MINUTES OF THE 299th MEETING
GIís ĖBaker, Thurston, Horswill, Walker, Boyle, Curnow,
Johnson, Dobson, Beer, McKie, Nuttycombe, Jewell, Potts,
Rennie, Lowther, Bennett, Bleasdale, Hind, Morgan, Roberts,
GIís Lewis, Luther, MacCullam, Archer, Perry, Holmes
The 299th Meeting was held at the St Levan Inn on Thursday
11th June 2015
The President opened the Meeting at 20:00 with the
Loyal Toast to Gunners, Missilemen and AWWís
Crossing the bar:
GI Edis, GI Pugh
The 298th Minutes were proposed by GI Nuttycombe and
Seconded by GI Beer
Books are on the table for anyone to look at.
Proposals book is on the table, AGM is coming up shortly,
only paid up members of the association can propose in the
In the book we have only 2 proposals
1/ G I Horswill for the position of social secretary
Proposer G I Morgan
Seconder G I Hind
2/ To waive the fee for the social secretary and partner
for Ladies Night
Proposer G I Baker
Seconder G I Thurston
Social Secretaryís Report:
Reminder the cut off date for Ladies Night is 30th
June. It has to be this date so we can collate all the
paperwork and pass it on. The cut off date for the BBQ at
Raleigh which is the night before the Ball is July 9th
which is our 300th meeting. Hopefully in the
future we can get the Ladies Night more towards spring time
around Valentines if possible. Pre dinner drinks I want a
general consensus itís either Pimmís, Bucks Fizz, Prosecco
White or Roseí, quick hands up. Pimmís it is. I have seen
the mess manager, there is limited accommodation and it is
free however if the RSM has a function in the Plymouth area
and needs that accommodation he will take it back and we
will not get charged for corkage. Steps leading to the mess
are very steep but there is alternative entrance if we know
beforehand. It is a 12.30 bar and the drinks are cheap. If
you are coming in a civilian vehicle it cannot stay
overnight. Taxis are allowed in. The mess is quite happy for
us to be going there, and Ty has arranged the eveningís
entertainment, so if itís Thrash Metal, blame him.
Nothing from Me
G I Edisís funeral was well attended, quite a few had to
stand outside and we as an association carried him on his
last journey. What was funny, Jimmy Green got up on the
morning of the funeral and drove from Barry in South Wales
and landed at the crematorium at 09.20 fully booted and
spurred. Dixie Dean set off from Tavistock and arrived at
10.40 like 40 minutes adrift. His excuse was the traffic,
Jimmy Green from Wales Dixie Dean from Tavistock not much
GIs Hind, Bleasdale, Rennie, Curnow, Tidball and Sam Waller
and goodbye to Johno. Last meeting before going home to New
Apologies Rxíd from
GI Pilkington . Unfortunately his legs have taken the
decision of not conform with his brain so therefore he is
stuck in the house.
GIs Nuttycombe (3rd), Potts (18th),
Deakins (22nd) McCallum (23rd) &
Edmondson (26th). Happy Birthday to you all.
Handing over of the cheque at the chip shop has been done
thank you for those who were present, we got our association
into the Herald. I am now actively looking for another
charity. Steve with his Mustard tree charity, he has been in
contact with them several times but they never get back to
him, so now he is considering other options.
Donít forget, itís not just a chatroom for GIs Boyle,
McCallum & Beer. Itís a great resource, itís there for you.
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:
I first encountered Mr Pugh as my parade training instructor
when I was a midshipman at Dartmouth. He was a great
character and at the time, to a lowly midshipman, he seemed
indestructible. He left his mark and will be remembered with
great respect by those that serviced with him, or were
trained by him, and as a man who embodied the proud
traditions of Royal Navy Gunnery Instructors and the highest
standards of the service.
My thoughts are with his family and close friends at this
Commanding Officer, HMS Cambridge
Raffle Prize donators:
GIís Horswill, Beer, Boyle, Pointon, Mckie, Johnson, Jewell,
Bennett, Tidball & Morgan.
GIs Horsewill, Roberts, Walker, Thurston, Baker, Morgan
GIs Roberts, Baker, Pointon, Johnson, Curnow, Beer,
Bleasdale, Mickey Goble,
Tonightís raffle raised £135 towards the Association
Thank You to everyone for your contributions.
20.47 Ease Springs
20.58 Stand to
G I Roberts
a quick dit about Alec Pugh, back in the 70ís one of his
jobs at The November handicaps on the Hoe was to stand by
this telephone box. Down on the front were the parading
Matelots and bands and all sorts of dignitaries and as the
Lord Mayor left to drive round to the Hoe Alex job was to
answer the phone to be told heís on his way and wave to the
parade marshal and everything would go into action, the
Gunnery Officer the Bands, everybody. Anyway a little old
lady came up to him and asked where the toilets were. At
which he waved towards the toilets and said over there and
the band immediately struck up.
G I Walker
Please please is there anyone who can bring an old man to
Ladies Night cus I got to bring my mother and I need someone
to keep her off my girlfriends back.
A dit about Alec Pugh. I was a planning Chief at Cambridge
in 92 and some may remember a typewriter that actually
punched out the letter. Any way I needed a new tape so Iíll
go to Naval Stores and get a new one.
Alec do you have a tape?
Yes I do he replied
Great can I have it?
No he said
Because I only have one
Well I only want one why canít I have it
This is a naval store if I give you the tape I hold none in
stock and therefore this is no longer a store.
G I Johnson
It has been a pleasure this past few months seeing all your
faces but it is time for me to go back to my ship so if any
one visits New Zealand your welcome to pop over.
G I Morgan
Apologies for not being here for over a year but Iím in a
better place now and shortly I leave the Navy and I have a
teaching job lined up either Dartmoor prison or Torbay
secondary school not sure which one to take just yet.
G I Baker
A dit about Paul Edis. We were in Hawaii. Me and Jan Cocking
were in a bar and in walks Paul with 3 or 4 cheerleading
type girls half his age. They were hot. He was ordering
champagne and stuff like that. After a while Paul said he
had no money and the bill came to over £300. So we did the
only thing we could, Paul strolled out casually with these
young ladies and after I while of drinking more champagne
and beers we legged it. Thank you Paul a brilliant night
The Meeting closed at 21:23
300th will be held on Thursday 9th July at The
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