Monday, 14 August 2017

HIVE Notice

Blandford HIVE (outreach from Bovington)
re-opens MONDAY 21 AUGUST

Bovington HIVE re-opens TUESDAY 22 AUGUST.

Please email any enquiries to

Service Families Accommodation - Respect Your Neighbours

Step by Step Free Counselling

Blandford Camp - Bacon Butty Mornings - Starting 15 Sep

Resettlement: Pathfinder International August 17- Maritime Careers...

Click to read: Pathfinder August 17

Enid Blyton Day At Upton Country Park - Fri 18 Aug

If you love reading Enid Blyton then come and celebrate at a location which inspired lots of her famous novels!

Venue: Upton Country House & Upton Country Park.

The Borough of Poole libraries team are running some reading sessions and there will be plenty of fun activities on for all the family to enjoy.

11am - 4pm On the Front Lawn

Upton Country Park, Upton, Poole, BH17 7BJ

Paw Patrol Characters At Adventure Wonderland - Thur 17 Aug


The second visit from Paw Patrol this year. On 17th August, the heroic pups, police pup Chase and fearless Skye, who believe “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” will be visiting their fans here at Adventure Wonderland. So come along to see these Paw Patrol Pups and don’t forget to bring your camera!

The Characters will be appearing at 10:15 / 11:15 / 1:00 / 2:00 & 3:45 in our Meet and Greet Area.
To book your park tickets click here! 10% online discount and *fast track admission!
*Fast Track Admission: On Character days, customers who have purchased their tickets online can collect their wristbands from 9:30am on the day, so you are able to go straight through to the park at 10am)

Please Note: The character appearances are limited to five sessions at intervals throughout the day.  Each sessions lasts approx. 30 mins. The queue line will be closed as soon as we reach capacity for each session. Although a lot of planning goes in to these events we are unable to guarantee every child will be able to meet the character. The timings of the meet and greets are not set by Adventure Wonderland and we have no control over the session times.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Dorset Country Show (Dorchester) 2 & 3 Sep

The Show is continually developing and introducing new attractions such as the Shopping@theAvenue Marquee, Heavy Horse Village and the Dorset Artisan Craft Marquee.
The Show encompasses competitive classes in:
•Dairy Goats
•Sheep Shearing
•Show Jumping
•Farm Produce
As well as these competitive classes the weekend showcases rural skills, local food and drink producers, Main Ring entertainment and a wide variety of trade stands.
For more information or to purchase tickets on line go to
Throughout the year the Society's work continues with other events such as a Spring Show, Sheep Dog Trials and new for 2017 a Ploughing Match which will take place in October.

Forces Personnel - Discount Rates For Douneside House

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BFBS - Audience Satisfaction Survey

Register for the BFBS Audience Satisfaction Survey for the chance to WIN a Samsung Galaxy Tab A6!
The latest BFBS Audience Survey is online now at It’s an opportunity for our viewers and listeners to have their say about Forces Radio BFBS and BFBS TV.
The survey is simple and should take no more than 10 minutes. All registered names will go into the draw for a Samsung Galaxy Tab A6 and a winner will be chosen at random in the first week of October 2017.
Military personnel, entitled civilians, MoD civil servants and dependants can take part to provide feedback and influence future services.
Even if viewers and listeners have completed the survey in the past 12 months they can register again.
Each survey is confidential and will help BFBS to deliver the best radio and TV services for the British Armed Forces.
Register online now at Good Luck!

SPACES - Single Persons Accommodation For The Ex Services

Contacting Carillionamey - Phoning From A Mobile Or Abroad

Calls to the Carillion Amey Helpdesk 0800 707 6000 number from a mobile will incur a cost.  Please use the direct line number provided below.  

This goes to the same option number so is no different to the 0800 one, but will be included in talk time plans, or may cost less when calling from abroad.

The number is 0151 728 1630

Resettlement: Quest Magazine August 17

Read now.....Quest August 2017

Forces Personnel - Enhanced Learning Credits

The MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. 

The scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years. You are reminded that ELC funding is only available for pursuit of higher level learning i.e. for courses that result in a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England, Northern Ireland and Wales), a Level six or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) or, if pursued overseas, an approved international equivalent qualification with an approved learning provider.

National Employment & Careers Fair - Tidworth 7 Sep

Discover new jobs, careers and skills that will inspire and motivate you whatever your ability or ambitions. 

This event provides YOU, the Armed Forces Community (AFC) with a great opportunity to meet future employers and find out more about the various industry sectors available. 
For further information or to register  CLICK HERE

HIVE Information Service - Who Do We Support?

Your nearest HIVE:
Bovington  01929 403185
Blandford (Outreach HIVE) 01258 482537
Email enquiries to

For locations of other HIVEs go to

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Fireman Sam At Adventure Wonderland Tues 29 Aug

Fireman Sam is travelling from his home town, Pontypandy, to meet and greet his fans at the park on 29th Aug! He will appearing at 10:15, 11:15, 1:00, 2:00 & 3:45. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

(Please Note: The character appearances are limited to five sessions at intervals throughout the day.  Each sessions lasts approx. 30 mins. The queue line will be closed as soon as we reach capacity for each session. Although a lot of planning goes in to these events we are unable to guarantee every child will be able to meet the character. The timings of the meet and greets are not set by Adventure Wonderland and we have no control over the session times.)

Holiday Fun This Summer In Poole

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


Quick! Only a few weeks left to apply to get 30 hours free childcare from September

If you're eligible for 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds from September, and you haven't already applied, you must apply and give your eligibility code to your provider by 31 August. You should allow yourself sufficient time to apply and receive your code.

If your code is issued on or before 31 August you must take it to your provider on the first day of the September term at the latest. If you receive your code after this date you won't be able to claim any extra hours until the next term (January 2018)

Blandford Great Dorset Steam Fair 24 - 28 August

Bournemouth (Free) Air Festival 31 Aug - 3 Sep

Bournemouth's fantastic free festival

Thursday 31st August to Sunday 3rd September - get set for the UK's biggest air festival, 4-days of action and entertainment in the air, on land and at sea!
Award-winning and internationally renowned, the Bournemouth Air Festival has entertained more than 8.5 million people since 2008.

*Red Arrows display times confirmed* – a first for the festival on Thursday 6pm, followed by Friday 3.30pm and Saturday at 12 noon.

Full details of air festival line up

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Gung - Ho - Take On Ten Greatest Inflatable Obstacles - 26 Aug

Do the 5k and take on ten of the greatest inflatable obstacles on the planet! We have the world's largest inflatable obstacle and our finale is Europe’s biggest ever inflatable slide!
Climb, crawl, bounce and slide your way through a giant inflatable obstacle course .
 Runners have to tackle 10 obstacles along the way


Participants will set off in waves throughout the day between 9am and 2pm.

Runners can pick which hourly window they tackle the course, but places for each wave are limited.
You could be Gung-Ho! for BBC Children in Need our national charity partner.

Find out more or to book a place - book your wave time here
Venue: Upton House & Upton Country Park, Upton Country Park, Upton, Poole, BH17 7BJ

Fun Invasion Day - Wareham Wed 16 Aug

Royal British Legion Family Holiday Breaks

The Legion provides families of serving and ex-Service personnel the chance to take a break and get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.


Unwind and take life as it comes, venture out and about to explore the local area or spend a lazy day at the beach. Most importantly, you will have time to be together as a family.


School Holidays - Things To Do With The Kids!

For ideas and places to go click link


The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS) provides the opportunity for Army spouses/civil partners to express their views about a range of issues that affect their life as a Service family. The evidence provided by these views is a vital source of information that assists the Army in developing future personnel policy.

To support this process, it is important that the collective views of spouses/civil partners of Officers and Soldiers alike are communicated to the wider Army.

A link to the report can be found on the website

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Wareham - Free Workshop 'Thinking Of Starting A Business' 15 & 16 Aug

9:30am - 16:00pm .
Spaces still available
To book your FREE seat:
Course includes: Business Plan, Legal Status, Business Names, Income Tax & National Insurance, VAT, Health & Safety, Employment & Consumer Law, Insurance, Marketing, Pricing & Promoting, Customer Service, Website Design, Social Media, Selling, Profit & Loss/Break Even, Capital Allowances/Expenses, Book-Keeping, Invoicing & Financial Management, Financing Business.

Weymouth Carnival 15 & 16 Aug

Do You Have Learning Credits To Use? NEBOSH Course Available


SSAFA Stepping Stone Homes

SSAFAs Stepping Stone Homes based in both the North East and the South of England provide short-term supported accommodation, help and advice to female service or ex-serving personnel, the female spouses or partners of serving or ex-serving personnel, and their dependent children.

Support is also provided to women without children or whose children may be living elsewhere temporarily, those seeking accommodation due to welfare needs, and Foreign & Commonwealth cases. The above list is not exhaustive. Each case will be considered individually.

Our homes provide a comfortable, secure and female-only place to stay for as long as it takes the resident to get back on their feet. From our clean and well-maintained communal spaces to private areas for each resident to make their own, we make our houses like home for however long the resident is with us.

The schemes are also registered with local authorities as refuges for those fleeing domestic abuse and, as such, their locations are not to be disclosed to the public. Referrals can be made via the email addresses below:

North - Longside House :
South - Gildea House:
Head of Housing: Amanda Deakin on

Service Personnel Housing Brief - RM Poole Wed 20 Sep

To attend, book your space via

Blandford Camp - Scarecrow Competition

Come and join the fun! Fill out a form at the Welfare Office to enter the competition. 
The more the merrier. There’s a free BBQ for participants as well as first, second and third place prizes.
Registration is open now – scarecrow info packs are available 
 via the Welfare Office for all those who have registered.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Resettlement Magazine - Quest

Hard copies of the magazine are available, free from the HIVE

AWS - Bovington/Lulworth Summer Programme. - SPACES STILL AVAILABLE

Please contact Alec Taylor 07786 394986 or call into Bovington HIVE
Tues, Wed or Thur to book. 

Moving House Soon? - Redirect your mail to help protect against identity fraud

Why redirect your mail?
All fraudsters need to piece together your ID is a few pieces of mail sent to an old address. The Redirection service is the simple and convenient way to ensure your mail moves home with you, and it’s also an easy way for you to be protected too.
Action Fraud recommends redirecting your mail for at least a year, to significantly reduce the risk of identity fraud.

How it works

  • Redirection forwards all the mail sent to your old place to your new home
  • It can cost as little as £5.25 a month* to redirect your mail
  • You can redirect your mail for 3, 6 or 12 months
  • Already moved? No problem. Tell us now to make sure your mail follows you to your new address

Friday, 4 August 2017

SFA - Licence to Occupy Insurance

If you occupy Service Family Accommodation be it either SFA or SSFA you will have signed an agreement when you moved into the property called a Service Licence to Occupy Service Family Accommodation (known as a Licence to Occupy). Due to this, you are not classed as a tenant.  The Services Insurance and Investment Panel (siiap) have a web page that details a number of insurance providers who can organise policies that have been designed specifically for SFA Occupants.  The webpage can be found at:

Service Family Accommodation - House Contents Insurance

See page 10 of the Housing Matters magazine: Click HERE

Driving in Central London? New T-Charge Coming into Force in October 2017

From 23 October 2017, cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in central London will need to meet minimum exhaust emission standards, or pay a daily £10 Emissions Surcharge (also known as the Toxicity Charge, or T-Charge). This will be in addition to the Congestion Charge.
The £10 T-charge will work alongside the existing £11.50 congestion charge, and will affect petrol and diesel cars with pre-Euro 4 engines.  If you drive an older diesel vehicle you may also be affected by the Low Emission Zone (LEZ)

The T-Charge will operate in central London, and applies to the same area as the Congestion Charge. Find out more about the Congestion Charge and where it operates.

Hours of operation
Monday - Friday, 07:00 - 18:00
Excludes Bank Holidays and the period between Christmas Day and New Year's Day inclusive.

The Transport for London website has a vehicle checker enabling you to check easily if your vehicle is subject to this charge.

For further information CLICK HERE

Forces Travel - Late Deals