OF THE 311h MEETING
GI’s –Thurston, Tidball, Luker, Bennett, Pointon, Horswill,
McKie, Curnow, Jewell, Roberts, Dobson,
GI’s Cook, Nuttycombe, Lewis, Baker, Morgan A, Potts, Prout,
The 311th Meeting was held at the St Levan Inn
Thursday 9th June 2016
The Vice President opened the Meeting
with the Loyal Toast to
Gunners, Missilemen and AWW’s
Crossing the bar
The 310th Minutes were proposed by GI Luker and Seconded by
Apologies for missing the meeting
Proposals book is open for the AGM.
There are two proposals in the book
The first one is for G I Bennett to take over as Social
The second is to accept the WCGI Constitution
Social Secretary’s Report:
Nothing from me
Still looking at getting a new design and new material for
our Gunners shirts but it is slow going.
As read by the V.P.
Apologies for my absence, I’ve been given a fast ball to go
to Scotland to teach Baton to 45 Cdo.
On 24th May GI’s Pointon, Potts, Roberts, Walker
& Baker attended the funeral of GI Mike Smith. The Journey
was well executed even though Whiskey was late and Points
needed to clean his seat belts, we got there in good time.
St Barbara saw the man right by giving us a lovely sunny day
for his send off and as you would expect his funeral was
well attended by friends, family & GI’s from far and wide.
For the procession, his Guard conducted their drill
impressively, the young sailors carried his coffin without a
hitch and WO1 “Big Nige” Smith had taken the role of
Standard Bearer for the Service. On completion of the
service Mike was escorted by his family & close friends to
the crematorium whilst we were hosted at the clubhouse.
During the wait for his family to return it gave us an
opportunity to catch up with old oppo’s and shipmates and
celebrate the life of an exceptionally popular guy whose
reputation extends out to everyone who has ever had the
pleasure to know, work or serve with him.
When Mikes family did arrive we all got a chance to speak
with them at different times, GI Roberts presented his
daughter with a picture from when they both served together
and we donated £50 from the Association in lieu of flowers
for Mikes chosen charity Cancer Research – Relay for life.
Mikes family were touched that we’d come up from the West
Country, I did mention there would have been more of us but
circumstances always gets in the way of these things, GI’s
Bennett and Archer, you guys spring to mind straight away
and your condolences were passed on.
Eventually the time came to say our goodbyes and get ready
for the drive back down to Guzz (I was late this time). The
return leg was also clear of heavy traffic which helped our
driver no end.
It must be said for the minutes thank you GI Pointon for
your driving services that day, it was appreciated by all of
us who came.
MTU BBQ Friday 1st July. The information should
be out on Facebook page by now and I’ll make sure the
Secretary has the information to e-mail out. In a nutshell
BBQ 1600 with food going on at 1700. £5 a head children
under 13 are free. Access via the back gate directly into
Nothing further from me I’ll see you at the AGM.
GIs Nuttycombe (3rd), Potts 18th),
Cook (22nd), MacCallum (23rd), Happy
birthday to you all
Portsmouth site is still down
Rx’d from around the Globe:
Phil Morris Good morning Ty
Just a quick dittie to say thank you very much indeed to you
and your fellow Gunners for the warm welcome to your West
Country Gunners meeting. I don’t get much opportunity up
here in Shropshire to mix with many hairy arsed Matelot’s so
it was a delight last Thursday to shoot the breeze once
In particular can you please pass on my thanks to Sam Potts,
Robby Roberts, and Points Pointon for such good company, and
tell Danny Beer that I nearly put my hand up to volunteer to
look after that field gun of his, it was superb.
I also had a chance to read Leroy Prout’s Ethos paper, it
was a cracker. It is good and heart warming to see something
that perhaps we all practice and believe in articulated so
well. I certainly never had such exposure to this sort of
thing as a sprog back in the early 70’s, more strength to
your bow Leroy, keep up the magnificent work.
I got pinged in a corner by Robbie where he was able to spin
some superb dits, he must have seen me as fresh meat and a
good chance to roll out some of his old favourites. He was
keen to point out that he had 36 years of service and mid
dit he paused, drew breath and asked me if I had any
military background, when I pointed out that I had served in
the Andrew for 37 years I think I detected a bit of quiver
of the lower lip and a look that had Black Catting Bastard
written all over it
Seriously Ty, you and your Gunners keep up the good work.
I’m coming down to God’s country again in the Autumn to
visit Whiskey again on his Ashburton estate. For ‘visit’
read ‘turn to’
Cheers from a Blue Belly
P.S. I took home some warren pasties and when sharing one
with my 4 year old granddaughter she asked if I could take
her to Oggie land…. Where they can’t tell sugar from tissue
paper, tissue paper, marmalade and jam.
Raffle Prize donators:
GIs Horswill, Jewell, Roberts, Tidball, Dobson
GIs Morgan A (D), Walker(D), Bennett, Pointon, Luker,
Curnow, Roberts, Baker
G I’s McKie, Curnow, Luker, Gary
Tonight’s raffle raised £ 70
Its not official ‘cus I’ve not been voted in but could I
have a show of hands for who would been interested
in a booze cruise in August. Right I’ll make a few
phone calls and get some prices
I’ll not be at the BBQ as I will be at Fun in the
Another point, talking to a Mason friend of mine,
Crownhill Masonic lodge can do a 3 course sit down meal
for around £15 to £20. Gents evening?
The Meeting closed at 20.41
See you at the next Meeting.
Nick & Ty