Friday, 15 December 2017

Service Pupil Premium - Updated information 2018

This message is for the attention of Regular Forces Service parents based in England.

If 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. 

Latest Discounts from Forces Cars Direct & SSAFA

Goal Keeper Wanted (Medway): Under 15s, Anchorians FC


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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Community Christmas Celebration, Lampard Centre - Friday 15th December, 2.30pm - 5.30pm

Fabulous Community Event in aid of

Enquiries to:
01634 822424

Raffle tickets will go on sale on
1st December 2017

Christmas Services at St Barbara's Garrison Church, Chatham

Please note that the start time for the RE Band Christmas Concert is incorrect on the top flyer.
It is scheduled to start at 7pm

Christmas Smiles for Little Troopers - Tickets for Events in London O2 and Chatham

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

We have  ticket opportunities for Little Troopers in London and Chatham.

LONDON O2 - 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

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Defence Discount Card: Featured Discounts

Christmas Concert at the Brompton Garrison Church - Friday 15th December, 7pm

Changes to Waste Collection Days in the Medway Area Over Christmas

From Medway Council

Rubbish Collections over Christmas and New Year (Dover and Shepway)

There will be changes to your regular recycling and refuse collection days over the Christmas period.

Dover District Council

Shepway District Council

Medway Council Gritting Services

Medway Council gritters will be out in force whenever the weather forecast suggests icy roads in the area.

CLICK HERE for information on how to:

- Request for a road to be gritted, report a damaged or empty grit bin, request a new, replacement or relocation of a grit bin.

- Find your nearest grit bin.

- View the gritting route.

Plus tips on driving safely in winter.

The Veterans Welfare Service

The Veterans Welfare Service is part of the Ministry of Defence’s Veterans UK support function and provides one to one welfare advice across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

It facilitates access to all appropriate services using a caseworker approach that offers professional help and guidance.

A new guide to the Veterans Welfare Service has been produced by Veterans UK.

To read the guide online,

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Housing Matters: Winter Issue Online Now


to read online

Military Wives 'Missing Out' On Up To £30,000 Of Pension

Wives or partners of those who have served abroad in the armed forces may be missing out on pension payments worth thousands of pounds.

Last year the government launched a scheme to offer National Insurance Credits to 20,000 military spouses.

But following a Freedom of Information Request, insurance firm Royal London discovered that fewer than 4,000 people have applied for it so far.

The payments could be worth up to £30,000 over the course of retirement.


Santa Specials at the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

Saturday 16th December to Sunday 24th December.

All aboard for the Santa Specials on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.

No Christmas could possibly be complete without them!
Pre-booking essential.

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, New Romney Station, New Romney, Kent TN28 8PL

For further information, CLICK HERE

CivvyStreet Magazine - December Issue Available Now

The December Issue of CivvyStreet magazine
is available from the Chatham HIVE
at the Lampard Centre

Pathfinder Magazine - December Issue Online Now

To read this issue online

Monday, 11 December 2017

Updated Service Leaver's Guide Online

The Service Leaver's Guide
has been updated

CLICK HERE to view the booklet online

36 Engr Regt Children's Christmas Party - Sunday 17th December, 12 Noon till 2pm

Music Man Project; Christmas Joy - Tuesday 12th December, 2pm

AFF Survey: Does the Army Families' Offer Meet the Needs of the Modern Army Family?

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is appealing to all Army families to take their latest survey and say whether they feel the package offered to them eases the impact that Service life can have. 

Quest Resettlement Magazine - December Issue Online Now

To read or download this issue


Kennel Club's Advice on Harmful Items for Dogs over the Christmas Period

From your dog's perspective, Christmas is a time of the year when lots of unusual and exciting things are brought into your home, making it a very tempting time for them to get up to all sorts of mischief. Interesting foods, unusual plants and trees, attractive decorations and Christmas presents will all be of great interest to your dog, but some of these things may be harmful if eaten.

The list below may appear like a long list of things for your dog to avoid, but it is important to remember that they are not human, and that some human foods can be very dangerous to dogs. If you wish to give your dog a treat this Christmas, please ensure that it is something dog-friendly and avoid giving them the foods listed below.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

2 Job Vacancies at Chatham Historic Dockyard

Visitor Operations Team Duty Manager – Health and Safety
Responsible to the Visitor Operations Manager for the day to day running of the Visitor Operations department on the ground fulfilling the Daily Duty Manager role on a rotational basis. Support the Visitor Operations Manager in the smooth running of the department by taking the lead on staffing requirements.

Visitor Operations Team Duty Manager - Staffing
Responsible to the Visitor Operations Manager for the day to day running of the Visitor Services department on the ground and fulfilling the Daily Duty Manager role on a rotational basis. Support the Visitor Operations Manager in the smooth running of the department by taking the lead on staffing requirements.

Click the job titles for more information.

Location Overview

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Southeastern Trains - Kids for a Quid

It's easy to have an affordable day out with the kids - buy one valid adult ticket on Southeastern services and take up to four children with you for £1 each.

Buying Kids for a Quid Tickets
You can buy Kids for a Quid Tickets online or from any of our ticket offices. But you can't get them from station ticket machines – sorry.

Under 5's go free and tickets cost £1 for children aged 5-15 when travelling with an adult with a valid ticket.

As they are already a real bargain, Kids for a Quid Tickets can't be further discounted with railcards, or used on journeys wholly within London Zones 1-6.

For further information CLI CK HERE

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Christmas in London - Free Attractions and Events

If you're planning a trip to London during the month leading up to Christmas, there are Christmas lights plus various free attractions/events going on which are worth a visit.

Monday, 27 November 2017

RBL Poppy Raffle

Join in RBL's Winter Raffle for your chance to win a prize worth £20,000!

The raffle is a fun way to support serving and ex-Service people and their families. You could win one of our fabulous prizes including first prize of £20,000 or a new Mini Convertible! There's also a luxury cruise for two around the British Isles or £5,000. Plus there are over 250 other prizes which must be won!

Buy your tickets online and we will enter you into an extra draw to win an iPad!

To buy tickets online

Friday, 24 November 2017

Pantomimes in Kent

A round-up of all the pantomimes on in Kent this Christmas and into the new year.   Click the location for further info.

Chatham - Central Theatre
Sleeping Beauty
Thursday 7th December to Sunday 31st December 2017
Star of stage and screen, Claire Sweeney, will be terrifying audiences as the Evil Carabosse, the evil fairy who isn’t happy about missing Princess Belle’s christening. Hollyoaks’ hottie, Andy Moss will be brushing up his sword-fighting skills to play Prince Valiant, our dashing and brave hero. Will he defeat our baddie and rescue the sleeping princess?

Maidstone - Maidstone TV Studios
Peter Pan
Friday 15th December 2017 to Saturday 6th January 2018
With amazing flying effects, magic and fairy dust, join Peter and the Lost Boys and set sail in the ultimate pantomime adventure complete with all of the ingredients audiences know to expect in this swashbuckling festive treat. Featuring  Hollyoaks Star James Sutton as Captain Hook and X-Factor Finalist Amelia Lily as Tinkerbell.

Maidstone - Hazlitt Theatre
Friday 1st December to Sunday 31st December 20`7
Starring Rustie Lee and Stefan Booth
The ever busy, the ever put upon, the ever beautiful Cinderella only dreams of one thing, what all girls truly wish become a Princess. Little does she know that a Prince exists that only wants someone out there to love him for who he is and not what he is.   Starring Hollyoaks heartbreaker Stefan Booth as Prince Charming and TV Chef/Presenter Rustie Lee (known for her infectious laugh) as the Fairy Godmother.

Gravesend - Woodville Halls
Sleeping Beauty
Saturday 9th December 2017 to Sunday 1st January 2018
Linda Lusardi will bring glamour to Gravesend, when she stars as the Wicked Fairy in Sleeping Beauty - this year’s spectacular pantomime at the Woodville - doing battle with 90’s pop sister act Cleopatra who play the Good Fairies.

Dartford - Orchard Theatre
Saturday 9th December to Sunday 31st December 20`7
Starring Louie Spence as Dandini, Michelle Collins as The Wicked Stepmother, Jayne Wisener as Cinderella and Phil Butler as Buttons, don't miss this year's unmissable Christmas treat packed full of laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty to boo and hiss at.

Canterbury - Marlow Theatre
Peter Pan
Friday 24th November 2017 to Sunday 14th January 2018
Canterbury's fun-filled, family pantomime, Peter Pan, stars Shaun Williamson (EastEnders and Extras), Wendi Peters (Coronation Street), children’s favourites Gemma Hunt (CBeebies’ Swashbuckle), David Ribi (Channel 5’s Milkshake) and Samantha Dorrance (CBeebies’ The Tale Of Mr Tumble). The show will also feature the hilarious Marlowe favourites Ben Roddy and Lloyd Hollett.

Wednesday 13th December to Saturday 30th December 2017
Amazing special effects, stunning costumes and sets, the perfect mix of song and dance and a host of hilarious jokes to ensure this is a treat for the whole family.

Ashford - The Town Hall
Friday 19th January to Saturday 27th January 2018
In January 2018 Ashford’s annual family pantomime is back and promises to be bigger than ever before! Join Rapunzel, Muddles, Dame Dotty and a hilarious local cast in this hair-raising, fun-packed family pantomime based on one of the most loved fairytales of all time!

Meet Santa's Reindeer at Ashford Designer Centre - December 2017

Straight from the North Pole, Prancer and Dancer will be visiting with their adorable owl friend on select dates throughout December, so come along with the family to see the wonderful creatures first hand before they set off for their special deliveries.

You can find them located in the Christmas Corner, opposite our Adventure Playground, on the following dates:

20th December 12pm – 5pm

16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th December 12pm- 4pm

Not ready for the fun to end? Round off your shopping spree with a well-deserved pit stop at The Bar, a pop-up offering traditional German beer, mulled wine and much more!

White Cliffs Christmas, Dover - Opens Saturday 25th November

White Cliffs Christmas Event is back at Dover's historic Cruise Terminal One for the second year. The Old Marine Station will be decorated in a traditional English Christmas style for the Grand Opening at 12pm on Saturday 25 November 2017. Father Christmas and his friendly elves will be making a welcome return on a sleigh pulled by real reindeer. Taking up residence in his grotto, the grand old man of Christmas will once again greet children and hand out presents. His special post box will also be available for everyone’s festive wish lists.

Adding to the seasonal mood, will be last year’s favourite, the hugely popular undercover real ice-rink – only this time it will be bigger and better. Booking early to secure your preferred skate times and dates is advisable.

The Christmas Market will be open once more, offering a wide range of gift ideas, complemented by live music, a variety of children’s rides, and concessions serving tasty food and beverages.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the  UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.

For almost a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Today, we provide support to veterans from every service and every conflict. On the phone and online. In the community and at our treatment centres.

We’re on a mission to raise awareness that invisible injuries can be just as hard to cope with as physical ones. So when a veteran is having a tough time, we’re there to help tackle the past and to help them take on the future.

For further information, to ask for help or to volunteer your services, CLICK HERE

Part-Time Job Vacancy: Political Assistant to the Labour Group at Medway Council

Medway Council  needs to recruit a highly motivated individual with exceptional communication skills, to work directly to the Labour Group on the Council. In supporting the group as Members of the authority, and in particular the Leader of the Labour Group.

Your role will include researching policy issues, preparing speeches and briefing notes, advising on political issues, attending meetings and conferences in Medway and elsewhere as required. You will also be dealing with Council officers and the media, as well as other external bodies.

Lifeworks Employment Support for Spouses, Maidstone - Thursday 30th November, 9.30am

Carillionamey: Tempo Update 23 November 2017

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Request for Donations (Medway)

In collaboration with Medway Homestart, we would like to offer our support to local families in need by donating second hand clothes (including school clothes and baby clothes), non-perishable food, toiletries, baby items and good quality second hand toys.

Please bring any items you can spare to the Lampard Centre and we will arrange for them to be passed onto Homestart.   There is a big collecting box in our large function room.

Please make sure clothes and items are bagged or boxed .... thank you

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Santa Claus at Kent Life, Maidstone - 2nd December to 24th December (selected dates)

Santa Claus is making a list and checking it twice in his very special grotto at Kent Life this December.

Children can meet everyone’s favourite festive gift bearer, and even receive a present from him, at the award-winning attraction, near Maidstone, every weekend in the run-up to Christmas.

Santa will be helped by his team of elves, while Mrs Claus will also be spreading festive cheer by inviting youngsters to decorate their very own gingerbread Christmas trees. In addition, there will be the chance to meet Santa’s reindeers, who will join Kent Life’s farmyard friends for the festive season.

Santa will be visiting:
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th December
Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th December

Time slots are available from 10.30am every Saturday and Sunday during December, including Christmas Eve, as well as December 21 and 22. Tickets are priced at £7.95 adults, £6.95 concessions, £11.95 child (age 1-15), £7.95 child (age under 1), £33.95 family (two adults and two children), and include all-day entrance to Kent Life along with a visit to Santa.

Memberships are valid, but tickets for Santa will need to be purchased for each child at the discounted rate.

Little Troopers: Little 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