The HMNB Clyde Chaplaincy team

The HMNB Clyde Chaplaincy team

(L-R) Father Michael Maloney, Rev Mark Dalton RN, Angela Bolton, Rev Mark Allsopp RN, and Rev Mark Street RN.

Spreading Christmas Cheer at HM Naval Base Clyde

In a heartwarming display of camaraderie and festive spirit, military and civilian staff at HM Naval Base Clyde gathered at St Mungo’s church on December 7. The occasion was not just about singing carols and donning Christmas jumpers; it was a collective effort to make a meaningful impact on the local community.

The Chaplaincy team

The Chaplaincy team, adorned in seasonal attire, led the carol service. Filling the air with the joyous notes of ‘O come all ye Faithful,’ complemented by melodies from the Neptune Volunteer Band. Readings and prayers resonated through the church, creating a sense of unity among the attendees.

The highlight of the event wasn’t just the harmonious rendition of Jingle Bells but the recognition of the best Christmas jumper, adding a touch of friendly competition to the festivities. However, the true essence of the season unfolded in the act of giving.

One Clyde Christmas Appeal

Attendees were encouraged to bring donations for the One Clyde Christmas Appeal. This supports local charities such as HomeStart Lomond, Helensburgh and Lomond Foodbank, and Helensburgh Community Hub. The generosity of the Clyde staff shone as boxes filled with a wide variety of items. These included biscuits, sweets, toys. Apart from the boxes further items lined the church’s conservatory, ready to bring joy to those in need.

Yvonne Gilfillan, the driving force behind the appeal, articulated the broader significance of such initiatives. She acknowledged the global challenges many face and how Christmas can accentuate difficulties in various aspects of life. The One Clyde Community responded with compassion, contributing essential items like food, personal hygiene products, baby essentials, children’s pyjamas, and books to local organizations.

Beyond material donations, the spirit of giving extended to financial contributions. Base staff raised an admirable £300 for Save the Children through donations tied to the festive tradition of wearing Christmas Jumpers to work. This dual commitment, both in-kind and financial, exemplifies the depth of care within the HMNB One Clyde Community.

Yvonne expressed gratitude, stating, “I am very grateful and proud to be part of the HMNB One Clyde Community who collaboratively and cohesively make a difference in the lives of those we work with, their families and within our local community. Merry Christmas one and all.”

HMNB Clyde Staff wearing their Christmas Jumpers

HMNB Clyde Staff wearing their Christmas Jumpers

Some of the donations collected for the local charities

Some of the donations collected for the local charities

In a world often fraught with challenges, the collective effort of the HM Naval Base Clyde serves as a shining example of how a community, bound by a shared sense of purpose, can bring hope and joy to those who need it most. As we celebrate this season of giving, let the story of HMNB Clyde inspire us to spread kindness and make a positive impact in our own communities.

HMNBC 45/23
Friday, 8 December 2023

Sent by: Royal Navy, Communications & Influence (RNCI) Regional Press Office (Scotland & Northern Ireland), HM Naval Base Clyde.