MINUTES OF THE 297th MEETING
Members present were GIís ĖBaker, Walker, Prout, Roberts,
Bennett, Clarke, Loar, Hunt, & Maddocks. ASWI Guests: Burton
R, Loynes M, Baker R & Coupe T.
Apologies from GIís ĖNil
The 297th Meeting was held at the Gibraltar Patrol Boat
Squadron on Friday 10th April 2015.
The President opened the Meeting at 20:00 with the
Loyal Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and AWWís
Crossing the bar:
A minutes silence was held in respect of GI Keith
ďFreddieĒ Flintoff who crossed the bar on 01 April 2015. He
died in hospital in Taunton.
The 296th Minutes were proposed by GI Bennett and Seconded
by GI Roberts.
We have the following stock available for purchase.
Social Secretaryís Report:
A massive thank you to GI Prout for his meticulous admin in
organising this meeting despite quite a hectic workload on
the home front.
Still waiting on preps from the VP wrt Ladies Night, this
will be resolved once he gets back from Crete.
Dates for the Calendar are:
Friday 17 July Ė BBQ at MTU Raleigh.
Saturday 18 July Ė Ladies Night at RM Stonehouse.
Nothing to report.
As well as the work from GI Prout, GI Hunt deserves
recognition for coordinating and providing things at this
end, Thank You Scouse.
This meeting in Gib is a first for our Association and one
which I hope is the first of many. Itís evident to me that
our association goes from strength to strength.
Itís a pleasure to have the ASWIs as guests here this
evening. We meet up every now and then for our games night
and hope the dits generated from this weekend promote your
association as well as our own.
The £10 donated by GI Cooper was used for refreshments
during this meeting and £50 has also been pledged for the
Gib Sqdn Welfare Fund
GI Loar, Hunt, Maddocks as well as our guests from the ASWIs.
GIs Edis & Pilkington (GI Loar mentioned Nick was his Sea
Dad on HMS Yarmouth back in í71, he wishes him all the
GIĎs Phipps (2nd), Evers (3rd), Morgan
(10th), Lewis (17th), Hind (25th).
Happy birthday to you all.
A date will be promulgated via the usual channels to hand
over the money raised and hopefully generate some press
Donít forget, itís not just a chat room for GIís Boyle,
McCallum, and Beer.
Portsmouth site has been taken down for the time being, it
will be up and running when Mike gets on to it.
Emails Rxíd from around the Globe:
Raffle Prize donators:
No Raffle was held at this meeting. (GI Walker did offer
himself for the taking but didnít receive any offers)
GIs Baker (D), Walker (D), Horswill, Dobson, Luker, Holmes,
Curnow & Roberts.
I hosted 17 WO, CPO & POs in this very room some years ago
which put a significant dent in my Chiefs wage. Well done
Prez for allocating £50 from the Association.
Thank you to the Squadron
Itís a real pleasure to see you all and actually see my
Association, the old faces and the new. Thank you to Gib
Squadron for hosting us.
ďBoys, this is one of the best nights, I love the Navy, even
the Tas Apes! This is the best night Iíve had in yearsĒ (Script
has been sanitised!)
Thank you for tonight and inviting us here. Itís a meeting
of both fun and serious subjects, thank you all.
Welcome to Gibraltar. Itís a pleasure to have you here. For
reasons beyond my control, Iíll be back in Guz from Summer
so Iíll see you then.
Thank you to the GIs for letting us TAS Apes come along.
Lets do it again.
After Danny, Phippsy & Cooky decided to drop out of this
meeting, I was a little apprehensive about coming along
being such a young pup. But after listening to Robbies dits
outside the Flip Flop, I have had such an education about
how the Navy ďused to beĒ and itís made me want to put my
stamp on the Mob today and carry on that mantle and create
some dits of my own. Also, Iíd like to add my sincere thanks
to GIs Maddocks & Hunt for hosting us so well tonight.
(round of applause).
The Prez reminded him that itís his generation who are the
life-blood of the Associations longevity and without him &
others like him, the Association will ultimately dwindle and
fail. GI Bennett commented that the day Nobby was born, he
was 100% older than him, now 30 years on heís only 50%
older! Nobby, youíre catching up with the rest of us!
GI Roberts FMTH:
Nobby, youíre the guy thatís gotta drive all this
[deleted phrase] in the future.
On behalf of the CO of the Gibraltar Patrol Boat Squadron
who is sorry he wasnít able to attend tonight, he did want
to be here to welcome the West Country GIs to Gibraltar and
our establishment. An event which is the first of its kind,
we all hope itís the start of many to come. With lots of
e-mails between myself & GI Prout and GI Maddocks helping
out as well, this has taken 2 years from GI Cockings initial
concept to actual fruition. Iím extremely happy that itís
came about in my tenure in this Draft as Gib SXO.
As a guest Iíd like to say thank you very much and ďComrades
Itís important for both of our Associations that we are here
tonight and letís ensure itís not the last time. The dits
are brilliant, what is so nice is that we have a common
understanding of things and thatís good. Itís good that we
can continue to move forward with events such as this.
Passed out some parish notices and then discussed the
programme for the remaining days ahead on the Rock. The
money granted from the GIs Association will be spent on a
Sunday Roast for GIs, TASIs have matched this and will
attend the meal also.
If GIs Meetings were run by Carlsberg, Leroy is the CEO of
Carlsberg. Thank You.
The Meeting closed at 21:24
The next Meeting (298th) will be held on Thursday
14th May in the St Levan Inn at 20:00.
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 & Ty