Friday, 31 March 2017

Check your National Insurance record online

You can check your National Insurance record online to see:
  • what you’ve paid, up to the start of the current tax year (6 April 2016)
  • any National Insurance credits you’ve received
  • if gaps in contributions or credits mean some years don’t count towards your State Pension (they aren’t ‘qualifying years’)
  • if you can pay voluntary contributions to fill any gaps and how much this will cost
Your online record doesn’t cover how much State Pension you’re likely to get.

More Information

You’ll need a Government Gateway account to check your National Insurance record online - you’ll be able to set one up if you don’t have one.

Personal tax account

Signing in to the ‘Check your National Insurance record’ service activates your personal tax account. You can use this to check your HMRC records and manage your other details.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The RLC Association



The British Army is justifiably proud of its regimental system that is the envy of other Armies for the way the esprit de corps is developed and maintained. The purpose of The RLC Association is to promote and maintain the Corps identity through the encouragement of its membership, Regular and Reservist, serving and retired and their dependants.



Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Poppy Pod Project: Camping village for Armed Forces personnel and their families- Tile Barn Outdoor Centre-Brockenhurst


CLICK HERE  to find out what facilities they have and available activities




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 project is to become its lasting legacy to our Armed Service personnel to recognise and remember the sacrifices made and faced by the Armed Forces Community.



Twenty wooden pods have already been built as free holiday and respite facilities for service personnel, veterans and their families, thanks to £250,000 from the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant scheme.  A further £50,000 donation from the Brockenhurst Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) will be used to build a communal hub building for visitors to meet, eat and share experiences with other families.

The 20 solar-powered, accessible pods and hub building will be available at a charge for schools, when bookings begin from spring 2016. However, priority will be given to members of the armed services and their families on weekends and during school holiday periods who can enjoy the facilities for free.  



Tile Barn has been a camping and outdoor centre since the early 1970s and has recently benefitted from a new, fully accessible shower and toilet block, which will support use of the ‘Poppy Pod’ village. The centre was set up to provide cost effective outdoor residential experiences to school children in Hampshire. It can cater for up to 350 young people in fully equipped campsites and a 37 bed bunkhouse facility.

Tile Barn was originally used to treat First World War troops from the Indian Army Corps at tented and galvanised units, nicknamed 'Tin Town' by local people. The site then became the New Zealand General Hospital No.1 where 21,000 casualties were treated.



The pods have been fitted with a seating area which easily converts into a bed for families to have a versatile space.

Quick video tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7VybXIIoPo 









Monday, 6 March 2017

RAF HIVE Information Service

RAF HIVE Information Offices support the Chain of Command and tri-Service community through the provision of up to date and relevant information.

RAF HIVE Information Officers are able to provide an extensive range of information on relocation, the local unit and civilian facilities, places of interest, schools and further education, housing, healthcare facilities, employment and training opportunities.
Communication is fast and effective. RAF HIVE staff network worldwide, resourcing national and local information as needed. Information on future relocations is one of the key areas of information support and is available either in advance or on arrival at the receiving unit. RAF HIVE staffs are also involved in providing Operational deployment support, including information on ways of communicating with deployed personnel and other useful info.
RAF HIVE Information Officers are not trained in welfare counselling, however, they are able to offer initial support to individuals and can advise referral to those professional agencies best suited to the individual's circumstances. All RAF HIVE staff are bound to a Code of Confidentiality.
RAF HIVEs provide a comprehensive information service; it is recognised and valued by the Chain of Command and tri-Service communities for its professional approach, initiative and commitment to deliver.
To find the RAF HIVE you require CLICK HERE....

Volunteers needed for Marchwood Party in the Park


Marchwood Parish Council are looking for volunteers to assist with marshalling during the Party in the Park on Saturday 5th August 2017 between 1pm till 10pm.
Even if you can contribute for an hour or two your time would be much appreciated.

Please contact Melanie or Colette: 02380 860273


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Armed Forces Register to Vote.



SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity


SSAFA provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force.
We're ready to help you and your family, whenever and wherever you need us.
CURRENTLY SERVING: At SSAFA we understand that life in the Forces is unique, so occasionally you or your family might need a helping hand. So we're here to provide practical and emotional support to anyone who is currently serving in the Army, RAF and Royal Navy and their families when they most need it.

What we can do for youWe have a network of trained volunteers on Army, RAF and Naval bases in the UK and around the world who can give you local support.

Everyone faces different challenges so we’ve developed specialist services to meet the needs of today's serving community. Find out what we can do for you.