Wednesday, 20 December 2017

20% Military Discount for Mercury Theatre "Made in Colchester" Productions which includes the Panto

Mercury Theatre

Great offer from Mercury Theatre's "Made in Colchester" productions.

Online booking is not available for this offer, tickets must be bought over the phone or in person.


Homefield Road Costcutter

Telephone Number 01206 544813

Adults: Get Learning!

The new ACL adult learning course guide is packed full of intriguing and exciting courses and is set to land on doormats across Essex in the new few weeks. 
With courses set to start in the New Year an ACL course is the perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything, or an excuse for some quality “you time” to perfect a new skill in the New Year. 
From floristry to photography; Spanish to spray tan application; sewing to sugar craft; aromatherapy to art classes, there are hundreds of opportunities to learn a new hobby, have a go at being creative and stimulate mind and body. 
Find out more by visiting the Adult Community Learning website or call on 0345 603 7635.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Updated Service Leaver's Guide Online

The Service Leaver's Guide

has been updated

CLICK HERE to view the booklet online

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Winter Driving Tips

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

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. 

Friday, 17 November 2017

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

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

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Monday, 6 November 2017

Colchester Escape Room

10% Military Discount available, contact the HIVE for the code.

Army Mediation Service

MOD Services Cotswold Centre - Short Term Accommodation

The Services Cotswold Centre (SCC) is a tri-service facility managed by Headquarters Army Welfare Service (AWS) and funded by Headquarters Support Commands (HQ Sp Comd) on behalf of the MOD. It provides short term transit accommodation for service personnel, their spouses, civil partners and families.

The SCC accommodation comprises of 60 self contained chalet style homes and is located near Corsham, Wiltshire UK.

To Book Telephone: civilian 01225 810 358, military (9)4382 4521

Monday, 23 October 2017

Further/Higher Education and Your Military Child

Share your views
To take AFF's short survey and share your views and experiences, go to

Survey closes 13 November.

More about AFF
To find out more about AFF's work, including education for your Service child, visit their website

Monday, 9 October 2017

Friday, 22 September 2017

The UK Sepsis Trust is on a Mission to Mend Sepsis

UK Sepsis Trust Logo



SEPSIS is when the body’s response to infection injures its own tissues and organs.
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition arising when the body' abnormal, or 'dysregulated', immune response to an infection causes organs to begin to fail.

Sepsis can be triggered by any infection, but most commonly occurs in response to bacterial infections of the lungs, urinary tract, abdominal organs or skin and soft tissues.

Caught early, outcomes are excellent. Left unchecked, the patient is likely to spiral to multi-organ failure, septic shock and death.


People lose their lives to SEPSIS every year.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Blue Peter Badge - free entry into over 200 attractions

A Blue Peter badge is a special award given to Blue Peter viewers and fans. Badge owners can gain free entry into over 200 Blue Peter Badge Attractions around the country, like theme parks, zoos and castles. Amongst them - Africa Alive!, Banham Zoo, Diggerland, ... 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Jobs At The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion employs over 1500 people based at locations in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The Legion endeavours to employ individuals available who best meet the job requirements and have empathy with our mission and values.
The Legion can offer a competitive package including:
  • Life Assurance
  • Group Pension Fund
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Employee Assistance Helpline
  • Childcare Vouchers
If you have a query regarding any of our job vacancies, please email
Click HERE to see latest vacancies

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

National Careers Service at Colchester Library

Blue pen resting on a job application.
Every Wednesday 9am -3.30pm at Colchester Library, Trinity Square, Colchester CO1 1JB.

If you would like to attend a free advice and guidance session at the library please call 01206 814292 to arrange an appointment.

Education, Schools, Early Years and Childcare in the Colchester Area

To find out all you need to know about education and schools in the Colchester area please click HERE

BFBS Colchester Every Morning with Curtis Tyler and Wednesday Afternoon with Liz Mullen.

Listen to Breakfast with Curtis on 107fm, 6.30am - 10am.  
Liz Mullen Wednesday 1-4pm.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

FREE Entry to Windsor Castle for Armed Forces & Families

MOD90 or Armed Forces ID card holders can visit Windsor Castle with up to four friends or family for FREE. That’s a potential saving of £85.

Be sure to check the Royal Collection website to plan and make the most of your visit.
1. Call ahead of your visit on 020 7766 7300 to check that the castle is open to the public (no advance booking required.
2. Bring your MOD90 / Armed Forces ID with you to get you and up to four friends or family in for FREE.

This discount applies to Buckingham Palace (free entry from 12 midday) and Holyrood House as well as Windsor Castle.  Phone 0303 123 7304 to confirm.

Click HERE for more information.

Thursday, 27 July 2017


Welcome to Fletchers Farm Riding School & Livery Yard,
Fordham, formerly known as The Colchester Garrison Saddle
Club, newly owned by Emily and Tom Bradshaw. 
The Riding School and livery yard at Fletchers Farm has been established since
2004. The Riding School is registered with the BHS, PC and ABRS.
We have horses and ponies that are suitable for complete beginners to participate
in our full range of lessons, holiday and weekend clubs and activities.
For the more experienced and competitive riders we can offer training, shows and
an array of clinics.  
Fletchers Farm Riding School has 14 horses and ponies ranging from 11hh to
17.2hh and a very experienced team to offer top quality instruction and care in a
relaxed and friendly environment. We also offer lessons on your own horse. 
Fletchers Farm Riding School has access to extensive hacking in the beautiful
Essex countryside with 7km of off road hacking around the farm which joins on to
the East Anglian Farm rides. 

Great Notley Country Park - Home of Sky Ropes, High Ropes and Essex's Longest Play Trail


Colchester's Roman Circus Centre

Opening hours for Centre and Gardens
● 11.00am-4.00pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays until 30th September plus Bank Holiday Mondays.
● Admission free.

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

Colchester Archaeological Trust website:

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.


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.

Click here for more info