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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Thorney Island- Army Families Federation (AFF) Drop in Advice Clinic- Wednesday 8 March 2017

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ISSUES? Raise them with HIVE and AFF

This could be housing related, missed appointments, school admissions, employment problems, transport issues, Visa applications or anything else that is causing you concern.

The HIVE can help by reporting these through the Chain of Command.  

Alison Hunt (AFF) will be at the Parent and Toddler group from around 1030 am and in the Community Centre/HUB from around 11am

Please come along; we're here to help you!

Thorney Island- St Patrick's Day- Friday 17 March 2017

Thorney Island- Mother's Day Lunch- Sunday 26 March 2017

Friday, 24 February 2017

Leigh Park Community Day- Saturday 11 March 2017 1100-1600hrs

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Final Reminder! Pantomime on Thorney Island- Today! Friday 24 February 2017

ATTENTION- Thorney Island Power Outage- 24 February 2017 08.30-12.30

It is now confirmed that the current power outage will hit the whole station in one hit and will not be a phased process. As a reminder, this is the 24th Feb 2017 between 08.30 and 12.30. Obviously this is advance warning if you need to make any prior preparations.

LGBT + Got a story to tell?

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Emergency Dental Provision West Sussex

Emergency Dental treatment can be provided out of hours when a patient’s clinical condition needs prompt attention by a Dentist to manage / address dental pain on a temporary basis to allow them to then seek a permanent resolution from a general dentist.
  • Urgent assessment
  • Diagnosis
  • Advice on treatment options
  • Preventative care and advice
  • Surgical treatment, if necessary to relieve pain
  • The taking of radiographs
  • The issue of prescriptions.
  • Simple extractions
  • Pulpal extirpation and dressing


 How To Access

The Emergency Dental Service is an appointment only service. Patients can telephone the clinics direct to book an appointment or if all appointments are taken, receive advice from a Dentist over the telephone.

Patients should telephone to make an appointment as soon as possible after the service opens:

Weekday evenings: Appointment line live between 5.30pm - 10.00pm / Appointment slots are between 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Weekends and Bank Holidays: Appointment line live between 8.30am - 1.00pm / Appointment slots are between 9.30am - 12.00pm

Chichester area:
Jubilee Dental Centre
St Richards Hospital
PO19 6SE
Tel: 01243 831790
Monday to Friday, 5.30pm to 10pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 8.30am to 1pm

See HERE for further details. 

Monday, 20 February 2017

Remember to buy a TV licence.


Armed forces personnel

A TV Licence is not included in your monthly food and accommodation charges. In Ministry of Defence (MOD) living accommodation, on or off base, you need to be covered by a TV Licence if you watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand. This applies to any provider or device you use, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or Blu-ray/DVD/VHS recorder.

It’s your responsibility to check if you need a TV Licence and buy one if you do. The Ministry of Defence fully supports us in applying the law regarding TV Licensing. If we find evidence you’re watching TV illegally, you risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000* plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay.

A TV Licence costs £145.50. You can spread the cost with a Direct Debit or pay in one go.

For further information see HERE


Service to Civvy- Are you Pension Ready?


MOD’s Veterans UK organisation, part of Defence Business Services (DBS), has launched a campaign to encourage Service Personnel, Veterans and their families to get ‘Pension Ready’. 

The campaign aims to promote the Armed Forces Pension Schemes, which are administered by Veterans UK, and motivate the Armed Forces Community to start thinking about their Pension throughout their Service career and not just as they are reaching the end of it. 

Veterans UK provide several tools for Serving Personnel including; a yearly Pension Benefit Information Statement (BIS), one free Pension Forecast per year and the online Armed Forces Pension Scheme Calculator. Our Armed Forces are also encouraged to keep their Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) record up-to-date so when it’s time to apply for their Pension there will be no delays. 

It’s also vital for the Veteran’s community to let Veterans UK know about any change of circumstances after they’ve left Service and to remember to apply for their Pension at the right time. Our former Armed Forces personnel deserve the Pension they are entitled to and at present our veterans are failing to claim £320M in Pensions they have built up during their Service. 

‘You’ve earned it – you apply for it – we’ll pay it!’ 

Whether they are a new recruit, or a Serviceman or woman starting to think about the road ahead to Civvy Street, or a Veteran with a Preserved Pension, it’s never too early for them to start thinking about their pension.

Read further HERE

Friday, 17 February 2017

Thorney Island HIVE Information Office- Change to Opening Times

From Monday 20 February 2017

Thorney Island HIVE will be have new opening times:

Monday to Thursday- 0830-1330

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For local events look at the Thorney Island HIVE Blog HERE

Union Jack Club- The Premier Armed Forces Club in London- Rooms from £40

Looking for a Civilian Teaching Qualification?

Childcare Vouchers by Sodexo

About the Armed Forces Scheme

Childcare vouchers are a government initiative designed to help working parents pay for childcare. You can convert part of your salary into vouchers before your usual tax and NI contributions are taken. This means that you only have to pay the tax and NI on what’s left, saving you up to £933 per year.

What’s even better is that both parents can take advantage of the scheme, so you could make a joint saving of up to £1,866 per family!
You will receive your childcare vouchers in line with your monthly pay. You can choose to receive paper vouchers at your correspondence address, or e-vouchers, which are by far the most popular choice and allow you to go online and make direct payments into your childcare provider’s bank account.

Childcare vouchers can be used to pay any Ofsted (or equivalent) registered childcare providers, which can include nurseries, childminders, nannies, play schemes, out-of-hours school clubs and holiday camps, as well as certain elements of Independent school fees.

Follow this link for the main Sodexo Website

Defence Discount Service- Defence Privilege Card Offers

Play and Learn Together- Southbourne Village Hall 1000-1130- Commencing 2 March 2017

Bourne Leisure Centre- Sport in the Community Holiday Camps- For 6-13/15 year olds.

Bourne Leisure Centre is located on part of the Bourne Community College Campus. It has state-of -the-art facilities and equipment. Staff and students of the College follow the PE curriculum in the best possible environment, with classes taking place in the main sports hall throughout the week. At the same time, members of the local community enjoy using the fitness suite and aerobics dance studio.

Throughout Chichester we also provide a wide range of sporting opportunities and holiday camps for 6-15 year olds through our Sport In The Community programme.

Chi Sport Athletics Camp

  • Chi Sport Multisports Camp

  • Chi Sport Adventure Sports Camp

  • Chi Sport Netball Camp

  • Chi Sport Basketball Camp

  • Chi Sport Football Camp

  • Chi Sport Dance Camp

  • Chi Sport Gymnastics Camp

  • Click HERE for further details

    Combat Stress - Confidential Helpline for Veterans, Serving Personnel and their Families

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    Thursday, 16 February 2017

    Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum Spring Event- Aldershot- Thursday 16 March 2017

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    Wednesday, 15 February 2017

    Leeds United FC Stadium Tour

    Sporting Force and Leeds United FC would like to invite WIS serving/ex serving military personnel for a Stadium Tour.

    There will be presentations from Tommy Lowther CEO of Sporting Force and a member of the NSC Team with Leeds United FC to discuss job opportunities with the NCS.

    Presentations will start at 1330hr followed by the Stadium Tour. Tea and Coffee will be available.

    To be at the Stadium for around 1300hr.

    If people would like to attend this event please ask them to copy and paste the link below


    Stadium Address

    Elland Road Stadium,
    Elland Road,
    LS11 0ES

    The Armed Forces Convenant Snapshot- Supporting Education for Children from Service Families in England

    The Covenant is a promise from the nation ensuring that those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces and their families are treated fairly.  
    Part of fair treatment is about making sure children of members of the Armed Forces receive the same standard of, and access to education as any other UK citizen in the area in which they live.

    Southbourne Children & Family Centre- Activies held on Thorney Island

    Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS)- Need advice on schooling or considering sending your child to boarding school?

    Children's Education Advisory Service-CEAS provides a dedicated service exclusively for service and MOD families providing professional advice about all aspect of children’s education both in the UK and Overseas.

    CEAS has 13 full time advisors to answer queries via telephone, email or in person. CEAS provides the best advice available, free of charge, to all service parents irrespective of rank or location.

    All 4 devolved areas in the UK have their own arrangements for providing and choosing the curriculum, and monitoring their education services. An overview of education service provision in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland has been provided with useful contact numbers and links.
    If you choose for your child to be educated outside of the state system your family may be entitled to help with Continuity of Education fees. Overseas education is dependent on the area you are posted to.

    Click HERE for further advice from CEAS

    You can contact CEAS by email dcyp-ceas-enquiries@mod.uk , please include as much information as possible about your query, such as the age of your child(ren), an explanation of your situation to help the team respond to you and allow a few days for a response.

    All queries regarding CEA and Eligibility Certificates should be made by email to the address above. If you need to speak to someone, the telephone number is 01980 618244 and there is an answerphone facility.

    Free Attractions in London - During Half Term

    Make the most of your stay in the city with these free London attractions.

    From London's exquisite parks, to world-class museums such as the Natural History Museum, historic houses, stunning art galleriesand free activities for kids, there are some amazing free experiences to be had in London. 
    The range of free London attractions is incredible. 

    Where else in the world can you meet dinosaurs and creepy crawlies, see portraits of Tudor monarchs, travel back to the Battle of Britain, see Darwin's walking stick and the Lord Mayor's 18th-century gold coach, all without spending a penny?

    For a full list please visit

    Visit London Free-Attractions

    Combat Stress Magazine - Spring 2017

    Click HERE to read

    Soldier Magazine February 2017

    To read click HERE

    February Quest Magazine - Incorporating Courses 4 Forces

    To read click HERE

    Tuesday, 14 February 2017

    30% Services Discount (Merlin Pass) For UK Attractions

    Unleash your inner wizard with the Merlin Annual Pass, which is the key to 31 amazing new worlds that are packed full of adventure. For 12 spellbinding months there is definitely something for everyone, from thrill seeking adventures to a fun-loving family day out.

    (For full list of UK attractions 


    Merlin Annual pass now available with a Defence Discount Service discount when calling 0871 222 4001 and quoting code MOD.

    Standard Annual Pass price:individual - DDS price was £143.20 now £125.30
    Standard Annual Pass price:family - DDS price £111.20 per person now £97.30

    Premium Annual Pass price:individual - DDS price was £175.20 now £153.30
    Premium Annual Pass price:family - DDS price was £143.20 per person now £125.30

    For further information about this offer visit:www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

    Little Troopers at School

    Little Troopers at School is a new project from the charity Little Troopers to help empower both parents and schools when supporting the needs of service children in education settings. We want you to have easily accessible information set out in a way that can be understood and utilised to the greatest benefit.

    The first stage of this project is the release of some free, easily accessible information sheets for both parents of service children and schools with service children attending covering various subject areas including;

    • Service Pupil Premium

    • Challenges service children may face

    • Moving schools

    • Affects of separation

    • Best practice

    Little Troopers at School will grow throughout 2017 however we hope these information sheets will be a great starting point for you, as a parent or as a school setting.


    Royal Navy & Royal Marines Information Support

    In Debt? Get help now.

    If you are struggling with debts, or you feel that, while you are currently on top of things, your situation is not sustainable and you will not be able to manage for much longer, the most important thing is to address the problem – ignoring your debts will not make them go away.

    Formal Service action will only be taken in cases of persistent and irresponsible indebtedness. So it's better to seek help as soon as possible. Don't be embarrassed or ashamed to talk to your Chain of Command in the first instance. They will put you in contact with the relevant organisations that can help you.

    If you prefer, you can also come in to the HIVE Information Office in the Community Centre.  All HIVE Information Officers are bound by a strict code of confidentiality, guaranteeing whatever information you disclose, will not be shared with others. You will be sign-posted to agencies that will be able to help you.

    Follow this link, and get advice NOW!

    Claim Child Benefit

    You get Child Benefit if you’re responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training).
    Only one person can get Child Benefit for a child.
    You must report any change of circumstances to the Child Benefit Office.
    You may have to pay a tax charge if your or your partner’s individual income is over £50,000.
    You can choose not to get Child Benefit payments, but you should still fill in the claim form because:

    Armed Forces - Foreign & Commonwealth families CLICK HERE to check details of how to claim. Details can be found in the  What benefits can I claim? section.

    Did you Know?

    Visa Forms & Citizenship Prices


    For the current list of visa's and prices Click Here

    Applying for a UK visa? Click Here for the list of Approved Tests and Test providers.

     For further information about English Language Requirements, please Click Here

    Civvy Street- February 2017 Edition

    SLI365- Service Life Insurance

    You can protect the future of your family from today until 2042 at a fixed price FOR THE WHOLE TERM. Perfect for safeguarding your mortgage and with a Government guarantee of payment for operational casualties. 

    Service Life Insurance 365 was designed and introduced by MOD in 2007 to provide a robust, trustworthy solution for enduring Military Life Cover – when purely commercial operators declined to provide cover for Service Personnel facing the threat from war, weapons of mass destruction or terrorism. 

    Exclusively available online, you can either pay your premium by Direct Debit from your bank – ideal if you intend to retain SLI365 as a civilian (through to age 65 if you wish) or through your pay account with Joint Personnel Administration ‘JPA’.
    SLI365 can provide up to £200,000 lump sum benefit in the event of death or terminal illness - covering all peacetime risks such as traffic accidents and illness. Most importantly, because SLI365 is available under a contract with MoD, it guarantees protection for up to 25 years for any unforeseen operational risk. 

    A summary of the benefits include:
    * Cover on and off duty, 365 days a year
    * Up to £200,000 lump sum benefit on death or diagnosis of terminal illness – covering all peacetime risks
    * Quick application progress - acceptance a certainty – (18-45 year olds)
    * No medical required
    * Fixed premium 

    For every policy taken out we make a donation to tri-service charity, The Not Forgotten Association (nfassociation.org) to support the great work they do in providing help for serving injured and veterans. 

    So, have a look at a brochure available now from most local HIVEs or visit www.sli365.com where you can get a quote for your chosen term (anything between 5 and 25 years) and chosen benefit amount. If you would like more information, please visit our website www.sli365.com – or drop an email to sliteam@sli365.com to request a unit briefing from our ex-military manager. 

    Coming soon: tips on writing your life insurance policy in trust . . . www.sli365.com 

    West Sussex School Term Dates

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    Go direct to the West Sussex County Council Website *HERE*

    Hampshire Schools Term Dates

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