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

Click image to enlarge

Service Families Hot Topics January 2017

Click image to enlarge

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 

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

 Click image to enlarge

Families Deployment Support Guide

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

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: or telephone: 01980 618244 

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.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Pathfinder - January Edition Out Now

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

 Click images to Enlarge

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.

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

Click to enlarge

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

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: or telephone: 01980 618244.

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

Click images to enlarge

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Service Housing News

Click on Images to enlarge