MINUTES OF THE
GI’s Jewell, Luker, Dobson, McKie, Baker, Lewis, Tidball,
Nutt, Roberts, Pointon, Curnow, Bennett, Potts & Walker.
GI’s Thurston, Cook, Prout, Nuttycombe, Horswill, Beer &
The 317th Meeting was held on 8th
The President opened the Meeting at
with the Loyal Toast to
Gunners, Missilemen and AWW’s
Crossing the bar
The 316th minutes were proposed by GI Nutt BEM
and Seconded by GI Tidball.
Apologies sent for missing the meeting due to social
Unable to attend due to unplanned family incident, proposals
book is on the table for the January 2017 meeting.
0781 321 4007
Social Secretary’s Report:
I’d like to thank everyone who attended the dinner to make
it a successful night. I have spoken to Roger the steward
and he is in awe of the amount and different types of
alcohol drunk during the evening. He was more than happy
with us and would welcome us back any time, he was surprised
at the amount of money that went into the charity and tips
jars, he said the Masons are a charitable organisation but
would come no were near the amount of money we raised.
He told me that each member of staff got £18.50 in tips, and
they deserved it because we had a great night.
The next question is, is would we be happy with having a
Ladies night there, there would be no notice boards and
things like that, they will be covered up, and also a more
upmarket menu of choice. So would you be happy with that.
(A quick chat and yes we would be happy for them to host a
I will see what dates are available looking at possibly
I emailed Shep Wooley about dates for next year and as yet
he has nothing in his diary for 2017 but he is in Falmouth
on March 17, 18 19, spoken to Paul and he would be happy for
us to host Shep on the Thursday night, what do you think?
Constitution is going well and will be out for January
From January my work package for the company I am working
for is increasing so I am stepping down from the role as
V.P. as from January 2017. I don’t want to stay in this
position and not have the time to commit to it. According
the new constitution I should give 2 months’ notice but as
that is not out yet I don’t have to.
At least I had the decency to give 6 months’ notice of
standing down not like the V.P!
GI Prout has asked me to promote Jolly boys outing which
will start at the Hyde Park in Mutley and from 1700 will
start the move to the eventual destination at Kitty’s.
Proposals book is open we need a new V.P.
Message from Major Tenna Hill, He has presented a cheque of
£1700 to CPO Morrison’s wife. She intends to get an all
bells and whistles pram for their new arrival which in turn
will help her visit Mo during his time in hospital.
Birthdays in December:
GIs Richardson 9th, Swane 29th,
Curnow, Bladen (for the minutes my friend) 30th.
Happy Birthday to you all.
Last big drive to reach the total.
The Prez read out a letter received from the Chairman of AFC
Plympton thanking the Association for its sponsorship of AFC
Firstly I would like to apologise for the amount of time it
has taken for me to thank you for the overwhelming support
the West Country Gunnery Instructors Association has given
to the Plympton U16’s through their kind sponsorship of the
team. The team consist of a great team of individuals who
love playing football and come from all over Plymouth and
Cornwall to play for us. As time goes on it becomes harder
for me to source funding and sponsorship which takes up a
lot of my time, when Steve contacted me about offering us
£500 a great weight was lifted off my shoulders and enabled
me to concentrate on other areas of the team for the coming
season. The money was used to provide the boys with a full
yellow and blue home kit which the boys were with pride and
the Gunnery Instructors logo is prominently displayed. Could
I say thank you to you and your members for allowing my
players to look good every time they take to the field .
Portsmouth site is still down
Emails Rx’d from around the Globe:
I write to thank you for a great night at the GI’s dinner on
Saturday. Please can you convey my personal thanks to all of
your members and guests, all made me feel very welcome.
Great food, good booze and cracking banter made the night
despite the odd stoker dits from Cyd. I was especially
pleased to see your VP lead by example and port fine himself
more than anyone else.
It’s reassuring to know that the GIA is in a healthy state
and that the sturdy undercurrent of support for the young
gunners of today is unwavering.
On behalf of CPO MO Morrison I would like to thank your
members and guests for their kind donations, money that will
undoubtedly provide some solace to Mo’s family through these
Once again, thank you. It was an honour and a privilege to
be your guest at such a tremendous occasion
Raffle Prize donators:
GIs Goble (pencils and colouring books), Lewis, Holmes,
Jewell, Walker, Tidball, Thurston, Nutt
GIs Beer (D), Dobson, Luker, Bennett, Walker & Baker.
GI’s Walker x 2, Tidball, Potts, Pointon, Goble, Lewis &
Tonight’s raffle raised £90
Just wondering how myself and Whisky qualify for the
association as it allows in retired WO, CPO, PO, but Whisky
and I both rose through the ranks to Officer?
GI Walker replied, we both qualified as Gunnery Instructors
prior to our commission, you were a GI and I was a FC1.
for those of you who remember CPO McKenzie, unfortunately
the shell is there but the mind isn’t, he has Alzheimer’s.
His son does my gas for me and he doesn’t recognise his son.
thank you for having me as you V.P.
a great night at the gents evening, cracking venue, BZ to GI
thank you very much for your outstanding generosity for
can we put off voting for the constitution until 2018, we
started in 1988 and it would make it a nice round 30 years
to get one in place?
I have had the same question a couple of times, are we The
RN and RM Gunnery Instructors West Country Branch or The
West Country Gunnery Instructors Association. When we come
to vote on the constitution in January we will be called
West Country Gunnery Instructors Association.
nothing from me except I’m thirsty and need a pint
The Meeting closed at
316th Meeting will be held on Thursday 10th
See you at the next Meeting.
Nick & Ty