Friday, 15 December 2017

Thursday, 14 December 2017

What Next? Forces Resettlement Guide

Free Copies available from Bovington and Blandford HIVEs

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.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Forces - Future Accommodation Model (FAM) Latest News


Is PTSD affecting your loved one? Need support?

The Ripple Pond was set up by two mothers of seriously wounded servicemen who recognised that no similar service existed purely for adult family members, and who found strength and comfort by sharing and supporting each other through such a unique challenge.
What sets this organisation apart is that we empower each member to seek support when they need it most, in ways that are helpful for them – whether that is via group meetings, ‘buddies’ or via our secret Facebook page.
Many members are facing similar situations and The Ripple Pond gives them a safe space, both physically and mentally, to deal with them.
Whether your loved one is currently serving full time, as a reservist, a veteran, or whether they have been officially diagnosed or not we will show you a warm welcome and support you through your challenges.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Divorce and Separation

If you find yourself needing advice on divorce or separation, here are a few useful agencies and websites that will help you to navigate through this difficult time. 

If you need to talk to someone, please visit  your Unit Welfare Team, or contact the Army Welfare Service Intake and Assessment Team:

Is Gambling A Problem For You?

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



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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).

Pathfinder - Resettlement Magazine (Latest Edition)

To read, download or print this issue

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

Blandford Camp SSVC Cinema - Find Out What's On!

For latest showings, entry costs etc

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

Joining Forces - Access to Credit Unions for Military Personnel

Click link below for more information 

Army and You Magazine - Winter Issue Now Online

To read this issue online

Hard copies are also available (FREE) from the Bovington HIVE

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Old £10 Note To Be Withdrawn

The last day to use your paper £10 notes is 1 March 2018.  After this date you can exchange them at the Bank of England in person or by post. Some retailers, banks and building societies may still accept these notes; however this is at their own discretion.

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

Blandford Camp - 'Sticky Fingers' Art & Crafts Group For Under 5s

Due to low attendance, Sticky Fingers may reduce to running only a monthly session. Currently we meet on a Friday morning between 09.30 - 11am
We would value your suggestions, ideas, feedback and support to keep this group running weekly. 
Please contact 

Blandford Camp Community Centre Bookings

Blandford Camp community centre is available for holding birthday parties, community events and family gatherings and private functions.

To book, pick up a form at the community centre or contact Catherine Farrant on 01258 482450 Mil: 2450 or call into the Army Welfare Office located within Williams Building.

The Garrison has introduced a nominal fee of £10 to hire the community centre.
This is to cover third party liability insurance.

You must pay the £10 at the PRI office in the Harrogate building. (Go through the main door, turn left through double doors and PRI is first office on the right) Your booking will not be confirmed until you have handed proof of receipt to Catherine.

MOD Civil Service Jobs

Find jobs in the Civil Service and central government organisations

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Monday, 30 October 2017

MOD Services Cotswold Centre - Short Term Accommodation

The Services Cotswold Centre (SCC) is a tri-service facility managed by Headquarters Army Welfare Service (AWS) and funded by Headquarters Support Commands (HQ Sp Comd) on behalf of the MOD. It provides short term transit accommodation for service personnel, their spouses, civil partners and families.

The SCC accommodation comprises of 60 self contained chalet style homes and is located near Corsham, Wiltshire UK.

To Book Telephone: civilian 01225 810 358, military (9)4382 4521

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