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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Afford-rent-a-car Offers 20% Discount to Military Personnel and MOD Civilians

www.affordrentacar.co.uk


Staffordshire Police Advice - Break-ins



We are aware of a number of reports where leisure clubs have been targeted in the south of the County.

Incidents have taken place over the last few weeks overnight in the south Staffordshire and Lichfield areas.  Leisure and social clubs are being targeted for cash from gaming machines, tills, safes and other available locations. Offenders are forcing their way in mainly via fire doors.

Please remain vigilant and ensure these vulnerable locations are secured and any potential CCTV opportunities are maximised. Regular banking of taking will minimise losses.

Please call us on 101 with any information, or 999 in an emergency or if a crime is taking place.
If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: nw@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Monday, 18 June 2018

Kings Head Lichfield - Armed Forces Day 30 June


the Kings Head Lichfield will celebrate armed forces day on the 30th June , please come and join us in marking this Day to thank all our forces for there service , we have BBQ , face painting for the children a rifle range and other entertainment for you all .
so bring the kids for a fun day .

A new drop-in centre to support ex-service men and women or their families - Stafford Library Fridays 1000-1200

A new drop-in centre to support ex-service men and women or their families has been set up at Stafford Library.

Ex-service men and women or their families will now be able to get emotional, financial and practical support at the library on Fridays between 10am and 2pm.

The drop-in sessions are being offered through local Armed Forces charity SSAFA and Staffordshire County Council.

The service is run entirely by volunteers and can help those who are having a hard time adjusting to civilian life, either because of money worries, relationship breakdowns, struggling to find employment or housing.

 This new service and the specialist staff will be able to offer a wide range of support from anything like housing and finances, to help with retraining or finding a job.

For further details contact SSAFA Staffordshire on 01785 212680 or pop in to the library on Friday between 10am and 2pm

DMS (Whittington) Families Day Raffle Tickets and Prizes


Lichfield Grub Club - Lichfield's Monthly Street Food Night Out - FREE ENTRY


new location but same LGC....- Beautiful scenery over Staffordshire, great food and drink, amazing comedy and lovely friends.

See you there 5pm - 11pm, Cathedral lawns, Cathedral Close, Lichfield



Career Learning Staffordshire - Thinking of returning to work?

Are you thinking about returning to work, but not confident you have the right skills? You could get up to the full cost of your course in Staffordshire 100% funded and gain a valuable qualification at a local college.
Call to speak with a local advisor today about the funding and course availability at your local college.

01785 674 150


Career learning courses on a wide range of subjects available at colleges across all of Staffordshire.
Course subjects include – Health & Social Care Management, Human Resources & Management, Accounting & Bookkeeping, Hospitality Management, Advanced Professional Cookery, Education & Childcare, Advanced Manufacturing / Engineering, Construction & the Built Environment, Computer Aided Design, Electrical Installation, Fabrication, Wall & Floor Tiling, Plus many, many more

Colmore Food Festival in Victoria Square Birmingham on 6 and 7 July

Colmore Business District’s annual Food Festival is being held in Victoria Square, Birmingham on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 July 2018
The festival is an integral part of the city’s cultural and culinary calendars. The Food Festival is free to attend and allows the hospitality venues of the District to showcase their dishes and talents, giving visitors a flavour of what they offer all year round. 
All dishes are capped at £4, allowing festival goers to try plenty of fantastic options. 
Click HERE for more information

Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest food festival returns to Birmingham's Cannon Hill Park 22, 23 & 24 June.

Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest food festival, returns to Birmingham Cannon Hills Park over the weekend of 22nd, 23rd & 24th June with a mouth-watering summer festival and the launch of a brand new Musicians Against Homelessness music stage and extended opening times.
Click HERE for more information

Jobs Fayre at the Royal British Legion Birmingham. 2 July


SSAFA's Stepping Stone Homes

www.ssafa.org.uk

Friday, 15 June 2018

DMS(W) Families Day - 23 June - Donations and Volunteers needed


CA Move in Advice - Unknown Mail

You are advised to mark any mail not addressed to you as ‘return to sender’ and put it back into the postal system. Any utility bills not addressed to you can be passed back your Accommodation Officer or Local Customer Service Centre Advisor (if you have one).

RAFA Colour Chaos

Click HERE for more information

Citizens Advice - Free Advice at The Community Hub - 27 June


 


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Lichfield Arts Fuse Festival Friday 13th July, 7:00pm - Until Sunday 15th July, 6:00pm

Folowing on from the success of 2017, Lichfield Arts presents another FREE community and music festival.
This free community event offers music from national and local bands, workshops (dance, poetry, circus skills, magic, musical instrument making), performances (Poetry, theatre, dance, storytelling), art and craft activities, as well as a fully stocked bar, great food traders and market stalls to browse. 

There's free parking nearby and the park is just a few minutes walk from the city centre, bus and rail stations

Monday, 11 June 2018

Junior Youth Club reopens Thursday 14 June


Junior Youth Club reopens this Thursday 14 June.

Ages 5-9.  £1.50 per child.

Any new children must register on arrival

Friday, 8 June 2018

Annington Challenge 2018 - Are you aged 11-19, from a Service family and looking for an adventure this summer?

Background.  Children and young adults from Armed Forces families can enjoy a-once-in-a-lifetime outward bound adventure this summer, thanks to an initiative run by the Annington Trust and The Outward Bound Trust. The Annington Challenge offers outward bound adventures where activities include trekking, abseiling, canoeing and kayaking. The Annington Challenge, like all of the Outward Bound courses, aims to support young people to develop their personal, social and emotional skills, giving them the necessary tools to thrive at school, in further education, in employment and beyond. The Annington Challenge is open to all Armed Forces children. Participants will need the support of their school or college and if chosen, must be prepared to write a short report on their experience.

Although the challenge was heavily subscribed in all locations, some places have become available for the 19 days Skills for Life course which starts on the 30th July through to the 17 August. This is at the Aberdovey Outward Bound site in Wales. Participants will have to pay a £399 contribution to the overall cost which is over £1000.

If anyone would like to apply for the last remaining places, visit https://www.outwardbound.org.uk/courses/summer-adventures/the-annington-challenge/

NRA Military Adaptive Championship 2018 - 21 June

Click HERE for more information

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Bacon Butties are back Monday 11 June

Bacon butties will be back from Monday 11 June.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

UK Schools Directory 2018/19 - Available in the HIVE

Copies available to pick up in your local HIVE

Windsor Castle - MOD offer

Serving personnel can obtain entry for up to 5 people, including themselves, with their MOD 90 during any 12 month rolling period.

Just show your ID to the staff when you arrive for quick entry to the ticket office.
Then enjoy an excellent day out 🙂


CarillionAmey Self help - Fleas

Nobody likes fleas, they get everywhere and are hard to get rid of. In favourable conditions, one pair of breeding fleas can lead to 6000 fleas in four weeks and one female can lay up to 1000 eggs in a lifetime! They are laid on the host but can easily drop off into bedding, carpets or gaps in floorboards, making them really hard to remove.
Fleas are about 2-3mm long and have a flattened, pointed body shape enables them to burrow easily in amongst fur, hair or feathers making them really difficult to remove. They can also jump up to 22cm high!
If you come across fleas in your home, it is important that you carry out pre-treatment actions:
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to remove as many fleas as possible from all life stages, the bag contents must be quickly disposed of away from the house to avoid the fleas coming back into the house
  • Clear all floor space
  • Begin treatment of pets and the home with insecticide, sprays, flea bombs, tablets or drops
During treatment you have to make sure the rooms are vacated of people and pets. Treat your house while you treat your pet and this will ensure they go for good.
You must not enter treated areas for 4 hours and do not vacuum for 14 days to allow the insecticide to work. It’s also hard to kill eggs and pupae this way so you will have to wait for them to hatch so they can be killed by the treatment. Vacuuming too soon may stop the treatment from working.

UK Schools Directory 2018/19 Available in the HIVE

Pop into the HIVE for your copy

Monday, 4 June 2018

The NHSBT (NHS Blood and Transplant) is calling on Service Personnel (and family members where permissible) to help top up UK blood stocks. There is now a new urgent appeal. Supplies of two vital blood groups are running low – including O negative, the only blood type which can be given safely to any patient in an emergency situation. The call-up comes because serving (and ex) military personnel are more likely to know their blood type.  

O negative and B negative donors are being prioritised and they can walk in and donate at several of NHS Blood and Transplant's fixed site donor centres. You can find all centre details at www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.

​Anyone with booked appointments are asked to stick to them, but if you know you cannot attend then please let NHS Blood know as soon as possible so that the session can be freed-up for others to donate lifesaving blood.

The Lichfield Comedy Festival - Beacon Park, Lichfield - 23 June

Tickets and information click HERE

Brindleyplace Family Festival 2018 - 16 June

The inaugural Brindleyplace Family Festival makes its debut on Saturday 16 June!

Sponsored by Deutsche Bank, Brindleyplace Family Festival 2018 is held in aid of Cure Leukaemia. 
The Family Festival will incorporate the renowned Dragonboat Race, one of Birmingham’s longest running and most entertaining events. Come down to the Brindleyplace canalside to watch the ultimate battle of Brummie businesses as they compete to become the best Dragonboat paddlers in the city – all whilst being in fancy dress! To make sure your company gets a place in the race or to find out more information, contact Nathan Sanghera at nathan.sanghera@gva.co.uk.
The Family Festival will include a jam-packed schedule full of family fun. Pop the date into your diary now to ensure a fantastic day out with the whole family this summer.

Click HERE for the line up of  free activities taking place across Brindleyplace on Saturday 16 June:



Twycross Zoo - Father's Day Weekend - Free entry for the dad in your life

T&Cs apply/.  Click HERE for more information

CarillionAmey - Self help advice: bees, hornets and wasps

Wasps, bees, hornets and hover flies are all quite similar and extremely beneficial insects. You can identify them easily just by looking at them. You can see their distinguishable features below if you’re unsure before you call.
  • Honey bees are darker in colour, hairier and have a narrow waist
  • Bumblebees are large in size, also darker in colour and hairy
  • Wasps are bright yellow and black, less hairy and also have a narrow waist
  • Hornets look like wasps but they are darker in colour
  • Hover flies are smaller, have one pair of wings and are bright yellow and black
Wasps, bees and hornets can sting (though some extremely unlikely to do so), while the hoverfly can’t and they all have two pairs of wings apart from the hover fly as well. Bees help us by pollinating crops and wasps, hornets and hoverflies are great for their destruction of massive numbers of other pests.
  • We don’t treat hoverflies, they are purely beneficial insects and not classed as pests
  • We would never kill honey bees except in exceptional circumstances
  • We don’t kill bumblebees unless they are the tree bumblebees (ginger body and white tail) and nesting in a building
  • We do kill wasps. We apply insecticidal dust to nests and they will die off within 48 hours of treatment. The treated nests are left in situ and not removed by us

Friday, 1 June 2018

Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey 2018

The Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey (AFCAS) 2018 has been published.
It is important for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the single services to understand the opinions and attitudes of service personnel. The annual armed forces continuous attitude survey (AFCAS) is one of the main ways to gather information on the views and experiences of our personnel. The information from this survey helps shape policies for training, support, and the terms and conditions of service.

Toddle Together - Beacon Park 3 July


2018 KINGS BROMLEY SHOW – SATURDAY 28TH JULY

Click HERE for full details
Annual country show, this year "Celebrating Staffordshire' Great value, fun day out for all the family.
Entertainment includes funfair, sideshows, vintage cars, trade and craft stalls with demonstrations, animal attractions.  Competitive marquee with exhibits.  Horse and dog shows.  Children’s races.  Eureka Jazz Band.
Arena entertainment with displays of daring bike and motorbike stunts, magic acts etc.
Refreshments and Real Ale bus.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

BFRSS - National Employment & Careers Fair Stafford - 12 July


National Memorial Arboretum - Armed Forces Day Weekend

Celebrate the work of Her Majesty's Armed Forces, past and present, at the special weekend event. With activities, displays, entertainment and much more, there will be fun for the whole family.


Saturday 30th June 2018 - Sunday 1st July 2018

Free entry, donations appreciated

Click HERE for more information

Burntwood Wakes Festival 18 - 30 June


Click HERE for more information 

Friday, 25 May 2018

BFPO DELIVERY OF AMAZON PARCELS



There is a current issue with service delivery that we wanted to make you
aware of:


We are aware that some customers are currently experiencing issues with the delivery of Amazon parcels. Amazon has recently started to use a carrier that is not in contract with BFPO which, unfortunately, has led to some items not being accepted at BFPO London.

We regret any inconvenience that this has caused our customers. Please be aware that we are currently accepting all Amazon parcels delivered within our commercial receipts operating hours, in the short-term, pending discussions with Amazon to try to identify a suitable solution.


Any queries can be directed to our Service Desk, who will be able to advise further:

 Email: desbfpo-enquiries@mod.uk   
Telephone: +44 (0)345 769 7978 (calls are charged at local rate in the UK)   
Alternative: +44 (0)20 8589 3450 (civil) or 94676 3450 (military)  
 Fax: +44 (0)20 8589 3309 

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Poppyfields The Musical - Armed Forces Discount

CONTACT THE HIVE FOR THE DISCOUNT CODE

Midlands and Community Choir



The idea of this Military and Community Choir is to bring people together to have fun, make friends and create great music both at rehearsals and through concerts at various venues.
From concerts at The Symphony Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, The Old Rep, Northfield Baptist Church, St. Jame's and St. Francis Churches, and a Flash Mob in Birmingham City Centre to a wonderful evening singing alongside care home residents we enjoy our music and want to share it.
We rehearse on the 1st, 3rd and 5th (if there is one!) Thursday's of each month at Northfield Baptist Church under the guidance of our conductor, Laura joy Godwin and Pianist Sara Wilander.
Why not come and sing with us?  Please get in touch!

Bramcote Station Open Day 22 July 18!

Bramcote Station Open Day on the 22nd Jul 18, is a medium scale community event that will be open to all members of the public in Nuneaton and surrounding areas with upwards of 6000 attendees. This is in order to raise funds for charities and to provide an opportunity for local charitable organisations to fund raise. This also raises the profile of 30th Signal Regiment within the local civilian community and provides an opportunity for armed forces recruitment.
Bramcote Station, Gamecock Barracks, CV11 6QN

Now selling tickets online!

£16 for a family ticket or £5 each

Toby Carvery - Armed Forces Day 2018: Free carvery or breakfast for all personnel


It’s Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30th June, and to celebrate the bravery of these heroes, we’re showing our support and gratitude for each of our amazing military personnel.
We’ll be serving a delicious, free carvery meal or breakfast to all military personnel. This offer applies to all members of the British Army, Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, including serving troops, reserves, veterans and cadets.
We greatly admire our Armed Forces, and we’ve also teamed up with The Royal British Legion as our official charity partner. Each time we sell a Jam and Coconut Sponge pudding, we donate 25p to The Royal British Legion. Now there’s a perfect excuse to order a pudding!
A booking isn’t required for this offer, but wouldn’t want to miss out, would you?

Can’t make it for a carvery? How about a free breakfast?

If you can’t make it in for a roast dinner, don’t worry. Just come in earlier and tuck into a Great British Breakfast, on us. We’ve always got plenty to offer such as; Bacon, Pork Sausages, Free Range Eggs, Baked Beans, and even breakfast Yorkies and Gravy! We’ve also got a lovely range of lighter options to kick start a great day.
To take advantage of this offer, all you need to do is simply download/print your voucher and show it when you order a roast (or alternative main meal), or a breakfast on the 30th June, along with military ID or a Defence Privilege Card*.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Armed Forces Charities Website

www.armedforcescharities.org.uk

The project

Since 2014, DSC has been undertaking research which provides an overview and analysis of the UK’s armed forces charity sector, a segment of the voluntary sector which remained little explored or understood.

We’re now proud to announce the launch of our new and improved Armed Forces Charities website. Our research continues to be generously funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT).

The website

The purpose of this website is to provide an interactive research and evidence-base, freely accessible to all, including, policymakers, charities, media organisations and the public.

The site features:
An online research library of downloadable reports, info-graphics and research briefs;
Interactive Data, allowing users to explore information with graphical data;
A directory with information on UK armed forces charities.

Monday, 14 May 2018

BFPO Father's Day - Latest Recommended Posting Date

gov.uk/BFPO

Armed Forces Covenant for Armed Forces Families - E-learning Programme

The Armed Forces Covenant Team have been working on an e-learning programme to raise awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant to various target audiences.  The modules aimed at AF personnel and AF families have now been launched. 
Click HERE for more information