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MINUTES OF THE 299th MEETING

Members present  GIís ĖBaker, Thurston, Horswill, Walker, Boyle, Curnow, Johnson, Dobson, Beer,  McKie, Nuttycombe, Jewell, Potts, Rennie, Lowther, Bennett, Bleasdale, Hind, Morgan, Roberts, Tidball, Pointon.

Apologies from 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

everywhere.  

Crossing the bar:   GI Edis, GI Pugh

Minute Proposals: The 298th Minutes were proposed by GI Nuttycombe and Seconded by GI Beer

Treasurerís Report: 

Books are on the table for anyone to look at.

      Polo Shirts

2

£17.00

      Cuff Links

5

£5.50

      Lapel Badges

11

£1.50

Secretaryís Report:  

Proposals book is on the table, AGM is coming up shortly, only paid up members of the association can propose in the book.

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.

Vice President:

Nothing from Me

Presidents Report: 

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 difference!

WELCOME TO

GIs  Hind, Bleasdale, Rennie, Curnow, Tidball and Sam Waller and goodbye to Johno. Last meeting before going home to New Zealand.

Apologies Rxíd from

GIs  Scarrott

       Sick Note:

GI  Pilkington . Unfortunately his legs have taken the decision of not conform with his brain so therefore he is stuck in the house.

Happy Birthdays:

GIs Nuttycombe (3rd), Potts (18th), Deakins (22nd) McCallum (23rd) & Edmondson (26th). Happy Birthday to you all.

Presidents Charity:

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.

Association Website: www.westcountrygunners.com Donít forget, itís not just a chatroom for GIs Boyle, McCallum & Beer. Itís a great resource, itís there for you.

Portsmouth Website: www.rngia.com Ė

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 time.

Jim Donaldson

Commanding Officer, HMS Cambridge

1997-2001

Raffle Prize donators:

GIís Horswill, Beer, Boyle, Pointon, Mckie, Johnson, Jewell, Bennett, Tidball & Morgan.

Next Raffle: 

GIs Horsewill,  Roberts, Walker, Thurston, Baker, Morgan

Raffle Winners:

GIs  Roberts, Baker, Pointon, Johnson, Curnow, Beer, Bleasdale, Mickey Goble,

Tonightís raffle raised £135 towards the Association coffers.  

Thank You to everyone for your contributions.    

20.47 Ease Springs

20.58 Stand to

AOB: 

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

Why not?

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 out.

The Meeting closed at 21:23

 Meeting 300th will be held on Thursday 9th July at The St.Levan Inn.

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.

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See you at the next Meeting.

SEMPER STRENUISSIMA

Yours Aye

Nick  & Ty

 

Semper Strenuissima

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