Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Red Arrows Display Team -- Display Dates and Venues 2016

Red arrows flying during a display with coloured smoke

For more information on individual shows, contact the event organiser or follow the links provided.


8 May Shuttleworth Season Premiere, Biggleswade, Central Bedfordshire
21 May Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, Lancs
28 May Durham Skylive Airshow, Durham Tees-Valley Airport, Darlington
29 May The American Air Show, IWM Duxford, Cambridge


1-2 June The Suffolk Show, Trinity Park, Ipswich, Suffolk
4 June Arbroath Armed Forces Day Parade, Arbroath, Scotland
7 June Isle of Man TT Races (Douglas), Isle of Man
10 June Luchtmachtdagen, Leeuwarden AB, Netherlands
11 June Biggin Hill Festival of Flight, Biggin Hill Airport, Kent
12 June Torbay Air Show, Paignton Green, Torbay
12 June Festival of Transport Barry Island, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales
18 June Weston Air Festival, Weston-Super-Mare
19 June RAF Cosford Air Show, Shropshire
23, 24 & 25 June Goodwood Festival of Speed
25 June Armed Forces' Day National Event Cleethorpes, Sea Front, Cleethorpes
26 June Belgian Air Force Days, Florennes Air Base, Belgium


2 July Yeovilton Air Day, Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Somerset
2-3 July Wales National Airshow, Swansea
8, 9 & 10 July Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire
9 July 2016 Formula 1 British Grand Prix qualifying session, Silverstone
15, 16 & 17 July Farnborough International Airshow, Hampshire
21 July Lyme Regis Charities' Week, West Dorset
22 July America's Cup, Southsea
22-23 July Sunderland International Airshow, Sunderland
23 July Scotland’s National Airshow, National Museum of Flight, East Fortune
24 July Bray Air Display, County Wicklow, Ireland


6 August Newcastle Festival of Flight, Northern Ireland
7 August Blackpool Air Show, Promenade, Blackpool
7 August Wirral Air Show, King's Promenade, New Brighton, Wallasey
10 August Minehead Summer Festival, Somerset
10 August Falmouth Week, Cornwall
11 August Cowes Week, Isle of Wight
12-13 August Eastbourne International Airshow, Eastbourne
14 August Herne Bay Airshow, Herne Bay, Kent
17 August Cromer Carnival, Norfolk
17 August Weymouth Carnival, Dorset
18, 19, 20 & 21 August Bournemouth Air Festival, Bournemouth
21 August Whitby Regatta, North Yorkshire
25-26 August Clacton Airshow, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
26 August Sidmouth Regatta, Sidmouth, Devon
27-28 August Dunsfold Wings & Wheels, Surrey
28 August Rhyl Air Show, Denbighshire, Wales
29 August Isles of Scilly Maritime Gathering, Isles of Scilly


2 September Chatsworth Country Fair, Bakewell, Derbyshire
3 September Scottish Airshow, Prestwick
4 September Chatsworth Country Fair, Bakewell, Derbyshire
8 September RAFA Guernsey Air Display, Guernsey
10 September Southport Air Show, Southport, Merseyside
11 September Great North Run, Newcastle
11 September The Duxford Air Show: Meet The Fighters, Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Resettlement Support For Service Leavers - Career Transition Partnership

Resettlement Support for Service Leavers: Career Transition Partnership

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is a partnering agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Right Management Ltd, who are global career development and outplacement specialists and part of the ManpowerGroup.

The CTP provides free resettlement services for those leaving the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Marines. Regardless of rank, time served, or reason for leaving, all members of the Armed Forces can benefit from CTP support when leaving Service.

Resettlement support through the CTP covers three broad areas: Transition, Training and Employment. From creating a CV through to completing relevant vocational training, learning interview skills plus researching and applying for jobs, what the CTP offers can help Service leavers not just with their first civilian job, but throughout their working lifetime.

Additionally, specialist support is provided to Wounded, Injured and Sick personnel via CTP Assist, and to Early Service Leavers via CTP Future Horizons.

The programme is delivered at nine Resettlement Centres in the UK and one in Germany, along with the Resettlement Training Centre in Aldershot, and includes face-to face support, online resettlement planning via myPlan, the personalised area of the CTP website, and access to the CTP’s ex-military job board, CTP RightJob.

CTP RightJob lists thousands of live vacancies for Service leavers from local, national and international employers, with opportunities ranging from apprenticeship to executive. The CTP works with hundreds of organisations who recognise the benefits of recruiting from the ex-military talent pool, and value the experience and strong working ethos Service leavers bring with them.

CTP support is provided to Service leavers from two years prior to discharge, and up until two years after discharge. Click here to check eligibility.

It is vital that Service leavers register for resettlement with their Second Line Service Resettlement Advisor prior to discharge. Visit to find out more.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Employability Support for EX Service Personnel

NASA is giving away free posters to download for free

The Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS)

CAAS is part of the MOD led New Employment Model (NEM) change programme.

All challenges are to be in writing, please read your letters carefully and follow the approved process.
You can access the JSP 464 (policy) here: JSP 464
You can view a sample letter here: Sample letter
You can view a template of a Challenge letter here: Challenge letter

Click  to use this link: 

Frequently asked questions: CLICK HERE

CAAS is part of the MOD led New Employment Model (NEM) change programme.

CAAS letters are being issued (w/c 7th December 2015) commencing with the following estates:
All challenges are to be in writing, please read your letters carefully and follow the approved process.
You can access the JSP 464 (policy) here: JSP 464
You can view a sample letter here: Sample letter
You can view a template of a Challenge letter here: Challenge letter

Defence Discount Service - Bupa Discount Rates

Family Activity Breaks (FAB) For Bereaved Military Families Are Looking For Volunteers

New volunteers required for Summer 2016!! 
If you or anyone you know would like to volunteer for FAB this year please visit the website and complete the online application form. 
We accept applications from those who are currently serving with the Army/Navy/RAF, Veterans, MoD Civil Servants. 
Family members of Service Personnel are also welcome to also apply. 
You must be over 18 to volunteer.
See for more details.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

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.

Did You Know That You Can Pay For Childcare With Childcare Vouchers?

For more information please click on the link below

Could You Become a Volunteer for ARCh?

Could you become a volunteer to help children read? 
ARCh Oxfordshire (Assisted Reading for Children in Oxfordshire) 
are looking for volunteers.

 "Even in a prosperous area like Oxfordshire there are many children who have trouble reading. ARCh helps hundreds such children each year by finding volunteers to work with them." : 
To find out more please follow this link -

Thursday, 11 February 2016

SSAFA Forces Addition Needs & Disability Newsletter

SSAFA Forces Additional Needs and Disability

See the Forces Additional Needs and Disability E-newsletter for information on how to apply for the FANDF Conference at the MoD main building, and information on this years Short Breaks and how to apply.

MOD Service Leavers Guide - Latest Edition Now Available

The latest version of the Service Leavers Guide is now available online at the link below. The booklet provides information on a range of topics to help you transition out of the service.Individuals should read the online copy 9 months prior to leaving

Click this link

Serving personnel enquiries: 94560 3600

Monday, 8 February 2016

Feedback on Army Website is built for you, make your opinion heard.

We are in the process of gathering feedback about the current website and your expectations for the new one and are looking for family members of soldiers and former staff thinking of re-joining the army for a short interview on the phone.

Please get in touch with our partner agency - 0207 173 2885 or

Thursday, 4 February 2016

FREE Basic Car Maintenance Classes at Martin Gilbert Motor Repairs Abingdon

FREE basic car maintenance classes

FREE basic car maintenance classes

Tuesday 9th February, 7:00pm See future dates

FREE Basic Car Maintenance Classes to help you reduce your annual cost of motoring!

Martin Gilbert Motor Repairs will be running free evening ‘basic car maintenance classes’ in 2016. 
Open to men and women, please bring in your own car, so we can show you where everything is. 
We will also give you some advice on how often you should be checking these things and some professional tips about your car and what to look out for in specific vehicles. 
Plus it will give you a chance to talk to a qualified vehicle technician one to one to ask any specific questions you have regarding the basic maintenance of your vehicle. 
We take the safety of our customers very seriously and want to avoid any unnecessary accidents. 
We know times are tight, so learning how to maintain your car to its best condition can help reduce the cost of motoring across the year. 

Booking essential: Call to book on 01235 553055 

Future Dates

  • Tuesday 9th February 2016, 7:00pm until 8:00pm
  • Wednesday 9th March 2016, 7:00pm until 8:00pm
  • Thursday 7th April 2016, 7:00pm until 8:00pm
  • Monday 9th May 2016, 7:00pm until 8:00pm

Tuesday, 2 February 2016