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Monday, 30 April 2018

Baby Weigh In Clinic - 2nd & 4th Tuesday's of the Month - Health Visitors Room, Welfare Complex

Chester Zoo - Nature Reserve - FREE to visit

People enjoying the Nature Reserve at Chester Zoo
See what incredible wildlife can be found right on our doorstep and explore the habitat of our UK wildlife as part of your journey to Chester Zoo.
We love ALL wildlife and as part of our mission to prevent extinction, we want to do all we can to help local wildlife – that’s why we’ve created a nature reserve right here at the zoo to help our local wildlife.  You’ll find this wildlife haven at the back of the carpark - just follow the signposts! 
Just so you know, the Nature Reserve is free to visit and is open to the public during the same hours as the zoo’s opening times.  The aim of this habitat it to attract and protect wildlife, so we’re afraid that dogs aren’t allowed in the reserve except for guide dogs. 
Further details can be found HERE

Friday, 27 April 2018

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

The RLC is Recruiting for Regulars and Reserves

The RLC is the largest Corps in the British Army and wherever in the world you find the Army, you’ll find us. Why choose the RLC?

Diversity - No other single organisation inside or outside the Army provides such a diverse set of services.

Opportunity – Travel, Promotion, Adventure and Challenge – the RLC has got it all!

Professional Qualifications – World leaders in logistical training, with first class facilities.

Ofsted Rating - Sunshine Under 5's Centre, The Dale - dated 20th April 2018

To see the official rating of Good for Sunshine Under 5's Centre,
Please click this link:

BFBS Radio and Forces TV


Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Tick & Lyme Disease Awareness

To Read More On The NHS website

The Standard Learning Credits scheme allows personnel to obtain financial assistance for learning costs.

Military personnel are able to claim 80% of course fees, up to a maximum of £175 per financial year. To qualify for SLC funding, the course of study must lead to a nationally recognised qualification, have substantial developmental value and directly benefit the Service.

Click HERE for further details

Mail Redirection

When Moving Out of your Service Family Accommodation please make sure that you have arranged to redirect your mail. 

The Post Office offers a redirection service at:

Deployment - A new series of books perfect for your Little Troopers

Little Troopers story books

We are so beyond excited to share some news with you.....we have just launched a very special series of story books. Written by Donna David and illustrated by our regular illustrator Dan Butcher we're confident that they will help lots of our Little Troopers. 
The books will be perfect for home, school libraries and other military children groups. They explore the feelings, emotions and situations often faced by military children from the view point of a Little Trooper who is writing letters. There is a book for the British Army, Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. You can buy yours now from our shop for just £3.50 plus P&P.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Armed Forces/DDS Offer - A Royal Day Out

For full admission information on visiting the State Rooms, Buckingham Palace or to make an onine booking please click HERE

Chester & District Girls Football are looking for players - Fridays Westminster Park

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Friday, 20 April 2018

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Spaces - Single Persons' Accommodation for Service Personnel

What is SPACES? Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services, SPACES, is a housing advice and placement service for veterans. SPACES targets the most vulnerable of Service leavers, regardless of rank, length of service, or reason for discharge. 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Escape The Streets - Wild Running - Delamere Forest 10k

Man running on route
Want to escape the streets and run somewhere a little more inspiring? 
Click HERE for further information

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Forces Cars Direct - New Cars Discounts

SSAFA is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Forces Car Direct who are making a contribution to SSAFA for every car delivered.

For more info CLICK HERE

Cheshire West & Chester - School Term Dates 2018-2019

Cheshire West and Chester 2018- 2019 school term and holiday dates are HERE

If you require a printed copy, please call in to the HIVE

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Defence Discount Service - Services Day at Legoland 2018

This year we have two dates available for Services Day at Legoland Windsor. Choose from Fireworks on Saturday 3rd November 2018 or a day on Sunday 4th November 2018. The event in the first week has already hit 25% of the limit set (to avoid lengthy queues for members), early booking is going to be required for this event.

For more information, visit: https://www.defencediscountservice.co.uk/

Looking for Military Discounts?

CLICK HERE to see all offers and register

Monday, 9 April 2018

Foreign & Commonwealth seeking Entry to the UK

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 fiancé 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 https://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

Armed Forces - TV Licence


A TV Licence is not included in your monthly food and accommodation charges. In Ministry of Defence (MOD) living accommodation, on or off base, you need to be covered by a TV Licence if you watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand. This applies to any provider or device you use, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or Blu-ray/DVD/VHS recorder. Find out more about watching live TV.

It’s your responsibility to check if you need a TV Licence and buy one if you do. The Ministry of Defence fully supports us in applying the law regarding TV Licensing. If we find evidence you’re watching TV illegally, you risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000* plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay.

*The maximum fine is £2,000 in Guernsey. 

A TV Licence costs £150.50. You can spread the cost with a Direct Debit or pay in one go.


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