Friday, 31 March 2017

The new e-Bluey Service - InTouch launches Saturday 1st April 2017

The new contract with Neopost will mean Britain’s Armed Forces will continue to receive hard copy, secure mail, including photos, from their loved ones, for free and with no break in service as the new imail INtouch system takes over from the e-bluey on 1 April 2017.

The new imail INtouch system will allow users to send up to eight pages, including high definition photographs and official documents. The old e-bluey system that is being replaced only allowed single pages to be sent and did not support high definition photographs.

The MOD is committed to the welfare of its people and enshrined the Armed Forces Covenant in law, a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. Replacing the ageing e-bluey service is recognition of the fact that, to provide the best possible communication system for service personnel overseas, we must take advantage of the latest technology. This is why the funding for e-bluey is being redirected to imail INtouch and development of cutting-edge communications solution.
Full information - click link InTouch

Thursday, 30 March 2017

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
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.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Big White Wall

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 - Tax Free Childcare Government Scheme starts April 2017

Tax-Free Childcare is a new scheme which gives eligible families up to £2,000 free per child towards childcare costs. Designed to eventually replace the Childcare Vouchers scheme, it starts April 2017 for the youngest children, and will be rolled out over the year for the rest.
Here we explain what the new scheme is, how it works, and whether you should stick with the existing offer or opt for the new one. For more information visit:

Longleat Armed Forces Discount

Come along for information, advice and support at Veterans' Drop - In, London

Monday, 27 March 2017

Royal British Legion in Farnborough

Hampshire Alert - Find that Bike website is a site that will send emails to the registered person to advise of any bike put up for sale on Gumtree or Ebay which matches specifics entered by the user.i.e the Aggd can enter their bike details and any matching that are put up for sale will be sent to them by email.

It also has a section to check for bike serial numbers ( for those thinking of buying to check if stolen ) and to report stolen bikes also. a site that will send emails to the registered person to advise of any bike put up for sale on Gumtree or Ebay which matches specifics entered by the user.i.e the Aggd can enter their bike details and any matching that are put up for sale will be sent to them by email.

It also has a section to check for bike serial numbers ( for those thinking of buying to check if stolen ) and to report stolen bikes also.

Pathfinder - March 2017 issue

 The March issue of Pathfinder is available from Aldershot HIVE or online by clicking HERE
This issue includes a supplement on self-build homes

Friday, 24 March 2017

AFF - Service personnel posted within the UK or overseas will no longer have to face cancellation fees for broadband and media

AFF is delighted with the announcement from Defence Minister Mark Lancaster that Service personnel posted within the UK or overseas will no longer have to face cancellation fees for their broadband and media packages. 

Tens of thousands of Forces households in the UK and abroad are likely to benefit from this positive change, which recognises the unfair disadvantage many military families have been facing due to their mobile lifestyle.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Little Troopers

The RLC is recruiting for Regulars and Reserves

The RLC is the largest Corps in the British Army and wherever in the world you find the Army, you’ll find us. Why choose the RLC?

  • Diversity - No other single organisation inside or outside the Army provides such a diverse set of services.
  • Opportunity – Travel, Promotion, Adventure and Challenge – we’ve got it all!
  • Professional Qualifications – we are world leaders in logistical training, with first class facilities.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Monday, 20 March 2017

Is your vehicle taxed and insured?

The MoD Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme

The MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years. You are reminded that ELC funding is only available for pursuit of higher level learning i.e. for courses that result in a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England, Northern Ireland and Wales), a Level six or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) or, if pursued overseas, an approved international equivalent qualification with an approved learning provider.

Standard Learning Credits for military personnel

The Standard Learning Credits scheme allows personnel to obtain financial assistance for learning costs.
Click HERE for further details.

Come along to the weekly Skills Cafe - Rushmoor Employment Skills Zone

Public and community IT access in Aldershot and Farnborough

The Vine Centre - Monday Job Club

Rushmoor Employment Skills Zone - support for young people

Soldier On - supporting medically discharged Service Leavers

Soldier On! is a national independent education charity which teaches members of the British armed forces who have been made redundant on medical grounds to plan and manage their careers. We work with both service leavers and veterans who have been wounded on operations, sustained injuries whilst serving or have been discharged through any other forms of ill health.
For more information click on the link
soldier on

Play your part in tackling the terrorist threat

Reporting suspicious activity FAQs CLICK HERE

For further details please click HERE

North Hampshire Community Safety News

Spotlight Youth Zone for ages 5 to 9. Free entry

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Civvy Street - Resettlement Magazine out now!

To view click HERE
Hard copies of the magazine are available,
free from the HIVE

Pathfinder Resettlement Magazine - March edition

Hard copies of the magazine are available,
 free from the HIVE

Stop loan sharks!

To report a loan shark please or telephone 03005552222

Monday, 13 March 2017

Runway's End Outdoor Activity Centre - Aldershot

Runway’s End Outdoor Centre
1 Forge Lane
Aldershot GU11 2RE. 
 Runway's End Outdoor Centre is in north east Hampshire just off the A325 and approximately 1.5 miles from the centres of Farnborough and Aldershot. Runways End can be accessed from Shoe Lane or Forge Lane but not from the A323 to Laffan’s Road due to bollards at Claycart.

Are you over 50, looking for a new job or thinking about re-training?

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Will you be affected by the changes in Childcare Vouchers?

Are you prepared for the changes to Childcare Vouchers? In early 2017, the Government is planning to start rolling out Tax-Free Childcare, a new initiative for working parents which will soon replace the current Childcare Voucher Scheme.
If you sign up for Childcare Vouchers before April 2018 you can remain on the scheme, and will be able to choose which is more cost-effective for you and your family.
If you are not currently taking Childcare Vouchers, you should consider joining now to have the choice later when the changes occur.
Visit HERE for more information.

National Minimum Wage increase from 1st April 2017

From the 1st April 2017 the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage will be increasing, find more information HERE

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

RBLI - free employment support for spouses

Ten free days out in Hampshire!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Grenadier Guards Coffee Morning with Carillionamey

The Grenadier Guards will be holding their coffee morning Wednesday 8th March and CarillionAmey will be present, so an ideal opportunity to have a face to face chat about any housing issues/concerns you may have.

QUEST Magazine March 2017

CTP Resettlement Guides

The CTP Resettlement Guides include useful reference documents, articles for further reading and comprehensive listings of links to external sites relevant to each topic. Some guides also include checklists to highlight the key points. 

Save the checklists to myPlan and use them as reminders of actions to be taken as you progress through your resettlement. The CTP Editorial team are adding new content regularly to provide you with pertinent information on all areas of resettlement.

CLICK HERE to find out more....

The Royal British Legion 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.

The Royal British Legion Adventure Breaks

The Royal British Legion offers free week-long Adventure Breaks to children of men and women who are currently serving, or have served in the Armed Forces.
Adventure Breaks are a great opportunity for young people to enjoy themselves, meet new people, have new experiences, improve their self-esteem and most of all have fun, while giving parents a well-earned break.
The Legion’s Adventure Breaks are provided in partnership with Xplore the World.
For more information, please visit:

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Big White Wall Sleep campaign

Big White Wall

SSAFA - Additional Needs & Disability

Please follow this link to find out more information

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Hampshire County Council's admissions appeals process for schools September 2017 entry

For applications made in the normal admission round for Year R (starting school), Year 3 (infant to junior transfer) and Year 7 (secondary transfer) in September 2017 at community and voluntary controlled schools, appeals will follow the timetable below. For other types of schools (i.e. Academies, Foundation, Trust and Voluntary Aided schools), please refer to the individual school’s website.

National notification dateDeadline for lodging appealsAppeals to be heard between
Year 7
1 March 2017
30 March 2017
15 to 26 May 2017
Year R & Year 3
18 April 2017
22 May 2017
12 June to 21 July 2017

Appeals lodged after the deadline will be heard during the above dates if possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
For late applications, appeals will be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for appeals being lodged where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
Appellants will be sent notification of the date and location of their appeal at least 10 school days in advance of the hearing.
After an appeal has been lodged, applicants wishing to submit additional paperwork must ensure that it is received by the Independent Appeals Service no later than 10 working days before the hearing. Evidence submitted after this date may not be considered.

For further information, please visit:

TV Licence fee to rise in April 2017

The UK's annual television licence fee is to rise to £147 from £145.50, the government has announced.
The increase, which will come into effect on 1 April, marks the first rise in the licence fee since 2010. In October that year, the coalition government announced the fee would be frozen at £145.50 until 31 March 2017.

Last year, the government announced that it would rise in line with inflation from April 2017 for the next five years.
The Government is responsible for setting the level of the licence fee, which covers all BBC services and contributes to the costs of rolling out broadband to the UK population.

Licence fee payers will receive a payment plan or a reminder reflecting the new amount when their licence is next due for renewal, the BBC said in a statement.
Those buying or renewing a licence after 1 April will pay the new fee.
Those already buying a licence on an instalment scheme which started before 1 April will continue to make payments totalling £145.50 until their licence comes up for renewal.

Families Activity Breaks (FAB)

What is FAB?

Families’ Activity Breaks (FAB) is a non-public funded, tri Service charitable initiative, providing fun and challenging activity camps around the UK for bereaved Military families.

Families’ Activity Breaks

If your child is aged up to 19 years old and has suffered the loss of a loved one who was serving in the Armed Forces, then you may be eligible for a FAB camp. The holidays offer an adventure for all the family and a welcome break to meet and socialise with others who have experienced a similar loss. A loved one can mean a parent, a step parent, or a child’s legal guardian, carer or sibling.

Full details of 2017 FAB dates are at

Tougher penalties for using your mobile phone whilst driving- from 1st March 2017

It’s illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device while driving, or riding a motorcycle.
The rules are the same if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
It’s also illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver or rider.
You must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times. The police can stop you if they think you’re not in control because you’re distracted. This includes if you’re using devices like your sat nav or car radio.

When you can use a phone in your vehicle

If you’re the driver, you can only use your phone in a vehicle if you:
  • need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop
  • are safely parked

Penalties for using your phone while driving

You could get 6 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £200.
Your case could also go to court and you could be disqualified from driving or riding and get a maximum fine of £1,000. Drivers of buses or goods vehicles could get a maximum fine of £2,500.