Thursday, 15 December 2016

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Have you used the Forces Help to Buy Scheme?

Have you used the Forces Help to Buy scheme?  

Would you be willing to talk on camera about your experience and the benefits of the scheme?  

Warwickshire County Council are producing an e-learning package aimed at a raising awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant, including the FHTB scheme.

If you would like to take part or want to find out more, please get it touch with the HIVE on 01455 222363.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Tesco delivers to British Forces Post Office (BFPO) Addresses

If you’ve got family serving in the armed forces overseas, you’ll want an easy and reliable way to send them gifts. With effect from 17th October, Tesco direct is partnering with the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) to help you do just that.
When you order gifts from Tesco direct, you can arrange for them to be sent to a BFPO address overseas for exactly the same cost as for a standard home delivery within the UK.
We’ll deliver your items to BFPO HQ. From there, they’ll be sent to the chosen BFPO address overseas for no extra cost.
To find out how to place, track and manage your BFPO orders, visit the Tesco direct BFPO page.
So, remember to make Tesco direct your first port of call when you’re looking for gifts to send your loved ones overseas this Christmas and Armistice Day.
Click HERE for more information

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Friday, 14 October 2016

Armed Forces TV Licensing

In Ministry of Defence (MOD) accommodation, on or off base, anyone who watches or records television programmes as they’re being shown on TV, on any device, must be covered by a TV Licence. This includes computers, laptops, TVs, mobile phones, games consoles, digital boxes and DVD/VHS recorders.
Armed forces personnel are not usually covered by their home TV Licence while living on base. In service accommodation, they’re only covered by their home licence if they watch TV using a device that’s powered solely by its own internal batteries, and it is not plugged into the mains or an aerial.

The MOD fully supports us in administering TV Licensing legislation.
It costs £145.50 for colour & £49.00 for a black and white TV Licence.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016



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. 
Click HERE for more information

Notice - Swipe Card Access to the Gymnasium

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Monday, 10 October 2016

Forces Help to Buy Scheme Extended to 2018

The Secretary of State for Defence today announced the excellent news that the very popular Forces Help To Buy scheme will be extended into 2018. As you will be aware, the scheme which was launched in 2014, allows serving military personnel to borrow up to half their salary up to a cap of £25,000, interest free over ten years so they can buy their first home, extend a current one or move up the property ladder.

The news is featured on the Armed Forces Covenant website and includes comments from L/Cpl Baffour Asante whose family has benefitted from the scheme.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

HM Forces Bovis Homes offer

 At Bovis Homes we understand the unique time pressures that those serving in the armed forces face.

The Armed Forces All Inclusive Discount Scheme has been designed not only to minimise the potential financial outlay of buying a new home, but some of the hassle and hidden costs that go along with it. 
This exclusive package includes: 

• A price discount of £500 for every £25,000 you spend on a Bovis Home. This equates to 2% of the list price. 

• All curtains, carpets and flooring included. This means you won’t need to worry about measuring up, just bring your furniture! 

• Bovis Homes will also contribute £500 towards your legal costs (when you use one of our referred independent solicitors). 

• As well as all of this, with the Bovis Homes specification you get built-in kitchen appliances (from Hotpoint and Indesit) included in the price as standard. So that’s the hob, oven, fridge freezer, washing machine* and dishwasher* sorted too.

Click HEREto view and/or download the leaflet

Big White Wall

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Armed Forces Covenant – Book Initiative!

Making a difference - working together with our colleagues from the library service across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, following our recommendations, they have been able to provide additional support for Service Children, their families and those families with a close service connection, by introducing a selection of relevant books into our local libraries –including specific publications which look at the issues facing children/families from a serving background.  These books are also appropriate for children from non-serving/ex-serving families, to help foster a greater understanding of the issues faced by their peers.  
In Warwickshire the school’s library service and the mobile library service have also taken up this initiative.   Our colleagues working with the mobile service have reported that this has been a great success with the books being very popular particularly at Bramcote barracks.   For more information regarding the titles of books now in stock visit our website 

or contact your local library service.

Disability Fitness Activity Classes for Children

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Monday, 12 September 2016

Families Deployment Support Handbook for Regular & Reserve Army

Click HERE to view and/or download the Support Guide

Thursday, 8 September 2016

BBC iPlayer – TV Licence

A change in the law – You need a TV Licence for BBC iPlayer

As of 1 September 2016, a change in the law means you need to  be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on demand - including catch up TV - on BBC iPlayer. This applies to all devices, including a smart TV, desktop computer or laptop, mobile phone, tablet, digital box or games console.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Planesaver Credit Union

How we helped a fellow serviceman save £254 on monthly loan repayments.

Military personnel sometimes have limited access to financial services and particularly affordable credit, leaving them a potential target for high cost credit providers such as payday lenders and loan sharks.

We were recently approached by a serviceman who found himself in a spiral of debt, with a series of high interest Credit Card and Payday loans, with monthly repayments over £555 at an average interest rate of 244% APR.

We were able to lend to the individual responsibly, consolidating his existing debt into one manageable repayment straight from his pay.

We paid off all his existing borrowing, leaving the member with a new monthly repayment of £301 at a more favourable interest rate, meaning he could get back on track with his finances.

The serviceman said "Plane Saver guided me into making better financial decisions, this has made me more aware of how expensive some loans can be. Seeking help from the credit union helped me nearly halve my outgoings on debt. Thank you Plane Saver".

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Dog Owners On Gamecock Barracks


  1. CO’s policy on Control of Dogs (to be found on Moss in the SHEF area.
  2. Regimental Standing Order on Pets in the Workplace (Chapter 23 of Standing Orders).

All dogs in Gamecock Barracks (whether in Single Living Accommodation, Service Families Accommodation, or being brought into the workplace), must be registered with the QM Dept by order of the Station Commander, CO 30th  Signal Regiment.

Owners must read the policy and SO at refs A&B (to be found on Moss, with a hard copy at the Families Office) and complete the forms as directed in the SO at the earliest opportunity. You must complete annexes B,D & E and return them with the vaccination and insurance certificates to either the Unit Safety Advisor at the QM Dept, or to the Welfare Office.

Failure to comply with the policy and SO will result in the owner having to remove their dog from Gamecock Barracks.

For further information contact the Unit Safety Advisor on ext 2921.

Passport to Leisure - Free or Concessionary rates for all Eligible Applicants (including swimming)

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The FREE of charge Passport to Leisure will entitle all eligible applicants to FREE or special concessionary rates on a range of sports and leisure activities including:
  • Swimming
  • Jubilee gym
  • Squash
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
Application forms are available from the HIVE.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

You Ask....... We Answer

Don't Forget.......Your HIVE can help you by finding answers to questions about many aspects of living within a military community and has useful information to help with relocating including how to apply for Service Families Accommodation, Schools, Finding Doctors and Dentists and much more.

In addition, your HIVE always has up to date information about your military community and the local area.

Friday, 5 August 2016

West Midlands Safari Park - Armed Forces Discount

West Midlands Safari Park - Armed Forces Discount
Please contact the HIVE for Corporate Telephone Number and

Discount Code

Discounted prices are;
Admission Only:
Adult £16.50
Child £12.75
All Inclusive Admission and Wristband:
Adult £22.75
Child £18.85
Military ID may have to be shown on entry.

Safedrive Driving School offer MOD Discount

Monday, 1 August 2016

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

National Insurance for Forces Dependents Overseas

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Copies of this leaflet are available from the HIVE.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Scotty's Little Soldiers

Nikki Scott lost her  Husband and father of two, Cpl Lee Scott in Afghanistan in 2009.
Having witnessed first hand the devastation losing a serving parent can have on a child she has founded Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity to provide support for bereaved British Forces children.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Carillion Amey - Improvements to Disabled Adaptations

Have you got the MOD ICE app? 20,000 others have!

The MOD ICE (In Case of Emergency) app produced by the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) has now been downloaded 20,000 times by British service personnel and their families since its launch in October 2015.  

The JCCC, part of Defence Business Services (DBS), provides a focal point for casualty administration and notification and requests for compassionate travel (for those personnel serving overseas) in respect of members of the British Armed Forces at any time and will take immediate action for service personnel and their families when an emergency occurs. JCCC offers immediate support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to all in uniform and their loved ones should an incident occur. 

As part of the JCCC’s work, the team developed the MOD ICE app that offers a ‘click and call’ facility to direct the user to the most appropriate source of help if they are faced with a family emergency. The app guides the user to the correct point of contact even if the emergency is to be managed outside of JCCC’s remit, for example by service welfare or a charity partner. 

Available from the Defence Gateway internet site – MOD ICE has reached 20,000 downloads in just nine months, but the aim is for all members of the British Armed Forces and their families members to have the app on their phone or mobile device. 

To download MOD ICE for Apple or Android devices, Service Personnel need to visit Defence Gateway on the mobile device that they wish to host the app. From the App Store, they can download the free app and then repeat the action with the relevant devices of family members. MOD ICE can be downloaded multiple times from the same Defence Gateway account. 

Once downloaded, the Service Person’s name, rank and service number, together with the most relevant welfare officer’s details are entered into the app. It’s then ready for use by both the Service Person and their wider family at any time of day or night – whenever it is needed.  

MOD ICE runs alongside the JPA P001 card. It is imperative that Service Personnel should also remember to keep their Emergency Contact and Next of Kin details on Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) up to date and make and maintain a current Will. 

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Window restrictors in Service Family Accommodation Important - Window Safety Check Required

As we approach the warmer months of the year, it is really important to check that the window restrictors in the upstairs of your property are working correctly, especially if you have children.
You can do this by:
·         Engaging the window restrictor (putting the lock/latch on) and trying to fully open the window. The restrictor should only allow the window to be opened a small way
·         Look at your window restrictor. It should have the BS kite safety mark stamped on it (shown below)

If you are concerned that your window restrictor is not working correctly please call us on 0800 707 6000 option 1.

If you are moving into your property, your Accommodation Officer will check the window restrictors for you and show you how they work.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Monday, 9 May 2016

Changes to Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme

Changes have been made to the MOD’s funding schemes for personal and professional development.
New policy governing the Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) and further and higher education schemes will make it easier to qualify for this financial support; however it will also mean that a Serving Person planning to use ELC to re-train, they will need to use up their credits within five years, not 10.
Find out more about ELC, which can help you in transition at

More information on the changes is available from the ELCAS website using this link:

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Carillionamey - Move In/Move Out Standard Tick Sheets

These booklets detail the Move In and Move Out standards required of your SFA, ensuring that you know exactly what is required from you to get your property to the agreed standard.

Please click HERE to view online

Monday, 11 April 2016

Social Media Guidelines

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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Warks County Council - Help and services for armed forces personnel and veterans

Warwickshire County Council has launched a new web page aimed at providing advice and assistance to the Armed Forces, Veterans and their Families

Please click on the link below: 

Monday, 14 March 2016

Indesit, Creda & Hotpoint Dryers - Online Checker

Please see links below. 

Please check the model numbers on any Indesit, Creda or Hotpoint dryers, and check against the online checker at the links below. is an award winning online social networking platform for parents, childcare providers and private tutors with over 1,000,000 members. 

Start your childcare search or childcare job search today.
By typing in what you are looking for in terms of childcare, such as a baby sitter, maternity nurse, private tutor or schools, together with your postcode, this website will do the work for you. 

It also helps you look for childcare jobs! A great resource to go to for when moving to a new area.
All free to register.

Forces Financial Advisor Available at Bramcote

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Friday, 4 March 2016

Little Troopers Stay & Play

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Blue and Red groups will take place on alternate weeks.
If you would like to attend please call in and have a chat at the beginning of the sessions or ring The Children's Centre Tel: 024 7631 8786 to book your place  

Please leave a message on the answerphone if necessary, stating your name, children's names, contact telephone number and whether you want to be on Red or Blue group.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Carillion Complaints and Compliments Helpline

Change to existing service - From 1st March, CarillionAmey, are changing their opening times for their complaints and compliments call line, the 0800 707 6000 option 5 number, at the Helpdesk.  
On the Option 5 service, calls will now be answered between 0830hrs to 1700hrs.  

CarillionAmey want to make sure that families who have raised complaints receive clearer responses and in order to do this we need our complaints handlers to spend quality time looking into each complaint to provide more informed responses to each customer. This change is intended to improve our customer service to you, our customers.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Monday, 22 February 2016

Smart Start - looking at how families in Warwickshire are supported

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For additional information please click HERE or visit the Warks County Council Website by clicking on the link below: