Friday, 25 March 2016

25 Best things to do in London!

Attracting 27 million visitors every year, London is the most visited city in Europe. It’s no surprise that London is top of so many people’s travel plans: the city was founded by the Romans and has thrived over the centuries. Today, London is one of the most diverse cities in the world, with a rich history and some of the most outstanding culture on the planet.
The City of London is the ancient center of London but is actually the smallest city in England. The London that we’re familiar with covers a much wider metropolitan area and is home to almost 9 million people. Split into the vibrant and distinctive areas of North, West, South and East London – as well as the commercial and tourist hub of Central London – every district has its own recognizable neighborhoods. There is always something to see and do in London. With some of the world’s best art, entertainment, shopping, dining, and history, it’s impossible to be bored in London. With this list of the 25 best things to do in London you’ll browse through some highlights to get you started on your next trip to this buzzing multicultural city.

Lightwater Valley, Ripon, N Yorkshire Open from 23rd March

Defence Discount members get admission for £18.00 which is a 40% discount on the full price adult ticket which is £30.00. This offer is valid any day until 30th October 2016 when booked online in advance.

For details on the Defence Discount Service please click here.

Life Science Centre, Newcastle-Upon-Thames

Life is pleased to announce that popular exhibition Robot: a collection of robot models, cyborgs and androids from TV and film will now be at the Centre until 15 May 2016. In addition to this, planetarium favourite Hubble at 25 has now been extended until 27 May 2016.

Step Into Health Day - Open to Military, Veterans and Dependants

1st April: Step into Health Information Day - Norfolk and Suffolk

Date: Friday 1st April 
Time: 0900-1500

Venue: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,
Colney Ln, Norwich,
Norfolk NR4 7UY

This is a must attend event for anyone considering a career in the health service. 
The aim of this programme is to help armed forces service leavers and veterans to identify potential career opportunities in the NHS and aid their transition from military to civilian employment. 
Not only does the day provide a valuable insight into the NHS, it also offers a guaranteed interview for vacancies within the Trust  (subject to completing a half day or if interested a four week placement) 
With more than 350 different careers within the NHS, including many non-clinical careers within management and ancillary services, there is an unparalleled range of opportunities for those currently outside the NHS to transfer into and thrive.    
Attending this event will provide:
        An understanding of the wide range of jobs available in the NHS
        Advice on demonstrating how military skills and experience transfer to NHS jobs
        Information on and applications for work experience placements within an NHS organisation
        Information about recruitment processes in the NHS
        Introductions to ex-service personnel working in NHS organisations  who have the experience of making a successful transition from military to civilian employment
        An opportunity to benefit from fast track recruitment at some participating organisations
Places are limited at this event. To register to attend please email Julia Watling:

BBC1 TV Looking For Contestants For Quiz Show 'Pointless'

Four pairs of contestants will be pitted against each other as their general knowledge skills are put to the test.
Could you trust your friend, your mum, your grandad, your boyfriend or your work colleague under pressure?
We would like to hear from pairs of people who think they can take up the challenge.

RACPD: Photography competition

RACPD is holding a photography competition to find the best photographs which show you doing personal development. They could be of you in the gun park, on the ranges, sat at a computer, in the classroom, we want to see you learning! Closing date for entries is: Monday 30 May. CLICK HERE to find out more......

BBC2 - Great Pottery Throw Down

Big White Wall Support Service To Armed Forces, Veterans And Families

Clocks Change This Weekend - Start Of British Summer Time

Clocks go forward one hour over Easter weekend. That means we will have to change our clocks at 1am on Sunday March 27.
We have British Summer Time so that evenings have more daylight, and mornings less.

BFRS - Careers Event- Transport and Logistics - Rutland East Midlands

Monday, 21 March 2016

Sandhurst Station - Online Shopping and Parcel Delivery

AWS Easter Programme 2016

Nobody's Home

A unique and striking exploration of PTSD in a modern retelling of Homer's Odyssey
Tuesday 12 April  
★★★★★ "A masterpiece…The audience spontaneously laughed, gasped 
and burst into tears." Broadway Baby
★★★★★ "Ingenious and grotesque…An astounding and moving play." 
Three Weeks Edinburgh
Odysseus has come home from the war. His bath's broken, and he can't fix it. As 
he stares at his reflection, he begins to find that his journey
back to the people he loves might not be as easy at it seems.
Set in a bathroom, Nobody's Home follows a soldier's journey through his own
mind, as he struggles with the monsters of his past to finally come home. 
In their signature physical style, Theatre Temoin and Grafted Cede present 
a unique and striking exploration of PTSD in a modern retelling of Homer's Odyssey.

Additional event: Symposium

Nobody's Home was developed in California through a series of collaborative 
workshops with combat veterans. There will be a symposium event in additio
n to the performance, exploring the process of putting trauma onstage. 
The symposium has been made possible with the support of The Wellcome Trust.
Tickets are available for the full symposium or for the performance on its own.
Concession rates are available to veterans and their families.
Please note: For 'performance only' ticket-holders, this event will begin at 3.00pm.

Nuffield Theatre
University Road
Southampton SO17 1TR

© Copyright 2013 Nuffield. Registered in England No. 1711502. 
Registered Charity No. 286876. VAT Registration No. 631796716.

2nd Sandhurst Scout Group

Babcock - Clerking Service to School Governing Bodies in Surrey

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Meet Ninja Turtles At Adventure Wonderland (near Bournemouth Airport) on 7th April 2016

Because you loved meeting Raph and Leo here at the park in 2015….. Stand back and expect to be blown away with their return on 7th April!

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Raph and Leo will be appearing at 10:15, 11:15, 1:00, 2:00 & 3:45pm at our Meet and Greet area! Don’t forget your camera!!

Please Note: The character appearances are limited to five 30 min sessions at intervals throughout the day. 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.

Spring Forward: Sun 27th March

Hampshire County Fair - 1st and 2nd May 2016

Little Troopers

Are your Little Troopers football fans? 

In just under a month we will be heading to the Chelsea FC Training Ground in Cobham for a very special event for Little Troopers. 

The event is for children 7-12yrs and will take place 1400 - 1600hrs 

We have a few tickets left for this event and you can book them now! 

For further information on the day & booking see here:

Repair Survey

All occupants of SFA are strongly advised that on completion of any repair works in your property by the CarrillionAmey, if you are asked to complete a survey form or receive a survey phone call from the CarrillionAmey, please be realistic with your answers.  
These answers reflect CarillionAmeys performance levels which are seen and monitored by the MOD.

Reader Giveaways From Army and You

Click HERE to enter the Army & You Super Spring giveaways

Armed Forces Day Saturday 25th June 2016

100 Days to go!

How will you celebrate Armed Forces Day 2016?  

It's now just 100 days to go until Armed Forces Day 2016, which takes place on Saturday 25 June. Find out what's happening at the National Event here! 

Tile Barn Outdoor Centre - Poppy Pod Project

Hampshire County Council is proud to introduce The ‘Poppy Pod’ camping village for Armed Forces personnel and their families at Tile Barn Outdoor Centre in Brockenhurst, New Forest


The new issue of Veterans World is now online, you can view the magazine as a standard PDF on GOV.UK or via ISSUU, a digital publishing platform that’s free to access.
Veterans World raises awareness of help, advice and support available to veterans and their families via organisations, government, the voluntary and charitable sectors, and is aimed at people who work in an advisory capacity with the public. Its distribution includes HM Prisons, NHS Primary Trusts, Local Authorities, Resettlement Officers, Mental Health care workers, Citizen Advice Bureaux and those who work with veterans organisations.
At Veterans UK we want to make sure that as many Serving Personnel, Veterans and their families are aware of the many kinds of support and advice available to them, when they need it, and that it is up to date.  With that in mind please pass this email on to anyone else in your organisation or who you work with that advises or who may advise veterans and their families.

If you previously received a paper copy, and we had your e-mail address on record, you will be sent a link to each new issue.  If  you would like to receive a link, please send an e-mail to telling us if you are a Veteran or an Advisor and any organisation you are linked with, and we will add you to our distribution list.
We are now accepting article submissions for issue 38, which will be published in April 2016. Contributions are most welcome. If you have an article or press release that is suitable for Veterans World, to raise awareness of an initiative, scheme or organisation that offers help, advice or support to veterans, contact the Editorial Team with details:
Please note these contacts are for Veterans World related enquiries only. Please direct any other questions to -
Veterans UK helpline
Veterans UK
Ministry of Defence
Thornton Cleveleys

Army Servicemen's Conference 2016

1.         The Army Servicewomen’s Network (ASN) will hold its Annual Conference on Tues 21 June 2016 at the Tidworth Garrison Theatre (Conference Centre) St Andrews Road, Tidworth, Wiltshire, SP9 7EP.  Timings are 0800 –1730 hrs.
2.         Audience.  The conference is open to women and men of all ranks; both Regular and Reserve. 
3.         Aim.  The ASN Annual Conference is all about professional development.  By engaging and developing our membership, sharing best practice, cultivating leadership and developing personal contacts the ASN Annual Conference aims to ensure that our women across all ranks are supported and prepared to maximise opportunities for themselves and for the Army. 
4.         Key Points:
•             Attendance is encouraged for those who are interested.  The conference is open to all ranks.  Junior ranks and junior officers are positively encouraged to attend; this is a network for all. 
•             Army Servicewomen’s Network Annual Conference 2016 DIN to be released shortly contains further information including an application form to sign up for the conference.  Individuals can also sign up at the following ASN 16 Conference Sign Up   
•             Closing date for applications is: 6 June 2016.
•             Joining instructions (including directions and suggestions for accommodation for those who need to stay) will be sent to the email addresses of registered delegates.  This will take place from 6 June 2016 onwards. 
5.         Background.  The ASN is a professional network that seeks to support, inspire and develop Army Servicewomen to maximise their full potential.  The Army is full of capable, talented women, although they only represent 9% of the Army; it is important that every Servicewoman feels empowered, engaged and inspired in order to retain their Service and assist them in realising their career aspirations. 
6.         ASN Objectives. The ASN has the following objectives which are in support CGS’ direction that the Army is to ‘maximise its talent’.
a.         To provide a platform for members to develop, grow and expand professional and personal interests.
b.         To attract, retain and develop female talent so that serving women can achieve their full potential and enhance the Army’s reputation as an employer of choice for women.
c.         To enhance the personal development of Army women by providing a forum to host inspiring and interesting speakers.
d.         Increase access to promote visible female role models from within and out with the organisation.
e.         Facilitate a mutual support mechanism
f.          Collaborate with policy staff (DM(A), DPS(A) and APC) to inform and influence policy development and the achievement of diversity objectives.
7.         ASN Co-Chair Update.  Thank you for your continued support of the ASN, we are really pleased to be able to give you an update on the work of the committee over the last 6 months.  We are conscious that it may have seemed like the network has gone quiet, but we have been busy in the background working on our four key work strands: Regional Networks; Mentoring; Communications Strategy; and the Annual Conference.
Our membership is growing steadily following our conference last year.  The recent launch of our Facebook page sees us with just shy of 2000 members – a fantastic effort.  Some of the discussions on the Facebook page have already prompted some investigation into current policy, so it is proving to be really useful.  We’re also really enjoying the feeds and links to other events and posts.  We have now established 5 regional networks and we are continuing to seek new locations with local volunteers to run them.  We hope this will continue to grow with time and it will become a crucial link for local support and mentoring interaction.
You will see that the planning for the Annual Conference is gathering pace.  We have organised a day that will allow you to hear from some inspiring speakers as well as sign up to a workshop of your choice that focuses on your personal development.  We hope everyone will get something from the day and we will give you a more detailed update on the ASN’s progress.  We really look forward to seeing you soon.

8.         Point of Contact.  Further information is available from:  ASN Mailbox: or the ASN webpage.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Minley HIVE is Temporarily Closed Awaiting Staff Recruitment

  For Info only.  Sandhurst Hive is open and happy to assist with any enquiries.

Minley HIVE will be closed from 10 March, and will be unmanned until recruitment of a new HIVE Information Support Officer is completed.

To find another HIVE to assist with your enquiry please visit:

If your enquiry is urgent please call the Welfare Office on 01252 863686

DDS - Vauxhall Gift Card Offer

This offer is available up to 31 March on all new orders and registration

JSHAO - Housing Briefs 2016

Protecting Your Little One From Birth and Beyond

Unintentional injuries in and around the home are a leading preventable cause of death and emergency hospital admissions for children, particularly those under 5 years. This booklet is brought to you by the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Child Death Overview Panel. It is designed to raise awareness of potential hazards and brings together advice from local and national campaigns. We hope you find the following pages packed full of tips you can follow to keep your baby as safe and healthy as possible. Remember, the best way to keep your little one safe is to properly supervise them at all times

Click HERE to view and/or download the leaflet

Red, White and Blue Day: 14th October 2016

Easy Resettlement Magazine - Spring 2016

To view the latest edition online, please click on the link below:

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Forces Help To Buy Scheme - Buying Your Own Property


The Forces Help To Buy Scheme (FHTB) was launched on 1 April 2014 as a three year pilot scheme. FHTB enables Service personnel to borrow up to half their annual salary (up to a maximum of £25,000) and is intended to assist towards the balance of the purchase price (taking into account, for example, deposit, legal, surveyors, land registration and estate agent fees) when buying a property for which a mortgage lender is willing to advance a mortgage.

Whilst this handout is intended to provide an overview of the FHTB scheme and application process, any personnel looking to utilise FHTB should familiarise themselves fully with JSP 464 Part 1 Chapter 12 where full details of the eligibility and qualifying criteria can be found.

Read the full details Click Here.....

Armed Forces' Pay Review Body - 2016

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Wanted: Ex-Service Personnel and their Families

Defence Discount Service

Do you know any HM Armed Forces Veterans that haven't yet signed up to Defence Discount Service? If so please share with them.
Official MoD discount service for Armed Forces and Veterans across the UK. Sign up for FREE on our website and start saving online straight away with hundreds of discounts.
If you want to save on the high street we have the official vetted discount card, the Defence Privilege Card as an optional extra, just £4.99 for a 5 year membership.