won’t be here next year from Jan-Mar, I want you
all to know that I won’t neglect my responsibilities to our
great association. If anyone wants some cheap accom in Crete
whilst I’m out there, get your flights booked and I’ll be
happy to put you up in my flat.
Entered the building at this point and raised his glass to
Thank you GI Cook for laying a wreath in Torpoint on behalf
of the Westcountry Gunners and thank you GI Lewis for once
again providing the wreath.
The Meeting closed at 20;50
The next Meeting (293rd) will be held on Thursday December
11th 2014 at the St.Levan Inn. This will be our
Games Night against the TAS Apes so please come along and
support the night.
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.
Nick & Steve
P.S. Please advise of any spelling mistakes so that they
can be corrected to maintain a professional set of Minutes.