Sunday, 31 December 2017

Intro Letter from Emily Arnold, AWS Community Support Development Worker

To view/download a full version of this letter and in order to complete and return the tear off slip at the bottom of the letter please click HERE

Friday, 15 December 2017

DMS(W) Craft Club - Every Thursday at the Postbox

Lichfield Bin Services in the Snow

If there is snowy and icy weather, we may not be able to empty your bin(s). We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. 
Click HERE for all the latest updates 

Spitfore 10K 2018

Click HERE for more information

Life Works at Tern Hill 16th to 18th January 2018

Nu Yu Hair & Beauty Salon - 10% Armed Forces Discount

NuYu are offering a 10% discount to those serving at DMS Whittington and also those who hold civilian IDs.  Show your ID when paying for your treatment.

Click HERE for more information

Service Pupil Premium 2018 - This message is for the attention of Regular Forces Service parents based in England

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

Christmas Smiles for Little Troopers

Once again this Christmas many British Armed Forces children will have a parent serving away from home, we can't bring every parent home but we can hopefully spread lots of love this festive season.

We have our final four ticket opportunities for Little Troopers in Chatham, Leicester, Oxford & London

OXFORD - Jack & the Beanstalk - 18th December 1400hrs

If you are serving British Armed Forces please do apply for tickets as below;

Email us ALL the below information by 14th December 2017 1900hrs here >
  • Your Name
  • Serving persons name and base/ship/regiment
  • Your postal address
  • How many tickets required (immediate dependent family only)
  • Names of all applicants and ages of children
  • Confirmation you are available and can travel to the Oxford Playhouse at your own expense
LONDON - Disney on Ice - 20th December 1830hrs
If you are serving British Armed Forces and your Little Troopers are experiencing separation (longer than 3 weeks) from a serving parent then please do apply for tickets as below;

Email us ALL the below information by 17th December 2017 1900hrs here >
  • Your Name
  • Serving persons name and base/ship/regiment
  • Your postal address
  • How many tickets required (immediate dependent family only)
  • Names of all applicants and ages of children
  • Confirmation you are available and can travel to the O2 Arena London at your own expense
  • Details of Separation
CHATHAM - Sleeping Beauty - 21st December 1900hrs

If you are serving British Armed Forces and your Little Troopers are experiencing separation (longer than 3 weeks) from a serving parent then please do apply for tickets as below;

Email us ALL the below information by 17th December 1900hrs here >
  • Your Name
  • Serving persons name and base/ship/regiment
  • Your postal address
  • How many tickets required (immediate dependent family only)
  • Names of all applicants and ages of children
  • Confirmation you are available and can travel to Central Theatre, Chatham at your own expense
  • Details of Separation
LEICESTER - Beauty & the Beast - 23rd December 1300hrs

If you are serving British Armed Forces and your Little Troopers are experiencing separation (longer than 3 weeks) from a serving parent then please do apply for tickets as below;

Email us ALL the below information by 17th December 2017 1900hrs here >
  • Your Name
  • Serving persons name and base/ship/regiment
  • Your postal address
  • How many tickets required (immediate dependent family only)
  • Names of all applicants and ages of children
  • Confirmation you are available and can travel to the De Montfort Hall at your own expense
  • Details of Separation
GOOD LUCK! We will email winners only after closing date, we will not email to confirm receipt of your entry.
  • Applications that do not answer all of the above as requested will be VOID
  • Only one entry per family
  • Please ONLY apply if you are available the date of the tickets, dates can not be swapped
  • Schools please feel free to forward this to any eligible families in your settings
That completes our Christmas Smiles initiative, we hope everyone has an amazing time xxx

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

West Midlands Safari Park - Recruitment Day 7 January 2018

We have a wide range of departments with a huge variety of roles in the following areas; Theme Park, Retail and Admissions, Food and Beverage, Games and Venues.

A relaxed welcoming environment in our Treetops Pavilion will set the tone for the day. Candidates will be invited to explore the many opportunities on offer and speak to those who already work at the Park about their experiences and what it’s really like to work here.

The day consists of two parts…

Firstly members of our friendly and informative team will discuss your skill set, relevant qualifications and previous experience with you to ensure we find the role that fits. This is a great time to showcase your personality and maybe look to try something new.

After the team has found your perfect match, a department interview will take place and hopefully you will be well on your way to becoming part of the team.

Benefits and rewards of Employment…

We are proud of all members of our organisation and pride ourselves on the excellence of our people. In turn we believe excellence should always be rewarded. Alongside complimentary Park tickets and discounted tickets to WMSP events, we offer 35% discount in selected onsite locations. All employees are also part of out rewards and recognition scheme which includes great days out for all the family at local and UK attractions and great savings on big brands, local independent stores, travel, eating out, utilities, groceries, high street shopping and much more.

For more info and to register, go to

DHL - Supplying Opportunities for the Ex-Forces

DHL is proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant which shows our commitment to those who serve (Regular and Reservists) or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families. In 2014, we were awarded the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award. 

This commitment means we will actively seek to find the right position for the right person. We are Armed forces friendly and understand that the experience you gained and honed in the Forces is what sets you up for an exciting future within our organisation.

Our core values are closely aligned to those of HM Forces, which puts us in a unique position before you even start to look for possible employment with in DHL. Using these core values and ours will see a partnership which can deliver excellence.

Click HERE for more information

Barbershop at DMS Whittington

Both Saturday 16th & 23rd are now fully booked. 👍🏻💈
Barbers is open in the week in the run up to Christmas 🎄 
 Working 28th,29th & 30th all by appointment so if you’d like a fresh trim up for your New Years bash book as soon as possible as it does fill up fast. 

Call 01543 434207
Text 07894746931

The barber will be working by appointment all day Saturdays from 8th July 2017. 
Appointments can be booked both at the shop or home visits. 
Prices are £15 per person adding an extra £5 in total for a home visit. 
I'm taking booking from today via text or call 07894746931 or 01543434207
The shop is still open Monday,Wednesday,Thursday & Friday with prices remaining from £10 for walkin. 

You can now pay by card 💳 both chip&pin or contactless.
  Telephone no: 01543 434207

Friday, 8 December 2017

From Sunday 10th December, London Midland services will be operated by West Midlands Trains.

The London Midland On Track app will no longer be supported after this date. New apps will be available in the App Store and Playstore.
Customers visiting will be automatically redirected to the new website.

Joint Service Housing Advice Office Presentation - 13 February - Travers Barracks Aldershot

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 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

DMS (W) Carol Service

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Lichfield

Collect 12 Christmas Treats in Lichfield shops next week, with Visit Lichfield's Twelve Days Of Christmas 
Click HERE for details

Aldi Christmas Eve Food Surplus

Are you a registered UK charity? Would you like to receive fresh food to help spread festive cheer to those in need this Christmas? 
Our stores are closing on Christmas Eve and we’ll be donating surplus fresh fruit, fish, meat and more! 
If your charity could benefit, please contact before 8th December to apply. Please note that we can only accept applications from registered charities.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Santa Paws at The Angel Inn Lichfield - All donations go to Guide Dogs

SANTA PAWS will soon be returning to the Angel Inn, waiting to greet all our lovely four legged friends.. make sure you have the dates in your diary! (Don't forget it's the Christmas Lichfield Food Festival on the Sunday too!!).

No booking required just turn up.. 

Theyhave kindly been donated some little presents from Ruby's mom and Fish4Dogs for Santa to give out (however it will be first come first serve), along with Santa's helper on hand who will be taking a snap for you to treasure (available within 10 minutes).

All donations will be going to The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (UK)... 

Christmas on Market Square Lichfield

Friday, 1 December 2017

Toy Appeal - Charnwood children's Centre

Toy Appeal. Please bring your donations along to Charnwood Children's Centre, Purcell Avenue, Lichfield WS13 7PH. Help children in Lichfield to have a better Christmas. Many thanks.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

RAF Envoy Magazine - Winter 2017 Edition

To view the Winter edition of RAF Envoy, please click HERE

'Pass on the Love' - Thorntons supporting SSAFA this Christmas

To ‘Pass the Love on’ this Christmas, Thorntons is supporting SSAFA, the national charity that works with our service men and women, veterans and their families. The advert was developed with SSAFA and will help to raise awareness of the charity. It will air in the key festive season with a four-week run up to Christmas and reach over 16 million people.
To further ‘Pass the Love on’ with your support, and in the seasonal spirit of giving, 2% of all sales from the Thorntons Continental boxed product range, purchased in Thorntons owned stores in Great Britain and on the Thorntons website, will be paid in support of SSAFA.

Twycross Zoo - Heroes Day 8-10 December

Discounted entry for accompanying guests – Bring the whole family for a festive, family day out.
Adult – £16.50
Child (3-16 years) – £12
Infant (under 3s) – FREE
Concessions – £14.50
*Terms & Conditions
Free entry and discounted entry prices can only be redeemed on the gate, on the day of visit (advance bookings are not available). Free entry will be applied upon presentation of a valid ID (eg; blue light card, MOD card, Veterans Card) if the ID does not have a photo on it, additional photo ID must be supplied. This offer is only valid from Friday 8th – Sunday 10th December 2017. Normal zoo opening times and operations will be in place and the zoo is open to general public for normal admission prices. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. For more information email

Christmas Stocking Workshop and Festive Face Painting - Lichfield Library 2 December

Amazon Flex - Have a few hours to spare??

Click HERE to sign up

Supporting the Unsung Hero - FREE Dependants' Business Start Up Courses 2018

For more information please click HERE

Friday, 24 November 2017

Lichfield Round Table - Santa and his Sleigh Visits

The Lichfield Round Table are bringing magic and the spirit of Christmas to the streets of Lichfield between the 1st and 23rd December. 

Every year, Lichfield Round Table and teams of volunteers embrace the cold and join Santa and his Sleigh to raise money for local causes. Last year we collected over £14.000! 

1st Shortbutts Lane / Birmingham Road
2nd Alrewas
3rd Fradley
4th Boley Park / Quarry Hill
5th Boley Park / Broad Lane
6th Little Aston
7th Grange Lane / Stafford Road
8th Dimbles / Weston Road
9th Whittington

Monday, 20 November 2017

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Military Discount now offered by The Whittington Arms

25%* off your total bill (inclu. drinks)

Monday - Thursday!!
& now Fridays (until 2 December)

*not in conjuction with any other offer or festive packages
*offer valid when ordering main meals

JC Academy Lichfield Holiday Clubs now open for booking

Lichfield Christmas dates are now open for booking.

Career Opportunities for AGC(SPS) Soldiers

Monday, 13 November 2017

Little Troopers Treasures

Little Troopers Treasures is a project LTT partnered with Harper Collins, to bring children's books to forces families, currently there are nine books available to record.

> The service family downloads the app then creates a family login, the service person then logs in wherever they may be (WIFI needed) or before they go away and records some stories, the app captures their face, voice and the book pages.

> Once done the app zips up the story with lots of love and immediately the service child can go to the Little Trooper mode of the family login and there will be a surprise story waiting! They can watch the stories, or listen, over and over again.

> There are also some free supporting resources for families to accompany this app, a weekly planner sheet to print off and use plus separation diaries for both parent and child to complete while separated and then share once reunited.

All the information and download links plus the resources files to print off can be found HERE

Tickets for Troops: The Gruffalo's Child, Lyric Theatre, London - 22nd November to 7th December

Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s monstrous West End success comes The Gruffalo’s Child - with attitude! Just how brave is she? Find out for yourselves by joining her in the West End this Christmas.
The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood...
One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist... does he?
Tall Stories returns, bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to life in this magical, musical adaptation.
Tickets for Troops is giving away tickets for this show for several dates between 22nd November and 7th December at the Lyric Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue. For further details and to book tickets

New MOT reminder service launches in beta

A test version of a new government service has launched to remind drivers by text message and email when their MOT is due.
The GOV.UK service, developed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), makes it easy to get a reminder every year when your vehicle’s MOT is due.
When you sign up, you’ll get a reminder:
  • 4 weeks before your MOT is due
  • 2 weeks before your MOT is due, if you still haven’t had it tested
You’ll also get alerts that your vehicle no longer has an MOT.
You just need the vehicle’s number plate (registration number) and a mobile phone number or email address.
You’ll get a reminder every year until you unsubscribe.
Research by DVSA has revealed that around 28% of cars will be overdue at any one time. Most of these are down to drivers forgetting to get it done, rather than deliberately avoiding having the test done.
If you drive a vehicle without a valid MOT, you’re breaking the law. The only exceptions are to drive it:
  • to or from somewhere to be repaired
  • to a pre-arranged MOT test
You’re also risking your own life and the lives of your passengers and other road users.
You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.


the shopping centres in Birmingham have extended their shopping hours so you can stay for longer and indulge in some late night shopping.

Check out the opening hours over the Christmas period here

Friday, 10 November 2017

Ed's Diner - Armed Forces Remembrance Sunday Offer

To celebrate this year's Remembrance Sunday on the 12th November, Ed’s Diner will be dishing out free servings of their mouthwatering menu to all members of the UK Armed Forces, Veterans & Armed Forces Community. Ed’s are always looking at ways to give back to local communities and on Remembrance Sunday would like to commemorate the efforts of men and women who gave their service.
In order to claim their free meal troops must present their Defence Privilege Card or MOD90 ID Card to one of the team when dining at Ed’s. They’ll be entitled to either the Thanksgiving Turkey Burger, The Original, Fried Chicken or Halloumi & Roasted Peppers Burger, all of which come with fries and bottomless soda.


Visit your restaurant on Sunday 12th November and show your Defence Privilege Card or MOD90
Expires: 12 November 2017
T&Cs: In order to redeem a free bundle deal, a valid Defence Privilege Card or MOD90 must be presented to a team member. Valid for 1 free bundle deal per card. Bundle deals consists of Thanksgiving Turkey Burger, The Original, Fried Chicken or Halloumi & Roasted Peppers Burger, fries and a bottomless soda. Only valid on 11th November at all locations – excluding Liverpool Street Station. Not valid with any other offer or promotion. Not valid for delivery.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

BFPO Christmas Posting Information and Changes to some BFPO Christmas posting dates

See this link for latest recommended posting dates for BFPO mail at

The latest recommended posting dates for BFPOs 618/619/620 has been revised to 20 Nov, due to unavoidable changes in transit times.

Details of eligibility for the Christmas Families Free Mail Service (CFFMS), which is an extension of the Enduring Families Free Mail Service (EFFMS) to certain additional locations over the Christmas period, can also be found on this page.

BFPO addresses are eligible to take part in Royal Mail’s 
Letter to Santa.  All letters must be arrive in the UK by 8 December to receive a reply from Father Christmas!

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

JSHAO Housing Briefs 2018

Defence Discount Service - Drayton Manor Magical Christmas Offer on Selected Dates

Join Drayton Manor for a Magical Christmas experience this festive season, from Saturday 18th November for selected dates until Sunday 31st December.

They are celebrating 10 magical years of Christmas, with live shows, carols, presents, light shows, festive food, Father Christmas and everyday ending with a magnificent fireworks display, plus so much more. 

Please note tickets are for park entry only to Thomas Land and the zoo and do not include Father Christmas visits – this can be upgraded on the day for £6.00 per person subject to availability.
The park is open on the 23rd and 24th of December, however no discounted rates are available.

Click HERE for more information
Offer closes 31 December

Defence Discount Services - Alton Tower Services Day 2018 - 3/4 March

After the huge success of Services Day 2017 DDS are hoping that members join them for Services Day 2018 and this year have two dates for members to choose from.   

The Theme Park will remain closed to the members of the public and only available for Defence Discount Service and Blue Light Card members.  There is no opportunity to purchase tickets on the day.

Available dates: Saturday 3rd March or Sunday 4th March 2018
Ticket prices are just £18.50 for an adult, £17.00 for children (11 and under) and free for under 3's.  Members can also enjoy free car parking on the day which is normally £6 per car.
Tickets can be booked online via this link this will provide you your ticket electronically.  Alternatively you can book via the number 0871 222 4001 (13p per minute plus standard network fees, calls from mobiles may cost more).

Friday, 3 November 2017

Service Family Hot Topics - October 2017

Click on this link: Service Families Newsletter Oct 17 to view latest issue of Service Family Hot Topics