Sunday, 6 November 2016

Black Country Living Museum - Forces Discount

25% Armed Forces Discount - for the serving person only.  Take your MOD90 to show. (this does not entitled other member of your party to a discount).

Thursday, 3 November 2016

TT Autos Limited - DMS Whittington Personnel Discount


Please click HERE to go straight to their website

Garfunkel's Restaurant - 20% MOD Discount

20% off total food bill - Show MOD 90 or Defence Discount Card in store

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

The Royal British Legion's Birmingham Memorial Walk

The Royal British Legion will be launching their EXCITING new venture on Wednesday 2nd November during Birmingham Poppy Day

A self-guided Booklet for the walk is available from their Pop In Centre at 87 New Street (by Victoria Square, Birmingham) & includes a list of the significant remembrance sites across the city that the walk takes in. There is a description of each site, simple directions and a double-page colour map.
The walk starts and finishes at The royal British Legion ‘Pop-In Centre’ situated at 87 New Street, in Birmingham City Centre.

The City has always had strong links with the Armed Forces - Birmingham men served aboard many of Nelson’s ships at Trafalgar and during the First world war 150,000 men from the City served in the armned forces of whom over 12,000 were killed. Birmingham has wealth of memorials that commemorate the men and women of Birmingham who proudly served their country.
The walk includes a list of places to visit, a brief description of what there is of interest, simple directions and for the younger walkers, a quiz sheet to complete if they wish?

Our objective is to provide visitors with an interesting self-guided walk around the city centre, visiting sites connected with Birmingham’s military heritage, and seeing the memorials to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

If you would like to be one of the first people to undertake the walk on launch day, please contact

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Tesco Direct delivers to British Forces Post Office (BFPO) Addresses

If you’ve got family serving in the armed forces overseas, you’ll want an easy and reliable way to send them gifts. With effect from 17th October, Tesco direct is partnering with the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) to help you do just that.
When you order gifts from Tesco direct, you can arrange for them to be sent to a BFPO address overseas for exactly the same cost as for a standard home delivery within the UK.
We’ll deliver your items to BFPO HQ. From there, they’ll be sent to the chosen BFPO address overseas for no extra cost.
To find out how to place, track and manage your BFPO orders, visit the Tesco direct BFPO page.
Click HERE for more information

Monday, 24 October 2016

Birmingham's Active Parks with Coca Cola Zero Park Lives

Active Parks provides free physical activity opportunities for local people through Birmingham's network of parks and open spaces. A key strand of Birmingham City Council’s Wellbeing Service, the scheme is run in conjunction with the friends of parks networks across the city, supported by Birmingham Open Spaces Forum.
Regular physical activity can help you to feel good about yourself and has a number of health benefits. The activities on offer have been chosen by the local community and include – among others – conservation, bush craft, walking, tai chi, Zumba, running, tennis, canoeing and rowing*.
All Active Parks activities are: free, fun, local, welcoming, and suitable for beginners.
* For rowing, canoeing and cycling, please book in advance by calling Edgbaston Watersports on 0121 454 1997. You won't be able to register for these three activities online.
For more information please click HERE

Kids Run Free Tamworth

For more information click on link:

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Costco Wholesale - Armed Forces Membership

Members of the Armed Forces' are eligible to apply for membership of Costco Wholesale.  Your spouse or domestic partner also gets a complimentary partner card.
Click here for more information: Costco Wholesale Membersip

Gap Fitness Class Timetable

Monday, 10 October 2016

Pets at Home Tamworth - Companion Care Vet Surgery Armed Forces Discount

10% off Neutering Procedures
10% off Vaccinations
10% off Consultations

Proof of membership is required.
Terms & Conditions apply. At Participating surgeries only.Please call the surgery for an appointment.

Please click HERE for more information

Friday, 7 October 2016

Forces Help to Buy Scheme Extended to 2018

The Secretary of State for Defence today announced the excellent news that the very popular Forces Help To Buy scheme will be extended into 2018. As you will be aware, the scheme which was launched in 2014, allows serving military personnel to borrow up to half their salary up to a cap of £25,000, interest free over ten years so they can buy their first home, extend a current one or move up the property ladder.

The news is featured on the Armed Forces Covenant website and includes comments from L/Cpl Baffour Asante whose family has benefitted from the scheme.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Lichfield Karate Academy

ENROLLING NOW: CLASSES STARTING SEPTEMBER 2016 MONDAY 5.30-6.30 AND 6.30-7.30@Wade Street Church Hall off Frog Lane (opposite police station)
Thursday 7-8pm (Mix class)
unit 6, Shires industrial estate, Essington Close, Lichfield. WS14 9AZ
Lichfield Karate Academy offer a friendly and supportive atmosphere to new comers this especially applies in the case of children. DBS checked and approved, member of United Styles Association (USA) Affiliated English Karate Federation.
For further information please contact us on the following number/email address
Tel: 01543 480 990/07894 948010 or
WADE STREET CHURCH HALL LICHFIELD off Frog Lane(opposite the Police Station)
Off road parking 30 minutes up to 6.30pm, Multi Storey car park 100 yards 3 minutes bus and train services.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Storybook Soldiers

Click HERE for more information

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Rugeley and Chase Leisure Centres - Free Memberships for Armed Forces Personnel and Reservists

Saturday, 16 July 2016

100% Army Fit Smartphone App

The 100% Army Fit app is available on Google Play and the Apple Store. A Spotify playlist has been created inspired by the favourite workout tracks of real soldiers and officers. Listen to it here.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Morrisons Cafe 10% Forces Discount (Card holder only)

Morrisons are offering members 10% off in their cafes.  In order to redeem this offer simply show your Defence Discount Service Privilege Card or MOD90 in the cafe.

T&Cs: Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers. 10% off is available to the card holder only. 

There is no limitation to how many times this can be redeemed during the time frame.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Cadbury World - Armed Forces Discount

Tickets must be pre booked by calling 0844 880 7667. Please note that this promotion can be used for up to six persons, upon production of the relevant  documentation upon arrival at reception,and payment will be taken at the time of booking.
We would advise that this cannot be booked online, but please contact our Reservations Dept on 0844 880 7667, and they will be happy to assist you further.

Normal Adult Price £16.75 Our Price £10.85
Normal Child Price £12.30 our Price £7.95
Under 4's Free

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Insurers offer better deal for Armed Forces personnel

Armed Forces personnel posted overseas will from today (Saturday 25 June) be able to keep their motor insurance No Claims Bonus for up to three years and not pay cancellation fees if they are posted overseas at short notice.
Click HERE for full details

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Reading Force - For all Service Families - Copies available from the HIVE

Click HERE for more information

Click HERE to view latest Reading Force newsletter

Pop into the HIVE for free scrapbooks

Sunday, 12 June 2016

The Gym - find your fit - Defence Discount Service

The Defence Discount Service would like to welcome The Gym Group. They offer state of the art equipment, dedicated and Level 3+ qualified Personal Trainers, 24/7 access, exclusive member benefits, free group fitness classes and much more.

Defence Discount Service members get a great discount too! To find out all the information please log into your account at

Friday, 10 June 2016

Afford Rent a Car - Discount for Military Personnel & MOD Civilians

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The HIVE in the Postbox has a supply of the Free privilege card - call in or contact the HIVE on 01543 433658 or

Friday, 13 May 2016

Christchurch Under 5's Playgroup - Lichfield

Victory Services Club - New Website

The Victory Services Club (VSC) website has been given a brand new look and the finished product is better than ever. Updated to include some of the latest features in web design, the new site gives serving and retired members of the military, and their families, an enjoyable online experience that matches that offered at the club itself.
The new site’s navigation makes it easier than ever before for online visitors to find what they’re looking for, and find out more about the fantastic venue, dining options and affordable accommodation on offer in the heart of the London.
It is now possible to learn more about the Club’s charitable objectives with a dedicated Charity section, and view the latest events in the new Social Diary.  If you’re looking for somewhere special to celebrate investitures, mark a milestone birthday with family and friends, or even to celebrate your wedding day, the new website clearly signposts each exciting section of the club, from accommodation to events, and much more.

Warwick Castle Offer with Defence Discount Service

Click HERE for full details

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Defence Discount Service - Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Show your Defence Privilege Card at their Visitor Information Centre (near Costa) when you arrive and they will give you a Privilege card entitling you to 10% off at most stores across the centre!

For further information about Defence Discount Sevice and to sign up, click on the link below:
Defence Discount Service

Cheshire Oaks is approximately 4 miles from Dale Barracks, for further information visit:


Thursday, 14 April 2016

New Disount - 20% Off English Heritage Membership

English Heritage have joined Defence Discount Service and are offering members 20% off their membership. 

Visit for details and the discount code.

Friday, 1 April 2016

RAF Benevolent Fund/Relate Family Mediation Service

The RAF Benevolent has now launched a project to help RAF personnel access Family Mediation, at a reduced cost.  By doing this, they seek to ease the complexity and the cost of separation and therefore the stress on the family members. If you are separating from your partner, you may wish to consider mediation and particularly so if children are involved. Family Mediation helps people in conflict to work out an agreement on issues such as:

            -           Arrangements for children after family break up, such as where the child   should live and spend time with each parent (the Children and Families Act 2014 includes the presumption of shared-parenting, but this does not mean equal time with each parent).

            -           Finances; including child maintenance payments, savings, pension,         property and debts (not Scotland).

The RAF Benevolent Fund will substantially assist RAF personnel towards these costs, through a contract they have set up with Relate (who already provide relationship counselling to our personnel funded by the RAF Benevolent Fund). Individuals must book this mediation through Relate, using the RAFBF/Relate telephone number 0845 077 5556 and quoting their Service Number. Access to face to face support is currently variable in the UK, but should grow in time; subtly different arrangements also operate across the UK.  The Fund therefore has to work with what Relate can provide but this does include webcam sessions and, if necessary, external providers.

Specific details of what the RAF Benevolent Fund is providing and what individuals and their partners are expected to fund are provided below. You will see that there are differences between the process in England/Wales and Scotland. In England and Wales couples will initially attend a Mediation, Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before attending up to 3 formal mediation sessions. Whilst in Scotland couples attend an Individual Intake Session (separately) before undertaking up to 4 joint sessions. 

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Substitute Service Family Accommodation (SSFA) Repairs

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

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

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).
Get full details at or contact 
Closing date for registrations is 4th April 2016.

Friday, 11 March 2016

IT Services Vacancies in Birmingham

Category: Job Finding
IT Services Vacancies in BirminghamAdvanced Computer Software Group (ACS) is a leading provider of software and IT Services to the UK public, private and not for profit sectors. In 2014, Advanced won Tech Company of the Year in PwC’s UK Tech Awards and was ranked in the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50, which recognises the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK. Gartner has also ranked us third largest enterprise software supplier – and we’re still growing! 

We are looking to grow our teams UK wide, in all areas of our business, from Sales Consultants, Customer Support Technicians, Software Developers to Marketing trainees and Payroll Administrators. 

For these roles we aren’t looking for people who are the finished article, we’d love to find someone with potential who we can help grow and achieve their career aspirations. You don’t need a huge knowledge of the IT sector, but you will need an enthusiasm for whatever role you are applying for. We will be offering 8-12 weeks of intensive training through our in house team for entry level roles to bring you up to speed on our business and products, and more importantly to give you the basic skills you will need to hit the ground running. This training will be a mixture of classroom time with our in house training team, and shadowing colleagues within the business currently succeeding in these positions. 

We strongly believe these are great opportunities for Service leavers, as we aren’t worried about whether you have already worked in a relevant sector, but whether you have the potential to succeed with us, and more importantly we recognise all of the superb transferable skills you will have from your time in the forces, such as organisation skills, being able to work under pressure, a strong work ethic and strong communication skills. 

Vacancies currently live on RightJob are:

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Chiquito Restaurant Bar - 25% MOD Discount off Total Food bill

Present MOD 90 or Defence Discount Card in store

Friday, 5 February 2016

Help for the Armed Forces Spouses/Partners of Service Personnel

To view and/or download the information leaflet, please click HERE

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Midlands Military and Community Choir

My name is Laura Joy Godwin and I am the Choir Director of The Midlands Military and Community Choir based in Birmingham.
A little info about us -
The Midlands Military And Community Choir was the brainchild of the Royal British Legion and The Birmingham Bach Choir and was created to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
Over the last 24 months the choir has recruited singers both with Forces connections (Serving, Cadets, Veterans, Reservists etc) and those from the civilian community.
The idea of this Military and Community Choir is to bring people together to have fun, make friends and create great music both at rehearsals and through concerts at various venues.
From concerts at The Symphony Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, The Old Rep, Northfield Baptist Church and a Flash Mob in Birmingham City Centre to a wonderful evening singing alongside care home residents we enjoy our music and want to share it.
We rehearse on the 1st, 3rd and 5th (if there is one!) Thursday's of each month at Northfield Baptist Church, 7.15 - 8.45pm, £5 for the session. There is no audition and music will be provided.
Our facebook site is
If there is anything you could do to help us advertise our choir we would really appreciate it!
Kind regards,
Laura Joy Godwin

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