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.

Quest Magazine - April 2017 edition

Pathfinder April 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. 

Community Mini Bus for HIRE

For more details please contact Fawley Parish Council

Call Us:
023 8089 0761

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 Household Waste, Recycling and Garden Waste

Information for Service Leavers - Transiiton Information Sheet 10

JSHAO Housing Briefs

NSPCC home alone leaflet

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

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.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

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

Storybook Soldiers

BFPO Enquiries

If you would like further clarification of entitled BFPO locations, please contact theBFPO Enquiries Team on Telephone: 03457 69 79 78

If you need to contact us:
Telephone 03457 69 79 78 (calls are charged at local rate in the UK)
Alternative 020 8589 3450 Civil, 94676 3450 Military
Fax 020 8589 3309 
Or write to
BFPO Enquiries
West End Road
HA4 6DQ 

Army Welfare Service - HIVE Information Support For Military Personnel And Families

Don't Forget.......Your HIVE can help you by finding answers to questions about many aspects of living within a military community and has useful information to help with relocating including how to apply for Service Families Accommodation, Schools, Finding Doctors and Dentists and much more. In addition, your HIVE always has up to date information about your military community and the local area. 

You can also let your HIVE Information Support Officer know of any concerns or issues you may experience and they can report relevant concerns on your behalf.

Marchwood: 02380 862172 

Deployment Information Packs

If you soldier spouse or family member is deployed and you have not received a pack contact HIVE:
 02380 862172

Deployment information packs are available from Marchwood HIVE

Improved mail service ensures loved ones can stay in touch

The new contract with Neopost will mean Britain’s Armed Forces will continue to receive hard copy, secure mail, including photos, from their loved ones, for free and with no break in service as the new imail INtouch system takes over from the e-bluey on 1 April 2017.
The new imail INtouch system will allow users to send up to eight pages, including high definition photographs and official documents. The old e-bluey system that is being replaced only allowed single pages to be sent and did not support high definition photographs.
The MOD is committed to the welfare of its people and enshrined the Armed Forces Covenant in law, a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. Replacing the ageing e-bluey service is recognition of the fact that, to provide the best possible communication system for service personnel overseas, we must take advantage of the latest technology. This is why the funding for e-bluey is being redirected to imail INtouch and development of cutting-edge communications solutions.

Huggable Heroes

Monday, 3 April 2017

Accommodation charges for service family accommodation 2017-18

An extract of the charges as at March 2017 for service family accommodation (SFA) and single living accommodation (SLA), both furnished and unfurnished which has been taken from the tri-service Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB) directed letter 2017/18.

CLICK HERE  to read the charges