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Friday, 25 May 2018

BFPO Delivery of Amazon Parcels


There is a current issue with service delivery that we wanted to make you
aware of:

We are aware that some customers are currently experiencing issues with the delivery of Amazon parcels. Amazon has recently started to use a carrier that is not in contract with BFPO which, unfortunately, has led to some items not being accepted at BFPO London.

We regret any inconvenience that this has caused our customers. Please be aware that we are currently accepting all Amazon parcels delivered within our commercial receipts operating hours, in the short-term, pending discussions with Amazon to try to identify a suitable solution.

Any queries can be directed to our Service Desk, who will be able to advise further: Email: desbfpo-enquiries@mod.uk Telephone: +44 (0)345 769 7978 (calls are charged at local rate in the UK) Alternative: +44 (0)20 8589 3450 (civil) or 94676 3450 (military) Fax: +44 (0)20 8589 3309

Armed Forces Charities Website


The project 

Since 2014, DSC has been undertaking research which provides an overview and analysis of the UK’s armed forces charity sector, a segment of the voluntary sector which remained little explored or understood.

We’re now proud to announce the launch of our new and improved Armed Forces Charities website. Our research continues to be generously funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT).

The website

The purpose of this website is to provide an interactive research and evidence-base, freely accessible to all, including, policymakers, charities, media organisations and the public.

The site features:
An online research library of downloadable reports, info-graphics and research briefs;
Interactive Data, allowing users to explore information with graphical data;
A directory with information on UK armed forces charities.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Understanding Universal Credit

Universal Credit supports you if you are on a low income or out of work. It includes a monthly payment to help with your living costs.

Visit the website to help you understand what Universal Credit means for you. 

INtouch mail service for UK armed forces personnel: service guide

The INtouch system replaced the e-bluey service on 1 April 2017.
INtouch messages are alternatives to Forces Free Air Letters (FFALs), known as ‘blueys’, and are also free to send.
The service allows users to upload letters, photos and documents via the internet, which are then securely printed and sent to their recipient.


Imail INtouch service: quick start guideCLICK HERE

Monday, 21 May 2018

Newton Athletic Football Club based at Cheshire County Sports Club, CH2 1PR

Newton Athletic Football Club are looking for new players to join our U10s Reds next season (U11) as they progress to 9v9 football. Anyone interested please complete registration at this link http://newtonathleticfc.co.uk/

Friday, 18 May 2018

Defence Discount Service - Discount Cinema Tickets

Cinema Savings for Defence Discount Service members
Defence Discount Service is proud to offer its members discounts on cinema tickets provided through the main cinema chains Cineworld, ODEON and VUE.  These have become ever increasingly popular discounts and regularly feature in the popular offers on the website.
To find out more details or to register,
please click HERE

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The Royal British Legion - Jobs

See what vacancies are currently available at the Legion:
Online recruitment

Storyhouse Chester - Latest Listings

To see a list of activities and events
at Storyhouse
please click

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Tam O'Shanter Urban Farm - Boundary Road, Bidston Hill, Wirral, CH43 7PD - FREE Entry

Visit Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm

Situated on Bidston Hill on the Wirral, the Tam O’Shanter historic cottage and free urban farm is run by a charitable trust with the aim of providing an enjoyable and educational experience for kids and adults alike.

Open every day except Christmas Day and free entry!

Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm and entry is free, though donations  are very welcome!

Further information can be found HERE

NHS Choices - Healthcare for the Armed Forces Community

For Healthcare information and support for the UK's 10 million-strong armed forces community, including serving personnel, reservists, families and veterans. please click HERE

Monday, 14 May 2018

Armed Forces Discounts: Theme Parks & Days Out

Before booking check the Defence discount website for the latest offers. 
Register online

Service to Civvy Are You Pension Ready?

The “Are you Pension Ready Campaign” recently launched by Veterans UK is a welcome initiative to raise awareness amongst Armed Forces personnel of their pension entitlements.

Calculate your Armed Forces Pension

You may be eligible for an armed forces pension if you’ve served in the armed forces.

Use this calculator to work out how much armed forces pension you may get.
Start now on the MOD service

Other ways to apply

You can also apply by post.

Download and fill in the pension forecast request (form 12) - the address is on the form.
The form covers the following pension schemes:
  • AFPS 75
  • AFPS 05
  • AFPS 15

An Introduction to Pensions for Serving Personnel

See the Army Transition Information Sheet on PENSIONS at this link

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

HMRC warns on tax refund scams

HMRC is calling on people to stay vigilant in the fight against fraudsters, who are using email and text messages to scam them out of their savings.
The tax authority is currently processing tax refunds after the end of the 2017 to 2018 tax year. However, criminals are taking advantage of this by sending out scam emails and SMS-messages to trick the public into thinking they have received a tax rebate so they hand over their account and personal details.
Further details can be found HERE

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Forces TV has moved to channel 450 on Sky

Forces TV Moves To Sky Channel 450
Forces TV has moved channel numbers on your Sky box and can now be found at channel 450.
From the start of the month, Sky's TV listing had a bit of a shakeup, to make things 'easier in the future', but for now, it can be a little confusing.

Veterans' Badges and Medals

You can get an Armed Forces Veterans badge if you’ve served in any of the UK armed forces - there’s no fee.

You can apply if you were in the:

Royal Navy 
Royal Marines 
Royal Air Force (RAF) 
volunteer or regular reserves 

You can’t apply if you:

served in the armed forces of another country 
served alongside the UK armed forces, for example in the Canadian Navy or Royal Australian Air Force

You’ll usually get your veterans badge within 6 to 8 weeks of applying.

You can also apply for a medal if you’re eligible. 
For information on how to apply for a Veterans Badge, CLICK HERE

'Remember' 1918-2018 - The New Album from The Military Wives Choirs

The Military Wives Choirs' new #WWI album, ‘Remember’, is due to be released on 29th June 2018 and is available to pre-order right now on Amazon:

And, to get you in the mood, we’re delighted to be able to share with you the very first track, ‘The Poppy Red’

Written by the amazingly talented Owain Park, this beautiful song features 1105 of our choir members’ voices and it is accompanied by the incredible The Band of The Household Cavalry. It was inspired by the 1918 poem ‘We Shall Keep The Faith’ as well as our choir ladies’ perspectives on commemoration to create an uplifting yet poignant reflection of World War 1.

Warwickshire County Council - new e-learning modules on the Armed Forces Covenant

Warwickshire County Council is launching 2 new e-learning modules on the Armed Forces Covenant. One is aimed at serving members of the Armed Forces and the other is aimed at families of serving members of the Armed Forces.

See the press release here for further information 

The e-learning is available via the MOD AFC microsite: 

Keep up to date with future developments from Warwickshire County Council here 

Friday, 4 May 2018

See latest updates from the Army Basing Programme at this link: 


Tuesday, 1 May 2018