Monday, 23 October 2017

Clocks Change This Weekend - End of British Summertime

Service Leavers: A Guide to Living and Working in Germany

There is a growing community of Service Leavers in Germany, which on average increases by over a hundred each year. This Sector Briefing and the linked websites offer invaluable advice and information, on German bureaucracy and administrative actions required for settling in Germany; (German governmental site); and (American site); In addition and complimentary to these is a website dedicated to supporting the British Forces, including veterans, in Germany -

For specific veteran information -

Although Germany and the UK seem to be culturally very similar, and you might have spent a lot of your career in Germany; you may even own your own home etc. but settling over here can still be tricky and you will soon start to realise that Germany is indeed a different country with sometimes alien rules, regulations and processes. Service Leavers and their situations are still a rare commodity in German, and every Service Leaver and each Service Leaver’s story is unique.
Networking is even more important in order to get information passed by word-of-mouth, and please be aware that although regulations across the country are generally the same, the administrations’ interpretations can differ from region to region.

For further information and a useful guide can be found on the CTP Website -  CLICK HERE

AFF Survey on Higher Education

To take AFF's short survey and share your views and experiences, 

Cancer Charity Fundraiser Event - 25 Nov

Project Phoenix - Supporting Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

‘Phoenix’ is the name of the project to reduce the number of re-offending veterans released from prison.
During 2014, the Government undertook a review of Veterans within the Criminal Justice System published in December 2014.

Veterans form the largest occupational group in prison.

Project Phoenix was designed to specifically respond to the issues raised in the report.

For further information

Friday, 20 October 2017

Army Families - News from Reading Force

Click HERE for the latest RF newsletter for teachers, Service Pupil Champions, HIVE officers, and club leaders. It includes the chance to win £150 worth of books for your school!

Military Wives Choir - Home For Christmas Tour 2017

Please Click on Image to Enlarge, and Click HERE For More Information

National Express Coach Service - Military Discounts

Book your travel via the Defence Discount Service

You will need to show your DDS card or MOD 90 when you board the coach.

BFPO Christmas Posting Information

See this link for latest recommended posting dates for BFPO mail at
Details of eligibility for the Christmas Families Free Mail Service (CFFMS), which is an extension of the Enduring Families Free Mail Service (EFFMS) to certain additional locations over the Christmas period, can also be found on this page.

BFPO addresses are eligible to take part in Royal Mail’s Letter to Santa -
All letters (UK) must arrive by 8 December to receive a reply from Father Christmas! 

Ex-Service Personnel Pensions Guide

There are now three Armed Forces pension schemes for members of the Regular Armed Forces and the one which applies to you depends upon your age, length of service and the decisions you have made during your career.

It is important that everyone should have a basic knowledge of their pensions position, the scheme or schemes that apply to them and what that means in terms of the timing and scale of pensions payments they will receive.

Career Transition Partnership has produced a useful guide containing information on pension options for military personnel leaving regular service, as well as the Reserve Forces Pension Scheme (RFPS) for Reservists.

There is also information on Armed Forces Redundancy Schemes and the War Widow's or War Widower's pension.

For further information from the CTP Website -

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Bovington/Lulworth - October Half Term Activity Programme SPACES STILL AVAILABLE

ALEC ON 07786 394986.

Is your child up to date with their vaccinations?

This free, personalised NHS calendar is a fantastic, easy way to know what vaccinations your child needs and when they need to have them. Simply enter your child's name, age, gender, DOB and whether or not your child has lived overseas, then you can download your vaccination planner.

White Helmets' Bikes To Go Under Hammer In Sherborne - 16 Nov 2017

The recently disbanded British Army's motorcycle display team's bikes are being sold at auction in Sherborne.

The Triumph T140 bikes have been specially customised for stunts with no rear suspension and a modified throttle.

The team made a final farewell parade through its hometown of Blandford Forum, Dorset on 27 September.

Six of the bikes go under the hammer at Charterhouse Auctioneers estimated at £5,000-£8,000 each on 16 November.

Each bike is being auctioned with a presentation file charting some of its history.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Blandford Forum to watch the display team's final parade

The team's remaining 20 bikes have been donated to museums and sponsors, or returned to motorbike manufacturer LF Harris.

The unit, which was formed of volunteers from the Royal Signals in 1927, was created to showcase the skills used to carry messages in combat.

It was disbanded as a result of the modernisation of the Royal Signals.

New baby? Book their birth registration online.

You can book an appointment to register your child's birth online. Parents have 42 days (6 weeks) to register their child's birth. The surname on the birth certificate can't be changed at a later date, except in special circumstances by re-registration, for example; if parents later marry, or by adding father's details, or adoption.

Deadline To Apply For Your Child's School Place

Is your child starting secondary or upper school in September 2018? The deadline to apply for their place is 31 October 2017, don't miss it!

 If your child is due to start primary school next September, you will need to apply by

15 January 2018 to be in with the best chance of getting a place at your preferred school.

Blandford Camp - Welfare/Contact House Short Term Use Accommodation

The contact house for Blandford Camp is located in Service Families accommodation at 22 College Road.

This welfare accommodation is available throughout the year for single days, weekends and full weeks.  The maximum duration of stay is two weeks.  Please Note: **Bookings can only be taken 1 month in advance from 0830 hrs.

Priority is given to soldiers who have visitation/access rights with their children from a prior relationship.  Periods around half-term and school holidays, will, whenever possible be set aside for this purpose.  

The cost per night is £40

The accommodation is available for all soldiers to rent for visiting relatives. These are defined as parents, grandparents and brothers/sister of the soldier or his/her spouse (this does not include partners or girl/boyfriends).  

If during a stay in the contact house, a welfare case should arise then the inhabitants will be asked to vacate the quarter.

For further details or to book please contact:

Army Welfare Service Office - Williams Building
01258 482450 Mil: 94371 2450

Recruit for Spouses - Live Online 24 Oct

Tuesday, 24th of October 2017 
Private Facebook Forum – Members Only
10:00 – 10:15
Creating your New CV by the New Year
Becky talks you through creating your CV from scratch
Military spouses join free here.

Recruit for Spouses has been created to strengthen the employment opportunities for spouses of British Military members around the world and to encourage employers to commit to hiring military spouses by connecting employers with a talented, global, diverse workforce.
See the latest job vacancies on the website: 
and the facebook page: Facebook

Just 4 Her Magazine : Latest Issue Now Available

The latest issue of Just 4 Her is available to view online ( click here ).  

Plus free copies are available from Bovington and Blandford HIVEs

A Career with HM Prison Service: Online Live Chat, Thursday 26th October 2017, Noon till 2pm

Drop in and chat to Her Majesty Prison Service recruitment staff

No booking is required; on the day simply go to the
HMPS Page and click on the Live Chat button.

HM Prisons staff are employed to ensure the following mission statement is upheld.

"Her Majesty’s Prison Service serves the public by keeping in custody those committed by the courts.
Our duty is to look after them with humanity and help them lead law-abiding and useful lives in custody and after release."

NOMS is a professional service who is aware of the transferable skills that Forces personnel would bring to the service. Attendees will gain an increased knowledge with regards to being employed as a member of a professional team and service for HMPS. 

How does a live chat work?

There is no need to pre-register. On the day, you simply go to the CTP website and find the HMPS pages.

A chat box will be displayed in the top right hand corner of the HMPS page - click on it and your chat will start.

There is no set time for you to log on - the chat room is open between 12:00 - 14:00.

The chat is not public, so other people will not be able to read the conversation you are having.

What can I talk to them about?
This is about you and your career journey, so you can ask anything which might help you determine whether HM Prison Service could be a future employer.

- Learn about current and future job vacancies
- Discuss any training requirements
- Find out where your skills and experience could fit in

Please note: the panel of hosts are not able to provide feedback on specific job applications or conduct any job interviews.

Christmas Wonderland Market - 19 Nov

At the Lighthouse - Poole
Sunday 19 Nov
11am - 4pm

Over 120 Local Traders & Producers
Hot Food & Drink Stalls Outside
On site Cafe Inside
Candy Cane Alley leading to the Snowy Post Office
Wonderland Workshops
Photos with Santa
Story Time with Santa

This festive family event has a Candy Cane Alley leading to the Snowy Post Office where children can write their letters to Santa!

The children can join in with Wonderland Workshops before heading down for Photos & the Magical Story Time with Santa in the cinema...

The event has over 120 stands bearing seasonal goods to suit every pocket, from local and independent makers and producers who will be selling a tempting selection of unique presents, you will find an enormous variety of unique and interesting crafts, gifts and foods on offer, at superb prices, for your Christmas table, a wide range of cheeses, biscuits and chutneys, fudge, sauces, preserves, chestnuts and seasonal cakes, and so much more....

This event is a wonderful combination of all good things when it comes to Christmas shopping and the perfect way to begin your seasonal preparations and celebrations.

Entry Adults £2.50 Children under 16 FREE
(Tickets will also be available on the door on the day of the event)

Lighthouse Poole
BH15 1UG
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Bovington/Lulworth - October Half Term Activity Programme SPACES STILL AVAILABLE

Vintage Christmas 2 & 3 Dec At The Tank Museum

Stepping back in time, 'Vintage Christmas' brings fantastic entertainment, an incredible festive market and historical education in a unique setting. Annual Passes are valid. 

Not only will you be entertained throughout, you can shop till you drop in our extensive vintage market for all those unique Christmas gifts that you won't find anywhere on the high street.

Learn more about what life was like at Christmas time from the 1920's to the Post War era, with themed crafts and activities. There will also be living history reenactors around the Museum to help take you back in time.

Don't miss...
  • Santa's grotto (additional cost) and see him arrive by Tank at 10.30 on both days!
  • Christmas Carvery Lunch
  • Children's crafts and activities 
  • Vintage Market
  • Live music
  • Vintage Vehicle Display
  • Living History dioramas and talks

Please note that programme is subject to change.
Any Questions?
If you have any questions about Vintage Christmas or trading at the event, please contact Oliver Bitten on 01929 405096 ext 212 or Email

Latest UK Attraction Offers From Forces Travel

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Bovington & Purbeck Area - New Parenting Skills Sessions Starting November

Thursday 2, 16 & 30 Nov
Thursday 14 Dec
From 1pm - 2.30pm at the Bovington Children's Centre
King George V Road
If you would like further information please contact
Bovington Children’s Centre on 01929 463220.

Bovington - New Community Café in the Legionnaire RBL Club

The RBL 'Legionnaire' Club has opened a Community Café serving Tea, Coffee, soft drinks etc. breakfast and lunch from 09:00 until 14:00 (NO ALCOHOL SERVED)

In a rush? Orders can be taken over the phone (07704 901 370) for take-away, or just to give you more time for your break in the Legionnaire's luxurious surroundings
All welcome

Membership NOT Required for the Legionnaire Community Café. Come and enjoy the comfortable surroundings, tasty menu, (see below) pool table and widescreen TV; Newspapers also available.

Come and support your local RBL

The Bovington Branch of The Royal British Legion is operational and The Legionnaire officially opened to subscribed Royal British Legion members in September 2017
To join the club you must be a paid up member of the British Legion which you can do by going to British Legion Signup and the current annual subscription is £18.50 which goes directly to the RBL – IMPORTANT RBL membership is open to everybody, that is serving military, ex-military and civilian.
The building has been refurbished to include:
  • Daily Specials Board and a Sunday Carvery
  • 100 inch projected screen featuring Sky sports
  • Weekly Quiz nights, pool and darts teams welcome, monthly live entertainment, talent competitions, high pay out machines and weekly cash prize games.
  • Beer Garden and a grassed area for children to play
  • Function room available for hire

Half Term Activities - Spooky Spider Trail & Witches Storytime

Until 28 Oct, Half Term  Activities at Poole Museum
Follow the Spooky Spider Trail to reveal a spooky word! 

Wed 25 Oct, Spooky Scaplens, meet a story-telling witch in one of Poole's oldest buildings, plus free activities. 

Fri 27 Oct, The Big Draw - help make a giant map of Poole Harbour. Free but booking required.

Wareham Bonfire & Fireworks Night - Fri 3 Nov

Come along to our Monster Bonfire and Fireworks night!

Adults £5 and kids under 10 go free!

At Swanage & Wareham Rugby Club, part of Wareham Wednesdays.

Live music, food stalls, bar, fire show, funfair and BBQ.

Blandford Camp Community Centre Bookings

Please note, until further notice all bookings for the Community centre on camp are through Catherine Farrant (BSW AWS located in Williams building) contact Mil 94371 2450 or 01258 482450 during working hours.  

Bovington Job Vacancy - Head Chef

Bovington Job Vacancy - Food Service Assistant

Bovington Job Vacancy - Steward

Bovington Job Vacancy - WO & Sgt Mess

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Bovington & Lulworth Wives Christmas Party - Fri 1 Dec

Mental Health Drop In Support Group - Bovington Welfare Office 23 Nov

Bovington Garrison Bacon Bap Fundraiser Morning - 27 Oct

Spooky Seas - Sealife Adventures Weymouth 40% Entry Discount Until 31 Oct

Collect the 40% off entry voucher from Bovington or Blandford HIVE

Voucher includes further discount of 20% off Restaurant and
10% off gift shop purchases

A voucher entitles a maximum of 6 people to 40% off entry price
Offer is valid until 31 October

Forcesline - Free Helpline

Sausage & Cider Festival Mon 23 - 30 Oct

Come and join us for a variety of delicious local sausages and ciders at the Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle
Live music in the garden 
For tickets or more information see below link

Spooky Seas - Weymouth Sealife Centre 21 - 29 Oct

Supper & Quiz Night - 28 Oct

Job Vacancy Bovington Camp

Monday, 16 October 2017

Forces Travel - Disney on Ice London

Click HERE for more information

Help For Heroes 'Band Of Sisters' - Support To Loved Ones

The Help for Heroes Band of Sisters is available to the loved ones of Veterans and Service Personnel who have suffered a permanently life-limiting or career-ending injury or illness during or attributable to service.
Membership is free, confidential and offers access to opportunities all around the UK.

Click HERE for more information

Quest Resettlement Magazine - October 2017

To view Click HERE