Due to the current COVID19 situation all Army HIVEs have been closed, however our staff continue to work from home and are available during office hours to answer your queries by email. Please do not try to phone us. 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.


Thursday, 30 April 2020

Little Troopers - COVID19 & Deployment

For those of you going through this time of isolation at the same time as a deployment we can only imagine how tough each day is. We know that many of you have no end date to your separation which is devastating.

Little Troopers worked with various families recently to bring a couple of news items. Firstly this BBC piece to highlight the issue; our founder Louise has written a blog post that may help; plus Little Troopers were also on Channel 5 news this week raising awareness of military families going through deployment at this time.

For access to the articles mentioned above, click the red links. To visit the Little Troopers website,

Domestic Abuse - Safety Planning

The information in the two links above have been provided by Aurora New Dawn, a feminist led charity dedicated to ending violence against women and children, and hidden violence.

They provide a dedicated service to Armed Forces personnel and their families. To visit the military section of their website, CLICK HERE


This NHS guide can help you understand the vaccines offered in the UK and when to have them. It also explains how they work and why they're safe & important.

To find out more on the NHS website, CLICK HERE

Army Policy News Update

To watch the latest Army policy news update,

(Please note you should not need to have a Facebook account in order to view this video)

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Healthy Soldier Cook Book - New Edition

The British Army has launched its free to download Healthy Soldier Cookbook.

Check out the refreshed book which offers over 40 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and smoothies. These recipes have been designed so that they can be made with very basic cooking equipment; all you require is a microwave or a hob and some simple utensils like a saucepan, frying pan, knives and chopping board.

To download the new guide,

If you would like a hard copy of the previous edition, please contact Colerne HIVE and this will be posted to you on my return to the office

Healthwatch Wiltshire - Listening To Your Story

Results from the recent Healthwatch Wiltshire military families survey are due to be released soon.

In the meantime, to view Healthwatch Wiltshire's latest magazine online, CLICK HERE

FAQ's Substitute SFA

To read this document online, CLICK HERE

If you are a MODnet user and unable to view the attached document, please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk and a copy can be emailed to you

Army Rejoiners - Your Nation Needs You

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Did you voluntarily leave the Regular Army in the last 3 years with 2 years or more left to serve? If the answer is 'yes' then you could be fast tracked back into the Army in 4 weeks or less.

Apply to rejoin now. For more details and to apply,

Prenatal Mental Health Study

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To visit the website and sign-up, CLICK HERE

AWS Activity Ideas & Resource Suggestions Pack

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The Army Welfare Service Community Support team have put together a workbook of activity ideas for you and your children during the lockdown period and beyond.

To download this document, CLICK HERE

If you are a MODnet user and unable to view the attached document, please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk and a copy can be emailed to you

MOD Guidance For Families

To view this document online, CLICK HERE

If you are a MODnet user and unable to view the attached document, please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk and a copy can be emailed to you

Wild Things Environmental Education Activities For Children

Wild Things Environmental Education

The Wild Things Environmental Education in Action group have released the following two activity guides to help keep children entertained during lockdown.

Please click the red links below to download the guides.

If you are a MODnet user and unable to view the attached documents, please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk and a copy can be emailed to you

Digital Safety & Wellbeing Kits For Children & Adults

The Children's Commissioner team have released two guides to support children and parents whilst online.

With lockdown still ongoing, children may be spending more time online and therefore need to be aware of the potential dangers on the internet.

To view the above children's guide online, CLICK HERE

For the parents guide, CLICK HERE

If you are a MODnet user and unable to view the attached document, please email colernehive@armymail.mod.uk and a copy can be emailed to you

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Veterans ID Cards - Update 27th April 2020

The Veterans’ recognition scheme has a 2 phase rollout. Phase 1 is complete; with Service leavers receiving a recognition card as part of the discharge process.

Phase 2 is to extend the scheme to existing veterans so that they can more quickly, easily and securely prove they served in the UK Armed Forces so they can access the services they need.

We had hoped to have this in place by the end of 2019, but due to the requirement to future-proof the scheme so that veterans can access a wider range of benefits, the need to safeguard against fraudulent use means, this process will take longer.

Information on how to apply will be released closer to the launch date.

A new ID card for armed forces veterans, which will help them access specialist support and services, has started to be issued to service leavers.

For further information please

Archbishop Of Canterbury Launches Free Dial-In Worship Phone Line During Coronavirus Lockdown

Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop before being able to choose from a range of options, including hymns, prayers, reflections and advice on COVID-19.
Options available include materials also available digitally by the Church of England’s Communications team such as Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer, updated daily, from Common Worship, and a recording of the Church of England weekly national online service.
To access this service please click the red links above.

Take Extra Care, Keep Roads Safe & Protect The NHS


In partnership with Road Safety GB and the THINK! campaign, Wiltshire Police are encouraging all road users to Take Extra Care when making essential journeys and help reduce the strain on the emergency services.

Social distancing has significantly reduced the number of vehicles on the road, but many cars and motorcycles are taking advantage of this and driving at excessive speeds, which is why we’re stressing to all road users – drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists – the importance of taking extra care while making essential journeys.

Many road accidents require police attendance, the care of paramedics and hospital visits – all of which need to be reduced as much as possible during this time.

We can all take small steps to make the roads safer while making essential journeys, including:

-Always drive at an appropriate speed
-Always wear a seatbelt
-Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
-Never use a mobile phone behind the wheel

Please stay safe on Wiltshire’s roads and Take Extra Care!

To visit the Road Safety GB website, CLICK HERE

Services Cotswold Centre - Open For Emergency Accommodation

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During the COVID19 lockdown, the Services Cotswold Centre (SCC) accommodation is still available for Welfare purposes, although some of the facilities are reduced in order to comply with Government guidelines.

To allow parents to continue regular contact between themselves and their child/children, SCC is available for accommodation as normal.

They are also still able to support any military family fleeing domestic abuse.

In this scenario, the first point of contact is your Welfare team. Local Welfare numbers for the North Wiltshire area can be found below-

21 Sigs (Colerne)
01225 745210
(Out of hours emergencies 01225 745246)

9 Regt RLC (Hullavington)
01666 508635
(Out of hours emergencies 01666 508643)

MOD Corsham
01225 847690
(Out of hours emergencies 01225 847063)

MOD Abbeywood
 07760 154732
(Out of hours emergencies 07824 526474)

MOD Lyneham
01249 894832
(Out of hours emergencies 01249 894999)

To visit the Services Cotswold Centre's website,

SCC is managed by Headquarters Army Welfare Service (HQ AWS) and funded by Headquarters Regional Command (HQ RC) on behalf of the MOD

COVID19 Domestic Abuse Resources - Updated 28/04/20

The MOD have released an update to their earlier COVID19 Domestic Abuse Resources documents (these can be found under the blogs COVID19 label dated 08/04 and 16/04)

These documents are full of useful websites and information to support adults and children experiencing domestic abuse during the COVID19 lockdown.

To read this updated information online, CLICK HERE

You can also view a safety plan leaflet online, giving you good advice if you have left or plan to leave an abuser. To view this document, CLICK HERE

Please note that some of the information relates to support in the Hampshire area. For Wiltshire-specific support, please click the options below:

BFBS Forces Fit - Keeping You Healthy In Body & Mind

When it comes to keeping fit in small, confined spaces (and being creative with gym gear) the military is all over it!

Dame Kelly Holmes and a number of other famous faces are joining forces with BFBS to motivate the rest of the country to stay active.

It's not a challenge, it's just important to stay active!

You can join the event via the BFBS Radio Facebook page, or to visit the website, CLICK HERE

Ask A Question At The Next Coronavirus Press Conference

Would you like to submit a question for the daily Coronavirus (COVID19) press conference?

If your question is chosen, a cabinet minister will answer it during the live broadcast.

To find out more, CLICK HERE

HeadFIT For Life

Supported by Heads Together and the MOD, HeadFIT has been designed specifically for the Defence community. It provides 24/7 access to self-help tools that can enhance your mood, drive and confidence, and help manage the stresses of everyday life.

To read more about this new mental health platform,

Alternatively to go straight to the website,

Upbeat - FREE Music & Movement Sessions For 0-5 Year Olds During Lockdown

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To find out more, search 'makesomenoisewm' on Facebook. Alternatively to visit the website,

Children's Commissioner - Digital 5 A Day


The digital 5 a day provides a simple framework that reflects the concerns of parents/carers as well as children’s behaviours and needs. It can also act as a base for family agreements about internet and digital device use throughout both the holidays and term time.

Based on the NHS’s evidence-based five steps to better mental wellbeing, the digital 5 a day campaign gives children and parents easy to follow, practical steps to achieve a healthy and balanced digital diet.

To view the framework online,

Monday, 27 April 2020

Bovington Tank Museum - Tankfest Change Of Date - Now 11th-13th September 2020

On Government advice, The Tank Museum has been closed to the public since Friday 20th March and at present there is little indication to suggest that Tankfest could safely go ahead in June.

Tankfest 2020 is therefore being moved from 26-28 June to 
11-13 September!

Join us for the world's biggest and best live display of historic armour, living history, and much more at the Home of the Tank.

For more details and to book tickets, CLICK HERE

TANKFEST is an advance ticket only event, there will not be any tickets for sale on the day. Visitors will need a TANKFEST ticket to gain entry to the Museum over the three days - Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Wiltshire Citizens Advice

Although the face-to-face appointments and drop-in centre's have been postponed, Wiltshire Citizens Advice are still on hand via phone or email and can provide support on a number of subjects.

To visit the website, where you can find useful information as well as the online contact form,

Oxford Health & On Your Mind - Supporting Young People

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) supports young people with emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties across the South West.

To visit the CAMHS section of the Oxford Health website, CLICK HERE

On Your Mind is another great resource for children and young people in Wiltshire. It has been setup by Wiltshire Council as an online signposting resource to support good mental health and emotional wellbeing.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Union Jack Club Offering Accommodation For Key Workers

The Union Jack Club is closed until further notice. Accommodation is now being provided for key workers directly engaged in the fight against the Coronavirus.
Key workers who require accommodation please in the first instance contact the reservation team
020 7928 4814
Or via email: abo@ujclub.co.uk
Proof of employer and role will be required. Please do not arrive at the Club without a confirmed reservation. 
For further information please

The Rise Trust - Family Support Information

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Whilst the Rise Trust Children's Centres are still closed, the team are still providing support behind the scenes to families in North Wiltshire with a child under five.

For up to date information, visit one of their Facebook pages listed above. Alternatively, CLICK HERE to visit the website.

New Coronavirus Business Support Finder Tool Launched

The Government have launched a new Coronavirus business support finder tool, which will help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the COVID19 pandemic.

To find out more online, CLICK HERE

COVID19 Domestic Abuse Resources

The MOD have released an update to their earlier COVID19 Domestic Abuse Resources document (this can be found HERE)

These documents are full of with useful websites and information to support adults and children experiencing domestic abuse during the COVID19 lockdown.

To read this updated information online, CLICK HERE

You can also view a safety plan leaflet online, giving you good advice if you have left or plan to leave an abuser. To view this document, CLICK HERE

Please note that some of the information relate to support in the Hampshire are. For Wiltshire-specific support, please click the options below:

30 Hours Free Childcare

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If you are returning to England from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and overseas, you can now apply for a manual 30 hours free childcare code before you return
Directorate Children & Young People (DCYP) has worked closely with Department for Education (DfE) and HM Revenue & Customs to ensure parents (Service and entitled MOD Civilians) returning to England from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and overseas can apply for a 30 hours childcare code before they arrive back in England. This will ensure that entitlements aren't missed, especially when parents move mid-term and would not be able to apply within termly deadlines set by DfE. Please see the attached poster for all the information parents require. 30 hours free childcare DIN has been updated to reflect changes.
To visit the DCYP website, CLICK HERE

COVID19 Test For Essential Workers

To visit the website mentioned above, CLICK HERE

Friday, 24 April 2020

Domestic Abuse - Staying Safe During COVID19

SafeLives are a UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for everyone and for good.

SafeLives provide research, training and support to frontline domestic abuse services and professionals.

They are not a domestic abuse service providing direct support to people experiencing abuse, however they recently put together a supportive document to help victims through the current COVID19 pandemic.

To read this document online, CLICK HERE

COVID19 & Non-UK National Visa Queries

The Government have today published information for Non-UK Nationals living in the UK.

This information explains the support you can get if you do not have permission to live permanently in the UK.

This information will be relevant for all Non-UK National military spouses.

To visit the website, CLICK HERE

Families Magazine - Helping Families Survive The Lockdown

To find out more and download your free digital copy,