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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Cheshire West & Chester Council - Pot Holes

Cheshire West and Chester Council has been awarded £445,141 of funding to help tackle potholes in the borough from the Department of Transport’s Pothole Action Fund.

The additional money will complement the Council’s own funding and support significant number of repairs to potholes and additional patching and surface treatment schemes across the borough.

Further information can be found HERE
To report Pot Holes, please click HERE

Army & You Magazine

Army&You is the only magazine of its kind. With essential information, news, features and exclusive real-life stories from Army families. It’s for everyone with a soldier in their life.

Under new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into force in May, families in mainland UK will now need to opt-in to receive Army&You magazine through their door.

AFF has launched a ‘Count Me In’ campaign alongside the spring edition – out today. Army families can subscribe for FREE via

MPGS Jobs for Service Leavers and Veterans

We are recruiting

The MPGS recruits from all three Services and Reserves and offers all the perks associated with military service without deployments. Applications are considered from those still serving and leavers who have been out for a maximum of 6 years for all previous ranks and up to 10 years for those that previously held the rank of substantive Cpl or above.

Click on the link below to find out more.

MPGS Leaflet

Little Troopers Summer Camp

Little Troopers - Military Family Reconnection Camp...
Tickets are now available for Summer Camp 2018. A few notes....

> There are much less tickets available than in previous years
> The camp is officially Friday - Sunday this year and more meals provided
> The ticket price has risen to enable it to run in 2018
> PLEASE PLEASE read everything on the ticket link before buying tickets as no refunds are available
> Those who have been before know that shower facilities are basic, there is no official washing up facility, there is no official water is a field on an Army base.

Stoll - London Veterans' Outreach Service



Further information can be found HERE

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

New 24/7 Military Mental Health Helpline - 0800 323 4444

The Ministry of Defence has launched the 24/7 Military Mental Health Helpline.  The new number - 0800 323 4444 - is open now and targeted at serving personnel and their families, allowing them to access the help, advice and support they need anywhere, anytime.
Further details can be found HERE

AWS - Volunteering Opportunities

AWS - Tots Love Music - Wednesdays Weekly in the Hughes Centre 10.00-10.45

AWS - Lego Club - Monday's in The Hughes Centre 4.00 - 4.45pm Ages 5+

Saughall Market - Every Saturday - Vernon Institute, Saughall

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The Vernon Institute, 30 Church Road, Saughall, CH1 6EN.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Abakhan Fabrics - Free Demos and Events at Chester and Mostyn - March & April 2018

Free demonstrations at Liverpool & Birkenhead during March & April 2018

Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO) - Housing Briefs

JSHAO Housing Briefs

The MoD provides civilian housing information to members of the Armed Forces via the Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO). JSHAO is the MOD’s tri-service focal point providing Service personnel and their family members with pertinent information for those considering civilian accommodation at any time in their career, and for those during resettlement to assist with the transition to civilian life. The bulk of this information is via a 2-2½ hr presentation with 1-1 consults available.

An Independent Financial Mortgage Adviser who is a member of SIIAP (Services Insurance and Investment Advisory Panel) which is recognised by the MOD as supporting the Armed Forces (refer 2013DIN01-218), accompanies JSHAO at the briefings.

Each JSHAO briefing is notified on all HIVE blogs regardless of location to ensure maximum coverage to the Service community.


The Royal British Legion wants to take all surviving veterans of the Second World War on a free Remembrance tour to where they served during their time in the Armed Forces.
Tours will take place throughout 2018 and will give WW2 veterans the chance to meet up with fellow veterans and pay their respects at battlefield sites, cemeteries and memorials. The Treasury is enabling these free tours to be funded by Libor fines, and will enable the veterans to return with a family member and carer.
Further details can be found HERE

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Become a SSAFA Mentor - Liverpool, Manchester and other Locations

Our volunteer mentors help service leavers who are wounded, sick or injured to make a successful transition into civilian life. 
To find out more, please click HERE

Glittastic Glasses Raising Money for Felix Fund

GLITTASTIC GLASSES are raising money for the bomb disposal charity FELIX FUND.

Each glass is £8 with a donation of £3 per glass to the Felix Fund. We have a wide variety of glitter to choose from, and there is an option to have the glasses personalised for FREE.

To place orders, please go to our Facebook page @ Glittastic Glasses.

You can also find us on Instagram and Twitter 🍷

Tatton Park - Footpaths to Fitness

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Try Tatton Park free 'Footpaths to Fitness' trail which provides miles of Parkland to explore!
Get active and enjoy this clearly marked route taking in some of Tatton’s tremendous views and amazing wildlife, including Tatton’s famous Red and Fallow deer along the way.
Choose from a 2.5 mile walk along Tatton's beautiful Mere (from Dog Wood entrance and back) or continue on the circular walk and enjoy a 5.5 mile enjoyable walk around the Parkland, taking approximately 2 hours.

The Army Parents' Network

The Army Parents’ Network

The Army Parents' Network was launched on 28 Sep as part of national inclusion week. The aim of the Network is to support Serving Army Parents and the Chain of Command by providing access to information, advice and peer support. The page will promote information on relevant topics (including policy updates and useful articles) and will also act as a forum for individuals to ask questions for other members to provide advice – all questions asked can be posted anonymously. This Facebook group is a closed group with access limited to Serving Army personnel only. If you would like to join please answer the two questions when you apply and your application will be authorised.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

NRA Military Adaptive Championships - Thursday 21st June 2018 - Bisley

Further details can be found HERE

Social Media & Security for Military Personnel and Families

HERE is a guide to tell you what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour for military personnel on social media. 

Monday, 19 February 2018

Combat Stress Magazine - Now Online - Spring 2018

Click HERE to read

Jobs at the Legion - Merseyside & Cheshire, Yorkshire, London & South East areas

The Royal British Legion employs over 1500 people based at locations in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The Legion endeavours to employ individuals available who best meet the job requirements and have empathy with our mission and values.
The Legion can offer a competitive package including:
  • Life Assurance
  • Group Pension Fund
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Employee Assistance Helpline
  • Childcare Vouchers
If you have a query regarding any of our job vacancies, please email
Click HERE to see latest vacancies (click online recruitment)

Lifeworks - Chepstow 3-5th July 2018

Friday, 9 February 2018

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Dorin Park School - List of Current Vacancies - Midday Assistant and School Cleaner

School Cleaner – Grade 2
Dorin Park School, 10 hours p.w.  (6.30 am – 8.30 am) with the possibility of evening hours also from 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm
52 weeks per year
Salary Range £4,058 – £4,155 pa

Midday Assistant – Grade 3
Dorin Park School, 10 hours p.w.  (11.30 am – 1.30 pm)
38 weeks per year
Salary Range £14,075 – £15,941 pa (pro rata)
For further details, or to apply,
please click HERE

Government Tax Free Childcare (TFC) scheme

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Little Troopers at School

Little Troopers at School project objective is to educate schools, primary and secondary, about the unique needs through circumstance of military children and make available easily accessible resources to you.

Our aim is to ensure all military children get fair and consistent support within their education setting wherever that may be, for all circumstances and however many times they move schools.
Further details can be found HERE

FAM Update #2

What you need to know about the Future 
Accommodation Model

Tickets for Troops App

HM Forces Railcard

What is the HM Forces Railcard?

The HM Forces Railcard costs £19 and it'll save you 1/3 on most rail fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year. That works out to under £2 a month for huge savings. 

You're eligible if you're a member of the Regular Forces or Volunteer Reserves or a spouse/civil partner of a member, for more details see HERE 

Defence Discount Service - Chimichanga offering 25% discount

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Chimichanga have joined Defence Discount Service and are offering members a massive 25% discount off the total bill.

This will be in store with your Defence Privilege Card or MOD90 PLUS a unique code from our website or mobile app.

Chimichanga is in Pepper Street, Chester - next to the Grosvenor Shopping Centre

For further details or to register for the Defence Discount Service
please click HERE

Defence Discount Service - National Express £15 Travel Return

We are pleased to launch an exclusive new tariff available for members of Defence Discount Service for National Express. The £15 Anywhere to anywhere return.

National Express do already have some great offers on the Defence Discount Service website for members, offering serving members a 60% discount and all other members 30% discount.  These great offers are still available for members, with the new tariff being available for journeys that may still be over the £15 mark.

See HERE for further information
or to register/login