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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Aldershot Town - Christmas fixtures!

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Aldershot Library coffee morning - new year

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Journey's End - Worth a trip to Belgium!

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Monday, 18 December 2017

St John's College, Southsea, Open Morning - 16th January 2018

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Christmas crisis details

It's said that one in four of us will experience poor mental health in any given year. Christmas can be a difficult time, where extra pressure and stress to our lives can leave us feeling isolated.

If you're struggling this year, don't suffer in silence. Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have five Safe Havens around the county which are open over Christmas and the New Year, and could offer you a safe space to talk to a professional. You don't need to pre-book an appointment or phone ahead; just turn up.

If you're not confident with meeting face to face, the Mental Health Crisis Helpline will also be open 24 hours a day, and can be contacted by calling 0300 456 8342.

For more information, visit:

Alternatively, you can call Samaritans on 116 123. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Royal British Legion LifeWorks Programme 2018

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Hampshire Alert - advice on a safe Christmas 2017

Friday, 15 December 2017

Army Families Federation (AFF) - CAAS banding: an update for families

If you live in Service Family Accommodation (SFA), you will shortly receive a letter informing you about changes to your CAAS banding as a result of a review of location factors.
The letters will be distributed in batches, but you should receive it no later than 15 December. All letters will be dated 15 December for policy reasons.  

Why are changes being made?
The current baseline for the CAAS location factor was drawn from information and data compiled by the University of York in 2013.

This has now been revised to take account of updates to the supporting data and, more specifically, the availability and speed of broadband.

To ensure CAAS continues to reflect civilian standards, it has also been decided that from 1 April 2018, the broadband threshold for UK SFA will be increased from 17.8 Mbit/s to the Government Standard for superfast broadband of 24 Mbit/s.

The CAAS location assessment for SFA will take this into account, including updated location data provided by the University of York.  

How will this affect my family?
Your final band may go up or down as a result.

SFA already at their final band-for-charge will have an adjustment made to that banding – if the location factor changes result in an increase of two bands, then you will be put on to a transition pathway so that you only see an annual increase of one band.

For SFA on a transition pathway at 1 April 2018, the amended location factors will be applied and the final band-for-charge will be adjusted accordingly, however, you will see no change in charge other than the annual transition increase of one band until the final banding is reached.  

Can I challenge any changes?
You will ONLY be able to challenge on location on receipt of this letter – no challenges for condition or modernity etc. will be accepted.

If you wish to challenge the changes on location, you will have 28 days in which to do so – take this into consideration when you receive your letter, as Christmas leave is coming up.  

Contact AFF
To talk to us about your CAAS banding, visit


Hampshire Constabulary safety advice

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Christmas recycling changes with Rushmoor Borough Council

Rushmoor Borough Council is advising residents of changes to their rubbish and recycling collection dates over the Christmas and New Year period.
Collections run as normal until Christmas Eve and then the timetable changes as follows:
Monday 25 December – revised to Wednesday 27 December

Tuesday 26 December – revised to Thursday 28 December

Wednesday 27 December – revised to Friday 29 December

Thursday 28 December – revised to Saturday 30 December

Friday 29 December - revised to Tuesday 2 January

Monday 1 January – revised to Wednesday 3 January

Tuesday 2 January – revised to Thursday 4 January

Wednesday 3 January – revised to Friday 5 January

Thursday 4 January – revised to Saturday 6 January

Friday 5 January – revised to Monday 8 January
The week beginning Monday 8 January, all collections will be a day later than usual. Collections return to normal the following week.

Vacancies for Driver's Mates, DHL Benson for Beds based in Farnborough

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JSHAO Housing brief, Aldershot - Tuesday 13th February 2018

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Rewards for Forces discounts

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Service Pupil Premium update 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.  (Pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time Reserve Service should be classed as Service children) 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. 

Thursday, 14 December 2017

AWS Community Support volunteers needed

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Pirbright Cricket Club needs you!

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Domestic abuse: guidance and support for the armed forces community

A concerned family or friend?

It can be difficult to know what to do if you suspect a friend or neighbour is a victim of domestic abuse. Advice on how to help and support a friend is available on the Women's Aid and mankind websites.

In an emergency always call 999. It is important to report any incident of domestic abuse where a child is present, or where the woman is pregnant, to the local authority Children’s Social Care Services at county level to ensure the children’s safety.

Further information can also be found here - NHS

Wellesley Update

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Winter advice from The Royal Military Police

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Autumn and Winter at Wellesley Woodlands

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Discounted subscriptions for Service personnel and families at the Army Golf Club in Aldershot

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Annual Nine Lessons and Carols Service - 17th December 2017

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SPACES - Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services

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Hampshire Alert - Fake Government Grants Fraud Alert

Individuals and businesses are being warned to watch out for cold calls and online contact from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for Government grants for an advance fee.
To make the grants look legitimate fraudsters have set up bogus companies and convincing looking websites that claim to be operating on behalf of the UK Government.
Fraudsters cold call businesses and individuals offering the grant and if they’re interested direct them to fill out an online application form with their personal information.
Once the fraudsters have that information they’ll contact back victims and congratulate them on being accepted onto the grant programme.   

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Quit 4 Life - January 2018

Hart & Rushmoor we will be running a Quit Smoking group with Quit 4 Life in January at the Wellbeing Centre.

The group will take place on Tuesday 9th January at 2.30pm for 8 weeks.  Individuals will be able to access patches/medication etc to help them give up and of course there will be support of peers to help the process.

If you wish to use Champix (medication) to help give up you will need to register in advance for the service and should contact the following number: 012525 335120

Friday, 8 December 2017

Advice on keeping your cat safe over Christmas

With Christmas coming upon us fast, it's an exciting time but it's a time of year that can be a little stressful for pets and especially cats. A lot of cats get wary when strangers appear in their homes and the added noise of the festivities can stress them out too. Obviously not all cats will run away and hide, but many do sneak off to quieter areas of the house when lots of people show up at Christmas time.
Below are a few tips on how to make sure your moggy stays safe and happy over the Christmas period.

Kennel Club's advice on harmful items for dogs over the Christmas period

From your dog's perspective, Christmas is a time of the year when lots of unusual and exciting things are brought into your home, making it a very tempting time for them to get up to all sorts of mischief.  Interesting foods, unusual plants and trees, attractive decorations and Christmas presents will all be of great interest to your dog, but some of these things may be harmful if eaten. 


The list below may appear like a long list of things for your dog to avoid, but it is important to remember that they are not human, and that some human foods can be very dangerous to dogs.  If you wish to give your dog a treat this Christmas, please ensure that it is something dog-friendly and avoid giving them the foods listed below.

The Twelve Frauds of Christmas by City of London Police

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Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC)

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC) – New Members
Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence with responsibility for the administration of Compensation and Pension Schemes and for the provision of Welfare services to veterans. It also acts as the Sponsor Department for the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC), a Non-Departmental Public Body whose Chairmen and Members are appointed by the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans. 
The roles of the VAPC include raising awareness of the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Schemes, the Veterans UK Welfare Service and the availability of cross government support to Veterans and their families assisting veterans in accessing local services as envisaged under the Armed Forces Covenant. The VAPC also provide support to Veterans UK by monitoring its welfare service and assisting individuals with any problems or complaints they have regarding the war pensions or AFCS claims process and much more besides.
The VAPC is looking for new members for 12 of its 13 regional committees and 2 Chairmen, one to lead the Wales committee and another to lead the South East committee. The positions are voluntary, unpaid roles but travel, subsistence and loss of earnings may be payable.
For full details please see these links

RHL's Tombola Raffle

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Rushmoor's Best Christmas Shop Window Display competition

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Defence Discount Service

Defence Discount Service provides discounts both online and on the high street for members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and Armed Forces Community.

Defence Discount Service is home of the Defence Privilege Card, the vetted discount card that can be used in stores, restaurants and venues to obtain armed forces discounts. This discount card allows Veterans and the Armed Forces Community to have a card that can allow them to receive military discounts.

Who qualifies?

  • Serving Armed Forces
  • Reserve Forces
  • Spouses/Partners of serving personnel
  • HM Armed Forces Veterans (ex serving)
  • MoD Civil Servants
  • Bereaved Family Members
  • War/Service Widow(er)s
  • Cadet Forces (over 16)
  • NATO Personnel in the UK
For more information, please visit:

Thursday, 7 December 2017

In my area - address search

In my area
If you want to know what day your bin will be emptied or who your local councillor is, our In my area tool can help.

Type your house number and street or postcode into the form through clicking on   to access useful information including contact details for your local councillor, planning applications in your area and the location of your nearest doctors, pharmacy or recycling point.

You can also download a handy bin collection calendar.

Combat Stress releases top tips to help former servicemen and women cope with pressure of Christmas

Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health, is sharing its tops tips to help former servicemen and women cope with the Christmas and New Year period.
Christmas is a time for celebration, yet it can be difficult for veterans with mental health problems. Some may feel isolated, lonely or depressed, while others can feel overwhelmed by large gatherings of family and friends, or feel they don’t have time for themselves.
Combat Stress has put together 10 steps veterans can take to enjoy Christmas and the New Year. In fact, it’s advice most people can use if they feel overwhelmed or anxious during the festivities. The tips are:

Vacancy for a Wellesley Development Apprentice

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