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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Drayton Manor 2017 Season - Free Entry for Serving Personnel and Veterans of the Armed Forces



Drayton Manor Park is proud to support our British Armed Forces so throughout our 2017 season we are offering free entry to all those serving and ex serving personnel of the British Armed Forces.  
Our main 2017 season runs from Thursday 30th March – Friday 27th October* and any serving or ex serving member of the British Armed Forces will receive free entry to Drayton Manor Park.
Armed Forces discount is also available for Park Entry throughout Magical Christmas. Opens on 18th November for selected dates until 31st December.** 
Booking in advance is not necessary so please show your ID on arrival at any ticket kiosk before approaching the gate and free entry will be granted for the individual.
Accepted forms of ID include:
For serving personnel: A Valid Military personal card/MOD card, Band of Brothers Card or Defence Privilege Card (only for serving or ex-serving member of the armed forces).
For Veterans: A leaving certificate, proof of War Pension or Armed Forces Compensation, Band of Brothers Card or Defence Privilege Card (only for serving or ex-serving members of the armed forces)
*Not available on park buy out days, please check the website before travelling for opening times and dates. No family or friend’s discounts offered at this time.    
**Park entry only, does not include a meeting with Father Christmas. This can be booked seperately at an extra price, https://www.draytonmanor.co.uk/magical-christmas.
Click HERE for full details




Thursday, 23 February 2017

Royal Marines Reserve Birmingham - Meet the Marines First Tuesday of every month

Royal Marines Reserve Birmingham will be hosting a “Meet The Marines” day on the first Tuesday of every month.

The next date is Tuesday 7th March at 7:30pm, 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:
https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/application/?commcode=TV-00

For more information call us on 0151 707 3346

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

SERVICE TO CIVVY - ARE YOU PENSION READY?



MOD’s Veterans UK organisation, part of Defence Business Services (DBS), has launched a campaign to encourage Service Personnel, Veterans and their families to get ‘Pension Ready’.

The campaign aims to promote the Armed Forces Pension Schemes, which are administered by Veterans UK, and motivate the Armed Forces Community to start thinking about their Pension throughout their Service career and not just as they are reaching the end of it.

Veterans UK provide several tools for Serving Personnel including; a yearly Pension Benefit Information Statement (BIS), one free Pension Forecast per year and the online Armed Forces Pension Scheme Calculator. Our Armed Forces are also encouraged to keep their Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) record up-to-date so when it’s time to apply for their Pension there will be no delays.

It’s also vital for the Veteran’s community to let Veterans UK know about any change of circumstances after they’ve left Service and to remember to apply for their Pension at the right time. Our former Armed Forces personnel deserve the Pension they are entitled to and at present our veterans are failing to claim £320M in Pensions they have built up during their Service.


‘You’ve earned it – you apply for it – we’ll pay it!’


Whether they are a new recruit, or a Serviceman or woman starting to think about the road ahead to Civvy Street, or a Veteran with a Preserved Pension, it’s never too early for them to start thinking about their pension.

Click HERE to read the latest newsletter

Friday, 10 February 2017

Combat Stress 24 Hour Helpline for Armed Forces, Veterans & Families



Our free 24-hr Helpline is here for veterans and serving military personnel, and their families.