Friday, 20 October 2017

Active Lichfield - Getin2it October Half Term Activities


Youth Club Open and Shut Dates

Both Junior and Senior Youth Clubs will be open this coming Tuesday 24 October.
 The Youth Clubs will be shut, however, on Tuesday 31 October.  

Any queries, please contact the HIVE on 01543 434362

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Birmingham Jobs Fair - 27th October

The Birmingham Jobs Fair is on the 27th October 2017, at the Council House between 10am and 2pm.

It is a good idea to bring copies of your CV with you as between 20-30 companies will be recruiting on the day. 

Free to attend with no pre event registration required!

To get information on exhibitors attending or to express your interest in booking a stand, please email

The Job Fair is open to all jobseekers of all age ranges. Including those who are unemployed and looking for work, those who have been recently made redundant or those looking to change career.

Lichfield Christmas Food & Drink Festival - 9/10 December

Tommy's Passchendaele - 8th November

Whittington FC Ladies Team!

We are looking for women of all ages to join our new Ladies football team!
You don’t have to have any experience playing football, just a passion to learn, keep fit and have some fun.
So far, we are a small (inexperienced!) group of varying ages (minimum age 18 - no maximum age!) starting out and if you fancy giving it a go, then training is every Friday 6.30pm-7.30pm at Baxters Field, Whittington WS14 9TB
We are planning on training together, learning the game and required skills to then join a league towards the end of next year!
For further information, please message me via FB or email

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Lichfield Christmas Day Together

Army Welfare Community Support October Half term Project - CANCELLED

Army Welfare Community Support
October Half term Project
Monday 23rd  Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th October.

I am planning a 3 day project where I take your child to my other youth club at Kineton each day.  They will participate in a varied programme of activities that is designed to be fun whilst providing working families with a childcare solution in the holidays.

We will be leaving camp (from the car park outside the main gate) at 0900hrs and returning at 1500 hrs each day  and the cost will be £10 per day per child.  If you have more than one child we will be doing a discount of £15 for 2 and £20 for 3 children from the same family.   Children must be aged 8 and above to participate.

You MUST BOOK in advance to secure a place, and fill in the necessary paperwork for me to take your child/ren off site. 

Visit or contact Caroline at the HIVE office to book a place (t: 01543 434362 or e: – places are limited so don’t delay!
Please feel free to contact me if you require further information.

News from Reading Force

Click HERE for the latest RF newsletter for teachers, Service Pupil Champions, HIVE officers, and club leaders. It includes the chance to win £150 worth of books for your school!

Manor Farm Fruits - Pumpkin Fest 2017 - 21-29 October

 Pumpkin Fest opens on Saturday, 21st Oct until Sunday, 29th Oct (10am - 4pm).

Only £5 per child (under 12). Adults are free. A spookinly great value day out for Half Term)! 

Royal Marines Reserve Birmingham - 'Meet The Marines Day' - First Tuesday of Every Month

Royal Marines Reserve Birmingham will be hosting a “Meet The Marines” day on the first Tuesday of every month.
So come along and see the excellent facilities on offer to you as a potential Royal Marines Reservist. It is also a great way to meet serving reservists and also those who are currently undergoing training.

If you are interested in joining the RMR this is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and to make your first step to achieving the coveted Green Beret.

To start your application today click on the link:
Click HERE

For more information call us on 0151 707 3346

BFPO Christmas Posting Information

See this link for latest recommended posting dates for BFPO mail at

Details of eligibility for the Christmas Families Free Mail Service (CFFMS), which is an extension of the Enduring Families Free Mail Service (EFFMS) to certain additional locations over the Christmas period, can also be found on this page.

BFPO addresses are eligible to take part in Royal Mail’s 
Letter to Santa.  All letters must be arrive in the UK by 8 December to receive a reply from Father Christmas!

Rock & Roll Charity Concert 31 October Guildhall Lichfield

Thursday, 12 October 2017

SSAFA Forces Additional Needs & Disability Forum - 2 November

Tamworth Fireworks Extravaganza - 4 November

Tamworth Fireworks Extravaganza returns for its ninth year and promises to be a un-missable event!

Attended by thousands each year where the whole family can enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment, starting at 6pm with the fireworks starting at 8pm.

As the event is expected to be incredibly popular, we advise walking or using public transport

Limited free parking will be available at town centre car parks from 6pm and motorists are reminded that any parking must be in accordance with prevailing traffic orders.

Visit our website for more information: Click HERE for more information

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

SFA Compensation Scheme - High Street Vouchers UPDATED INFORMATION

DIO is pleased to announce that the problems surrounding the issue of High Street Vouchers to successful SFA Compensation Scheme claimants have now been resolved. Claimants are now being sent details of the appropriate codes to allow Vouchers to be redeemed from our supplier’s site.
The Compensation Team is working to clear the backlog of successful claims on a date approved basis; it is expected this will be cleared by mid-November.
We would like to apologise once again for the time taken to resolve this issue. The Compensation Scheme remains open for new claims.

Lichfield's Santa Dash - 10 December

Click HERE to enter online

Diwali on the Square - Saturday 14 October

Click HERE for more information

Thursday, 5 October 2017

School - Apply now for September 2018

Don't forget to apply for your child's school place for 2018 

If your child is due to start secondary or upper school in September 2018, you must register and apply for their school place by 31 October 2017. 

If your child is due to start primary, junior or middle school in 2018 they have until 
15 January 2018 to apply.

Extended FREE childcare entitlement in overseas locations Are you posted overseas? Do you have children who are three or four years old?

The MOD has published a document giving information about free childcare entitlement in overseas locations. AFF has compiled a summary of the regulations. 
The MOD aims to provide services similar to those in England where possible, whilst recognising the support that is given elsewhere in the UK to all eligible Service Personnel.
Currently, the MOD provides 15 hours of childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year for three and four year olds in places at MOD-provided settings, or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.
Additional FREE hours
From 1 September 2017, eligible children can access an additional 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.

Unwanted Rubbish around the SFA Patch

citizenAID App

Simply download The free, no adds citizenAID App from either Google Play, Apple App or the Windows store.
The citizenAID App will reduce the anxiety from difficult decision making in an unfamiliar situation. Follow the logical steps to do the right things in the right order. Stay safe and help us… to help you… to save lives.
The citizenAID app is free to the UK public and is designed initially for use in the UK.
 Click HERE for more information


Found an old £1 coin? Make it count. 

After the old pounds stop being accepted in UK shops on 15 October, you'll still be able to donate old coins to a Poppy Appeal collection near you from 26 October. Support veterans and Forces personnel. 

Lichfield District Council - Old £1 coin not legal tender from 16 October 2017

From 16th October the old £1 coin will no longer be legal tender and LDC will be unable to accept them in parking/vending machines etc.  The Royal Mint has confirmed the old £1 coin can be deposited at most high street banks after the deadline date, provided that you hold an account with them.  Please contact your Bank for more information

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Army Families Federation (AFF) - West Midlands Co-ordinator

Forces Travel Newsletter

Click HERE to view the latest newsletter from Forces Travel

DMS Whittington Bonfire Night - 3rd November


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Information about the MOD Future Accommodation Model (FAM)

Latest details about FAM can be seen at this link. HERE 

BFBS promoting Forces Money Week

BFBS are promoting Forces Money Week via their website, FB and Twitter and are now seeking questions to put to the panel of experts. 

From 16th -20th October a team of financial experts will join Richard Hutchinson on Forces Radio BFBS & on Facebook Live to answer your questions.

Each day from 1:45pm UK join us live all week on your radio and through Facebook as we answer your money questions from around the forces world. Each day we will be tackling a different subject.

See more here....


Don't take it from us, tell the world the experiences that you had serving and living in Germany

The BFG Legacy Project is beginning – and you can be a part of it. 
By the time the last units in 20 Armoured Brigade leave Sennelager in 2019, British Forces will have been stationed in Germany for nearly 80 years. 
To mark this lengthy period of overseas deployment, HQ BFG is producing a book: 
British Forces in Germany – The Lived Experience.
This is a call for you to share your lived experiences with us. 

Please click HERE to share your experiences​

Forces Travel - Disneyland Paris

Click HERE for more information

Wolseley Centre Wildife Trust - Halloween Events

We have lots of spooktacular events taking place for Halloween at our Wolseley Centre HQ!

Royal Mail Letters to Santa

Click HERE to see a message from Santa  about sending your letters to him

Forces Travel - Disney on Ice London

Click HERE for more information

Lichfield October Half Term and Halloween Activities

 Click HERE for all the information for this October for spooky fun, autumn activities and lots to keep the kids entertained this October half term.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Handy pension information at your fingertips

Using your smartphone, you can now access all things to do with the Armed Forces Pension super quickly, and in one nifty place including the Pension Calculator. 
This facility is quick and easy access to enable you to find out more about your Armed Forces pension and what it is worth.  It provides handy links to more in depth pension information and booklets if required and the pension calculator where a personalised forecast can be generated in a matter of minutes.  It is a one stop shop for you as current serving personnel and veterans accessible anywhere via your Smartphones.
To save it to your smartphone, simply load the website by typing in to your browser. Then click on the 'menu' button (Android) or tap on the 'add to homescreen' function on the Safari control bar (Apple) and then you will see your own icon appear to use as you need it!

Transition Survey

With a focus on transition out of the Armed Forces, the Naval, Army and RAF Families Federations are working together to garner a wide response from those families who have left in the last two years, or those who plan to leave before September 2019.
Our survey will cover all aspects of your transition journey; from your reasons for leaving to the impact transition has on your family. We’ll also explore your main transition challenges and invite you to tell us your ideas about how transition support can be improved.

Please follow the link to complete the survey that applies to your situation:

Lichfield District Children's Centre Activities Brochure 2017-2018


Rugeley Musical Theatre Company - Happy Halloween - 27/28 October

Fun family Halloween wkend evening includes spooktacular show by rugeley musical theatre company,pumpkin carving competition (bring it with you) fancy dress competition games & crafts Friday 27th October & Saturday 28th October tickets now on sale box office 01889 584036

Fireworks Display & Bonfire - Rugeley Town Council - 4 November

Rugeley Town Council in association with Rugeley Cricket Club present Fireworks Display to Music and Bonfire to be held at Rugeley Cricket Ground, Chaseley Road, WS15 2LQ - Fireworks Display starts at 7.30pm prompt... Refershments and food available.

West Midlands Employment Fair - 9th November

Debenhams - Christmas Vacancies

Click HERE to apply

Bud's Run - 21st October at The University of Birmingham

Click HERE to register

Monday, 11 September 2017

Latest Offers from Forces Travel

Click HERE for information on all offers available at Forces Travel

Friday, 8 September 2017

New SSAFA Single Point of Contact for RAF

As part of their contract to provide a Personal Support & Social Work Service (PS&SWS) to the Royal Air Force, SSAFA are introducing a new Single Point of Contact facility with effect from 4 September 2017.
This single point of contact will complement exisiting SSAFA contact arrangements and offer a telephone call handling and referral capability which particularly supports those Service personnel and families who are located away from on-station welfare provision.
Full contact details are in the poster.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Whittington Village Hall 50th Anniversary Barn Dance - 10 November

Recruit for Spouses - Business Coordinator Stafford

Click HERE for more information/apply

Families LifeWorks Programme 2017-2018

RBLI have an excellent website specifically for Lifeworks Families It has details of what the course involves, when courses are taking place and information about extra support RBLI can offer.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Changes To Childcare Vouchers

Are you prepared for the changes to Childcare Vouchers? In early 2017, the Government is planning to start rolling out Tax-Free Childcare, a new initiative for working parents which will soon replace the current Childcare Voucher Scheme.

If you sign up for Childcare Vouchers before April 2018 you can remain on the scheme, and will be able to choose which is more cost-effective for you and your family.
If you are not currently taking Childcare Vouchers, you should consider joining now to have the choice later when the changes occur. Click Here for more information

Tuesday, 5 September 2017