Friday, 16 December 2016

Storybook Soldiers - Deployment/Exercise

Contact details for any questions are Jane at Storybook Soldiers Management Team

10 AEC, Bdg 59, Jellalabad Barracks, 

Tidworth SP9 7BN

Telephone : 01980 - 650515 
(Tidworth Mil. 94342 2515)
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Supporting the Unsung Hero- Business Start up for Dependants

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Friday, 4 November 2016

Credit Unions - Financial Help For Armed Forces

A new service offering simple savings accounts and "affordable" loans to military personnel, who can sometimes struggle to get access to financial products, has been launched by credit unions.
The arrangement, backed by the Ministry of Defence, means Armed Forces personnel will be able to save regularly or repay loans with credit unions directly through their pay packets, via deductions from their payroll.
Credit unions are mutual financial co-operatives that take deposits and give loans to members. Family members and retired personnel receiving a pension are also eligible to join the new service, whose launch coincides with International Credit Union Day.

Credit unions trade association Abcul (the Association of British Credit Unions Limited) says that over the years, people serving in the Armed Forces have reported difficulties accessing credit because their job involves moving regularly and it can be challenging to build up a good credit rating. It adds that some personnel report being targeted by high-cost lenders.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Ex Services - Accommodation & Housing

What is SPACES?
Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services, SPACES, is a housing advice and placement service for veterans.
SPACES targets the most vulnerable of Service leavers, regardless of rank, length of service, or reason for discharge.  The SPACES office is located within The Beacon at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.
You’ll find:
◦The SPACES office is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, with answerphone service out-of-hours.
◦Helps to secure appropriate accommodation when you leave the Armed Forces to reduce the risk of homelessness or rough sleeping.
◦Help to find accommodation no matter where you are located across the UK.
◦Support from up to 12 months prior to discharge if you have housing concern (the SPACES team will maintain contact with you until suitable accommodation is secured).
◦All information treated in strict confidence.
◦Advice and referrals to other specialist agencies if required,
◦If you are married or a single parent, we will direct you to the Joint Service Housing Advice Office.
◦Information to assist Foreign & Commonwealth Service personnel with housing needs.
◦Optional referral to Riversides’ Care and Support bespoke accommodation centres for  single veterans.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Yoga Classes - Wool

Classes for all abilities.
Every Thursday 09.00 - 10.15
at Bindon Abbey, Wool
For more information call Lynne 01929 551742

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Wool Toddler Group

Thursdays (term time)
 9am - 10.30am

£2 per adult and child
Includes refreshments
In Kids Of Wool Pre-school

All welcome

 For more information
01929 405144

Wool Country Market

10am - 11.30am

Every Thursday

D'Urberville Hall, Colliers Lane.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Join the Army Reserve

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

MOD ICE (In Case of Emergencies) App

12 months ago the MOD ICE App was launched.  The app, which has been developed by the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), has now been downloaded over 25,000 times by British service personnel and their families since the launch in October 2015.

The MOD ICE app is available from the Defence Gateway internet site:

Friday, 7 October 2016

Friday, 30 September 2016

Friday, 26 August 2016

Dorset School Transport - Travel Passes, Routes & Timetables

Information on the new travel passes,

Update on School Bus Passes (Smart Cards for school contracts)
The cards are now being printed and will be sent direct to your home address by second class post, although some might arrive a few days later than planned.
Update on Scholars Bus Passes (passes to use public bus routes)
The cards will be available from your school on the first day of term. A letter will be sent direct to your home address by 1 September 2016, which will allow you to travel on the first day of term.
If you have any questions about the new process, please contact School Transport.

New plastic passes are being introduced for students using free or paid school transport, instead of the paper passes issued previously. These will be for the life of attendance at your school or college, subject to transport entitlement and so will not need to be re-issued every year.
The plastic passes will contain both a barcode and an electronic chip. The barcodes will be used to carry out periodic checks on the validity of the pass in the short term. Over the next 18 months all school vehicles will be fitted with electronic chip readers that will allow passes to be checked and details of the journeys recorded.
When will passes be sent out?
You should receive your new pass, issued directly to your home address from mid to late August. If you haven't received your pass by Thursday 25 August, please let us know via the School Transport enquiry form.
Routes and timetables
In previous years, we specified the boarding location for school transport services but students can now board and alight the service at a stop best suited for them. The pass will only be valid for the designated route and will not be able to be used on alternative services without authorisation from the School Transport team.
If you have moved since you first applied for a school place you must notify us using the change of address form.
New route maps and timetables for 2016/17
Lost passes
If a bus pass is lost during the academic year you must obtain a temporary pass from your school office in order to continue using school transport until a replacement pass can be issued.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Bovington Personnel & Families Access To Blandford Camp Cinema

Serving personnel and Military families living at Bovington/Lulworth can access the cinema at Blandford Camp providing they produce valid MoD ID on entry to Blandford Garrison.

Cinema showings are from 7pm. Doors open at 6pm.  

For details of latest releases and entry prices go to

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Free Local Careers Advice For Adults

Appointments available with Emma on Fridays at Wareham Citizens Advice
01202 677557.
Info on

Monday, 20 June 2016

Bulky Waste Reuse And Recycling Collections

Get big household items like old fridges, sofas, TVs, beds and mattresses collected.
If you want to get rid of big household items like fridges, TVs, washing machines, sofas, beds and mattresses and can't take them to your local household recycling centre, you can book a bulky waste collection.
Reuse and recycling to help the community
The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) is working with local charity Dorset Reclaim (opens in a new window) to provide a bulky waste collection service for Dorset households.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Monday, 16 May 2016

Bovington HIVE - Supporting The Service Community

If you have just arrived or in the process of relocating and need access to a computer or printer, the HIVE has FREE internet facilities for service personnel and military families.
The HIVE also has a fax machine and photocopier if required. 

Friday, 13 May 2016

Keeping Families & Personnel Safe On Social Media

It's always a good idea to keep yourself safe on social media so here's some good help and advice to make sure your privacy settings are set correctly.

You can never be too careful:
Social networking sites are great for keeping in touch with family and friends, and letting the world know what you’re up to. The ‘Online engagement guidelines’ make it clear that we encourage the safe and responsible use of social networking sites.

This page contains guidance on how to stay safe and to think about what you post online. Remember, that there may be those who use such sites for unsavoury reasons.
Be extra careful if you have identified yourself as being a member of the military or an MOD civilian.

There is a short guide to appropriate social media behaviour for defence personnel.
You can also download the Personal security online (PDF, 1.55MB, 11 pages) file which contains some more detailed guidance.

Security and privacy settings

Whenever you join a social network, you should always look at the privacy and security settings. Do this frequently as settings are subject to change. For example, on Facebook, access to friends only (Friends except Acquaintances) is always a good option as means others (friends of your friends) can't browse your pages, who you potentially don't know.

Each social network deals with privacy and security in different ways, and you shouldn’t share information on their service until you know where that could end up.

Pictures and videos

Pictures are powerful and often revealing assets that can also pose a risk to personal and operational security if placed in the wrong hands.

Whether in a professional or personal capacity, you should always consider what information you are revealing through imagery you publish online.

Always consider how the images and videos you publish might be interpreted, and what level of information they are displaying. Remember, unless you have appropriate privacy settings activated, there is a strong chance your images can be viewed by the wider public. Consider whether you wish to identify yourself, your colleagues, family members or your location, and how you are representing your profession.

There are video clips and lots more information on the GOV.UK website.

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Blandford Library – The Tabernacle DT11 7DW

What’s on for Adults and Children


Shared reading group (poetry) second Monday, 10.30 – 11.30, free

Creative Writing Groups. Tuesday evenings, enquire

Reading Groups

Lecture Series
Local speakers on a range of subjects – discover a new passion!
Tickets £1.50

Children - All events are free

Rhyme Time, Tuesday 2.00 – 2.30pm
For babies 0 – 2 yrs and their carers.

Toddler Time, Thursday & Fridays
10.00 – 10.30am for toddlers 18 months plus and their carers.

Chatterbooks Reading Group, age 7+
Saturdays once a month

Keep Chattering Reading Group, age 11+
Thursday once a month

Young Writers Squad, age 11+
Saturdays once a month

For more information and to find out more on lending, renewals, opening times, fees and charges. Click

Information booklet and Library family membership forms are available from Blandford Garrison Army Welfare Service/HIVE Information Centre. 01258 482537.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

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How To Maintain A Good Credit Record When You’re In The Military

Are you a good or a poor credit risk? You may not know until you submit an application for a loan or credit. Here are some top tips on how to maintain a healthy credit score, regardless of your location.

The result can sometimes be surprising. Moving around with the military doesn’t always help your credit score, although significant effort has been made in recent years to improve awareness within the financial industry of the circumstances of military personnel.

How does a credit rating score work?

Your credit score measures you as a financial risk. A poor credit score can make it difficult to borrow money. This can affect your application for credit cards, motor finance, a mortgage and other services such as mobile phone contracts.

How is your credit risk measured?

All lenders want different things and have their own ways of scoring but are likely to take into account the following:
  • Occupation
  • Address history
  • Length of employment
  • Annual Income
  • Previous and existing creditors and your credit payment history
  • County Court Judgments
What is likely to make you a poor credit risk?
  • Excessive debt with no spare income to support more credit
  • Too many credit searches within a rolling two-year period
  • Poor credit history such as missed or late payments
  • Not having any credit history can be detrimental to your credit score
  • Frequent house moves, in particular postings abroad where BFPO addresses aren’t always recognised by lenders’ systems
How to help your application for credit when on the move
  • State you are a member of the Armed Forces when applying for credit
  • Provide a full postal address including postcode. If it is a BFPO address, include the unit you’re attached to. A letter from your Commanding Officer is also useful
  • Register to vote in the UK, which will put you on the Electoral Register. This needs updating every time you move in the UK
  • Serving overseas for long periods of time can make building up a good credit history difficult. Keep a record of financial transactions overseas to hand, such as credit cards and bank statements. This will help to show that you can handle your money wisely
  • Manage your debts and pay your bills on time
  • Check your credit report before you apply for any credit. You can obtain a copy from credit reference agencies such as Equifax, Experian and Callcredit. If you find any discrepancies, you can challenge them with the credit bureau
  • Keep the balance on your credit cards as low as possible
  • Make joint applications for credit such as motor finance. This will help both you and your partner build up evidence of good credit management for the future.
How to improve a poor credit rating
  • There is no quick fix. A reputation for being a bad credit risk can take time to improve, but there are steps you can take to help the process along.
  • Make sure you pay your bills on time. Set up a reminder to prompt you when a payment is due or set up a direct debit and make sure there will be enough money in your account to pay the direct debit
  • Stop using your credit cards to avoid adding to your debts
  • Only take on new credit accounts if you have no other option. If you need to borrow more, look to extend your existing credit provisions rather than applying elsewhere
  • If you have any spare money, look to reduce your overall debt by forming a payment plan. Start with the cards and loans that charge the highest interest and work your way down
  • If you’re struggling to make ends meet talk to the credit company or seek advice from a credit counselling service to help you get back on track with your finances.
If you feel that you’ve been treated unfairly when seeking credit due to your military lifestyle, you can appeal to the Financial Ombudsman.

For more information on how to apply for credit you can check out Money Force. To learn more about how to manage your money, go to the Money Advice Service website.
Information extracted from RAF Families Federation News. Please click the link for full details.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

How Can Blandford HIVE Help You?

If you have arrived recently and did not receive a Blandford welcome/arrival pack,
please call in to the HIVE and pick up your pack and Garrison guide.