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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Changes to Applications for Entry to the UK process

Notice from SO1 Engagement Armed Forces Covenant Team:


I am delighted to notify you that on 19 Mar 2018, following extensive MOD, Service Family Federation and Service charity consultation with the Home Office, a new on-line service for Foreign & Commonwealth Armed Forces personnel and their family members seeking entry to the UK was launched by Visa4UK, replacing the previous application process and paper form. As a result of this change, applicants will no longer have to pay the health surcharge and then submit a request for reimbursement.


This has replaced the previous application process and paper form. All new applicants should now submit their applications via Visa4UK https://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/Account/login using the following options on the drop down menu :

  • Reason for visit: Settlement
  • Visa type: HM Forces
  • Visa sub type: (choose the correct category)


The new process applies to those applying for entry to the UK under the following routes, set out in Appendix Armed Forces of the Immigration Rules:


  • A former member of HM Forces on discharge;
  • A fiancĂ© or proposed civil partner of a member of HM Forces;
  • The partner or child of a member of HM Forces applying under Appendix Armed Forces;
  • The partner or child of a foreign or Commonwealth member of HM Forces who is applying under Part 7 transitional arrangements;
  • The partner or child of a British citizen member of HM Forces who is applying under Part 8 transitional arrangements;
  •  The bereaved partner or child of a member of HM forces applying under Appendix Armed Forces;
  • A former Gurkha soldier who was discharged before 1997;
  • The widow of a former Gurkha soldier who was discharged before 1997;
  • The partner or child of a former Gurkha soldier discharged before 1997

Appendix Armed Forces can be found on Gov.UK at www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-armed-forces


Guidance on all the above immigration routes can be found on Gov.UK at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/armed-forces-modernised-guidance

Ofsted: Cheshire West has the best secondary schools in the North West


Children who attend secondary schools in the Cheshire West and Chester Council area are receiving the best education in the North West, according to Ofsted.
Further information from Cheshire West HERE

Monday, 26 March 2018

Visa price increases from 6th April 2018:

See the breakdown of prices on the AFF website using this link: AFF

Full document available on the Government website:  Home Office immigration and nationality fees from 6 April 2018


AFF wins change to visa process for Army families

AFF has fought tirelessly for five years for an ‘Armed Forces’ option to be available to Foreign & Commonwealth (F&C) families when applying for a visa to enter the UK. They are now delighted to announce that this update has been made – a positive outcome for F&C families and great success for AFF.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Cheshire Constabulary - Recruitment Vacancies


Part time cleaner at Chester Town Hall - apply by 27 Mar 18
Kennel Person at HQ - apply by 30 Mar 18
Personal Safety Trainer at Force HQ - apply by 30 Mar 18

To see these and other vacancies, please click HERE

Cheshire Police Fraud Warning - HMRC/ iTunes scam

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Cold callers claim to be from the HMRC and threaten arrest or legal action unless they are paid an amount of iTunes vouchers. They often put pressure on the victim by claiming to have their house under surveillance.

HMRC will never ask for payment in this way....See more

Monday, 19 March 2018

Defence Discount Services - Alton Towers Resort - Save upto 49%

Save up to 49% off tickets at Alton Towers resort.
T&C apply
Click HERE for more details

Alton Towers park reopened on the 17th March 2018

Friday, 16 March 2018

An Introduction to Pensions for Serving Personnel



See the Army Transition Information Sheet on PENSIONS at this link



Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Royal Humane Society


Do you know someone who has put his or her life at risk to save, or attempt to save, another person, or someone who has carried out a successful resuscitation?


Do you know someone who has saved a life by timely first aid, such as stopping arterial bleeding?


If so, you should be aware of The Royal Humane Society - a charity that grants awards for acts of bravery in the saving of human life and also for the restoration of life by resuscitation.

Awards may be granted to those who have put their own lives at risk to save or attempt to save someone else. The awards granted for these acts of bravery include bronze, silver and gold
medals and testimonials on vellum or parchment.


Anyone can make a nomination to them and they would like to hear from you (further details can be found at https://www.royalhumanesociety.org.uk/nominate/).

Safeguarding Children


As parents – or relatives, teachers and other adults responsible to children’s safety – we want our children and those we look after to be healthy and happy … and to develop well both physically and mentally. Above all, it’s also instinctive that we want kids to be safe.

Please CLICK HERE to visit the "get safe online" website

ABF - Photo Competition 2019

Monday, 5 March 2018

Pharmacists are Trained in Managing Minor Illnesses

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Did you know that every pharmacist is trained in managing minor illnesses? If you are feeling under the weather, head down to your local pharmacy for health and wellbeing advice.

The nearest pharmacies are:
Well Upton by Chester at Upton Village Surgery and
Morrisons Pharmacy