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Gordon Messenger Centre

Enabling a More Resilient Royal Marine Family

Your community hub

The GMC is a MOD facility, situated outside the wire, situated just on the other side of the road to CTCRM and geographically convenient for those locally-based.

The centre is a CORP Wide support hub.

The centre will support serving Royal Marines, Veterans, their families, and the wider RM community through a variety of activities and groups.

Some of these are regular activities, others are based on want and demand.

Gordon Messenger Centre


On top of all the events that run from Lympstone, there’s also a range of facilities for you to use.


  • Coffee Mornings
  • Family Groups supported by Aggie's Pastoral Workers
  • Play Groups and a rolling calendar to celebrate annual events
  • Kings Camp during the school holidays
  • Social events inc Jewellery Making, Fitness Classes, wellbeing days, baby massage, Lego workshops
  • Veterans Café
  • Veterans Craft mornings and wellbeing
  • Drop-In sessions with the Naval Children's Charity, Vets UK and National Families Federation
  • Military Wives Choir
  • ‘Who Let The Dads Out’ monthly meet up


Weekly activities schedule

If you want to learn more about the activities we offer, please head over to the Local Support - Arbroath area on the Royal Navy Forum.

You will need to be a registered RN Forum Member to access the Group.



All day drop in

Booking required

Baby Group

10:00AM - 12:00PM

An event for our littlest family members.

Contact: [email protected] for more information.

Fun at the Fort

3:00PM - 7:00PM

Snack Tea

Fun and games for after school.

Contact: [email protected] for more information.

Key contacts

Lisa-Joy Peake - Centre Manager

ALL enquiries about the centre should be made by you can calling the Team on 07866 075 074 during opening hours.

Email: [email protected]



The GMC is bookable for social, recreational activity and work use to enhance the lived experience for Serving Personnel, Veterans and the wider RM Family, to make all members of the RM community stronger and more resilient to the everyday challenges of RM life.

If you would like to book the centre please complete the booking form:

GMC Booking Form


Find us

Royal Marines Family Centre

Contact Details

The Gordon Messenger Centre
Commando Training Centre Royal Marines
Lympstone, Devon
Telephone: 07866 075074
Email Address: [email protected]

Opening Hours

Monday8:30AM - 4:30PM
Tuesday8:30AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday8:30AM - 4:30PM
Thursday8:30AM - 4:30PM
Friday8:30AM - 4:30PM
SaturdayPrivate Arrangements Only
SundayPrivate Arrangements Only

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