Thursday, 30 March 2017

Improved Mail Service

The new contract with Neopost will mean Britain’s Armed Forces will continue to receive hard copy, secure mail, including photos, from their loved ones, for free and with no break in service as the new imail INtouch system takes over from the e-bluey on 1 April 2017.

For further information Click Here

Forces Media Academy – Last Call For Applications

    The closing date for applications to the Forces Media Academy’s unique media course is this Friday 31st March

The free Higher National Certificate (HNC) Media Production Course is open to service leavers and veterans, and all students on the one-year course also receive a bursary of £18k.
Students learn alongside industry experts and will be taught core modules such as Camera and Lighting Skills, and Film and Video Editing. Specialist modules include Production of Multi-Media Programmes and Advertising Campaigns.
The full-time course starts on 25th September at SSVC’s headquarters in Buckinghamshire.   
For more information about entry requirements and applications, and for full details of the course modules,  go online to

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Armed Forces Register To Vote - Local Elections 4th May

 Click Here to go online to register

Skydive For Heroes

For details on how to apply please click Here

Armed Forces' Pay Review Body (AFPRB) forty-sixth report 2017

Recommendations from the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB) on Armed Forces remuneration and charges. 

Big White Wall:

A safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals.

Available 24/7, Big White Wall is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly. Professionally trained Wall Guides ensure the safety and anonymity of all members.
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MOD - Spring Edition of Housing Magazine Out Now

                                    Click Here to view the Spring 2017 Magazine

SSAFA - Need to Talk?

JSHAO Civilian housing Brief - Lichfield & Stafford - May

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Little Troopers At School

Little Troopers at School is a new project from the charity Little Troopers to help empower both parents and schools when supporting the needs of service children in education settings. We want you to have easily accessible information set out in a way that can be understood and utilised to the greatest benefit.

The first stage of this project is the release of some free, easily accessible information sheets for both parents of service children and schools with service children attending covering various subject areas including;
  • Service Pupil Premium
  • Challenges service children may face
  • Moving schools
  • Affects of separation
  • Best practice
Little Troopers at School will grow throughout 2017 however we hope these information sheets will be a great starting point for you, as a parent or as a school setting.

Access here

Moving To Scotland? - Education Guide For Children & Young People

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Little Troopers

New UK Speeding Laws Come Into Effect In April

Speeding  drivers will soon face stricter penalties and much higher fines based on what they earn.
From April 24 2017, new rules come into effect in the UK which will mean offenders could now be charged up to 175% of their weekly income.
Currently in the UK the minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and three penalty points added to your driving licence while the maximum fine is £1,000 or £2,500 for motorway offences.

The RLC Is Recruiting For Regulars & Reserves

The RLC is the largest Corps in the British Army and wherever in the world you find the Army, you’ll find us. Why choose the RLC?

  • Diversity - No other single organisation inside or outside the Army provides such a diverse set of services.
  • Opportunity – Travel, Promotion, Adventure and Challenge – we’ve got it all!
  • Professional Qualifications – we are world leaders in logistical training, with first class facilities.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Armed Forces Day - 24th June 2017

Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24 June 2017 is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved, from attending an event or joining us online to throwing a party or local event.

For information about the day and organised events Click Here <<<

For help with organising your own event including funding see (the closing date for applications for funding is 30 April 2017)

Lightwater Valley 2017

Military Discount Available, click Here <<< for more details

Host a Cancer Research UK Coffee Morning this April

Help to beat cancer with every slice. Host a Cancer Research UK Coffee Morning this April.

Get everyone together to enjoy some cake, sip some tea and raise money to help beat cancer. Sign up now for your free fundraising pack, which will provide you with everything you need to host a great coffee morning, including stickers, balloons, fundraising guide, plus some snazzy posters.

For further information Click Here

Royal British Legion Job Vacancies

Please click on the link below to view the latest Royal British Legion Vacancies


For more Information please click Here <<<

InterFlora - Discount

For More Information Click Here <<<

Cotswold - 15% Discount

TV Licence Fee To Increase 1st April 2017

The cost of a TV Licence will change from 1 April 2017. A colour licence will cost £147, an increase of £1.50 on the current fee. A black and white licence will cost £49.50, an increase of 50p.
There will be no change to the free over 75 TV Licence.
For more Information please click Here <<<

Changes In Childcare Vouchers

Are you prepared for the changes to Childcare Vouchers? In early 2017, the Government is planning to start rolling out Tax-Free Childcare, a new initiative for working parents which will soon replace the current Childcare Voucher Scheme.

If you sign up for Childcare Vouchers before April 2018 you can remain on the scheme, and will be able to choose which is more cost-effective for you and your family.
If you are not currently taking Childcare Vouchers, you should consider joining now to have the choice later when the changes occur. Click Here for more information

Defence Discount Card

10% in store discount NEW LOOK and many more
Receive a 10% discount in store by showing your Defence Privilege Card or MOD90

Poppy Break Centres

Break Centres - The Legion offers much-needed breaks to ex-Service and serving personnel and their families. If you or a member of your family is recovering from an illness, bereavement or other life-affecting event, the Legion can provide a comfortable and enjoyable break.

About our break centres - We have four Break Centres located in prime locations around the country, and for our family breaks, we also have close ties with Parkdean and Haven Holiday Parks.
The Legion also provides Adventure Breaks, where young people of Service families can have a fun and activity-packed week.

Easy Resettlement Magazine - Spring Edition

Easter Fun Farm at Castle Howard - 14th-17th April 2017

Nothing says Easter like cute fluffy animals, and that’s just what you’ll find at Castle Howard over the bank holiday weekend. Get up close to your favourite farmyard friends at the mobile petting zoo: there’ll be a miniature pony, micro pig, rabbits, guinea pigs, alpacas, goats and more. But don’t hang out with the friendly farmers all day long – there are scarecrows to find! Hunt in the giant straw bale and share your scarecrow selfies.  Before you leave, head off into the gardens on the Easter trail to round up the animals that have wandered too far from the farm. Spot them all and claim a prize!

Information taken from the Little Vikings Website

For further information on activities at Castle Howard during the Easter holidays please click on the link below:

Discounts - Drayton Manor Theme Park

Drayton Manor Park is proud to support our British Armed Forces so throughout our 2017 season we are offering free entry to all those serving and ex serving personnel of the British Armed Forces.  
Our main 2017 season runs from Thursday 30th March – Friday 27th October* and any serving or ex serving member of the British Armed Forces will receive free entry to Drayton Manor Park.

Royal British Legion -Remembrance Travel - Libor Funded Normandy Tours 2017

Various Dates in March, April, May and September 2017. Funding for a veteran plus 2 family members or carers. Click Here for more information

Soldier On - Supporting Medically Discharged Service Leavers

Soldier On! is a national independent education charity which teaches members of the British armed forces who have been made redundant on medical grounds to plan and manage their careers.

The organisation works with both service leavers and veterans who have been wounded on operations, sustained injuries whilst serving or have been discharged through any other forms of ill health.

For more information
Click Here


20% Off Food at Hungry Horse

20% Off Food with Hungry Horse

You’re never too far from your nearest Hungry Horse with over 280 family-friendly pubs nationwide. Whether you are looking for a quick bite to eat or to celebrate something special, we’re famous for the best value and choice in food and drink. There are great deals every day of the week and something for every member of your family, because we believe great times are worth sharing.

Please show this voucher along with your Defence Privilege Card to a member of staff when ordering for 20% off food.
The voucher can be printed off or showed on the mobile app but a member of staff must see it.
*Please note, if you are viewing this offer on the website please click on the 'Click here to visit their store finder' button to download the voucher*

P&O Cuises Offer

P&O Cruises Offer

Receive up to £125 on board spending money

To thank the brave men and women of the British Armed Forces for their service, P&O Cruises are offering up to £125 on board spending money*. This special benefit is eligible on any cruise, any time of year and can be used to purchase a wide variety of amenities and experiences on board.
Once booked you will need to provide some ID which can be your MOD90 or Defence Privilege Card.
This offer is only available for Serving Personnel and Veterans
2-6 nights - £15pp / 7-13 nights - £30pp / 14-21 nights - £75pp / 22+ nights-125pp
Please note - Military benefits are not combinable with the 'saver fare' Calls cost 3p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge. 

Drinkaware - Get the App

To get the app and to see further information, please click Here

Veterans UK Customer Satisfaction Survey 2017

At Veterans UK (part of Defence Business Services) we are always trying to improve the services we deliver to our customers. One of the best ways to understand how we can make improvements is to ask the people who use our services how we can do better.

If you would like to tell us about your experiences, please complete our Customer Satisfaction Survey 2017
For more information on the services we deliver and how you can contact us, please see Veterans UK.

Monday, 20 March 2017

New Arrivals & Relocation

If you have just arrived in Leconfield or Driffield area, please request or call in to the HIVE for your arrival / welcome pack and to find out more about your new location, where to register for doctors/dentists, find a nursery place, schools, employment, local area etc.  

If you are not connected to the internet yet, there are computers in the HIVE with internet services and printers that you can use.

There is also a photocopier, scan, fax machine and internet terminals available should you need to use these services.  

Leconfield HIVE Cabin is located next to HQ SQN building

Opening Hours: Mon - Thur 8.30am - 5pm / Fri: 8.30am - 12.30pm
Tel: 01904 665253

All email enquiries to

If you are about to relocate to Leconfield, please contact the HIVE to request a pre-arrival information pack .

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.

Careers Fair - Catterick Leisure Centre 6th April 17

Scottish Veterans- Residences

Whitefoord House 5 Vacancies

At Whitefoord House we aim to provide a quality service to meet our residents needs and expectations. Our service is delivered by a dedicated team of staff led by professional managers.

Funded Level Courses

Funding is only available until the end of April 2017 then restarts again in September 2017, now is great time to start enrolling families. You can pop into the HIVE to print off copies or book an appointment to speak to the experts at Trans 2 Performance – T2 Distance Learning. 

Below is the booking form, feel free to make copies and pass it on, courses that are funded are as follows

 General Personal and Professional Development:

Sixty British Racecourses Support Tickets For Troops

SIXTY racecourses have invited members of the Armed Forces to join them at the races this season through the military charity Tickets For Troops.
There are 60 racecourses across Britain from Perth in Scotland to Newton Abbot in Devon.
These and all other racecourses including Bangor-on-Dee, Doncaster, Fontwell Park and Sandown Park have all signed up to support the Armed Forces community with a donation of FREE tickets to their prestigious race days.

Care After Combat

For further information Click Here

Moving Schools Packs For Service Children

 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 have been or where they are going.
The books can be downloaded  from or pop into the HIVE and collect a free pack or request via 01904 66 5253 

Plan a Visit to Stonehenge

For details on opening hours and prices please click Here

Friday, 17 March 2017

Defence Discount Service Latest Offers - 17th March

Here are the latest deals from the Defence Discount Service. For more information please Click Here