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Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Colchester HIVE Closed Until Further Notice

The nearest HIVE Offices are:
Wimbish HIVE on 01223 203772 email: wimbishhive@armymail.mod.uk 
Wattisham HIVE on 01449 728263 email: wattishamhive@armymail.mod.uk

For details of “What’s On in Colchester” check out the Visit Colchester webpage at www.visitcolchester.com

Monday, 5 August 2019

FREE Forces Weekend at Clacton : Sat/Sun21st/22nd Sep





Armed Forces Covenant : Grant Opportunities




Armed Forces Covenant : Local Grants Programme


Internal Transfer Fair : Thurs 26th Sep @ Aldershot Garrison


ETS Branch (South) is running an Internal Transfer Fair (ITF) on Thursday 26 September 2019 at the Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre: Sports Hall 1.   between the hours of 0800 – 1600.  The purpose of this event is to allow serving personnel the opportunity to speak to recruiting teams about vacancies available within the different Cap Badges across the Army.  Service personnel are invited to attend on an ad hoc basis.  

There is no requirement for personnel to book in advance for this event, they can drop in on an ad hoc basis between 0800 - 160

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Working parents with children aged 3 + 4 : 30 hrs free childcare

DCYP would like those that this affects to note that DfE sets funding deadlines and to receive the funding from for example May 2019, parents have to have applied for a valid 30 hours code by no later than 31 March 2019, otherwise there will be no funding allocated and the local authority will turn down the request until the following term.
See the following link for further details : https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Discover My Benefits

Discover My Benefits is a free, easy-to-use tool for Service people, their families, and anyone interested in joining the armed forces. You can use it to find out what support you could receive as a Service person. Choose a Service to start exploring your benefits.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Considering an overseas posting?


Sky signs the Armed Forces Covenant


Sky has signed the Armed Forces Covenant continuing the commitment to treat fairly those who serve, or have served in the military, and their families. 


The Covenant is a promise from the nation to actively support the Armed Forces Community and ensure they are not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives



Sky has a longstanding commitment to provide the Armed Forces with the best of Sky's content through Sky's availability in military bases across the world. Sky also waive cancellation charges for broadband and media packages when personnel are posted overseas or to another part of the UK. 



Sky actively promote the fact that they are a forces-friendly organisation and by working with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), Sky will seek to support the employment of veterans of all ages to establish a tailored employment pathway for Service Leavers. 



The agreement also sees the launch of the Sky Armed Forces Employee Network, an internal community for serving personnel, veterans and their allies to connect, support and share experiences across 23,000 UK & Ireland employees. Speaking at the signing at Sky's Home Service Conference in Leeds Dock, Sky’s Niall MacGinnis Group Director of Security, said:  “We are proud to have signed this Covenant as part of our continuing commitment to the Armed Forces and their families. At Sky, we recognise the value of supporting those who have served and currently serve our country and all those connected with the military. 

We are proud to call ourselves a forces-friendly organisation and want to support those working with us now, and in the future from the military community.” 


Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood said: 

“It’s fantastic to see a leading media organisation like Sky showing their commitment to our armed forces by signing the Covenant. “Those who serve, or have served, in Britain’s military are an incredible group of people who have chosen to put the nation before everything else, often placing their own lives in danger so that those of us at home can enjoy a safe and secure environment in which to live, work and trade. 
“Veterans, reservists and military spouses and partners have so much to offer and it’s imperative that businesses like Sky support them in the workplace.”

Essex School Holidays 2019/20 + 2020/21



Activity Camp Days


Mighty Claws Adventure Golf

Colchester Leisure World


Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Army & You : Summer Edition now available


Summer edition now available

Children's Education Advisory Service



Big Salute : Apply for project-based grants


The BFBS Big Salute fundraising campaign is inviting forces charities to apply for project-based grants. 

Nicky Ness, Director of Forces Broadcasting and Entertainment, said: “We are keen to hear from armed forces charities who find it a challenge to secure funds for specific projects. 

“We offer grants of up to £10k and have seen how Big Salute funds can make a huge difference to all areas of the forces community, from cadets to serving personnel, veterans and their families.” 

Nine of the charities that applied for Big Salute grants last year have just been awarded funds for a diverse range of projects, they are: Building Heroes, Bournemouth Memorial Homes, Clervaux Trust, AF & V Launchpad Ltd, Our Wilton Trust, Royal Air Forces Association, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, Scotty's Little Soldiers, and Winchester Sea Cadets. 

Full details about how to apply for the next round of funding is online www.bigsalute.com where charities can complete an application form. 

The deadline for applications is 31st July 2019.