From your dog's perspective, Christmas is a time of the year when lots of unusual and exciting things are brought into your home, making it a very tempting time for them to get up to all sorts of mischief. Interesting foods, unusual plants and trees, attractive decorations and Christmas presents will all be of great interest to your dog, but some of these things may be harmful if eaten.
The list below may appear like a long list of things for your dog to avoid, but it is important to remember that they are not human, and that some human foods can be very dangerous to dogs. If you wish to give your dog a treat this Christmas, please ensure that it is something dog-friendly and avoid giving them the foods listed below.
Help to raise funds for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home by supporting the UK's first 2.5km and 5km obstacle runs that you can take on with your dog. You can enter as a dog-and-human duo or go solo if your pampered pooch wants to sit out.
Prepare yourself for a day of mud, sweat, and cheers on our dog-friendly obstacle course. By taking part, you’ll be helping to provide love and care for the thousands of lost, abandoned and unwanted dogs and cats that come into the care of Battersea's rescue centres.
In 2018, Muddy Dog Challenges will take place in Windsor, Nottingham, Manchester, Peterborough, Cardiff and Tunbridge Wells.
Windsor has 2 events taking place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May 2018. Time: 9am to 4pm Location: Windsor Great Park, Windsor, SL4 2BA
You don’t need to be able to run a marathon to take part, but you’ll need to be relatively fit (particularly if you are taking on the 5km route).
Speed through each challenge or trot along the length of the course. There’s no timing clock here, just supportive hands and paws at every obstacle.
Join in RBL's Winter Raffle for your chance to win a prize worth £20,000!
The raffle is a fun way to support serving and ex-Service people and their families. You could win one of our fabulous prizes including first prize of £20,000 or a new Mini Convertible! There's also a luxury cruise for two around the British Isles or £5,000. Plus there are over 250 other prizes which must be won!
Buy your tickets online and we will enter you into an extra draw to win an iPad!
Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For almost a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Today, we provide support to veterans from every service and every conflict. On the phone and online. In the community and at our treatment centres.
We’re on a mission to raise awareness that invisible injuries can be just as hard to cope with as physical ones. So when a veteran is having a tough time, we’re there to help tackle the past and to help them take on the future.
For further information, to ask for help or to volunteer your services, CLICK HERE
Little Troopers Treasures is a project LTT partnered with Harper Collins, to bring children's books to forces families, currently there are nine books available to record.
The service family downloads the app then creates a family login, the service person then logs in wherever they may be (WIFI needed) or before they go away and records some stories, the app captures their face, voice and the book pages.
Once done the app zips up the story with lots of love and immediately the service child can go to the Little Trooper mode of the family login and there will be a surprise story waiting! They can watch the stories, or listen, over and over again.
James DeGale will make his fourth defence of his IBF Super Middleweight title against American Caleb Truax at London’s Copper Box Arena on the 9th December 2017.
Degale, 31, hasn’t fought since he took on Badou Jack in January in a unification bout which ended in a draw. The 31 year old injured his right shoulder and had surgery after the fight. DeGale also hasn’t fought in the UK for three years.
Also on the fight card:
To request free tickets for this event from Tickets for Troops, CLICK HERE
Based on an original idea from Stockholm, The Windsor and Eton Living Advent Calendar is a collaborative project run with Windsor and Eton Town Partnership and 24 local businesses to provide live entertainment every evening from 1 to 24 December 2017.
Like a children’s advent calendar, a different window or door is opened every evening at 6:15pm promptly and a 15-minute performance is given to the audience assembled outside each participating business.
Performances will range from songs, carols, music, poetry, book excerpts, creative arts, notes from local history or folklore, sketches and dance, all with a Christmas theme.
Each participating business will have their own event to run and In true advent calendar style the details of the of the actual performance will be kept secret and revealed on the day.
Organised by Windsor and Eton Town Partnership, This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Christmas involving all the community and provide a great opportunity for local groups to engage with businesses in a different way.
There's a new Christmas experience in town: Greenwich Winter Time Festival, a snowy festive takeover of the world heritage-listed Old Royal Naval College, located right beside the Cutty Sark. The space in front of the riverside building will have a covered ice rink, and a Christmas market filled with contemporary craft and design stalls. Don't worry, it's not all ultra-modern: there will still be food stalls flogging mince pies and mulled wine.
You can wander around Greenwich Winter Time for a three hour session, though it'll cost extra for ice skating or an audience with Santa. Greenwich is pretty Christmassy as is, so Winter Time is a chance to go turbo on the festivities this December. This Festival is open throughout December, including Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
The Bands of The Household Division - Scarlet & Gold
The Bands of The Household Division present their winter concert: ‘Scarlet and Gold’ at the Cadogan Hall on 6th & 7th December 2017.
Taking the title from Lloyd Thomas’s wonderful march, it evokes the splendour and sparkle of the Guards’ uniforms and instruments which combined with the beautiful setting of Cadogan Hall, promises an evening of musical pomp and grandeur.
Featuring the outstanding talents of the very best military musicians, the concert will bring the Bands of The Household Division from the parade square to the stage. An inspiring repertoire of traditional and modern military music will celebrate the very best of our Nation’s proud heritage and tradition.
Tickets for Troops are giving away tickets for both performances at the Cadogan Hall in London. To apply for tickets CLICK HERE
Ex-military can train to become rail services engineers. As a service engineer you will find and repair faults and maintain their fleet of modern trains. The company has depots in South London (Selhurst) and Brighton.
£34,492 salary for roles inside London (including London weighting)
Once again this Christmas many British Armed Forces children will have a parent serving away from home, we can't bring every parent home but we can hopefully spread lots of love this festive season and we are delighted our Christmas Smiles initiative is back!
We already have signed up pantos in Colchester, Reading, Newcastle, Chatham, Leicester, Stoke, Oxford plus Disney on Ice and Lapland UK! We will be sending over 250 families to make a memory over the festive season in 2017.
Christmas Smiles is being launched today with our first two opportunities for Little Troopers....LAPLAND UK & NEWCASTLE Peter Pan Panto! See below all the details for each, read carefully and enter as instructed.
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.
The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS) provides the opportunity for Army spouses/civil partners to express their views about a range of issues that affect their life as a Service family. The evidence provided by these views is a vital source of information that assists the Army in developing future personnel policy.
To support this process, it is important that the collective views of spouses/civil partners of Officers and Soldiers alike are communicated to the wider Army.
A link to the report can be found on the gov.uk website CLICK HERE
How to Claim
6. For a missed appointment, the occupant must apply using the appropriate
template form via DIO SD Accommodation intranet site within 14 days of the occurrence,
or via SFA external gov.uk website with the required structured information within the
same timeframe. Evidence must be provided to support the claim (where available).
7. For significant defects at move in, the details must be captured at that time on the
Occupancy 1 Form, (or alternative Move in Form for those in SSFA) and must include
the IP and/or DIO agreed course of action. It is therefore important that Service
personnel (or their nominated proxy) take care to ensure that any significant defects are
properly and accurately recorded, including, if appropriate, photographic evidence. In
addition to capturing the detail during the move in appointment occupants must apply,
within 14 days of the occurrence, using the template form on the DIO SD
Accommodation intranet site, or, via SFA external website with the required structured
8. If you have access to DII, then claims for compensation should be submitted on
the template form available at the following link (MOD systems only): NB: Please open
the compensation form using Internet Explorer (IE) as your browser - not Google
If you don’t have access to DII, then a compensation claim can be made by email. Email
the DIO SFA Customer Compensation team setting out your compensation claim so that
• The date of the appointment you are claiming for.
• Your name and telephone number.
• The SFA address relating to your compensation claim.
• The reason for your claim i.e. either a missed appointment or a significant
defect(s) at move in.
• Any additional information to support your claim (including any photographic
For claims relating to missed appointments, please provide Job Reference Number,
date and time of notification of postponement/cancellation by contractor along with
any other relevant details.
If the claim is relating to significant defect(s) at move in please provide E1132
reference number, details of issues identified and any other action taken.
Any emails not containing all of this information will not be accepted by the DIO SFA
Customer Compensation team. Late claims will not be accepted.
Please send your completed email to: DIOSDAccn-CCT@mod.uk