Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Service Leavers - Find The Right Training For Your Next Career

Click HERE for further information

Updated Service Leaver's Guide Online

The Service Leaver's Guide
has been updated

CLICK HERE to view the booklet online

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Free Advice Clinic At Bovington HIVE - Every Tuesday

The Wareham Branch of Citizens Advice Bureau run an outreach service at 
Bovington HIVE (King George V Road) every Tuesday from 9.30 - 1pm. 

The service is free, confidential and open to all Military personnel, service spouses, MoD contractors, Civil Servants and Civilians living or working at Bovington or within the local area.

Please call in and speak to one of the advisors. 
Appointments are not neccessary - first come first serve basis. 

A private room is used during consultations. Confidentiality is guaranteed. 

For website link to Purbeck Citizens Advice Bureau go to

Military Wives 'Missing Out' On Up To £30,000 Of Pension

Wives or partners of those who have served abroad in the armed forces may be missing out on pension payments worth thousands of pounds.
Last year the government launched a scheme to offer National Insurance Credits to 20,000 military spouses.
But following a Freedom of Information Request, insurance firm Royal London discovered that fewer than 4,000 people have applied for it so far.
The payments could be worth up to £30,000 over the course of retirement.

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the  UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.

For almost a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Today, we provide support to veterans from every service and every conflict. On the phone and online. In the community and at our treatment centres.

We’re on a mission to raise awareness that invisible injuries can be just as hard to cope with as physical ones. So when a veteran is having a tough time, we’re there to help tackle the past and to help them take on the future.

For further information, to ask for help or to volunteer your services. 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Officers' Association - Life Beyond The Services

Our Vision
Within the UK veteran community, The Officers’ Association is committed to ensuring that former-officers and their dependants live with dignity and independence.

Our Mission

The OA’s mission is to promote the welfare of those who have held a commission, in HM Armed Services, and their dependants.

Our Values

We strive to add value and enhance the lives of former officers and their dependants. We are committed to working with other service and civilian charities and agencies in order to provide an equitable and non-judgemental service to the maximum number of those eligible. We believe in being transparent in how we work, and accountable to our funders and other stakeholders. Within the charity we value our people, are committed to creating a secure and stimulating working environment, developing the potential of our staff and volunteers, and treating them in a considerate and compassionate way.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

MoneyForce - Helping UK Service Personnel With Their Finances

Turn2us - Financial Support To Armed Forces & Veterans

If you are a serving member of the armed forces or a veteran, there may be benefits, grants or other financial support available to you and your family.

There are a number of military charities that provide support, each with their own set of eligibility requirements. Help may be available to you from one of these charities if you:

•Are still serving

•Are a veteran

•Serve or served as a regular or reserve, because of the Second World War or National Service

•Had a long or short period of service

•Are the partner, spouse, widow, widower or dependent child of someone who served



Army Mediation Service

Friday, 24 November 2017

New Arrivals And Relocation - Bovington & Blandford

If you have just arrived in Bovington, Lulworth or Blandford, please call in to the HIVE to find out more about your new location, where to register for doctors/dentists, finding a nursery place, employment, children's activities, events in local area etc.

If you are not connected to the internet yet, there are computers in the Bovington HIVE with free WiFi internet and printers that you can use.
There is also a photocopier and fax machine should you need to use these services.  

Bovington HIVE is located on the corner of Swinton Avenue and is open Tues,Wed & Thur 8.30am - 4.00pm. 
Tel: 01929 403185 

Blandford HIVE is located within the Community Centre on Camp (beside Londis shop) and is open Mon & Fri 9am - 3pm. (Outreach service from Bovington HIVE)
Tel: 01258 482537

All email enquiries to 

If you about to relocate to Bovington, please contact the HIVE to request a pre-arrival information pack and Garrison guide. 

The HIVE also has information on all Army,RAF and Navy locations within the UK and overseas should you require information regarding a future posting. 

Drivers Wanted - Purbeck Area

Southwest AFF Co-ordinator

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Purbeck Area - Share & Care Scheme For Local Residents

HIVE Information & Support Service To The Military Community

Your HIVE can help you by finding answers to questions about many aspects of living within a military community and has useful information to help with relocating including how to apply for Service Families Accommodation, Schools, finding Doctors and Dentists and much more.

In addition, your HIVE always has up to date information about your military community and the local area. 

King George V Road/corner of Swinton Ave
Tel: 01929 403185
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Nelson Road/by Londis shop
Tel: 01258 482537
Monday & Friday

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Charges for Service Family Accommodation.

Customers who want to find the current list of charges for Service Family Accommodation can now find them more easily on the online or at (under Entitlement for SFA).

Tank Museum - Concessionary Ticket Policy For Bovington Service Personnel & MOD Civil Servants

The concessionary ticket policy has been reviewed and procedures tightened up.
Ticket management is now via Bovington PRI shop, Groundfloor Anderson House, Allenby Barracks. 01929 403496

Concessionary tickets cannot be used for special events such as Tankfest or Tiger Day.
The following conditions of use for concessionary entry to the Tank Museum apply:

Serving Military Personnel
  • Unlimited access to the service individual on production of his/her MOD F90 card
  • The MOD card holder must accompany those visitors using the concessionary tickets as described below
  • A concessionary ticket for 2 adults and 2 children can be used to gain entry for his/her spouses, or sons and daughter, or parents or grandparents.
  • Other family members (uncles, aunts, cousins etc) will be expected to purchase museum entry at normal admission rates.
  • Tickets are signed out from the GSO/SSO and returned at the earliest opportunity.

MOD Civil Servants based in Bovington/Lulworth
  • Must be based in Bovington or Lulworth and produce CS ID Card on entry
  • The Civil servant is to accompany his/her concessionary guest throughout the visit
  • Spouses, sons and daughters of the Garrison based CS may gain entry on a concessionary ticket up to 2 adults and 2 children
  • Other family members such as uncles/aunts, grandparents, nieces, cousins etc will be expected to purchase entry tickets to the museum as normal admission rates.
  • Tickets are signed out from the GSO/SSO and returned at the earliest opportunity.
Defence contractors – Elior, Babcock, CA and DSG are exempt this concession.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Bovington - PRI Mini Bus Hire

Air conditioned mini-bus, 8 seater (plus driver)
Competitive rates (£50 per day)
This is less than half the rate charged by other hirers.

No mileage charges and green card insured for EU countries
Full fuel tank on receipt must be filled before handback

Contact Bovington GSO. Mil: 4275 or civil 01929 404275

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Bovington - Recycling Containers

Two recycling containers have been placed in the car park by Londis shop. The containers are for used clothing and footwear. Donated items will go towards supporting the combat stress charity. 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Monday, 13 November 2017

Little Troopers Treasures - Free App

Little Troopers Treasures

We wanted to let you know a bit more about our free story reading app for British Armed Forces families from us at Little Troopers, we'd love for you to let all your families know that this resource is available for them to use.

Little Troopers Treasures is a project we partnered with Harper Collins children's books to bring to forces families, currently there are nine books available to record.

The service family downloads the app then creates a family login, the service person then logs in wherever they may be (WIFI needed) or before they go away and records some stories, the app captures their face, voice and the book pages.

Once done the app zips up the story with lots of love and immediately the service child can go to the Little Trooper mode of the family login and there will be a surprise story waiting! They can watch the stories, or listen, over and over again.

There are also some free supporting resources for families to accompany this app, a weekly planner sheet to print off and use plus separation diaries for both parent and child to complete while separated and then share once reunited.

All the information and download links plus the resources files to print off can be found HERE

Bovington Memorial Hall Activities 2018

Friday, 10 November 2017

MOD Civil Service Jobs

Find jobs in the Civil Service and central government organisations

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Monday, 30 October 2017

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Worried About Your Child's Online Safety?

With the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child is staying safe?

Please click HERE 
for advice on online safety.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Armed Forces Pension - Handy Information At Your Fingertips

Using your smartphone, you can now access all things to do with the Armed Forces Pension super quickly, and in one nifty place including the Pension Calculator. 
This facility is quick and easy access to enable you to find out more about your Armed Forces pension and what it is worth.  It provides handy links to more in depth pension information and booklets if required and the pension calculator where a personalised forecast can be generated in a matter of minutes.  It is a one stop shop for you as current serving personnel and veterans accessible anywhere via your Smartphones.
To save it to your smartphone, simply load the website by typing in to your browser. Then click on the 'menu' button (Android) or tap on the 'add to homescreen' function on the Safari control bar (Apple) and then you will see your own icon appear to use as you need it!

Friday, 29 September 2017

Army v Navy Rugby 2018

Click link below to purchase tickets  
Army v Navy Tickets....

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Common Questions About The HIVE Blog

Q.I sometimes forget to check the HIVE Blog for updates, so probably miss out on what is going and find out about events too late.

A. Simply enter your email address in the ‘Follow by Email’ box, (top - left hand panel) click ‘submit’, and follow the activation procedure to receive a notification email every day that the Blog is updated.
By using this gadget, you will never miss any posts that may be of interest and you’ll be informed when the latest community information is available to view.

Q.There is a lot of information on the HIVE Blog, so I can’t find what I want very easily as it takes ages to scroll through it.
A. You can browse the list of posts in the ‘Blog Archive’ on the bottom left hand side of the homepage or click on a specfic label heading on left hand panel.
Alternatively, you can use the Blog Search box.  For example, if you wanted to find out about information on employment in the local area  just type job vacancy into the box and the relevant post will be displayed.

Q. I would like to put information on the blog such as a event i am organising. I have a poster and would like to upload it for the local community to see.   

A. Simply contact the HIVE by phone or email (details are on the right hand panel of the blog home page) and your poster or information will be uploaded for you - free of charge. 

If you have any ...........
  • contributions to the blog 
  • any event or activity you would like to see featured
  • questions or queries regarding anything featured or 
  • questions about what is on in the local area
Please contact
or call 01929 403185

HIVE blogs are an MOD sponsored online presence, registered with and approved by MOD
(DMC).  In accordance with the MOD Online Engagement Guidelines, HIVE blog content must be limited to unclassified information only which is relevant and useful to the local military community.

Poppy Pod Village - Free For Armed Forces, Veterans And Families


Service Families Accommodation Compensation Scheme


Monday, 18 September 2017

Information For Service Personnel And Dependents Regarding Housing Options On leaving The Services.

The JSHAO is the MOD’s tri-service focal point to provide service personnel and their dependants with civilian housing information for those wishing to move to civilian accommodation at any time in their career, and for those during resettlement to assist with the transition to civilian life.

JSHOA have produced a number of useful handouts including right to occupy Service Families Accommodation, Forces help to buy, housing options, house purchase etc....CLICK HERE to see

Personnel currently serving, and their families can attend a Housing Brief in their region which covers affordable home ownership schemes, (including Forces Help to Buy), house purchase, private rental, social housing and homelessness. The brief is delivered by JSHAO staff, and whenever possible an Independent Financial Advisor will also provide advice on guidance on Mortgages, savings, and credit scores etc.


Contact details
General Enquiries
Civ: 01252 787574 
Mil: 94222 7574

Joint Services Housing Advice Office

Floor 2 Zone 2
Montgomery House
Queens Avenue

GU11 2JN

Little Troopers - Deployment Support For Families

We have Separation Packs and Send a Hug Kits for military families.

You can see more at