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Friday, 26 January 2018

AFCU - Contact Magazine - Spring 2018

Contact Magazine has been running for many years and is issued three times a year.  It is intended to not only benefit members of AFCU but primarily the wider Defence community and their families, including personnel deployed on operations.  Contact Magazine aims to point to the grace and love of God and the message of the Good News of the Gospel, seen through the lived experiences of serving Christians.  Contact Magazine is designed to be read and passed on and to be accessible to friends and colleagues.  It is also hoped that Contact will be an encouragement to serving AFCU members, “as iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).
To read the on-line version
please click

Money Advice Service: Buying a home

Work out your overall buying and moving costs, first time buyer advice, and tips and tools to help you work out what you can afford: Buying-a-home
Learn about different kinds of mortgages, from repayment and interest-only to shared equity and buy-to-let: Types-of-mortgage
Get started with our beginner's guide to mortgages, getting the right deal, and tips if you're struggling to pay: Help-with-mortgages

Tools to help you get Money Fit


The Services Cotswold Centre

The Services Cotswold Centre (SCC) is a tri-service facility managed by Headquarters Army Welfare Service (AWS) and funded by Headquarters Support Commands (HQ Sp Comd) on behalf of the MOD. It provides short term transit accommodation for service personnel, their spouses, civil partners and families.

The SCC accommodation comprises of 60 self contained chalet style homes and is located near Corsham, Wiltshire in the United Kingdom.

To Book Telephone: civilian 01225 810 358, military (9)4382 4521

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Help for Heroes - Armed Forces Families Suffering In Silence


One in four admit their well-being is suffering yet stigma is stopping many from speaking up.
In the run up to Blue Monday, Armed Forces Veterans’ charity Help for Heroes is releasing new research which reveals that one in four (23 per cent) partners or family members of an Armed Services Veteran or Service Person state that their own wellbeing and mental health has been directly affected as a result of their family member’s situation. Worryingly, they are suffering in silence as one in eight (16 per cent) said they would try to cope with any issues alone, with only 5 per cent saying they would seek help from a mental health professional.

It’s the stigma of speaking up as an Armed Services partner or family member that is the main reason many of those surveyed have not spoken up. Worryingly, reasons cited in the research include 39 per cent of those who would try to cope alone stating that they “don’t feel [they] have the right to seek help”, almost half (43 per cent) say they “need to be the strong one”, and 16 per cent admitting they would be “afraid of appearing weak”. One in three would turn to a family member, friend or other veteran wives/families before approaching their GP or a medical professional.

Depression and anxiety are just two mental health conditions that affect almost one in three (30 per cent) of affected family members of serving and ex-Personnel.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

City Tots Toddlers - Term-time 10-11.30 - City Church Chester, Campbell Memorial Hall, Boughton Rd, Chester

City Tots is a volunteer led toddler group organised by City Church Chester. Our desire is to provide a safe environment for toddlers and caregivers to have fun and to connect with others in their local community. 

Join us....  Thursdays 10-11.30 am term time.

Further details can be found HERE

Playtots - Holy Trinity Church, Blacon - Thursdays 1.30-2.45pm

Further information can be found HERE

Monday, 22 January 2018

Jump2it Trampoline Park - Autism Friendly Session - Thursdays 6-7pm

Jump2it Trampoline Park in Deeside hold Autism friendly Sessions on Thursdays 6-7pm.  
Click HERE to see timetable and book

The Sandbag Times - The Veterans' Magazine - January 2018

Click HERE to read

Welcome to The Sandbag Times

The Online Magazine written by Veterans for Veterans
The Sandbag Times brings you all the latest national and international Armed Forces and Veterans news. With insights each week into Veterans Charities, organisations, events and lots more.

Victory Services Club - London


We offer accommodation, dining and respite for members of the Armed Forces. We also host corporate events and weddings for non-members.
Further details can be found at

The Volunteer - Winter Edition

The Volunteer is the official magazine of North West Reserve Force Cadet Association (NW RFCA). The magazine provides a quarterly, action-packed round-up of news and events from the Reserve Forces, Cadets and wider Armed Forces community in the region: our special features explore in detail aspects of training and kit, including Reservist deployments and Cadet camps; regular interviews provide an insight into the lives of the people in our region who serve in the Reserve Forces and volunteer for the Cadet organisations; and, our round-up of people, places, news and events celebrates the achievements of adults and young people across the North West of England and the Isle of Man.
To read the on line edition,please click HERE

Buggy Burn & Firm - Northgate Arena on Wednesdays

New mums can get fit with their local Brio centre!
You may not know this, but we now run Buggy Burn & Firm sessions from several of our centres, perfect for new mums looking for a way to exercise and socialise without having to worry about childcare!

Northgate Arena  01244 380444
Join us for a walk to and around Northgate Ponds every Wednesday! Meet at reception, 10.30am – 11.30am.
Further information can be found HERE

Volunteering Opportunities with Cheshire West and Chester Libraries

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What Next? Forces Resettlement Guide - Issue 3 2017

To read the latest on-line version
click HERE

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Get MOT Reminders by Text Message

Sign up to get free reminders by text message or email when your MOT is due.
You’ll get a reminder one month before your MOT is due. You’ll get another reminder if you still haven’t had your vehicle tested 2 weeks before your MOT is due.
You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.
For further information or to sign up
click HERE

Chester Male Voice Choir - Sundays from 7.45 and Wednesdays from 7.30 at Hoole Methodist Church Hall

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Chester parkrun - Weekly Free 5km Timed Run - Saturday 9am - Countess of Chester Country Park - Free

What is Chester parkrun?

It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock.

When is it?

Every Saturday at 9:00am.

Where is it?

The event takes place in the Countess of Chester Country Park, Valley Drive, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1UL.
To register and for further details, please click HERE

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

NHS - Use The Right Service

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Pharmacists can advise on a wide range of common illnesses and ailments:

NHS Choices - 12-week Weight Loss Plan

If you're overweight, making small, realistic changes to  your diet and level of physical activity can help you look weight

Follow the NHS 12-week weight loss plan

Monday, 8 January 2018

Cheshire West & Chester Libraries - Rhyme Time at Ellesmere Port Library - Wednesdays 10-10.30 & 11-11.30

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Westlea Tots - FREE baby & toddler group starting Thursday 11th January 2018 9.15-10.30 at Upton Westlea Primary School

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WESTLEA TOTS free baby & toddler group starts 11th Jan 9.15-10.30 then every Thursday term time. Being held at Upton Westlea primary school on Weston Grove

Breastfeeding Support Groups - Cheshire

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Anyone who is breastfeeding their baby is welcome to come along to the local breastfeeding support groups. Lots of help on hand if you need it, or just come along for a chill and a chat!

Friday, 5 January 2018

Defence Discount Service - Mobile App

You can quickly & easily find everything you want right from the main screen. Time sensitive offers appear at the top, your virtual card and offers near me underneath. Collections of offers are a touch away underneath followed by multiple rows of companies each with offers. Extra features are positioned at the bottom. It is both visually stunning and beautifully simple. 
To register/login or to find out more details, please click HERE

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Carillionamey - Your Guide To Living in Service Family Accommodation - updated December 2017

Introducing the updated SFA Guide to our customers and our stakeholders

CarillionAmey have made some necessary changes to their Guide to Living in Service Family Accommodation and the updated guide can now be found on their website. The SFA Guide needed a fresh look and some of the information was out of date. They also wanted to introduce the details of their new digital communication channels into the guide as well to ensure that everyone moving in knew that they could talk to CarillionAmey in a variety of ways, at their own convenience. 

Customers have started to move towards digital in a major way. In order to keep up with the movement, Accommodation Officers will now be directing customers, who have recently moved in to Service Family Accommodation, to the CarillionAmey website to read through the SFA Guide rather than have a printed copy in their Move-In pack.

There are plenty of benefits that come with this change, including easy and quick to access information. The guide also has a whole new ‘contact us’ page with hyperlinks, directing customers straight to the page they need. It will also be easier to update when CarillionAmey need to make any changes, customers will always be seeing the most up to date version, rather than having to update and then reprint, we can simply update and then upload on to the website.

To read the latest Guide,
please click HERE

The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2017

To view this document in full please click here

Armed Forces Covenant Numbers in 2017

SSAFA - Lifelong Support for Forces and Families

We are SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. We provide lifelong support for our Forces and their families, whenever and wherever they need us:

Tel: 0800 731 4880