Tuesday, 28 February 2017

ACL Colchester
Wilson Marriage
Barrack Street

Tel: 0845 603 7635 or email: lifelong.learningwest@essex.gov.uk 

New Law On Using Mobile Phones While Driving - Starts 1 March 2017

Drivers are being warned not to use their mobile phones at the wheel ahead of a new law coming into force which will double the penalties for the offence.
From 1 March 2017 the Fixed Penalty Notice for using a handheld mobile phone while driving will increase to £200 and 6 points
It’s been illegal to use a hand held mobile phone while driving, or while stopped with the engine on, since December 2003.
There is worldwide evidence that using any sort of phone has a considerable effect on accident risk, and while it's not a specific offence, using a hands-free phone can have a major bearing on whether or not you could be found guilty of careless or dangerous driving.
Even if you’re otherwise driving safely:
You could be fined £100 and get three points (£200 and 6 points from 1 March 2017) on your licence.
6 points would mean losing your licence if you're less than two years from passing your test.
Refuse to accept the fixed penalty and you could be taken to court.
If the police think the offence so bad that a fixed penalty isn’t enough you could be taken to court.
Fines in court will almost certainly be larger and disqualification is possible – the maximum fine in a court is £1,000, or £2,500 you were driving a bus or a goods vehicle.
You can make an emergency call to 999 or 112 as long as it’s unsafe or impractical to stop first.
You can use a two-way radio but not any other device that sends or receives data are not.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

TV Licence Information

You need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record live TV programmes  on any channel, or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer.

This could be on any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder. If you do any of the above without a valid licence, you risk prosecution and a maximum penalty of up to £1,000, plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay. You will also still have to buy a TV Licence if you need one.
To find out more, go to tvlicensing.co.uk/info

How can I buy a TV Licence?
There are lots of different ways to buy a TV Licence . Whether that’s through weekly cash payments, using your nearest PayPoint outlet, spreading the cost with monthly, quarterly or yearly direct debit, credit/debit card or by post – just choose the one that suits you best.
For more information on the ways to pay, go to tvlicensing.co.uk/payinfo

Could I get a concession?
Are you, or is someone you live with:
·         75 years old or older? You are eligible to apply for a free Over 75 TV Licence . Call 0300 790 6112 with your National Insurance number to hand or visit tvlicensing.co.uk/over75info
·         Blind and can provide the appropriate evidence? You are eligible to apply for a 50% blind concession on your TV Licence . If you are partially sighted (sight impaired) you are not eligible. To find out more, go to tvlicensing.co.uk/blind  

What if I don’t need a licence?
If you don’t need a TV Licence , we would ask you to let TV Licensing know so that they can update their details. They won’t then send you any letters for approximately two years.

Love Your Library - Mobile Library Visits Costcutter Carpark Every Two Weeks

Mobile Library visits Costcutter Carpark every two weeks on Wednesdays between 14.55 and 16.10.

Colchester Main Library open every day.
Prettygate Library open Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat.


Become A Volunteer At Your Barnardo's Children's Centre

Health Improvement Service Drop In's for ages 5-19 years - Community Centre Fallowfield Road

Details of FAM Survey

Who to see or call when you're not well?

Little Scrummers Rugby


Military Discount Available

Service Family Accommodatin - Running a business in your service home

Life Savers Rewards from Sloppy Joe's Colchester

Companion Care Colchester Veterinary Surgery

Companion Care Colchester
Inside Pets at Home
Colne View Retail Park
Cowdray Avenue

Discounts on New Vauxhalls From Your Local Provider

Homefield Road Costcutter Opening Hours

HMS Heroes - "Together as One"

HMS Heroes is a national support group for the children of Service men and women and their relatives. A tri-Service network of after-school clubs, HMS Heroes brings together members of Service families aged between three and 18 years old from all over the country. Our members are ambassadors and young advocates for Service families across the United Kingdom, and most importantly, they are friends who are there for each other, especially in times of need. Any school can sign up to HMS Heroes – read on to discover how your school can join in the fun… 

ClickHERE for more information

Service Family Accommodation - Pets in your home

Enjoy R& R in a Poppy Pod in the New Forest - Free to Military Personnel

Colchester Garrison Contact House

Thursday, 16 February 2017

10 Facts on the Walk Away Scheme

SLI365: The only life insurance policy that is available under contract with the MOD

SLI365 has been designed specifically to provide the cover to suit the unique lifestyle of the Regulars or Reserves of HM Forces. It is the only life insurance policy that is available under contract with the MOD. It ensures you will be automatically covered whilst on active military duties - home or abroad. And even if you decide to leave HM Forces, SLI365 will continue to cover you for the same monthly premium.

Cessation of Ebluey Service - March 2017

CarillionAmey: Launching their new Intranet based SFA application system

CarillionAmey (CA) will be launching their new Intranet based SFA application system for Service Family Accommodation (SFA) in the UK at 08:30 on Monday 6 March 2017 as part of their new online ‘housing portal’.  As a result users are to be aware that:

•           CA need to transfer existing SFA applications and occupancy records over to the new housing portal. While files are transferred the e1132 system will be unavailable.
•           The applications system will be unavailable from 17:00 on Wednesday 1 March 2017 - 08:30 on Monday 6 March 2017. During this time, the CA Occupancy Services phone line will also be closed.
•           Urgent queries relating to an existing application for SFA, or current SFA property, are to be raised to the Occupancy Services team before lines close on 1 March at 15:00. Contact the Occupancy Services team on 0800 707 6000.
•           The CarillionAmey 24-hour repairs and maintenance Helpdesk will remain open as usual throughout.

Supporting Education For Children From Service Families In England

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To learn more about these services please click HERE

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

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



Health Visitor Contact Number

If you live in Colchester SFA and have a child under 5 then the contact number for your Health Visitor is 01206 747101.

Colchester & Tendring Children's Centre - "For Dads"

Dads matter too! 
Here at Colchester and Tendring Children's Centres we understand the value of a father figure in a child's life. Children need fathers just as they need mothers, to love them, to be interested in them and to respond to their needs, making them feel valued and understood. This gives fathers and male carers the opportunity to have that all important quality and enjoyable time with their children. These sessions enable children and fathers to form an enjoyable and rewarding relationship, which is good for both and can make a big difference to a child's life.
Groups for fathers and father figures run from several children's centres please check your local children's centre calendar for details. The groups are fun sessions for fathers and their children to enjoy different themed activities such as sports and music sessions. 
Click here to view Diary Dates

Dad Talk
An free website which offers dads news, resources and practical parenting advice. On the site you'll find videos, info, and stories as well as a forum where dads can exchange the highs, lows and funny moments of fatherhood in the 21st Century.
Click here to view the Dad Talk website

Dads Information
General Information for dads so they can get the best for their children.  The site gives a permanent source of information from pregnancy to legal and education information from a dads perspective.
Click here to view the Dad Info website

Dads UK
A voluntary support group for dads offering advice, information and forums.
Click here to view the Dads UK website


Mums' and Toddlers' Swimming Group

Colchester Eagles Netball Club

Find Your Nearest Health Care Services - NHS Choices


Check Out All The Latest Job Vacancies in Colchester

Check out all the latest job vacancies by clicking HERE

Fabulous Holiday Accommodation - Military Discount Available in the Low Season

The Barn, Braiseworth, Eye, Suffolk Grade II listed Self Catering Accommodation Sleeps 2-9

Available for short breaks and longer stays all year round. Suitable for business travellers and one night stays. Private driveway. Large garden. Wheelchair access. Hot tub. Wifi. Also available for business meetings and management retreats. To enquire/book, please contact Helen on 07967 057796 or