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Thursday, 26 April 2018

RAF100 Appeal - Fundraising Volunteers Needed

The Appeal team are looking for fundraising volunteers for various dates and locations if you can spare any time to help. Be a crucial part of the RAF celebrating its 100th anniversary as the world’s first independent air force during 2018.
There are numerous exciting public events taking place across the country to celebrate the RAF centenary. These include the National Static Aircraft Tour, where visitors can interact with the RAF aircraft, the RAF100 parade and fly past on The Mall on 10 July and a Battle of Britain service in London on 16 September. There are also a number of other events taking place relating to this fantastic celebration of the RAF.
Click HERE for more information

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Apply Online for a Passport

You can apply for, renew, replace or update your passport and pay for it online.
You’ll need a debit or credit card to use this service.
It should take 6 weeks to get your first adult passport once your form has been received. For all other application types, it should take 3 weeks.
It can take longer if more information is needed or your application hasn’t been filled out correctly.
You should use a different service if you need your passport urgently.
Don’t book travel until you have a valid passport - doing so is at your own risk.

Junior Youth Club Accouncement

Unfortunately youth club will be closed tomorrow evening (26th) due to a lack of volunteers.
Please note that unless we can recruit more volunteers, this will be an ongoing issue.

If you are interested in volunteering on a Thursday evening (1700-1830) please contact Emily on: or 07557 295641.

All volunteers must have either: a current MOD DBS or be willing to go through the appropriate checks.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Friary Grange Leisure Centre - Sports Camp 28-30 May

Monday 28th May to Wednesday 30th May
10am - 12pm
Try a selection of fun sports and activities on our summer half term sports camp. Each day, the camp will teach a different sport, including kwik cricket, basketball, table tennis and dodge ball.
Suitable for 5-12 year olds.
If you would like to enquire, please email

Bake for Heroes - Armed Forces Week 23 June - 1 July

Click HERE to sign up for a free fundraising pack

Help for Heroes - Asda National Collection Weekend 21/22 July - Volunteers Wanted

Asda have very kindly offered Help for Heroes a national collection for the 8th year running which means we are able to collect in all their stores on the weekend of 21 and 22 July. 
We are looking for volunteers to bucket collect and sell a range of merchandise at Asda stores nationwide and whether you can help for a couple of hours or the whole weekend, we would love to hear from you.
Click HERE for more information

Monday, 23 April 2018

Armed Forces/DDS Offer - A Royal Day Out

For full admission information on visiting the State Rooms, Buckingham Palace or to make an onine booking please click HERE 

Friday, 20 April 2018

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

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

Starting in March Market Street in Lichfield will be turning into a Street Food Extravaganza!
This monthly event will turn your taste buds inside out, come and enjoy street food at it's best.
There will be 'live' music, entertainment and lots of surprises.
Come down and enjoy between 5pm and 11pm there's something for everyone and it's FREE ENTRY.
Brought to you by CockerHoop Creative sponsored by Pom's Kitchen.

Future dates
  • Wednesday 25th April 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 30th May 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 27th June 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 25th July 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 29th August 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 26th September 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 31st October 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 28th November 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 30th January 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 27th February 5:00pm until 11:00pm

Tile Barn Outdoor Centre - Poppy Pod - Free to Military Personnel at weekends

This project has been made possible with the help of the Armed Forces Community Covenant, the Royal British Legion Brockenhurst Branch and Hampshire County Council.
Ex military and current serving military can use for free at weekends (max 2 nights) and school holidays (max 4 nights).
Click HERE for full details

Monday, 16 April 2018

Wednesday, 11 April 2018


Visit to register

Royal British Legion - Poppy Walk Birmingham - Sunday 10 June

The Royal British Legion are planning a Poppy Walk in Birmingham on Sunday 10th June.

  The walk is 10km and can be done at your own pace, with families, with dogs or on your own.  There will be a Poppy Village at the start and end of the walk with refreshments and music and we would love as many people as possible to join us and make this a fabulous fundraising event.

We have also just launched a 50% off registration fees for April on our Royal British Legion Events page here:

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

RAF Benevolent Fund - Subsidised Welfare Breaks for Serving Personnel

Click HERE for more informaiton

Royal Naval Station Yeovilton - International Air Day 7 July - Armed Forces Discount

Service Personnel and Veterans are entitled to purchase discounted Adult Tickets at £22 each (normal Advance Price £24 and Gate Price £30).  Child Tickets (aged 5-15) are available at £7 each (Gate Price £10). Please visit the Defence Discount Service website at to acquire the discount code and book your tickets at 2 July 2018.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Legoland Windsor - Defence Discount Services Days 3/4 November

Click HERE for full details
On November 3rd and 4th 2018 Defence Discount Service will be hosting Services Day 2018 at Legoland Windsor. Due to the popularity of the previous years we will be hosting two dates.  A private day only available to members of the services and their families.

The Theme Park will remain closed to the members of the public and only available for Defence Discount Service and Blue Light Card members.  There is no opportunity to purchase tickets on the day.

Available date is: Sunday 4th November 2018 (please note a Firework event is available on Saturday 3rd November, please see separate offer).

Ticket prices are just £17.00 for an adult, £17.00 for children and free for under 3's.  Members can also enjoy free car parking on the day which is normally £5 per car.

Please note: Annual passes cannot be used for this day.

Tickets will sell out fast for these events due to caps in place for the day so early booking is recommended.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Find Events - Armed Forces Day 30 June

There are hundreds of events taking place to celebrate Armed Forces Day across the country. Click on the link below to find your nearest event. The  site is updated regularly to provide details of Armed Forces Day events.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund Centenary (RAFBF100) Project Manager

Click HERE for more information
Deadline is 20 April 2018

2018 Offers at the Union Jack Club

Log onto for all the details

2018 Year of Engineering Ex GRIFFIN SPANNER 15 May


Find out how to check if you need a TV Licence when you’re on base, what it covers and how much it costs.

A TV Licence is not included in your monthly food and accommodation charges. In Ministry of Defence (MOD) living accommodation, on or off base, you need to be covered by a TV Licence if you watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand. This applies to any provider or device you use, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or Blu-ray/DVD/VHS recorder.
 Find out more about watching live TV.

It’s your responsibility to check if you need a TV Licence and buy one if you do. The Ministry of Defence fully supports us in applying the law regarding TV Licensing. If we find evidence you’re watching TV illegally, you risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000* plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay.
*The maximum fine is £2,000 in Guernsey.

Postal Voting for May Local Elections

Click HERE for more information

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Drive-in Movies at Beacon Park - 12/19 May

The first drive-in movie of the year is the cult British comedy, The Italian Job (1969), which will play at Beacon Park on Saturday 12 May. 
The second drive-in movie of 2018, is the much loved film Dirty Dancing that will be screened at Beacon Park on Saturday 19 May. 
The films will play on a giant inflatable screen, and movie-goers simply need to tune their car radios in to hear the soundtrack.
There will also be a reserved area in front of the cars for on foot ticket holders to bring along chairs and enjoy the film outside. Movie meals and cinema snacks will be on offer.
Gates will open at 12noon to allow audience members to park up and enjoy all that Beacon Park and Lichfield has to offer. Both films will then start at around 9.15pm.
Entry to the drive-ins is by pre-booked ticket only. It costs £25 a car per movie and £5 for on foot customers, with the option of hiring a headset for £3 and a paying a further £15 refundable deposit on the night.
Tickets are on sale now for all four drive-in movies and can be booked in person at the Lichfield Garrick Box Office, over the phone by calling 01543 412121, or online…
For online tickets, please click on the film link to go straight through to the right Lichfield Garrick website page: The Italian JobDirty DancingTop Gun or Pretty Woman.
To find out more about the Drive-in Movies at Beacon Park, including a series of frequently asked questions, visit

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Important changes to F&C Application for Entry to the UK

Notice from SO1 Engagement Armed Forces Covenant Team:
I am delighted to notify you that on 19 Mar 2018, following extensive MOD, Service Family Federation and Service charity consultation with the Home Office, a new on-line service for Foreign & Commonwealth Armed Forces personnel and their family members seeking entry to the UK was launched by Visa4UK, replacing the previous application process and paper form. As a result of this change, applicants will no longer have to pay the health surcharge and then submit a request for reimbursement.

This has replaced the previous application process and paper form. All new applicants should now submit their applications via Visa4UK using the following options on the drop down menu :

Reason for visit: Settlement
Visa type: HM Forces
Visa sub type: (choose the correct category)

The new process applies to those applying for entry to the UK under the following routes, set out in Appendix Armed Forces of the Immigration Rules:
* A former member of HM Forces on discharge;
* A fiancé or proposed civil partner of a member of HM Forces;
* The partner or child of a member of HM Forces applying under Appendix Armed Forces;
* The partner or child of a foreign or Commonwealth member of HM Forces who is applying under Part 7 transitional arrangements;
* The partner or child of a British citizen member of HM Forces who is applying under Part 8 transitional arrangements;
* The bereaved partner or child of a member of HM forces applying under Appendix Armed Forces;
* A former Gurkha soldier who was discharged before 1997;
* The widow of a former Gurkha soldier who was discharged before 1997;
* The partner or child of a former Gurkha soldier discharged before 1997

Appendix Armed Forces can be found on Gov.UK at

Guidance on all the above immigration routes can be found on Gov.UK at

Friday, 23 March 2018

Easy Resettlement Magazine

Easy Resettlement Magazine informs Service personnel about employment and training options available to Service leavers.

See the Spring 2018 edition of Easy Resettlement here

Thursday, 22 March 2018



-          MONDAY 1830-2000 FOR 10+ YEAR OLDS
-          THURSDAY 1700-1830 FOR 5-9 YEAR OLDS




AFF celebrates visa success on behalf of F&C Army families

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is delighted that after five years of lobbying on their behalf, Foreign & Commonwealth (F&C) Army families should now find the process of applying for a visa to enter the UK much easier and fairer, thanks to the addition of an 'Armed Forces' option on the form.

Change needed
Since 2013, when the new Armed Forces immigration rules came into effect, all non-EEA family members of soldiers wishing to apply for a visa to enter the UK have had to use an online form.

Unfortunately, the form didn't have an option to apply as the spouse of a soldier, which created a number of problems.

Tackling unfair disadvantage
AFF has fought tirelessly for this to be changed and is pleased to learn that the form has now been updated to include an Armed Forces option.

AFF's Foreign & Commonwealth Specialist Katherine Houlston, who deals with Army families' visa related queries and concerns, said:

"This is a positive change for families and a great success for AFF. This should now mean less confusion over what type of visa applicants should select, which will lead to fewer rejected applications. Families should now find that completing the form is a much simpler process."

The charity, who last year dealt with over 2,000 F&C enquiries, 67 per cent of those relating to visas, says that the vital difference to families is that they will no longer have to pay the immigration health surcharge upfront and then wait months for a refund.

Find out more
All new visa applicants should now submit their applications via

To find more about AFF's work in support of F&C families, visit their brand new website,

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

CarillionAmey: Online Furniture Request/Removal Form Now Available

Customers wishing to make a request for additional furniture or removal of Service furniture whilst they are living in their SFA can now download and complete a form online. 

For further details please visit

AFF Understanding Overseas 2018

Click HERE to take part in the survey

Monday, 19 March 2018

Defence Discount Service TalkTalk Offer Fixed Low Priced Broadband & Fibre
Fast broadband at £18.95 on a 12m contract

Faster Fibre at £22.50 on a 12m contract

Both have free setup
T&C's apply  Click HERE for more information

Friday, 16 March 2018

TV Licence increase as at 1st April 2018

The cost of a TV Licence will change on 1 April 2018. A colour licence will cost £150.50, an increase of £3.50 on the current fee. A black and white licence will cost £50.50, an increase of £1.

There will be no change to the free TV Licence for people over 75.

If you are blind (severely sight impaired), you will still be able to apply for a 50% concession. This means a colour licence costs £75.25, an increase of £1.75.

For Further Information CLICK HERE

Childcare Vouchers Scheme extended for a further six months

The government has agreed to delay the closure of the workplace childcare voucher system for six months.

Damian Hinds, the Secretary of State for Education and member of Parliament (MP) for East Hampshire, confirmed at the House of Commons yesterday (Tuesday 13 March 2018) that the April deadline for the abolition of employer-supported childcare vouchers would be extended for a further six months.

The removal of workplace childcare vouchers is to make way for the government’s tax-free childcare scheme, which was introduced from April 2017. The tax-free childcare policy will provide parents with children under the age of 12 up to £2,000 a year per child to help cover childcare costs.

An Introduction to Pensions for Serving Personnel

See the Army Transition Information Sheet on PENSIONS at this link

Defence Discount Service - Papa John's Online offer

Click HERE for more details

Defence Discount Services - Alton Towers Resort - Save up to 49%

Save up to 49% off tickets at Alton Towers resort.
T&C apply
Click HERE for more details

Alton Towers park reopens on the 17th March 2018

Defence Discount Service - Starbucks Offer

Receive 10% off the whole bill at Starbucks.  Defence Privilege Card members can then enjoy their 10% discount with friends and family at all Starbucks stores across the UK and Ireland, by simply showing their card at the till point.

Click HERE to sign up to Defence Discount Service

SSAFA and Haven Holidays Offer

SSAFA have joined partnership with Haven to provide discounted holidays (5% during school holidays and 10% at other times) for Armed Forces personnel and their families. You can save up to an additional 5% when you travel over the school over and bank holidays, and up to 10% across all other dates in 2018.
T&C's apply

Your chance to Dance in Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Handover

Culture Central are looking for 2,022 young people aged 16 - 25 to take part in a mass performance as part of the Flag Handover Ceremony ready for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

2,022 young people will come together in a secret city-centre location for a performance choreographed by Rosie Kay that will be broadcast live to one billion people and celebrate Birmingham's status as one of the youngest and most diverse cities in the UK, showing off what the city has to offer ready for the games in four years time.

The official ceremony will take place on 15th April 2018 and will see young people and artists from across Birmingham come together as part of the Closing Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.Applications are open to anyone from 16-25, from trained dancer to total beginner. It truly is a once in a life opportunity to get involved in one of the biggest events in Birmingham's history!

Find out more here.