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Friday, 28 October 2016

Location Overview Thorney Island


If you are relocating to Thorney Island area, see the HIVE Location Overview at this link: 



The HIVE also has information sheets on Accommodation / Education / Employment / Health / Local Community Information.

If you would like any of the above information sheets, please contact 
the HIVE 
Thorney Island (Tues & Thurs): 01243 388308

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Damp & Mould SFA

An action plan for dealing with damp and mould in your SFA
Here’s a downloadable infographic showing our process for any Damp and Mould issues raised with Carillionamey.


Benefits and concessions for the Armed Forces, veterans and their families


This information applies to:
  • people who are serving in the Armed Forces
  • people who used to serve in the Armed Forces (veterans)
  • the dependants of people serving in the Armed Forces and veterans.
There are many different kinds of financial help available for people in the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
You can use this information to find out what financial help might be available to you, depending on your situation. You can also use this information to find details of organisations that might be able to help you further.

CLICK HERE to find out more.....

Pathfinder - Oct 16 Edition Out Now


To view online click here.

Forces Resettlement Guide - What next?


Single Persons Accommodation Centre


What is SPACES? Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services, SPACES, is a housing advice and placement service for veterans.
SPACES targets the most vulnerable of Service leavers, regardless of rank, length of service, or reason for discharge.  The SPACES office is located within The Beacon at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.
You’ll find:
    • The SPACES office is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, with answerphone service out-of-hours.
    • Helps to secure appropriate accommodation when you leave the Armed Forces to reduce the risk of homelessness or rough sleeping.
    • Help to find accommodation no matter where you are located across the UK.
    • Support from up to 12 months prior to discharge if you have housing concern (the SPACES team will maintain contact with you until suitable accommodation is secured).
    • All information treated in strict confidence.
    • Advice and referrals to other specialist agencies if required,
    • If you are married or a single parent, we will direct you to the Joint Service Housing Advice Office.
    • Information to assist Foreign & Commonwealth Service personnel with housing needs.
    • Optional referral to Riversides’ Care and Support bespoke accommodation centres for single veterans.

Visitors to Armed Forces Poppy Pods...Tile Barn Brockenhurst

Staying at the Poppy Pods?
Information and attractions for the local area

Hampshire school term dates: CLICK HERE

If you require more information on the area contact Marchwood HIVE: 02380 862172

Tile Barn: Archery, 

Canoeing and kayaking, Climbing, High ropes..low ropes, 

ArcheryCanoeing and kayaking
Climbing wallHigh ropes

and more...take a look: CLICK HERE...




Things to see and do in Hampshire









Lepe Country Park: 
 
 

 

Visitor Guide: www.thenewforest.co.uk



Every Year-July: www.newforestshow.co.uk

Paultons Park


Longdown Farm
Forces Discounts Available:
2016 Admission Prices:Under 3s are FREE!
Adult - 
£9.00. Buy online for 10% savings

Senior - £7.50. Buy online for 10% savings 
Child (3-14 years) - £8.00. Buy online for 10% savings
Family Saver: (2 Adults & 2 Children) - £30.00. Buy online for 10% savings 
Serving military personnel - £6.50  (please show military ID card)


 Beaulieu is an award winning family visitor
 attraction at the heart of the 
New Forest National Park

Armed Forces Discount: 
Military discount for serving members of the armed forces, which is 15% off the individual's price and up to six others. This concession, which does not apply to family tickets, can only be applied if you purchase your tickets at Visitor Reception, when you arrive at Beaulieu.

  Please note that they also offer favorable discounts for visitors who buy their tickets online in advance, which may be of interest? 

For more information, please visit the tickets section of our website,http://www.beaulieu.co.uk/plan-your-visit/tickets-and-prices.
 www.beaulieu.co.uk

Poppy Pod Project: FREE Camping village for Armed Forces personnel and their families- Tile Barn Outdoor Centre-Brockenhurst

CLICK HERE  to find out what facilities they have and available activities




Hampshire County Council is proud to introduce The ‘Poppy Pod’ camping village for Armed Forces personnel and their families at Tile Barn Outdoor Centre in Brockenhurst, New Forest. The project is to become its lasting legacy to our Armed Service personnel to recognise and remember the sacrifices made and faced by the Armed Forces Community.



Twenty wooden pods have already been built as free holiday and respite facilities for service personnel, veterans and their families, thanks to £250,000 from the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant scheme.  A further £50,000 donation from the Brockenhurst Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) will be used to build a communal hub building for visitors to meet, eat and share experiences with other families.

The 20 solar-powered, accessible pods and hub building will be available at a charge for schools, when bookings begin from spring 2016. However, priority will be given to members of the armed services and their families on weekends and during school holiday periods who can enjoy the facilities for free.  


Tile Barn has been a camping and outdoor centre since the early 1970s and has recently benefitted from a new, fully accessible shower and toilet block, which will support use of the ‘Poppy Pod’ village. The centre was set up to provide cost effective outdoor residential experiences to school children in Hampshire. It can cater for up to 350 young people in fully equipped campsites and a 37 bed bunkhouse facility.

Tile Barn was originally used to treat First World War troops from the Indian Army Corps at tented and galvanised units, nicknamed 'Tin Town' by local people. The site then became the New Zealand General Hospital No.1 where 21,000 casualties were treated.



The pods have been fitted with a seating area which easily converts into a bed for families to have a versatile 

SFA Furniture Service: Marchwood, Worthy Down & Thorney Island


Furniture requests fro SFA are made through CarillionAmey.

In Occupancy Furniture Request FormPlease make sure you complete all the fields in orange. If you leave any of the fields blank the form will be returned to you and this may slow the process down. Ensure that all contact telephone numbers are non military, daytime numbers to allow the furniture provider to discuss and confirm requests with you. If you want to have furniture collected and delivered at the same time, please use 2 forms, one for collection, one for delivery and attach both to a single email explaining your requirements. Once the form is completed please send to:furniturerequests@carillionamey.co.uk.

Click HERE for the full information and forms.


Thorney Island School Meals: Chartwells West Sussex Meal Selector

If your child will be in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 you are entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals.  



CLICK HERE to visit the Chartwells website and for the full details.


From 1st September 2016 the price of a school lunch will be £2.30 per meal


CheckEmLads.com : Testicular Cancer Awareness




Watch the Video on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7vST1OKhTE













The Royal British Legion - Here To Help You

For more information visit
or telephone
0808 802 8080


Combat Stress: The Veterans Mental Health Charity



or visit the website: http://www.combatstress.org.uk/

Big White Wall


That moment when everything calms down to a standstill; when, even if it is just for moment, life seems to make sense and the smile that has appeared on your face had no second thought. Peace is a simple concept yet it can be the hardest to accomplish. September sees the United Nations’ International Day of Peace (Wednesday 21st) take place around the world. It is a time to reflect on what makes each of us peaceful, on how we can create a more peaceful society, and on what has been sacrificed to achieve peace in the past. It can serve as a reminder that we are all seeking a more peaceful life.


With Big White Wall’s trained counsellors (called Wall Guides) and peer support, there is always a peaceful place to go 24/7. All UK serving personnel, veterans, reservists and their families aged 16+ can access free and anonymous online

Whether it is wellbeing or mental health issues, stress or just going through a tough time, Big White Wall is here to provide safe, anonymous support at any time, day or night.

Big White Wall is supported by Help for Heroes, the Ministry of Defence and
NHS England to support the UK Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Thorney Island-Childrens Halloween Party - 28th Oct


Due to the unexpected popularity of the 0-7 years Halloween Party and the low demand for the 7 – 16 years party we are happy to announce that we can now offer places to our younger children to attend the 7 – 16 year time period on this event on Friday 28 October 2016 as follows:

          Ages 0 -7, Years          1530 – 1730hrs
          Mixed ages                  1730 – 1930hrs

Parents are to be advised that younger children attending the second party may be in contact with older boys and girls up to and including the age of 16 and some may find this a little overwhelming. Please consider carefully when applying for tickets.
Parents will be expected to remain with their children for the duration of the event.

Thorney Island-Pumpkin Carving 27th October


Teaching Assistant Qualification-Thorney Island



If you are interested in this course please contact Nikki Walters the learning centre manager on Thorney Island. Tel: 01243 388298.  If there is  enough interest there may be an opportunity for us to run the course on the Island.


Service Parents' Guide to Boarding Schools


Available from HIVE

Child Care Vouchers



You could be saving up to £933 in childcare costs – are you missing out?
Raising a family is demanding, and worrying about the cost of childcare is something that most parents could do without. As you work for the MOD, you could be saving money on your childcare costs by taking childcare vouchers.  

What are childcare vouchers? Childcare vouchers are a government initiative, allowing working parents or guardians to save money on childcare costs until your child is 15. 

How much can you save? Childcare vouchers are taken from your salary before your usual Tax and NI contributions are deducted so, each year, you could save £933 as a basic-rate earner, £623 as a higher-rate earner and £622 as an additional-rate earner. And if both parents claim, that can be over £1,800 a year – enough to pay for a great family holiday! 

Where can you use them? Childcare vouchers can be used to pay for more than just nursery fees. You can use them to pay for childcare and kids activities up to 15 years old. This includes:  
 Certain elements of Independent school fees  Out-of-hours school clubs  Sport, music and drama lessons  Holiday clubs or schemes  Activity holidays  Exclusive discounts What’s more, with the Sodexo childcare voucher scheme you can now make your money go that extra mile with exclusive discounts* on:   Childcare – such as holiday camps, and Maths and English tuition   Family days out – Legoland, Alton Towers and Sealife Centre to name a few  Retailer discounts – at Toys R Us, John Lewis, Halfords and many more 

     * Discounts are subject to change and availability Get them while you can In early 2017, the Government is planning to introduce Tax-Free Childcare, a new initiative for working parents which will replace the current Childcare Voucher Scheme. Many families will be better off with the current system – so signing up now puts you in a great position as it means that you can decide which scheme suits your family best.  How do I sign up? If you would like to find out more about our childcare voucher scheme, and how much you could save, please call 0800 066 5075 or visit www.MODchildcare.co.uk   

Thorney Island Primary School




All information for Thorney Island Primary School can be found on their website....Click HERE

Hampshire School Calendar 2016-2017

Click to enlarge
Please check with your school dates for inset days

If you would like a copy ASK HIVE


West Sussex Academic Calendar 2016-2017


Click to enlarge


If you would like a copy ASK HIVE

Service Children's Education Advisory Service

Moving School Booklet available from HIVE
The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) provides expert and impartial advice about the education of service children.
CEAS provides information and advice as well as supporting parents at meetings with schools, local authorities, at tribunal etc. No question is too small or too large for us to deal with. If we don’t know the answer ourselves we usually know someone who does.
To read more CLICK HERE
Telephone: 01980 618 244 (Military 94 344 8244)


Forces Additional Needs and Disability e-Newsletter


CLICK HERE to read...

Queen Elizabeth Country Park: Forts & Fleets

Book with Welfare: 01243 388250

Friday, 21 October 2016

Hampshire Leisure Discounts: 50% off


The Armed Forces are no longer issued with a Hampshire Leisure Discount Card.
Armed services personnel based in Hampshire will need to show proof of identity (their ID) at the locations listed below to receive any discounts offered.
Special events and paid entry exhibitions may not included.

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/armedforcescard

Union Jack Club - Weekend Special Offer


Save 50% on places to eat!