Monday, 31 July 2017

NHS Veterans Mental Health Services

NHS Veterans’ mental health services are now available for armed forces personnel approaching discharge

Information for Patients: Armed forces personnel approaching discharge can now get treatment and support at NHS veterans’ mental health services across England and thereafter into their civilian life, whether this is months or years later. 

For further information and eligibility criteria, CLICK HERE

Tickets for Troops: Home Building and Renovating Show in London Saturday 23rd September 2017

Apply for tickets.....

Friday, 28 July 2017

Support for children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities in childcare

Did you know that if your 3 or 4 year old is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), your childcare provider will be eligible for funding to help support their needs in the setting? The Disability Access Fund (DAF) can help providers fund adaptions to the setting, special equipment, extra staff, training and more.

To claim the funding, you must tell your provider they're eligible. See full eligibility criteria and other available funding on Dorset's Local Offer on link below


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

Job Vacancies - Dorset Healthcare

If you're interested in joining us at Dorset Healthcare, have a look at our vacancies on:

Forces Discount - 30% OFF at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park

Longleat House, Safari & Adventure Park is bigger and better than ever before, making it certain you will have an experience to remember!
Go wild in the UK's No.1 Safari Park- this will take you unbelievably close to animals you have only ever dreamed about. Look out for Longleat’s magnificent lions, see how you measure up to a giraffe, walk on the wild side with lemurs, and beware of the meddling monkeys!

Just For Families Magazine - Incorporating The UK Forces Education Guide

FREE copies available in the HIVE
To read the on-line version, please click HERE

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Blandford Camp - Summer Activity Programme - Spaces Left

RolePlay World - FULL
UNDER 6 Clay workshop - FULL
Baby Sensory - FULL


 Family Picnic
 Wood Workshop



Call Sophie to book on 07810 773121
Booking forms in the Community Centre or Blandford HIVE. 

Book on line for Chelsea football soocer school
Once on the site, look for the dates 8/9 Aug of the Soccer school at Blandford Camp. Click (on right) MORE, then enter a valid email address and enter a password of your choice. A booking form will appear for you to complete.

Be Prepared For GCSE And A level results

With results day on its way, its time to prepare whatever the outcome. If you need information on what to do if you don't get the A level results you wanted, UCAS and SUN have lots of advice.
For post GCSE options, visit our education pages (on weblink below) where you'll find information on apprenticeships, sixth form, college and more.

To learn about the new GCSE grading system, visit

50% OFF at Disneyland With Forces Discount

50% OFF Adult & Child 2 Day Park Tickets
Two day two Park tickets for Disneyland® Paris for just €69.50 for adults and €63 for children (3-11 yrs)*
A Magical Dream Destination
Imagine a land where the wonderful world of Disney comes alive. Imagine a Disneyland® Park, where make believe is real. And Walt Disney Studios® Park, where the magic of Disney meets the magic of cinema.
Imagine a Disney® Village, where fun and entertainment stay open day and night. Seven Disney® Hotels, where sweet dreams come true in the very heart of the magic. Imagine you are here... In a Resort as big as imagination itself. Welcome to Disneyland® Paris. A holiday destination like no other.
The Magic is Closer than you think.


Blandford Camp - Delivery Of 21st Century Tactical Communications - Thur 28 Sep

Monday, 24 July 2017

Something For The Whole Family This Summer - Moors Valley Park

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest

Whether you want to enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle ride through the Forest, experience a ride on an authentic narrow-gauge steam train or even Go Ape on a high wire forest adventure swinging through the tree tops…

Play Trail

Out in the Forest, discover the Play Trail with its unique pieces of wooden play equipment.
You can explore inside a giant ‘Ants Nest’, wriggle through giant snakes in the ‘Snake Pit’, attempt the ‘Crocodile Crossing’ and balance on the fallen forest of ‘Timber’. The trail is only a mile long but with so many exciting pieces of play equipment you should allow at least an hour to complete it all. The trail is suitable for pushchairs and most mobility scooters.

Tree Top Trail

Half way along the Play Trail there is the option to divert onto the Tree Top Trail. This 5 metre high and 200 metre long wooden walk way takes you up amongst the trees and allows you to get a real bird’s eye view of the Forest.
Please note: the Tree Top Trail is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs, however there is a connecting path from start to finish.

Play Areas

There are also two imaginative play areas close to the Visitor Centre.
The Adventure Play Area, designed specially for older children, includes a zip slide, huge space net, climbing boulder and a fortress of towers and crossings with a long tube slide. Younger children will be enthralled in the Castle and Sandworks area with its gentle slides and swings, all set inside a safe sand area so don’t forget to bring your bucket and spade too.

Pathfinder Resettlement Magazine - July Issue Online

To read this issue online

GIVE US TIME - Matching Donated Holidays with Service Families

Further information can be found here

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.

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.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Oceanarium - Summer Discount Offer

Until 3 Sept, Save up to 30% on-line,Oceanarium, 10am-6pm
Book on-line for a visit between 22 July-3 Sept 2017 for a discount of up to 30%. Meet the creatures from penguins to piranhas! With daily craft sessions, puzzles & games.

JSHAO - Housing Matters Magazine - Summer 2017

To Read The Latest On-Line Edition, Please Click HERE
Hard copies of the magazine are available free from HIVE

Contents include:
Civilian Housing Briefs 2017
Army HIVE Service
Average Cost of Living in Civvy Street
Broadband Cancellation Fees
Universal Credit Money Manager Tool
The RAF Charitable Trust
Veterans’ Gateway
Social Housing in Yorkshire & Humberside, North West & North East of England
House Prices vs Rental Costs
MoD Referral Scheme

NHS Veterans' Mental Health Services Now Available For Armed Forces Personnel Approaching Discharge

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1. In overseas locations the MOD provides services (or access to services) that, so far as is reasonably practicable, conform in type, scope and standard to that required by legislation in England (but paying due regard to the equivalent legislation in the Devolved Administrations).

2. The 2006 Childcare Act provided for 15 hours of childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year for 3 and 4 year olds free of charge. In overseas locations the MOD currently delivers this entitlement through places at MOD-provided settings or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.
3. The 2016 Childcare Act provides for an extension of the current entitlement and offers an additional 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year of free childcare for children that are eligible, with effect from 1 September 2017.
4. The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) a minimum of 16 hours each per week. Parents each earning £100,000.00 or more do not qualify for the additional entitlement.

5. The additional entitlement will be introduced by government on 1 September 2017 across England and is mirrored in MOD locations overseas, using the same eligibility criteria defined under the 2016 Childcare Act above.

6. The additional entitlement has been trialled across England prior to the rollout on 1 September 2017. The MOD entitlement will not be backdated to include these periods.

7. In overseas locations where the MOD-provided settings have sufficient capacity, the additional entitlement will be provided through those settings, free of charge. Free childcare cannot be claimed when using childminders or nannies.
8. In overseas locations where there are no MOD-provided settings, or where MOD-provided settings lack sufficient capacity, the additional entitlement will be provided through the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.
9. The entitlement applies to eligible Service Personnel and entitled Civilians only. The latter means UK Based Civil Servants posted overseas or Specially Recruited for Overseas Service. Fee-paying contractors cannot apply.

10. The MOD currently delivers 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year free early education to all Regular Service Personnel, Reserve Personnel undertaking Full Time Reserve Service (Full Commitment) (FTRS FC) and entitled Civilians who are assigned overseas where they are accompanied by their eligible children, through places at MOD-provided settings or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.

11. In order to be eligible for the additional 15 hours of free childcare each parent must be working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) a minimum of 16 hours each per week. These limits are measured for eligibility purposes on average over a period of three months on a reasonable expectation basis.
12. In order to be eligible for the additional 15 hours of free childcare, the maximum income per parent is £100,000.00 per annum.
13. For Dependants working overseas who pay Income Tax to HMRC or devolved equivalents, confirmation of eligibility is required from their employer (DBS).
14. For Dependants working overseas as Locally Engaged Civilians (LECs) not paying Income Tax to HMRC or devolved equivalents, it will be the responsibility of the local Command through the LEC employer or agency, to confirm their eligibility.
15. Dependants working overseas on the local economy will be required to provide proof from their employer in order to confirm their eligibility.
16. To ensure stability for children, parents and providers, the government has introduced a grace period should families cease to be eligible, before the existing entitlement is withdrawn. This grace period will be mirrored, where reasonably practicable, by the MOD.

17. If you currently qualify for the free 15 hours in an MOD-provided setting and fulfil the above eligibility criteria for the additional 15 hours entitlement, please complete Annex A to this DIN and forward to the address on the Application Form.

18. If you qualify for MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance and fulfil the above eligibility criteria for the additional 15 hours entitlement, please complete Annex A alongside your application for MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance and forward to the address on the Application Form.

19 Please contact SO2 Policy, DCYP for further information on 

Blandford Children's Centre Sessions 24 July - 25 August

Call in to Blandford HIVE (by Londis Shop) if you would like
a copy of the above programme

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Opening Of Bovington Royal British Legion Club - Sep 2017

The former Clouds Hill pub in Bovington will re-open as the Royal British Legion Bovington Club in September 2017. There will be a 'Grand Opening', the exact date is TBC. Refurbishment is currently in progress. 

 As British Legions are ' Private Members Clubs' you will need to be a member of the RBL Branch and of The RBL Bovington Club to go in. The good news is that it is only £18.50 per year to join the Bovington Branch RBL.

You can join The Bovington Branch (Branch number 'BR 3696') by telephoning 0800 307 7773  or  via  . Once you have your Branch Membership card, you will be able to join the Bovington RBL Club for an additional £3 per year, paid at the Club in Bovington. Therefore total annual fee is only £21:50 per person.

There will be a wide selection of beverages, food, Sky TV, live music, other events and a Function Room that can be hired for external events.  
Any Membership queries should be directed at The Branch Membership Secretary on 07879490893 or 

Carillionamey: Service Families Accommodation - Patch Management

Improving the way we manage your patch

Each Accommodation Officer (AO) is responsible for making regular checks on the Service Family homes and the surrounding communal areas for which they are responsible. 

They conduct regular inspections looking out for things such as graffiti, fallen trees, and potholes in roads. During their walk-around they also take a look at the exterior of properties, and may often notice things that families miss, such as a leaking drainpipe or blocked guttering and should alert the occupants so that a job can be raised.

Nowadays with so many families where both partners work, sometimes issues are identified when no one is home, and although the AO will raise the job with the Helpdesk, families may only find out about it when an engineer arrives to complete the job. We recognise that may be a concern for some families so CarillionAmey’s new patch management inspection card aims to solve this problem. Once the AO has identified an issue with the exterior of a property, the details will be completed on the card and posted through the letterbox, helping to prevent small repairs becoming bigger ones. 

Larkhill Area Travel Notice

School Holidays - The law on leaving your child home alone

The law doesn’t say an age when you can leave a child on their own, but it’s an offence to leave a child alone if it places them at risk. Use your judgement on how mature your child is before you decide to leave them alone, eg at home or in a car.

  • children under 12 are rarely mature enough to be left alone for a long period of time
  • children under 16 shouldn’t be left alone overnight
  • babies, toddlers and very young children should never be left alone

Parents can be prosecuted if they leave a child unsupervised ‘in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health

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

State Pension Age Increase Brought Forward

Six million people in their early 40s will have to work a year longer, as a result of a change in the State Pension Age, the government has announced.

The rise in the pension age to 68 will now happen in 2039, rather than in 2046 as was originally proposed.
Those affected are currently between the ages of 39 and 47.

The announcement was made by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, David Gauke.
He said the government had decided to accept the recommendations of the Cridland report, which proposed the change.

Men and women will be affected equally, as the State Pension Age will have been equalised by then.

The change will affect those born between 6 April 1970 and 5 April 1978.

Information sourced from BBC news/business

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.

Are You Driving in France? New Rules on Vehicle Emissions

If you're planning to drive to or through France via Paris, Lyon or Grenoble, beware, new rules mean you're likely to need to display a vehicle emissions sticker on your windscreen, while older cars could be banned altogether at certain times.

The three French cities have introduced the 'Crit'Air' scheme, which is designed to curb pollution and requires most vehicles driving within designated 'environmental zones' to display a window sticker (known as a vignette).
The stickers cost €4.80 (around £4.13), including postage to the UK. There are six categories of sticker, which are colour-coded according to how much vehicles pollute and range from the cleanest (Crit'Air 1), for electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles, to the most polluting (Crit'Air 6).

While the vignettes only cost a few pounds, if you're caught driving without one in an environmental zone you could be hit with a hefty on-the-spot fine of €68 (£59) for cars or €135 (about £116) for HGVs and buses.

Not all vehicles require a sticker – cars registered before 1997, motorbikes and scooters from before June 2000 and trucks and buses from before 2001 are all excluded from the scheme and can't be driven at all when the restrictions apply.

Be aware that there is at least one non-official site selling the vignettes at more than six times the price on the official website so always buy through the French environment ministry
CLICK HERE to obtain a sticker through official channels. 

You may have to wait 30 days to receive your sticker so don't leave it too late. to apply.

For further information,

Summer Family Activities Plus Dinosaur Trail

Durlston is the place to be for children this summer with a huge variety of events running to take advantage of the fine weather. In addition to our ever-popular Wild Wednesday drop-in craft sessions, our Summer Dino trail will be starting on 21 July. Take a walk back to the days when giant reptiles ruled the earth and win a fantastic prize!
We also have dolphin-themed games and activities, and a chance to make and launch your own Bottle Rocket!

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

Changes To Local Bus Services & 104/105 Wool/Bovington/Lulworth/Wareham Routes

There are major changes to Damory school and public services from 23rd July. For information, click here.

For new timetables, click here.
Sat 22nd July - Last opportunity to ride on Damory's 104 or 105 bus routes before withdrawn altogether due to cut of Council subsidy.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Abseil Down Spinnaker Tower for ABF - 2nd September 2017

Location: Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3TT

The registration is just £25, and we ask all participants to commit to raising a minimum of £225. You must be over 18 on the day of the event.

CLICK HERE for full details and to register...

Royal Navy, Royal Marines (RNRMW) Support To Personnel & Families

Flytipping - Beware the 'Man With A Van'

Online services such as Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree and Craigslist have made it easy to find a "man with a van" when you need some waste removing on the cheap.

However, these ads rarely carry an individual's or company name, making it hard to find out if they are licenced to carry and dispose of your waste. If they subsequently fly-tip your rubbish, you could find yourself fined or even taken to court.

Remember the following tips:-
  • Ask the contact if they are a registered waste carrier. If they are, ask for their registration number and name and check here. If they are not registered, do not use them.
  • Remember, the vast majority of waste items can still be taken to a household recycling centre free of charge.
  • Extra recycling will be taken at the kerbside, provided it is separated properly (no glass mixed with other recycling) and placed in a sturdy container.
We are also planning to ramp up our enforcement efforts across the county soon, giving us even more resources to investigate fly-tip incidents and find the criminals who take part in this anti-social activity.

Preparing For Employment - Free Advice & Guidance

For free one-to-one guidance with a careers advisor.

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.