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Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Strategy For Our Veterans - UK Gov Consultation Response

We are grateful to everyone who responded to the Strategy for our Veterans UK Government consultation paper. The UK Government's response outlines:

-a summary of the responses received
-a summary of what the UK Government already does to support Veterans
-the Government's plans in response to the consultation

To read this consultation response online, CLICK HERE

Martin's Croft Play Area Project - Waste Plastic Art Workshops

Jemima’s Gift, a wonderful local charity, have funded five days of waste plastic art workshops for local children at Colerne Village Hall.

Thanks to the charity's generosity, children from Colerne will have the chance to take part in these workshops - creating underwater creatures from waste plastic with brilliant local artist Anya Beaumont.

Places must be booked and children must be accompanied by a parent/carer. Ideally children taking part need to be aged 5+ but younger ones are welcome to have a go (they just might find it too fiddly)

The sessions with the artist are 1/2 hour but there will be other craft activities to do and chance to stay longer doing artwork if space allows or they can help repair tree/owl artworks. Refreshments will be sold to cover hall hire costs.

The five workshop days will be:

Sunday 2nd February
Tuesday 18th February (half term)
Thursday 20th February (half term)
Friday 21st February (half term)
Sunday 15th March

Timeslots on each day are as follows:


To book a place please message 'Martin's Croft Play Area Project' on Facebook or email kat@martinscroftplayarea.org.uk with the preferred date & time, child‘s name & age. Max six spaces available at each time slot.

Any questions please message via Facebook or email kat@martinscroftplayarea.org.uk

Co-habiting In Surplus SFA - Four Years' Service Rule Removed

Following a review of MOD policy, from 1st February Service Personnel will no longer need four years' service to apply to co-habit in surplus Service Family Accommodation (SFA) in the UK.

Although the four years' service requirement has been removed, those wishing to cohabit in surplus SFA will still need to have established a long-term relationship and will be required to comply with Para 0301 of JSP464, Vol 1, Part 1.

To read more online, CLICK HERE

RAF Association Free Mental Wellbeing Training Courses For Non-Serving Members Of The RAF Family

Are you or someone you care about finding it tough? 
Throughout 2020, the RAF Association is holding free mental wellbeing training courses for non-serving members of the RAF family at locations across the UK.
We recognise that RAF service can sometimes place a strain on everyday life. And we all need a little bit of help from time to time.
This course is suitable for:
-All partners, parents, siblings and children (over 18) or anyone serving in the RAF
-All RAF Veterans and their families
-Anyone working on an RAF base (eg. MOD Civil Servants & defence contractors)
We welcome people who want to improve their own mental wellbeing, as well as anyone who wants to support their friends, family members and colleagues, and spot any signs that they might be suffering too.
To find out more online, CLICK HERE

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund - Emotional Wellbeing Support

Winter can be a difficult time for many due to additional family and financial pressures around the festive period. And for those who are already struggling with their mental health, this time of year can be hugely challenging.

To help tackle these problems, the RAF Benevolent Fund has continued to develop the emotional wellbeing services it offers.

These include a Listening & Counselling Service, free membership to the Headspace app and funded welfare breaks for the family.

To read more online, CLICK HERE

Airhop Trip For 21 Signal Regt Families - Tuesday 18th February

Monday, 27 January 2020

MOD Domestic Abuse Awareness

Coming Up At Chippenham Library

Wiltshire Council operate a number of libraries across Wiltshire, including locations such as Chippenham, Corsham, Malmesbury and Lyneham.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

NHS Start 4 Life

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Fundraising Coffee Morning & Cake Stall - Hullavington Church - Saturday 1st February

Food Standards Agency Alerts & Recalls

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

Recent alerts include the following products:

-Cow & Gate baby food
-Iceland chocolate puddings
-Waitrose burgers
-Dorito's Tangy Cheese
-Happy Hounds
-Heinz By Nature baby food

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

Friday, 24 January 2020

Credit Card Gambling To Be Banned From Tuesday 14th April

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The Gambling Commission has announced a ban on gambling businesses allowing consumers in Great Britain to use credit cards to gamble.

Under the new rules, gamblers in the UK will not be able to use their credit cards to place bets either online or in betting shops.

It is understood that people will still be able to pay for lottery tickets in-store with a credit card.

To read more about this law change online,

Latest DDS Discounts

To visit the DDS website, CLICK HERE

FAMCAS Families Continuous Attitude Survey 2020

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With the annual FAMCAS suvery, the Army’s aim is to provide spouses and civil partners of Service personnel with an avenue to communicate directly with the senior leadership who are in a position to change military policy. Since FamCAS has been active, it has played a role in the formation and direction of numerous initiatives and projects. This is the only consistent and systematic method used for capturing information on the families of our service personnel. We therefore, highly value your input.

If you are unsure whether you have been invited to participate, please CLICK HERE to visit the survey checker website. If you have not been selected to participate, so you can still leave feedback.

(Please note-if you are a military spouse you will need to answer 'yes' to the first question)

Last year, 27% of sampled Service spouses/civil partners expressed their views about being part of an Army family. The evidence provided by this survey is made even more compelling if greater numbers reply.

Please see the image below for feedback from the 2019 FAMCAS survey (click image to enlarge)

Civilian Housing Options For Serving Personnel & Military Families - Colerne - Thursday 21st May

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To visit the JSHAO website, CLICK HERE

To register your attendance, email 

Thursday, 23 January 2020

20 Reasons To Explore Wiltshire In 2020

It's a New Year and a New Decade, which means it's time to start making plans for 2020.

There are lots of great reasons to explore Wiltshire this year and the county's tourist information website, Visit Wiltshire, has compiled a list of things to see and do.

To see the full list online, CLICK HERE

UK Careers Fair - Bath - Wednesday 19th February

Are you looking for a Career?

Looking for the right career can often be time-consuming and frustrating. The Bath Careers Fair will offer candidates from all backgrounds, experience and education level the opportunity to speak to an abundance of local employers, all in one place.

To find out more or to register your attendance,

Veteran Railcard Available From November 2020

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Military veterans will get cut-price train travel to help boost job prospects and bring them closer to family and friends, with a new railcard on sale from Armistice Day, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced.

Available from Armistice Day this year, the railcard will extend discounted train travel to the more than 830,000 veterans not covered by existing discounts.

For full details on the Gov.uk website, CLICK HERE

Bet Regret Campaign

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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

The Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund Consultation - Have Your Say By Friday 6th March

The Covenant Trust Fund consultation is now open until Friday 6th March, seeking feedback from the Armed Forces community and those who support them, will help to shape a new programme for at least the next two years, based on real needs and priorities at a local level.

As well as using the results for a new local programme, your feedback will inform the overall priority for 2020 of Integration and Engagement.

Your views are vital in helping get this right and deliver the most effective grant making we can,

CLICK HERE to find out more and have your say 

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Wellington Place Open Blue Drop-In Sessions

To visit the Open Blue website, CLICK HERE

Health Trainer Top Tip For January 2020

Are you thinking about how you can become healthier? Have you wondered how to create healthy habits?
What habits do you have already? For example, brushing your teeth, the time you go to bed or having a drink when you get in from work. Habits frequently become automatic, so you don’t need to think about them.

To create new healthy habits, you first need to be aware of what habits you do regularly and what triggers them. If you have some unhealthy habits you would like to break, think of ways you can disrupt them from happening and then replace with a healthy option. Perhaps you are finding that you eat too much or snack on unhealthy foods while watching the TV. Start eating with the TV off or in another room so that you are not distracted. You will have to consciously think about not turning the TV on for a while until it becomes an automatic habit.

Make a plan of small, achievable goals. Then identify specific actions you will take to move towards your goals. Research indicates that your health behaviours often follow those of your family and friends. Try to get them on board with the new habits you want to make. It will make it easier for you to embed those new healthy habits in the long run. Tracking your behaviour and new habits can also help you to stick with it. You can track using whatever method suits you e.g. a notebook, a mobile app on your phone, a sticker chart or a program on your computer.

How long does it take to create a new habit? Realistically, somewhere between one to six months depending on your personality and what habit you are trying to build. The good news is that having a few slip ups while building the new habit won’t negatively impact the habit formation in the long term.

If you would like support in becoming more physically active, improving your diet, reducing your alcohol intake, stopping or reducing smoking, then why not book an appointment with a Health Trainer?

Looking at these behaviours and making small changes, can help with self-confidence and motivation. Call 0300 003 4566 or email health.trainers@wiltshire.gov.uk to find out more or book a free session.

To visit the Health Trainer website, CLICK HERE

'Boost' Skills Courses & Functional Skills English - Coming Soon In Chippenham

To find out more about the Wiltshire Council Family & Learning Team, CLICK HERE

Military Credit Unions - Savings Plans & Loans

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The Ministry of Defence is supporting three of the UK's leading credit unions to join forces in making saving simple and loans more affordable to the Armed Forces and its Veterans.

To find out more about these and other services online,