Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Immigration Rules Appendix Armed Forces

Rules for members of the armed forces, civilian employees and their families.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Royal British Legion Pop In Centre Colchester

Our Pop In advice and information centre is a welcoming space for Service personnel and veterans to get practical help and advice, and for members of the public to find out more about the wide range of services and community activities provided by the Legion.

Our Pop In advice and information centre is at 133 High Street, Colchester CO1 1SP and is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Our East Anglia & Essex Area Office is just upstairs.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Free Attractions in London

Make the most of your stay in the city with these free London attractions.
From London's exquisite parks, to world-class museums such as the Natural History Museum, historic houses, stunning art galleriesand free activities for kids, there are some amazing free experiences to be had in London. 
The range of free London attractions is incredible. 
Where else in the world can you meet dinosaurs and creepy crawlies, see portraits of Tudor monarchs, travel back to the Battle of Britain, see Darwin's walking stick and the Lord Mayor's 18th-century gold coach, all without spending a penny?

For a full list please visit

Visit London Free-Attractions

Home Start Colchester - Support & Friendship for Families

Welcome to Home Start

Home-Start……   Taking the time to visit  you at home and provide family support when needed.

 Home-Start Colchester is an independent charity  dedicated to making a real difference to children and their parents.  Originally set up to offer a recognised Home-Start Volunteer Home Visiting Services in Colchester the scheme has since evolved by  expanding its reach in both geographic and age range.  We now offer  services in Colchester and limited services in South Tendring District, services that are both child targeted and parent targeted .

Friday, 14 October 2016

Forces Help To Buy Scheme Extended

The Secretary of State for Defence has announced the excellent news that the very popular Forces Help To Buy scheme will be extended into 2018. As you will be aware, the scheme which was launched in 2014, allows serving military personnel to borrow up to half their salary up to a cap of £25,000, interest free over ten years so they can buy their first home, extend a current one or move up the property ladder.

The news is featured on the Armed Forces Covenant website https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/housing-development/ and includes comments from L/Cpl Baffour Asante whose family has benefited from the scheme.

For more information on the Scheme please click on the link below:

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Are You Looking for Help to Buy? Check Out the Government Website

For more information, click here for the Homes & Communitites Agency.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Puddle Ducks Swimming Lessons - 10% Military Discount Available


Service Complaints Ombudsman

visit the website at this link - 

The Royal British Legion - Veteran Employment Gap Survey

While the majority of veterans go on to have successful careers after leaving Service, this is not the case for all.
Are you a veteran or know someone that is? the Royal British Legion want to know about your experience in finding work after Service.
Please fill out this quick survey: Here


12 months ago the MOD ICE App was launched. The app, which has been developed by the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), has now been downloaded over 25,000 times by British service personnel and their families since the launch in October 2015.

The question is: Have you downloaded yours? If not then found out how here.

Please Click Here for More Information and How to Download

Monday, 12 September 2016

Colchester Military Wives Choir

Colchester Military Wives Choir meets every Wednesday at Montgomery Infants School at 7-9 pm.

If you would like to join just pop along, new members always welcome.

Lock it or lose it - Make sure your bike is secure

Monday, 5 September 2016

Forces Enterprise Network Hub - A new Careers and Enterprise Company for the Armed Forces Community

The Forces Enterprise Network, Recruit for Spouses and Evolution Forces Families have announced the creation of a new careers and enterprise company ‘Forces Enterprise Network Hub’ a fully integrated organisation which aims to transform the provision of careers and business support for the ‘whole’ Armed Forces Community.

FEN Hub exists to provide members of our Armed Forces community with the skills, resources and practical tools needed to be successful in whatever route to employment they choose, either by starting and maintaining a business or securing employment.

We bring our passion for business, experience in recruitment, knowledge of financial services and expertise in delivering training programmes and business networking to our defence community, and together we are making a difference in the lives of tri-service members, veterans, reservists, spouses and their families.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Your HIVE Information Service

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. You can also let your HIVE Information Support Officer know of any concerns or issues your experience and they can report relevant concerns on your behalf.

Garrison Church Homefield Road Colchester

The Place

The Garrison Church building is located in Homefield Road, CO2 9ND. It is next door to the Community Centre and Costcutters Shop. It was opened in 2007 and inside is an attractive, peaceful and comfortable space for Christian worship.

The People

Everybody is welcome to come to the Garrison Church. It is an open and inclusive group of ordinary people. Some members of the congregation are serving members of the army, others are family       members or friends and there are some civilians who may have served in the past or who live locally. Children of all ages are very welcome.

The Purpose

The central purpose of the Garrison Church is to worship God. The main time this happens is at the Sunday Service which takes place at 1030hrs. This lasts for about an hour and is usually followed by some light refreshments. The Garrison Church can also be a place to develop friendships, ask questions, and explore faith in a personal way. Although none of these things are compulsory! Baptisms, weddings and funerals can be arranged through speaking to a Chaplain. Roman Catholic Mass is not routinely celebrated in the Garrison Church. Details of where this takes place can be obtained by speaking to the Brigade Roman Catholic Chaplain on 07770 824381.

The Padres

There is a team of army chaplains based in Colchester. They are attached to different units and are always available to offer spiritual, pastoral and moral support. The Senior Chaplain can be contacted on 07795 391107. He can provide additional information about the church or chaplaincy.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Time Out - Your Ultimate Guide to London


Service Leavers' Guide

Information for Service Leavers

The latest edition of the Service Leavers’ Guide is available on the .GOV website at this link

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Beat Stress Feel Better.......

Practical toolkit to men's self-care and peer support, 'Beat Stress, Feel Better', covering the key areas of wellbeing such as work, relationships and home life.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Tickets for Troops

Tickets for Troops (TFT) was set up in 2009 to provide members of the Armed Forces with free tickets for major sporting events, theatre performances, music concerts and cultural attractions.
Since launching TFT has been donated over 850,000 tickets and over 140,000 troops have registered on the website.
Tickets are available on the TFT website to troops who are currently serving or who have been medically discharged since 2001.
Tickets For Troops has teamed up with a wide range of organisations and has been able to offer free tickets to a huge number of high profile events, including The London Olympics and Paralympics, Invictus Games, The BRIT Awards, the Isle of Wight Festival, Formula One British Grand Prix, the FA Cup, Les Misérables, The Ideal Home Show, Premier League Football, the Aviva rugby Premiership, The British Summer Time Hyde Park series. The Calling Festival, Coldwell Boxing, darts and many others.
This initiative has attracted maximum support from a host of Patrons, including James Blunt, Steve Hayes, WO1 Kim Hughes GC and Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron. Troops are encouraged to go online and register at www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk to take advantage of the fantastic tickets available for our Armed Forces

Monday, 4 July 2016

Future for Heroes


Carillion Amey - Improvements to Disabled Adaptations

Job Vacancies at Prested Hall Feering Colchester

Would you like to join the team at Prested? We are currently looking for a full or part time Night Porter for The Hall, and a full time Commis Chef for the Bistro at The Healthclub. Click on the link below to view more information on our current vacancies and how to apply.
Job Vacancies

Monday, 20 June 2016

On the Move?

Are you on the move soon or being re-located to Colchester Garrison? Please contact the HIVE for information sheets on the local area, schooling health and much more

If you are moving away from the area and looking for information on your new posting please contact the HIVE officer who will put you in contact with the nearest HIVE who will be able to help you

01206 816588

Monday, 13 June 2016

Improve Your Home Security - Military Discount Available

North Essex Veterans Mental Health Group - Colchester Branch

Monthly Veterans Support Group in Colchester - for Veterans of all ages hosted by Combat Stress and Veterans First

Come and join us at our new home - The Pegasus Clubhouse, off Circular Road North, Colchester from 10am to 12.30pm.  Nearest postcode for SatNav is CO2 7SZ.  The Pegasus is next to the Garrison Athletics Track.  There is a car park approximately 300m from the entrance signposted 'Athletic Track Parking'

Refreshments kindly sponsored by ABF The Soldiers' Charity and The Invicta Foundation
The group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month 
For more information please call 01206 228759

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Armed Forces Covenant Website

Armed Forces Covenant Website

In January 2016 the Armed Forces Covenant was re-launched under a new, unified brand.

The new website lays out the support that is available to beneficiaries of the Covenant – current Regular and Reserve Service Personnel, Service families, former Service Personnel – with links to further information on individual Covenant measures on GOV.uk

The new website also contains information for supporters of the Covenant, including businesses, charities, the general public and local authorities, and regular news stories about how the Covenant is helping real people

See the website at this link

Changes to Enhanced Learning Credit schemes

Enhanced Learning Credits, Further Education and Higher Education scheme changes
The MOD promotes learning among members of the armed forces and the veterans’ community by providing what are known as Learning Credits, through the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme and Further Education and Higher Educaion scheme.  Both of these entitle Service personnel and Service leavers to receive financial help with the cost of their learning.
From 1 April 2016 there will be some changes to the schemes to make them more accessible and to enable people to use them to gain personal and professional qualifications in a more flexible way, both while serving and after transition to civilian life.
See more at this link

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Insignia Underwriting - Insurance for the Military Community

We bring a fresh approach to underwriting and distributing insurance products for the military community, ranging from members of HM Armed Forces, Military Units, Reservists, Charities and employees of affiliate MoD organisations.
Military Kit, Personal Property and Quarter/Home Contents Insurance  – launches week commencing 02/06/2014. 
Standard covers are included, with no additional charge for Licence to Occupy Cover, mobile phones or laptops.  

For further information please go to theInsignia Underwriting website.

Slice of Colchester Offers Military Discount

Colchester Tyre & Exhaust Centre Ltd Offer Military Discount

SSAFA - Lifelong Support for the Forces and their Families

We are SSAFA. We provide lifelong support for our Forces and their families, whenever and wherever they need us. If you need a helping hand, get in touch.

Click HERE for more information.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

"SEND" System for Special Educational Needs Support in Schools

To download the Department of Education's SEND guide, 'Special educational needs and disability: A guide for parents and carers' please click HERE

Service families with queries about SEN can access support from the Children's Education Advisory Service.

Flowchart extracted from http://www.specialneedsjungle.com/new-send-system-flow-chart-part-1-sen-support/ 

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

MOD Childcare Vouchers

However, there are still thousands of MOD parents who are unaware of childcare vouchers and are therefore missing out on these great savings.

If you don’t already take childcare vouchers and think you are eligible, please call 0800 066 5075 or visit www.MODchildcare.co.uk

For When You Need Medical Help Fast

The NHS 111 service is now available across England, apart from Cornwall, the Scilly Isles, Luton and Bedfordshire. In these areas NHS Direct’s 0845 4647 number is still available.

Army Health Promotion Factsheets

Army Health Promotion have produced two comprehensive publications to raise awareness of good nutrition and to better inform all Service personnel on the facts regarding drugs, steroids and supplements.

Both of these documents can be viewed, downloaded or printed by clicking on the following links:

Army Nutrition Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle

Drugs, Steroids and Supplements Factsheet