Thursday, 25 May 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

BBQ for Heroes - 15th-30th July

Click HERE for more information

CarillionAmey - New Look Website

Here you’ll find help, advice and guidance on living in your Service Family Accommodation (SFA).
CarillionAmey - New Look Website

Outdoor Cinema at the NMA - Dirty Dancing 15th July

Following on from the successes of the outdoor cinema the NMA are again holding 2 nights of outdoor cinema in July of this year.

On the evening of Saturday 15th July they are showcasing Dirty Dancing and on Sunday 16th July they are showcasing Hacksaw Ridge.

There is a military discount code as part of the offer and  the code discounts the ticket to £10.00 (excluding the booking fee) from £13.50.

Contact Lichfield HIVE for the discount code.

Birmingham City Armed Forces Day 2017 - 24th June

11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Council House
Birmingham B1 1BD
Local veterans associations such as Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and War Widows Association will have stalls at the event, there will be displays and activities from the Armed Forces, plus music and street food outlets. At 12noon there will be a Drumhead Service where the Army, Navy and RAF regiments will march alongside the veterans associations for a service and prayers. The afternoon will be brought to a close at 3.30pm with a Beat the Retreat.

Amazon Web Services - reStart Programme

Click HERE to register your interest

Monday, 22 May 2017

Tri-Service Maternity Brief - 13th June - DMS Whittington

There will be RAF, Royal Navy and Army and Welfare SMES presenting and they will be available for questions during the breakout period in the foyer of the Raffaelli Theatre.

All site personnel/Line Managers are encouraged to attend to gain a better understanding of all 3 Service's Policies and Procedures including the HR Admin process.

There are 2 sittings - 1 is 1000 to 1100hrs and the 2nd is 1400-1500hrs.

Mitchells & Butlers Armed Forces Meet and Greet Days - 22nd June 2017

Date: Thursday 22 June 2017 from 10:45 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Toby Carvery, 206 Longton Rd, Stoke-on-Trent , ST4 8BU
Click HERE for more information

Mitchells & Butlers understand the transition can be difficult, they have lots of people working at Mitchells & Butlers who are Ex-Armed Forces personnel so there is plenty of support, training and help available.
If you share our love for the vibrant world of pubs and restaurants, few companies offer the sheer breadth of job opportunities we do.
Mitchells & Butlers will hold 3 Armed Forces Meet & Greet days in Toby Carveries, in the following locations: 

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Whittington Village Food and Craft Market

The Village Food and Craft Market is a local food market on the third Saturday of the month Bell Inn car park, 9.30am - 1pm. rare breed free-range beef, pork, bacon ,sausages, hand-made quiches, cakes, bread, preserves, bee-friendly plants, veg plants, hand-made crafts too.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Childrens' Activities at Charnwood Children's Centre and Community Venues

Here's our new timetables for Charnwood Children's Centre and the community venues. any queries please call us here at the centre on 01543 512024

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Forces Car Direct and SSAFA (the Armed Forces Charity)

a new partnership with Forces Car Direct who are making a contribution to SSAFA for every car delivered.  For more information click HERE

St Giles Hospice Care - Summer Fair 27th May

Tickets for Troops - World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 - 14-23rd July

Click HERE to book your free tickets

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Armed Forces Day Rugby - 24th June

 It's a fantastic FREE day out with FREE gifts and activities for the kids, Inflatable Obstacle Courses, Rifle ranges, Face painting, even LazerQuest and Zorbs!!!

Patisserie Valerie - Defence Discount Service

Show your Defence Privilege Card to receive an exclusive 10% discount at Patisserie Valerie!

For all the details please visit or download their free mobile app.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Toby Carvery Marches into Charity Partnership with The Royal British Legion

Toby Carvery is delighted to announce its charity partnership with The Royal British Legion, which it will be supporting with fundraising initiatives over the next two years.

Toby Carvery’s across Lichfield & Birmingham will be taking part in the fundraising initiative, adding a special charity pudding to their menus with 25p from each pudding sale being donated to The Legion. The jam and coconut sponge was voted for by Toby Carvery’s fans on Facebook to be the official charity pudding and received over 500 entries.  

Toby Carvery aims to raise £100,000 for The Royal British Legion by the end of 2018, and is encouraging locals to tuck into a pudding and get involved in local fundraising activities to help support this great cause.

The money raised will be used to support active, and veteran members of the Armed Forces and their families, remembering those fallen in the line of duty and ensuring their memory lives on, and that those left behind are fully supported within their community.

As well as fundraising initiatives, Toby Carvery is giving back to Armed Forces and their families by partnering with the Defences Discount Card which gives Armed Forces members, spouses and veterans 10% off their food bill.  As the official discount service for the Armed Forces, the Defence Community and Veterans, the card is also available to members of the community not previously supported, including spouses and partners of serving personnel.

Lichfield Leisure Activity Passport - Armed Forces Membership

Lichfield District Council offer free Leisure Activity Passports to serving armed forces personnel, their partners and children. They are also available for free to ex-serving personnel that are below pension age. 

Click HERE for full details of how to apply for a free Leisure Activity Passport

TameFest - 27th May

TameFest is a fun event showcasing the vibrant heritage and landscape of the Tame Valley Wetlands. History, wildlife, crafts, and more: TameFest is the opportunity to sample this and have a go at a huge range of activities, for free!

Click HERE for more information

Wolverhampton Festival of Food and Drink - 8-9th July

Monday, 8 May 2017

Connect Create - Band Building Project - Half Term 29 May to 2nd June

There is a charge of £10 per child to cover the cost of food and resources.  Transport will be provided from Kineton, Bramcote and Birmingham

Royal Ascot 2 for 1 ticket offer for Friday 23rd June 2017 - Open to all Armed Forces personnel, MOD Civil Servants and Unit Families Clubs

Royal Ascot is not only a national institution but the centrepiece of the British social calendar. The famous Berkshire track sets the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world over all five days of the Royal Meeting, Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24thJune in 2017. The Trustees of Ascot Racecourse are keen to develop links with the Armed Forces and their charities (The RN & RM Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and The RAF Benevolent Fund) as part of the Friday of Royal Ascot week. It promises to be a great day’s racing including the King Edward VII Stakes and the Coronation Stakes, which traditionally brings together the leading three-year-old fillies in Europe.   

Ticket Offers  
Queen Anne (formally known as Grandstand) Tickets. 
The Racecourse is offering 1500 '2 for 1' Queen Anne Admission tickets for Armed Forces personnel, Unit Families Clubs and MOD Civil Servants on Friday 23rd June 2017. Guests will be able to enjoy all the Grandstand's fine facilities including a selection of bars and restaurants. You'll be well positioned to enjoy the spectacle of the Parade Ring, the Royal Procession, the much-loved tradition of Singing Around the Bandstand and, of course, the world-class racing. The Racecourse is also providing an exclusive Armed Forces Bar.


Offers for Friday 23rdJune 2017
Price for Armed Forces and MOD Civil Servants
Price for public purchase
Offer available
2 x Queen Anne Tickets
(£41 each)
(£82 each)
31st 64March 2017
2 x Queen Anne Tickets
(£44 each)
(£88 each)
1st April 2017

Please note that entry to the Queen Anne enclosure for accompanied children aged under 18 is free.  

How to Book Your Tickets   
Queen Anne Tickets. To book tickets Armed Forces personnel and MOD Civil Servants should call 0844 346 3000, or visit (www) using promotional code 'MILITARY17'. The offer applies to Queen Anne tickets only. For Queen Anne tickets one 2 for 1 transaction (maximum 4 tickets) per eligible person applies; anyone who wishes to bring a larger family party should contact the groups booking line on 0844 346 3000. Whilst stocks last. Armed Forces, MOD Civil Service ID or a Defence Discount Card will be required by one of the ticket holders on entry. 

Please note that this will be the fifth year that Ascot Racecourse has made this offer and demand for these tickets are very high. Therefore, you are advised to book early to ensure that you get tickets for 2017, which also means that you will get them at a cheaper price. Please note, these tickets are strictly on a first come first served basis 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Register by 22th May to vote in the General Election on 8th June

If you are a member of the Armed Forces or a spouse or civil partner of someone Serving, you can use this online facility to get on the electoral register - or to update your details if you don't have a permanent home address in the UK. 
Register by 22 May to vote in the General Election on 8 June. You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered. 

Before you start

You can apply as a non-service voter if you have a permanent home address in the UK and want it to be on the electoral register.
You can also register by post.

Children of a member of the armed forces

You must register by post if all the following apply:
  • you’re between 14 and 16 years old
  • the child of a member of the armed forces from Scotland
  • living with your parent or guardian overseas
Send the form to your local Electoral Registration Office.
If you’re the child of someone from the armed forces and from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you can register as an overseas adult when you turn 16.
Source: GOV.UK
Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0

Burntwood Wakes Festival 17 - 1st July

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Send mail with the British Forces Post Office (BFPO)

See a list of all BFPO locations with their numbers and postcodes.
Only use postcodes when ordering items from UK-based websites.

Lichfield Greenhill Bower - 29th May

The Bower is a community event that dates back to 1145 and to find out more about its history click here
As well as the traditional procession through the streets of Lichfield, the Bower also has a selection of brilliantly entertaining activities to keep the whole family occupied. The Bower has a traditional street carnival which originates from the 12th century and consists of bands, floats and lots more. Lichfield's Beacon Park comes alive with lots for everyone to enjoy. Wander through the park and indulge yourself in the colourful array of fairground attractions, charity stalls, arts and crafts. Kids will love the play areas and the chance for an ice-cream treat! 
As well as all the entertainment, The Park also offers a fantastic array of food to suit all tastes, market stalls full of bag brimming, beautiful booty from the some of the best designers, artist and traders in the area from vintage fashion, home styling products, collectables, designer made goods for you, your children and even your even your doggy! 

Party in the Park takes place in Beacon Park from 11-5pm every May Spring Bank Holiday.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service - Recruitment of Wholetime Firefighters starts June 1st

Recruitment for wholetime firefighters starts on June 1, 2017.
Keep an eye on our social media and website for recruitment updates, coming soon! As of June 1, applications can be submitted via the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service page of the in a new window) website. We welcome applications from all parts of our community.
The Role
There is much more to the role of firefighter than the common perception of riding in a fire appliance and extinguishing house fires. We strongly believe that prevention is better than cure and our firefighters are expected to take a significant role in community safety and education as part of their day-to-day duties.
To apply you must be 18 years old or over and hold a full driving license. We welcome applications from outside of Staffordshire and transfers from other fire and rescue services.
Here is a summary of some of the day-to-day duties of a wholetime firefighter:
  • Inform and educate your community to improve awareness of safety matters
  • Save and preserve endangered life and provide treatment to casualties
  • Contribute to the fire safety solutions to minimise risks to the community
  • Resolve operational incidents
  • Protect the environment from the effects of hazardous materials
  • Drive, manoeuvre and de-ploy vehicles

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Lichfield District Council - Bank Holiday Information up to 29th May

Click HERE for Bank Holiday information up to 29th May