Monday, 19 December 2016

Army and You - Winter Edition

Army & You Magazine - Winter Edition Out Now

To read the online issue click HERE

Storybook Soldiers - Deployment/Exercise


Contact details for any questions are Jane at Storybook Soldiers Management Team

10 AEC, Bdg 59, Jellalabad Barracks, 

Tidworth SP9 7BN

Telephone : 01980 - 650515 
(Tidworth Mil. 94342 2515)
Click On The Link For More Information

The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2016 Published 15th December 2016

The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2016 was laid in Parliament with an accompanying written ministerial statement (WMS), and published on,  with the 14-page summary of the Report outlining the 15 top goals for the coming year.

Easy Resettlement Magazine- Winter 2016

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Sunday, 18 December 2016

Murder on the Disorientated Express - Friday 17th February 2017

Ladies Murder Mystery Night
Friday 17th February
1900 Hours
“The Disorientated Express, probably one of the most luxurious trains in the world, is always fully booked. Even now, in 1938, with war looming menacingly on the horizon, her luxury Pullman coaches are packed with traveling rich and famous making their way from Istanbul to Constantinople. The train has excelled in reliability and punctuality over the years, but today all that is about to change. A famous rocket designer known as Werner Von Black, has been discovered in his sleeping compartment – dead.”
The only question is: who killed him?

Cost £35 per person to include three course meal, all drinks AND Transport home. Bookings & payment required by latest 13th January in order that you can be allocated your character.
For more information or to make your booking please contact WRVS Jean McDonald by email on
Payment strictly at time of booking.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

LAPLAND UK - Ascot - 16th December 1700hrs

If you are serving British Armed Forces and your Little Troopers are experiencing or have experienced separation (longer than 3 weeks) from a serving parent in the last 3 months then please do apply for tickets as below;

Email us ALL the below information by 30th November 2016 1200hrs here >

  • Your Name
  • Serving persons name and base/ship/regiment
  • Your postal address
  • How many tickets required (immediate dependent family only)
  • Names of all applicants and ages of children
  • Confirmation you are available and can travel to Ascot
  • Details of Separation
GOOD LUCK! We will email winners after closing date.

*Applications that do not answer all of the above will be VOID
*Date and time of Lapland visit may be subject to change

More Panto opportunities coming up very soon xx

Monday, 28 November 2016



This message is for the attention of Regular Forces Service parents based in England. If your child attends a state school, Academy or Free school in England and has been registered with the school as a Service pupil, the school will be granted a Service Pupil Premium of £300.

The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is provided by the Department for Education to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral, support during challenging times, which could include anything from a Service parent being away, being injured on active service to bereavement. Funds are paid directly to schools; with Head Teachers and school Governors deciding how the funds are used.

Schools with Service children in Reception to Year 11 classes are eligible to receive SPP, but only if your child’s name appears on the school roll as being a Service child. The annual census takes place on 19 January 2017 and children must be registered with the school before this date. You are encouraged to contact the school and make them aware your child is from a Service family. This information is not shared with other organisations and is protected on the National Pupil database.

For more information on eligibility, please see the links below:

For any other queries regarding Service children contact the Directorate Children and Young People’s educational advisory arm, Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) via email: or telephone: 01980 618244.

JSHAO Civilian Housing Brief Weds 11th January 2017

Christmas at St Barbara's Church, Deepcut

Celebrity Chef Master Class at Fort Royal!!! Friday 9th December 2016

Big White Wall

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Tank Museum - New For 2017! Tankfest Preview Day 23 June 2017

Get exclusive access to vehicles on 23 June on Tankfest Preview Day - New for 2017!

TANKFEST is an advance ticket only event, there will not be any tickets for sale on the day.
Looking for the perfect Christmas present?
For a limited time only enjoy discounts up to 25% on Weekend Tickets!
Offer ends 1 January - get yours now.

Parent Toddler Group at the Wishstream Community Centre

Friday, 18 November 2016

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP)

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is a partnering agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Right Management Ltd, who are global career development and outplacement specialists and part of the ManpowerGroup.

The CTP provides resettlement services for those leaving the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Marines. Regardless of time served, all members of the Armed Forces can benefit from CTP support when leaving Service.

The CTP also operate as an intermediary service for employers wishing to hire Service leavers.

To date, the CTP has  assisted over 180,000 Service leavers with the transition to civilian life and supported thousands of organisations looking to employ ex-Service personnel.

For further information, visit the website at and watch the short video.

Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds

Click Here for more details
Hidden Wounds service provides free and confidential support to Ex-Service Personnel, their families and the families of those still serving, who are living with anxiety, depression, stress, anger or who wish to change their drinking habits.


Southern Area Light Heavyweight Title - Boxing Event Hobbs vs Karkardi - 10 Dec

Forces Travel

Calculate your Armed Forces Pension

You may be eligible for an armed forces pension if you’ve served in the armed forces.
Use this calculator to work out how much armed forces pension you may get.
Start now on the MOD service

Other ways to apply

You can also apply by post.
Download and fill in the pension forecast request (form 12) - the address is on the form.
The form covers the following pension schemes:
  • AFPS 75
  • AFPS 05
  • AFPS 15

Forces Discount - Adventure Wonderland

London Victory Services Club - Welfare And Respite For Service personnel

Victory Services Club (VSC)

We are very proud of the Respite and Welfare initiative that we offer, which provides a stay in the Capital for nominated personnel of all ranks. These breaks are intended to offer welcome respite for personnel wounded or injured on Operational Service, or for individuals who have encountered a significant welfare issue.
Further information is available at this link

and the Respite and Welfare initiative brochure is available here:

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

British Forces overseas posting: Cyprus

If you have received your assignment order to Cyprus contact the nearest HIVE for more information

Akrotiri HIVE (RAF Akrotiri)
Contact Akrotiri HIVE on 00357 2527 6390 or email

Ayios Nikolaos HIVE (JSSU)
Contact Ayios Nikolaos HIVE on 00357 2395 7699 or email

Dhekelia HIVE (Dhekelia Station)
Contact Dhekelia HIVE on 00357 2474 4551 or email

Episkopi HIVE (Episkopi Station)
Contact Episkopi HIVE on 00357 2596 2000 or email

Contact Nicosia HIVE on 00357 2235 9316 or email
 HIVEs have information blogs.
 Register for email updates to keep informed about information relevant to you. 

Find out about RAF Akrotiri, accommodation, medical facilities, schools, amenities and recreation: HERE

Stop Germs Spreading

Please click HERE for further information

Friday, 4 November 2016

Self Employment Awareness Workshops (One Day)

The Self-Employment Awareness Workshop is operated by X-Forces on behalf of the Career Transition Partnership.

The aim of the day is to explore self-employment as an option for resettlement and to look at what you need to consider if you want to explore this further. Working both as a group and individually, you will gain an awareness of what starting up a business means; to you, your family, and your finances. We will discuss the pros and cons of self-employment and look at how to begin planning the launch of a successful business. 

X-Forces will provide ongoing support to those who choose to pursue self-employment, providing expert guidance as you start-up and in the early years of your business.

By the end of the one-day workshop you will have a better idea of what starting a business entails and have a clear understanding of what support is on offer, so you can plan your next steps.

For a list of forthcoming courses at venues across the UK, CLICK HERE

State Benefits for Ex-Armed Forces Personnel

This useful guide produced by the Career Transition Partnership will help you find out more about State Benefits, including:

What benefits exist
  • Eligibility
  • Benefits for those being medically discharged
  • Where to find further information and advice
  • Some frequently asked questions on the topic
You will also find details on some additional benefits and discount schemes for service and ex service personnel.

To read the guide CLICK HERE

Health and Education Resettlement Guide

When you leave military services you become responsible for registering for your own and your family's health care support through local GPs, dentists etc.  This useful guide produced by the Career Transition Partnership will help you find out more about health services available to you.

Dentist - This section gives advice on how to find a dentist in your area and considerations to be made when selecting one. It also includes advice on how to register and what charges to expect to pay. There are links to useful websites too.

Doctor - You never know when you or a member of your family will become ill or need advice so you should always be registered with a family doctor so that they have access to your medical records and know about any previous treatment you may have had.

NHS and private care options are available throughout the UK and you should thoroughly research local provision in the area you are settling in.

To view the complete guide, CLICK HERE

Finance - Resettlement Guide

Finance is one of the most important aspects of your transition into a new life outside of the Armed Forces. The word Finance itself covers everything to do with money and its use including savings, investments, budgeting, debt control and management. 

A useful guide, produced by the Career Transition Partnership aims to help put you in the driving seat with your finances by providing you with links to independent financial information bodies and Government information sites where you will find information, guidelines and tools to help you plan your financial future. To help you navigate the information listed here there are 4 separate headings which are, Day to Day Budgeting, Long Term Financial Planning, Savings and Investments and the Financial Aspects of Resettlement (FAR) Briefing.
To read the guide, CLICK HERE

AFF - Are you interested in becoming a trustee?

AFF is seeking two volunteers who would like to take part, FREE, in a programme to help you become a trustee. This is normally at a cost of £200 each, but is being kindly sponsored by Serco.
Volunteering as a trustee allows you to learn, develop new skills and meet new people, while making a difference to your local community. What’s more, the average time commitment is only 30 hours a year!

Our Employment, Training, Allowances and Money Specialist Laura Lewin is currently working with Getting on Board, a charity that supports people to become trustees. They offer a bespoke trusteeship service designed to help you find a trustee role to suit your aims and interests.

To find out more or register your interest, contact Laura at