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

Kings College London - Research Study for The Armed Forces

The King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) is an academic research team at King’s College London. KCMHR has been conducting research into issues relevant to current and former members of the UK Armed Forces and their families since 1996. KCMHR is independent of the Ministry of Defence.  

 ..a participant information sheet can be seen HERE

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.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Just for Her Magazine - Issue 16

The UK Forces ‘Just for Her’ is a quarterly, A4, full colour glossy directory.  It is designed for the wives, girlfriends and female serving personnel of the RAF, Army and Navy.
It contains something for everyone with articles on craft tips, hair styles, health and beauty, recipes, competitions and exhibitions. 
Copies of the publication are in the HIVE.

Reflection on a successful 2017 at BFPO

read the latest from BFPO HERE

JSHAO - Housing Brief - RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset - Wednesday 21st March 2018

JSHAO - Housing Brief - Tuesday 20th March 2018 - HMNB Devonport, Plymouth

Just For Families - Incorporating The UK Forces Education Guide - Issue 8

Just for Families, Incorporating The UK Forces Education Guide is a glossy, full colour A4 publication that is published four times a year.

It is aimed at all Service personnel with school age children, some of whom are at boarding school.
There are lots of interesting articles - from holiday activities, healthy eating and choosing schools and BLOGS from Serving Personnel and their families.

Copies Available at the HIVE

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

SSAFA - Exmoor Family Break - 23rd-26th March 2018

Click HERE for more information

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

eMagazines - Browse the Library's range of magazines for Free

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Further details can be found HERE

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

Cheshire West & Chester - Regular Activities at Upton Library

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Regular activities

  • Monday
  • Tablet and laptop tuition 2.15pm - 3.15pm, weekly. One to one beginners sessions for those new to tablets or just getting started with a laptop. Booking is essential.
  • Tuesday
  • Under 5s Rhymetime 2.15 - 2.45pm, term time only.
  • Happy hour Borrow two DVDs for the price of one every Tuesday and Friday 5.30 - 6.30pm.
  • Wednesday
  • Scrabble club 10am - 12pm fortnightly
  • Lego Club 3.30pm - 4.55pm weekly for 6+ years. Parental supervision required
  • Thursday
  • Knit and natter group 11.30am - 12.30pm.
  • Friday
  • Under 5s Storytime 2.15 - 2.45pm term time only.
  • Happy hour Borrow two DVDs for the price of one every Tuesday and Friday 5.30 - 6.30pm.
  • Saturday
  • Children’s activities10am - 12pm alternate Saturdays board games club or craft session

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

LDC Driving School Ellesmere Port - 15% discount for Military Wives in Chester

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Phil Coleman is a fully qualified Government Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). He provides intensive and semi-intensive driving courses as well as individual driving lessons using the unique LD System of driving tuition.

He is offering a 15% discount for military wives in Chester (normally an hours lesson is £26 - with the discount it's £22)

Contact the HIVE for further details and the discount code.

Volunteering Opportunities with Cheshire West and Chester Libraries

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To see the volunteering opportunities
or to apply
please click

What Next? Forces Resettlement Guide - Issue 3 2017

To read the latest on-line version
click HERE

Friday, 19 January 2018

Tickets for Troops - 2018 Ladbrokes Players Championship - Snooker, Llandudno - runs 19-21 March 2018

Tickets for Troops provides free tickets to members of the Armed Forces for a variety of sporting, musical and cultural events. The service offers serving personnel and those medically discharged from the forces since 2001, the well-deserved opportunity to enjoy an event of their choice with their friends and families.
To register/login, please click

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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Monday, 15 January 2018

Update on Carillion - Defence Services to Continue Uninterrupted

Airbus, Broughton - Recruitment for Various Apprenticeship Postions

Business Apprenticeship: Supply Chain

Business Apprenticeship: Industrialisation and Business Support

Engineering Degree Apprenticeship (Broughton)

For full job descriptions, please click HERE

Challenge Youself - Join the Army Cadets - Abbots Park Detachment - Monday & Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm

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Friday, 12 January 2018

A Handbag of Harmonies - Handbag for a Day - 31st March 2018

Further details can be found HERE

Help for Heroes - Career Recovery

Enjoy R&R in a Poppy Pod in The Heart of the New Forest

CLICK HERE  to find out what facilities they have and available activities

Please read the terms and conditions

Phone: 01590 623160

Thursday, 11 January 2018

1st Saltney Scount Group looking for Volunteers - Friday's from 5.30

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We have a growing group and are looking for volunteers to help us out. Maybe you've been in Scouting and would like to give it a go again, maybe you are retired and have spare time to fill or perhaps your looking for something to boost your CV. Whatever you have to offer we would love to have you on board. We meet on a Friday evening starting with Beavers at 5:30 followed by Cubs and Scouts. If your interested please email our group Scout leader Alan 

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