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Friday, 25 May 2018


There is a current issue with service delivery that we wanted to make you
aware of:

We are aware that some customers are currently experiencing issues with the delivery of Amazon parcels. Amazon has recently started to use a carrier that is not in contract with BFPO which, unfortunately, has led to some items not being accepted at BFPO London.

We regret any inconvenience that this has caused our customers. Please be aware that we are currently accepting all Amazon parcels delivered within our commercial receipts operating hours, in the short-term, pending discussions with Amazon to try to identify a suitable solution.

Any queries can be directed to our Service Desk, who will be able to advise further:

Telephone: +44 (0)345 769 7978 (calls are charged at local rate in the UK)   
Alternative: +44 (0)20 8589 3450 (civil) or 94676 3450 (military)  
 Fax: +44 (0)20 8589 3309 

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Poppyfields The Musical - Armed Forces Discount


Midlands and Community Choir

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, St. Jame's and St. Francis Churches, 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 under the guidance of our conductor, Laura joy Godwin and Pianist Sara Wilander.
Why not come and sing with us?  Please get in touch!

Bramcote Station Open Day 22 July 18!

Bramcote Station Open Day on the 22nd Jul 18, is a medium scale community event that will be open to all members of the public in Nuneaton and surrounding areas with upwards of 6000 attendees. This is in order to raise funds for charities and to provide an opportunity for local charitable organisations to fund raise. This also raises the profile of 30th Signal Regiment within the local civilian community and provides an opportunity for armed forces recruitment.
Bramcote Station, Gamecock Barracks, CV11 6QN

Now selling tickets online!

£16 for a family ticket or £5 each

DHL Armed Forces Recruitment Day - 30 May

Toby Carvery - Armed Forces Day 2018: Free carvery or breakfast for all personnel

It’s Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30th June, and to celebrate the bravery of these heroes, we’re showing our support and gratitude for each of our amazing military personnel.
We’ll be serving a delicious, free carvery meal or breakfast to all military personnel. This offer applies to all members of the British Army, Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, including serving troops, reserves, veterans and cadets.
We greatly admire our Armed Forces, and we’ve also teamed up with The Royal British Legion as our official charity partner. Each time we sell a Jam and Coconut Sponge pudding, we donate 25p to The Royal British Legion. Now there’s a perfect excuse to order a pudding!
A booking isn’t required for this offer, but wouldn’t want to miss out, would you?

Can’t make it for a carvery? How about a free breakfast?

If you can’t make it in for a roast dinner, don’t worry. Just come in earlier and tuck into a Great British Breakfast, on us. We’ve always got plenty to offer such as; Bacon, Pork Sausages, Free Range Eggs, Baked Beans, and even breakfast Yorkies and Gravy! We’ve also got a lovely range of lighter options to kick start a great day.
To take advantage of this offer, all you need to do is simply download/print your voucher and show it when you order a roast (or alternative main meal), or a breakfast on the 30th June, along with military ID or a Defence Privilege Card*.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Armed Forces Charities Website

The project

Since 2014, DSC has been undertaking research which provides an overview and analysis of the UK’s armed forces charity sector, a segment of the voluntary sector which remained little explored or understood.

We’re now proud to announce the launch of our new and improved Armed Forces Charities website. Our research continues to be generously funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT).

The website

The purpose of this website is to provide an interactive research and evidence-base, freely accessible to all, including, policymakers, charities, media organisations and the public.

The site features:
An online research library of downloadable reports, info-graphics and research briefs;
Interactive Data, allowing users to explore information with graphical data;
A directory with information on UK armed forces charities.

Monday, 14 May 2018

BFPO Father's Day - Latest Recommended Posting Date


Click HERE for more information

Armed Forces Covenant for Armed Forces Families - E-learning Programme

The Armed Forces Covenant Team have been working on an e-learning programme to raise awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant to various target audiences.  The modules aimed at AF personnel and AF families have now been launched. 
Click HERE for more information

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Volunteer for this year's Summer Reading Challenge

The reading challenge starts on Saturday 14th July and we need young people to help us through the summer break to run the challenge, help with activities and have fun.
If you are aged 15+ and would like work experience and volunteering time with us then please contact Lichfield Library.

SSAFA Forces Additional Needs and Disability Conference - 11 June

RAF Cosford Air Show - Sunday 10 June

Citizens Advice - Free Advice at The Community Hub - 16 May


Wednesday, 2 May 2018

DMS(W) Families Day - 23 June - Donations and Volunteers needed

Defence Discount Service

Click HERE for website

Defence Discount Service - Save up to 53% on tickets to Drayton Manor (2018 tickets)

Drayton Manor are offering members an amazing offer that saves up to 53% on tickets!  To redeem this offer simply click on the website link HERE and book online or call the booking line.
Defence Discount Service rates are:

£18.00 - 12yrs+      

£16.00 - 4-11yrs/60yrs+     

£6.50   -  2-3years

FREE     - Under 2’s     

Lichfield Gin, Ale & Cheese Festival - 2 and 3 June

It's a warm welcome to the latest event brought to you by the team from the Lichfield Food Festival.
With over 100 traders the team will be delivering a weekend of tempting gins, spirits, wines and ales, tours, product sampling, street food, live music and enjoyment for the visitors to Lichfield.
  • Sunday 3rd June 9:00am until 5:00pm

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Lichfield Victorian May Day Monday 7 May Free Entry

Lichfield District Council is hosting a Victorian May Day event at Museum Gardens in Beacon Park on Monday 7 May. The May Day celebrations will include maypole dancing, a Victorian craft ‘cup in a ball’ activity, and a range of traditional games, including a coconut shy, croquet and hoopla. There will also be a Punch & Judy show which is expecting to draw big crowds.
Monday 7th May 201811:00am - 3:00pm
Click HERE for more details

Monday, 30 April 2018

West Midland Safari & Leisure Park - Armed Forces Discount

 Please contact the HIVE for Corporate Telephone Number and Discount Code

Military ID may have to be shown on entry.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

RAF100 Appeal - Fundraising Volunteers Needed

The Appeal team are looking for fundraising volunteers for various dates and locations if you can spare any time to help. Be a crucial part of the RAF celebrating its 100th anniversary as the world’s first independent air force during 2018.
There are numerous exciting public events taking place across the country to celebrate the RAF centenary. These include the National Static Aircraft Tour, where visitors can interact with the RAF aircraft, the RAF100 parade and fly past on The Mall on 10 July and a Battle of Britain service in London on 16 September. There are also a number of other events taking place relating to this fantastic celebration of the RAF.
Click HERE for more information

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Apply Online for a Passport

You can apply for, renew, replace or update your passport and pay for it online.
You’ll need a debit or credit card to use this service.
It should take 6 weeks to get your first adult passport once your form has been received. For all other application types, it should take 3 weeks.
It can take longer if more information is needed or your application hasn’t been filled out correctly.
You should use a different service if you need your passport urgently.
Don’t book travel until you have a valid passport - doing so is at your own risk.

Junior Youth Club Accouncement

Unfortunately youth club will be closed tomorrow evening (26th) due to a lack of volunteers.
Please note that unless we can recruit more volunteers, this will be an ongoing issue.

If you are interested in volunteering on a Thursday evening (1700-1830) please contact Emily on: or 07557 295641.

All volunteers must have either: a current MOD DBS or be willing to go through the appropriate checks.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Friary Grange Leisure Centre - Sports Camp 28-30 May

Monday 28th May to Wednesday 30th May
10am - 12pm
Try a selection of fun sports and activities on our summer half term sports camp. Each day, the camp will teach a different sport, including kwik cricket, basketball, table tennis and dodge ball.
Suitable for 5-12 year olds.
If you would like to enquire, please email

Bake for Heroes - Armed Forces Week 23 June - 1 July

Click HERE to sign up for a free fundraising pack

Help for Heroes - Asda National Collection Weekend 21/22 July - Volunteers Wanted

Asda have very kindly offered Help for Heroes a national collection for the 8th year running which means we are able to collect in all their stores on the weekend of 21 and 22 July. 
We are looking for volunteers to bucket collect and sell a range of merchandise at Asda stores nationwide and whether you can help for a couple of hours or the whole weekend, we would love to hear from you.
Click HERE for more information

Monday, 23 April 2018

Armed Forces/DDS Offer - A Royal Day Out

For full admission information on visiting the State Rooms, Buckingham Palace or to make an onine booking please click HERE 

Friday, 20 April 2018

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Lichfield Grub Club - Lichfield's Monthly Street Food Night Out - FREE ENTRY

Starting in March Market Street in Lichfield will be turning into a Street Food Extravaganza!
This monthly event will turn your taste buds inside out, come and enjoy street food at it's best.
There will be 'live' music, entertainment and lots of surprises.
Come down and enjoy between 5pm and 11pm there's something for everyone and it's FREE ENTRY.
Brought to you by CockerHoop Creative sponsored by Pom's Kitchen.

Future dates
  • Wednesday 25th April 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 30th May 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 27th June 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 25th July 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 29th August 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 26th September 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 31st October 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 28th November 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 30th January 5:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Wednesday 27th February 5:00pm until 11:00pm

Tile Barn Outdoor Centre - Poppy Pod - Free to Military Personnel at weekends

This project has been made possible with the help of the Armed Forces Community Covenant, the Royal British Legion Brockenhurst Branch and Hampshire County Council.
Ex military and current serving military can use for free at weekends (max 2 nights) and school holidays (max 4 nights).
Click HERE for full details

Monday, 16 April 2018

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Royal British Legion - Poppy Walk Birmingham - Sunday 10 June

The Royal British Legion are planning a Poppy Walk in Birmingham on Sunday 10th June.

  The walk is 10km and can be done at your own pace, with families, with dogs or on your own.  There will be a Poppy Village at the start and end of the walk with refreshments and music and we would love as many people as possible to join us and make this a fabulous fundraising event.

We have also just launched a 50% off registration fees for April on our Royal British Legion Events page here:

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

RAF Benevolent Fund - Subsidised Welfare Breaks for Serving Personnel

Click HERE for more informaiton

Royal Naval Station Yeovilton - International Air Day 7 July - Armed Forces Discount

Service Personnel and Veterans are entitled to purchase discounted Adult Tickets at £22 each (normal Advance Price £24 and Gate Price £30).  Child Tickets (aged 5-15) are available at £7 each (Gate Price £10). Please visit the Defence Discount Service website at to acquire the discount code and book your tickets at 2 July 2018.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Legoland Windsor - Defence Discount Services Days 3/4 November

Click HERE for full details
On November 3rd and 4th 2018 Defence Discount Service will be hosting Services Day 2018 at Legoland Windsor. Due to the popularity of the previous years we will be hosting two dates.  A private day only available to members of the services and their families.

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 date is: Sunday 4th November 2018 (please note a Firework event is available on Saturday 3rd November, please see separate offer).

Ticket prices are just £17.00 for an adult, £17.00 for children and free for under 3's.  Members can also enjoy free car parking on the day which is normally £5 per car.

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

Tickets will sell out fast for these events due to caps in place for the day so early booking is recommended.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Find Events - Armed Forces Day 30 June

There are hundreds of events taking place to celebrate Armed Forces Day across the country. Click on the link below to find your nearest event. The  site is updated regularly to provide details of Armed Forces Day events.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund Centenary (RAFBF100) Project Manager

Click HERE for more information
Deadline is 20 April 2018

2018 Offers at the Union Jack Club

Log onto for all the details