This Army HIVE is now open again for visitors. No appointment is necessary but please ensure that ‘Hands, Face, Space’ is adhered to within the HIVE building and office to protect all visitors and staff. Alternatively our staff are available to answer your queries by email and telephone during the advertised office hours.

If you want to ensure that you receive the very latest information including official Army COVID19 advice and guidance to Serving Personnel and their Families, please sign up using the ‘Follow by Email’ link. We abide by the Data Protection Act and you can withdraw your permission to receive our emails at any time by using the unsubscribe link found at the bottom of every update email you receive.

Please also see HIVE’s other social media platforms: www.facebook.com/ArmyHIVE and Army HIVE Twitter @ArmyHIVEinfo


Friday, 20 December 2019

Home Security - Community Messaging

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Bet Regret Campaign

GambleAware is wholly independent and has a framework agreement with the Gambling Commission to deliver the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms within the context of arrangements based on voluntary donations from the gambling industry.

To visit their website, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Renewal Of Fijian Passports

Fiji are converting to a new e-passport system that requires biometrics on application. Rather than returning to Fiji to do this, those needing to renew an expired/about to expire passport can now utilise the new biometrics facility at the Fijian High Commission (FHC) in London.

All bookings need to be made via the FHC:

34 Hyde Park Gate

Tel: +44 (0)207 584 3661
Fax: +44 (0)207 584 2838
Email: mail@fijihighcommission.org.uk

For further details regarding fees and forms,

Catch It. Bin It. Kill It.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

The Royal British Legion - Helping Veterans To Live At Home Safely

Did you know that The Royal British Legion have advisers who are able to offer advice and guidance alongside a 'help at home' team?

The teams can support you or your loved ones in order to access any service you might need. This can range from care assessments and grant funding, through to understanding more about power of attorney or assisting with isolation.

Care phones are also available-these provide vital support for the Armed Forces community at the touch of a button.

For further information, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Leave A Light On

Many burglaries take place when the house is empty during the evening or in the hours of darkness.

Use automatic timer switches to turn lights on when it gets dark, mimicking your usual activity. 

To find out more on how to keep your property secure, CLICK HERE

Monday, 16 December 2019

Wiltshire Police Advice Regarding Daytime Running Lights

Wiltshire Police are reminding drivers to be vigilant when using Daytime Running Lights (DRL) on their vehicles.

Officers from their Roads Policing Unit have noticed a number of vehicles being driven with daytime running lights on during reduced visibility and drivers have been unaware that these lights do not illuminate your rear position lights.

Please do not rely on these and always ensure you switch the most appropriate lights on for the lighting, weather conditions and visibility.

When visibility is reduced, having your rear lights on warns other road users of your position.

Drivers will potentially run the risk of a fine should they use their lights incorrectly.

Be safe, be seen. Think lights.

Friday, 13 December 2019

Armed Forces Pension & The Effect Of National Insurance Modification

This guide has been provided to assist any members of the Armed Forces Pension Schemes that may be affected by National Insurance and Graduated Pension Scheme Modification.

It includes background information, an example of how this is applied and how to contact the Pension Paying Agent if you require more information.

To read this guide and to find out more online,

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Become A Member Of The Royal British Legion - FREE For Serving Personnel

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

A Guide For Army Families

When you married or became the civil partner of a soldier, you also became part of the Army family.

This guide is available electronically for all dependant family members and gives basic information on Army life and the effects on you, your family and your Serving soldier.

The guide also includes a list of Army abbreviations, further sources of support and general information about the Army.

To download the guide, please visit the Army HIVE website and click the "PDF download" link at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, please CLICK HERE

BFPO Information App For Apple Devices

Please note that this app is only available on the app store for iPhone and iPad.

To find out more about the app,

Friday, 6 December 2019

Reading Force - Share A Book & Scrapbook Together

To visit the Reading Force website,

Alternatively please pop into the HIVE where you can collect a free scrapbook!

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Sepsis

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Thursday, 5 December 2019

Dead? Or Dead Slow? - British Horse Society's Horse & Rider Road Safety Campaign

Dead? Or Dead Slow? is the British Horse Society (BHS) horse and rider road safety campaign. It’s an appropriate slogan as 42 riders and over 300 horses have been killed on roads in the last ten years. This parish has over 400 horses and only a few bridleways, some of which are hard to use, and the only way to exercise the horses is on our lanes. We have few safe passing places, verges have ditches in them or have been built up with soft soil or taped off with electric fence. All this makes it difficult for riders to get their horses out of the way of other road users.

Four simple steps for drivers:

If I see a horse on the road, then I will...

1. Slow down to a maximum of 15mph
2. Be patient; I won't sound my horn or rev my engine
3. Pass the horse wide and slow (if safe to do so) at least a car's width if possible
4. Drive slowly away

To read more online, including advice for riders themselves, CLICK HERE

Report Suspicious Activity

Please CLICK HERE for top tips to keep your home secure

Did you know you can register your valuables online to help reduce property crime and improve the chances of getting them back in the event of loss or theft?

To visit the Immobilise website and register your items,

Domestic Abuse - Are You At Risk?

Please click images below for further details of support agencies for Serving Personnel, military family members, MOD Civil Servants and the wider public:

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Big White Wall - Anonymous Online Mental Health Support 24/7

Sooner or later, we all go through tough times. We might seem to be ok, but inside we can be feeling worried, or struggling to cope.

Life events such as bereavement, relationship problems or debt can be overwhelming.

If you are stressed, anxious or feeling low, visit the Big White Wall website to join their online mental health community (accessible anytime, anywhere)

Did you know that Serving personnel, Veterans and military family members have free access to the Big White Wall website, and all of it's resources?

To register for free on the website, CLICK HERE

Friday, 15 November 2019

Booking Leave For The Armed Forces Made Easy

From 1 Nov you can submit your Annual Leave by accessing the ‘My Leave’ application on Defence Gateway.
This can be done from any device without the need to log into JPA. 
Leave can be entered anytime up to 48 hours in advance of the anticipated leave period. Permission must be obtained from a line manager prior to the leave being entered.
To use the tool simply access the Defence Gateway and look for the  ‘My Leave’ application under more applications.
Alternatively to read more online,

Friday, 8 November 2019

Make The Wiltshire Green Pledge

Wiltshire Council are asking residents to make changes to your everyday lives and play your part in making big changes to the environment.

The Wiltshire Green Pledge is a simple online tool to encourage people to commit to doing what they can to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

You can pledge whatever you want, from leaving the car at home more often, to using reusable cups-there's plenty of simple changes you can make.

To find out more and make your pledge online,

SFA Disputed Charges - Updated Information

When you move out of UK service family accommodation (SFA) or substitute service family accommodation (SSFA), you may be liable for charges for damages or deficiencies that are not classed as fair wear and tear, or because you have failed to prepare the property to the correct standard, for example cleanliness.

Since 1 October 2013, the process for managing these charges permits DIO to take these directly from the pay of serving personnel in order to improve the efficiency of the process.

Any payments taken depend on the size of the charge and individual monthly income (using MOD guidelines to ensure that deductions do not exceed a set limit of pay).

If you consider that you are not responsible for the charges, or part of them, for example that the damage is the result of fair wear and tear, you are able to dispute the charge raised using the ‘Disputed charges form’.

CLICK HERE for the form and process flowchart for service personnel wishing to dispute charges for damages to service family accommodation. (Updated 7 November 2019)

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Be Bike Smart - Be Bike Safe

CLICK HERE to take part in the quiz

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

X-Forces Enterprise Launches 'Military In Business' Podcast

For more than six years the X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) team has been providing self-employment and enterprise training for the Armed Forces Community.

Hear about XFE's positive impact on those transitioning from the Armed Forces, supporting their ongoing contribution to the economy and society, through the voices and stories of XFE beneficiaries in the launch of a new Podcast and Vlog series.

To find out more online, CLICK HERE

MOD Disability, Mental Health & Wellbeing: Civilian Workforce Report 2019

The MOD has produced its first annual workforce report on disability, mental health and wellbeing.

The voluntary report sets out work the department is doing to support staff and promote good practice around disability, mental health and wellbeing.

It highlights the support that the MOD has in place for all employees, including for those with disabilities, support for people with mental health issues, and the wider initiatives in place for all staff to promote their wellbeing.

To read the report, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Hullavington & Stanton St Quintin Parish Council & Village Information

The two villages surrounding Buckley Barracks (Hullavington & Stanton St Quintin) are relatively small in size but not in community spirit.

Both villages have active Facebook pages, including; 

Buckley Barracks Community
Hullavington Happenings
Stanton St Quintin Village Community
Stanton St Quintin Parish Hall

The villages also have Parish Council and Village Hall websites. Click on the red links below to visit the websites!

Click the above link to read the latest Parish Council newsletter. Alternatively to visit the Parish Council website, CLICK HERE

Click the above link to visit the village hall website. Alternatively to visit the Parish Council website,

Royal Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance - Lydiard Park, Swindon

The Field of Remembrance, which opened to the public on Friday 1st November, pays tribute to all the brave Service men and women who have served, including those who have more recently lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Field of Remembrance will close on Thursday 21st November. Opening times are 9.00am to 4.00pm.

Admission to the Walled Garden is free during this period. Parking charges apply.

To visit the Lydiard Park website, CLICK HERE

InDependent Spouse

The InDependent Spouse started off as a series of fun, informative podcasts for the military spouse business order, but quickly grew into something bigger.

The podcast was born from a need to hear something new. A need to hear from the inspirational men and women who experience service life from the 'home-front' while creating successful businesses. To give a voice to those who are already achieving amazing things, and to inspire those who dream of doing the same.

With the release of the second series of the podcast, and with over 2500 listeners, it's been clear that more is needed. There needs to be a way to connect business leaders throughout this community, no matter where they are located.

Military spouse run businesses should not be limited by location or disadvantaged by living a transient 'magnolia wall life'!

To find out more online, CLICK HERE

RBL Housing Guides

The RBL have produced some really useful housing guides for local authorities, who some service personnel will turn to when trying to secure housing after leaving the service.
Although aimed at ‘front line’ housing staff, the guides are also useful for service personnel who are coming up to leaving the service and need housing.

To read these guides onlineCLICK HERE 

Monday, 4 November 2019

New Bra Bank At Heads Up Salon In Colerne High Street

School Admissions Process

With over 76,000 children from Armed Forces families attending schools in England, additional help is at hand to support these families to navigate the school admissions process.

A video, funded by Forces Connect South East and produced by Hampshire County Council, is now live, offering more detail on the steps Forces parents need to take to secure a school place for their child, with key dates for applications.

To find out more and to watch the video online, CLICK HERE

Please note that this video on the attached link will not work on MODnet computers

Wiltshire Parent Carer Council

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Founded in 2008, the Wiltshire Parent Carer Council (WPCC) is an independent organisation which is managed and run by parent carers, for parent carers.

WPCC has a membership in excess of 2500 parent carers across Wiltshire whose children range both in age (0-25yrs) and in the type of special educational needs and/or disabilities they have.

These needs included mental health, physical, sensory, learning, communication, challenging behaviour, autistic spectrum disorders and health conditions that require complex care.

To find out more about the Wiltshire Parent Carer Council online, CLICK HERE

Friday, 1 November 2019

The Corsham WW1 Memorial Woodland At Hartham Park, Corsham

As part of Wiltshire’s centenary commemorations for the end of the First World War, Hartham Park are honoured to be supporting a wide-scale community tree planting project. 
More than 10,000 trees are being planted across Wiltshire as a lasting tribute to all to our fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives in World War One, with the initiative being coordinated by Wiltshire Council and kindly supported by the Woodland Trust.
For the town of Corsham, 121 named servicemen are to be remembered with the planting of ‘The Corsham WW1 Memorial Woodland at Hartham Park’. Set within the 50 acre grounds of the Mansion House estate, the woodland will be beautifully landscaped with benches and glade openings to integrate the spectacular views.
To find out more online, CLICK HERE

The Royal British Legion Battle Back Centre - New Course For Veterans

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The Royal British Legion Battle Back Centre has developed a new 5-day full funded residential course for Veterans.

If you or someone you know would be interested in this course please contact

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Wiltshire Council Children's Centres

Children's centres are places where parents with children aged 0-5 years can share the challenges and joys of parenthood. They offer a range of activities and support services to help you with all aspects of parenting to make sure your child gets the best start in life.

As well as the numerous children's centres across Wiltshire, services are also provided in a range of venues in local communities so that families can access support close to where they live.

To visit the website and download the above leaflet, CLICK HERE 

Thursday, 31 October 2019

NHS Healthcare For The Armed Forces Community

The partnership between the NHS and MOD has enabled the Armed Forces to provide modern and advanced clinical care, and give it's medical staff the broadest and most up-to-date training and experience.

To find out more on the website,

Serving Personnel Insurance

As of 30th April 2018, Service Life Insurance SLI365 (https://sli365.com/) has closed to new applications although continues to provide cover to their existing policyholders.

The other MoD endorsed financial providers are:


Joining Forces Credit Union:

PAX Insurance:

MoD's Corporate Governance team engage with Forces Mutual https://www.forcesmutual.org/ over their respite breaks.

Make sure the company has SIIAP (Services Insurance and Investment Advisory Panelhttp://siiap.org/ ) accreditation and that they are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) https://www.fca.org.uk/ together with the Bank of England's Prudential Regulation Authority, replaced the Financial Services Authority in 2013 and between them now regulate the financial services industry in the UK.