Thursday, 27 July 2017

Carillionamey - Are You Moving In? Can't be there for your appointment? Need a Proxy ?

You can nominate a Service proxy or your spouse to act on your behalf
by completing the Notification of Proxy form

Monday, 24 July 2017

Relocation To Bovington Or Lulworth

Are you due to be posted to Bovington or Lulworth soon?
If so contact Bovington HIVE to request a pre-arrival welcome pack and
Garrison guide.
email:  or 01929 403185

Core information sheets on the Garrison are also available from the HIVE and contain useful information on schools, nurseries, employment, health provision, accommodation, overview of location, community activities, amenities, facilities and more.

The HIVE can also help you, if you have any general queries regarding Bovington & Lulworth or the local area.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Service Families Accommodation - Charges On Move Out

Charges for damage and deficiencies for SFA and Substitute SFA recovery from pay

When you move out of UK service family accommodation (SFA) or substitute service family accommodation (SSFA), you may be liable for charges for damages or deficiencies that are not classed as fair wear and tear or because you have failed to prepare the property to the correct standard, for example cleanliness.

DIO can take these directly from the pay of serving personnel. Any payments taken depend on the size of the charge and individual monthly income (using MOD guidelines to ensure that deductions do not exceed a set limit of pay).

If you consider that you are not responsible for the charges, or part of them, for example that the damage is the result of fair wear and tear,you are able to dispute the charge raised using the ‘Disputed charges form’.

Full details on moving out of your SFA and recoveries from pay are available in:

Moving Schools Packs For Service Children

Bovington and Blandford HIVEs have a supply of the Moving Schools booklets for anyone that wants them.
 Book 1 is a Guide for Parents
 Book 2 is a Children's Activity Book
Book 3 is a Schooling History Book for them to keep track of where they've been/where they're going.
Pop into the HIVE and collect a free pack from the office or contact Bovington HIVE 01929 403185 or Blandford HIVE 01258 482537
The books can also be downloaded and printed at home from

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Financial Top Tips for Service Personnel

Service personnel and their families can experience difficulty in accessing commercial products and services due to their mobility and time spent outside the UK. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has worked with the financial sector to improve the ability of armed forces personnel to access financial products.

The representative bodies for the financial sector are raising awareness within their membership of how to avoid disadvantage for service personnel and their families. They have worked with MOD to develop these top tips for the armed forces on credit ratings, mortgages and loans, BFPO addresses and insurance.

For further information CLICK HERE

Monday, 17 July 2017

Purbeck Sports Centre - Summer Programme For Families And Children


Book any racket sports court between 9am and 12pm

during the summer holidays and get a
discounted swim - adults £1 and children 50p.

Combat Stress 24 Hour Helpline for Armed Forces, Veterans & Families

Friday, 14 July 2017

INtouch mail service for UK armed forces personnel: service guide

The INtouch system replaced the e-bluey service on 1 April 2017.
INtouch messages are alternatives to Forces Free Air Letters (FFALs), known as ‘blueys’, and are also free to send.
The service allows users to upload letters, photos and documents via the internet, which are then securely printed and sent to their recipient.


Imail INtouch service: quick start guideCLICK HERE

Veterans' Housing Advice

Military History Tours

Please Click HERE 
To View The Tours Available

DIO - SFA Customer Satisfaction Survey


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Royal Navy & Royal Marines - People Support Services Booklet Out Now.

A new People Support handbook has been produced for Royal Marine and Navy personnel and their families. Bovington HIVE has obtained copies of the new booklet. Please call in and pick up a copy or contact the HIVE 01929 403185 if you would like one dropped off at your SFA. 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Army Cadets - Are You Interested In Inspiring The Next Generation?

For further information please click HERE

Tax-Free Childcare - Replacing Childcare Vouchers

Tax-Free Childcare will be available to millions of working families across the UK, and over time it will replace childcare vouchers, which will close to new entrants from April 2018. Voucher schemes remain open to existing members.

Eligible parents with children under 12 (under 17 for disabled children) will be able to set up an online childcare account to pay their childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in, the Government will add £2, up to a maximum contribution of £2,000 per child, per year (£4,000 per year for disabled children). To qualify, parents must be in work, this includes self-employment, and each expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week and earn no more than £100,000 per year.

Using the Childcare Checker, parents will be able to find out which providers have signed up in their area. The scheme will gradually become available to different age groups from 28 April 2017 with all eligible parents being able to access the scheme by the end of 2017.

Parents who have registered with the ‘keep me updated’ tool will be notified when they become eligible.

Childcare providers have a pivotal role in Tax-Free Childcare. They need to sign up so that parents can use Tax-Free Childcare to pay them; thousands have already done so.

To find out more about the new and existing offers, including the introduction of 30 Hours free childcare from September 2017 for eligible working parents and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website at where you will find the childcare calculator to help you compare the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for your family.

MOD personnel based within the United Kingdom will have the same access to these new Childcare Choices as any other citizen, in line with the Armed Forces Covenant. Since 2013 the Ministry of Defence has been working closely with other government departments to ensure that these changes to childcare choices can be mirrored, so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, for entitled MOD personnel based outside the United Kingdom. Full details of the required changes or additions to MOD policies will be published shortly, once the changes have been published on the Government’s Childcare Choices webpage.

Alternatively, email: for further information.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Lulworth Camp Coffee Morning

If you have just arrived or been here a while then please come along to our Coffee morning
at Lulworth Camp, community centre on a Wednesday morning from 09.30 - 11.30

Regardless of your spouses rank, cap badge or service you are welcome to come along and meet other wives living on camp.

There is a fully equipped play area for the little ones and refreshments will be served
during the morning.

Everyone welcome


Carillionamey - Service Families Accommodation Furniture Request

As part of your accommodation choices, you can opt to live in furnished, part-furnished, or unfurnished Service family accommodation (SFA). All accommodation comes with carpets, curtains and a cooker as standard.

If you choose to live in a furnished or part-furnished home, you can request a selection of clean, well-maintained furniture, which will be delivered to your home in time for your move-in date.

For further information please use the following link:


Dorset Access To Employment

Sessions can be arranged on a one to one basis.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Bovington Kitchen Garden Plot

 19 kitchen garden plots located on Holt Road 
Anyone wishing to apply or be added to the plot waiting list should
register with the GSO on 01929 404275 or

Bovington Army Cadet Force

Bovington Army Cadet force meets every Monday and Thursday evening between 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the Reservists Centre, RWxY Building Allenby Barracks.

New members are always welcome, come along and see what we do. Cadets help get teenagers off the streets and do something positive, achieve goals, keep fit, meet challenges and socialise with other people. You will become more disciplined and have more control over yourself.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award improves your skills, talents and fitness as well as helping you get a good record on your CV for the future. Altogether cadets will inspire you to do something good for yourself.

Recruit For Spouses - Returning To The Workplace

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The Veterans Welfare Service - New Guide

The Veterans Welfare Service is part of the Ministry of Defence’s Veterans UK support function and provides one to one welfare advice across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
It facilitates access to all appropriate services using a caseworker approach that offers professional help and guidance.
A new guide to the Veterans Welfare Service has been produced by Veterans UK.
To read the guide online,

The Royal British Legions CivvyStreet Service

CivvyStreet are The Royal British Legion’s online Employability service which is available at As well as a wealth of information about funding, careers and employment, registration provides beneficiaries with a personal account with access to several interactive services such as an online CV builder, thousands of current job vacancies, funding such as The Royal British Legion Employment Support Grant Scheme and a mentoring service.
Did you know that if a spouse or partner needs assistance with funding to complete a course leading to employment, they can also apply for funding as well as access all the other services.  Please tell them about CivvyStreet and ask them to register at
For more information, please visit the website and be sure to visit our Twitter & Facebook pages for up to date posts about CivvyStreet.

Notice For Dog Owners

Using Social Media - A Guide for Military Personnel

The use of social media is accepted by Defence and, when 
used appropriately, should be encouraged.

The issue we face is not why or how we use social media, but how 
well we use it. 
The government has produced a useful guide that tells you what is 
and isn’t acceptable social media behaviour for military personnel.

to read or print the guide Click Here 

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

SFA Compensation Scheme fact sheet includes how to claim

DIO has launched a compensation scheme in the UK to cover missed appointments and significant issues at move-in for SFA. On occasion when standards are not met in these situations, you may be entitled to compensation, which will be paid through High Street vouchers.
Please note, the scheme took effect from 1st April 2017; no claims for compensation for events prior to that date will be considered. Please refer to this fact sheet for information and more details on how to claim.

Service Families Accommodation - We All Have a Part to Play

See information from DIO about Service Families Accommodation in the video link

Please click HERE to view the video 'Who Is Responsible For What'