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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,

Firework Code - Stay Safe

Despite annual safety warnings, firework celebrations still end in painful injuries for too many people, including very young children.

For more safety advice online, CLICK HERE

The Royal British Legion: 2019 Poppy Appeal

This year the Poppy Appeal is going undercover, with the help of GCHQ in their centenary year, to highlight the unseen contributions of our Armed Forces.

Undercover celebrities have accepted a mission to join forces with poppy collectors across the UK.
Teaming up with some of our 40,000 Poppy Appeal volunteers, they are helping us shine a light on their efforts and the invaluable contributions being made by the Armed Forces community.

CLICK HERE to read more about the 2019 Poppy Appeal.

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.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Little Troopers Military Moments 2020 Calendar

Little Troopers have released a collection of real-life photos that capture the highs and lows of life as a British Armed Forces family, as seen through the eyes of our military children.

Submitted by families from across the three services, the images will make up the Little Troopers 2020 Military Moments calendar.

The calendar is available to pre-order now and costs £7.50, with all proceeds helping Little Troopers to continue providing fundamental resources and initiatives to support military children such as their Treasures Storytime app and their Separation Pack.

Colerne families may recognise the November entry as Verity Yarker, whose Mum Tara took the picture in the village at last year's wreath laying ceremony.

To pre-order your calendar, CLICK HERE

The Bath & Wiltshire Parent

The Bath & Wiltshire Parent website has been created to help keep families in the area up to date with news, information and events that may be of interest to you.

This is also the official website of The Bath & Wiltshire Parent magazine, a bimonthly publication that has been distributed to families in the area since 2008.

For news, events, attraction reviews and competitions,

NHS - Measles Notice

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For more advice on measles,

Food Standards Agency

Stay up-to-date with food and allergy alerts, FSA's latest news and consultations.

Recent alerts include products from:

-Various houmous products
-Bernard Matthews Turkey Dinosaurs
-Costa Coffee
-TK Maxx
-Co Op
-Birds Eye Chicken Nuggets

To visit the website, where you can sign up for alerts,

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Dealing With An Emergency In Your Service Families Accommodation

Make sure you and your family are safe in an emergency such as fire, water leaks, gas.

 If there is a fire in your home:
  • Make sure everyone leaves the property straight away and gathers a safe distance from the building
  • if it’s safe to do so, close internal doors on your way out. This will help slow the progress of fire and spread of smoke
  • Don’t attempt to put out the fire yourself, unless you can do so quickly and safely
  • Dial 999 as soon as possible, and if your accommodation is behind the wire, please follow local station orders

Once the emergency services have been informed, and you and your family are safe, call our Customer Service Centre on 0800 707 6000. The team will provide you and your family with advice and support and, if necessary, find you alternative accommodation.

Forces Children's Trust

As a charity we are devoted to working together to help children in need whose father or mother has died, or has sustained life-changing injuries, whilst serving as a 
member of the British Armed Forces or Civilian Forces (i.e. Police, Fire and Ambulance Services).

The FCT, by reason of its aims and size, has the flexibility and ability to make decisions and offer help as needed, with minimum fuss and consequent time-loss.

For more information, please

RAF Survey - Family Access To Stations

The RAF Families Federation's new online survey is now live, looking into the experiences of RAF families in getting access to their nearest RAF Station, or other military unit.

Are you an RAF family member who holds a pass (dependant's pass or equivalent)? What are the benefits of this for your family?

Or maybe you are not able to get a pass and would like to tell us what impact this has, if any?

This questionnaire is an important part of research into this area. The information given will help RAF FF to understand potential barriers to families accessing facilities on their nearest military unit, and how this might affect them. They also hope to identify what benefits access can bring to RAF families; for example do you value the ability to visit a HIVE, Community Centre, or leisure facilities located on a station?

The information you provide will help RAF FF to advise policy makers within the RAF and MOD and so involvement is widely encouraged!

The survey can be completed by RAF Serving Personnel and their spouses/partners, who are aged 18 or over.

To complete the survey online, CLICK HERE

World Stroke Day - Tuesday 29th October

Today is World Stroke Day.

You could save your own or someone else's life, or help limit the long-term effects of stroke, by learning to think and Act F.A.S.T.

To learn more about risks and prevention, CLICK HERE

Connecting Wiltshire - Travel Info

To visit the website, please CLICK HERE

Amey Defence Housing - Guides & Resources

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The Amey website offers a selection of guides, factsheets and guidance on common topics which may occur when living in SFA.

To visit this section of the website, CLICK HERE

Monday, 28 October 2019


Welcome to SpouseHour - just one hour a week where military spouses can come together and talk about stuff of interest, promote relevant events or simply just chat.

The hashtag logo is purposefully blue and pink - to include the men as well as the ladies!

BFBS presenter Chris Keen runs his own site, The Military Husband, with blogs and useful shares as a military spouse. He's also set up SpouseHour which recently started

To read more online, CLICK HERE

To visit The Military Husband's blog, CLICK HERE

Apply To Be In The Families Squad!

Fancy helping other families in your local area by giving them the heads up with the best local days out for everyone to enjoy? Well, why not apply to be in the Families Squad!

By becoming part of our Families Squad, you will become the eyes and ears of your local area. You'll be asked to take part on amazing fun-filled missions around your area to get the latest scoop and pass it on to other mums and dads.

You'll also receive a top secret monthly gift just for taking part, only for you to enjoy! There are also opportunities to win FREE family tickets for days out and testing new products. 

You'll also be part of a tight-knit community, where you can meet other parents and discover more about your local area!

To find out more, CLICK HERE 

The Cheddar Gorge & Caves Armed Forces Discount

Members of the Army, Navy & RAF, as well as Veterans, dependant families and bereaved familes with official ID cards will receive special discounted prices on the Adult & Child Explorer Tickets when booked online.

Military personnel and qualifying guests must present an official ID card on arrival to validate this offer (MOD and DDS cards accepted)

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

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Get Moneyfit With Moneyforce From RBL

CLICK HERE to take the challenge.

Moneyforce is the home of money advice for UK Service families. A joint iniative between Standard Life Charitable Trust, The Royal British Legion and the Ministry Of Defence, the Moneyforce website aims to assist all Service personnel, their partner, families and dependants to be better equipped to manage their money and financial affairs.

You never know what life is going to throw at you and Moneyforce can support you with advice on subjects including:

-Managing your money
-Moving into Service Family Accommodation
-Childcare costs and parental leave
-Being posted abroad when you have a family

To visit the 'Life and Family' section of the website,

To visit the main MoneyForce website, 

Cotswold Service Community Official Guide 2019-2020

Printed versions of this updated guide are available from Colerne HIVE and also in the MOD Corsham Community Centre, the Buckley Barracks Community Centre and at the Services Cotswold Centre.

To view this guide online, CLICK HERE

Skills Boosts & Functional Skills English Courses

Each of the 8 x "Boost Your..." courses are individual courses. You don’t have to do all eight – you can attend one or all of them. The setting hasn't yet been added as it’s imperative that places are booked before learners start the course.

The Functional Skills English course; as learners will be working towards a qualification, attendance is expected for the entire course. Once the Family & Community Learning team have received interest they will speak to learners to check criteria and let them know more about the course.

Childcare is not  organised, however if there is a need, we will consider funding on an individual basis if childcare is a barrier preventing a potential learner attending.

To visit the Wiltshire Council Family & Community Learning website, CLICK HERE

Friday, 25 October 2019

Wiltshire Health Visitor Clinics

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Please note that parents can take their young children to any health visitor clinic, regardless of catchment area.

To visit the website, where you can also find out about more local clinics in Lyneham, Calne, Bradford-on-Avon, etc. please CLICK HERE

Wiltshire Council Are Targeting Fly-Tippers

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Wiltshire Council have launched a new campaign to encourage residents to report fly-tippers.

If you spot someone fly-tipping in Wiltshire, report the offender to the Council, and as a reward you'll get a gift voucher of up to £200 following the payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice or a successful prosecution.

To visit the website, where you can also report fly-tippers, CLICK HERE

Wiltshire Council's New Fleet Of Gritters Need Naming

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Tickets For Troops Latest Events

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Colerne Musical Theatre Presents Aladdino - Thursday 28th To Saturday 30th November

The Consequences Of Norovirus

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D&V Norovirus is circulating in the South West - it's currently at expected levels for the time of year but NHS Wiltshire CCG are seeing outbreaks in care homes and hospitals.

Most people don't realise the virus is often brought in by well-meaning visitors. Don't give your loved ones the bug!

To find out more about Norovirus on the NHS website, CLICK HERE

Paediatric First Aid Awareness - MOD Lyneham Community Centre

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MOD Lyneham Community Committee are providing a Free Paediatric First Aid Awareness course.

Sadly due to this being a training environment, no children are able to attend the session.

This is strictly an awareness session with no formal certificate provided.

The course is mainly for those living within Lyneham, however if a need is identified then please still phone to enquire.