Tuesday, 20 June 2017

You Ask We Answer

Don't Forget.......Your HIVE can help you by finding answers to questions about many aspects of living within a military community and has useful information to help with relocating including how to apply for Service Families Accommodation, Schools, Finding Doctors and Dentists and much more. In addition, your HIVE always has up to date information about your military community and the local area. 

Monday, 19 June 2017

Toby Carvery Salutes the Armed Forces with free meal on Armed Forces Day

Toby Carvery is showing its support to the armed forces by offering all military personnel a free carvery on Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24thJune.Toby Carvery, which operates 168 sites across the UK is inviting local armed forces personnel to enjoy a free breakfast or carvery on Saturday 24thJune, as a way of saying thank you for all their hard work.

For military personnel who can't attend, local Toby Carvery's will be hosting a Veterans Breakfast Club all week from Monday 19th June, where former and current members of the Armed Forces can book to enjoy breakfast for £1.

Armed Forces Day helps the country to show its support to the men and women who represent the UK in the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force.

Toby Carvery's offer is open to all military personnel, from serving troops and reserves to veterans and cadets, and can be claimed by downloading a voucher and presenting this along with their military ID or veteran's card.

Martin Gosling, Brand Operations Director for Toby Carvery comments, said: "Armed Forces Day is a brilliant opportunity to show our thanks for the work both serving and ex-military have done for our country.

"We are proud to support our troops and can't think of a better way to thank all those involved than by giving them a roast dinner on us."

Toby Carvery has also announced its charity partnership with The Royal British Legion, which will see it support the charity with fundraising initiatives over the next two years, and has added a special charity pudding to its menus with 25p from each pudding sale being donated to The Legion. It is aiming to raise £100,000 for The Royal British Legion by the end of 2018.
To download your Armed Forces Day voucher, to book a table or to find out more about the offer, visit: https://www.tobycarvery.co.uk/offers/armed-forces-day
For more information about Toby Carvery, please visitwww.tobycarvery.co.uk

New Resource pack for schools launched today!

For more information CLICK HERE

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Pop in to Windsor HIVE and get your FREE Poo bags, Door sticker, and Stub it

The Community Warden has kindly bought these into the HIVE, please feel free to pop in.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Concerts in the Park - Kneller Hall

The RMSM Concert Season. There is free entry to all service personnel, their dependants and accompanied children on production of valid ID (MOD90 or Dependants ID Card).

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

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:
  • Army
  • 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

Guide to Armed Forces Compensation

For further information

Whats on In and Around West Byfleet, Surrey

To find out whats on in and around West Byfleet CLICK HERE

Friday, 26 May 2017

Things to do during Half Term

Please click on the link for information on London Dungeons,Madame Tussauds,The Tower Of London and Much More...

Things to do during the Holidays

                 Please click on the link and type in your postcode

                 Things to do During the Holidays

   This will bring up things to do with your children during the Summer Holidays.

       You can even check out the weather forecast for the Day you plan your Trip!

                 Weather Forecast

Thursday, 25 May 2017

STOLL - Veterans Drop - In

UK Schools Directory 2017-2018

Pop Into Windsor HIVE and get your FREE copy

Responding to Children Affected by the Media Coverage of the Manchester Incident

Parents, teachers and others caring for children who are affected by the media coverage of incidents like that in Manchester are asking Winston's Wish how to respond to children's questions.

The Winston's Wish Charity has compiled some questions and answers by drawing on experiences of supporting children, young people and families bereaved through all causes, including through murder or manslaughter. 

Please see the list of contact details for organisations at the end if you would like to ask other questions on how best to support children affected by these events or by other bereavements.

To read more, visit the 
Winston's Wish website 

ARMY & YOU Magazine - Summer Edition

FREE hard copies of the magazine
are available from the HIVE

Things to do In Woolwich During Half Term

Click here to view Things to do during Half Term In Woolwich

Monday, 22 May 2017

Veterans’ Gateway launch date 20 Jun 17

Contact Centre helpline on 0808 802 8080 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week

In November 2016 the Ministry of Defence announced £2 million of funding from the Covenant Fund for a one-stop service to better support British Armed Forces veterans in need. The service responds to calls from veterans’ charities and groups for help in navigating the wide range of services and organisations set up to support those who have served in the Forces.

SE EDUCATION FAIR & FESTIVAL OF LEARNING – 19 Jul 17 – Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre

On 19 Jul 17 HQ 11 (Inf) Bde will host a SE Education Fair & Festival of Learning to promote a wide variety of education opportunities and courses to all of our Serving Personnel, Spouses, Partners and young family members.  The event will cover to themes:

1.     Education into Industry (E2I):

Arms & Service professional bodies will partner industry groups, civilian professional bodies and academic institutions to provide advice & guidance to help identify structured career paths mapped to civilian qualifications. Key aims are:

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Are you Registered to Vote?

Register by 22nd May to vote in the General Election on 8th June.  

You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered. 

For Service Personnel and their spouses/civil partners who are posted overseas and don’t have a permanent home address in the UK  CLICK HERE

Registering takes around 5 minutes.

You’ll need your service number and National Insurance number (if you have one).

You can also use the above link to amend your details if you've registered previously but your address or name have since changed.

Army Families Federation - London

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is the independent voice of Army families and works hard to improve the quality of life for Army families around the world - on any aspect that is affected by the Army lifestyle.
AFF is independent of the Army and offers confidential advice. We will deal with your enquiry without revealing your identity.
AFF is often pivotal in achieving improvements for Army families such as changes to Government and military policy and changes to the delivery of how things are provided for families. AFF does not do this by itself; our role is to highlight problems to the chain of command or service providers, and to work with them and other agencies to improve the support they provide to Service families.
Covering Areas are as follows: 
Contact your local AFF Co ordinator  email: London@aff.org.uk

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Come along and Try Archery

Please Offer Me A Seat Badge

Today we are launching the 'Please offer me a seat' badge and card for people who find it difficult to stand when using public transport. The badge and accompanying card were created following requests from customers who struggle to get a seat, as their need is not immediately obvious. The badge and card remove the awkwardness of customers having to explain their need for a seat to others.

Last autumn, we held a six week trial with 1,200 people to test the new badge and card. More than 72 per cent of journeys were found to be easier as a result of the badge, and 98 per cent of people taking part said they would recommend it to somebody who needed it.

As a result, we are now introducing the 'Please offer me a seat' initiative permanently. The free badge and card are now available through our website, at www.tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility/please-offer-me-a-seat or by calling us on 0343 222 1234. There are no qualifying criteria - applicants do not need to provide a GP's note or their medical history. The badge and card can be used across our network, on London Underground, London Overground, Buses, Docklands Light Railway, TfL Rail, Trams and River Services.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Moving Out Of SFA - Redirection Of Mail

 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:


Official MOD Discount Service

For more Information

Little Troopers Seperation Packs

"Our Little Trooper Separation packs have been a great success. The aim being the resources ease and aid the separation from a soldier parent. Families can order directly and individually via our online shop or some Unit Welfare Offices are choosing to fund these for families, if you would like a sample pack sent to your Welfare Office for consideration do send us their details.

These packs include various resources and if you have any feedback or addtions you'd like to see contact us; info@mydaddyisasoldieradventures.org

Pack includes:
  • World Map with stickers giving the child a place to plot where they have lived with the Army, where they have been on holiday and where their soldier has been. A space for their soldiers details and picture
  • Chuff Charts - 10 monthly charts that are generic and can be used for just one month at a time or an entire tour giving you the flexibility to count down the timeframes that work for your family unit. A space for notes so the child can share on the soldiers return what they did that month.
  • Postcards pack - 6 illustrated postcards with envelopes for the child to write/draw on and send to their soldier wherever they may be; Missing you, To my Soldier x 2, From your Little Trooper, Look what I've been up to & Welcome Home
  • Parent Deployment Booklet - hints and tips from you, for you... we've taken and shared all your great ideas for surviving when your soldiers are away, ideas and things to do with your Little Troopers to help them through the time
  • Little Trooper Passport - Unique to your Little Trooper and every event they come to with My Daddy is a Soldier Adventures they get a stamp
A great resource pack to help your children feel supported, to understand seperation and to stay connected to their soldier wherever they may be in the world.

ORDER HERE: http://www.littletroopers.net/

Dates for your Dairy - Changes to Wednesday Coffee mornings till further notice

Please Note 7th June and 14th June will be closed.

Contact House - How to Book Windsor

The Tri-Service Contact House Directory contains details of who to contact to book a stay in a UK or overseas contact house.  

The directory is available to view on the HIVE website at www.army.mod.uk/hives

To book the contact house in Windsor Please call AWS on: 01753 862307

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Running a business in your service home

Childcare Costs - HM Government Support Website

UK families will soon see bills cut as date announced for the launch of Tax-Free Childcare. Launch of new Childcare Choices website means parents now able to find available government support...
HERE for more information

The Standard Learning Credits Scheme For Military Personnel

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.

HERE for further details

Forces Discount At Cotswold Outdoors

Support to Whom?

Civvy Street - Latest Edition Out Now

Pick up YOUR FREE Copy at Windsor HIVE

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Free Saturday collections of garden waste - RBWM Residents

We offer free Saturday collections of green garden waste up to four times per year.Collections need to be booked in advance and only one collection can be organised at any time. To organise your free collection, please call 01628 796816 or 01628 796844.However if you request more than four collections, we shall charge for all additional collections. The cost of each additional collection will be £28. To make a payment and organise an additional collection, please call us on 01628 683801.

Monday Night Drop in and Tuesday Junior Play Session drop in Dates and Times

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Recruit For Spouses

Click on the Link and this will direct you to the website to register with Recruit For Spouses

Most modern families in the UK recognise that where once a second income might have been an advantage, it is increasingly a ‘must-have’, and military families are no exception. Too frequently, skilled, career-minded spouses are overlooked in the workplace in favour of candidates perceived to be more geographically stable.
Recruit for Spouses’ message to business is simple: recent changes throughout the British military mean its families are more settled then ever before, and Forces’ spouses deserve rewarding income opportunities from a level playing field.
If you’re a military spouse with aspirations of saving for a house deposit or funding a mortgage so your family can put down roots, we can help you to make it happen.


To View the Full Guide Click Here


The INtouch service enables personnel on operations to send and receive letters originally sent via email, but received in hard copy form. Despite the ever-growing use of Wi-Fi and mobile data-based technology, and the increased use of social media networks and apps, (including Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype and iMessage) Service personnel deployed overseas still highly value receiving physical mail. Once an account has been registered, service personnel, their friends and families are able to create a mail message using either a computer or internet enabled personal electronic device at www.imail.co.uk. This can be done anywhere across the globe. Once a document has been composed it is electronically encrypted and sent to the imail server. The server routes the item to the nearest UK Mail print centre, where it is securely printed by state-of-the-art equipment. Letters are machine-enveloped and all mail is sent for onward delivery to BFPO Northolt, (the MODs mail sortation depot) to be dispatched across the globe within the military mail system. Imail INtouch is a service delivered on behalf of the MOD. The service has been established and is monitored by the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood. BFPOs role in the provision of this service is limited to the ‘final mile’ delivery of mail from the BFPO Northolt sortation depot to BFPO addresses across the globe. SENDING MAIL USING INTOUCH Getting started Personnel and their loved ones will need to

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Bank Holiday Bin Collections 2017

Normal collection dayRevised collection day
Friday 14 AprilSaturday 15 April
Monday 17 AprilTuesday 18 April
Tuesday 18 April Wednesday 19 April
Wednesday 19 AprilThursday 20 April
Thursday 20 AprilFriday 21 April
Friday 21 AprilSaturday 22 April

Spring 2017

Normal collection dayRevised collection day
May bank holiday Monday 1 MayTuesday 2 May
Tuesday 2 MayWednesday 3 May
Wednesday 3 MayThursday 4 May
Thursday 4 MayFriday 5 May
Friday 5 MaySaturday 6 May
Collections are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather and major events.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Local information - Central London

Marsham Street Children’s Centre is the closest Children’s Centre for Stillington Street and Victoria House, it has a host of activities on throughout the week for free – all families with children aged 0-5 yrs are able to access the sessions that are offered.

Link for Westminster City Save Card - https://citysave.westminster.gov.uk/

Westminster City Save is a discount card that any resident living in Westminster is entitled to. The card gives discount on a wide range of goods from Entertainment through to food and clothes.

The Queen Mother Sports Centre is just a short walk from any of the SFA’s in Central London providing a host of sports and fitness activities.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Soldier On - Supporting Medically Discharged Service Leavers

Soldier On! is a national independent education charity which teaches members of the British armed forces who have been made redundant on medical grounds to plan and manage their careers. We work with both service leavers and veterans who have been wounded on operations, sustained injuries whilst serving or have been discharged through any other forms of ill health.

For more information click on the link
soldier on

Friday, 31 March 2017

Introducing the new label - 'AWS Community Activities'

Introducing the new 'AWS Community Activities ' label on the left hand side of the blog, If you click on the label you will see all the community events which are supported by Army Welfare Service

Pick up your FREE copy at Windsor HIVE

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

SLI365 Service Life Insurunce

You can protect the future of your family from today until 2042 at a fixed price FOR THE WHOLE TERM. Perfect for safeguarding your mortgage and with a Government guarantee of payment for operational casualties.
Service Life Insurance 365 was designed and introduced by MOD in 2007 to provide a robust, trustworthy solution for enduring Military Life Cover – when purely commercial operators declined to provide cover for Service Personnel facing the threat from war, weapons of mass destruction or

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Little Troopers at School

Little Troopers at School
 is a new project from the charity Little Troopers to help empower both parents and schools when supporting the needs of service children in education settings. We want you to have easily accessible information set out in a way that can be understood and utilised to the greatest benefit.

The first stage of this project is the release of some free, easily accessible information sheets for both parents of service children and schools with service children attending covering various subject areas including;
  • Service Pupil Premium
  • Challenges service children may face
  • Moving schools
  • Affects of separation
  • Best practice
Little Troopers at School will grow throughout 2017 however we hope these information sheets will be a great starting point for you, as a parent or as a school setting.

Access here

Will you be affected by the changes in Childcare Vouchers?

Are you prepared for the changes to Childcare Vouchers? In early 2017, the Government is planning to start rolling out Tax-Free Childcare, a new initiative for working parents which will soon replace the current Childcare Voucher Scheme.
If you sign up for Childcare Vouchers before April 2018 you can remain on the scheme, and will be able to choose which is more cost-effective for you and your family.
If you are not currently taking Childcare Vouchers, you should consider joining now to have the choice later when the changes occur.
Visit HERE for more information.

Armed Forces Day - Saturday 24th June 2017

Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24 June 2017 is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved, from attending an event or joining us online to throwing a party or local event.

For information about the day and organised events see 

For help with organising your own event including funding see 
https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/get-involved/organise-your-own-event/ (the closing date for applications for funding is 30 April 2017)

Who to see or call when you're not well?

Longleat Armed Forces Discount


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Interflora Discount -

Please click HERE for more information

Thursday, 23 March 2017

New Law On Using Mobile Phones While Driving - Starts 1 March 2017

Drivers are being warned not to use their mobile phones at the wheel ahead of a new law coming into force which will double the penalties for the offence.
From 1 March 2017 the Fixed Penalty Notice for using a handheld mobile phone while driving will increase to £200 and 6 points
It’s been illegal to use a hand held mobile phone while driving, or while stopped with the engine on, since December 2003.
There is worldwide evidence that using any sort of phone has a considerable effect on accident risk, and while it's not a specific offence, using a hands-free phone can have a major bearing on whether or not you could be found guilty of careless or dangerous driving.
Even if you’re otherwise driving safely:
You could be fined £100 and get three points (£200 and 6 points from 1 March 2017) on your licence.
6 points would mean losing your licence if you're less than two years from passing your test.
Refuse to accept the fixed penalty and you could be taken to court.
If the police think the offence so bad that a fixed penalty isn’t enough you could be taken to court.
Fines in court will almost certainly be larger and disqualification is possible – the maximum fine in a court is £1,000, or £2,500 you were driving a bus or a goods vehicle.
You can make an emergency call to 999 or 112 as long as it’s unsafe or impractical to stop first.
You can use a two-way radio but not any other device that sends or receives data are not.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Fishing For Forces

Fishing for Forces is a Non-Profit Organisation with the view that anyone who has been affected by Operational Duties could do with a touch of peace and quiet and would benefit from the healing effect of spending a day by the water.

Our aim is to provide fishing for those returning from Operational Tours.  The therapeutic qualities of fishing is such that anyone can benefit from the rest and relaxation of the sport, even if they’ve never fished before. We can cater for veterans from all conflicts (Falklands, IraqAfghanistan, all the way back to WWII).

This also provides, in a modest way, a means by which those of us not in the Services can show our appreciation of what they sacrifice for us.
For more information on the organisation and to find one near you click HERE

*All information taken from Fishingforforces website