Featured post

Welcome Back to the Thorney Island HIVE Blog

Sign up for regular email alerts when new information is posted on the Thorney Island HIVE blog.  Just insert your email address in the si...

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

IMPORTANT- Is your child starting school in September 2017?


 Starting School in September 2017- CLICK HERE

If you have selected a Hampshire school for your child, please click HERE

Monday, 19 December 2016

Staying overnight in London? Why not use the Union Jack Club?





The Union Jack Club is a Service Charity located in central London, next to Waterloo Station, providing all the facilities of a modern hotel to serving and former members of the Armed Forces and their families.

 All serving non-commissioned members of the Armed Forces are automatically members of the Union Jack Club on presentation of a Military ID card. Former non-commissioned members of the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force, reserve forces as well as the Volunteer Reserve, who have served for a minimum of two years are eligible for membership.
The Union Jack Club also offers 10 meeting and banqueting rooms for charity and corporate events, consisting of both traditional club-style and fully-equipped modern meeting and conference rooms.

Centrally located with excellent transport links, the Union Jack Club is an accessible and popular venue.  Click here for the full brochure.

Accommodation

The Union Jack Club’s versatile fully accessible accommodation caters perfectly for individuals, couples, families and groups. Throughout the year the special offers allow members to enjoy the use of bedrooms, restaurant, local attractions and theatre.


Children's Education Advisory Service



CEAS are part of the MOD’s Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) and are a small dedicated team, who are experienced in advising service parents on a wide range of issues regarding the education of service children in the UK and overseas.

If you have a question regarding your child's education, whether it's school admission, boarding school or special educational needs, make sure you contact the Children's Education Advisory Service

SSVC and BFBS Worldwide News


The work of SSVC

The Services Sound and Vision Corporation is a registered charity set up to entertain and inform Britain's Armed Forces around the world. Its mission: To be the preferred provider of entertainment and information to Service personnel and their families worldwide.

Our work makes a considerable contribution to the maintenance of the efficiency and morale of the three Services. Our activities are carried out directly for the Ministry of Defence. Any profits are donated towards Forces' welfare. The activities carried out by SSVC are:


BFBS Radio

BFBS Radio has three networks broadcasting pop and speech radio 24 hours a day, combining the best of local radio from eight overseas locations with a service relayed from the UK to places around the world wherever significant numbers of Service personnel are based.

BFBS Radio currently broadcasts to 23 countries.


BFBS TV

BFBS Television broadcasts the best of UK television round the clock to Germany, Cyprus, Turkey, the Middle East and bases in Canada, the Balkans, Belize, Ascension and the Falklands. Fifteen 24-hour channels broadcast via satellite to personnel in 17 countries, with Navy TV being broadcast to HM Ships.

CSE Events and Entertainment

CSE provides over 140 live shows every year, entertaining Service personnel based around the world including Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Falkland Islands and Cyprus, as well as HM Ships.

SSVC Retail

SSVC Retail operates shops on major military bases in Germany selling home entertainment equipment and other household white goods at competitive prices.

SSVC Forces Cinemas

SSVC Forces Cinemas provides the latest box office movies to twenty static cinemas in Cyprus, Germany, Falkland Islands, UK and Northern Ireland and a mobile cinema, The Movie Machine, operating in the Balkans. Movies are shown within weeks of UK release.

British Defence Film Library

Managed on behalf of the MoD, BDFL supplies training and recruiting programmes to all branches of the Armed Services.


JSHAO Housing Matters: Winter 2016

The magazine for the Joint Service Housing Advice Office providing advice on housing for service personnel and families.

Armed Forces Covenant Annual Review

Click image to enlarge

Friday, 16 December 2016

Free Holidays in the New Forest for Military Personnel

Click image to enlarge

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Service Day at Alton Towers Sunday 12 March 2017- Defence Discount Card/Blue Light Card Members

 

Service Day at Alton Towers 2017
 
After the huge success of Services Day 2016 we are hoping that members join us for Services Day 2017 at Alton Towers.

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 12th March 2017
Ticket prices are just £18.00 for an adult, £16 for children (11 and under) and free for under 3's.  Members can also enjoy free car parking on the day which is normally £6 per car.

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

To book please call 0871 222 4001 and quote Services Day

King's Theatre, Portsmouth- David Walliams's Gangsta Granny Live on Stage- Feb 17



It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!
 
From the acclaimed producers of HORRIBLE HISTORIES comes the world premiere of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children.
'I am over the moon that 'Gangsta Granny' is coming to the stage. It's the most popular of all my books and I am sure this production by the brilliant Birmingham Stage Company will delight not just children but their parents and of course grandparents'. David Walliams

Friday, 9 December 2016

Jack Wills 10% off with MOD90 (ID Card)

Click graphic to enlarge

Crew Clothing Company 15% Discount

Click graphic to enlarge

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Homes for Veterans in Cheltenham

Click to enlarge
 


Cheltenham Borough Homes Ltd

Phase 1 (AFFORDABLE RENT) advertising 7 Dec 16 for one week:
·         2x 2 bed house
·         3x ground floor flats (all with wet rooms)

Phase 2 (AFFORDABLE RENT) advertising 14 Dec 16 for one week:
·         3x 1-bed flats (1st & 2nd floors)
·         2x 2-bed flats (1st & 2nd floors)

The development has a communal garden and parking available.

Applicants will need to register to allow bidding on Gloucester Homeseekers Plus

For more information and rental costs contact: Contact Louise Oliver on 0800 408 0000 or louise.oliver@cheltborohomes.org

SPACES- Single Service Leavers who require help to find accommodation

Click on graphics to enlarge

Career Transition Partnership -Early Service Leavers Resettlement Programme


Click each graphic to enlarge

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Pathfinder Magazine- Dec 16 Edition


Soldier Magazine- Dec 16 Edition







Monday, 5 December 2016

Employment Vacancies- Civil Service Recruitment in Portsmouth Area





Interested in a career in one of the departments of the Civil Service?


Just a few of the vacancies currently available in the Portsmouth area:

Administrative Officers x3
Psychologists
Software Developers
Dental Nurse
Civilian Security Officer




Friday, 2 December 2016

Running a Business from your SFA

Click image to enlarge

Winter Preparation Tips for your SFA from Carillion Amey


Click on images to enlarge
 


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Thorney Island HIVE Office Closure- Monday 5 December 2016






Thorney Island HIVE Information office will be closed on 

Monday 5 November 2016.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Chartered Management Institute Memberships for Military Families





Service Families Benefit from CMI Membership

The Chartered Management Institute has pledged to support Service spouses and partners in gaining the leadership qualifications to help them further their career.

Ensuring that Service spouses and partners are not disadvantaged in finding and staying in employment due to service life is a key part of the Armed Force Covenant, which states that: 
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has sought to uphold this promise by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. In their pledges, the CMI support Service spouses and civil partners through their MOD Family Membership Scheme, which provides access to Leadership, Mentoring and Coaching qualifications, helping Service spouses to gain the key skills and professional recognition which can help Service family members to find employment. The Scheme is also available free to children of Service personnel (aged 16-18) and allows them to become a Campus CMI Affiliate  with access to all the benefits of online resources, including study support.

CMI’s pledge offers a discount on their qualifications and membership for family members of Service personnel who are CMI members, and a commitment to support Service spouses or Reservists who they employ with flexible working arrangements, where possible.

Chief of Defence People, Lieutenant General Richard Nugee is a CMI companion and participated in the signing of the Covenant at an event on 14 November. He said:
“The families of our Service personnel are an important part of the Covenant. We value and are grateful to them – the unsung heroes who support our Armed Forces. Knowing that the nation, and organisations like the Chartered Management Institute recognises this is extremely important and fundamental in making the Armed Forces Covenant work.”

Ann Francke, Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute said:
“We’re proud to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, and helping families of the heroic men and women who serve our country get the support they need to develop their careers. Thousands of members of the Armed Forces who’ve gained CMI-accredited qualifications have benefited from improved performance in their roles, as well as from building confidence and gaining qualifications to help them resettle into civilian life at the end of their military career. Now, their families also have the chance to develop their own skills and qualifications.”

Full details on what membership can offer military families can be found on the CMI website athttp://www.managers.org.uk/mod-membership.

Monday, 28 November 2016

For those residing in, or who may be returning to Scotland post-service

Click to enlarge

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Affordable home ownership schemes


You may be able to get financial help from the government to buy a home.
You could get:

Buying your council or housing association property

There are also schemes for council tenants and housing association tenants.

Forces Free Air Letters (FFALs)




FFALs, commonly known as ‘Blueys’, can be posted in a standard postbox in the UK or a BFPO postbox overseas. HM Forces Aerogrammes (blueys) are an all in one letter and envelope. They are available from all UK Post Office branches or BFPOs and may be sent free of charge to forces personnel on operational duty at the following BFPO addresses:

222, 243, 254, 255, 270, 273, 276, 292, 334, 335, 350, 358, 361, 367, 381, 403, 432, 442, 443, 447, 448, 482, 485, 494, 496, 497, 501, 550, 556, 567, 572, 576, 583, 590, 597, 598, 602, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 611, 616, 617, 618, 619, 625, 626, 627, 631, 632, 636, 637, 639, 651, 652, 655, 660, 664, 675, 684, 685, 689, 695, 759, 762, 764, 767, 779, 798

Note 1: FFALs are not to include enclosures of any kind.
Note 2: FFALs sent to BFPO addresses not listed above must be paid for at normal postage rates.
This information can change. Please use this link for the most current information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/british-forces-post-office-services
Need some Blueys....ASK HIVE

Own Your Home


Click to enlarge



Service Pupil Premium 2017


Click to enlarge

This message is for the attention of Regular Forces Service parents based in England. If your child attends a state school, Academy or Free school in England and has been registered with the school as a Service pupil, the school will be granted a Service Pupil Premium of £300.

The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is provided by the Department for Education to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral, support during challenging times, which could include anything from a Service parent being away, being injured on active service to bereavement. Funds are paid directly to schools; with Head Teachers and school Governors deciding how the funds are used.

Schools with Service children in Reception to Year 11 classes are eligible to receive SPP, but only if your child’s name appears on the school roll as being a Service child. The annual census takes place on 19 January 2017 and children must be registered with the school before this date. You are encouraged to contact the school and make them aware your child is from a Service family. This information is not shared with other organisations and is protected on the National Pupil database.

For more information on eligibility, please see the links below:



For any other queries regarding Service children contact the Directorate Children and Young People’s educational advisory arm, Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) via email: DCYP-CEAS-enquiries@mod.uk or telephone: 01980 618244.