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Friday, 30 August 2019

Colerne Spouses Coffee Morning






































Please note that coffee morning is run by and for the military spouses in the area but ALL are welcome including children & Serving Personnel.

Monies raised go into the "wives fund" for events such as the annual Christmas party.

The Welfare team, HIVE Information Support Officer & Community Support Development Worker often attend and there are often planned visits from Amey, AFF, Wiltshire Carers, etc. which are advertised on the blog & Facebook groups



Wednesday, 28 August 2019

MOD Lyneham Community Centre Activities



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Jolly Tots - Hullavington


























You can find the 'Hullavington Jolly Tots Baby & Toddler' group on Facebook. Alternatively to visit the Hullavington Parish Council website, CLICK HERE


Combat Stress - Peer To Peer Support

 
We know it can be a confusing and challenging time when you leave the armed forces and transition to civilian life. For some, you can feel isolated and alone. 

To help former servicemen and women with mental health problems, we have a unique nationwide Peer Support Service. Led by veterans for veterans, it’s a chance to talk and share experiences, receive support and socialise with others who also served in the military. 

It’s the first UK-wide service of its kind for veterans with mental health problems. Veterans have the chance to come along to small group meetings or meet our regional co-ordinators individually. 

To find out more about the service,



Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Veterans UK Services



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To visit the Veterans UK website, CLICK HERE

Any Spare Change Or Foreign Currency?


The Costcutter shop on Colerne camp has a collection box for spare change and foreign coins which will raise money for the Martin's Croft Play Area Project.

Martin's Croft Play Area is situated in Colerne, behind the village hall & scout hut.

To find out more about the Project, CLICK HERE

If you'd like to donate but don't live in Colerne, please contact Colerne HIVE via phone 07973 723221 or email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Fire Safety - Reminder To Take Care When Cooking




Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service is reminding people to take care when cooking, especially late at night and when you're feeling tired.

Last week local firefighters were called out to a kitchen fire caused by pizza and chips being put in the over by the occupant, who then fell asleep.

Group Manager Katie Cornhill said: “This person was extremely fortunate that a neighbour saw smoke coming from the kitchen and raised the alarm, rousing them and also calling 999. There was smoke throughout the property, and this could have proved fatal had they not been woken up. We would urge anyone wanting a late night snack to either get a takeaway or not cook.”

The Service has the following top tips for staying safe in the kitchen:

-Avoid cooking if you are tired, have been drinking alcohol or are taking medication that leaves you drowsy

-Never leave cooking unattended

-Keep the oven, hob and grill clean as a build-up of fat or grease can catch fire when hot

-Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob, and take care if you’re wearing loose clothing

-Make sure children are never left alone in the kitchen when you’re cooking

-Saucepan handles left sticking out create a danger – there’s a risk they could be caught, leading to the pans being knocked off the hob

-Use spark devices to light gas cookers as they are safer than matches and lighters

-Keep electrical leads and appliances away from water

-Avoid using a chip pan – a thermostatically controlled deep fat fryer is far safer, as it can’t overheat

-Make sure you have working smoke alarms in the property and check them regularly

More fire safety advice can be found on the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service website. To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Costco Wholesale - Armed Forces Membership


Members of the Armed Forces' are eligible to apply for membership of Costco Wholesale. Your spouse or domestic partner also gets a complimentary partner card.

CLICK HERE for more information

Monday, 19 August 2019

Colerne Community Centre Donation Station


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There is now a 'donation station' table in the Colerne Community Centre hallway, where you can drop-off the above items in order to help:

-Bath Cats & Dogs Home

-Martins Croft Play Area

-Oak & Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre

-Terracycle/Colgate

Please note that electric toothbrushes can also be donated and will be disposed of correctly

Volunteers Needed In Colerne, Hullavington & Corsham!






































Are you interested in volunteering to support the local military community?

The Army Welfare Service Community Support team are always looking for volunteers to help run sessions such as youth clubs, toddler groups, school holiday activities, etc. 

Volunteers are particularly sought after in Hullavington & Colerne.

If you're interested in these opportunities, please contact the Community Support Senior Development Worker Huw Solly on 07973 725641 or via email huw.solly100@mod.gov.uk

Differing Entitlements To 30 Hours Free Childcare - England, Scotland, Wales & NI


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Friday, 16 August 2019

Crucial Academy - Cyber Security Courses For Service Leavers & Military Spouses



As well as offering a military transition programme, Crucial Academy are now offering free training to military spouses who would like to break into the cyber security industry through flexible learning.

You can learn via Crucial Academy's online platform, in your own time, up until you feel prepared to take the next step.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Army: What We Do - Infographics



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News & Events - Stay In The Know


To read the latest news and events online,

A Career In Teaching


Have you thought about teaching? 

​ETUK Academy trains and supports Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans and Spouses or those who wish to change their career and would like to become an influential classroom teacher through our one-year Diploma in Education & Training (DET) with QTLS Programme. The new programme combines teacher training and practical teaching placement. After completing the induction element, you will be able to start your practical teaching placement within the classroom, gaining new skills and experience to support your teacher training.

There are places available on our next TEACH UK Programme.

To find out more, CLICK HERE

Public WiFi Warning


Avoid accessing email, social networks & online banking using public Wi-Fi. For safety, use mobile data services such as 4G instead!

Hackers can easily set up malicious hotspots which appear to be legitimate and yet can intercept and record people’s personal data, allowing them to steal usernames, passwords, credit card details, bank account information and more, yet a recent survey found that 86% of respondents choose convenience over safety. 

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Planesaver Junior Saver Workbook For Children


To access this workbook for printing at home,
CLICK HERE

Armed Forces Covenant Fund





RAFA - Corsham & Chippenham Branch



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To visit the RAFA website, CLICK HERE



Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Everybody Needs A Good Neighbour


Would you know what to do if you thought a domestic incident was taking place?

Please CLICK HERE to watch a short video

Third Edition Of The British Army's Newsletter - IN FRONT


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To view this edition online, CLICK HERE

Include - A Local Group For Parents Of All Nationalities - Re-Starting Wednesday 4th September








































For more information about The Rise Trust, including details of other sessions they run, CLICK HERE


Don't drive?

You can catch the Coachstyle bus (from Hullavington & Stanton St Quintin) or the Faresaver bus (from Corsham) and the Charter School Rise Hub is approx. 10 minutes walk away from Chippenham bus station.

Please see map below for directions
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For bus schedules, please click 'travel' to the left of this page. Alternatively, CLICK HERE




Pre-Deployment Financial Advice



Moneyforce a joint initiative between Standard Life Charitable Trust, The Royal British Legion & the Ministry Of Defence and is the home of money advice for UK Service people.

The Moneyforce website aims to assist all Serving Personnel plus their partners, families & dependants, to be better equipped to manage their money and financial affairs.

The Moneyforce website has put together information on getting your finances in order before going on deployment, including dealing with creditors, facilities when you're away, giving someone else control over your affairs and readjusting when you get back.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE





Hedgehog Road Safety



During August, young hedgehogs become independent of their Mother and wander off on their own adventures.

At the time of year there is a peak in the number of road deaths as independent young hedgehogs seek new areas.

To read more about the hedgehog life-cycle and hibernation habits, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

AFF - Results Of The Listening To Our Service Children Survey


AFF recently asked families to share their views on the impact of Service life on Army children.

In total 89% said they are considering whether to leave the Army due to the impact of Service life on their child.

Added to this, nearly half of families said that their child had experienced a gap in their learning due to changing schools. 
 
To view the results of the survey, CLICK HERE

CTP Regional Resettlement Centre - Tidworth







































To visit the CTP website, CLICK HERE

Service Family & Single Accommodation Charges 2019/2020



To view the 2019/2020 SFA/SLA accommodation charges, CLICK HERE

FC Colerne Colts Needs You!


Monday, 5 August 2019

Change To Prescribing Over The Counter Medicines







































To find out more information online, CLICK HERE

AFF - Do You Own Your Own Home?


Do you own your own home? 

In some cases you may (or may not) be entitled to some level of council tax discount depending on whether you live in it yourself, rent it out or use it as a second home. 

For more info on the rules around council tax, 

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Do You Need Help With Your English Language To Find A Job?


Whether you are looking to secure that ideal job, be more productive at work or simply increase your chances of promotion, this targeted approach to business English will help you on your way.

To find out more, CLICK HERE

You can also complete the course on the FutureLearn website. To visit this site, CLICK HERE

SSAFA - Stepping Stone Homes For Women & Children With A Military Connection


Women of the Armed Forces community may find themselves without somewhere to live, or requiring a place of safety.

Stepping Stone Homes provide a comfortable, secure and female-only place to stay for as long as you need to get back on your feet.

From the clean and well-maintained spaces, to private areas for each resident to make their own, the team want to make guests feel like they are in a home from home.

To find out more online, CLICK HERE




Contact - The Charity For Families With Disabled Children


Contact supports families with the best possible guidance and information, bringing families together to support each other.

To visit the website for advice and support,
CLICK HERE or call the free helpline on  0808 808 3555

Support Services Available For Military Personnel & Families


For further details of the support services available for military and defence personnel & their families,