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Friday, 22 June 2018

North Wales Police - Recruitment of Police Staff

Vacancies include:

Digital Communications & Marketing Officer
Administration Assessor
Complaints Manager

For further information regarding these vacancies
please click HERE

National Insurance credits for partners of armed forces personnel overseas after 6 April 1975

Military spouses urged to check entitlement to valuable pension rights

National Insurance credits for partners of armed forces personnel overseas after 6 April 1975.

Spouses and civil partners of armed forces personnel posted overseas can fill gaps in their National Insurance record.

Read this guidance to find out how to get Class 3 National Insurance credits if:
·         you are or were married to or the civil partner of a member of the armed forces
·         you went with them on an overseas posting after 6 April 1975
·         you reach State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016

Class 3 National Insurance credits can help to fill gaps in your National Insurance record and count towards your State Pension, but must be applied for separately from other state benefits like Child Benefit.

Civil Service Job Search on Gov.UK

Find jobs in the Civil Service and central government organisations
(Type Chester in location)

Vacancies include:

Prison Officers - HMP Berwyn Wrexham & HMP Styal Wilmslow, HMYOI Werrington
Operational Support Role (12 posts) - HMP Berwyn Wrexham
Probation Officers - Liverpool
Safety, Health & Environment Officer - Liverpool
Field Support Assistant for UK Security Vetting - Liverpool, York or Milton Keynes
Statistical Officer - Various locations

RNAS Yeovilton Air Day Sat 7 July - UK Armed Forces & Veterans' Discount

Service Personnel and Veterans are entitled to purchase discounted Adult Tickets at £22 each (normal Advance Price £24 and Gate Price £30).  Child Tickets (aged 5-15) are available at £7 each (Gate Price £10).
Please visit the Defence Discount Service website to acquire the discount code and book your tickets at 2 July 2018.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

NAAFI Break Drop-in - Next Drop in Thursday 28th June 2018 - Ellesmere Port Central Library

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Soverign Base Areas Adminstration Cyprus - Recruitment Vacancies

Latest Vacancies for SBA Areas Cyprus include:

To see the full list of advertised jobs
please click

Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) - New email address from 30th June 2018

CEAS are part of the MOD’s Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) and are a small dedicated team, who are experienced in advising service parents on a wide range of issues regarding the education of service children in the UK and overseas.

You can contact CEAS by email. Please note that with effect from the 30 June 2018, the email address will change to

Please include as much information as possible about your query, such as the age of your child(ren), an explanation of your situation to help the team respond to you and allow a few days for a response.

All queries regarding CEA and Eligibility Certificates should be made by email to the address above. If you need to speak to someone, the telephone number is 01980 618244 and there is an answerphone facility.

For further information visit the website at

Time running out for MoD Childcare Voucher Scheme

Time is running out - the MOD Childcare Voucher Scheme is closed to new entrants from 5 October 2018
There is still time to join, but parents must apply soon as childcare vouchers are closed to new entrants from the 5 October 2018, so a deduction has to be made by the September pay period.
​Please visit for further information.

NHS Jobs - Chester and Surrounding Areas

To see the latest vacancies including:

Receptionist/Administrators - Chester
Assistant Housekeeper - Chester
Domestic Assistant - Chester (15hpw)
Porter (bank) - Chester
Project Coordinator - Chester
Contact Centre Agent - Speke (2 x 30hr positions starting Aug/Sep)
Clinical Support Worker - Chester
IT Application Support - Chester

Please click HERE
(Type Chester in Location)

Autism Friendly Viewing of The Little Vampire - Vue Cinema, Cheshire Oaks - Sunday 24th June 2018

See an autism friendly screening of The Little Vampire on Sunday 24th June at 10:15am, at Vue Cheshire Oaks
To book, please click HERE

Cheshire College South & West - Recruitment Vacancies

Current Vacancies include:

Assessor Electrical Installation
Lecturer in Philosophy & Religious Studies (0.5)
Inclusive Learning Advisor – Specific Learning Difficulties (Specialist)
Learning Resource Centre Assistant – 22.5hrs Term Time Only

To see these and other vacancies
please click HERE

Civvy Street Resettlement Magazine - June 2018

CivvyStreet is jam packed with a range of tools to help you on your journey from the forces to civilian life. From building your CV and finding that perfect role, to purchasing your first home, to even branching out in your own business venture. So why not give us a read and see what you think? Your future awaits and we’re here to help!
To read the on-line edition, please click HERE
Copies also available in the HIVE and Community Centre

Picnic in the Park - The Pavilion, Grosvenor Park, Chester - 23rd June 2018

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A Free Meal For Armed Forces Personnel At Toby Carvery - Sat 30 June

Toby Carvery invites military personnel to rally the troops and join them for a FREE meal on Armed Forces Day
Toby Carvery is inviting military personnel to rally the troops and join them for a free breakfast or carvery meal* on Saturday 30th June 2018! The special Armed Forces Day offer is open to all military personnel, ranging from serving troops and reserves to veterans and cadets, and is Toby's way of thanking these heroes for everything they do.
All eligible recipients have to do is visit the Toby Carvery website and download their voucher, which they can present at their local restaurant alongside their military ID or veteran's card to receive a free breakfast or carvery meal.
To download your Armed Forces Day voucher, book a table or find out more about the offer, visit:

This offer is available across all Toby Carverys. Click here to search for your closest Toby Carvery.
  • *Terms and conditions: One free main meal or breakfast will be given on presentation of a voucher and a military ID card. Only one free meal will be given per person. Excludes King Size. This offer will only available on 30th June 2018 at Toby Carvery restaurants.

  • (The nearest Toby Carvery to The Dale is in Hoole Village CH2 4EX)

    Take Five: Are you Too Smart to Be Scammed?

    Think you’re too smart to be scammed? Think again. Most people think they wouldn’t fall for a fraudulent text or email, but criminals are more sophisticated than ever.

    Reading Hack - Volunteer to Help Support the Summer Reading Challenge

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    Aged 13-24 years? Looking to get some experience to add to your cv? Volunteer as a Reading Hack in your local library over the summer holidays. It is a great way to support your local community and also help young children develop a love of reading. Apply online:

    30 Hours Free Childcare

    30 hours free childcare

    Working parents with children aged 3 and 4 years have now been able to access 30 hours free childcare in England and in overseas locations since 1 September 2017.

    30 hours free childcare codes issued by HMRC are not valid for use overseas.

    To ensure eligible Service personnel and MOD Civilians have access to 30 hours free childcare overseas, the MOD (not HMRC) administers and funds 30 hours free childcare, either free of charge in MOD settings or by means of Overseas Nursery Allowance (ONA) in isolated areas. Relevant DINs can be accessed via the Defence Intranet;

    Posted back to England?

    If you are currently claiming 30 hours free childcare overseas and are due to return to England in the near future, you should visit the Childcare Choices website ( to register and apply for a 30 hours childcare code.

    Parents experiencing any issues with obtaining a code should contact the HMRC helpline on 0300 123 4097. In some cases, parents are unable to sign-up online and if eligible, HMRC will be able to issue a manual code.

    Wednesday, 20 June 2018

    Kids Direct - Summer 2018 Edition

    Chester a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Kids Direct features products, services and businesses that cater to kids and family. Pop into the Community Centre and pick up the latest copy.

    Family Fun Day - Sunday 24th June - Hoole Lawn Tennis Club, Mickle Trafford

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    Further details can be found HERE

    Tickets for Troops - British Championships Athletics - Runs 30 Jun-1 Jul - Birmingham

    Tickets for Troops provides free tickets to members of the Armed Forces for a variety of sporting, musical and cultural events. The service offers serving personnel and those medically discharged from the forces since 2001, the well-deserved opportunity to enjoy an event of their choice with their friends and families. 
    To login/register please click HERE

    Queen Victoria School, Dunblane (MOD Boarding School) - Open Morning - September 2018

    Queen Victoria School in Dunblane, is a co-educational boarding school for children of UK Armed Forces personnel who are Scottish, who have served in Scotland, or who have been members of a Scottish regiment.
    ​The main entry point is into Primary 7, and all places are fully funded for tuition and boarding by the Ministry of Defence.
    Queen Victoria School is hosting its Open Morning on Saturday 15th September 2018 from 0900-1200. The morning will provide an opportunity to tour the campus, chat with staff and pupils, and ask any questions you may have about life at Queen Victoria School, or the admissions process.
    To join us at our Open Morning, please contact the Admissions Secretary, Mrs Ann Macfarlane on 94745 2927, or +44 (0) 131 310 2927, email, or write to Admissions Secretary, Queen Victoria School, Dunblane, Perthshire FK15 0JY.

    Forces Radio BFBS Scoops Two International Radio Awards

    Two radio documentaries produced by Forces Radio BFBS have won Silver and Bronze trophies at the 2018 New York Festivals Radio Awards in Manhattan.

    I Am Unconquered took Bronze in the Heroes category in the Information/Documentary group. The programme follows four British Invictus Games athletes through their everyday struggles and explores the transformative power of sport.

    It was created by Will Warren – a Forces Radio BFBS Producer – and Poppy Pawsey, a former Royal Marine bandswoman. Poppy is new to the world of broadcasting and has been studying at the Forces Media Academy since October 2017. The Academy was established to nurture the talents of creative ex-servicemen and women and adapt their skills for the media industry.

    Go Outdoors - Save an Extra 15% off 23 June - 8th July 2018

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    Chester netmums Meetups - Next Meet-up Tuesday 26th June 2018 - Coffeetots Play Cafe, Chester

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    Watch Out For These Fake Texts About Your EE Bill

    These fake text messages purport to be from EE and claim that you haven’t paid a bill. The link in the message leads to a phishing website designed to steal your EE account login details, as well as personal & financial information.

    Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link or attachment in an unexpected email or text.

    For more information on how to stay secure online, visit

    Tuesday, 19 June 2018

    Hoole PTA, Hoole CE Primary School - Fair - Saturday 23rd June 2018

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    Hoole CE Primary School, Hoole Lane, Hoole, Chester, CH2 3HB.

    Cheshire Constabulary - Police Officer Recruitment Workshop - Broughton Retail Park - 25th June

    Cheshire Constabulary will soon be recruiting for Police Officers. If you are interested in this role, a Recruitment Workshop is a perfect opportunity to gain a further insight. 

    Cheshire Constabulary is holding a Police Officer Recruitment Workshop on the 25th June 2018. The workshop will be located at Broughton Shopping Centre, Broughton and will be running from 11am-3pm. 

    The Workshop is designed to provide a chance for potential candidates to receive information on the recruitment process, specifically assessment centre and interview. 

    For further information or to register, please click HERE

    Great Get Together - Community Picnic - Lime Wood Fields, Newton - Sunday 24th June 11am-2pm

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    Liberty Green Antiques Collectables Vintage Fairs - Theatre Clwyd, Mold - Saturday 23rd June 2018

    LibertyGreen Antiques Collectables Vintage Fairs are held monthly at The Beaufort Park Hotel, Mold, Flintshire ,CH7 6RQ and  Wrexham Memorial Hall, Bodhyfryd, Wrexham LL12 7AG. 

    NEW SUMMER EVENT at Theatre Clwyd, Mold

    The Two North East Wales events have an eclectic mix of stall-holders selling a wonderful selection of Antiques Collectables Vintage items to suit every budget.
    Further details can be found HERE

    GCHQ - Technical Oportunities - Various Locations in UK

    We are looking for candidates who have a degree, are graduating 2018, or have relevant work experience, please look at individual job descriptions for their requirements. Vacancies include:

    Information Technology
    Operational Delivery
    Operational Research

    Further details can be found HERE

    Officer's Association Employment Symposium - York

    To book tickets, please click HERE

    Monday, 18 June 2018

    Upton Scarecrow Trail - Saturday 16th - Sunday 24th June 2018

    Road Closures - Chester City Ward - Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June 2018

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    Various roads will be closed around Chester for the Mid-Summer Watch Parades next Saturday and Sunday.

    Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council intends to make an Order the effect of which will be to temporarily prohibit traffic on following roads in the Chester City Ward to enable the Mid-Summer Watch Parade to be carried out by the organiser.

    Domestic Abuse Violence Increases During The World Cup

    MiniFest - Sunday 24th June 2018 12.30-5pm - Cheadle Hulme

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    Mid-Summer Watch Parade - Chester - 23 & 24 June 2018

    Midsummer Watch Parade Chester
    Over 500 years of history comes to life as the famous Chester Midsummer Watch Parade takes to the streets once again. Elephants, Devils, Angels, Mythical Beasts, Pirates and Ravens are amongst the menagerie of characters making this event one of the largest of it’s kind in the country. It’s community festival at it’s best, street theatre at it’s most colourful and exciting. Further details can be found HERE

    Summer Fair - Upton Heath CofE Primary School - Saturday 23rd June

    Upton Heath C of E Primary School, Upton Lane, Upton, Upton-by-Chester, CH2 1ED.

    BARC Animal Import & Export - Cyprus

    Action Fraud: Courier Fraud

    The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified an increasing number of reports submitted to Action Fraud from the public concerning courier fraud.

    Fraudsters are contacting victims by telephone and purporting to be a police officer or bank official. To substantiate this claim, the caller might be able to confirm some easily obtainable basic details about the victim such as their full name and address. They may also offer a telephone number for the victim to call to check that they are genuine; this number is not genuine and simply redirects to the fraudster who pretends to be a different person. After some trust has been established, the fraudster will then, for example, suggest;

    - Some money has been removed from a victim’s bank account and staff at their local bank branch are responsible.

    - Suspects have already been arrested but the “police” need money for evidence.

    - A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is operating fraudulently and they require assistance to help secure evidence.

    CarillionAmey - Move In Advice - Unknown Mail

    You are advised to mark any mail not addressed to you as ‘return to sender’ and put it back into the postal system. Any utility bills not addressed to you can be passed back to your Housing Accommodation Officer. 

    All About Me Marquees & Events - Recruitment of Staff

    All About Me are an award-winning tipi and marquee hire service, we’re also a member of the MUTA – the UK’s only trade association dedicated to marquees, tents and structures.

     Current Vacancies Include:
    Click HERE for further information

    Friday, 15 June 2018

    Civil Nuclear Constabulary - Recruitment Vacancies

    We are a police force like no other, offering a variety of Police Officer and support roles at all levels. By protecting nuclear materials on site and in transit, we play a vital role in national security.
    To find out further details, 
    or to 
    see a list of employment vacancies, please click HERE

    Chester & District The Standard - On line edition

    To read the on-line edition
    please click

    Easy Resttlement Magazine - Summer 2018

    Easy Resettlement Magazine informs Service personnel about employment and training options available to Service leavers.

    See the Sumer 2018 edition of Easy Resettlement here