Thursday, 14 December 2017

What Next? Forces Resettlement Guide

Free Copies available from Bovington and Blandford HIVEs

Christmas Cracker Saturday - 16 Dec Wool


Christmas Cracker Saturday 16th December
D’Urberville Hall, Colliers Lane, Wool
10am - 2pm.
Come and join in the spirit of Christmas. 
Churches Together 
Messy Christmas Craft, lots of activities. Have your photo taken in the stable. pop in for coffee and mince pies. 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

South West Trains - Changes To Winter Timetables

From Sunday 10 December 2017 a revised timetable will be in effect across the South Western Railway network.

We work extremely hard to reduce the delays caused by autumn and winter conditions, in particular leaf-fall and ice. However, services may still need to be re-timed or altered. We strongly encourage customers to check their journey before travelling.  For more information please visit our journey check page 
here or speak with a member of station staff.

click here to view our new winter timetables (from 10 December).

REMINDER Blandford Camp Pantomime - Thur 14 Dec

Tickets available from Sophie in the Community centre
07973 725346 or 01258 481008
£2 per person. 
The British Forces Foundation partnership
The Panto Bus
Venue is the Forum Cinema on camp, opposite Signals Musuem. 

Doors open at 4.30pm to meet the cast
Interval 15 mins
Ends 6.45pm
Photo opportunity after the show for children with the cast members. 

Combat Stress - Helping Former Servicemen And Women Cope With Pressure Of Christmas

Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health, is sharing its tops tips to help former servicemen and women cope with the Christmas and New Year period.
Christmas is a time for celebration, yet it can be difficult for veterans with mental health problems. Some may feel isolated, lonely or depressed, while others can feel overwhelmed by large gatherings of family and friends, or feel they don’t have time for themselves.

Combat Stress has put together 10 steps veterans can take to enjoy Christmas and the New Year. In fact, it’s advice most people can use if they feel overwhelmed or anxious during the festivities. The tips are:
  • Take time out for yourself
  • Go outdoors for a walk or activity
  • Do something you enjoy
  • Relax with a bath, hot chocolate or play music
  • Remember to take your medication
  • Help out by volunteering for local projects or charities
  • Watch a film
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Eat the right ‘good’ food
  • Get support – call the Combat Stress Helpline
The tips include advice to practice meditation, which is especially good to do if you become stressed when surrounded by lots of people on a busy high street or when celebrating Christmas with loved ones. Take yourself off to a quiet place – a coffee shop or another room – and then return when you feel less anxious.
Going outside for a walk or outdoor activities is a good way to distract yourself from things that are causing you stress or anxiety. Avoiding alcohol and caffeine three hours before bedtime will improve your chances of having a good night’s sleep, while getting your five a day of fruit and vegetables will not only help feed a healthier body but also a healthier mind.
Sue Freeth, Chief Executive of Combat Stress, said: “We know many veterans with mental health conditions can find the Christmas period particularly challenging. We hope our tips, put together by our specialist clinical team, will help.

“It’s important veterans talk to a friend or family member about how they’re feeling so they can receive support. The Combat Stress 24-hour Helpline is available throughout Christmas and the New Year. We strongly encourage veterans and their loved ones to call us for help and support on 0800 138 1619, text us on 07537 404 719 or email”

Combat Stress’ Christmas tips will be shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from 14 December through to Christmas Eve.