Friday, 26 May 2017

Shrek's Adventure London

Shrek's Adventure London

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the London Dungeon
Journey through 1,000 years of London's dark history!

19 live shows, 2 thrilling rides!

Plus, a free drink in the Dungeon Tavern!
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BRAND NEW! Enter the world of Jellyfish in Ocean Invaders...

Watch magnificent sharks, colourful clown fish and inquisitive sea turtles!

Learn more about our incredible conservation projects!
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Madame Tussauds LONDON
Get up close to the 18 ft multi-sensory animatronic head of Kong!

Journey through the secluded bamboo jungle on Skull Island

Come face to face wih Tom Hiddleston as Captain James Conrad!
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Shrek's Adventure! London
Meet Barry Benson from Bee Movie until 4th June!

Immerse yourself in DreamWorks captivating story-telling

Explore 10 laugh-out-loud themed shows!
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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017

Fundraising for the Smiley Riley Fund

SSM, 258 Sig Sqn will run the following events in 2017 in support of this fantastic children’s cancer charity. The events, dates and distances are as follows:

Race to the Tower
10/11 June
52 Miles
Race to the King
24/25 June
53 Miles
Race to the Stones
15/16 July
62 Miles

Having already completed multiple ultra-marathons over the past 4 years and raising £10000, this year will be my most challenging physically and mentally.

Why am I doing it?

The Smiley Riley Fund UK was originally set up to help pay for Riley Plant of York to travel to Disneyland USA when he was diagnosed at the age of 16 months in April 2012 with a rare grade 4 ATRT brain tumour.
Unfortunately in July 2012 and half way through his gruelling chemotherapy Riley’s family were given the devastating news that Riley’s cancer had spread to the fluid around his brain and the treatment was failing, Riley’s chemotherapy was then stopped and Riley was given weeks to live.
The support from family, friends and the people of York was outstanding, and local press coverage of Riley’s story melted the toughest of hearts, and donations flooded in. Doctors warned his family not to travel overseas so the fund paid for Riley and his family to have 6 short holidays in the UK creating lasting and beautiful memories of Riley doing simple things such as building sandcastles, which he had never done in his short life. Sadly Riley passed away in September 2012 aged only 21 months surrounded by the love of his family.
Riley’s Grandmother Simone Potter who founded the fund along with the wishes of Riley’s parents Gavin and Linzi continued the fund, to create an ever lasting legacy for Riley. We now work alongside national charity Brainstrust to offer financial support and travelling costs while children are having treatment. Brain tumours kill more children than any other cancer and we are creating much needed co-ordinated support for the children and their families and carers. We also donate to Martin House Children’s Hospice.
Riley was a courageous young boy who has inspired us to continue this fund and help others like him after seeing the devastating effect that cancer and chemotherapy has on children, Riley did lose his battle with cancer but he never lost his smile…..we all love Riley…..share the love…
For any further information contact Simone Potter 07818506476
Reg Charity Number 1149757
To donate online go to placing my name in the optional message box.

Alternatively fill out one of the sponsor forms which are located in my office and various locations around station.

I realise times are hard but can I ask you to dig deep to support this worthwhile cause. Many thanks in advance.

Joint Service Housing Advice Office

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Regular Forces Employment Association (RFEA) - For Service Leavers and Veterans

RFEA provide career advice and have specialist case workers supporting those who need it.  They have thousands of job opportunities sourced for the aspirations and skills of ex forces men and women. They operate in every region of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland so you can access their support in any area.

For further information and to register, click HERE

Transport for London - Veterans Oyster Photocard

Veterans Oyster Photocard

If you served in the Armed Forces, you may be eligible for concessionary travel on:

  • Buses in London showing the red roundel
  • Tube, tram, DLR, TfL Rail and London Overground
  • And some national rail services in London
If you receive payments under the War Pensions Scheme, or Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Schemes, you may be eligible for concessionary travel.  
Please click HERE for further information.

Carillionamey Set To Launch A New Website


Carillionamey will soon be launching a new website to provide a more streamlined and user-friendly experience. Their current website is cluttered and would like to give it a cleaner look. They also want to make it easier for customers to find the information they need.  
However, this website re-launch means that any links or pages you may have bookmarked will no longer work. Once the website has gone live, you'll have to save any new links or bookmark the new pages that you need. A lot of the information we have on the current website has also been updated and some new sections have been added so you'll need to familiarise yourself with these changes as well.
They're committed to ensuring that their performance is continuously improving and want to make sure their website is tailored to customer's needs. They're aiming for the website to go live by the end of May but will have a confirmed go live date next week so keep an eye out for more details.

Lost Your Keys To Your Service Families Accommodation?

How To Stop Nuisance Phone Calls

Register with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) -
it's for people who do not want to receive sales calls and it's free. It is illegal for a company to call you once your name is on this. Of course, companies operating outside the law are not likely to take much notice - but it will cut down the number of calls. 

Complain to the Information Commissioner's Office. The number is 0303 123 1113.

Block calls. Some phones offer this feature or you could use a call blocking device that you plug into your phone. These can not only block certain numbers, but also any that are call "withheld" or "international" - untraceable numbers often used by cold callers. The problem with this is that calls from people you know who are abroad or those who have blocked their own number may also be stopped. And a number of calls from large organisations that go through switchboards, which could include important calls, will also be blocked.

Keep an eye out when ordering goods to make sure you tick the box that says you do not wish to receive information about products from organisations. And be careful, as some of these boxes say tick if you DO wish to hear from other companies. So ticking it without reading it could be the wrong call.

Vacancies With Carillionamey

For more information please click HERE

MOD Police Authorised Firearms Officers - Recruiting Now

As part of your initial training, you’ll have to successfully qualify as an Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO). At any one time 90% of officers on duty will be performing this role. Officers are trained to National Police Standards and are required to maintain this competency annually.

During your firearms module you’ll receive training in weapon handling, shooting skills, less lethal options and tactics. In scenario-based training, this will allow you to demonstrate critical decision-making in a pressured timeframe.

You will also have the opportunity to gain further firearms skills if you want to develop your career in a specialist post. 

For more info visit

Turn2us - Financial Support To Armed Forces & Veterans

If you are a serving member of the armed forces or a veteran, there may be benefits, grants or other financial support available to you and your family.

There are a number of military charities that provide support, each with their own set of eligibility requirements. Help may be available to you from one of these charities if you:

•Are still serving

•Are a veteran

•Serve or served as a regular or reserve, because of the Second World War or National Service

•Had a long or short period of service

•Are the partner, spouse, widow, widower or dependent child of someone who served

Monday, 15 May 2017

Carillionamey: Smoke Alarm Testing

Safety in your home. When was the last time you tested your smoke alarms? Be sure to push the test button every so often and replace batteries if the warning bleeps start.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Pathfinder Directory of Resettlement Services 2017

Civil Service Job Search

Find jobs in the Civil Service and central government organisations

Vodafone Advantage - MOD and Armed Forces

Members of the British Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence employees, and ex-service personnel can enjoy savings of up to 30% on Vodafone Pay monthly bundles.

Your Vodafone Advantage discount can be applied to phone, tablet and SIM only bundles – and up to five family members or friends can save too.

Defence Discounts Service: Get 25% off O2 Refresh

Visit the Defence Discount service website to see this offer:

Your Service Family Accommodation Information for Occupants - Utility Bill Management – Move In

Setting up Gas and Electricity Supplier

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Forces Cars Direct Introducing The New BMW 5 Series Touring


Building on from the new BMW 5 Series Saloon's What Car? Car of the Year 2017 award, the BMW 5 Series Touring has all the innovation you would expect from a class leader, as well as the space and flexibiolity you need from a touring car.

This technical tour de force now comes with BMW Professional Multimedia Navigation, including Real Time Traffic Information, as standard. This ensures that you alwats know what's on the road ahead, whilst innovative driver assistance systems enable semi-autonomous driving, offering a safe, comfortable and less stressful drive.

At the same time, luggage capacity is vast, with an impressive 1,700 litres of room with the seats down, easily accommodating a family camping holiday or a golfing weekend with friends.

To register your interest, please visit our website or call 020 7514 8606.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Bramcote HIVE Remains Closed - Pending Recruitment - BLOG will continue to be updated

Bramcote HIVE remains closed and will be unmanned until the recruitment of a new 
HIVE Information Support Officer is completed. The Blog will continue to be updated.

To find another HIVE to assist with your enquiry please visit:

Mental Health - 10 Reasons to Exercise

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For further advice on Mental Health issues, please click HERE

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Childcare Choices - Increase of Free Places

Tax-Free Childcare Tax-Free Childcare will be available to millions of working families across the UK, and over time it will replace childcare vouchers, which will close to new entrants from April 2018. Voucher schemes remain open to existing members. 
Eligible parents with children under 12 (under 17 for disabled children) will be able to set up an online childcare account to pay their childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in, the Government will add £2, up to a maximum contribution of £2,000 per child, per year (£4,000 per year for disabled children). 
To qualify, parents must be in work, this includes self-employment, and each expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week and earn no more than £100,000 per year. Using the Childcare Checker, parents will be able to find out which providers have signed up in their area. 
The scheme will gradually become available to different age groups from 28 April 2017 with all eligible parents being able to access the scheme by the end of 2017. Parents who have registered with the ‘keep me updated’ tool will be notified when they become eligible. 

Childcare providers have a pivotal role in Tax-Free Childcare. They need to sign up so that parents can use Tax-Free Childcare to pay them; thousands have already done so. To find out more about the new and existing offers, including the introduction of 30 Hours free childcare from September 2017 for eligible working parents and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website at where you will find the childcare calculator to help you compare the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for your family. 
MOD personnel based within the United Kingdom will have the same access to these new Childcare Choices as any other citizen, in line with the Armed Forces Covenant. Since 2013 the Ministry of Defence has been working closely with other government departments to ensure that these changes to childcare choices can be mirrored, so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, for entitled MOD personnel based outside the United Kingdom. Full details of the required changes or additions to MOD policies will be published shortly, once the changes have been published on the Government’s Childcare Choices webpage. Alternatively, email: for further information.

NHS Veterans Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaision Service

New UK Speeding Laws

Speeding drivers will soon face stricter penalties and much higher fines based on what they earn.
From April 24 2017, new rules come into effect in the UK which will mean offenders could now be charged up to 175% of their weekly income. 

Currently in the UK the minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and three penalty points added to your driving licence while the maximum fine is £1,000 or £2,500 for motorway offences.

But when the new guidelines are brought in next month, those caught driving at more than 101mph in a 70mph speed limit could be disqualified for up to 56 days and get a fine of between 125 and 175 per cent of their relevant weekly income.

Or if you are caught going between 31 and 40mph in a 30mph zone you will get three penalty points and a fine of between 25 and 75 per cent of your weekly income.

Currently many drivers get away without points and a fine by paying for a speed awareness course.
It follows tougher penalties being brought in this month for anyone using a mobile phone behind the wheel.
The previous penalty of three points and a £100 fine has been doubled to six points and £200.
The new speeding system is split into three bands which rate the severity of the offence based on the speed limit.
Band A refers to an offence that is between one and 10mph over the stated speed limit.
For example a band A speeding offence in a 20mph zone would be from 21mph to 31 mph.
A band B offence is 11mph to 21mph above the stated speed limit and a band C offence is 21 mph and above the stated speed limit.
The starting point for a Band A fine is 50% of your weekly wage.
Band B starting point = 100% of your weekly wage
Band C starting point = 150% of your weekly wage rising up to 175