Senior Rates at HM Naval Base Clyde are set to benefit from a recent upgrade of their Mess recreational facilities.

On Wednesday 5 February the refurbished Kennedy Bar was officially opened by Captain of the Base, Captain Alistair Willis. 

The facility, which is located below the Warrant Officers’ and Senior Rates’ Mess main reception, was given the facelift after £22,000 of funding from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).

“The facility is a popular venue for functions and charity events,” explained Warrant Officer Stephen Thorpe, the Mess President.  “We have over 500 Mess members and all of them will benefit from this work.

“The funding from the RNRMC has been invaluable in achieving the upgrade.  With HM Naval Base Clyde set to become the sole operating base for the submarine service the popularity of the Mess can only grow.”

The refurbishment work, which was carried out by Miller Shopfitting, consisted of renewing the work surfaces and the main bar area.  The money was also used to purchase a new fridge and equipment. 

Kennedy Bar was named after a former Chief Petty Officer – Alan Kennedy – who designed the original bar back in 2000, prompting the Mess to name it after him. Mess members hold regular charity functions in the facility, raising around £1,500 for the RNRMC since April last year. 

Warrant Officer Thorpe and the RNRMC’S Northern Region Representative, Chief Petty Officer Andrew “Sticky” Vercoe, secured the charity’s funding for the work, obtaining the quotes and financial statements necessary for the charity board to grant approval. 

“I would like to thank the charity for their help,” continued Warrant Officer Thorpe, “and also to thank our members for their continual support which is crucial to the success of our Mess.” 

From left to right: Warrant Officer Stephen Thorpe, Captain Alistair Willis, Warrant Officer David Mason and Warrant Officer Andy Stevenson at the refurbished facility.