The Academy & Station Officers’ Mess is established for all serving officers, entitled civilians and visitors on the staff or on courses at Shrivenham.
It provides messing and accommodation for single and married unaccompanied serving officers. Civilian staff and students of officer status on courses may also be offered Mess facilities and accommodation under the rules and conditions set out in DINs and as agreed between the MOD and the Academic Provider Contractor (currently Cranfield University).
The Officers’ Mess currently comprises one of the two original halls of Residence, Kitchener Hall. New accommodation blocks (Mountbatten House and Templar House) are being built in phases to replace the rooms in Kitchener Hall & Roberts Hall and will provide modern, en suite accommodation.
Members and their guests using public rooms of the Mess should be dressed appropriately. The minimum standard of dress is 'smart casual'. The following dress regulations apply at all times (except for when functions demand specific dress) in the Dining Room, Bar and other public rooms.
Gentlemen – MINIMUM collared polo shirt and trousers.
Ladies – MINIMUM trousers or skirt with blouse or top (not T-shirt) It is stressed that these relaxations reflect the minimum standard to allow people to exercise their freedom of choice.
The following are specifically prohibited: Jeans (all denim material), shorts, outdoor – style jackets or tops (e.g. fleece, puffa, leather etc.), sports wear (except for those attending high-tea after sport), T-shirts, flip-flops, trainers, blouses and trousers which cause midriff to be exposed (except national dress), trousers or skirts that allow underwear to be seen and any type of sweatshirt.
Those who do not obey these dress regulations will be asked to leave the public room by a Mess Member or a member of Mess Staff. Uniform is not to be worn in the Mess after 1800 hours other than personnel on duty or with express permission of the PMC (being late from class is not an excuse). Please see Mess Rules for a full explanation.