MINUTES OF THE
GI’s –Thurston, Baker, Tidball, Luker, Bennett, Potts,
Walker, Pointon, Horswill, Beer, McKie, Curnow, Jewell,
Prout, Roberts, Dobson, LS (AWW) QC Edwards, Hamilton,
Evans, Hobbs, Smith
GI’s Morgan (Bulwark), Cook, Nuttycombe, Lewis.
The 310th Meeting was held on Thursday 12 May 2016
President opened the Meeting at
with the Loyal Toast to
Gunners, Missilemen and AWW’s
Crossing the bar
GI Mike Smith 01 May 2016
The 309th Minutes were proposed by GI Beer and Seconded by
Apologies for missing the meeting which is due to work
commitments. For those haven’t, pay your Subs please gents
Proposals book is open for the AGM. Two positions to be
nominated, either to keep the present President and
Secretary or to vote in two new ones. Over to you fella’s.
0781 321 4007
Social Secretary’s Report:
The proforma for the Ladies Night went out a couple of weeks
ago and as yet I have only had one reply and there is about
6 people here wishing to go so that makes us about 28 people
short. I have until 15th May to go ahead or
cancel. So I suggest we move it right because of lack of
As we discussed a couple of meetings ago we are looking at
getting a new top. I will be bringing in an iPad and show
you the tops that are on offer. Welcome to the Killicks on
The sad loss of GI Mike Smith came about with a sudden and
aggressive Cancer, his loss has shook the RNGIA no end. He’s
not exactly a stranger to our Association either and nor to
Guz. So far, I know of 4 members who will attend his funeral
on Tuesday 24 May which are GIs Bennett, Walker, Potts and
myself. If there are others who wish to say their farewells
then I need to know now so that I can pass on the details to
GI Barker. Travel expenses will be covered by the
GI Bennett can no longer attend, GIs Pointon & Roberts have
also expressed their desire to attend.
On the social side, there is a WAGS BBQ
planned in for Friday 01 July 2016 at the MTU
which the Association has been invited to. We haven’t had a
GIs BBQ since 2013 due to various reasons whatever they may
be but I’ll send out the details as soon as they’re firm and
you, your wives, girlfriends, partners and friends are all
invited should you wish to come along.
I think a meeting without mentioning the Gib trip is a lost
opportunity but for those that went and met Bagsy Baker, it
is my sad duty to inform you that he passed away recently.
GI Walker, can you elaborate?
Guys, we’re losing our Social Sec and if I was a betting
man, I’d say we’re in for another extended period of a gap
in the committee. When I first took on the mantle of
President I said that the longevity of the Association was
the first & foremost concern for me. To that end, I am happy
to stand down as President & become the Social Sec –
whatever’s best for the Association. But I’m not prepared to
do both roles nor will I leave a gap in the current
committee in order to fill the Social Secretary position.
“Before you go down that route, have you actually asked
anyone to do it?”
“No, but there’s nothing in the proposals book since our
current Social Sec announced his intentions”.
“Well pass me the bloody book then!”
GI’s The current LS(AWW)s course Edwards, Hamilton, Evans,
GIs GIs Lowther (7th), Roberts (12th),
Jewell (18th), Beer (22nd). Happy
Birthday to you all.
At the time of the meeting, the President had no idea
whether the money for GACAC had been sent. On completion of
the meeting he had confirmation that the money has been
successfully received by the Charity.
Portsmouth site is still down
Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:
The please pass my best to all at the meeting and inform
them that like many I will be thinking of Mikes family and
friends , will not be able to make the funeral due to work
commitments abroad but will be there in mind .
Raffle Prize donators:
GIs Beer, Curnow, Baker, Prout, Thurston,
GIs Morgan (Bulwark)(D), Horswill, Jewell, Walker, Dobson,
GI’s Thurston, Edwards, Dobson, McKie, Tidball, Luker
Tonight’s raffle raised £ 115
Plymouth University are doing are post graduate course in
Maritime security, at the end
of the course you will receive a post graduate / MA
in maritime security. If you do it through the
Navy they will pay for it. So something for those
still serving to think about.
Have a good read of the Constitution and get back to
me any points or queries you have, things that
you do not think is right, what you would like to
Good to see all you guys and girls here this evening,
hopefully in 30 to 40 years time you will
be sat here whilst we are all 6 foot under, except for
me I’ll still be here. I had 36 years of it and it was the
best time of my life, so enjoy it.
GI Beer I had the pleasure of serving with
Bagsy, and what a character he was, he could hear the bell
being rung in the POs Mess from anywhere on the ship,
hence his nickname, free loading bastard.
On the table you have the repaired centre piece,
completely restored, and sat on a nice little plinth. Do
want me to keep it until it is needed to be brought out
as a centre piece or is someone willing to take
responsibility for it. If no one is willing I am quite
happy to look after it.
The paper I was writing, about the ethos and values of a
Gunner has now hit the streets. It has
been sent to all Chiefs in the fleet to disseminate
down. Apparently there are many green eyed monsters
around from other branches wishing they had ethos and
values to draw upon
The Meeting closed at 21.20
Meeting 311th will be held on Thursday 9th June
See you at the next Meeting.
Nick & Ty