Thursday, 24 March 2016

Vale of White Horse District Council - Bank Holiday Waste collections

Collections calendar

Don't forget...
...your bins will be emptied on a different day in the weeks after a bank holiday.

Easter 2016

Normal collection day

Revised collection day

Which bin?

Friday 25 March Saturday 26 March* Green bin, food bin, and brown garden bin
Monday 28 March Tuesday 29 March Grey bin and food waste bin
Tuesday 29 March Wednesday 30 March Grey bin and food waste bin
Wednesday 30 March Thursday 31 March Grey bin and food waste bin
Thursday 31 March Friday 1 April Grey bin and food waste bin
Friday 1 April Saturday 2 April* Grey bin and food waste bin

Monday 2 May Tuesday 3 May Green bin, food bin, and brown garden bin
Tuesday 3 May Wednesday 4 May Green bin, food bin, and brown garden bin
Wednesday 4 May Thursday 5 May Green bin, food bin, and brown garden bin
Thursday 5 May Friday 6 May Green bin, food bin, and brown garden bin
Friday 6 May Saturday 7 May* Green bin, food bin, and brown garden bin

Monday 30 May Tuesday 31 May Green bin, food bin, and brown garden bin
Tuesday 31 May Wednesday 1 June Green bin, food bin, and brown garden bin
Wednesday 1 June Thursday 2 June Green bin, food bin, and brown garden bin
Thursday 2 June Friday 3 June Green bin, food bin, and brown garden bin
Friday 3 June Saturday 4 June* Green bin, food bin, and brown garden bin
* Please note that Saturday collections will start from 6am, an hour earlier than usual, so remember to put your bins out the night before.

If you are unsure when your next collection day is and which bin you should put out please visit the Where I Live search.

AFF Super Spring giveaways from Army&You

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The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2015 - Key Facts

Copies of the Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report are available from the HIVE.

SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity - Local Volunteers Needed !!

'Not only have we seen the needs of the local Armed Forces community increase significantly in many areas, but their welfare needs have become more complex. 

As a result we desperately need more local volunteers to help our local Armed Forces community.' 

Can you spare some time to help?

Cherwell District Council - Bulky Waste Collection Service

Spring cleaning and planning on replacing your white goods or old furniture?
If so, why not make use of our bulky waste collection service to get rid of your old ones.
It costs £16 to remove up to 3 items. We can take a maximum of 6 items per collection. (6 items would cost £32)
Items are usually collected within ten working days on either a Thursday or Friday and must be ready for collection by 7am. They will be collected between 7am and 5pm.
Items must be placed for collection outside your house, on your property as close to the highway as possible or at your bin collection point.
For insurance purposes, we do not collect from inside your property.
Please note we cannot take builders rubble, liquids or corrosives, poisonous or medical wastes, any glass items, mirrors or mirrored doors. We can take old carpet but it must be cut into 4ft lengths before collection.
We only take items that are specified at time of booking.
For further information and a list of items that we can take go to our webpage

Sign Up For - Cherwell District Council's FREE Health and Fitness Newsletter

Are you looking to get fit but not sure where to start?
Maybe you fancy joining an exercise class but don't know which to pick? Or perhaps you are not aware of what is taking place and where?

If any of the above rings true then why not sign up for our FREE health and fitness newsletter.

On the first Monday of every month we will publish our latest edition letting you know what's coming up and when, what is ongoing and a full list of exercise classes currently being run by Cherwell across the district.
The newsletter is published online or is emailed direct to those who subscribe.
To view past and current editions visit or to subscribe email

Free Accountancy Qualification through the ACCA and Families' Federations

Gain new skills and a qualification in accountancy FREE through the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
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Closing date for registrations is 4th April 2016.

Veterans Scheme in NW Cumbria

If you are interested in applying please click HERE to download the application form.

The Veteran Services Managers can be contacted for more information:-;

Substitute Service Family Accommodation (SSFA) Repairs

Mears Group Limited took over the management of SSFA and SSSA on 19 January 2016. The former supplier, HCR, will continue to manage their properties until they can be transferred to the new supplier.

For reporting faults to substitute properties, please telephone (or email) Mears - or HCR (if you live in a property taken on to the scheme before 31 December 2015) at the earliest opportunity.


During office hours (08:30 - 17:00 Mon to Fri - except Bank Holidays) contact the Mears Accommodation Team: Telephone: 0800 032 4547. email:
Emergency repairs outside office hours (17:00 - 08:30 Mon to Fri, weekends and Bank Holidays) Mears Emergency Contact Centre. Telephone: 0800 032 4547.


During office hours (Mon to Thurs 09:00 to 17:30, Fri 09:00 to 17:00) Contact HCR's Maintenance Advisors for both routine and emergency problems contact: Telephone: 01256 313764 HCR's general switchboard: 01256 812700. Email:
During out of office hours (Mon to Thurs 17:30 to 09:00, Fri from 17:00 to Mon 09:00). Contact ABLE Telephone: 0333 6664357

Poppy Pod Project: Camping village for Armed Forces personnel and their families- Tile Barn Outdoor Centre-Brockenhurst

Hampshire County Council is proud to introduce The ‘Poppy Pod’ camping village for Armed Forces personnel and their families at Tile Barn Outdoor Centre in Brockenhurst, New Forest. The project is to become its lasting legacy to our Armed Service personnel to recognise and remember the sacrifices made and faced by the Armed Forces Community.

Twenty wooden pods have already been built as free holiday and respite facilities for service personnel, veterans and their families, thanks to £250,000 from the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant scheme.  A further £50,000 donation from the Brockenhurst Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) will be used to build a communal hub building for visitors to meet, eat and share experiences with other families.

The 20 solar-powered, accessible pods and hub building will be available at a charge for schools, when bookings begin from spring 2016. However, priority will be given to members of the armed services and their families on weekends and during school holiday periods who can enjoy the facilities for free.  

Tile Barn has been a camping and outdoor centre since the early 1970s and has recently benefitted from a new, fully accessible shower and toilet block, which will support use of the ‘Poppy Pod’ village. The centre was set up to provide cost effective outdoor residential experiences to school children in Hampshire. It can cater for up to 350 young people in fully equipped campsites and a 37 bed bunkhouse facility.

Tile Barn was originally used to treat First World War troops from the Indian Army Corps at tented and galvanised units, nicknamed 'Tin Town' by local people. The site then became the New Zealand General Hospital No.1 where 21,000 casualties were treated.

The pods have been fitted with a seating area which easily converts into a bed for families to have a versatile space.
The official opening is being planned for May 2016.

Councillor Andrew Joy, the County Council’s Armed Forces champion and Executive Member for Communities, Partnerships and External Affairs, added: “This is wonderful news and I’m sure many Armed Forces personnel, veterans and families will benefit from the much-deserved respite available at the ‘Poppy Pod’ village. There are over 30,000 military personnel based in Hampshire, the largest contingent in the country, and we place enormous value on our long and close relationship with the Forces. These new facilities at Tile Barn will help recognise and remember the sacrifices made and faced by the Armed Forces Community.”

Retired RN Captain Mike Matthews, Chairman of the Brockenhurst Branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “This project not only has links to the past, but will also offer a welcome respite for our serving armed forces men and women, veterans and their families, of all abilities, so they can take a well-deserved break as a family, in one of the most beautiful spots in the country. No.1 New Zealand General Hospital was located on Tile Barn Hill during the First World War and had an impressive rehabilitation record. Over 21,000 wounded evacuees from the Western Front were cared for with only 94 succumbing to their injuries. They are buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in the adjacent St Nicholas Churchyard. 

“Hampshire County Council’s drive to provide free rehabilitative breaks for service personnel and their families, including those with disabilities, resonates historically and emotionally with the members of my Brockenhurst Branch of the RBL, and we felt it would also have found favour with the two generous ladies who left the Branch handsome legacies in their wills.”

JSHAO information leaflets for service personnel and their dependants regarding civilian housing options.

The JSHAO is the MOD’s tri-service focal point to provide service personnel and their dependants with civilian housing information for those wishing to move to civilian accommodation at any time in their career, and for those during resettlement to assist with the transition to civilian life.

JSHOA have produced a number of useful handouts.....CLICK HERE to see

Cotswold Centre - Service Families Short Term Accommodation

The secure 25 acre site has a community centre with internet connection, bar, games hall (with large screen TV), launderette and children's playground.

The 3 bedroom chalets and converted flatlets are all self catering. They are fully furnished and include colour TV with freesat, cooking utensils, fridge, freezer, cutlery, crockery, bedding and towels.

For those families who need to stay longer at the site, there is an excellent early years centre for children from 3-4 and the LocalAuthority Run Lypiatt Primary School for 5-11 year olds. Older children can attend Corsham Secondary School, which is nearby.

For further information please call the centre at the numbers below:
Civilian: 01225 810 358
Military: 94382 4524
Or email them at

Finally, there is a leaflet with more information at this link.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Veterans World Information


The new issue of Veterans World is now online, you can view the magazine as a standard PDF on GOV.UK or via ISSUU, a digital publishing platform that’s free to access.

Veterans World raises awareness of help, advice and support available to veterans and their families via organisations, government, the voluntary and charitable sectors, and is aimed at people who work in an advisory capacity with the public. Its distribution includes HM Prisons, NHS Primary Trusts, Local Authorities, Resettlement Officers, Mental Health care workers, Citizen Advice Bureaux and those who work with veterans organisations.
At Veterans UK we want to make sure that as many Serving Personnel, Veterans and their families are aware of the many kinds of support and advice available to them, when they need it, and that it is up to date.  With that in mind please pass this email on to anyone else in your organisation or who you work with that advises or who may advise veterans and their families.

If you previously received a paper copy, and we had your e-mail address on record, you will be sent a link to each new issue.  If  you would like to receive a link, please send an e-mail to telling us if you are a Veteran or an Advisor and any organisation you are linked with, and we will add you to our distribution list.

We are now accepting article submissions for issue 38, which will be published in April 2016. Contributions are most welcome. If you have an article or press release that is suitable for Veterans World, to raise awareness of an initiative, scheme or organisation that offers help, advice or support to veterans, contact the Editorial Team with details:
Please note these contacts are for Veterans World related enquiries only. Please direct any other questions to -
Veterans UK helpline
Veterans UK
Ministry of Defence
Thornton Cleveleys

Victory Services Clubs - Promotional Planner March - May 2016

Victory Services Club - Easter Surprise - Thursday 24th March - Monday 28th March 2016

Official London Theatre - Kids Weeks 2016

Tickets for Kids Week, our popular kids go free ticket promotion, will go on sale on 14 June and once again offer families the chance to see dozens of top London shows for the entire month of August.

2016 marks the 19th year of the annual promotion. Over the near-two decade history of the family ticket offer, the promotion has evolved from its initial week of kids go free tickets to the month of events, workshops and theatrical celebration families have now come to love.
As always, Kids Week will offer one free child’s ticket for every full price ticket purchased, plus a further two children’s tickets at half price, for performances of participating shows from 1 to 31 August.

Last year broke all Kids Week records, with an incredible 229,143 tickets sold making it the most successful year in Kids Week history.

The shows that will take part in this year’s summer festival of family theatregoing will be announced in the coming months. There will also be a packed programme of show-related workshops and activities, giving children incredible access behind the scenes and giving them once in a lifetime opportunities to discover more about performing on a West End stage.

To keep in the loop with all the latest Kids Week news, make sure you follow Kids Week on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up to receive our fortnightly Family Bulletin.


The Easter Bunny will be visiting Fairytale Farm - Friday 25th March - Monday 28th March 2016

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The Easter Bunny will be hopping along to Fairytale Farm and taking up residence once again in the Farm's Giant Rabbit Burrow every day through the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend (25th to 28th March).
Fairytale Farm manager, Edwina Fawcett, says: "His basket of eggs is filling up in readiness for the opening at 10am on Good Friday, so come along and meet him. He will be telling a new Easter tale and every child who visits the Burrow will get a golden Easter egg."
There is much more to do at Fairytale Farm this Easter. Edwina explains: "There are lots more egg-citing activities at Fairytale Farm this Easter, including an Easter Egg Hunt, Easter colouring and a chance to get creative decorating your own delicious cookie egg."
Edwina is looking forward to some new arrivals for Easter in our animal area: "We have a brand new incubator at Fairytale Farm and we are hoping that our Easter chicks will have arrived in time so that our visitors will be able to see, and maybe handle, them."
Entry to the Giant Rabbit Burrow is an additional £3 per child, but all other Easter activities are free!
The Farm is open 10am to 5pm right through the Easter weekend.
Visitors can buy discount park entry tickets for the Easter weekend here . Tickets to the Giant rabbit Burrow can be purchased on arrival at the admissions desk.
Fairytale Farm can be found on the A44 (Oxford to Chipping Norton road), just outside Chipping Norton. The address is Fairytale Farm, Southcombe, Chipping Norton, OX7 5QH. Tel: 01608 238014. Email: .
The farm is open every day until 30th October. The Easter Bunny will be telling Easter tales from 25th to 28th March.
Our website is
Tickets can be bought online at a discount:
Fairytale Farm is a member of Experience Oxfordshire, Cotswolds Tourism, Tourism South East, Tourism For All and the National Farm Attractions Network.

Easter Fun At Bovington Tank Museum 25 March - 10 April

This Easter see Tanks in Action every weekday, explore the Museum’s newest First World War exhibition, take part in the Easter trail and win a chocolate treat!

NEW Exhibition - TANK MEN: The Story of the First Crews
Explore The Tank Museum’s newest exhibition and discover the lives of eight First World War soldiers who were among the pioneers of tank warfare. You will be moved by powerful stories as we mark the Centenary of the tank.

Tanks in Action Displays – Every Weekday
See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Good Friday (25 March). Realistic explosions, life like explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action–packed demonstration of Tanks in Action.

Vehicle Rides – Every Day
Experience for yourself the thrill of riding in an M548 tracked vehicle. This working example of military hardware seats 16 at a time – so the whole family can jump on together. Available every day during the holidays, a £3.50pp charge applies.

First World War Themed Family Activities
Take part in a range of First World War themed family activities. Make a wooden tank, meet a `Tommy` in the trenches, climb inside a First World War tank and much more.

Tonnes of Fun for Families!
Kids can let off steam in our outdoor play area and in our new inside soft play area, adjacent to our Café. Plus free family trails to keep them absorbed with teasers and puzzles!
Follow this link to find out more

The Rifles Museum, Winchester - Easter Eggs-plosion - Monday 28th March 2016

Easter Eggs-plosion

With Easter just around the corner, we organised a cracking day. Join us on Easter Monday (28th March 2016) at The Rifles Collection for our Easter Eggs-plosion activities.

We are building our own egg box tanks, decorating eggs, having our own egg and spoon race and of course, an Easter egg hunt!!

We will be running these eggs-citing activities on Easter Monday (28th March 2016) 10am-4pm. Please check our website ( for more information.

For more details please contact us: / 01962 828505