Thursday, 26 May 2016

New National Insurance Credits for Service spouses and civil partners

New National Insurance Credits for Service spouses and civil partners to help protect your future State Pension 
From 6 April 2016, spouses and civil partners of Service personnel have been able to apply for a new type of National Insurance (NI) credit to protect their State Pension.

The new Class 3 NI credits have been introduced  in recognition of the fact that accompanying on deployment overseas may have affected a Service spouse or civil partner’s ability to work and pay NI contributions. This could potentially result in a gap in their NI record and could affect the amount of State Pension they receive in retirement.

The new DWP credits have been taken forward under the Armed Forces Covenant, which states that members of the Armed Forces and their families should receive fair treatment from the nation which they serve. More information about the Armed Forces Covenant can be found at

It is estimated that this could benefit up to 20,000 individuals, ensuring that they do not miss out on their State Pension.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
“We are making sure that military spouses and partners who spend time based overseas get the State Pension they deserve. This is the latest step under the Armed Forces Covenant to ensure that service personnel and their families are treated fairly.”
Am I eligible to apply for the new credits?
Service spouses and civil partners will be eligible to apply for the new Class 3 NI credits if they:
• Reach State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016, that means they were born on or after 6 April 1953 (if a woman) or 6 April 1951 (if a man); and
• Are or have been married to /in a civil partnership with a member of the Armed Forces; and
• Have accompanied their spouse or civil partner on a deployment outside the UK at any time since 6 April 1975; and
• At the time of the posting their spouse or civil partner must have paid, been treated as having paid or been credited with UK National Insurance
You can still apply if you are now widowed, divorced or have had your civil partnership dissolved, provided you were married or in a civil partnership at the time you accompanied your partner abroad.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Big White Wall


Brook Hotel Offer - For the Service Community at Dale Barracks

Brook hotels already offer a wide selection of discounts to military personnel and their families at Dale Barracks for their hotel in Chester "Mollington Banastre and Spa" (details are on another post).  
They are also offering for:  Serving Personnel and their families to save up to 25% off their best available rates at ANY Brook Hotel.

Their other Hotels are:

Brook Kingston Lodge Hotel  - 74 Kingston Hill, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7NP
Brook Red Lion Hotel - High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1DJ
Brook Marston Farm Hotel - Bodymoor Heath Lane, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, B76 9JD
Brook Whipper-In Hotel - Market Place, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6DT

For the discount code please contact either:
Sarah - Chester HIVE Tel: 01244 650993
Alison - Community Development Worker Tel: 01244 650915

Help to Buy North West

For further information visit;

JCCC films and app

JCCC films and app 

Does your family know who to contact in the Military if you are faced with an emergency at home? Download the  Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) app ‘MOD ICE’ to guide you through the most common types of family emergency and how JCCC can help. Two JCCC briefing films are also available to watch, download and follow key messages.

Huggable Heroes


Carillion Amey Customer Service Centre - CHESTER


Opening Hours for the Customer Service Centre are:
Monday - Thursday 0900 - 1300hrs
Friday 0900 - 1100hrs

Monday, 23 May 2016

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the UK's leading Veterans' mental health charity. 
Mental ill-health affects ex-Service men and women of all ages.
Our treatment and support services are always free of charge, and are proven to work.
Our Vision is that Veterans will be able to live free from the harmful effects of psychological wounds. 
Our Mission is to provide timely, effective clinical treatment and welfare support to Veterans who suffer from psychological wounds. 
Our Values are to: 
  • Always put Veterans at the centre of our work
  • Aspire to excellence in everything we do
  • Foster a culture of respect and integrity

If you need our help, please call our free 24-hour Helpline for Veterans, serving personnel, and their families: 0800 138 1619
Please watch this short film to find out more about the work that we do.  
For further information visit:

MOD Childcare Vouchers

For further information visit:
MOD Childcare Vouchers

Lynda's Cakes - Military Discount


Lynda is offering a 10% military discount, free delivery (to the Dale) and 6 free cupcakes to compliment your cake with your first order.

Tel: 07817 082339

Please note:
Leaflets and business cards are available in the foyer of the community centre for you to take away

Millets Military Discount

Millets are offering Defence Discount Service members 15% off in store.  To redeem this offer simply show your Defence Privilege Card or MOD90.

For further information about the Defence Discount Service and how to join, visit:

The nearest Millets store from the Dale is:
63 - 65 Foregate Street, Chester, CH1 1HD Tel: 01244 564337

Friday, 20 May 2016

Joint Casualty & Compassionate Centre (JCCC)

Joint Casualty & Compassionate Centre (JCCC)

When families experience incidents at home while loved ones are
serving overseas it is very important that everyone is aware of the process in place that can facilitate their immediate return home.

This short Families Brief is to explain the role the Joint Casualty
and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) undertakes 24 hours a day,
7 days a week, 365 days a year to help families when incidents
occur involving Service Personnel or someone at home.

For further information contact:
Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre
Imjin Barracks
Tel: 01452 519951

Defence Discount Service - The Military Mutual Offer

For further information visit:

Big White Wall - Support for Armed Forces, Veterans and Families

For further information, visit their website:

Thursday, 19 May 2016

The Royal British Legion

Their telephone helpline is open to everyone, 8am - 8pm, 7 days a week 0808 802 8080

Please note:  There is a British Legion Office at Dale Barracks which is open:
Tuesdays 10am - 4pm
and the last friday of each month

Friday, 13 May 2016

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Defence Discount Service - Papa Johns

Buy One, Get One Free both online and in store with your Defence Privilege Card. This is on both collection and delivery and excludes smalls. For offer details and your onlinecode visit: or open our app to find your nearest store.

Please note: There is a Papa Johns in Chester: Delamere Street,Chester CH1 4DS Tel: 01244 399995

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Please click on the link below to view the following leaflets:

AA Armed Services member stories (UK) Brian
AA Armed Services member stories (UK) Fred
AA member pamphlet 1: Is AA for you?
AA member pamphlet 2: Now that you've stopped
AA member pamphlet 3: Who me
AA member pamphlet 4: 15 points
AA member pamphlet 5: A newcomer asks

Alcoholics Anonymous


Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Little Troopers Network


 Tri Service children's charity for serving families!

Twitter          @LittleTroopers_
Facebook     Little Troopers at home

Do you want to join our Little Trooper Network as a Champion? Find out more here:

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Service Children's Education Advisory Service Moving School Packs

Moving School Packs are available from the HIVE

Service Children's Education Advisory Service
The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) provides expert and impartial advice about the education of service children.

CEAS provides information and advice as well as supporting parents at meetings with schools, local authorities, at tribunal etc. No question is too small or too large for us to deal with. If we don’t know the answer ourselves we usually know someone who does.

20% MOD Discount off Merlin Entertainments Annual Pass

Unleash your inner wizard with the Merlin Annual Pass, which is the key to 31 amazing new worlds that are packed full of adventure. For 12 spellbinding months there is definitely something for everyone, from thrill seeking adventures to a fun-loving family day out.

Standard Annual Pass price:individual - normal £169.00 DDS price £135.20 SAVE 20% 
Standard Annual Pass price:family - normal £129.00 per person DDS price £103.20 per person SAVE 20%
Premium Annual Pass price:individual - normal £209.00 DDS price £167.20 SAVE 20%
Premium Annual Pass price:family - normal £169.00 per person DDS price £135.20 per person SAVE 20%For further information about this offer visit:

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Outdoor and Country Chester - MOD Discount

Outdoor and Country Chester specialise in outdoor/country clothing both technical and fashionable wear, and they offer all MOD staff 10% discount.
In their store in Chester (lower bridge street/old soldier of fortune) they stock Schoffel,Musto,Dubarry,Alan Paine,Joules,Aigle,Hunter,Barbour,Le Chameau and many more.
They also have a  website, If you see anything you like on there please call Jules, the store manager and she will get it transferred into store for you, so no need to wait for refunds if item not suitable.
They only take payment once you the customer are happy, leaving you free to transfer in more than one size if you’re unsure.

They are also on facebook  -    Outdoor and Country - Chester

For opening hours, contact details etc, please click on the link below: