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HMS ANTRIM ASSOCIATION

Minutes of the 21st AGM

Opening:

The regular meeting of the HMS Antrim Association was called to order at 10.30 on October 18th 2015 in the Hilton Hotel Warwick by the Chairman, Mr Andy Coad. Present:40 Full Members were in attendance.

1. Apologies.

Billy Budd, Jumper Collins, Chuck Berry, Roy Turp, Phil Solomons, Dinger Bell.

2. Approval of Minutes.

The minutes of the previous meeting were unanimously approved, with no matters arising.

3. Chairman’s Address

The chairman welcomed the members and expressed his thanks to Stu Pennock for organising this Reunion at very short notice. He thanked the Committee for their continuing support, help and advice. He thanked Mandy and Jonno for the option of St Ives which had proved too expensive, however it may be revisited in the future. Confirmed the venue of the Imperial Hotel along with trips and discounts as per last time at that venue. It was good to see the membership expanding and that the website and Facebook were a good venue for dits etc. The Shenton family were thanked for their attendance and the gift of a decanter. The decanter will be used at every reunion in the memory of Shents. All members who looked after Shent’s family were thanked and they expressed enjoyment for doing so.

4. Election of Officers

Vice Chair and Secretaries positions were up for re-election. Both were re-elected unanimously.

5. Treasurers Report

Secretary gave a statement of account, in the absence of the Treasurer. These are available on request. In summary the Assoc funds remain healthy. An outstanding raffle raised over £1000. Thanks to Nikki Churchill and Sandra Candler. Funds were also swelled by an extremely generous donation from Shent’s family.

6.

Welfare Report

Bomber reported that a few Antrim’s had been lost in the previous year, Richard Robinson MEA, Bomber and Mick Gent attended the funeral in Scotland. Bruno Brunsden, Pepsi Petsounis, Ray ‘Soapy ‘Watson, Charlie Charlton, Manny Birley, Shents – a well known, regular and much loved shipmate. Over twenty Antrim’s attended his funeral with a memorable wake and a few stories to tell. Daisy Adams continues his fight with Parkinson’s – eleven years ago he was given nine years to live he is therefore two plus and fighting. Good to see Nige Ayling and his wife Bridgett in attendance. It was also good to see Craig ‘Mac’ McDermott who has recently had health issues. Unusually for Mac he has difficulty talking. We all wish him well and for a speedy recovery. Chris Bungy Williams had a cancer recurrence issue, having attended over sixteen reunions, he was disappointed not to be able to attend this time around. Bomber asked for a minute’s silence for all those having difficulties and those having ‘Crossed The Bar’, this was impeccably observed. The Vice Chairman then asked for a vote of thanks for Bombers efforts.

7. Membership Secretaries Report

Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, Roy could not attend. The secretary reported in his absence that the membership remained healthy. Annual subscriptions should be paid either to the Secretary or the Chairman.

8. Reunion 2016 and 2017

2016 will be held in the Imperial Hotel Torquay as agreed. 2017 will be up north, Dave Quade will be talking with Shirley Winn from I.O.W Tours as discussed with a view to running future reunions. Packages would be all in and arranged by the tour company. The only issue of concern is the quality of the hotels and this will be looked into. Shirley Winn will be attending the reunion in Torquay and she will be invited to both the committee meeting and the AGM. George Mullen had attended two reunions organised by Shirley and reported that they were good. Currently 2017, Sketchley Grange, Hinckley or The Best Western, Tillington Hall, Stafford were options. 2019 will see the 25th anniversary of the reunion, the committee will look into doing something special, currently Northern Ireland has been mentioned along with the Home Port, ‘Portsmouth’ and the Royal Beach hotel.

9. Newsletter

Sec stated, with Winnie's agreement, that in simple terms the Newsletter had ground to a halt as there was no input. No Input = No Output. Facebook has 400+ members.

10. Website

See 9. Same status applies. If Members want items on the web and or in Newsletters they must put them forward. An up to date membership list with contact details has been mentioned, however there are not full details available, this will be looked into again.

11. Standard

Coxy and Kev Rowe have attended at funerals, Pangbourne and Birmingham Tattoo. They were thanked for this.

12. Slops

Coxy has now been doing this for twenty years. He was going to give it up, however he now has a second wind and will continue. He has transferred some cash to the main account.

13. A.O.B

Secretary reported that sponsored rum is no longer available, however it should not be a problem going forward as I.O.W Tours will provide. £1030 was raised at the Raffle with over 50 prizes being donated. These were given in blocks of three per winning ticket.

Adjournment:

Before the meeting adjourned at 11.20am the Chairman thanked us and said that he hoped that the members thought that the committee were ‘doing it right’. All members were able to contact committee members at any time. The Meeting was then closed.

Minutes submitted by:

Stuart Pennock SECRETARY

HMS Antrim Reunion 2016

 

The Imperial Hotel Torquay

7th, 8th & 9th October 2016
Rates- £70pppn
(Including Bed, Breakfast & Evening Meal)
To book directly by phone
A deposit of £10 per person is required on the time of booking,
The balance is then due on departure from the hotel.
When booking you need to mention you are part of the
HMS Antrim re-union.
Please contact -
Jessica Dowell
Direct Line– 01803 206159
(if no answer, leave message and number Jess will call you back )Email– jdowell@thehotelcollection.co.uk

We have a large private function room (The Torbay Suite) booked on the Saturday night and menus for this evening will need to be pre-ordered at time of
Booking choosing either A, B or C menu.

SATURDAY NIGHT SCRAN OPTIONS
Please advise Jessica at time of booking which menu you would like
If you have specific dietary requirements please also make Jess aware.
Menu A
Chicken liver parfait, red onion chutney and toasted brioche,
balsamic glaze
***
Grilled and marinated chicken breast,
garlic and thyme sauce
***
Caramel cheesecake, caramel sauce
***
Coffee & Mints
Menu B
Cream of mushroom and fennel soup, olive oil
***
Cajun and lime roasted fillet of Salmon, caper and tomato salsa
***
Sweet cream stuffed profiterole`s, chocolate sauce
***
Coffee & Mints
Menu C
Ham hock and apple terrine, green tomato chutney and toasted loaf, herb oil
***
Paprika braised feather blade of beef, horseradish infused braising reduction
***
Lemon tart, Chantilly cream, raspberry coulis
***
Coffee & Mints
All main courses are served with roasted carrots, fine beans, cauliflower and Baby potatoes
Vegetarian Main Course
Risotto of butternut squash, Savoy cabbage and toasted pumpkin seeds, toasted pumpkin seed oil

The function room has its own bar and is big enough for 300 people so there
is plenty of space, SO LETS try and fill It !.

There are 152 bedrooms in the hotel and they have promised to provide as many sea facing rooms as possible, I can assure you that all rooms have a great view, even better for the early bookers (higher floors). The basic rooms that are on offer to us are of a good size, en-suite, have sea views and sun loungers,
tea/coffee making facilities and flat screen TVs as standard.
All reserved rooms not taken will go back on general sale on
27th August 2016. There is free parking for 130 cars,
safes in all rooms and dogs can stay at £15 each for the weekend.
They will provide you with a ground floor room
with access direct to the gardens.
(if advised at time of booking, subject to availability)

Check in from 3pm on Friday
& checkout by 11am on day of departure

There are 4 beauty rooms that offer a range of indulgent
Treatments & therapies and a relaxation suite
(Treatments will need to be pre-booked before arrival to avoid
Disappointment) a discount of 10% per treatments has been agreed, please request Beauty Price List from Jessica via email
Please quote HMS Antrim reunion when booking treatments
There is a heated indoor & outdoor pool (outdoor only open weather permitting),
a Health & Leisure club with fully equipped gym, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi
(Which are all free to use)
Tennis, squash court and indoor games room–
Snooker, pool, table football & table tennis–
.
The harbour & town centre is 5 minutes walk and there are plenty
of local attractions to see.

Hotel Website http://www.thehotelcollection.co.uk/hotels/torquay-imperial-hotel/

 

HMS ANTRIM ASSOCIATION

Minutes of the 20TH AGM

Opening:
The regular meeting of the HMS Antrim Association was called to order at 10.30 on October 12th 2014 in the Royal Beach Hotel Portsmouth  by the Chairman, Mr Andy Coad.

Present:
36  Full Members were in attendance.

Apologies.

Wally Marriot, Steve Robinson, Phil Blake, Jimmy Green, Keith Autrey, Pete Slydell, Larry Class, Mick Gent, Gary MacAndrew, Des Lowe, Arty Shaw, Stan Boles, Kev Townsend, Jan Johns

2.         Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the previous meeting were unanimously approved, with no business arising.

3.         Chairman’s Address

The chairman welcomed the members and expressed his thanks to the Secretary for organising this Reunion. He thanked the Committee for their continuing support, help and advice. He thanked the Standard Bearers for their efforts. He also thanked Michele for her efforts in keeping up the website.
He especially thanked Winnie Churchill for the generous donation of the one off raffle prize last night that was awarded to shipmate Nigel Ayling. All were very much in favour. He expressed his view that it was good to see such a cross section of years and branches at the weekend and that along with our appreciation of absent friends, we had a very good association that continued from strength to strength.

4.         Election of Officers

Chairman, Treasures positions were up for re-election. Both were re-elected unanimously.

5.         Treasurers Report
Billy Budd gave a detailed statement of accounts. These are available on request. In summary the Assoc funds remain healthy.  

6.         Welfare Report
Bomber managed to deliver his report despite reporting himself as 'poorly'.
 Les Adams continues the fight and had been visited by George Humpleby with Bambi and Bomber due to visit him soon. Nigel Ayling was present at the Dinner last night and looked to be enjoying himself. He continues his fight also. Bomber had sent a card to Jan Osbourne who herself was not in very good health. The following shipmates had crossed the bar since we last met, Manny Birley, Richard Robinson. Although they were not Assoc members, they were still Antrim's and therefore part of the family. A short silence was observed in remembrance. Bomber asked for more Welfare cards so he could send them to families/shipmates as the need arose. Billy Budd would send them along.

7.         Membership Secretaries Report
Roy reported that we have 93 Life, 36 Annual, 13 Honorary, 1 Associate member. Total Membership of 143. Lapsed members 3. New members were as always encouraged to join. Life Members making up 64% and Annual 24% of the numbers. Dave Quade asked if any progress had been made with regard to putting up a members list on the web. After some discussion it was agreed that some form of members list would be put up with minimal personal info attached. Also the possibility of a 'self joining' type list would be looked at for the Web. Stu would pass this onto Michele for investigation and liaise with Roy as appropriate.

 

8.         Reunion 2015 and 2016
The Chairman reported that the next reunion would be held in the Apollo Hotel, Birmingham. Terry Bullingham would be organising. Concerns were once again expressed from the Sec and various members as to the suitability of this venue. It was agreed that a few shipmates would go and see the venue and advise accordingly asap. The end of October was declared as the date for reporting back. Another hotel in the area would be sought out if there had to be a change. This would then be advertised on the Internet and Fb page. A venue for 2016 in St Ives had been put forward by Jan Johns. This looked an excellent, if expensive, venue and it was agreed to check it out and try negotiate a better deal if possible. Sec mentioned a  new venue opening in Liverpool that might be a possibility in the future.

9.         Newsletter
Sec stated, with Winnie's agreement, that in simple terms the Newsletter had ground to a halt as there was no input. No Input = No Output.

10.       Website
 See 9. Same status applies. If Members want items on the web and or in Newsletters they must put them forward.

11.       Standard
It had been a quiet year for the Standard, with the usual events being attended. Kev Rowe had paraded the Standard at the Pangbourne service this year as Coxy couldnt make it. Various Tattoos, WWI and other memorials had or would be seeing the 'flag flying'.

12.       Slops
Coxy continues to sell stock off. He thanked those buying and encouraged everyone to continue!

13.       A.O.B
The ships model needs a new home. Quoz was thanked again for looking after it. The Senior Rates Bar Nelson and a berth in the G.I's Club on Whale Island would be investigated.
It was mentioned that the Raffle last night had raised a fantastic £625. Having been encouraged to smile at this, the Treasurer merely began reciting how much the wine and.....etc had cost!
George Humpleby mentioned that the Ceramic Poppies now on display at the Tower of London were available to buy at £25 a go, with a photo/dit dedication for a fallen loved one also available at £15 a time. He was thanked for bringing this worthy cause to the attention of the meeting.
Roy Turp mentioned a possibility of a 'mini' reunion in London 2016 to commemorate the 100 years since the Battle of Jutland. This could include a Tour of the Belfast, a chat with the Beefeaters and a possible overnight stay. There was some interest and Roy agreed to have it put on Fbook and the Web should he be able to organise anything.

Adjournment:
There being no other business, the Meeting was adjourned at 11.10 by the Chairman.  The next general meeting will be held at 10.30 on  October 11th  2015 in the Apollo Hotel Birmingham.

 

Minutes submitted by:

            Stuart Pennock

SECRETARY

 

 

It is with deep regret that we have to announce that Darren Shenton Crossed The Bar a few days ago.

 

To all Antrim's, the details for Shent's funeral are as follows:

The funeral will be held on Friday 24th April at 10:00 at Telford crematorium,Woodhouse Lane, Redhill, Telford, TF2 9NJ TEL: 01952610612


The wake will held at the Park Inn, Whitchurch Road, Wellington, Telford, TF1 3 AG, Tel: 01952223154

 ( please note that this is not a hotel, there are several close-by) 


The travelling time between the crematorium and the Park Inn is approximately ten minutes.


The family would very much like an Antrim presence and Coxy will be there with the ships standard. 


The rig will be:

If you have one, wear an Antrim blazer.

The family have asked for medals to be worn.

Shents didn't want flowers and gave instructions that those who would like to make a donation should do so to BLESMA ( British Limbless Ex-Serviceman's Association )

or the Antrim Association. 


Shen'ts sister has asked for some of us to be pall-bearers. I've spoken to Bomber about this and it will be arranged on the day. 

To date half a dozen of us should be in attendance.


The family have got a lot of comfort from the messages that have been put on Facebook and they have asked me to pass on their thanks. 


Any further questions you can message me. Let's give our ship-mate a good send off!!

 

Roy Turp

 

 

21st HMS Antrim Association Reunion 2015 

Friday October 16th to Sunday October 18th. Note this is the 3rd Weekend in October! 

Hilton Hotel Warwick. Jcn 15 M40. A429 Stratford Rd. CV34 6RE. 

Sophie Humphreys is the Contact. 01926 499555 Opt 1 or 01926 417891. Hilton Central Res on 0800 8568000. 

Online bookings, follow the booking procedure, select extra options and put in code AHMSA to get our rate.

£79 pppn. Dinner Bed and Breakfast. All in as per normal reunions.  10% deposit will be taken on booking. 
We have 20% of current bar prices.
Tot ceremony, disco, raffle, slops etc etc. 
only 9 months to go so get booking NOW!
Family rooms, singles etc, please contact the Hotel. Sunday night available at £68 pp if desired.

See you all there! 
Secretary. 

 

 

HMS ANTRIM ASSOCIATION

Minutes of the 19TH AGM

Opening:
The regular meeting of the HMS Antrim Association was called to order at 10.30 on October 13th 2013 in the Queen  Hotel Chester by the Chairman, Mr Andy Coad.
Present:
28 Full Members were in attendance.

Apologies.

Ray Howard, Bomber Wells, Winnie Churchill, Trigger Rodgers, Tim Badcock, Mike Williams, Wally Marriot, Bob Beckett, Steve Robinson, Sharky Ward, Phil Blake, Phil Nicholl, Eddie Grice

2.         Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the previous meeting were unanimously approved, with no business arising.

3.         Chairman’s Address

The chairman welcomed the members and expressed his thanks to the Secretary for organising this Reunion and undertaking to organise next years in Southsea. He also thanked Tim and Denise Badcock and families for organising last year’s reunion. He thanked the Committee members for their work throughout the year and stated that he felt that the Association continued in good shape and that members should use Facebook and other such media and refer to the website to help increase membership. He thanked the Standard Bearers for their efforts. He also thanked Quoz for his efforts in ensuring the ships model was at the Reunion and for continuing to look after it. He reported that the late President and Captain 1982 , Brian Young’s medals and associated gizzits had been up for auction late last year. Whilst a few of our members did put bids in, nothing was obtained as the prices were very high. His medals alone went for approx. £40,000!.

4.         Election of Officers

Vice Chairman, Secretary’s positions were up for re-election. Both were re-elected unanimously.

5.         Treasurers Report
Billy Budd gave a detailed statement of accounts. These are available on request. In summary the Assoc funds remain healthy.He mentioned that the Sec’s family had help raise an amount from sale of hand painted Christmas cards and that as always, the raffle remains our main source of income. Last years being a particularly good one for Association funds.

6.         Welfare Report
Secretary reported in Bombers absence on the following shipmates. Les Adams, John Keenan, Paul Simpson. They continue their battles and Bomber keeps in touch. He urged anyone in relevant areas to visit or contact oppos if possible as it was always well received. Nigel Ayling was reported to be on the mend after recent operations. LMEM Andy Reeves was reported to have managed to get out of his wheelchair, which is very significant progress. The following shipmates had crossed the bar since we last met. John Keenan, Keith Creates and LS Crowther. A short silence was observed in remembrance.

7.         Membership Secretaries Report
Roy reported that we have 92 Life, 39 Annual, 13 Honorary, 1 Associate member. Total Membership of 150. Lapsed members 5. New members were as always encouraged to join. As an example, Forces Reunited has 764 Antrim’s listed.

8.         Reunion 2014 and 2015
The Chairman reported that the next reunion would be held in the Royal Beach Hotel, Portsmouth. This would be October 10, 11 and 12th 2014. Details of the deal will be on the website and were presented to the AGM. The Secretary will be the organiser of this reunion. It was agreed to spend a reasonable amount on Wines for Table and possibly other items next year.

  A proposal for 2015 in The Apollo Hotel Birmingham was put forward by shipmate Terry Bullingham. After some discussion of details and some concern expressed about recent reviews, it was agreed to investigate further with a view to holding the Reunion in Birmingham in 2015.

9.         Newsletter
Steve Churchill pleaded once again for input from the membership for the newsletter. An electronic version is now the chosen distribution method. Copies for those that requested them were available from the Secretary.

10.       Website
A list of Members could be made available on the website. This would have to be basic details only. Input as always requested from members to add to the web pages. Epitaphs for shipmates that have crossed the bar would continue to be put up on the web and some missing ones would be sought and provided. The Treasurer had some of these and would forward on.

11.       Standard
Coxy continues to parade the Standard at the Pangbourne service and Funerals as requested. Kev Rowe had paraded the Standard as requested and agreed by Committee.

12.       Slops
Coxy continues to sell stock off. He reported a stock of DVD’s of Antrim’s War had been donated so all proceeds are for Assoc funds. He thanked his wife June for her support doing the paperwork and general assistance.

13.       A.O.B

Taff Dale asked if a Reunion package ‘template’ could be provided to assist those who help find other venues. Chair stated that he had been working on one in the past and it could be fine tuned and made available. It could be sent to the website to be downloaded by interested members.
Roy Turp mentioned that an upcoming TV programme of Shackleton’s exploits would be of interest to many of the members.
Chair asked for agreement to go ahead and obtain a printed banner for table dressing and or display. He knew of a local firm who could this for around £45. This was agreed.
A brief discussion on converting the model to Exocet version took place. As a vote a few years back had agreed to leave the model as built it was agreed to continue as was. A correct scale model of the ships Helo still needed to be sourced.
A question re the ship’s anchors being painted black and white pre 1975, brought about a good dit from Bert Greenough and Dave Quade regarding the Captain of the time one Capt Keats and a scurrilous run ashore by Antrim ships company in Oban. (We are probably still banned!).

 

Adjournment:
There being no other business, the Meeting was adjourned at 11.30 by the Chairman.  The next general meeting will be held at 10.30 on  October 12th  2014 in the Royal Beach Hotel Portsmouth

 

Minutes submitted by:            Stuart Pennock SECRETARY

 

 

 

HMS ANTRIM ASSOCIATION

20TH ANNUAL REUNION 2014


At the Royal Beach Hotel Southsea.
Friday October 10th until Sunday October 12th

For Bookings:-
Contact Davina Jones/Conference and Banqueting quoting our Reunion.
023 9273 1281

Usual routine of Make n Mend Friday afternoon, followed by Informal Dinner and then Advanced Dit Spinning and Lamp Swinging until well into the Middle Watch. Black Catting is encouraged.
Saturday is Sickbay Ranger Day and General Clean Ship. TOTS from approx 1845 followed by Gala Dinner, Raffle, Slops, more Dits, O.O.D’s rounds and General Jack playtime. DJ booked to ensure the spirit of Joanna’s lives on.

AGM Sunday morning for Men under Pun and those that can make it out of bed. Secretary apologises in advance for being there in body only!

Cost.
- £60 per person per night for a Double Room, Dinner Bed and Breakfast and all else that we can scrounge. Ie £120 per person for the weekend. A bargain not to be missed.
-Sat night Gala Dinner only @ £38.50 per person.
-Sat Night Gala Dinner, Bed and Breakfast @ £80 per person.
-Extra nights B and B are available@ £80 Per Room. (£40 per person if in a double.
-Prices for Singles are all the same. (sorry no discounts available, I did try!).
-Children, Full Weekend @ £12.50 per child. (up to 12 years old sharing with Adults).

Last time we had 140 plus attending so get booking asap. Its your Association and your Reunion. You make it what it is. 20 years on and we have a great time every time with shipmates old and new attending.

If you have Raffle prizes to donate this would be most appreciated.

As always any probs give me a buzz.

I look forward to seeing a whole boat load of you there. (That’s a
Warship to you son).


Aye
Stu
(Secretary)

 

 



 

This was in the Times.  Tickets not required but they would like an idea of numbers attending.

Admiral Sir John 'Sandy' Woodward KCB GBE. A Thanksgiving Service for Admiral 'Sandy' Woodward will be held in Chichester Cathedral on Thursday 14th November at 2.30pm. The service will be followed by a reception in the Cathedral precincts. It would be much appreciated if those who are wishing to attend could email Tessa Simpson at:

Admiral.woodward@btopenworld.com

 

 

 

 

The following letter was sent to the family of Baroness Thatcher on behalf of the Association:

Dear Sir Mark,
We heard the sad news of the passing away of Baroness Thatcher on Monday 11th April 2013. On hearing this most of us thought back to her time in government and in particular the Falklands War campaign. It is true to say that when we received our orders to sail to the Falklands as part of Operation Paraquat and then to participate in Operation Corporate, we were venturing into the unknown in terms of how this conflict would conclude. However what our country and in particular Argentina didn’t realise is that we had a Prime Minister who believed in and had confidence in the abilities of the British military and she was determined to remove this unwanted invading force from the Falklands Islands ...with our help and restore the democratic will of the Falklanders. In this she succeeded brilliantly.
It is always important for Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airman who go to war on behalf of our country to know that they have the full support and confidence of their government; with Margaret Thatcher this was never in doubt and the ship’s company of H.M.S Antrim knew this. Her determination in seeing this through helped keep us focused, in this as in other aspects of her time as Prime Minister the title of the Iron Lady is not only deserved but a compliment.
The men who were serving onboard H.M.S Antrim in 1983, which was our second tour of duty to the islands, can remember Lady Thatcher visiting our ship and speaking to the ship’s company, congratulating and thanking us for what we had done. Twenty-Eight years later when we held our annual reunion at the House of Parliament, Lady Thatcher wrote to us and reminded us of what we had accomplished and finished the letter by apologising for not being able to attend our reunion and hoping that we enjoy our evening.
The letter she sent us was full of praise for us, however without her leadership this conflict would not have been fought and won and the people of the Falklands Islands would now be living under a fascist dictatorship.
On behalf of the H.M.S Antrim Association please accept our sincere condolences and may God grant her peace and comfort your family.

Revelation 21, verse 4:
 He will wipe away all tears from their eyes. There will be no more death, no more grief or crying or pain. The old things have disappeared.

 

 

 

 

 

It is my sad duty to report the death of our shipmate

John Keenan

Who "crossed the bar" on 31st December 2012

 

John had been suffering from Alzheimer's for the past seven years.

His funeral will take place at 13.45 on Friday 11th January 2013

at Weymouth crematorium, any Antrim would be welcome to attend.

 

 

R.I.P John

 

Bomber Wells

 

Coxy and the Antrim Standard will be present

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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