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

Mobile Phones and Driving - Change to Penalties

Drivers are being warned not to use their mobile phones at the wheel ahead of a new law coming into force which will double the penalties for the offence.
From March 2017 the Fixed Penalty Notice for using a handheld mobile phone while driving will increase to £200 and 6 points

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:

For more information call us on 0151 707 3346

Wednesday, 22 February 2017


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

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

West Midlands Safari Park - Armed Forces Discount


Military ID may have to be shown on entry.

 Please contact the HIVE for Corporate Telephone Number and Discount Code

2017 Discounted Prices:

Admissions Only-

Adult  £17.25
Child  £13.50
                                                            Admission & Wristband

                                                                       Adult  £24.05
                                                                       Child  £20.80

Monday, 20 February 2017


The Lichfield Volunteer Centre will now be open 5 days per week with late night opening on Wednesday evenings until 7pm.
We realised that some people who want to volunteer might  find it diffficult to come and see us during normal office hours so we have decided to trial late night opening to give these people an opportunity to find out more about volunteering.  Our new opening hours are detailed below.
Monday 09.00 to 12.00

Tuesday 09.30 to 12.00

Wednesday 10.00 to 13.00 and 17.00 to 19.00

Thursday 09.30 to 13.00

Friday 09.00 to 13.00
To find out more about volunteering you can call into the Volunteer Centre at Mansell House, 22 Bore Street, Lichfield during the hours above or contact Rick Hill 01543 303030 email rick.hill@supportstaffordshire.org.uk 

Friday, 17 February 2017

Longleat Safari Adventure Park - Armed Forces Save over 30% when you purchase an All in One Day Ticket

Purchase a Longleat All In One Day Ticket online and receive over a 30% discount on standard prices. Available for members of the Army, Navy and RAF. Employees must present a valid company ID card on arrival to validate this offer.
Terms and conditions apply

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Cessation of E-Bluey Service on 31st March 2017

The Ministry of Defence has announced that the e-bluey service will be ending on 31 March 2017.
The British Forces Post Office (BFPO) would like to reassure all concerned that the BFPO remains fully committed to ensuring that those deployed on operations are able to keep in touch with their families and friends.
It is regrettable that SuperLetter, the company that provide the e-bluey service, announced the cessation of the e-bluey before the BFPO could launch its own communications to inform our valued customers.
Please be assured that we understand and take their concerns seriously, and that the importance of the services provided by the BFPO is recognised and embedded within the Armed Forces Covenant, as well as the Terms and Conditions of Service of military personnel.
Since the draw down from Afghanistan in 2014, and the continued growth of Wi-Fi and mobile data-based technologies, the e-bluey has become much less popular as a way for Service personnel to stay in touch.
Usage has fallen by 97%, with numbers declining significantly from 100,000 in 2007 to under 3,000 per month in December 2016. As a result of this rapid decline in usage, and changes in the way people are staying in touch with each other, the decision has been made to terminate the e-bluey service.
The MoD has decided to reinvest all of the funds used for the e-bluey service into further improvement of deployed welfare packages. The rationale behind this is that, while the e-bluey service is only used by a small number of people, a reinvestment of funds can provide improvements in Wi-Fi- based services that can benefit, and are more relevant to, a larger number of Service personnel, their families and friends.
Our parcel and letter services will remain unaffected by the end of the e-bluey.

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.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

SLI365 Service Life Insurance

Click HERE for more information

Monday, 6 February 2017

Service Leavers Guide - Latest Edition of the Guide now available online

The service leavers guide offers information and advice prior to and after leaving regular service.
The guide contains plenty of useful information, links and contacts for Armed Forces personnel both at the point of exit from the Services and beyond. There are helpful tips on many aspects of leaving the services including what you need to do to ensure that your pension is paid promptly.