Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Recruit for Spouses Drop-in at Marchwood HIVE

Looking for employment?
Need help with your CV?
Come along and get the help you need....
If you would like to attend please call Marchwood HIVE to confirm: 02380 862172
You can turn up on the day but please consider you may need to wait. 

Early Years Groups/Parents Groups-Waterside

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Please note. Details of these groups may change at any time.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Monday, 20 February 2017

NPower-Defence Discount Service

NPower are offering members a one night hotel stay for two people when they switch through the offer on the Defence Discount Service website -www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

New vehicle tax rates from 1 April 2017

The way vehicle tax is calculated will change for cars and some motor homes that are first registered with DVLA from 1 April 2017.

The Armed Forces Convenant Snapshot- Supporting Education for Children from Service Families in England

The Covenant is a promise from the nation ensuring that those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces and their families are treated fairly.  
Part of fair treatment is about making sure children of members of the Armed Forces receive the same standard of, and access to education as any other UK citizen in the area in which they live.

Service to Civvy Are You Pension Ready?

The “Are you Pension Ready Campaign” recently launched by Veterans UK is a welcome initiative to raise awareness amongst Armed Forces personnel of their pension entitlements.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

February Quest Magazine - Incorporating Courses 4 Forces

Civvy Street Magazine - February 2017

Claim Child Benefit

You get Child Benefit if you’re responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training).
Only one person can get Child Benefit for a child.
You must report any change of circumstances to the Child Benefit Office.
You may have to pay a tax charge if your or your partner’s individual income is over £50,000.
You can choose not to get Child Benefit payments, but you should still fill in the claim form because:

Armed Forces - Foreign & Commonwealth families CLICK HERE to check details of how to claim. Details can be found in the  What benefits can I claim? section.

Manage your Tax Credits

Use this service to:
  • tell the Tax Credit Office about changes to your circumstances, for example if you’ve moved house
  • find out how much and when you’ll be paid

Apply online for a UK passport

You can apply for, renew, replace or update your passport and pay for it online.
You’ll need a debit or credit card to use this service.
It should take 6 weeks to get your first adult passport once your form has been received. For all other application types, it should take 3 weeks.
It can take longer if more information is needed or your application hasn’t been filled out correctly.
You should use a different service if you need your passport urgently.
Don’t book travel until you have a valid passport - doing so is at your own risk.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

ABF Ride London-Surrey 100, 30th July 2017

Cycle for The Soldiers’ Charity in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100
Why take part?
It is a world-class festival of cycling developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies. You will be raising money to help us support soldiers and their families. It is a lifetime experience to remember. Inspired by London’s 2012 Olympic road race, the 100 mile Prudential Ride London – Surrey route takes you past iconic landmarks, up renowned climbs and through closed roads.

When?  Sunday 30th July 2017
Where?  London – Surrey | Event starts at Queen Elizabeth Park, London
Registration fee: £20.00
Fundraising target: £500.00

Want a place?
ABF has a number of charity places in this event. Join our#FundraisingArmy today by applying for one of our Gold Bond places using the via the website HERE  *Application deadline tbc

Join  #FundraisingArmy and receive:
Guaranteed Place
Support from our dedicated team up until and including the event day
Soldiers’ Charity training T-shirts
Fundraising pack and advice to help you reach your sponsorship target 

Dedicated cheering points

For further information or to request a place in the #FundraisingArmy team.CLICK HERE

Latest Defence Discount Offers

Monday, 6 February 2017

E-bluey cessation announcement

e-bluey Cessation Announcement:

The Ministry of Defence has announced that we are ending the e-bluey service on 31 March 2017.

Since the draw down from Afghanistan in 2014, the e-bluey service has become less popular as a way for service personnel to keep in touch. The number of downloads per month has dramatically decreased from 100,000 to less than 3,000 downloads per month.
With the ever-growing use of Wi-Fi and mobile data-based technology for keeping in touch, personnel are finding new ways to speak to their family and loved ones.

We want to make sure that we provide the best possible support to our personnel at the best possible value for money for the UK taxpayer. TheMOD is reinvesting the funds used for the e-bluey service into innovative and modern ways of communicating that will be more relevant to the needs and expectations of a larger number of service personnel.

Letter and parcel services for service personnel and their families will remain unaffected.

The MOD takes the welfare of our armed forces extremely seriously and we remain committed to ensuring that those deployed on operations are able to keep in touch with their families and friends. Loved ones will still be able to send hand-written letters free of charge via a Forces Free Air Letter (FFAL) if they are deployed on an operation.

BFPO provides a range of postal and courier services in support of the UK armed forces and their dependants wherever they are in the world and will continue to do so.

Marchwood Military Wives Choir

Friday, 3 February 2017

Tri-Service Results of the MOD's Future Accommodation Model Survey: 2016

Following the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) commitment to make a new accommodation offer to help more personnel live in private accommodation and meet their aspirations for home ownership, the Ministry of Defence is considering, through the Future Accommodation Model (FAM), how it provides service personnel and their families with accommodation in the future, whether they are single, in a relationship or married. The survey captures the views of service personnel on their priorities and preferences of the possible package options under FAM.


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: http://www.littletroopers.net/little-troopers-at-school/

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