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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


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:

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


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

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

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

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Volunteer for this year's Summer Reading Challenge

The reading challenge starts on Saturday 14th July and we need young people to help us through the summer break to run the challenge, help with activities and have fun.
If you are aged 15+ and would like work experience and volunteering time with us then please contact Lichfield Library.

SSAFA Forces Additional Needs and Disability Conference - 11 June

RAF Cosford Air Show - Sunday 10 June

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Defence Discount Service

Click HERE for website

Defence Discount Service - Save up to 53% on tickets to Drayton Manor (2018 tickets)

Drayton Manor are offering members an amazing offer that saves up to 53% on tickets!  To redeem this offer simply click on the website link HERE and book online or call the booking line.
Defence Discount Service rates are:

£18.00 - 12yrs+      

£16.00 - 4-11yrs/60yrs+     

£6.50   -  2-3years

FREE     - Under 2’s     

Lichfield Gin, Ale & Cheese Festival - 2 and 3 June

It's a warm welcome to the latest event brought to you by the team from the Lichfield Food Festival.
With over 100 traders the team will be delivering a weekend of tempting gins, spirits, wines and ales, tours, product sampling, street food, live music and enjoyment for the visitors to Lichfield.
  • Sunday 3rd June 9:00am until 5:00pm

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Lichfield Victorian May Day Monday 7 May Free Entry

Lichfield District Council is hosting a Victorian May Day event at Museum Gardens in Beacon Park on Monday 7 May. The May Day celebrations will include maypole dancing, a Victorian craft ‘cup in a ball’ activity, and a range of traditional games, including a coconut shy, croquet and hoopla. There will also be a Punch & Judy show which is expecting to draw big crowds.
Monday 7th May 201811:00am - 3:00pm
Click HERE for more details