MINUTES OF MEETINGS PAST........
For the less technical GASS members - below is just a list of the past meetings - to see the actual MINUTES you click on the little box marked 'SEE WHAT HAPPENED'. Use the mouse and go 'CLICK'.
I mention this as I am sick of GASS members not seeing all my hard work, the photos, the videos, the witticisms, hours of graft - all wasted because half our members can't click on a link. I get that it might be because they can't read - but still click, there are lots of coloured pictures to enjoy!!
MINUTES of MEETINGS
APOLOGIES - I have fallen behind with the minutes. Partly because I am naturally lazy, partly because I thought nobody read them, partly because WhatsApp took over as the quickest method of communications. I have now realised that just maybe, the minutes and photos on a website ARE a better method of keeping a record of our enjoyment in meeting once a month and doing STUFF.
I will update the site as quickly as I can. Brian
NOVEMBER 2023 - THE ROSE AND CROWN - PUB MEETING
ORGANISED BY GARY & PHIL
The second meeting under the new regime. Gary and Phil take a different slant on 'staying on budget' at a pub meeting. A slightly more disciplinarian approach which ruffled a few feathers, completely unnecessarily as it turned out.
OCTOBER 2023 - BABASHEEKSHA OR 'ANDY'S BIG NIGHT OUT'
The first meeting under the new regime whereby pairs of members arrange one meeting a year each, 22 members, 11 pairs, 11 meetings. Every meeting has a budget. Pub meets £800, entertainment meets £1,000 and awaydays £1,200. You gets yer money and yer takes yer chances! Andy did a sterling bang-up job, but at a cost!
AGM - SEPTEMBER 2023 - BARCELONA
Another year another AGM, This time only 11 attendees (3 ill, 2 away on hols, Len did not like the venue and Ollie thought is was way too costly. As it turned out 11 was just fine and B11 was formed!
Another Covid overshadowed event which while entertaining was a bit muted in an abandoned London. with almost empty streets.
We met at Stede Court for an event the involved shoving your hand into a bucket of cold slime and keeping it still for 5 minutes. The aim? To cast us giving various V signs, the finger, thumbs up and anything else you wanted immortalised in plaster of paris and then painted in lifelike technicolor. Dinner was upstairs in the GASS party room.
A visit to SOAR ELECTRIC KARTING and their new venue in Gillingham. Really, really hard work as we drove round what seemed like a thousand laps of a tight twisting circuit listening to the whine, not of the electric motors thrusting us foward, but Stuart moaning about how he had been robbed of victory! Then on to the opening night (part 5) of the KGV.
THE BEST AGM EVER!!!
PONTINS at PAKEFIELD for what was without a doubt a one off! The most unique and unusual AGM GASS has ever enjoyed! It was amazing! You really had to be there. Brian was overwhelmed with comments on how it broke all the records, how totally off the wall it was. Guys, guys, I get it. It was unrepeatable and I thank you.
A trip to East London to attened a masterclass in how to make (and drink) six cocktails, which ended in a masterclass in smashing the place up. On the bright side nobody cared as were all pissed as parrots,
Another visit to our favourite West malling corporate entertainment venue, this time fro three driving events. $ wheel drives, rally cars and trials cars. Everyone got soaked, covered in mud - and had a fine oild time.
Something we hadn't done in years was a great success - for those brave enough to come and fight it out on the field of battle. Sadly a number of our number decided to make up a whole host of excuses to arrive late and drink all the beer!
BIG BOYS TOYS AT GARY'S
Out come the sports cars. the big bikes, the specials, all parked up on Gary's amazing spread to be admired by all. Dining on gourmet burgers and drinking fine non alcoholic beers (a worring new trend for GASS).
The pubs re-open at last!!! At long. long last. The meeting was held at 3 tables of 6 a la Covid-19 regulations and was at The Gardeners Arms, Higham with beers and pizzas, plus the long awaited accounts.
A pre-budget business meeting to discuss the lessons learnt from the pandemic so far regarding grants, support, furlough etc.
Two increasingly badly attended ZOOM meetings during the lockdown.
FEBRUARY & JANUARY
A great day out just before lockdown with a clay pigeon shoot 'flurry' competition followed by a genuine Turkey Shoot with bows and arrows.
October saw another poorly attended ZOOM meeting hated by all concerned, November was much better as we held a Business Meeting prior to the American Presidential Election.
OCTOBER & NOVEMBER
ZOOM & AMERICAN ELECTION
The AGM held as an outside sports day, instead of a week in Turkey.
AGM BUSINESS MEETING
An amazing opportunity to see how Spitfires are put back together during a restoration.
Our first visit to Ian Blackmans great shoot and outdoor pursuits set up at West Malling.
CLAY PIGEON SHOOT
Another boring ZOOM meeting with nowt to report.
The second ZOOM meeting where we all baked a cake and told a joke in a competition.
ZOOM BAKE A CAKE,
TELL A JOKE
Our first ever VIRTUAL meeting - held on the newly famous ZOOM app. 20 attendees and 4 hours of laughs!!
February was held at The Ringlestone pub and after being tricked into thinking our entertainment was a male stripper, he transformed into an amazing close-up magician. In March we met at The Harrow in Stockbury for dinner.
FEBRUARY - MARCH
FEB - MAGIC NIGHT
MAR - DINNER STOCKBURY
GASS goes Greek Dancing at Ela Kendro in Gillingham. Everyone joined in with the prancing and the plate smashing.
At the Kent County Showground where we enjoyed a dinner and dancing with 2000 other guests.
We went to Wayne's club in Ashford for a pool and snooker competiton and dinner.
DODGEMS, SKIDWHEELERS, PILLOW FIGHTING
We went to Wayne's club in Ashford for a pool and snooker competiton and dinner. Naturally Owne and Ron won.
Off to Palma for a lovely long weekend with a nice interlude of Quad bike riding, lunches and dinners. As usual a great time together.
AGM IN PALMA MAJORCA
A lovely summer evening at the Rose and Crown in Hartlip were we admired each others toys. Len's big new shiny Bentley being the star of the show.
BIG BOYS TOYS
KAYAK TRIP IN LONDON
A pub crawl using kayaks! Meeting at Limehouse for a few followed by a two hour kayak in two man boats to another few pubs in Stratford and Hackney Wick. Bloody hard work!!
& PILLOW FIGHTS
Diggerland played host to a variety of challenges at what turned out to be a really good evening.
A spell in Maidstone Prison, not the real one mind you, but a great version of the Crystal Maze where you had rooms upon rooms of puzzles to solve, then dinner at The Herbalist in Maidstone
THE ARTFUL DOODLER
BOW TIE TYING
(THE ART OF)
CHATHAM SKI CENTRE
JEDI KNIGHT TRAINING
A caricaturist came along to the Rochester Function Rooms and drew funny pictures of everyone.
Dinner at The Three Tuns in Lower Halstow where we were introduced to the noble art of being able to actually tie a bow tie properly. The instructor was one Keith Robinson, ex RSM in the Coldstream Guards, so discipline was tight.
A chance to try out the steel urinal tray, some 500 meters long, on a downhill run to glory, then dinner.
Yup, you read it right. We added Light Sabre fighting to our wide range of martial art skills. A complete evening of roughhousing with lethal light sabers. Our teacher first broke us down (in true martial art format) and then built us up again into a truly awesome fighting machine. You had to be there to believe it, or you could see the video and almost be there (me? - I'd just use my imagination).
THE TWO DINNER CHRISTMAS
For reasons that really are inexplicable we had to endure each others company not once, but twice! And on consecutive days as well. Two Christmas slap-up dinners, one at Langans, one at Kits Coty. Click on SEE WHAT HAPPENED below to - well, see what happened I guess.
BOX AT GILLINGHAM F.C
We had two adjoining boxes of Tuesday 2nd October to watch Gillingham V Blackpool. We had a hot and cold Buffet for our dinner and there was a bar in the box. Having waited a whole extra month for this the excitement was at fever pitch!!!! God knows why.
DINNER MEETING IN MAIDSTONE
Due to The Gills changing the date of their battle against Blackpool to next month the promised excitement of watching 22 men kick a pigs bladder round a field was postponed in place of a lovely dinner and the surprise appearance of Doctor Ollie Else (Ollie! Ollie! Ollie!).
A.G.M IBIZA TOWN
A whole week with 16 guys loose in Ibiza - what could go wrong?
Would anyone throw a paddy? Who would come out the winner?
GASS ON THE RAZZ IN IBIZA - the full story.......
Up to the Smoke for some mayhem. Knife crime? This is Axe crime!!! Proper stuff. You'd win any fight this way - providing your opponent stood (a) perfectly still, and (b) exactly 4 meters away. Oh, and it would be good if Graham was throwing the axes. Me? I'd still take a gun.
BIG BOYS TOYS
An opportunity to bring out the big smart cars, calssics and current models. We took over the car park at The Hook and Hatchet and then enjoyed a dinner while watching the World Cup football match of England v Belgium.
Chris organised an unusual PETANQUE match and a dinner at the Stockbury pub that is now owned by the locals.
NOT WATER POLO, DINNER AT THE POWDER MAGAZINE
Tony failed miserably to organise a game of WATER POLO as no swimming pool would even consider taking GASS on a variety of spurious health & safety grounds. The alternative was for 11 members to go for dinner at The Powder Magazine restaurant in Upnor and apparently spend over a £1,000 on dinner. This is despite the fact that they all know they only pay £40 each to GASS. Shame nobody had the decency to have a £60 a head whip round. Here we go again.
THE BUTCHERS BLOCK
Andy organised a STEAK DINNER at the Butchers Block in Burham. Great Steaks! Really good turnout.
END OF AN ERA DINNER
The formal 'End of an Era' dinner at The Roffen to say goodbye to a fantastic club and a venue for many GASS meetings over the last 35 years. This was also the dinner where Graham said he "was bored with the meetings in 2017".
That did not go down well with the Obergurppenfueher.
DINNER AT THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON
A pleasant dinner at a lovely gastropub. Sadly no photos, but we did at least agree to go to IBIZA for the 2018 AGM so something good came out of it.
BURNS NIGHT DINNER
GASS honour the famous poet in fine style at The Roffen Club, complete with piper.