Sunday, 31 December 2017

Friday, 8 December 2017

Are You Leaving Your SFA Empty Over The Holiday?

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What's On This Weekend

Fri- Friday Health Walk at High Woods Country Park 11am-midday.

Fri/Sat/Sun- Kentwell Hall’s Dickensian Christmas, Suffolk, 10am -4pm, fee payable.

Sat- Park Run Castle Park. A 5km timed run 9am, free to take part but need to register before run first run.

Sat- Free Family Saturdays at Firstsite 11am-1pm & 2-4pm.

Sat- From Camulodunum to Colchester guided walking tour from Colchester Visitor Centre 11am, fee payable.

Sat- Colchester United v Exeter City 3pm kick off. Military discount available.

Sat/Sun- Kids Club at Colchester Odeon 10am & 10.30am. This week’s screenings are “Emoji Movie” & “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature”.

Sat/Sun- The Magic of Christmas at Colchester Zoo.

Sat/Sun- Festive Day Out With Thomas at the East Anglian Railway Museum 10am-4.30pm, fee payable.

Sun- Santa Fun Run at Castle Park 9.30am-12.30pm. Raise money for the Colchester Hospitals Charity.

Colchester Comes Early for Colchester Zoo

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Scotty's Bobble Hat Day Event at Colchester Library 13th February 2018 10am - 1pm

8TH DECEMBER IS #BobbleHatDay!

Wear your bobble hat on Friday 8th Dec to support bereaved British Forces children. Find out more at


Find out more about the work of Scotty’s Little Soldiers by visiting

AWS Colchester Youth Club Big Christmas Party

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Colchester Garrison & Shrub End Youth Theatre- Free Taster Sessions Available

Winter Driving Tips

With Winter approaching, it's important you're prepared, click HERE for driving tips.

Christmas Opening Times & Late Night Shopping

Christmas Treat - Colchester Castle Opens For Free Wednesday 13th December

Click here for more info

Colchester Brewery Open Days

MoneyForce: Goal Saver Christmas Special

Christmas can be very expensive and the costs quickly add up.
Money Force's special festive edition of Goal Saver can show you exactly how much your Christmas will cost you so you can start saving now.

CESSAC Community Cafe - Cafe will be closed for Christmas from Thursday 21st December 2017 to Tuesday 2nd January 2018 Inclusive

Opening hours:
Monday 9-1.45
Tuesday 9-1.45
Wednesday 9-2.45
Thursday 9-1.45
Friday 9-1.45

Breakfast served until 11.45am Monday - Friday.

Service Pupil Premium 2018

This message is for the attention of Regular Forces Service parents based in England.

If your child attends a state school, Academy or Free school in England and has been registered with the school as a Service pupil, the school will be granted a Service Pupil Premium of £300. 

The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is provided by the Department for Education (DfE) to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral support during challenging times; this could include anything from a Service parent being away, being injured on active service, to bereavement.  Funds are paid directly to schools with Head Teachers and school Governors deciding how the funds are used.

Schools with Service children in Reception to Year 11 classes are eligible to receive SPP, but only if your child’s name appears on the school roll as being a Service child.  The annual census takes place on 18 January 2018 and children must be registered with the school before this date. 

You are encouraged to contact the school and make them aware your child is from a Service family.  This information is not shared with other organisations and is protected on the National Pupil database. For more information on eligibility, please see the links below:

For any other queries regarding Service children contact the Directorate Children and Young People’s educational advisory arm, Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) via email: or telephone: 01980 618244. 

Monday, 20 November 2017

Primary School Applications Open

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Primary school applications open

receptionApplications for children’s reception class places opened this week and will run until 15 January, 2018.
Parents of children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 should apply onlinewith their four preferences for primary schools.
To have the best chance to get the school of their choice parents are encouraged to not only make sure that they make their application before the deadline but to also check school admissions criteria for any school they apply to and to use all four of the preferences available.
Thanks to continued investment in new school places, Essex County Council has an excellent track record of offering the overwhelming majority of pupils a preferred school place.
It spent about £74million creating 2,535 new places across Essex for September 2017 and was able to offer a record percentage of children their parents’ preferred place

Friday, 17 November 2017

Important Announcement for All Patients of Layer Road Surgery

Welcome to Layer Road Surgery


Layer Road Surgery will be closing on Friday 10th November 2017.  From Monday 13th November 2017 patients will be able to access all medical care usually provided at Layer Road Surgery from Creffield Medical Centre.  In order to book an appointment to see a GP, Nurse or Healthcare Assistant or to speak to a member of staff on or after the 13th November please call Layer Road Surgery on the usual telephone number and your call will be redirected accordingly. 
Please click on the link below for details about the closure of the surgery and guidance on how to access Creffield Medical Centre.

Go to the Creffield Medical Centre website

Location Overview

Health Visitor Contact Number - NEW NUMBER

If you live in Colchester SFA and have a child under 5 then the contact number for your Health Visitor is 01206 372300

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Grayson Perry - The Life of Julie Cope Now Open at Firstsite

Click here for full info

Travel Life Coaching - Amazing Military Discount of 50% - 1hr consultation only £49

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.

Dealing With Damp & Mould

Protecting Your Family & Home in Winter

Carillion Amey - SFA Problems with your boiler or heating?

Storybook Soldiers Now Available Here In Colchester Through 7 Para & BFBS Colchester

Carillion Amey Complaints Process

Click here for the full process

The JSHAO briefing programme for 2018

Demonextreme Ice Slider 1st December - 3rd January

MoD discount available.  Contact the HIVE or your UWO for the code.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Latest Colchester Borough Council Vacancies

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Colchester Council is an ambitious and exciting place to work. If you're interested in joining our team of motivated employees, and making a difference to people's lives across the borough, you'll find everything you need on our website

Current Vacancies

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All current vacancies can be found on our website here, they include:
  • Multi Skilled Operative (Plumbing bias)
  • Homechoice Officer
  • Macmillan Welfare Benefits Officer
  • Technical Analyst (ICT)
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    Tuesday, 14 November 2017

    Little Troopers Treasures - Free App

    Little Troopers Treasures

    We wanted to let you know a bit more about our free story reading app for British Armed Forces families from us at Little Troopers, we'd love for you to let all your families know that this resource is available for them to use.

    Little Troopers Treasures is a project we partnered with Harper Collins children's books to bring 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.

    There are also some free supporting resources for families to accompany this app, a weekly planner sheet to print off and use plus separation diaries for both parent and child to complete while separated and then share once reunited.

    All the information and download links plus the resources files to print off can be found HERE

    Saturday, 11 November 2017

    Royal Mail Letters to Santa

    Click HERE to see a message from Santa and sending your letters to him

    Tuesday, 7 November 2017