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Scottish                        Region

Minutes of Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch


Chairman; John Todd

18 Warriston Crescent


G33 2JP


Secretary; Amanda McNamara

9 Moidart Crescent


G52 1AZ







                     The Chairman opened the meeting at 19:40 hrs 1st March 2019


Members Attending:


23 members in attendance.




Bob Barren

Sandy David

Bill Glen

Don Gorman

Karen Lafferty

Sammy Bleakly

Barbara Bleakly

Anna Richardson

George McQuade

Paul Priestly

Stuart Cameron

Ray Cairns

Stephen Heron

David Hutchison

Robert Creighton

Gary Wallace

John Anderson

John Sneddon

Andy Russell

Stephen Donovan

Ged Cushley

Tracey Smith-O’Neill

Paul Clark

Ernest Hayes

Sandy McInally

John Higgins





Chairman welcomed all to the meeting, particularly our two new members, George McCulloch and James Neilly, and Martin Sheffield from the Motability Scheme who had come to speak to us this evening.


Minutes from the February meeting, were read and passed as a correct record by Andy Hutchison and Graeme Dickson.


Chairman has spoken to 2IC with regards to a date for our meeting/curry night, still no date as yet as there has been a lot going on.




Email re Operation Banner parade in Lisburn, Saturday 17th August 2019 – Secretary had already sent this on.


Email re Perthshire Bowling tournament – Secretary had already sent this on.


Letter from Duncan Forbes to thank us for his invite to our dinner, he had a very enjoyable evening.


Email from Lt. Col. Knowles to thank us for his invite to our dinner, he said it was a fantastic evening.




Chairman spoke on the Dennistoun War Memorial; we have been asked to participate in their next parade, which they are hoping will become an annual event, on Saturday 2nd November (subject to football arrangements, etc).


Chairman reminded us about the VE Day parade; we haven’t heard anything as yet, but it will be our first outing this year, in May.


Treasurer spoke on the ‘Justice for NI’ Vets Parade, Saturday 11th May, 10.40am George Square Glasgow. They are looking for as many people to be in attendance as possible, doesn’t matter if you have served. Short discussion from the members has suggested that we should attend as a Branch. Treasurer also mentioned that they are trying to raise £1000 to help towards insurance – if everyone donated a couple of pounds, they would manage this on the day no problem.


Regional Dinner 8th June Perth – Secretary to send email for names and numbers, as we must let them know by 1st April.


Chairman spoke on a Veteran’s Breakfast he heard was happening at the Royal Scot? This is apparently now O’Neill’s? It was seen on the RHF page but we don’t know too much about it at the moment.


Treasurer’s Report:


Treasurer gave full details to Branch.


Secretary thanked Chairman for all his hard work in organising what was a truly fantastic night for our Branch annual dinner last weekend; she also thanked the volunteers on the day, and day after, for setting up and clearing up.


Chairman again asked for suggestions as to dates and locations for our Summer Outing. Secretary needs to email Deepcut re grants and cannot do this until we have made a decision and have numbers.


Ian Lamb mentioned going to Aviemore for the weekend, clay pigeon shooting, etc. Members interested, therefore Ian will price this for us.


Chairman spoke on 2019 dinner – Saturday 16th November 2019 has been decided; Secretary to call some hotels to ensure we get the date we want, rather than having to change about as we did this year.


Darrell Scott asked about the Kirkhouse Veteran’s Breakfast – Frankie Healy said they are looking at starting this again late Spring, however the pub is open from 11am on Sunday’s and they serve an all-day breakfast, so Chairman has suggested we get dates sorted and meet up one weekend.



Meeting closed at 20:10 hrs.


Next meeting 5th April 2019 19:30 hrs


*Please see below for details of Martin Sheffield’s talk*


Martin Sheffield, Motability Scheme specialist, has been assisting our Treasurer Alan with his Motability cars for many years. He asked to come speak to us as he has become aware that many Veterans are unaware that they may qualify for a Motability vehicle.


He began by telling us the benefits of having a vehicle on the scheme – everything is covered, except fuel! They cover your insurance, services, damages, tyres, etc. The latter two incur a small excess.  They also provide replacement vehicles while yours is being fixed.


You could be eligible in a variety of ways: PIP/DLA, War Pensions, etc. A Motability specialist will be able to assist you further.


The talk was very interesting and informative; Secretary has posted a video on both Facebook pages of Martin and Alan that they made a couple of years ago about the scheme.


Should you wish further information, Martin’s details are:


Martin Sheffield

Business Development – Manager

Volkswagen Van Centre, Glasgow


901 Kennishead Road



G53 7RA


0141 331 7539


Further information can also be found on the Motability website: