Thursday, 31 August 2017

Lichfield HIVE - Relocation and new Phone Number

With effect from 1st August, the Lichfield HIVE will be relocated to Building 45, The Community Support Hub.  

The telephone number for Lichfield HIVE is now 
01543 434362

Monday, 28 August 2017

Lichfield Food Festival 26th to 28th August

Click HERE to view full programme of events

Friday, 18 August 2017

Mercian Regiment Freedom Parade through Tamworth - 2nd September

ON SATURDAY 02 September 2017, soldiers of The Mercian Regiment will parade through Tamworth to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the regiment’s formation.
They will be parading from the castle grounds around Tamworth town and finishing in the castle grounds.
Come along and support your regiment, The Heart of England's Infantry.

Limited Edition HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier Bag

Get your limited edition HMS Queen Elizabeth 'Carrier Bag'!
To celebrate the aircraft carrier's historic arrival into Portsmouth we have the limited edition 'Carrier Bag' for sale!
HMS Queen Elizabeth is the affiliate ship of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

Services Day 4th November - Thorpe Park

Back by popular demand, Services Day at Thorpe Park including Fright Night will take place on Saturday 4 November 2017.
The Theme Park will remain closed to the members of the public and only available for Defence Discount Service card holders:

Available date is: Saturday 4th November 2017

Ticket prices are just £18.50 for an adult, £18.50 for children and free for under 3's.  Members can also enjoy free car parking on the day.

Please note: Merlin Annual passes cannot be used for this day.

Click DDS for more information or contact your local HIVE

Barbershop at DMS Whittington

Barbers will close at 1700hrs Friday 18th and will reopen on Thursday 31st August

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 ðŸ’³ both chip&pin or contactless.
  Telephone no: 01543 434207

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Extreme Chilli Festival - Brindleyplace - 15/16th September

Now in its 7th year, the festival will feature another packed schedule of live music and street performances on the Saturday, alongside the popular Chilli Market.

The Chilli Produce Market, in association with Sketts, will let you get a taste of spice from all around the world…right here on your doorstep in Brindleyplace. So for those amongst you who have heat-loving taste buds, there will be plenty of opportunities to grab lunch or takeaway on the go! From tasty sauces and preserves to curries and marinades, the markets will feature a range of stalls offering a selection of chilli inspired food, drinks & gifts – either for you to enjoy on the day or take home for your family & friends.

This year’s festival will be held in conjunction with one of our four charity partners: Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

We hope to see you there!  Click HERE for more information

We Love Tamworth 2017 - 2nd September


Saturday, 2 September 2017 - 11:00amW
The Castle Grounds will be alive with fairground rides, a dog show, assault course, stalls and much more.
There will also be a dedicated Children’s Zone featuring walkabout characters, mini zoo, inflatables, obstacle course, junior Gladiators, face painting, balloon modelling, craft activities and more. Entry to the Zone will be £3 per child, with adults getting in free of charge.
Dog lovers are invited to bring along their pets and enter them for the fun dog show. There are categories for waggiest tail, junior handler for owners between seven and 13, cutest puppy, prettiest crossbreed bitch, handsomest crossbreed dog, scruffiest scamps, prettiest pedigree bitch, prettiest pedigree dog and golden oldies – for dogs aged seven and over.
Entry into the dog show is £1 per class and sessions take place on the half hour from 11.30am until 3.30pm. Organisers will also be accepting donations of dog food, blankets, towels and treats for the Dog Rescue Centre on the day. More details about the dog show can be obtained by calling 0121 3130174 or 07894 644572.
Charities, businesses and organisations will be exhibiting in the stalls arena, which is again being run by Tamworth Lions Club.

CarillionAmey Walk Away Scheme - Notice Required

As you might expect the Walkaway scheme* is particularly busy at this time of year due to the high volume of move outs arranged during the summer.
CarillionAmey are are experiencing a number of issues where occupants are leaving their request to use the schem until the last minute, including one individual who submitted their request at 8pm the night before move out, which the team had no chance of processing. He then went on to submit a complaint!
SFA residents planning on using the Walkaway Scheme are advised that they need to place their request a minimum of two days before the move-out date. In addition, they need occupants' email addresses so that they team can send the correct detail out to them - preferably a personal email address so they receive the certificate outside of work.
*Walkaway Scheme Website

Whittington Countryside & Craft Fair - 2nd September

Click HERE for more information on attractions at the event

Armed Forces - Free Entry To Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace & Holyrood House

Armed Forces - Free Entry To Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace & Holyrood House (HH is after 12pm).
MOD90/Armed Forces ID card and Defence Discount Service Card holders can visit Windsor Castle with up to four friends or family for FREE. That’s a potential saving of £85.
The Royal Collection ticket booking line have stated that "policy is that the free entry applies to the MOD 90 holder and 4 guests however it is at the discretion of the staff on the day if they do let dependant pass holder and 4 guests in for free".
Be sure to check the Royal Collection website to plan and make the most of your visit.
1. Call ahead of your visit on 0303 123 7300 to check that the castle is open to the public (no advance booking required.
2. Bring your MOD90/Armed Forces ID/DD
S Card with you to get you and up to four friends or family in for FREE.
3. if using DDS card phot ID is required.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Ride to the Wall at the NMA - 7th October

Defence Discount Service - Pure Gym Offer

Pure Gym have a great offer for members.

They are offering members £0 joining fee at some fantastic gyms!

To find out how to do this please visit our website at

Twycross Zoo‎World Orang utan Day at Twycross Zoo - Red Heads Get in for Free - 19th August

In honour of our red haired ape friends and to coincide with World Orang utan Day, we are letting everyone who has red hair into Twycross Zoo for FREE on Saturday 19th August.

'RED HEADS' = this is head on the top of your head: natural red-hair, died red hair or red wigs. NOT red beards or other red ficial hair. 

PLEASE NOTE: this event is on Saturday 19th August (not as previously advertised on zoo maps as 18th August).

World Orang utan Day is celebrated internationally and aims to highlight the beauty of the these amazing animals and the dangers currently facing them in the wild - mainly from habitat destruction.

1206 Squadron Air Cadet Recruitment 2017

Jobs and Careers Fair 24th August

Union Jack Club - London . Current Offers

Great Offers Available at Union Jack Club in London

AFF Foreign & Commonwealth Families Presentation 7th September 2017 Station Briefing Centre Stafford

Tickets for troops: Exclusive 3-Day Nuffield Health Gym Pass On Offer In 111 Clubs*


Transport for London - Veterans Oyster Photocard

Please click HERE for more information

Afford Rent a Car - Moving House 20% Forces Discount Van Hire

Waterworld Summer Special - ends 4th September

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Chatsworth House - 2 for 1 entry to the house and garden Armed Forces

Chatsworth House would like to offer a 2 for 1 entry to the house and garden, for all servicemen and women on production of a valid Armed Forces employment ID card. Valid until 31st December 2017.

MOD Stafford Open Day - 2nd September

Friday, 11 August 2017

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Royal British Legion & Age Concern - The Moving On Project Moorfield Community Hall

CALLING ALL EX-SERVICE PERSONNEL!!! Moofield Hall are providing practical and theraputic activites for all ex-service personnel of any age and their dependants... For more info call Jo on 0121 270 3311

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

SSAFA Stepping Stone Homes

SSAFAs Stepping Stone Homes based in both the North East and the South of England provide short-term supported accommodation, help and advice to female service or ex-serving personnel, the female spouses or partners of serving or ex-serving personnel, and their dependent children.

Support is also provided to women without children or whose children may be living elsewhere temporarily, those seeking accommodation due to welfare needs, and Foreign & Commonwealth cases. The above list is not exhaustive. Each case will be considered individually.

Our homes provide a comfortable, secure and female-only place to stay for as long as it takes the resident to get back on their feet. From our clean and well-maintained communal spaces to private areas for each resident to make their own, we make our houses like home for however long the resident is with us.

The schemes are also registered with local authorities as refuges for those fleeing domestic abuse and, as such, their locations are not to be disclosed to the public. Referrals can be made via the email addresses below:

North - Longside House : South - Gildea House: Head of Housing: Amanda Deakin on

The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS)

The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS) provides the opportunity for Army spouses/civil partners to express their views about a range of issues that affect their life as a Service family. The evidence provided by these views is a vital source of information that assists the Army in developing future personnel policy.

To support this process, it is important that the collective views of spouses/civil partners of Officers and Soldiers alike are communicated to the wider Army.

A link to the report can be found on the website can be found HERE

Just Julie - Hair & Beauty Specialist

located in same building as DMS Barbers, Heath Avenue


A fun-filled day of music, food & children's entertainment is coming to the Custard Factory Courtyard!
The weather’s getting hot, the schools are out for summer, and it’s time for some family fun in the sun! On Saturday 12th August, the Custard Factory is excited to be hosting the ‘Summer Jam’ – a day of music, fabulous food and spectacular family fun!
Click HERE for full details

Friday, 21 July 2017


DIO (Julie Edge) conducted an inspection of the stairwells in all of the flats alongside the Fire Officer today. It was noted that in some areas, boxes/rubbish is being dumped in the void under the stairwell. The voids under the stairs have to be available as they house the main fuse leading into all  the flats and access should be available 24/7 in case of emergency power issues.

Can all  occupants remove items that belong to them by 01 Aug 17.  Anything remaining after this date will be taken and disposed of.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

National Employment & Careers Fair - 7 September

Click HERE for more information and/or register

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

DIO SFA Customer Satisfaction Survey

The Dog Inn Whittington - 10% Armed Forces Discount off food bill

2 Main Street, Whittington. 01543432601

Come and enjoy a friendly welcome in this 18th century village pub
Large bar and restaurant area that can easily seat up to 25 people and a generous external seating area
Open 7 days a week for drinks Monday - Thursday 12pm - 11pm; Friday - Saturday 12pm - 12am; Sunday 12pm - 10.30pm
Open for food Tuesday- Saturday 12-3 then 6-9 and Sunday 12-5

Come along and enjoy our menu with a 10% discount, for all armed forces personnel, off your food bill.

Jamie & the team look forward to meeting you

Friday, 14 July 2017

Passchendaele 100 Memorial Concern - 8/9th November

As part of the Army West Midlands on going World War 1 centenary commemoration, 2 free matinee concerts will be held in the Bramall Music Building at Birmingham University over 8th and 9th November 2017 to commemorate the ending of the Battle of Passchendaele and its effect from when it began in July 1917.

The Concert will follow the tale of 18 year old ‘Tommy’ who joins the Birmingham Pals Battalion and finds himself at the front. His story and of those at home will be told through music, dance, song and narration. Bringing to life and giving insight into his world at that time with the help of military bands, Birmingham City Choir and local schools.

Shell Shock Military Community Mental Health Project Now On Tour

 Below is details regarding a project called Shell Shock, a LIBOR funded project reaching out to military communities to help break the stigma associated with mental health.

CarillionAmey - Rodents – control/treatment – all year round

If you suspect you have rodents in your property, read our advice on how to treat the problem and the steps you can take to prevent future infestations. It also advises how we treat different rodents and how long treatment normally takes. Click HERE to read more

Toby Carvery - Armed Forces Offer Receive 10% off your food bill Mon-Sat

Receive 10% off your food bill at Toby Carvery Monday-Saturday by showing your Defence Privilege Card or MOD90 and the voucher that can be downloaded  HERE
T&Cs apply


Volunteers are required for a work party to undertake verge clearance.  This is your chance to get out into the fresh air and help you military community.

The path from DMS Whittington to the Whittington Primary School has become narrowed and overgrown making it difficult for mums and dads to walk their children to school.  It also makes it challenging for anybody going for a run.

As with most things now a day, Staffordshire County Council have no funds to undertake the work but they are very keen to support our efforts.

When do you need me?
2 Aug Jul 17 1200 to 1600
9 Aug Jul 17 1200 to 1600
16 Aug Jul 17 1200 to 1600
23 Aug Jul 17 1200 to 1600
You do not have to commit to the whole session, every little helps.

What do I need to bring?

Also if you have any of the following lurking at the back of your shed:

Half-moon cutter

What’s provided?
Water and a snack
Hi-Vis vest

What’s in it for me?
Fresh air
Free functional phys
Sense of achievement
Support for our DMS Whittington community

Where can I sign-up?
Email or call Debbie Hughes, Welfare Admin Support
Mil: 94422 5249
BT telephone: 01543 475249

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Summer Holiday Sporting Activities - Active Tamworth Playscheme 2017

Free activities include Boxing, Castle Adventure Golf, Wakeboarding, Jump Xtreme, Ice Skating (and many more).
Be quick, places will go fast.
To view and/or download this brochure please click HERE

Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme

npower launches its most competitive tariff for ‘Everyday Heroes’ - Everyday Heroes Fix

Today, npower launches ‘Everyday Heroes Fix’, a new tariff exclusively for employees of the emergency services, NHS and Armed Forces, who hold either Blue Light Card or Defence Discount Service memberships. The tariff is on average npower’s most competitive deal* and fixes energy prices until December 2018, offering these everyday heroes a great deal on their energy and protects them from price rises until the end of next year.

The tariff is exclusively available to Blue Light Card or Defence Discount Service members, regardless of whether they are a new or existing npower customer, pay by Direct Debit or on receipt of bill, as long as they manage their account online. The npower offer is available by logging on to or