Due to the current COVID19 situation this Army HIVE is closed but our staff continue to work from home and are available during office hours to answer your queries by email. Colerne HIVE is also contactable via phone.

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: https://www.facebook.com/ArmyHIVE and Army HIVE Twitter @ArmyHIVEinfo


Tuesday, 30 June 2020

New Preschool In Stanton St Quintin Coming September 2020

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To visit the school website, click HERE

Social Housing To Be Prioritised For Veterans

New measures announced to provide improved access for members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families to social housing.

Other new measures will ensure former spouses or civil partners of serving personnel are not disadvantaged when applying for social housing.

To read more online click HERE

Applying For A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Getting ready to travel abroad later this year? A European Health Insurance Card lets you get state healthcare in EEA countries and Switzerland at a reduced cost or sometimes for free.

To visit the website click HERE

Please note that cards will be valid up to 31st December 2020 as the rules regarding travel to Europe are changing from 1st January 2021. To read more about these rules click HERE

FANDF Summer Newsletter

This edition is being sent out to keep you informed about all of FANDF Committee’s ongoing activities.

To read this edition online, click HERE

Alternatively to visit the FANDF website, 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

Friday, 26 June 2020

Domestic Abuse

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Help Your Pet Adjust When You Go Back To Work After Lockdown

As some of us return to work, the RSPCA are issuing advice to dog owners to help their pets adjust to the change... 

For many of us, life has changed significantly during the COVID19 lockdown - and it's also changed for our pets. As the restrictions are lifting, we will have to adjust again to returning to our normal routines - and our pets will too.

To read this advice online, click HERE

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Victory Service Club

VSC is a prestigious military members club in the heart of London.

We offer accommodation, dining and respite for members and former serving members of the Armed Forces. We also host corporate events and weddings for non-members.

To visit the Victory Service Club website, click HERE

What's Re-Opening In Our Area? Weekly Roundup

Many businesses are re-opening as lockdown restrictions continue to ease. Please see the links below for the latest shopping centres, animal attractions and outdoor activities in our area.

(Please note that many establishments will have to enforce restrictions therefore some services are likely to be unavailable, including some shops, cafe's and certain attractions)

Shopping centre's

Animal attractions

(Discounted family pass available to book through Welfare on 01225 745210 or 21welfareteam@gmail.com)

Outdoor activities

Many other local attractions have been featured in the weekly roundups and some have been able to open areas within their establishment. To view the previous roundups please click the links below:

Please note all venues will have safety precautions in place in-line with the latest Government advice. Please ensure you adhere to these rules at all times

Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitiser - Vehicle Fires

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EU Citizens Living In The UK - Protect Your Rights

For more information on the Gov.uk website, click HERE

Plans To Ease Guidance For Over 2 Million Shielding

Millions of people shielding from Coronavirus (COVID19) will be advised they can spend more time outside their homes from Monday 6 July, the Health and Social Care Secretary has announced.

To read more online click HERE

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

MOD Reserves, Rejoiners & Wider Opportunities

​The MOD’s new, free digital service for an easy way to discover Reserve, Rejoiner and wider opportunities across the Armed Forces and stay connected with Defence.

To visit the website click HERE

GOV.UK Travel Advice

The Gov.uk website shares guidance for British people travelling overseas during the COVID19 pandemic.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. This advice is being kept under constant review and any updates will be posted on the Gov.uk website.

To read more online click HERE

Are You Being Mind Kind?

Are you being Mind Kind?

Standby for a week packed-full of content from BFBS Radio, dedicated to the mental health of Forces families.

Interviews, videos, case studies, practical tips and information... they’ve got it all!

For more details click HERE

Army Reserve Continuous Attitude Survey 2020

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Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Op Faran - Background Plus Q&A

To read this document in full, 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

Service Family Accommodation - Statutory & Mandatory Safety Checks

It is really important that Service Families know how essential statutory safety checks on their home will be managed during the COVID19 pandemic.

DIO has worked with Amey to produce the above video to explain more.​

Latest Army HQ Policy Update - COVID19

To view this video online, click HERE

(Please note that you do not need a personal Facebook account to view the above video)

Amey - Contacting Our Defence Customer Service Centre During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Occupancy Services re-opened the telephone service on 17th June.

You should be aware that we are anticipating a high volume of telephone calls, as we re-open the Occupancy Services telephone functionality.

We continue to work closely with DIO, the single services, Agility and our Industry Partners, in line with UK Government guidance, to reactivate housing services in a phased and orderly way, currently prioritising any entitled service family moves.

To read more online, click HERE

MOD Drinkaware Pocket Guide

To download the above 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

Monday, 22 June 2020

Love Is In The Air For Cats

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RAF Spouses Can Now Access Headspace For Free

RAF partners and spouses can now access online mindfulness platform, Headspace, in a recent initiative launched by the RAF Benevolent Fund. Previously available to serving personnel only, it is now available to the partners of personnel, too.

Headspace is a ‘gym membership for the mind’ offering guided mindfulness and meditation exercises to help improve and maintain emotional wellbeing. These bite-sized 10-minute sessions can be accessed either through a mobile phone app or through a web-browser.

The platform offers various exercises focusing on specific areas of life such as sport, health, or happiness. Research has found that users begin to experience the benefits of Headspace after using it for just 10 minutes a day for 10 days.

To read more online click HERE

Friday, 19 June 2020

Back On The Road

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The Road Safety team at Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue have created a vibrant digital leaflet for all drivers returning to the road as we ease out of lockdown. Whether you are returning to work at the office, travelling to meet family or friends as part of the permissible “bubble” or starting the school run; this leaflet covers the importance of vehicle checks given the current MOT exemption.

It also addresses the “Fatal 4” as a reminder of the good driving habits we ought to practice and includes signposting for any challenges families may have faced during recent months.

Over the coming weeks, similar leaflets will also be launched to help develop the confidence of older drivers returning to the road and for those who passed their driving test just before essential travel was introduced.

To view this leaflet in full online click HERE

Business Re-Opening Pack From Wiltshire Council

Due to the nature of military life, many spouses run their own business which may have been impacted by the recent lockdown restrictions.

Wiltshire businesses re-opening their premises can benefit from a COVID19 Business Recovery Pack launched by Wiltshire Council.

The pack contains a round-up of government guidance, helpful tips on how to implement the guidance and safety advice posters and social distancing floor spots for businesses to use to keep their staff, customers and visitors safe.

These resources have been created to support businesses across the county as they adapt their premises to provide a safe and welcoming experience for customers. They also complement additional signage being used across Wiltshire high streets to encourage people to follow social distancing guidelines.

To read more online click HERE

Domestic Abuse

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MOD Letter To Families Regarding Employment

To view this document in full, including some very useful embedded links, 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

Agility SFA Removals

In order to bring clarity to which services are and are not being provided on the ground by removals crews as well as to show parity across all suppliers in the UK for MOD or commercial work, Agility have released the attached information. 

This will give every crew member across the UK the same working foundation. Of course crews will decide on the bespoke nature and levels of service as each household is prepared (or not) differently.

To read this document in full, click HERE

Alternatively to visit the Agility website, 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

Thursday, 18 June 2020

The British Army Breastfeeding Network Facebook Page

The Army Parents’ Network yesterday launched a new sub network - The British Army Breastfeeding Network. 

The new network aims to support servicewomen breastfeeding, pregnant servicewomen aiming to breastfeed, and also supports spouses who are breastfeeding or aiming to breastfeed.

Although the title says “Army”, all three services are more than welcome to join.

To visit the Facebook page, click HERE

Veterans In Europe - SSAFA

From now until 31st March 2021, as Britain exits the European Union, SSAFA is working alongside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to assist veteran UK nationals who reside in countries across Europe.

Our trained volunteer caseworkers will provide practical support to individuals in the Armed Forces community in order to secure their right to remain as a resident in France, Germany or Cyprus.

To visit the website click HERE

Moneyforce Website Closure

Financial support – MoneyForce website closing

Whilst the MoneyForce website is now closed, financial support and advice is still available from The Royal British Legion. The Legion’s expert team of Financial Advisors are on hand to offer you guidance and support. Whether it’s worries about debts and paying bills or advice on benefits, pensions or planning for your future, they’re here to help. If you’re worried about your finances you can find our how the Royal British Legion can help via visiting their website HERE or call them on 0808 802 8080 8am-8pm 7 days a week.

The MoneyForce popular tools and calculators are still available from Money Advice Service. These include budget planners, mortgage and stamp duty calculators. Check out the website HERE.

Has COVID19 been affecting your finances? Many in the Armed Forces community are facing extra money worries as a result of COVID19 and we’re here to help. Click HERE to see our 5 top tips for managing your finances during the outbreak, written by our team of expert Financial Advisors.

DIO Video From Amey

Universal Credit & COVID19

​The Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) has launched a new campaign around Universal Credit and COVID19. To visit the website click HERE

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Citizens Advice - Scams Awareness Fortnight 2020

Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO) - New Promotional Video

To read the transcript of this video, or to find out more about JSHAO, click HERE

Monday, 15 June 2020

Cat Road Sense Following Lockdown

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The current pandemic has led to a national lockdown, with visibly much less traffic now on our roads. On week 6 of lockdown, we felt it was time for this blog due to incidents increasing and the patterns we are seeing. Tragically, we are hearing of more reports of cats being hit by cars now than we do in normal times, with almost all reports echoing similar circumstances.

Not only are cats enjoying a false sense of security with temporarily quieter roads, many cars have also been caught speeding and incidents have been occurring during the daytime as well as at night.

These factors can be a deadly combination. Most cats steer clear of busy streets and congested roads normally, but they now see a quiet emptiness which is free for them to go and explore. Not only will they roam much further than they might usually, they will also take chances they haven't before.

For advice on how to keep your cat safe, click HERE

Safeguarding Children

To find out more about how Wiltshire Council work to protect children, and what to do if you are worried about a child, click HERE

To find out more about the Wiltshire Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership (formerly known as a Local Safeguarding Childrens Board) click HERE

For advice around cyberbullying, sexting, gaming, file sharing, parental control software and lots more, visit the Get Safe Online website HERE

From advice on children's mental health to staying safe online, NSPCC can support anyone worried about a child. To visit their website click HERE

DCYP - Continuity Of Education Allowance - Directed Letter Update

To read the letter in full please click HERE

New Study To Understand Effect Of COVID19 On Veterans

A new study to understand the effect of Coronavirus on former service personnel has been launched, veterans minister Johnny Mercer has announced.

The work is sponsored by the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) and will be undertaken by the world leading King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR), King’s College London.

The study will look at whether COVID19 has had any specific impact on the veteran community in the UK. This in turn will allow policy makers in government to understand potential issues affecting veterans and respond accordingly based on expert advice and evidence.

To read more online click HERE

Latest Digital Publications

Click the links to read the following magazines online:


(Please note some websites use Pagesuite software which does not appear to be readily available on all devices)

Local Church Activities During COVID19 Lockdown

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The final guidance from the Government and Church authorities was issued on Friday morning so after a weekend reading through it, finalising the risk assessments and putting the measures in place we are pleased to say that St John the Baptist parish church building is now open during the day for private prayer.

Both Government and National Church rules currently do not allow us to have regular church services at the moment. If you do go into the church building to pray please read the information signs and follow the guidance about which areas are open for access, hand washing and seat markers.

To visit the St John's website, click HERE

To find out about other church news in the local area, please click the red links below-

Non-Essential Retail Shops Re-Open Today

As our high streets, town and city centres begin to re-open, Wiltshire Council have provided responses to some frequently asked questions.

To read these FAQ's online, click HERE

Friday, 12 June 2020

Faresaver Buses Timetables Are Changing From Monday 15th June

Timetables on all Faresaver services, including Colerne-Chippenham & Colerne-Bath, are changing from Monday 15th June.

The 33, 228 and 273 services will operate a special timetable. The 44 service will operate a Saturday timetable Monday - Saturday. Details of these timetables can be found HERE

All other services will revert to their normal pre-covid timetables - these can be viewed HERE

Also from Monday concessionary passes will only be valid after 0900 in Bath on weekdays, all day on weekends. In Wiltshire and Somerset they can still be used all day until further notice.

Finally, if you are using the bus from Monday, please remember that a face covering should be worn unless you have any of the following.....

1 - Breathing difficulties and other respiratory conditions.
2 - Conditions effecting their dexterity, meaning they are not able to put on a face covering.
3 - Mental health conditions such as anxiety or panic disorders.
4 - Other non-visible disabilities such as autism.
5 - Cognitive impairments, including dementia, who may not understand or remember the need to wear a face covering.
6 - Visual impairments, with a restricted field of vision, particularly if any residual vision is at the lower edge of the normal field of view.
7 - Impairments which would make it difficult to put on or take off a face covering safely, accurately, consistently or without pain.
8 - Under the age of 11 or on dedicated home to school transport.

DfT expect everyone to wear a face covering if they can. The above list of exemptions is not exhaustive and would extend to someone who has a justifiable reason for not wearing one on the grounds of health or disability not outlined above.

Forces Additional Needs & Disability Forum - FANDF

The Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum (FANDF) is for Forces families who have a dependent with an additional need and/or disability. This group is run by a Committee, family members themselves, who have experienced similar situations. They provide families and individuals with an opportunity to discuss ways of ensuring that children and adults have access to the best support available. Its mission is:

• To give a voice to Forces families with additional needs and disabilities.

• To change attitudes towards families with additional needs and disabilities within the Armed Forces.

• To ensure policy and decision makers understand the needs of Forces families, who have additional needs and disabilities.

Last year, to mark the 30th anniversary of the creation of the FANDF, the committee conducted a survey of issues faced by Serving Forces families with additional needs and disability. The new survey report, ‘Families Fighting on…’, written by the FANDF committee, shares the voices of this sometimes-overlooked Additional Needs and Disability community within the Armed Forces. This is the first time that this demographic has shared these insights and their experiences in an official capacity with the Ministry of Defence.

The committee also produce The Additional Need and Disability Guide: A Guide for Service Families. This aims to signpost some of the services and resources available to families, to help find the appropriate support and make life easier. This can be found HERE

For further information and to find out how to become a member, click HERE to the FANDF website.