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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.

Minute Proposals: The 291st Minutes were proposed by GI Luker and Seconded by GI Manning.

Treasurer’s Report: 

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.

      Polo Shirts

2

£17.00

      Cuff Links

5

£5.50

      Lapel Badges

11

£1.50

Secretary’s Report:  

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 gunnerseverywhere@hotmail.co.uk 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.

Vice President:

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.

Presidents Report: 

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 Easter.

“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”

STOP PRESS: 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 per person. 

Get back to me ASAP please with your answer.

From GI Walker: Robbie, they still do Chicken on a Fist, LETS GO!

Welcome to:

GIs MacCallum, Manning, Nuttycombe & Bennett. Good to see you all

Apologies Rx’d from:

GIs Richardson, Rennie, Morgan, Pilkington (you owe Big Mac £10!), McIntosh, Clarke, Phipps, Lowther, Curnow & Holmes.  

       Sick Note:

GIs Edis (had some positive news about him, our fingers are crossed), Curnow (Hope you are OK mate) & Mrs Rennie

Happy Birthdays:

GIs Minall & Norris 28th October, Stock 10 November, Pearson 11, Norman 15, Cook G 19, Maddocks 20 & Bradford 29. Happy Birthday to you all.

Presidents Charity:

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.

Association Website: 

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 Lester raylester@westercountrygunners.com or the Committee a shout.

Portsmouth Website: www.rngia.com   - 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 Morgan.

Next Raffle: 

GI Pointon & everyone please!!!

Raffle Winners:

Mickey Goble, GI’s Walker, Jewell x 2, Clarke x 2, Richardson, Pilkington, Horswill. 

Tonight’s raffle raised £190 towards the Royal British Legion.

Thank You to everyone for your contributions.   

AOB:

GI Lewis 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 our sponsorship.

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.

GI Prout 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.

GI Nuttycombe 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.

GI McKie 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 of War.

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.

GI MacCallum 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 Meeting.

GI Jewell 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.

GI Potts Entered the building at this point and raised his glass to Gunners Everywhere.

GI Baker 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:

Gunnerseverywhere@hotmail.co.uk

See you at the next Meeting.

SEMPER STRENUISSIMA

Yours Aye

Nick  & Steve

P.S.  Please advise of any spelling mistakes so that they can be corrected to maintain a professional set of Minutes. 

 

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