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Saturday, 28 January 2017

Re-signing of Havant Community Armed Forces Covenant

Havant Borough Council would like to invite you to attend the re-signing of the Havant Armed Forces and Community Covenant on Wednesday 1st February 2017, 2pm - 4pm at Havant Borough Council, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, PO9 2AX.

The event will include the re-signing of the new Covenant, speeches from the Mayor of Havant and Armed Forces Champion Cllr Hughes, an opportunity to meet and network with local support organisations and charities, tea/coffee and cake will be provided.

We very much hope that you can join us.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Tri-Service Service Contact Houses

Tri-Service - Contact House Directory

A Contact House is available for all Service personnel who have a requirement for short-term accommodation. Contact Houses are only meant for short-term use, such as visits by family/children, welfare needs etc, are run by the Unit welfare team and are fully furnished

Priority in the use of the Contact Houses is as follows:

1. Soldiers living in barracks who wish to exercise contact rights with their children.

2. Families of operational casualties and other SI/VSI personnel.

3. The Contact Houses may also be used by soldiers for the accommodation of their, or their spouse’s close relatives (defined as parents, grandparents, sisters or brothers). Any bookings outside of the above categories must be requested through and authorised by the Welfare Support Officer. In all cases the serving person making the booking will always be responsible for the property, furniture, equipment and behaviour of their guests. Priority 1 and 2 will always take precedence over priority of 3, if need be, bookings for priority 3 will be cancelled to accommodate priorities 1 and 2.

To see a list of Contact houses see HERE.

For further information speak to the Welfare Office or HIVE

With the generous support of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, 3 family facilities are available in HMS Nelson, Portsmouth for single or separated service parents.

Each facility has 2 or 3 bedrooms and is fitted out with tvs. games, books, crafts and everything you could need for children from 0-18.

For further information please ring Sarah Dixon 02392 722090- Service Accommodation Office- Jervis Block RN Dockyard.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS) 2017

Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS) 2017.  

On 23 Jan 2017 Army Headquarters distributed the FAMCAS to 12,000 personnel Army-wide for completion by their spouses/civil partners.  

Last year more than 3,300 spouses/civil partners expressed their views about being part of an Army family. The evidence provided by this survey is made even more compelling if greater numbers reply. 

If you receive a survey, by post or by email, for your spouse/civil partner please ensure that it is passed on quickly and encourage them to complete it. The opinions of spouses are highly valued and help to influence government policy and your terms and conditions of Service. All responses will be treated in the strictest confidence, will not be seen by the Army and are subsequently destroyed by the contractor who gathers the information. 

The survey closes on 02 May 2017

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Update on Carillion Amey New Housing Portal

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Service Families Hot Topics January 2017

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Emsworth Community Centre- Activities for Children and Young People


Emsworth Community Centre

Sign and Sing

Peek-a-Boo Moves

Melana Dance-Ballet, Tap, Modern Stage, Pre-School Music & Movement & Adult Dance Classes.

Dance Explorers  (for children in Reception to Year 3)


North Street
PO10 7DD
Registered Charity No. 269793 
Tel: (01243) 373805
Office Hours:  Mon to Fri (10.00 am – 12.00 noon)

HIVE Closure week commencing Mon 30 Jan 17

 Thorney Island HIVE Information Office will be closed for the week commencing 

Monday 30 January 2017

For urgent enquiries, please email

Thorney Island Parent Support Group- Thu 2 Feb 17- 10.00-11.30

Deployment-Storybook Soldiers- Record a story for your child for when you are deployed.

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Families Deployment Support Guide

RULE THE WORLD: RECREATING THE MAGIC OF TAKE THAT King's Theatre, Southsea- Saturday 4th February 2017 - 7:30pm



Saturday 4th February 2017 - 7:30pm

'Rule The World' have been recognised as the Number 1 Take That tribute act in the world. They recently appeared alongside Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters and THE REAL TAKE THAT on BBC1's 'The Graham Norton Show'. After hearing Dan Maines speak, a stunned Gary Barlow said in amazement "He sounds like me!" Gary then also praised the band saying "These guys are good!"
'Rule The World' have also been featured on ITV1's 'Daybreak' and have had rave reviews from many people including TV personality Ricky Tomlinson, Denise Van Outen. Jason Orange's mother and Mr GARY BARLOW himself who tweeted the band to say he thought they are "brilliant". They are the ONLY Take That tribute show in the land to have ever been praised by Take That's lead singer!
The band have performed at many prestigious events around the world. They've performed at a private party for 'Coldplay' and their management team featuring many celeb guests. They have also performed with the cast of ITV1's 'Emmerdale' and have been very fortunate to travel the world playing large outdoor festivals in Barcelona, Germany, Austria, Ireland and more. They have performed as a headline act on the Royal Carribbean cruise ships and have a big contract with Butlins Holiday Parks where they regularly perform alongside S Club, East 17, Damage, Garath Gates and Bobby Davro. They have performed a 3 year theatre tour with their live band and backing dancers in many amazing UK theatres including Manchester Palace, Edinburgh Playhouse, Leeds Grand, York Opera House to name just a few.
The show is an accurate portrayal of a Take That concert and features all the biggest hits including 'Never Forget', 'Greatest Day', 'Back For Good', 'Relight My Fire', 'Everything Changes', 'Shine', 'Pray' and many more.
See the 'Must See' act of the year and watch the world come alive with the recreation that will without doubt 'Rule The World'.
CLICK HERE for King's Theatre website and to book

Friday, 20 January 2017

Get MoneyFit in 2017!

MoneyForce is the home of money advice for UK Service people. 

A joint initiative between Standard Life Charitable Trust, The Royal British Legion and the Ministry of Defence, the MoneyForce website aims to assist all Service personnel, their partners, families and dependants, to be better equipped to manage their money and financial affairs.

Here are some examples of the financial tools available to help you

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Exmoor Family Break- Free holidays from SSAFA: For families with children aged 8-14 who have additional needs or disabilities- 29 July- 4 August 2017

MOD Continuity of Education Allowance- Changes to the Special Educational Needs Addition

Important Information for Parents and Schools regarding changes to the Special Educational Needs Addition to the MOD Continuity of Education Allowance
(JSP 752 Part 2(V29.0 Jan 17) Chapter 9, Sections 2 and 4) 

The MOD regulations for the Special Educational Needs Addition to the Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA (SENA) and CEA (SENA)(Day)) have been revised with effect from January 2017; important changes which parents and schools should be aware of have been listed below including a list of frequently asked questions. 

If further advice is required please contact CEAS by email: DCYP-CEAS-enquiries@mod.uk or telephone: 01980 618244 

SSAFA Short Breaks- for families with children with additional needs or disability

Volunteer with the Sussex Army Cadet Force


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Royal Artillery Equestrian Centre Thorney Island (RAECTI)

Royal Artillery Equestrian Centre Thorney Island (RAECTI)

If you or your child is interested in learning to ride, or if you haven't ridden for years and feel now is a good time to start again, please contact the stables on

Civ 01243 388323/ Mil 94295 8323

                       Prices                               1 Hour            30 Mins

                       Military Adult                    £17.00             £13.50            
                       Military Child                    £15.00             £  9.00
                       Civilian Adult                    £27.00             £13.30
                       Civilian Child                    £21.00             £10.50

Membership subscriptions apply. Ask the stables for more details.

Royal British Legion Holidays

Family Holiday Breaks

The Legion provides families of serving and ex-Service personnel the chance to take a break and get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Unwind and take life as it comes, venture out and about to explore the local area or spend a lazy day at the beach. Most importantly, you will have time to be together as a family.

Are you eligible?
If you are part of the currently serving or ex-Service community who are eligible for Legion help and if you answer YES to just one of the questions below, then you and your family qualify for a Family Holiday Break.

  • Are you a one parent household because of bereavement or break up of the family?
  • Is one parent currently serving on overseas operations or is to be deployed?
  • Is one parent caring for a disabled partner?
  • Is one parent suffering from mental or physical trauma?
  • Have you not had a holiday away from home in 2 years?
  • Do you support your household with less than £30,000 gross annual income per year? (excluding War Disabled Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme payments)
For further information on how to apply for a Family Holiday Break, call our helpline on 0808 802 8080 or contact them by email.
Please also see our Adventure Breaks service which offers breaks for young people.

Thorney Island- Relocation of Groups to the Station Youth Centre- Building 141

The following groups have now relocated from the Old Nursery to the Station Youth Centre, Building 141 (opposite the caravan parking area*).

Tuesday             09.30-11.00     Parents and Tots
Every week

Wednesday       10.00-12.00     Child Health Clinic
1st and 3rd Wed
 in month

Wednesday       10.00-12.00     Sure Start Stay and Play
Every week

If you need further information about these groups, please contact welfare on 01243 388250.

*To find the caravan parking area, take the first left after you come through the Gate Post, follow the road until you see the caravans on the right. 

Monday, 16 January 2017

Pathfinder - January Edition Out Now

Thorney Island Nursery

We are an independent nursery based on Thorney Island.  We are a registered charitable organisation focused on providing affordable and quality childcare to the community.  The Nursery is managed by a full time Manager, Bursar and overseen by an executive committee. 

Thorney Island Nursery is located on the picturesque and unique Thorney Island, home to the Royal Artillery.  Thorney Island is part of the Chichester Harbour area of outstanding natural beauty and is also an area of special scientific interest.  We are surrounded by greenery and wildlife making it perfect for our nature walks and other outdoor activities.

Whether it is building an indoor den with the parachute, a visiting dentist, retelling a well known story or exploring the outside, children are guaranteed to learn in a fun and stimulating environment. 

Parents should be reassured that once security checks have been conducted access to the nursery is straightforward.  This idyllic setting makes our facility more secure than most.
"The bright and interesting nursery provides stimulating areas for the children to play and learn, both indoors and outside.  The play resources and equipment promote learning well." (May 13 Ofsted)

'Breakfast Club' and after school sessions offered for your primary school aged child.


Winter Edition of Easy Resettlement out now!

Winter issue of Easy Resettlement magazine is out now........ 

In this issue, we feature lots of employment opportunities with some great companies looking to specifically recruit service leavers. These include the AA, FCO, GB Rail Freight, Project Fortis, The East of England Ambulance Service, Maritime Transport, Rees Decorating, Security Cleared Jobs, Troops to Teachers as well as The Sea Cadets and The Navy's Project Firefly campaign. 

In addition to the employment opportunities we have a great insight in to Franchising for Veterans with ActionCOACH, Gas-Elec, Chips Away and Snap On Tools all offering opportunities nationwide. 

The Education courses for Armed Forces feature includes Leeds Beckett, The Troops to Teachers Campaign, University of Derby Online offering various courses suitable for service leavers. 

The magazines always include information from the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) DRM who sign companies to the Armed Forces Covenant (Gold Award winners featured in most issues) and of course the Enhanced Learning Credits feature in the back of each issue to inform you about your ELC entitlements. 

There are great training opportunities and various charities that we also work with to bring you a well-rounded resettlement publication to assist you with your resettlement process.
Please share the information about our magazine and help others. We speak with many service leavers at various CTP and SCJ events and enjoy hearing your comments about our magazine. If you have not already done so, please click the link to subscribe to our magazine for free and have every issue sent to your email address. 

To Read Articles CLICK HERE 

South Down College Exercise Classes

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Active Communities Network Timetables for 2017


Learn Archery on Thorney Island


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

MoneyForce Needs YOU!

Are you a MoneyForce fan that likes to help others get MoneyFit?

Would you like to play a part in shaping the future direction of MoneyForce?

Think you can help us with the design of new digital tools and apps?

Or even if you’re not a fan, but think you know what’s missing from MoneyForce, we want to hear from you!

We’re aiming to set up a small group of 6-8 MoneyForce ‘Super users’ to meet up twice a year to discuss MoneyForce and for you to feed back to us the views of your friends and colleagues.

Little Troopers Summer Adventures Camp 2017 1st & 2nd July 2017

Little Troopers (formally My Daddy is a Soldier Adventures) is a registered charity supporting children with parent(s) in our British Armed Forces, these children face unique daily challenges due to their parents career choice especially when they experience repeated separation of varying lengths of time from their serving parent(s) due to exercises, training, operations and other service commitments
Who: ALL serving regular or reserve British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force families, a parent does not need to be deployed to be eligable for this event. ID will be required to gain entry to the camp.
Time: Arrival from 0830 1st July, Event close 1300 2nd July EARLY BIRDS: You may arrive and set up camp on Friday 30th from 1730hrs
Where: Pirbright Camp, Surrey


Thorney Island- Building 11 (Old Nursery) Building- No Events for w/c 9 Jan 17

Please be aware that all events that are held in Building 11 (Old Nursery) are cancelled for this week.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Limited HIVE Opening Hours for Thorney Island HIVE for the Week Commencing Monday 9 January 2017

Apologies for any inconvenience caused, but the Thorney Island HIVE Information Office has limited opening hours for the week commencing the 9th January 2017.

Monday          Closed
Tuesday          10.00 - 14.30
Wednesday     08.00-09.45
Thursday        Closed
Friday             Closed

I will check emails daily for anything requiring urgent action.

Amanda Hawkins
HIVE Information Support Officer 

Friday, 6 January 2017

Boarding Schools Fair 23 February 2017

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Soldier Magazine January 2017

CTP Employment Fairs 2017

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Solent Pirates Youth Cycling Club on Thorney Island

You may have noticed the cycling group on Thorney Island. They are the 

Solent Pirates Youth Cycling Club.

Visit their website here

Can you just go along?

Yes, of course! If you have a bike in good working order and a bike helmet in good condition then please do contact us and come along to one of our New Rider sessions.   These sessions are noted on the club calendar along with all other details.

Each coached session costs £3 at most venues. Sessions at venues with high costs shall generally be charged at cost.  Any changes to this will be noted on the club calendar.

Please contact the SSO's office on 01243 388547 if your child would like to attend.

Bourne 55 Archery Club in Bourne Leisure Centre, and on Thorney Island

Bourne 55 Archery Club 

Bourne 55 Archery Club holds its meetings every Tuesday at Bourne Leisure Centre. The club also shoot outdoors on Thorney Island. 

For further information contact the SSO's Office on 01243 388547  or see the club's Facebook Page

The Secrets of Successful Crime Writing with Pauline Rowson, at Waterlooville Library- 3 Feb 17

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For the Attention of Thorney Island Dog Owners/Walkers

There have been numerous complaints about the amount of dog mess and used dog faeces bags found on Thorney Island, both around the living areas and on the beach and runway areas. 

Please be a considerate dog owner and follow the following practice:

Rule 1 – Always Pick it Up

Please pick up any mess your dog does wherever they happen to be when out on a walk.   Dog faeces can carry all sorts of nasty bacteria and parasites which includes the following:

  • Hookworm
  • Roundworm
  • Toxocariasis 

Rule 2 - Dispose of it in a Responsible Way

Bag it and take it home to dispose of.

Thank you.

Military Personnel- Learn to Sail around Thorney Island

Army Sailing Association (ASA)
 The ASA was formed in 1947 to manage sailing as a sport within the Army and to represent its interests at Service and national level. It caters for all sailing disciplines, including offshore and inshore yacht racing, dinghy and keel-boat racing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

With Club membership of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), the ASA is a Recognised Training Centre and entitled to run RYA sail training and power-boating courses.

Complete beginners welcome.

For further information, please go to the
Army Sailing Association Website 

Dependents interested in sailing courses can contact the Thorney Island Sailing Club 

Hayling Island Community Centre Association (HICCA) Clubs and Activities

Fancy learning a new skill or taking up a new activity in 2017?
The Hayling Island Community Centre Association has loads of clubs and activities on offer
Hatha yoga 
Short mat bowling
Latin and ballroom dancing
Pole fitness
Needlework class

these are just a few of the activities on offer. To visit the HICCA website and to see the full list of activities on offer

Opening Hours
Mon to Fri: 9am - 10pm
Sat: 9am - 11.30pm
Sun: 9am - 3pm

IMPORTANT! - Service Pupil Premium 2017


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.

Civilian Housing Brief on Thorney Island Thu 16 Feb 17

Thursday, 5 January 2017

HM Forces Railcard- Save a 1/3 on Rail Fares


The following are eligible to be issued with the HM Forces Railcard -

1. All members of the Regular Forces wherever they are stationed.
2. All members of the Volunteer Reserve.

3. Non-Regular Permanent Staff.
4. Members of the Regular Reserve during periods of full time service of at least 3 months.
5. Commissioned Officers of the RAF Reserve carrying out full time duties in uniform in peacetime.
6. NATO personnel serving in official NATO UK appointments under the direct command of the MoD (or NATO HQ).
7. Members of other Government Defence Forces serving in official exchange appointments.
8. Spouses/civil partners of those above.
9. Dependant children of those above. Please see our Terms and Conditions for full details. 
10. Widows/Widowers and their dependant children may retain the use of purchased HM Forces Railcards for the remainder of the valid period until the existing expiry date of the card. Thereafter, HM Forces Railcards can be obtained by war widows/widowers and their dependants, through the Royal British Legion. Please see our Terms and Conditions for full details.

Thorney Island Waste and Recycling

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Chichester Farmers' Market

 Chichester Farmers' Market

The markets are held on the 1st and 3rd Friday each month, 9-2pm, in Chichester and the 4th Saturday each month in Petworth. Each market is attended by stallholders selling a wide variety of fresh quality produce.

All our stallholders are required to grow, rear, bake, and/or preserve all their produce and are based within 30 miles of Chichester. The majority of our stallholders are primary producers offering a wide variety of meat, fruit, vegetables and eggs. Other types of produce include fish, cheeses, honey, cakes, chutneys and plants. In addition you will find a number of guest producers who provide specialities across the year.

We believe our markets are one of the best in the region. All of our markets (Chichester and Petworth) are certified with the National Farmers' Market Association (FARMA). This means our markets are 'genuine' Farmers' Markets and all our stallholders have to comply with the following conditions to attend:
  • All produce must be grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholder
  • The stallholder must be from the local area
  • All processed food must contain a minimum of 30% local ingredients where possible
Click here for more information on Chichester Farmer's Market

Service Housing News

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