Friday, 30 June 2017

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Summer Screen Castle Park Colchester

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Veterans Gateway

Officially launched on 20.06.17, the Veterans Gateway is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is made up of a consortium or organisations and Armed Forces Charities including  including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA - the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.
They put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.

Chase & Marshall at Old MacDonald's Farm Saturday 22nd July

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St Nicholas Job Vacancy - Office Administrator (Maternity Cover)

Job Vacancy –  Office Administrator (Maternity Cover for 12 Months)
An opportunity has arisen within our busy ‘Early Years Setting’ for an ‘Office Administrator’  (start date to be confirmed)
Please send your CV to Mrs Caroline Hughes, St Nicholas Pre School and Nursery, The Community Centre, Fallowfield Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 9LL either by hand, by post or by email:
Telephone: 01206816597    Website:
Working Hours –  Monday to Friday 08.45am – 3.45pm (Term time only) will be required to attend team meetings to take minutes on either a Monday or a Wednesday evening from 3.45pm – 5.30pm at least once every half a term. Salary: To be discussed at interview           
Office Administrator – Job Description
Requirements:  - Be computer literate and be familiar with Microsoft Office Applications such as Windows 8.1
·         Hold a current driving licence or have access to a car and driver (would be required to use own car) expenses paid for this
·         Must be numerate as accounts is part of the job, such as, taking fees and recording them in the fees book
·         Must have a good standard of English as will be required to add information to the web site, type letters, respond to emails
·         Must have experience of working in an ‘extremely busy reception office’ and must have experience of working ‘front of office’
·         Desirable but not essential - An understanding or experience of  working within an ‘Early Years Setting’

St Nicholas Parent & Toddler Supervisor Vacancy

23rd June 2017 - Parent and Toddlers/Early Years Support Practitioner St Nicholas Pre - School and Nursery - Working in Partnership with the AWS
St Nicholas Pre School and Nursery, Fallowfield Road, CO2 9LL, email: – Telephone: 01206816597
Job Vacancy: Parent and Toddler Supervisor – you will work part time in the Parent and Toddler group and will be required to provide cover in the Pre - School and Nursery as a support practitioner –  you will not have key children –  your role in the setting is to cover supervisions, team sickness, team training and team administration time.
Start Date: September 2017 (exact date to be confirmed)
Hours: Parent and Toddler – Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings – 08.45am – 12.15pm. Hours in the Pre-School: Tuesday and Thursday 08.45am – 12.10pm. Monday and Friday 12.30pm – 3.45pm.
Salary: Level 2 Qualified £7.50 per hour and Level 3 £7.75 per hour
Two References will be required and a Clear DBS check will be required
You will work with and support parent volunteers, who in turn will support you in the running of the parent and toddlers group.

Great Opportunity for fantastic family activities - register now!

New Local Job Vacancy

Field based Mortgage and Protection Advisor - Colchester

  • Department: Mortgages
  • Location: Home-based
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Working pattern: Full Time
  • Hours/week: 35

Virgin Holidays MOD Discounts


From your local Virgin Holidays store in Tesco's Extra, Colchester.
Did you know Virgin Holidays offer some great staff discounts for MOD employees on our holiday packages; all put together using our amazing holiday knowledge and expertise.
From African Safaris to a weekend in Vegas, from basking in the sun in the Maldives to touring the golden triangle in India we have it covered!   
We would like to offer your employees the chance to make use of our expert consultants who can tailor make your travel plans to many of our worldwide destinations.
We're here to look after your holiday needs – so whether you're after maximum chills, action-packed thrills or anything in between, we've got the holiday just for you!
At Virgin Holidays we're absolutely committed to providing you with the best holiday in the 'whole wide world and it doesn't stop there, we offer so much more from flexible payment methods to 24 hour emergency assistance when you're on your holiday.
Our contact details:
In Person: Tesco Extra, Colchester, Essex, CO4 9ED
Call: 0344 557 6180
We look forward to assisting you in anyway that we can and welcoming you to our concession very soon.

Operation Camouflage 8th-11th August 2017 - Book by 10th July

Monday, 19 June 2017

Crowne Plaza Resort Fivelakes Colchester Wedding Offers - 20% Military Discount Available

20% Discount at Cotswold Outdoor for Armed Forces Day

16 Air Assault Brigade and Colchester Garrison Show Saturday 15th July 2017

Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend 24th & 25th June

Diary Dates for Legal Advice Clinics 2017

Legal Advice Clinics continue to be held at the AWS Office, Community Centre, Fallowfield Road.

Bookings are to be made by telephoning the AWS Business Support Worker on 01206 816581.

Dates and timings as follows:                                                                          
Wed 28 Jun 17 1000 - 1600 hrs
Wed 26 Jul 17 1000 - 1600 hrs
Wed 30 Aug 17 1000 - 1600 hrs
Wed 27 Sep 17 1000 - 1600 hrs
Wed 25 Oct 17 1000 - 1600 hrs
Wed 29 Nov 17 1000 - 1600 hrs                      
Wed 13 Dec 17 1000 - 1600 hrs

Due to the increasing number of FTA, anyone failing to attend a booked appointment will forfeit their right to the free 30 minute advice session.

AWS Youth Club

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Michael Morpurgo's Farm Boy - A Made in Colchester Production, 20% Military Discount Available

Mercury Theatre

Farm Boy is Michael Morpurgo’s touching sequel to War Horse.
An old green tractor rests in the corner of a Devon farmyard. But beneath the rust and dust lies a story which brings together two generations, reaching back to The Great War and marking the change from the old world to the new.
Each summer, a young boy comes down from the city to live and play alongside his Grandpa, tending to the animals and dreaming of driving the tractor. Grandpa tells him stories of the country, and of the past – stories of the boy’s great-grandfather Albert and his love for his horse, Joey; a love that was tested in the battlefields of France.
When a deep secret is shared, it’s time for Grandpa and Grandson to make a new story – together. Love, patience and determination will win the day to reveal how the old tractor found its way onto the farm and changed all their lives forever.
This beautifully moving story looks at how things change, how we grow up and grow closer, and how our dreams may be nearer than we think.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Christmas Panto 25 Nov - 14 Jan - 20% Military Discount Available

The title Snow White imposed over a forest scene with several Dwarfs surround it

Everyone says Snow White is the most beautiful girl in the land, but when her father, the King, remarries, she must escape the clutches of the wicked new Queen! Thank goodness for her beloved nanny, Nurse Nellie, and her best friend Muddles!
“Mirror mirror standing tall, who’s the fairest of them all?” When the Queen doesn’t get the answer she wants, Snow White finds herself in BIG trouble. Lost in the forest, she is rescued by the Seven Dwarfs who promise to keep her safe in their cottage.
Will Snow White escape the Queen’s evil magic? Will the Seven Dwarfs ever get back home from work with all that singing? And will Nellie and Muddles EVER behave?
Starring panto favourites Dale Superville and Antony Stuart-Hicks, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs promises to be a treat for the whole family – a memory to last all year!
Tickets are now available for the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Backstage Tour and Touch Tour.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Summer Crime Prevention

Before you turn in for the night do the “rounds” some may think it is a bit over the top, but you will feel more confident and not become a victim of “the one time I forgot to shut the window……” Check the simple things:-

1.      Cars on the drive? – are the windows shut and doors locked (don’t assume that by pressing the button on the remote it is locked, try the handle too)? Remove valuables from sight. It is worth parking the least expensive car in front of the more expensive one.
2.      Side gate shut and locked, sheds and garages secure?
3.     Doors closed and locked, don’t forget on that UPVC multi-locking door - you may have lifted the handle but until you turn the key on the inside you have not locked all the locks in place.
4.      Don’t forget to check that patio door, someone may have closed it but did they lock it?
5.      Windows, lift the blinds or open the curtains and check them, the sun may have been on the TV so they were drawn with the window open because it was hot. Ensure all accessible windows are closed and locked, if you live in a bungalow or have flat roofs in unoccupied rooms keep the windows closed and locked but if you need a window open for ventilation in occupied rooms lock the big window and just have the small one open. If you only have bigger windows consider a lockable window restrictor or a small alarm sensor on the window to detect entry.
6.    Check unnecessary appliances are turned off, and make sure in case of fire that keys are readily accessible to occupants but not in view of possible burglars.
7.      If you have an alarm, activate the zone for the unoccupied area.
8.   Car keys, don’t take them to bed with you, where possible leave them in noisy drawer/location (if you don’t have an alarm, consider a shed alarm or similar to cover that specific area).
9.      If you do hear a suspicious noise in the house that you are not happy with dial 999, if you have an intruder remember your life is more important than your property, but do get a good description and if possible a car index number.

Last bit of advice, going on holiday? Stop the milk and newspaper deliveries and look after each other, get a neighbour and/or friend to keep an eye on your property, ensure neighbours have contact numbers for a key holder and where possible let them park their car on your drive. Basically if you create the illusion that your house is occupied it is less likely to be broken into.

Stephen Armson-Smith
Essex Police
Crime Prevention Officer – Braintree & Uttlesford districts

Police non-emergency no. 101, extn: 407110

Army & You Latest Edition Available Online or in the HIVE Lounge

Summer Edition out now : Army & You

Monday, 5 June 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Maternity Cover Vacancy at St Nicholas Pre-school and Nursery

St Nicholas Pre - School and Nursery – Job Vacancy – Maternity Cover
Early Years Practitioner – Maternity Cover to start in September 2017 date to be confirmed.
Qualification: Early Years Level 3 or above required
Pay - £7.75 per hour
Hours – Monday to Friday, term time only –  08.45am to 3.45pm would consider 2 practitioners with one working 08.45am to 12.10pm and one working 12.15pm to 3.45pm. The opportunity to do administrative work such as planning is on a Monday and Wednesday evening – 3.45pm – 5.30pm.

Experience Required
·        Have experience of working with parents
·        Have experience of working as a team
·        Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (April, 2017)
·        Knowledge of writing reports
·        Knowledge of completing observations and assessments
·        Working with other early years professionals
·        Setting up activities that link to children’s stage of development and interests
·        Be aware of health and safety
·        Be first aid trained or be willing to attend training
·        Be fully aware of safeguarding children as this is at the very core of our duties and responsibilities and The Prevent Duty.
·        Be able to attend in house training and team meetings after normal working hours usually once a term on either a Monday or a Wednesday evening.

If you are interested please either call into the nursery on Fallowfield Road with your CV or email your CV to This post is subject to a DBS clearance and 2 references. You will be asked to complete a full job application form upon receipt of your CV as part of our safer recruitment processes.

Understanding Autism

Do you know what small actions could reduce
the overload that autistic people face?

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Joint Service Housing Advice Office

AWS re:Start - Are you interested in a career in technology?

Monday, 22 May 2017

Activities at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre - Essex Wildlife Trust - Essex Wildlife Trust
A wetland site of international importance for wildfowl. Up to 40,000 ducks, swans and geese visit each year. Excellent bird watching opportunities and fabulous views over the reservoir.

There are always great family events/activities going on at the visitor centre.


Events at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre

Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre -

Essex Wildlife Trust's first nature reserve and visitor centre, set in a spectacular position overlooking the Colne Estuary, even on the dullest of days the views are fantastic. It offers the visitor real peace and quiet and a chance to escape from it all. A wide range of habitats are on view here, including grassland, heathland and ponds. 
There is a great range of family events/activities.


Firstsite Colchester

Exhibitions, Children & Families, Films & Screenings & Events


Free Family Saturdays

Saturdays at 11am - 1pm. Saturdays at 2pm - 4pm.
Artist-led sessions every Saturday to encourage families with children aged 4–11 to play and learn together. Drop-in and take part in a range of experimental, fun and creative activities for all the family.
Validated by The Children’s University.
Please note: Activities take place across 2 sessions,
  • 11am – 1pm
  • 2pm – 4pm

Essex School Holiday Dates 2017-18

Colchester's Roman Circus Centre

Opening hours for Centre and Gardens
● 11.00am-4.00pm, Mondays to Saturdays until late September.

What's on offer
● Admission free.
● Tours and information from friendly guides.
● Free WiFi in cafĂ©.
● Book and hire a bike from the Colchester Cycle Hire at the Circus Centre and explore the Colchester area.
● Or grab your own bike and come to the Circus Centre as part of the great Essex Cake Escape!
● Centre available for hire out of opening hours by corporate organisations and societies.

Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus House, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester.
Enquiries and bookings: 01206 501785.

Colchester Archaeological Trust website:

Colchester Castle


100+ Tips For Cheap School Holiday Fun

100+ tips for cheap school holiday family fun

Ideas to entertain the kids this summer holiday

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Find the cheapest petrol prices in your local area

Compare petrol prices in your local area by visiting 

Tickets For Troops - Free Tickets To The World Para Athletics Championships Available Now

We're teaming up with London 2017 to offer you and your family free tickets to watch world class athletics at the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This is your chance to be part of the roaring cheering crowd. 

Information On The New 30 Hours Free Childcare Offer.

This new offer enables some working parents of 3 and 4 year olds to now get up to 30 hours of free childcare. Find out if you are eligible and apply.
Please view our parents' information page.

All 3 and 4 year olds get up to 15 hours of free childcare per week, and some2 year olds are also eligible. Working parents of 3 and 4 year olds may also be able to get up to 30 hours of free childcare.

Who can get 30 hours free childcare?

It is for working families in England with 3 and 4 year old children. Parents must be working and each earning at least £120 a week, but no more than £100,000 a year.

You might also be able to get Tax-Free Childcare. If so you can apply for both at the same time.
See GOV.UK for the full eligibility criteria (opens in a new window)

Friday, 12 May 2017

CESSAC Community Cafe

New opening hours for 2017:
Monday 9-2
Tuesday 9-2
Wednesday 9-4.30
Thursday 9-2
Friday 9-2

Breakfast served until 11.45am Monday - Friday.

BFBS Colchester with Liz Mullen

Our new competition is running until Thursday morning! The delicious prize is a meal for two (total max value £40, drinks extra) at Colchester's newest Nepalese restaurant: The Quayside Bar & Gurkha Restaurant in Haven Road, The Hythe.
If you win, you can take your prize any time up to Dec 23 or from Jan 3 (Meals served Tues to Sat 5.30pm - 9pm).if you're not the lucky winner, remember Chitraj Limbu and his team offer 15% Military Discount all the time, with ID.
So, how do you win? Tell me which country the Gurkhas and their wonderful cuisine come from. Easy! 

Just listen to Breakfast with Liz on 107fm, 6.30am - 10am.  Great competitions most weeks, you only need to enter ONCE during the  week.
Text is 07740 377377 starting Col then a space, then the password - listen to Liz to find out this week's password or check the facebook page.

Parent & Toddler Group Community Centre Fallowfield Road

Thursday, 20 April 2017

NSPCC Need To Know Guide - Is My Child Ready To Be Left Alone?

To view  the  full document please use the link below:

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

Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme