Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS)

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 gov.uk website


Quest Online - August 2017

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BFBS Audience Survey - Participate for a Chance to Win a Samsung Galaxy Tab A6

Have your say.....

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 www.bfbs.com/survey. 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 www.bfbs.com/survey Good Luck!

The Southeast Air Show, Herne Bay - Saturday 19th August 2017

The organisers are delighted to announce that they have been able to secure the Red Arrows, Eurofighter and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for the third successive year on Saturday 19th August and are aiming to once again bring Herne Bay a day to remember in 2017.

Services Day Thorpe Park - Saturday 4th November 2017

Back by popular demand, Thorpe Park Services Day on Saturday 4th November 2017 10am to 10pm (includes Fright Night from 4pm). Limited ticket availability so early booking is a must, further discounts on hotel stay also available.
For more information please visit the DDS website or app.

Forces Cars Direct - Latest Skoda Deals

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If you are moving, please don't forget to redirect your mail.

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
Click here for the full details and to redirect your mail...

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

The Lexicon in Bracknell is opening at 10:00 hrs on 7th September 2017!

The long awaited revamped town centre in Bracknell will be opening at 10:00 hrs on Thursday 7th September.  There are lots of exciting shops and restaurants opening as well as plenty of job opportunities.  Bracknell is only 15 minutes away by car and is looking great, so do pay a visit and see for yourselves!

In the run up to opening day, there are events for families on Saturdays in Princess Square -

'China' on Saturday 12th August
'Greece' on Saturday 19th August
'and Great Britain' on Saturday 26th August

Click here for more information

Friday, 4 August 2017

Tuesday 8th August - Come and view and vote for the preferred Playpark designs at Deepcut AWS Community Centre

Please see the links below, for the proposed plans.  Please note, that Proludic has separate plans in one file and HAGS has the plans in one pdf to flick through.

Proludic Plans

HAGS Plans

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

PlayRangers, National Playday Saturday 5th August 2017


Come and enjoy free activities at our event:
5 August
1.30pm to 4.30pm
Beech Grove Playground, Pirbright, GU24 0PU.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Armed Forces Covenant Survey

The Armed Forces Covenant website has now been live for over a year and is being updated continually, but to ensure the content meets the user's needs, we are currently hosting a customer survey - the feedback will help us improve the website's content. The survey will run until 31 July and can be accessed via the front page, https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk  

Sunday, 23 July 2017

The Beale Beastie - Triathlon Register in September 2017 for May 2018

Event Overview:
The Beale Beastie is a  Sprint distance triathlon set in the stunning Beale Park, Berkshire.  Brilliant as a season starter for both novices and experienced athletes.
The Beale Beastie is a 400m open water lake swim in the cool, clear waters of Beale Park Lake.  Enjoy a challenging 20km bike ride through the glorious Berkshire Downs – taking on one or two notorious local hills (it is a Beastie after all).  To finish up, your 5km run passes through beautiful parkland, along the banks of the River Thames and into the dappled light of Beale Park woods – truly mixed terrain.
All competitors receive an event t-shirt, a shiny medal and a fabulous goodie bag.  You can also buy an exclusive event technical tee, and a hoody to remind you that you beat The Beastie!  We’ve got lots of loos, an event village and plenty of food and drink to buy after the event.

Camberley Car Show - Saturday 19th August 2017

RMAS - Coffee Mornings at the Wishstream Community Cemtre, all personnel, staff and families welcome!

Pulse Junior Youth Club 12-15 yrs, Tuesdays

'Give us time' Holidays donated to military families - do you need one, can you help?

You need to get away sometimes. Life is stressful: concerns at work, bills to pay, phone calls to make. Sometimes we need to talk to our spouse about the problems we face. But what if your spouse is away for most of the year and communicating is difficult? What if they are in a situation where they may never come back? Or, if they do, could return with physical or psychological wounds?

That is the situation that many people with significant others in the military have to face. An operational tour can last from three to six months, but in some cases people in the military have to spend most of the year away from their families.

Life at home goes on without them. Children grow up, spouses go through life experiences without their partner. Often, by the time they come home, the family has grown apart and the family dynamic has changed.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Pizza Express in Camberley reopening on Saturday 22nd July 2017 - decor inspired by the RMA Camberley!

The revamped restaurant, which draws heavy inspiration from the nearby Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, has an exciting new colour scheme, smart new banquette and booth seating, and pendant lighting.
Design features have been influenced by military uniform, including stripes associated with an officer’s rank. The kitchen walls have been fully re-tiled using a combination of matt black and gloss black tiles fixed in a chevron pattern. The new tiled floor and oak panelling also feature the chevron motif.
Bespoke, abstract artworks throughout the restaurant portray military stripes green and metallic copper tones. The bar has been revamped, and for those who like to dine alfresco, the outside has had a makeover complete with new furniture, windbreaks and planters.
Restaurant Manager Karolina Schmidova comments: “We are incredibly excited to be relaunching our newly renovated restaurant in Camberley and can’t wait to invite new guests and regulars inside to see the changes.”
The transformation coincides with the introduction of new dishes for summer. Such as the Pollo Milanese, with a succulent warm breaded whole chicken breast, shaved Gran Milano cheese and sumptuous roasted tomatoes. There’s also a Summer Tiramisu, with luxurious layers of ladyfingers and mascarpone cream, soaked in Vin Santo wine and sweet strawberry puree, topped off with strawberries and cream.
New on the Piccolo menu for children is the Pollo Salad, which includes a generous portion of torn chicken, red and yellow peppers and light mozzarella; served with a choice of either polenta chips or Dough Balls. And vegan and dairy-free guests are now able to have some of their favourite pizzas their way across the menu, with the addition of a vegan mozzarella option.
Three of the Spring Specials items stay on the menu for summer: the succulent Zapparolli Romana, with its delicious chicken and creamed corn base, the Cod Crocchette; and gluten-free Seafood Rigatoni.

ASB - Summer holiday message from PC 4567 Simon Morris DCPO

July 2017

With the summer holidays just about to start, unfortunately this is also the time when occurrences of anti-social behaviour increase.
The phrase Anti-Social Behaviour takes in a range of nuisances, disorder and crimes which affects people’s lives on a daily basis. It looks different and feels different in every area and to every victim. What is considered anti-social by one person can be acceptable to another.

Issues that can be considered as ASB include:
·         Rowdy, noisy behaviour in otherwise quiet neighbourhoods
·         Night time noise from houses or gardens, especially between 11.00pm and 7.00am
·         Threatening, drunken or intimidating behaviour
·         Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
·         Litter and fly-tipping rubbish
·         Drinking in the street

ASB can be difficult to define, and although annoying, there are some types of behaviour that are not classed as anti-social:
·         Children playing in the street or communal areas - unless they are causing damage to property
·         Young people gathering socially - unless they are rowdy, intimidating or causing a danger to themselves or others
·         Being unable to park outside your own home
·         DIY and off road car repairs- unless these are taking place late at night or early in the morning

Please be considerate to others, be mindful of where and what your children are up to and also, please be tolerant of others. As a community, let’s enjoy the summer holidays.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

SE Armed Forces Festival of Learning - Aldershot, Weds 19th July 2017

Bournemouth (Free) Air Festival 31 Aug - 3 Sep 2017

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 https://bournemouthair.co.uk/

HGV Mechanics and C+E Drivers Wanted

Please click HERE for job descriptions

How To Keep The Children Entertained During The School Holidays

Keep everyone happy without spending a fortune.
For ideas and tips please click HERE

AFF secures better access to student loans for Army spouses and partners

AFF secures better access to student loans for Army spouses and partners
The Army Families Federation (AFF) is celebrating a change to Student Finance England's loan qualifying criteria, which will allow more Army families to access a loan when undertaking a UK based course.
As of 1 August 2017, families posted overseas who wish to undertake a qualifying UK based university or college course can now access a loan via Student Finance England even if they are not in the UK on the first day of their chosen course. This applies to both full and part time courses.
An AFF win
This AFF win was originally announced by the Universities Minister Jo Johnson back in 2016, after much lobbying by the charity and joint working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
The change applies to new students starting a distance learning course in 2017/18 and also to those who have already started a distance learning course before and who are continuing that course in 2017/18.
Unfortunately, this does not apply to those from the devolved nations. To be eligible, you must qualify for the English student support package.
Putting families first
AFF continues to prioritise spousal employment and training, and this includes those posted overseas who sometimes cannot work and so choose to undertake a course during that time.
AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade said: "AFF is delighted that the new, more inclusive student funding rules have now come into force; Armed Forces families who are posted abroad will now have access to the same opportunities as those living in the UK, when accessing Student Finance England loans. We look forward to seeing the positive impact on military spouses this change will bring."  
Find out more
For more information about the work AFF does in support of Army families, visit their website www.aff.org.uk 

WIN £500 worth of kit by joining the BFBS Cadet Takeover!

WIN £500 worth of kit by joining the BFBS Cadet Takeover!
Forces Radio BFBS is challenging cadet members and units worldwide to submit 10-60 second videosthat capture their activities.
And now it’s getting competitive as every video is in with a chance of winning £500 worth of kit from The Cadet Kit Shop.  

Entries are open now until Friday 1st September 2017, when the winning video will be chosen by the Forces Radio BFBS judges.
The short films are published with the #CadetTakeover hashtag online on the www.forces.netwebsite and Forces Radio BFBS’s social media channels.
Hundreds of air cadets have already taken part, andAir Commodore Dawn McCafferty, Commandant ATC, has supported the initiative with a video that’s been viewed more than 50,000 times on Facebook.
The BFBS Cadet Takeover aims to raise the profile of local units and its members, illustrate the benefits of joining a cadet force, and foster inter-unit competition.
This also brings ownership of a key part of our radio and digital content and develops the digital skills of young people. Examples of videos could include parades, cadet tutorials, or ‘How To’ guides.
Tips for shooting videos and details of how to send them to Forces Radio BFBS are available online. Before submitting a video, cadets must obtain authorisation from local unit officers and parental consent.
The Cadet Unit Consent Agreement form, the BFBS Cadet Takeover Competition Supplementary Rules, and a pdf link with the full competition prize, areall available online at: http://forces.net/radio/join-bfbs-cadettakeover
And don’t forget you can also nominate a ‘Cadet of the Week’ for BFBS’s Access All Areas programme on Sundays 10-1pm (UK) – just email access@bfbs.com or cadets@bfbs.com.

Thames Valley Police - The Armed Forces Referral Service

We have today (6/7) launched a service that provides support for members of the Armed Forces community to prevent re-offending.
The Armed Forces Referral Service aims to help reduce crime, rates of offending and re-offending by providing better access to support for veterans and their families that come into contact with the police.
Thames Valley Police is one of the first forces in the UK to launch a service that provides members of the Armed Forces’ community with opportunities to access practical support from SSAFA, the oldest national military charity, upon coming into contact with the police through either welfare or criminal incidents.
TVP Armed Forces Referral Service Lead, PC Antony Colton, said: “Anyone who comes into contact with TVP and who is identified as having any links with the British Armed Forces will be offered the opportunity to be referred to SSAFA, a charity that offers practical, emotional and financial support to serving personnel, veterans and their families.
“The purpose of this service is to better support our Armed Forces community whilst helping reduce crime and rates of offending and re-offending.

“The Armed Forces Referral Service will make it easier for them to get the support they need, from organisations and charities best able to provide it.
“No matter how complex their needs, working together we can do more.”
Julie McCarthy, Director of Volunteer Operations, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, said:
“Working with Thames Valley Police will ensure that we will be able to provide support to more veterans and their families who find themselves in the criminal justice system. 
“SSAFA is extremely grateful to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund for providing a grant to support a wider SSAFA project working with veterans and families in the criminal justice system. We hope this project will help with the rehabilitation of veterans and in turn lower re-offending rates.”
TVP are holding a live web chat on 18 July between 6:30pm and 7:30pm where anyone can ask questions to a panel from TVP regarding the Armed Forces Referral Service. Join the session, go to: thamesvp.coverpage.coveritlive.com/.

For more information on TVP Armed Forces Referral Service visit:
- Thames Valley Police Website
- Facebook 
- Twitter