Thursday, 27 April 2017

Childcare Choices - increase of free places

Tax-Free Childcare Tax-Free Childcare will be available to millions of working families across the UK, and over time it will replace childcare vouchers, which will close to new entrants from April 2018. Voucher schemes remain open to existing members. 
Eligible parents with children under 12 (under 17 for disabled children) will be able to set up an online childcare account to pay their childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in, the Government will add £2, up to a maximum contribution of £2,000 per child, per year (£4,000 per year for disabled children). 

To qualify, parents must be in work, this includes self-employment, and each expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week and earn no more than £100,000 per year. Using the Childcare Checker, parents will be able to find out which providers have signed up in their area. 
The scheme will gradually become available to different age groups from 28 April 2017 with all eligible parents being able to access the scheme by the end of 2017. Parents who have registered with the ‘keep me updated’ tool will be notified when they become eligible. 

Childcare providers have a pivotal role in Tax-Free Childcare. They need to sign up so that parents can use Tax-Free Childcare to pay them; thousands have already done so. To find out more about the new and existing offers, including the introduction of 30 Hours free childcare from September 2017 for eligible working parents and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website at where you will find the childcare calculator to help you compare the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for your family. 

MOD personnel based within the United Kingdom will have the same access to these new Childcare Choices as any other citizen, in line with the Armed Forces Covenant. Since 2013 the Ministry of Defence has been working closely with other government departments to ensure that these changes to childcare choices can be mirrored, so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, for entitled MOD personnel based outside the United Kingdom. Full details of the required changes or additions to MOD policies will be published shortly, once the changes have been published on the Government’s Childcare Choices webpage. Alternatively, email: for further information.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Local Employment Links

Southampton Daily Echo:

Job vacancies Southampton:

DIO Information for Army Basing at Salisbury Plain 2019

Royal Navy (HIVE): Welfare Information Support Teams

Welfare Information Support

The Welfare Information Support Team is the first port of call for the Service Personnel and their families and friends who are looking for the advice, support and resources they need to deal with the rigours of life in the Royal Navy. These demands go beyond those of civilian life, such as pressures that come with separation from family and friends, or the potential dangers of deployment, to name just two. 

The resources delivered by the Welfare Information Support Team ensure that Service Personnel look our for, and after each other, and that they're more than the sum of their parts - and that they meet the Royal Navy objective to: "...provide accessible support services that strengthen and enhance the resilience and resourcefulness of Naval Service personnel, their families and communities."

Portsmouth (HMS Nelson): The Portsmouth Information Office, located within HMS Nelson, exists to provide bespoke information to the Service Community throughout Portsmouth and the surrounding areas.

Your Information Support Officers are: Lauren Halpin (Outreach Support) and Sara Joyce.

Get in touch: 
Tel: 02392 722151
If you prefer to use Social Media you can also post on our Facebook page, Tweet us @RNRMWelfare #WIOPortsmouth or post in the Welfare Information forum.

Other areas: For opening times and specific information on your local information office clink on the links.

Defence Discount Service Latest Offers

Under Armour

In N Out


Powerhouse Fitness

Quest Magazine - April 2017 edition

Pathfinder April 2017

Old £5 note will be withdrawn from circulation 5th May 2017

Friday, 21 April 2017

New Forest Parking Clocks

Charges apply in most of the Council's town and village car parks. In order to help motorists (particularly residents and those who work in our towns/villages) the council operates a clock parking scheme.
The display of a correctly set valid clock, will allow motorists to park in the relevant NFDC car parks without incurring a further charge. Holders of the clock are subject to the waiting restrictions which apply in NFDC car parks. Motorists who do not wish to purchase a clock can pay at the ticket machine or pay by mobile phone.
Parking clocks purchased on line will be posted to the address supplied and should be received within three working days.  A clock is only valid if displayed correctly in the vehicle.  If a valid clock is not displayed a pay and display ticket should be purchased or payment made through the RingGo phone payment facility 01590 60 59 59 or
Please visit the website to read the full details and T&C.
Special scheme available for Hythe Ferry, please telephone 023 8084 0722 for details.

Bus Service- Marchwood, Hythe & Calshot

Your local bus service

Click HERE for the timetable. 

Marchwood Well Baby Clinic @ The Mulberry Centre

FROM 15th May 2017

Messy Play Bus @ The Mulberry Centre & Calshot

Community Mini Bus for HIRE

For more details please contact Fawley Parish Council

Call Us:
023 8089 0761

Back to School: HC3S - Hampshire County Council Catering Services: School menus

Please visit the website for the full details.

Free School Meals

All children in Key Stage 1 will be entitled to Universal Free School Meals from September 2014.
However, for some of those children, schools will also be able to claim Pupil Premium, which will help provide further support for those children.  The criteria for eligibility is the same as, and comes from, what is the free school meal criteria from Key Stage 2 onwards.


This criteria for eligibility is where parents/guardians are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income, of no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs1
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • All Universal Credit claimants are currently eligible for education benefits’
No other benefits qualify for free school/college meals from Key Stage 2 and or pupil premium for Key Stage 1.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Broadband providers drop cancellation fees for Armed Forces personnel

Defence Minister Mark Lancaster has announced that Armed Forces personnel will no longer have to face cancellation fees for their broadband and media packages when posted overseas or to another part of the UK. 
The commitment from the UK’s biggest broadband providers representing 95 per cent of Britain’s broadband market comes into force immediately, and will benefit tens of thousands of Forces households in the UK and abroad.

The change agreed to under the tenets of the Armed Forces Covenant includes BT, Sky, EE, Plusnet, Talk Talk and Virgin Media, who have all committed to treating military personnel fairly when cancelling their contracts.

Find further details HERE

New Forest In Touch: Mobile app - available on iPhone and Android

If you spot a broken street light or a messy bit of graffiti while out and about, you don't have to wait until you get home to report it.
The New Forest In Touch mobile app lets you photograph, video and report problems directly to the council - where the issue will be quickly addressed by the appropriate service.
The fast and efficient app, which is free to download from iTunes and Google Play, lets you report issues 24/7 from anywhere in the UK via your Smartphone.

The app enables you to report issues such as refuse collections, fly-tipping, street rubbish, illegal fly posting, a broken pavement or street lighting, problems with parking meters and pot holes in the road, abandoned vehicles, dead animals, drains and graffiti, antisocial behaviour issues and problems in your local park.
Other issues you can report through the app include:
  • Illegal dumping of waste
  • Pest problem
  • Refuse problem
  • Skip problem
  • Dog fouling
  • Bus Stop
  • Public Conveniences
  • Recycling
  • Complaint or Praise
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Car Park maintenance
  • Food hygiene
  • Light or Noise Pollution
  • Nuisance bonfires
  • Health and Safety
  • Planning Breaches
  • Empty Properties
  • Street issues such as pavements
  • Benefit Fraud
And by using the Smartphone's GPS mapping technology, the New Forest In Touch app will automatically send your report to the correct authority. So, if you report a dead animal on the roadside in Wiltshire, for example, the report will be sent to the appropriate local council to deal with.
Using the mobile app is easy - to submit a report you just select the appropriate category, such as 'health and safety', complete the questions and capture the evidence with a photo or video, enter your location and send!
The council will then get to work to resolve the issue and once completed, you will receive an email to keep you updated.

New Forest Household Waste, Recycling and Garden Waste

Visiting the New Forest: Please keep to the main tracks

Southampton's Hidden History Walking Tours

Park Lives Try Climbing: Woodmill Outdoor Activity Centre | 24th April 2017, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Ever wanted to give climbing a go? Now is your chance with the free ParkLives taster sessions at Woodmill Activity Centre. This exhilarating sport is perfect for those wanting to challenge themselves and try something different! All the safety kit you need will be provided by the team at Woodmill... so what's stopping you?

Southampton's St George's Day Festival 2017

Southampton's St George's Day Festival 2017

Sunday 23 April 2017
Free - register your place in advance
4pm - 6pm
At The Hub, Southampton City College, St Mary's Street, Southampton SO14 1AR

Information for Service Leavers - Transiiton Information Sheet 10

JSHAO Housing Briefs

NSPCC home alone leaflet


British F1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton was given a guided tour of HMS MIDDLETON at its current base in Bahrain on Monday [17 April 2017].

Hamilton, who came second in the Grand Prix on Sunday [16 April 2017], took time out on Monday to pose for photos, sign autographs and learn more about Royal Navy operations in the region, shortly before the minehunter set sail.

Thanks to generous support from the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Dragon Advisory Limited and CSM Sport & Entertainment, Tickets For Troops secured 40 tickets each day for members of the Royal Navy, and their Army and Royal Air Force colleagues all serving with the United Kingdom Maritime Component Command, to attend the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Tickets For Troops trustee, Stuart Higgins, organised the visit of the former F1 Champion to the ship which ensured our service personnel who have spent months away from their families and friends could enjoy the Easter weekend in style.

Royal Navy Commander Nicholas Stone, from Bahrain said: "This experience has made such a difference to our personnel over the last week, both with the Grand Prix and then capped off last night [17 April] by Lewis's visit. Please accept my most sincere thanks for your support of those of us deployed out here."

Veronica Bamford, Director of Operations at Tickets For Troops said: "This has been a fantastic opportunity for our troops who work tirelessly around the globe to enjoy a bit of down time.

We are extremely grateful to all our supporters who have made it possible for the troops to not only watch world class motor sport but also meet British F1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton and hope this goes someway to making their time away from home and their loved ones a little easier."

Many troops who benefit from Tickets For Troops ( endure long periods of separation from their families due to operational tours and training exercises or living apart from their loved ones.

Tickets For Troops was set up in 2009 to provide free tickets to the Armed Forces for sports, music, theatre, cultural and entertainment events across the UK.
The charity has distributed over 980,000 free tickets in the last seven years and is proud to offer tickets to troops which they can share with their loved ones, as a small acknowledgement and reward for the work they do for our country.
Organisations who would like to get involved with the charity and donate free tickets to benefit our servicemen and women can get in contact with Tickets For Troops by emailing or calling 0207 932 0808

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Marchwood Household Waste Recycling Centre

Hantsweb: Your gateway to information on Hampshire - for residents and visitors alike

Click here for Opening Times

Address: Normandy Way, Marchwood, SO40 4UD 

Phone 02380 865178 

Monday, 10 April 2017

JSHAO Housing Briefs - Next nearest...

Joint Service Housing Advice Office civilian housing briefs for military personnel personnel who are considering their housing options.

Tidworth: Wednesday 7th June
Aldershot: Tuesday 13th June

To book a brief at a location administered by the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) call the central CTP telephone line on: 0203 162 4410.  If you are in Resettlement you will need to complete a Non GRT Absence Request on JPA after making your telephone booking. 

Open to all Service personnel and dependants, at any stage of their Service career 

SIIAP members also support and deliver a financial presentation, as part of these briefs. They offer specialist knowledge and provide independent advice to Service personnel. 

Other locations: CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Marchwood: Mulberry Centre Coffee Morning

Tax-Free Childcare: 10 things parents should know

Tax-Free Childcare will be available to around 2 million households to help with the cost of childcare, enabling more parents to go out to work, if they want to, to provide greater security for their families.
To find out about all the government’s childcare offers visit the Childcare Choices website.
Ten things to know about Tax-Free Childcare: CLICK HERE....

Marchwood: Ground Staff (Part time) Temporary - Summer job

Ground person required to undertake maintenance of public open space and play areas.

Duties include grass cutting, litter picking and general maintenance.
20 hours per week.
£8.87 per hour
Starts 2nd May – finishes mid-September.
For a job description and application form please contact:
Marchwood Parish Council on 023 8086 0273, or come into the office in the Village Hall.  We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 12 noon.
Closing date 13 April 2017.

Chantelle's School of Dancing @ the Mulberry Centre

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Home Office immigration and nationality fees from 6 April 2017

Immigration and nationality fees for all applications made from outside and within the UK.
This document tells you how much it costs to apply for a UK visa from 6 April 2017 and includes previous fees. It shows fees for all visas including:

  • visitor
  • work
  • student
  • settlement
  • naturalisation

INtouch mail service for UK armed forces personnel: service guide

The INtouch system replaced the e-bluey service on 1 April 2017.
INtouch messages are alternatives to Forces Free Air Letters (FFALs), known as ‘blueys’, and are also free to send.
The service allows users to upload letters, photos and documents via the internet, which are then securely printed and sent to their recipient.


Imail INtouch service: quick start guide: CLICK HERE

JCCC Films

Does your family know who to contact in the Military if you are faced with an emergency at home? Download the new Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) app ‘MOD ICE’ to guide you through the most common types of family emergency and how JCCC can help. Two new JCCC briefing films are also available to watch, download and follow key messages. JCCC FILMS

BFPO Indicator List

Please use this link to see the full list of BFPO numbers: BFPO

Welfare Communications Everywhere

Welfare Communications Everywhere, or WelComE, provides all UK service personnel deployed on ‘welfare-entitled’ deployments and exercises with publically funded calls, voicemail and internet access.
For any questions regarding the WelComE service, please contact the WelComE Customer Contact Centre (WCCC) for more information (open from Monday - Friday 06:00 to 22:00 (UK)) by emailing


BFBS offers three main radio services: BFBS Radio for upbeat music-based programming and news, BFBS Radio 2 for music, sport and speech including the best of the BBC, and BFBS Gurkha Radio for Nepali language programmes.
  • BFBS Radio can be heard across the UK on DAB radio, overseas on FM, and online. You can also find us on Sky and Freesat.
  • BFBS Radio 2 can be heard overseas on FM, and online.
  • BFBS Gurkha Radio can be heard across the UK on AM, overseas on FM, and online.

British Forces Post Office (BFPO) Smart Phone apps

Smartphone apps

You can find BFPO numbers, find UK retailers who post products to BFPO addresses, and calculate your postage costs by downloading:

You can find out when your items will be delivered by downloading:
You can only use these apps to track mail in the BFPO system. You may have to use other websites or apps to track mail sent to a UK address.

BRITISH Forces Post Office (BFPO) - APP

Find out more about BFPO at this link: CLICK HERE