Monday, 12 December 2016

Latest Discounts From Defence Discount Service


Hampshire School Calendar 2016-2017

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Please check with your school dates for inset days

If you would like a copy ASK HIVE

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Pathfinder Magazine : Dec 16

QUEST Resettlement Magazine: Dec 16

Civvy Street Dec 16 Edition

Spaces - Single Persons' Accommodation for Service Personnel

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CTP - Future Horizons

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Marchwood Pre-Schools & Schools

There are three pre-schools in Marchwood village.
Mulberry Pre-School –
Twiggs Lane Pre-School –
Little Gardners :
Marchwood C of E Infant School
At Marchwood Church of England Infant School, we believe every child matters.  We aim to develop the whole child and we are confident in our ability to prepare children to be lifelong learners and to make a positive contribution to the world in which they live. Click: Visit the School Website
Marchwood Junior School
Our vision at Marchwood Junior School is of a safe, caring, happy and healthy school which inspires and challenges all children to achieve educational and personal fulfilment so that they may contribute to the local and the global community in a positive and responsible way and to ensure a sustainable future.                              Click: Visit the School Website
Applemore Technology College
Our traditional values of commitment, respect, responsibility and excellence are central to everything we do. Every student matters at Applemore.
We pride ourselves on being a small school where all students are valued and encouraged to achieve their personal best, working in partnership with their parents. Click: Visit the College Website
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Monday, 28 November 2016

Brand New Forest - local discounts

The new 2017 Card is available to buy and valid for use from THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER.   This year’s card has an additional key fob which is an extra reminder when you are out and about and comes presented in a Gift Card which makes an ideal present!

Brand New Forest Card for British Armed Forces Personnel

A complementary Brand New Forest Card is available to serving or past armed forces personnel resident in New Forest District.

Big White Wall

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Business Start Up: Free Course

Service Pupil Premium 2017

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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. 

Friday, 18 November 2016

Own Your Home

Affordable home ownership schemes

You may be able to get financial help from the government to buy a home.
You could get:

Buying your council or housing association property

There are also schemes for council tenants and housing association tenants.

New postings and accessing healthcare

Healthcare advice for you and your family when relocating within the UK or returning home from an overseas posting.
If you are unsure about anything in relation to you or your family’s healthcare, you should speak to your unit or local HIVE as soon as possible.
The provision of healthcare to you and your family will depend on where you live.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Domestic abuse: guidance and support

Information and guidance for those affected by or dealing with cases of domestic abuse in the armed forces community.

This site is for members of the armed forces community who are male or female victims, perpetrators looking to change their behaviour, military or civilian practitioners, chain of command or concerned family and friends.

A concerned family or friend?

Who can help?

Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds

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.

Friday, 11 November 2016

FREE Business Start up course: Dependants of the Armed Forces.


More Courses 2017

Joining the British Army? Information for Parents and Guardians

Is a son, daughter or loved one thinking about joining the Army? 
We know it’s a big decision. That’s why we want you to have all the facts. By being well informed, you can help your child or loved one get an accurate picture of Army life. Then they’ll be able to decide if this is the right path for them.

Your questions answered: Click here to find out more.....

Pathfinder Magazine: Nov 2016

Civvy Street Resettlement Guide - November 2016

To View the November edition online, please click on the link below:

                                             Civvy Street November 2016

Friday, 4 November 2016

British Forces overseas posting: Cyprus

If you have received an assignment order to Cyprus contact your nearest HIVE. 

HIVES in Cyprus
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

Staying Healthy in Cyprus

If you are posted to Cyprus and require information contact HIVE

Friday, 21 October 2016

Single Persons Accommodation Centre

What is SPACES?
Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services, SPACES, is a housing advice and placement service for veterans.
SPACES targets the most vulnerable of Service leavers, regardless of rank, length of service, or reason for discharge.  The SPACES office is located within The Beacon at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.
You’ll find:
    • The SPACES office is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, with answerphone service out-of-hours.
    • Helps to secure appropriate accommodation when you leave the Armed Forces to reduce the risk of homelessness or rough sleeping.
    • Help to find accommodation no matter where you are located across the UK.
    • Support from up to 12 months prior to discharge if you have housing concern (the SPACES team will maintain contact with you until suitable accommodation is secured).
    • All information treated in strict confidence.
    • Advice and referrals to other specialist agencies if required,
    • If you are married or a single parent, we will direct you to the Joint Service Housing Advice Office.
    • Information to assist Foreign & Commonwealth Service personnel with housing needs.
    • Optional referral to Riversides’ Care and Support bespoke accommodation centres for single veterans.

Monday, 10 October 2016

British Armed Forces -Falkland Islands Families Handbook

This booklet is to help assist you and your family with making the transition from your previous posting too Mount Pleasant Complex (MPC), as easy as possible. 

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Forces Help to Buy Scheme Extended

The Secretary of State for Defence today announced the excellent news that the very popular Forces Help To Buy scheme will be extended into 2018. As you will be aware, the scheme which was launched in 2014, allows serving military personnel to borrow up to half their salary up to a cap of £25,000, interest free over ten years so they can buy their first home, extend a current one or move up the property ladder.

The news is featured on the Armed Forces Covenant website and includes comments from L/Cpl Baffour Asante whose family has benefited from the scheme.

For more information on the Scheme please click on the link below:

Latest Quest Magazine: Resettlement for all ranks

Friday, 23 September 2016

Big White Wall

That moment when everything calms down to a standstill; when, even if it is just for moment, life seems to make sense and the smile that has appeared on your face had no second thought. Peace is a simple concept yet it can be the hardest to accomplish. September sees the United Nations’ International Day of Peace (Wednesday 21st) take place around the world. It is a time to reflect on what makes each of us peaceful, on how we can create a more peaceful society, and on what has been sacrificed to achieve peace in the past. It can serve as a reminder that we are all seeking a more peaceful life.

With Big White Wall’s trained counsellors (called Wall Guides) and peer support, there is always a peaceful place to go 24/7. All UK serving personnel, veterans, reservists and their families aged 16+ can access free and anonymous online

Whether it is wellbeing or mental health issues, stress or just going through a tough time, Big White Wall is here to provide safe, anonymous support at any time, day or night.

Big White Wall is supported by Help for Heroes, the Ministry of Defence and
NHS England to support the UK Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

CarillionAmey: Is your heating working?

As we are approaching autumn and colder weather is soon to arrive, we want to make sure the heating in your home is in good working order.
Please check that your boiler is working.
Is it firing up properly? Are the radiators heating up?

If you notice an issue, please call our Helpdesk on 0800 707 6000 (option 1) to log a repair. Our Helpdesk is open 24/7 365 days a year.

 For further guidance please watch the self-help video: CLICK HERE...

Monday, 19 September 2016

Service Children's Education Advisory Service

The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) provides expert and impartial advice about the education of service children.
CEAS provides information and advice as well as supporting parents at meetings with schools, local authorities, at tribunal etc. No question is too small or too large for us to deal with. If we don’t know the answer ourselves we usually know someone who does.
To read more CLICK HERE
Telephone: 01980 618 244 (Military 94 344 8244)

Moving Schools booklet available from HIVE

Friday, 16 September 2016

17 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC: Freedom of the New Forest District Parade

Lyndhurst 25th September 2016

New Forest District Council are pleased to be awarding the Freedom of the District to 17 Port & Maritime Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps (based at Marchwood) on Sunday 25 September at Appletree Court (Council Offices).

After a ceremony at Appletree Court to award the Freedom, there will be a parade through Lyndhurst High St (and back again, returning to Appletree Court). 
Honorary Freedom gives the Regiment the right, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the New Forest District on all ceremonial occasions with swords drawn, bayonets fixed and drums beating, bands playing, and colours flying
The parade is expected to reach the high street at around 2.30pm and we would be delighted if you would join us in lining the streets and cheering on the regiment.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Interested in Volunteering with Hampshire Children's Services?

Are you interested in supporting vulnerable young people to reach their goals?

We are looking for male and female mentors throughout Hampshire to provide independent support and mentoring.

This will include face to face meetings, supporting them to attend activities and telephone support. A crucial aspect of the role is to have the ability to build a positive relationship to allow them to feel listened to and supported.

The role of mentors has become increasing important in sustaining the progress made by young people. We are seeking volunteers, who are able to:

  • ·         Build and maintain positive relationships with young people
  • ·         Have the ability to listen
  • ·         Remain calm and impartial
  • ·         Work in a non- judgemental way.

Young people may have a range of professionals working with them. It is recognised that having someone independent who is impartial to talk too and offer support can make a difference to their self esteem and engagement – whilst supporting the role of the social worker to their working needs.

Have you got a spare hour a week to support a young person in achieving more?

If you can help or you want to find out more, please email the Innovation Fund Team on