Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Thorney Island- Santa's Grotto in the Sport's Bar- 30 November 2017

Father Christmas will be visiting Thorney Island in his grotto at the Sports Bar on 30 Nov. 

Please contact the Welfare office to put your child's name down so they can visit Santa and receive their free gift 🎁
Please pop into the Welfare office or call 01243388250

Pathfinder - November Issue Online Now

To read, download or print this issue

Little Troopers Offer - The Snowman in London - 28th or 29th November, 7pm

If you are serving British Armed Forces and your Little Troopers are experiencing separation (longer than 3 weeks) from a serving parent then please do apply for tickets as below;

Email us ALL the below information by 24th November 2017 1200hrs here: info@littletroopers.net
Your Name
Serving persons name and base/ship/regiment
Your postal address
How many tickets required (immediate dependent family only)
Names of all applicants and ages of children
Confirmation you are available and can travel to Ascot, Berkshire at your own expense
Details of Separation

GOOD LUCK! We will email winners after closing date, we will not email to confirm receipt of your entry.

Applications that do not answer all of the above as requested will be VOID

Only one entry per family

Please ONLY apply if you are available the date of the tickets, dates cannot be swapped

Schools please feel free to forward this to any eligible families in your settings


Little Troopers Treasures

Little Troopers Treasures is a project LTT partnered with Harper Collins, to bring children's books to forces families, currently there are nine books available to record.

The service family downloads the app then creates a family login, the service person then logs in wherever they may be (WIFI needed) or before they go away and records some stories, the app captures their face, voice and the book pages.

Once done the app zips up the story with lots of love and immediately the service child can go to the Little Trooper mode of the family login and there will be a surprise story waiting! They can watch the stories, or listen, over and over again.

There are also some free supporting resources for families to accompany this app, a weekly planner sheet to print off and use plus separation diaries for both parent and child to complete while separated and then share once reunited.

All the information and download links plus the resources files to print 
off can be found HERE

Information Meningitis and Septicaemia - Know the Signs and Symptons

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Walking Home For Christmas

Support wounded 
ex servicemen and women, 
for further details please click HERE

AFF Co-ordinator for Hampshire, covering Thorney Island

Hampshire Co-ordinator - Hazel Dobson. 

T: 0752 749 2803 E: hampshire@aff.org.uk

Covering the whole of Hampshire (excluding Aldershot) including Andover, Bordon, Gosport, Marchwood, Middle Wallop, Odiham, Thorney Island, Worthy Down

Joining Forces - Access to Credit Unions for Military Personnel

The Ministry of Defence is supporting three of the UK’s leading credit unions to join forces and make saving simple and loans more affordable to the Armed Forces and its Veterans. The money is deducted straight from your pay or pension so you don’t have to think about it.

iPhone 8 Armed Forces discounts

Where can you get discounts with Defence Discount Service?

Members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and the Armed Forces Community can receive discounts on the iPhone 8 through various companies that feature on Defence Discount Service.

To take advantage of these great discounts on the iPhone 8 through Defence Discount Service simply log in or log in to the free mobile app. 


Cinema Savings for Defence Discount Service members

Defence Discount Service is proud to offer its members discounts on cinema tickets provided through the main cinema chains Cineworld, ODEON and VUE.  These have become ever increasingly popular discounts and regularly feature in the popular offers on the website


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Thorney Island- JSHAO Housing Brief 23 January 2018

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Thorney Island are hosting a JSHAO Housing Brief within the Training Wing Cinema. The briefing offers valuable help to both Single Service Personnel, and those who wish to attend with their spouses/civil partners. 

By way of background - the MoD provides civilian housing and mortgage information to members of the Armed Forces via the Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO).  JSHAO is the MOD’s tri-service focal point providing Service personnel and their family members with pertinent information for those considering civilian accommodation at any time in their career, and for those during resettlement to assist with the transition to civilian life.  The bulk of this information is via a 2-2½ hr presentation with 1-1 consults available.

An Independent Financial Mortgage Adviser will also accompany JSHAO who is a member of SIIAP (Services Insurance and Investment Advisory Panel) which is recognised by the MOD as supporting the Armed Forces (refer 2013DIN01-218).

To secure a place on the briefing, please follow the details on the poster.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Thorney Island Medical Centre Quarterly Newsletter December 2017

Read the Med Centre's brand new newsletter here. 

Families will need to contact their own GP's for further information on the health advice offered.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Looking for employment? Follow these useful links to find your ideal job.

Employment Agencies

Government and Local Authority


www.cobseo.org.uk (Confederation of Service Charities)

Homeport Magazine- Autumn 2017


Military Wives Choir launches on Thorney Island- Thursday 9 November 2017

The new Thorney Island Military Wives Choir launches tonight (Thursday 9 November 2017) at 18.30hrs. Please come along and join this new, fun group.

A great way to meet new people and support each other. 

You don't even need to be a good singer!

Please ring Becky 07803 101055 for further details.

Dorset And Wiltshire Fire And Rescue Recruiting Now

For more information please click HERE

Information for service leavers: Civvy Street

Service Leavers: Quest Magazine


Wednesday, 8 November 2017

When to inform Carillion Amey that you have been assigned to a new area.

If you already live in UK Service Family Accommodation, you should complete the MOD Form e1132 within 14 days of receiving your new assignment order. 

Defence Discount Service- Wightlink

Wightlink is now offering 15-25% discounts when travelling to the Isle of Wight with a Defence Privilege Card.  Register for a card HERE.

Wightlink is the main link between the mainland and the Isle of Wight. Every year, we carry over 4.5 million passengers, making us one of the UK’s largest domestic ferry operators. We provide Island residents with an easy and frequent service to the mainland, as well as giving millions of holidaymakers a taste of Island life.

We operate three convenient routes and over 45,000 crossings a year. Crossings take approximately 22 minutes by foot passenger catamaran from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head and from 40 minutes by car ferry on our Lymington to Yarmouth and Portsmouth to Fishbourne routes.

Now taking bookings for 2018.

Emsworth Christmas Craft Fair

Find out what else is on in Emsworth Community Centre HERE

Remembrance Sunday on Thorney and other local areas


All SP and families on Thorney Island are invited to the Remembrance Service Parade and Church Service on Thorney Island.

In brief, the Remembrance parade is at 1050 at the War Graves Cemetery, Thorney Island (behind St Nicholas Church). Soldiers on parade for 1045. SP in Service Dress with medals. No wet weather provision.

A St Nics Church Remembrance Service with hymns and readings will begin at 1000 – 1035. Seating for 80 and standing at the back. All are welcome.

Coffee/Tea served 1030 – 1045 outside church.

If you are unable to attend on Thorney Island, you can support one of the local
Remembrance Sunday events. Details HERE

The Christmas Country Show: Military Offer


Christmas can be very expensive and the costs quickly add up.
Money Force's special festive edition of Goal Saver can show you exactly how much your Christmas will cost you so you can start saving now.

DIO - SFA - Compensation Scheme: Missed appointments...How to claim

Missed Appointments
Significant Defect(s) at Move-In


Civil Service job search

Find jobs in the Civil Service and central government organisations

Changes to some BFPO Christmas posting dates

The latest recommended posting dates for BFPOs 618/619/620 has been revised to 20 Nov, due to unavoidable changes in transit times.

Full BFPO details are available at www.gov.uk/bfpo

Joint Service Housing Advice Office - Housing Briefs 2018

More details JSHAO

Service Families Newsletter Oct 17

Click on this link: Service Families Newsletter Oct 17 
to view latest issue of Service Family Hot Topics

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Service Families encouraged to share attitudes towards higher education

Leading military charity, the Army Families Federation (AFF) is working with the university to find out more from Service families on this issue.

Take AFF's survey
Families with a child aged 11-18 years are encouraged to take part in AFF's latest survey, which seeks to find out what type of school their child currently attends, and what plans the family has for their child's education following school.

AFF Policy & Research Director Louise Simpson said: "We need families to help us to build a better understanding of why further and higher education may not appeal. If families aspire for their child to attend further/higher education, tell us why, and similarly, if not, we'd love to know their reasons."

Parental influence
AFF is also keen to hear about the influence parents have had on their child's education, including their link to the Services, and their own educational choices too.

Share your views
To take AFF's short survey and share your views and experiences, go to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3GXGL99.

Survey closes 13 November.

More about AFF
To find out more about AFF's work, including education for your Service child, visit their website www.aff.org.uk

Royal British Legion - Best Practice Guide - Support Service Children in School in England

Click HERE
to view and/or download the Guide

The Royal British Legion has produced a new best practice guide focusing on Service children in school. 
The guide looks at some of the big challenges facing Service children today and by sharing examples of good practice from across England (a separate Wales version will shortly be ready), recommends ways in which local authorities, schools and families themselves can improve the experience of Service children in education. Problems associated with admissions into schools and the adverse effects on a Service pupil’s wellbeing are explored, alongside information on the extra funding available to Service children through the Service Pupil Premium, Education Support Fund and more. Key recommendations include:
  • Encouraging schools to be creative with the use of funding available for Service pupils and share ideas and practice through networks of schools with Service children on the roll.
  • Suggesting that local authorities facilitate collaboration between schools, local military units, and local authority staff to ensure that everyone is aware of the challenges faced by Service children and what can be done to address them.
  • Encouraging Service families to make use of help available from the Ministry of Defence, Department of Education and charities and other organisations such as The Royal British Legion and the three families federations. 

Forces Travel

SFA: Protecting your family and Service home in winter

Partners Christmas Dinner on Thorney Island- Get your tickets before they sell out.

Thorney Island Fireworks 2017