Friday, 29 July 2016

DDS -Latest Offers

Hungry Horse
We would like to welcome the Greene King brands Hungry Horse, Fayre & Square and Flaming Grill to Defence Discount Service.

They are offering 20% discount off food from Monday-Friday when you show the voucher on our website along with your Defence Privilege Card.  The voucher can be printed off or shown on the mobile app to staff.

Please visit for all the details.

Manchester United are offering discounted tickets for Wayne Rooney's Testimonial 3rd August 8pm KO.
Tickets are priced £15 for adults and just £5 for under 16s.

Please visit for all the details.

We are pleased to welcome Holiday Hypermarket to Defence Discount Service who are offering members £40 off their holidays. For offer details, full terms and conditions and to get your exclusive discount code visit

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Monday, 25 July 2016

National Domestic Violence Helpline

An African Summer at Longleat



This summer experience the rhythm of the Savannah as Longleat presents a season of live celebrations in honour of our Safari Park's 50th Anniversary! The park will be filled with traditional African performances and Longleat’s first ever parade will create an unmissable end of day finale.

For further information and how to get there please follow the link

Service Leavers - Recruitment

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Home Start - A Guide to Being A Home Visiting Volunteer

Summer holiday traffic: M4, M5 and M49 delay warning.

Drivers are being urged to plan their journeys carefully for Sunday (July 24) when a huge transformer will be travelling along the M4 and M5 to its new home.

The transformer, a piece of equipment needed to change the voltage of electricity before it is transmitted through the power network, will begin its journey from Avonmouth Port in Bristol at 8am.
It will travel to Iron Acton substation, where the estimated time of arrival is between 2.30pm and 3pm

A special, heavy haulage lorry will transport the transformer. The lorry will be 55 metres long by 5 metres wide and weigh 235 tonnes.
Due to the size and weight, the lorry will travel between 10 and 15 miles per hour

A police escort and special haulage team will accompany the lorry to ensure the safety of the public and workers. The police escort will also be there to manage traffic and to halt traffic for a short time at certain places, such as when the lorry needs to straddle two road lanes, turn or travel along narrow roads.
Where the lorry is across both lanes of a road, oncoming traffic will be pulled over by the police escort and held until the lorry has safely passed.

Due to the size of the lorry, it must take an indirect route to Iron Acton substation to avoid hazards, such as weak bridges and narrow turning points.
The lorry will leave Avonmouth docks via the M49. It will then head east on the M4 before joining the M5 northbound. The lorry then travels to Junction 13 before returning southbound, where it will exit onto the B4509 at Junction 14.
Finally, the lorry passes through the villages of Cromhall, Bagstone and Rangeworthy, and then follows the B4059 until it reaches Latteridge village, close to its final destination.

Dogs die in hot cars-RSPCA Info

Visiting the Royal United Hospital in Bath? Access issues

An access road to public car parks at the Royal United Hospital in Bath is to close temporarily.
The road will be closed on July 23 and 24 while workmen carry out "essential work" required for the construction of a new 300-space car park at the hospital.

The main entrance drop-off point, bus stops, Blue Badge car park and the Princess Anne maternity wing car park will be open as normal.

But patients, visitors and staff will not be able to turn right at the main entrance roundabout and will have to use the Penn Hill Road entrance to reach all other car parks on the site. Diversion and information signs will be in place.

A spokesman for the hospital said: "We apologise for any inconvenience."

The new car park is due to open in September.

Military Clay Target Shooting at Azimghur Barracks

Azimghur Barracks will be hosting a Military Clay Target shooting competition over the period 25-28 July 2016.
Firing will take place during normal working hours 0900-1600. The community's understanding is as always, very much appreciated.

Army Families Federation - AFF-2016 Big Survey

Our 2016 AFF Big Survey closes THIS Wednesday (20th July).
Don’t miss your chance to have a say on the future of your Army quarter – take the survey here -

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Additional Needs Adaptation In Service Families Accommodation

Tank Musuem - Living History Event Warfare Through The Ages - 6 & 7 August

See the history of warfare in action from Medieval to Modern day with living history encampments, drills, weaponry displays, firearms evolution and period battles.

We have assembled some of the very best re-enactment groups in the UK, including the Sealed Knot, the Southern Skirmish Association and the elite units for the Napoleonic Association.

Site opens at 9am each day. Enjoy a packed programme of activities from 10am as we take you on a tour of history with drill displays, battle re-enactment and spectacular sieges.

Each group will be camped around the battlefield, you will be free to wander around find out what life was like for soldiers and civilians alike from 1415 to 1945.

During each day there will be a grand parade of all of our re-enactment groups bringing everyone together for a fantastic photographic opportunity during a short drum-head memorial to remember our fallen soldiers and civilians throughout conflicts past and present. 

The final arena display will be a 30 minute display from The Tank Museum*. 

*The appearance of all our historic machines in the display is subject to mechanical availability on the day. 

Annual Passes ARE valid for this event.

VW T FEST at Beaulieu

Back by popular demand, all VW Transporter owners are invited to drive into Beaulieu and park up within the museum complex for VW T Fest! It promises to be a superb weekend for VW Transporter owners and enthusiasts.
Sunday visitors to Beaulieu will be able to see the colourful display of VW Transporters parked on the Beaulieu arena for a show and shine, followed by presentations and trophies.
Entry into the Beaulieu Parkland with your VW Transporter is from 2pm on Friday 12th until 7pm Sunday 14th August.
Adult £15.00  Child £7.50 Camping £30.00 (These prices are only valid if arriving in a VW Transporter and taking part in the event.)


Please note that ALL VW Transporter models are welcome at this event, whether it's a rare vintage T1, a retro T25 or the latest T6!


Make the most of the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest with the Saturday cruise out to Buckler's Hard on the Beaulieu River.


Each participating vehicle must have an individual printed e-ticket.  If you are being joined by friends in other vehicles, please ensure they have their own tickets with them.  If purchasing tickets for multiple vehicles please call 01590 614614 and tickets will be posted to you.


Camping is available to all show participants, simply purchase a camping ticket with your event tickets. Camping includes Friday and Saturday night.

If you are interested in exhibiting or trading at VW T Fest please complete and return the Booking Form. For general information and enquiries, please contact the events team.
For further information and guidance on how to book etc please follow the link

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Temporary closure of AFF Foreign and Commonwealth Enquiry Service from 12th July 2016 until mid-September

Our current Foreign and Commonwealth Assistant, Michelle Prince-Burnett, will sadly be leaving AFF after three years of outstanding work. In her time at AFF she has helped thousands of Foreign and Commonwealth families, championing their needs and striving for the best outcome for all.
Whilst we recruit for a replacement for Michelle, we will be unable to man the Foreign and Commonwealth Enquiries Service and therefore normal service will cease from the 12th July 2016 until mid-September. Please note, cases that are already on our system will be dealt with.
In exceptional, urgent cases, we will offer assistance but applicants must fall into emergency criteria. To find out if you are eligible for help, please click here.
If you do not meet the emergency criteria, please visit our Foreign & Commonwealth information page. This will be updated regularly and has a wealth of information which may help you find the answer to your query.
If you cannot find the answer, you will need to wait until we have resumed normal service. Please follow our social media pages and visit the website to keep up to date with the relevant information.
We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and will work to resolve the staffing gap as quickly as possible.

Peppa Pig World

We're very excited to announce that this year we'll be teaming up with Paultons Park for their Armed Forces Days in September (17th /18th & 24th/ 25th).
Tickets For Troops members will have the chance to book up to four tickets on Wednesay 20th July to take their family for a fun filled day out.
What is Paultons Park?
Paultons Park is the theme park for families which has more than 60 wonderful rides and attractions included in your entry ticket.
New for 2016 is an amazing new Dinosaur Theme Park World, Lost Kingdom. Lost Kingdom features two new world class family rollercoasters, life-like animatronic dinosaurs, Jurassic themed family rides, a Prehistoric adventure play park and an amazing opportunity to come face to face with 'living', walking Dinosaurs!
Paultons Park is also home to the UK exclusive and world first Peppa Pig World
It's Peppa Pig's very own theme park, with 7 fun rides and attractions including Peppa's Big Balloon Ride, Miss Rabbit's Helicopter Flight and George's Dinosaur Adventure Ride as well as an indoor playzone, muddy puddles water splash Park and more - a must for all Peppa fans.

Do you know your housing options?

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Forces Run online game

 Forces Run is a military assault course style game where players can run the course playing as either the Army, RAF, Navy, Royal Marines or a Civilian, scoring points to try and get your chosen Force to the top of the leader board. Currently the RAF are on top so it would be great to get see if the Army can mount a comeback. 

The game can be played on desktop, mobile and tablet via our website using the below link:

About Tickets for trops

About Tickets For Troops

Tickets for Troops (TFT) was set up in 2009 to provide members of the Armed Forces with free tickets for major sporting events, theatre performances, music concerts and cultural attractions.
Since launching TFT has been donated over 850,000 tickets and over 140,000 troops have registered on the website.
Tickets are available on the TFT website to troops who are currently serving or who have been medically discharged since 2001.
Tickets For Troops has teamed up with a wide range of organisations and has been able to offer free tickets to a huge number of high profile events, including The London Olympics and Paralympics, Invictus Games, The BRIT Awards, the Isle of Wight Festival, Formula One British Grand Prix, the FA Cup, Les Misérables, The Ideal Home Show, Premier League Football, the Aviva rugby Premiership, The British Summer Time Hyde Park series. The Calling Festival, Coldwell Boxing, darts and many others.
This initiative has attracted maximum support from a host of Patrons, including James Blunt, Steve Hayes, WO1 Kim Hughes GC and Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron. Troops are encouraged to go online and register at to take advantage of the fantastic tickets available for our Armed Forces

Have you got the MOD ICE app? 20,000 others have!

Have you got the MOD ICE app? 20,000 others have!

The MOD ICE (In Case of Emergency) app produced by the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) has now been downloaded 20,000 times by British service personnel and their families since its launch in October 2015.

The JCCC, part of Defence Business Services (DBS), provides a focal point for casualty administration and notification and requests for compassionate travel (for those personnel serving overseas) in respect of members of the British Armed Forces at any time and will take immediate action for service personnel and their families when an emergency occurs. JCCC offers immediate support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to all in uniform and their loved ones should an incident occur.

As part of the JCCC’s work, the team developed the MOD ICE app that offers a ‘click and call’ facility to direct the user to the most appropriate source of help if they are faced with a family emergency. The app guides the user to the correct point of contact even if the emergency is to be managed outside of JCCC’s remit, for example by service welfare or a charity partner.
Available from the Defence Gateway internet site – - MOD ICE has reached 20,000 downloads in just nine months, but the aim is for all members of the British Armed Forces and their families members to have the app on their phone or mobile device.

To download MOD ICE for Apple or Android devices, Service Personnel need to visit Defence Gateway on the mobile device that they wish to host the app. From the App Store, they can download the free app and then repeat the action with the relevant devices of family members. MOD ICE can be downloaded multiple times from the same Defence Gateway account.

Once downloaded, the Service Person’s name, rank and service number, together with the most relevant welfare officer’s details are entered into the app. It’s then ready for use by both the Service Person and their wider family at any time of day or night – whenever it is needed.

MOD ICE runs alongside the JPA P001 card. It is imperative that Service Personnel should also remember to keep their Emergency Contact and Next of Kin details on Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) up to date and make and maintain a current Will.

Future Accommodation Model – Survey for Service Personnel and Spouses

Future Accommodation Model – Survey for Service Personnel and Spouses

The Ministry of Defence is thinking about how it provides Service Personnel with accommodation in the future. This follows the SDSR commitment to make a new accommodation offer to help more personnel live in private accommodation and meet their aspirations for home ownership. The proposals are still in development. Future Accommodation Model (FAM) is still at an early stage. No decisions have been finalised, and the details are likely to change.

It is important that Service families, wherever they are in the world, have a chance to feedback their views on how they would like accommodation to be provided. Families are requested to complete the AFF survey to provide their views and feedback and to help influence the decisions being made.
Service Families Federations are hosting the Big Survey 2016 – Future of Housing. AFF has three Fitbit Flex to giveaway for those taking the survey (those wanting to be entered for a chance to win one will need to include their details at the end of the survey).

See the survey here
For more information on the Future Accommodation Model, visit the AFF website -

CA-Walk away scheme

To see more please follow the link

Quanta-Project Management Courses 2016

Buckley Barracks Park update

Buckley Barracks Park Update

The 9 Reg RLC welfare team have been working hard on securing the refurbishment of play parks at Wellington Place, Anson Place and behind the community centre on camp. 

The work to replace the park at Wellington Place is now in its final stages and the park is due to be replaced in the next 4 weeks.
The park at Anson Place is due to be replaced by the end of the summer. This project is a joint effort between the welfare team and the Army Welfare Service (AWS).
The play area behind Buckley Barracks Community Centre will be having a new play area installed in the near future, with work in the final stages to confirm a contractor. 

Thank you to the welfare team who have worked hard to secure funding and negotiate the planning process. 

The new parks will no doubt benefit the community for years to come. 

Kath Brownlee
Community Support Development Worker
Army Welfare Service
Buckley Barracks/Hullavington

Colerne CE School Newletter

Friday, 8 July 2016

Mental health & well being

DDs-Al Fresco Holidays

Al Fresco Holidays are offering some great discounts at the moment for members, like this 7 nights in France from £644 per family.
Remember, members also get an extra 10% saving too!
Log into to find out all the details.

DDS-Boardman bikes offer


We would like to welcome Boardman Bikes to Defence Discount Service!
They are offering a FURTHER 5% OFF already reduced prices on any of their Factory Outlet bikes.
For the link and code please visit

DDS-Half price offers


We are delighted to welcome TalkTalk to Defence Discount Service.
They are offering some amazing discounts for members, like this Half Price Plus TV for just £10 per month.
To view the rest of the offers and see all the details please visit

Housing Matters-Summer

4 Do You Know Your Housing Options? 

5 Civilian Housing Briefings 2016
 6 Buying Your Home, Hints and Tips
 9 Conveyancer or Solicitor? 
12 Stamp Duty Land Tax: Higher Rates for Additional Properties
 15 Your Mortgage Hub 16 Hot tips for Summer 2016
 17 Keeping your home safe while you’re away
 18 Renting 
20 Low-Cost Initiative for First Time buyers (LIFT)
 22 Social Housing 23 MoD Referral Scheme 
24 Social Housing in Yorkshire and Humberside
 26 Social Housing in the North West of England 
28 Social Housing in the North East of England 
29 Regional Prices 30 Handhelds at the ready! 

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

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.
The official opening is being planned for May 2016.

Councillor Andrew Joy, the County Council’s Armed Forces champion and Executive Member for Communities, Partnerships and External Affairs, added: “This is wonderful news and I’m sure many Armed Forces personnel, veterans and families will benefit from the much-deserved respite available at the ‘Poppy Pod’ village. There are over 30,000 military personnel based in Hampshire, the largest contingent in the country, and we place enormous value on our long and close relationship with the Forces. These new facilities at Tile Barn will help recognise and remember the sacrifices made and faced by the Armed Forces Community.”

Retired RN Captain Mike Matthews, Chairman of the Brockenhurst Branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “This project not only has links to the past, but will also offer a welcome respite for our serving armed forces men and women, veterans and their families, of all abilities, so they can take a well-deserved break as a family, in one of the most beautiful spots in the country. No.1 New Zealand General Hospital was located on Tile Barn Hill during the First World War and had an impressive rehabilitation record. Over 21,000 wounded evacuees from the Western Front were cared for with only 94 succumbing to their injuries. They are buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in the adjacent St Nicholas Churchyard. 

“Hampshire County Council’s drive to provide free rehabilitative breaks for service personnel and their families, including those with disabilities, resonates historically and emotionally with the members of my Brockenhurst Branch of the RBL, and we felt it would also have found favour with the two generous ladies who left the Branch handsome legacies in their wills.”

Repairs and maintenance in your Service Family Accommodation.

What are YOU responsible for? 

CLICK HERE for the full details....

Soldier Magazine -July 2016

To read online please follow this link

Bovington Tank Museum - Attack Of The Dalek's Event 23 & 24 July

The Dalek's, Doctor Who's arch nemesis', will be invading The Tank Museum on the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2016!

Annual Passes ARE valid for this event!

Monday, 4 July 2016

carillion amey-disabled & additional needs

Firefighters needed by Dorset & Wiltshire

On-call Firefighters

Do you live or work within five minutes of a fire station? If so, then being a retained firefighter might be a possibility!

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service rely on retained (or on-call) firefighters to maintain its emergency response.

On-call firefighters make themselves available to respond to a pager when a 999 call is made, and cover is needed at all times. Contracted hours can vary, but personnel usually make themselves available for between 48 and 120 hours per week. Between them, each fire station team will provide cover for weekdays, evenings, nights and weekends.

On-call firefighters receive the same training and development as wholetime colleagues, and can be called to all manner of emergencies, including fires, road traffic collisions, animal rescues and flooding.

The pay does vary, depending on how much cover is given, but it is fantastically rewarding to be a part of your community and in a position to help people.

In order to be on-call, you need to be able to respond to the fire station in around five minutes once your pager goes off. This can be from home or work, and employers can benefit from a firefighter’s training – such as first aid, manual handling, a greater understanding of health & safety in the workplace, and enhanced team spirit.

For more information on the opportunities that currently exist, visit

Future for Heroes

Bybrook Pre-School-Yatton Keynell

First Aid at Work Courses at The Olympiad

Would you know what to do if a baby stopped breathing? 

FREE - Save the Baby Workshop – The Olympiad Leisure Centre
5th, 6th and 8th July 2016
4.00pm - 6.00pm.
This is a drop in session where people can learn to perform Baby CPR, and Baby choking

Royal Life Saving Society UK
01249 444144

First Aid at Work 

Would you like to learn a life skill?
Would you like to know what to do if someone collapsed?
Would you like to help someone who stops breathing?
This could be the course for you ...
The course covers:
■ First Aid basics
■ Casualty assessment
■ Adult resuscitation
■ Dealing with breathing issues and disorders of consciousness
■ Treating wounds, bleeds, bone or muscle injuries
■ Post incident management

We have two courses scheduled


Course dates:  27th, 28th and 30th June 9am - 5pm.
Course venue: Olympiad Leisure Centre, Chippenham. SN15 3PA
Course cost:     £155 + VAT

Booking contact: 01249 444144


Course dates:   10th, 11th & 13th October 2016 
Course venue: Olympiad Leisure Centre, Chippenham. SN15 3PA
Course cost:    £155 + VAT

Booking contact: 01249 444144