Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Abingdon HIVE office closed - Thursday 1st December 2016

Oxford Food Bank Collection

Hello Everyone, My name is Tacey Desmond.
Ac collection for Oxford food bank that I will be taking to them on Thursday 22nd December I am doing the reverse advent calendar idea.
The Reverse Advent Calendar is a really simple idea and a great way to help others who might need a little help at Christmas.
This year, alongside opening your traditional Advent calendars, we’re asking that you… your family, group, organisation, company… put aside a box and on each day of Advent pop a can or coin in the box. 
On 22nd December I will be visiting the food bank to drop off your donations and help for the evening. 
If you have a few old tins/food you don’t want please pop them in the box I have put a list below of the food that is best for the food bank.
We’d love you to collect the following items or please pop a £1 coin in!:
• Rice
• Pasta
• Tinned tomatoes
• Tinned potatoes / dried mash
• Tinned vegetables
• Soup
• Tuna
• Tea
• Coffee
• Tinned spaghetti
• Baked beans
• Jam/spreads
• Squash
• UHT / Long life milk
• Tinned fruit
• Tinned meats (chilli, pie, curry, chicken, hot dogs)
• Breakfast cereals
• Biscuits/chocolate
• Shampoo/conditioner
• Soap/shower gel
• Toothbrushes/Toothpaste
• Washing up liquid
• Loo rolls
• Sanitary items
If you can help please let me know on
07720860716 or

MOD Veterans UK - Changes to Helpline Opening Hours

Changes to our helpline opening hours took effect on Monday 31 October 2016.

The opening hours for the Veterans UK helpline service will change to 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

Analysis has shown that there are relatively few calls received in the early morning and evening and so the service has been re-organised to make more advisers available during our busiest times.

Callers phoning outside of these hours will still be offered an option to speak to our partners in the charities Combat Stress or The Samaritans where urgent assistance is needed.

Freephone (UK only): 0808 1914 2 18
Telephone (overseas): +44 1253 866 043

MOD - Duke Of York Royal Military School - Sixth Form Open Days December 2016 & January 2017

Respite & Welfare Breaks at Victory Services Club

We are very proud of the Respite and Welfare initiative that we offer, which provides a stay in the Capital for nominated personnel of all ranks. These breaks are intended to offer welcome respite for personnel wounded or injured on Operational Service, or for individuals who have encountered a significant welfare issue.

Further information is available at this link
and the Respite and Welfare initiative brochure is available 
by following this link

Military Personnel: Thinking of Doing a Course?

“use it or lose it” 

Standard Learning Credit (SLC) Service personnel may make SLC claims each financial year for 80% of any course fees; up to a maximum of £175 per year for approved vocational and academic courses.  This is a “use it or lose it” allowance, as the funding does not roll-over into the next financial year. Before starting any course, individuals must obtain prior approval.  Further details can be found in JSP 898 Pt 4 Chapt 4 or by contacting your local Education Centre Staff for further information/guidance. 

Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) The ELC allowance provides funding support to Service personnel who want to enhance their educational or vocational achievements for long-term personal development.  It may only be used to gain National Qualification Level 3 or higher qualifications. (i.e. A Level & some NVQ Level 4 or 5, 1st Degree, Post Graduate studies and Doctorate)  Candidates must have registered while serving and strict criteria apply when making a claim. Depending on a number of factors, this can amount to up to as much as £2000 per year, over a 3 year course. Again, individuals must both have registered and made their claim prior to starting any course.  Also, provided you registered whilst still serving , you may also claim for up to 10 years after leaving the service. See JSP 898 Pt 4 Chapt 3 for details or visit  or contact your local Education Centre Staff for further information/guidance.

HIVE - Linking in with Agencies to support the Military Community

Common questions about the HIVE BLOG and accessing the BLOG

Q.  What is the Blog?
A.           The Blog is an Internet based Information Platform on which information pertaining to service personnel and their families is publicised on a daily basis (Monday – Friday). 

The Blog provides information, Education, Accommodation, Transition to civilian life, Local and Tourist Information, Employment, Housing, What’s on in your local community and much more.

Q.I. Sometimes forget to check the HIVE Blog for updates, so probably miss out on what is going on and find out about events too late.
A.           Simply enter your email address in the ‘Follow by Email’ box, (on right hand panel) click ‘submit’, and follow the activation procedure to receive a notification email once a day on the day the blog has been updated.
By using this facility, you will never miss any posts that may be of interest and you’ll be informed when the latest information is available to view.
Q.There is a lot of information on the HIVE Blog, so I can’t find what I want very easily as it takes ages to scroll through the whole Blog.
A.        There are a number of ways to address this.  You can use the tabs and filters to view specific topics of information, or you can use the Labels facility on the right hand side.  Just click on the label and it will display all the information held under that label for example click on Accommodation (59)  and the Blog will display the 59 items under that label.  There is also the list of posts in the ‘Blog Archive’ on the bottom right hand side of the webpage.  
Alternatively, you can use the Blog Search box.  For example, if you wanted information on Service Accommodation, just type, Accommodation into the box and the relevant post will be displayed.

Q. I would like to put information on the Blog such as an event I am organising. I have a poster and would like to upload it for the local community to see.   
A.        Simply contact the HIVE by phone or email (details are on the right hand panel of the Blog home page) and they will upload your poster or information for you - free of charge. 

If you have any ...........
·                     contributions to the Blog 
·                     any event or activity you would like to see featured
·                     questions or queries regarding anything featured or 
·                     questions about what is on in the local area
·                     Local business advertising(can be advertised as long as there is a discount for military personnel and their families)

Please contact the HIVE by email at or call Abingdon HIVE  on 01235 543588 or Bicester HIVE on 01869 256158.

HIVE  Blogs are an MOD sponsored online presence, registered with and approved by MOD
(DMC).  In accordance with the MOD Online Engagement Guidelines.
HIVE  Blog content must be limited to unclassified information only which is relevant and useful to the local military community.

Joint Service Housing Advice Office - Housing Briefs 2017

Lifeworks Families - 2017

After a fantastic year and some exciting developments with our LifeWorks families programme over 2016, we are filling up our 2017 programme with courses and drop in clinics both in the UK and the rest of the world. The courses are FREE and designed specifically for military wives and partners they seek to offer employment support and help by enhancing and developing your employability skills. This is where we are at the moment with courses:
JAN: Dishforth 24-26th
FEB RAF Northolt 7-9th, Brunei 17-24th
MAR: Kinloss 7-9th Gutersloh 21-23
APR: Edinburgh 11-13th, Shrivenham 25-27th
MAY: Brompton 23-25
JUN: SHAPE (Belgium) 13-15th Poole 20-22nd
JUL: Paderborn 11-13th
We are looking at lots of other locations feel free to add your thoughts below as to where you’d like a course and if we get enough interest in an area, we’ll add it to the list of places we will look at.
Keep an eye on our website as we add more courses to our Programme.
REMEMBER if you can’t make a course or we aren’t in your area you can still get our help via our remote support programme and drop in clinics.
Phone: Freephone 0800 319 6844

Does your student child/children have an interest in engineering ?

Dalton Barracks Health Visitor Clinic - Thursday 1st December 2016

Dalton Barracks Health Visitor 
Drop In 

1st December 2016 

 12:30pm - 1:45pm
in the Youth Hub
(behind the Welfare Building)


11EOD Welfare Dept - Food Bank Project

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Service Families Benefit from CMI Membership

Service Families Benefit from CMI Membership

The Chartered Management Institute has pledged to support Service spouses and partners in gaining the leadership qualifications to help them further their career.

Ensuring that Service spouses and partners are not disadvantaged in finding and staying in employment due to service life is a key part of the Armed Force Covenant, which states that: 
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has sought to uphold this promise by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. In their pledges, the CMI support Service spouses and civil partners through their MOD Family Membership Scheme, which provides access to Leadership, Mentoring and Coaching qualifications, helping Service spouses to gain the key skills and professional recognition which can help Service family members to find employment. The Scheme is also available free to children of Service personnel (aged 16-18) and allows them to become a Campus CMI Affiliate  with access to all the benefits of online resources, including study support.

CMI’s pledge offers a discount on their qualifications and membership for family members of Service personnel who are CMI members, and a commitment to support Service spouses or Reservists who they employ with flexible working arrangements, where possible.

Chief of Defence People, Lieutenant General Richard Nugee is a CMI companion and participated in the signing of the Covenant at an event on 14 November. He said:
“The families of our Service personnel are an important part of the Covenant. We value and are grateful to them – the unsung heroes who support our Armed Forces. Knowing that the nation, and organisations like the Chartered Management Institute recognises this is extremely important and fundamental in making the Armed Forces Covenant work.”

Ann Francke, Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute said:
“We’re proud to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, and helping families of the heroic men and women who serve our country get the support they need to develop their careers. Thousands of members of the Armed Forces who’ve gained CMI-accredited qualifications have benefited from improved performance in their roles, as well as from building confidence and gaining qualifications to help them resettle into civilian life at the end of their military career. Now, their families also have the chance to develop their own skills and qualifications.”

Full details on what membership can offer military families can be found on the CMI website at

New Arrivals And Relocation

Have you just arrived in Abingdon, Wantage, Grove, Didcot Southmoor or Bicester?

 Please call in to the HIVE to find out more about your new location, where to register for doctors/dentists, finding a nursery place, employment, children's activities, events in local area etc.

If you are not connected to the internet yet, there is a computer in the Community Centre with free wifi internet services. 

Abingdon HIVE is located in the Community Centre on Cholswell Road in Shippon and is open Tues,Wed & Thur 8am - 4:05pm. 
Tel: 01235 543588

Bicester HIVE is located within the Army Education Centre in Ambrosden (opposite the Costcutter shop) and is open Mon 8am - 4:05pm & Fri 8am - 2pm. 
(Outreach service from Abingdon HIVE)
Tel: 01869 256158

All email enquiries to

If you about to relocate to Abingdon or Bicester, please contact the HIVE to request a pre-arrival information pack and Garrison guide. 

The HIVE also has information on all Army,RAF and Navy locations within the UK and overseas should you require information regarding a future posting.

Joint Service Housing Advice Office - Civilian Housing Brief - Wednesday 18th January 2017 - Tidworth

Coffe, Mince pie and chat with the Padre - Wednesday 30th November 2016

Thames Valley Police - Counter Terrorism Awareness Week 2016

Counter Terrorism Awareness Week 2016

The internet provides many opportunities for those with extreme views to target young or vulnerable individuals through internet enabled devices whether in their own homes or remotely. The STOP Button enables anyone who finds online content that they believe to be terrorist or extremist material to report it online. The button can be found on police websites, and many other public facing internet sites.

You can report illegal terrorist information, pictures or videos that you’ve found online, at Your report will be treated anonymously.

Family Learning English - FREE course starting in January 2017 at The Manor School Didcot

Family Learning English 
FREE course starting January 2017
The Manor School, Didcot
This is a great opportunity to brush up your English skills, gain a qualification, improve your confidence, find new ways to support your child’s development and learning, meet new people and have fun!
The course is free and is open to parents, carers, grandparents and child-minders.
Taught by a friendly and supportive tutor, the course is suitable for all levels, from beginners and up to Level 2 (roughly GCSE equivalent).
Luce Carter, Family Learning lecturer for Abingdon and Witney College who will be delivering the course, will be available to discuss the course with you on Monday 28th November from 2:45pm. Please come and visit her in the library (on the junior site) to find out more details about the course and how to enrol. Alternatively please feel free to email her at or you can contact Gemma Souch via the school office.
Family Learning, Oxfordshire Adult Learning provided by Abingdon and Witney College

Monday, 28 November 2016

Joint Service Housing Advice Office - Civilian Housing Brief - Aldershot - Wednesday 11th January 2017

Big White Wall - Movember news

Service Pupil Premium 2017


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 to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral, support during challenging times, which 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 19 January 2017 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.  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.  

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Thames Valley Alert - Burglary in Abingdon on 18th November 2016

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a burglary in Abingdon, Oxfordshire

On 18.11.16 between 00:00-19:14 a property in Willow Brook was burgled. Entry was gained through the front door.

If you have seen any suspicious looking vehicles or people in the area or have any information relating to this message, please call the police via the 24 hour non- emergency telephone number 101.

Alternatively, if you have any information but wish to remain anonymous, please call crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online @ No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Didcot Civil Hall - Nearly New Sale & Childrens Event - Sunday 4th December 2016

Bicester Technology Studio - Open Evening Thursday 8th December 2016



Bicester Technology Studio

Open Evening Thursday 8th December 2016

Bicester Technology Studio (BTS) is a new school offering a high quality education, through active learning opportunities in partnership with local employers. The school opened in September 2016 to Year 10 and Year 12 students, specialising in business and engineering. Find out more about BTS on our website.
Our open events are a great opportunity to find out more about studying at BTS. You’ll have a tour of our brand new building and will meet students, staff and industry partners. We will also be able to talk you through the application process. Following the event, we will add your email address to our mailing list to get the latest updates from the school (you can unsubscribe at any time).
5.30pm - arrival, registration and tours around the school with current students
6.00pm - welcome talk from Principal Richard Brown and Vice Principal Dean Woodham
6.30pm - further tours around the school with current students
7.00pm - end

To register your interest please follow this link