Thursday, 30 March 2017

Colchester Borough Council joins Defence Discount Service

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Members of the Armed Forces community can now enjoy discounts at a number of council-run venues and attractions, through the Defence Discount Service (DDS).
Colchester Borough Council is one of the first local authorities to sign up to the DDS, which covers Serving Armed Forces, Reserve Forces, their spouses/partners, HM Armed Forces Veterans, MoD Civil Servants, War/Service Widows, Bereaved Family Members, Armed Forces Cadets (16+) and NATO Personnel serving in the UK.
Leisure World Colchester, Colchester Castle, Lion Walk Activity Centre and the Colchester Events Company now offer a range of discounts and concessions to members of the scheme, on production of a Defence Privilege Card.
The DDS forms part of the Armed Forces Covenant, to which Colchester Borough Council is a signatory, and is the ONLY official Ministry of Defence discount service for the Armed Forces and Veterans across the UK. It was officially launched by the Prime Minister, in December 2012.
Organisations and businesses that sign up to the scheme offer discounts or special offers free of charge through the DDS website and mobile apps, enabling them to show their support for the Armed Forces Community.
Colchester Borough Council hopes other organisations in the Borough will follow its example and sign up to the discount scheme.
The DDS offers discounts at the following Council venues:
Leisure World Colchester: 'Freedom' membership concession to serving military personnel and veterans. Concession for some Pay-as-you-go activities (for serving military personnel). Corporate membership discount on 'Lifestyles' membership for serving military personnel. Approximately 10% off regular monthly direct debit payment, and no admin fee.
Colchester Castle: Reduced Adult Entry Price £4.80 instead of £7.75
Lion Walk Activity Centre: 10% discount on annual membership
Colchester Events Company: 10% discount on wedding bookings for serving personnel

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Armed Forces Day 17 Offer of free camping pitches at Peewit Caravan Park, Felixstowe Fri 23 & Sat 24 Jun 17.

Peewit Caravan Park

In support of Armed Forces Day, and particularly the events focused on Felixstowe over that weekend, the owners of Peewit Caravan Park in Felixstowe have kindly offered a limited number of free camping pitches to serving Armed Forces Personnel and their families. 

 Pitches should be booked by individuals directly to the site at the address below and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  The offer is for free pitches on either, or both, the Fri (23 Jun 17) or/and Sat (24 Jun 17).  Bookings need to be received by NLT 01 Jun 17; no complimentary bookings will be taken after that time.  If for any reasons bookings cannot be utilised, the individual should notify the site immediately in order that its availability be offered to others.

 Any bookings undertaken are done so as a private arrangement between the individual and Peewit Caravan Park with no involvement by the MOD.

 Peewit Caravan Park, Walton Avenue, Felixstowe, Suffolk. IP11 2HB 
 Tel: 01394 284511.  Email:      

Monday, 27 March 2017

Longleat Armed Forces Discount


The National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial ArboretumThe Arboretum is an evolving, maturing woodland landscape featuring 30,000 trees and a vast collection of memorials. The 150-acre site is a living, growing tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our country.


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, Holyrood House as well as Windsor Castle.  Phone 020 7766 7304 to confirm.

Click HERE for more information.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

New UK Speeding Laws Come Into Effect In April

Speeding  drivers will soon face stricter penalties and much higher fines based on what they earn. 
From April 24 2017, new rules come into effect in the UK which will mean offenders could now be charged up to 175% of their weekly income.
Currently in the UK the minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and three penalty points added to your driving licence while the maximum fine is £1,000 or £2,500 for motorway offences.
But when the new guidelines are brought in next month, those caught driving at more than 101mph in a 70mph speed limit could be disqualified for up to 56 days and get a fine of between 125 and 175 per cent of their relevant weekly income.
Or if you are caught going between 31 and 40mph in a 30mph zone you will get three penalty points and a fine of between 25 and 75 per cent of your weekly income.
Currently many drivers get away without points and a fine by paying for a speed awareness course.
It follows tougher penalties being brought in this month for anyone using a mobile phone behind the wheel.
The previous penalty of three points and a £100 fine has been doubled to six points and £200.
The new speeding system is split into three bands which rate the severity of the offence based on the speed limit.
Band A refers to an offence that is between one and 10mph over the stated speed limit.
For example a band A speeding offence in a 20mph zone would be from 21mph to 31 mph.
A band B offence is 11mph to 21mph above the stated speed limit and a band C offence is 21 mph and above the stated speed limit.
The starting point for a Band A fine is 50% of your weekly wage.
Band B starting point = 100% of your weekly wage
Band C starting point = 150% of your weekly wage rising up to 175%

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Try Rugbytots - 15% Military Discount

We currently hold classes on Saturday mornings in St John's Church Community Hall on St John's Close CO4 0HP
2 to 3 1/2 year olds 9.00
3 1/2 - 5 year olds 9.35 - 10.20
5 - 7 year olds 10.25 - 11.10

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