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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


How Hot Is Too Hot For Walking Your Dog?


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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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Visiting Europe From 1st January 2021


Travel to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein will change from 1 January 2021.

Things you may need to do before you go include:

-Check your passport
-Get travel insurance that covers your healthcare
-Check you have the right driving documents
-Organise pet travel-contact your vet at least four months before you go

On the Gov.uk website, you can sign up for email alerts and check travel advice for the country you're visiting to get the latest information.

The page will also be updated if there are any changes.

To find out more online, click HERE



AWS 7-Day Family Challenge Week 14





















To view these activities 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


Look Out For Ticks This Summer


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Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks. It's usually easier to treat if it's diagnosed early.

For more information about Lyme Disease click HERE

For pet safety advice please click the links below or visit the RSPCA or Blue Cross websites:




Sun Safety




It's going to be very hot over the next couple of days. UV from the sun can damage your eyes and skin. Please make sure you wear sun protection if you're out and about.

For more tips on staying safe in the sun and beating the heat, click HERE


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

Zoom Kidzone Youth Club For MOD Corsham & Services Cotswold Centre Families *NEW TIMINGS & START DATE*



To download the registration form, please 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


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


AWS Family Challenges - Week 13






































To download these activity sheets 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


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