Friday, 31 March 2017

Check your National Insurance record online

You can check your National Insurance record online to see:

- what you’ve paid, up to the start of the current tax year (6 April 2016)

- any National Insurance credits you’ve received- if gaps in contributions or credits mean some years don’t count towards your State Pension (they aren’t ‘qualifying years’)

- if you can pay voluntary contributions to fill any gaps and how much this will cost

Your online record doesn’t cover how much State Pension you’re likely to get.

Shared Home Ownership in London and the South East with L&Q


Imail INtouch - Launching 1st April 2017

The new contract with Neopost will mean Britain’s Armed Forces will continue to receive hard copy, secure mail, including photos, from their loved ones, for free and with no break in service as the new imail INtouch system takes over from the e-bluey on 1 April 2017. The new contract with Neopost will mean Britain’s Armed Forces will continue to receive hard copy, secure mail, including photos, from their loved ones, for free and with no break in service as the new imail INtouch system takes over from the e-bluey on 1 April 2017.

The new imail INtouch system will allow users to send up to eight pages, including high definition photographs and official documents. The old e-bluey system that is being replaced only allowed single pages to be sent and did not support high definition photographs.

The MOD is committed to the welfare of its people and enshrined the Armed Forces Covenant in law, a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. Replacing the ageing e-bluey service is recognition of the fact that, to provide the best possible communication system for service personnel overseas, we must take advantage of the latest technology. This is why the funding for e-bluey is being redirected to imail INtouch and development of cutting-edge communications solution.

Full information - click link InTouch

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Fostering for Medway


For further information CLICK HERE

Mote Park Watersports Centre, Maidstone


Mote Park Watersports Centre provides the opportunity to take part in Sailing, Kayaking and Canoeing, Rowing and Power Boating, for anyone aged 8 years and over.

Windsurfing and Stand Up Paddle boarding are also offered all year round scuba diving lessons with a highly qualified scuba diving instructors, and first rate first aid courses for businesses and individuals.

You can use your own equipment or hire equipment from the centre.



Cancer Research Race for Life, Maidstone - Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July

5k and 10k runs are being held at Moat Park on Saturday 8th July with the opportunity to tackle a Pretty Muddy obstacle course on Sunday 9th July.

The 10k run on Saturday 9th July will start at 11am in Moat Park.  10k is a great step up from our 5k events. Up the challenge and take part in a Race for Life 10k event. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research.  For further details or to register for the 10k run CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Proms at the Castle, Rochester - Saturday 15th July

The Castle Concerts Proms finale on Saturday 15th July will be brought to you by THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC CONCERT ORCHESTRA.

Joining the orchestra on stage:

- JONATHAN ANTOINE


- LAURA WRIGHT


- THE HERTFORDSHIRE CHORUS

Tickets (£34.50) for the Proms go on sale at 10am on Monday 3rd April.

Three ways to buy tickets:

1 – Online at www.thecastleconcerts.co.uk


2 – Call 01634 338338


3 – Visit the Central or Brook Theatre in Chatham or Rochester Visitor Information Centre

Magic of Motown, Rochester Castle - Friday 14th July

It’s time for a soul party with MAGIC OF MOTOWN. The show is coming to Castle Concerts on Friday 14th July. Now seen by over a million people worldwide, music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year!

Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and many more are sensationally recreated by an exceptionally talented cast and band.

Tickets (£37.50) for the Magic of Motown Soul Party go on sale on Friday 31st March at 10am.

Three ways to buy tickets:

1 – Online at www.thecastleconcerts.co.uk


2 – Call 01634 338338


3 – Visit the Central or Brook Theatre in Chatham or Rochester Visitor Information Centre

Wet Wet Wet at Rochester Castle - Wednesday 12th July

Wet, Wet, Wet will perform at Rochester Castle Concerts on Wednesday 12th July! They'll be supported by The South.

Tickets go on sale from 10am today.

Three ways to buy tickets:
1 – Online at www.thecastleconcerts.co.uk

2 – Call 01634 338338


3 – Visit the Central or Brook Theatre in Chatham or Rochester Visitor Information Centre

New Picnic Tables at the Lampard Centre


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

A Walk for National Meadows Day, Ranscombe Farm Park - Saturday 1st July, 2pm - 4.30pm

Find, identify and learn about Ranscombe's grassland flowers, and some of the insects that depend on them, on this two-mile circular walk. Some steep slopes and uneven ground; please wear suitable outdoor clothing and stout shoes.

Sorry - no dogs.

Meet at the main car park on the A228, just south of the M2.

Suggested donation £3.

No booking required.

For further information, including how to find the reserve, contact the Ranscombe Farm Reserve Office at ranscombe@plantlife.org.uk or on 01634 245413 or CLICK HERE  The 151 bus runs close to the main entrance. Ask the driver to let you know when you're at the Sundridge Hill bus stop.


Arable Wild Flowers Walks at Ranscombe Farm Park - Saturday 24th June

June is a great time of year to see arable wild flowers at their best - and some of the rarest species grow very close to the main car-park.

The morning walk, from 10am - 12 noon is a short, slow walk of no more than ½ mile where steep slopes can be avoided. A chance to see some rare wild plants without needing to travel far from your car.

Sorry - no dogs.

Meet at the main car park on the A228, just south of the M2.

In the afternoon on the same day, there is a longer walk from 1pm to 4.30pm.

This walk will be around 3½ miles, with some steep hills. The walk will take you to the reserve's best arable wild flower fields and look at the work of our 'Life on the Edges' project. Some steep slopes and uneven ground; please suitable outdoor clothing and stout shoes.

Monday, 27 March 2017

My Marathon - You Decide the Pace. You Decide the Place


Run 26.2 miles this May in a way that's a challenge for you and raise money for life saving heart research.                                

This May anyone can do a marathon. You have 31 days to complete 26.2 miles, whenever and wherever you want. Whether it takes you 4 hours, 4 days or 4 weeks, with MyMarathon, you decide the pace and you decide the place.

Run it, walk it, jog it or complete it in a way that’s a challenge for you. Clock up the miles over a few days, a couple of weeks or throughout the whole month.

Whether it’s at the park, in the gym, or on the streets with friends – with MyMarathon you decide the pace and you decide the place.

For further details or to register CLICK HERE

Great Wall of China Trek - October 2017

Sign up before 31st March, and receive 20% off your registration fee for October’s 9-day trek in aid of the Institute of Cancer Research.

China is a beautiful country steeped in tradition, history and mythology. For anyone with a passion for culture and a sense of adventure, trekking the Great Wall of China is the perfect way to get involved and help us to defeat cancer.

For further details CLICK HERE

Synchro Swimming at Hoo Pool

A new adult session to Hoo Pool, Main Road, Hoo,  every Thursday 8pm to 9pm.

The initial sessions are free to encourage more adults to get involved in these fitness, fun and social sessions. For more details contact Lisa at medwaysynchro@gmail.com or visit the Facebook Page

Pickleball at Medway Park

Pop along to Medway Park Leisure Centre  and try the sport of pickleball - a cross between badminton, table tennis and tennis, suitable for all levels and ages. All equipment provided.

Wednesdays 6pm-8pm until 25th May at Medway Park.

Free admission.

Tri-Fusion Netball at Medway Park from 10th April 2017

Tri-Fusion Netball draws elements from across the discipline of netball to create a diverse and fun fitness session, incorporating fitness, individual drills and competitive games.

Medway Park Leisure Centre. Mondays 5.30pm-6.30pm from 10th April 2017.

£3 per session. (first session free). No booking required. 

For further information email medwaysport@medway.gov.uk or call 01634 338763.

5-a-side Football League at Medway Park

Medway Sport is launching a new 5-a-side indoor football league at Medway Park in Gillingham, affiliated to the Kent FA.

The league will launch in late April/early May on Tuesday evenings 7pm-9.30pm.

The cost is £30 per team per game.

Email medwaysport@medway.gov.uk or call 01634 338763 to enter a team.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Little Troopers at School


Little Troopers at School is a new project from the charity Little Troopers to help empower both parents and schools when supporting the needs of service children in education settings. We want you to have easily accessible information set out in a way that can be understood and utilised to the greatest benefit.

The first stage of this project is the release of some free, easily accessible information sheets for both parents of service children and schools with service children attending covering various subject areas including;

Service Pupil Premium
Challenges service children may face
Moving schools
Affects of separation
Best practice

Succeed with The Open University




For further information CLICK HERE

Are You Moving to Scotland?

Education in Scotland
An Introductory Guide

To read, download or print the complete guide

This document is an internal MoD booklet aimed at Service families who have a child/ young person who does, or will in the future, access education in Scotland. This document aims to signpost parents/ carers to find responses to frequently asked questions to empower them and other involved agents to make informed decisions in relation to considering high quality education for children from Service families.

For personalised support and advice, Service families are advised to contact the Children’s Education Advisory Service.

Children’s Education Advisory Service helpline number- 01980 618244 or DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.uk

Children’s Education Advisory Service website: www.gov.uk/childrens-education-advisory-service

The Royal Engineers Museum Re-Opening 27th May 2017

Visit re-museum.co.uk for further information

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Make Nothing Happen


For further information CLICK HERE


The RLC is Recruiting for Regulars and Reserves



The RLC is the largest Corps in the British Army and wherever in the world you find the Army, you’ll find us. Why choose the RLC?

Diversity - No other single organisation inside or outside the Army provides such a diverse set of services.

Opportunity – Travel, Promotion, Adventure and Challenge – we’ve got it all!
Professional Qualifications – we are world leaders in logistical training, with first class facilities.

Bovis Homes - Trinity Scheme for Armed Forces Personnel

For further information

Discover the National Memorial Aboretum (Staffordshire)

Situated in Staffordshire on the edge of the National Forest, the Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance.

The Arboretum is an evolving, maturing woodland landscape featuring 30,000 trees and a vast collection of memorials. The 150-acre site is a living, growing tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our country.

With 150 acres, over 330 memorials and an abundance of wildlife, there is something for everyone at the Arboretum. It is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9am until 5pm and dusk in winter months. Entry into the Arboretum grounds is free but donations are appreciated.

The Armed Forces Memorial is an iconic and powerful symbol of Remembrance. Sited at the heart of the Arboretum this iconic memorial remembers more than 16,000 people.


JSHAO Housing Briefs, Stafford and Lichfield - 3rd and 4th May 2017


Two new JSHAO Housing Briefs have been announced:

Stafford on Wednesday 3rd May 2017, and
Lichfield on Thursday 4th May 2017.

To access the posters for each event, please click on the place names above.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Outdoor Theatre at Upnor Castle, Wind in the Willows - Tuesday 15th August, 6.30pm

Join Mole as he says 'dang' and 'blast it!', throws down his broom and sets off on an adventure out of his hole. On his journey he meets the effervescent Ratty who shows him the wonders of picnics and messing about on the river, Badger, the wise old sage of the woods and Toad of toad hall, whose exploits cause all manner of mischief and upheaval.

When the Otters and Stoats take over Toad Hall it's up to Mole and Ratty, Badger and Toad to retake control.

With Inventive staging, original songs and magical storytelling we invite audiences to enjoy this classic tale of adventure, friendship and picnics in Boxtree Production's unique and energetic way!

All seating is unreserved.

Home-Start Medway - Recruiting Volunteers NOW - Information Session on Thursday 4th May, 10am


Employment Opportunities for Service Leavers at Asda

Spinning Classes at Brompton Fitness Centre - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12.30 to 1.15pm


Spinning classes are held at the Brompton Fitness Centre (on camp), every Tuesday and Thursday, 12.30 to 1.15 at the BFC for all inducted dependants, civil servants and contractors for free. To participate, you must have been inducted into the BFC with proof of insurance.

Coffee Morning at the Lampard Centre - Every Tuesday Morning 9.30am to 12 Noon



Tea, coffee, biscuits, cake and more.

£1 per family, looking forward to seeing all the old and new faces... Everyone is welcome.

Riverside Country Park, Rainham

Riverside Country Park, Lower Rainham Road, Gillingham is one of Medway's beautiful country parks and an ideal location for a walk, run or cycle.

The park covers 100 hectares alongside the Medway Estuary, including Motney Hill and Berengrave Local Nature Reserve. There are various habitats within the park, including mudflats and salt marsh, ponds and reed-beds, grassland and scrub, which provide a haven for wildlife.

The estuary has special protection as part of the Medway Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is internationally important for wintering birds that thrive on the invertebrate-rich mudflats. The salt marshes have a specialised ecology and act as high tide roost sites.

The park has a visitor centre, an education room and a café.

For further information,  CLICK HERE

Monday, 20 March 2017

Soldier On - Supporting Medically Discharged Service Leavers

Soldier On! is a national independent education charity which teaches members of the British armed forces who have been made redundant on medical grounds to plan and manage their careers.

The organisation works with both service leavers and veterans who have been wounded on operations, sustained injuries whilst serving or have been discharged through any other forms of ill health.

For more information CLICK HERE

The Standard Learning Credits Scheme

The Standard Learning Credits scheme allows personnel to obtain financial assistance for learning costs.

Military personnel are able to claim 80% of course fees, up to a maximum of £175 per financial year. To qualify for SLC funding, the course of study must lead to a nationally recognised qualification, have substantial developmental value and directly benefit the Service.

Click HERE for further details

The MoD Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme

The MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years.

You are reminded that ELC funding is only available for pursuit of higher level learning i.e. for courses that result in a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England, Northern Ireland and Wales), a Level six or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) or, if pursued overseas, an approved international equivalent qualification with an approved learning provider.

Fremlin Walk (Maidstone) Presents The Mighty Mum Awards!

Fremlin Walk Presents The Mighty Mum Awards!

We all know our own Mum’s are pretty mighty but we want to appreciate all Mum’s out there and to do that we need your stories! Let us introduce you to the Fremlin Walk Mighty Mum Awards, we want you to tell us how amazing your mum is and share your stories and pictures in order to be in with chance of winning one of the categories below. Three lucky winners will receive a luxury gift bundle worth over £250 for their Mum put together by our amazing stores here at Fremlin Walk.
- See more at: https://www.fremlinwalk.co.uk/whats-on/fremlin-walk-presents-the-mighty-mum-awards/#sthash.uFIYEamN.dpuf

Fremlin Walk Presents The Mighty Mum Awards!

We all know our own Mum’s are pretty mighty but we want to appreciate all Mum’s out there and to do that we need your stories! Let us introduce you to the Fremlin Walk Mighty Mum Awards, we want you to tell us how amazing your mum is and share your stories and pictures in order to be in with chance of winning one of the categories below. Three lucky winners will receive a luxury gift bundle worth over £250 for their Mum put together by our amazing stores here at Fremlin Walk.
- See more at: https://www.fremlinwalk.co.uk/whats-on/fremlin-walk-presents-the-mighty-mum-awards/#sthash.uFIYEamN.dpuf

Fremlin Walk Presents The Mighty Mum Awards!

We all know our own Mum’s are pretty mighty but we want to appreciate all Mum’s out there and to do that we need your stories! Let us introduce you to the Fremlin Walk Mighty Mum Awards, we want you to tell us how amazing your mum is and share your stories and pictures in order to be in with chance of winning one of the categories below. Three lucky winners will receive a luxury gift bundle worth over £250 for their Mum put together by our amazing stores here at Fremlin Walk.
- See more at: https://www.fremlinwalk.co.uk/whats-on/fremlin-walk-presents-the-mighty-mum-awards/#sthash.uFIYEamN.dpuf

Fremlin Walk Presents The Mighty Mum Awards!

We all know our own Mum’s are pretty mighty but we want to appreciate all Mum’s out there and to do that we need your stories! Let us introduce you to the Fremlin Walk Mighty Mum Awards, we want you to tell us how amazing your mum is and share your stories and pictures in order to be in with chance of winning one of the categories below. Three lucky winners will receive a luxury gift bundle worth over £250 for their Mum put together by our amazing stores here at Fremlin Walk.
- See more at: https://www.fremlinwalk.co.uk/whats-on/fremlin-walk-presents-the-mighty-mum-awards/#sthash.uFIYEamN.dpuf

Fremlin Walk Presents The Mighty Mum Awards!

We all know our own Mum’s are pretty mighty but we want to appreciate all Mum’s out there and to do that we need your stories! Let us introduce you to the Fremlin Walk Mighty Mum Awards, we want you to tell us how amazing your mum is and share your stories and pictures in order to be in with chance of winning one of the categories below. Three lucky winners will receive a luxury gift bundle worth over £250 for their Mum put together by our amazing stores here at Fremlin Walk.
- See more at: https://www.fremlinwalk.co.uk/whats-on/fremlin-walk-presents-the-mighty-mum-awards/#sthash.uFIYEamN.dpuf

Fremlin Walk Presents The Mighty Mum Awards!

We all know our own Mum’s are pretty mighty but we want to appreciate all Mum’s out there and to do that we need your stories! Let us introduce you to the Fremlin Walk Mighty Mum Awards, we want you to tell us how amazing your mum is and share your stories and pictures in order to be in with chance of winning one of the categories below. Three lucky winners will receive a luxury gift bundle worth over £250 for their Mum put together by our amazing stores here at Fremlin Walk.
- See more at: https://www.fremlinwalk.co.uk/whats-on/fremlin-walk-presents-the-mighty-mum-awards/#sthash.uFIYEamN.dpuf

We all know our own Mums are pretty mighty but we want to appreciate all Mum’s out there and to do that we need your stories! Let us introduce you to the Fremlin Walk Mighty Mum Awards, we want you to tell us how amazing your mum is and share your stories and pictures in order to be in with chance of winning one of the categories below.

#MemorieswithMum - Get thinking of those childhood memories and share a picture from one of your fondest memories with mum, this could be a treasured holiday snap, a childhood throwback or even one of Mum’s fashion faux pas ( they all have one! )

#MakeandDoMum - Whether your mum loves to get creative or hates it, they have all had to get crafty at some point, it’s all part of being a Mum! Enter your Mum’s greatest (or most hilarious) creation, whether it’s help with a school project, a costume for word book day or her best bake, get creative and share your snap!

#MightyMum - Your mum is mighty for more reasons than one but what makes her stand out? This could be anything, tell us why your Mum is mighty! Share an image or a story that sums up why your mum is mighty, remember to use the hashtag!

Three lucky winners will receive a luxury gift bundle worth over £250 for their Mum put together by our amazing stores here at Fremlin Walk.

To read more CLICK HERE


RBL - Cycle from London to Ypres - Thursday 29th June

Join the RBL on a four-day bike ride and experience the poignant history of the First World War.


RBL's newest bike ride challenge will remember the incredible sacrifices made by all those who fought in the First World War.

The 295-mile journey will start from London and pass through the historic Somme region of France before heading towards Passchendaele and finishing at the Menin Gate in Ypres.

Play Your Part in Tackling the Terrorist Threat



Reporting Suspicious Activity FAQs CLICK HERE

For further details please click HERE

Join Nordic Walking in Medway

Latest Discounts from the Defence Discount Service



Friday, 17 March 2017

MoneyForce: Financial Advice for Serving Personnel

MoneyForce is the official MOD channel for money advice for UK service personnel. The website provides easy online support for service personnel and their families, to help them make informed financial decisions and plan their finances better, both while they are in service and once they leave the Armed Forces.

MoneyForce is specifically designed for the Armed Forces, to give service personnel and their families useful information and tools in plain English to make informed financial decisions that will have a positive impact on their future.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Moving Schools Activity Books


Calling all Mums of primary school children.

The Chatham Hive has a supply of the Moving Schools booklets for anyone that wants them.

Book 1 is a Guide for Parents, Book 2 is a Children's Activity Book, and Book 3 is a Schooling History Book for them to keep track of where they've been/where they're going.

Pop into the HIVE at the Lampard Centre and collect a pack from the office.

The books can also be downloaded and printed at home from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/moving-school-packs

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Carers First - Supporting Adult and Young Carers

Carers First is a charity supporting adult and young Carers, a Carer being anyone who provides unpaid support to a loved one. Carers can be of any age and may be looking after a relative including husband or wife, friend or neighbour.

The charity operates across the Medway area, as well as South and North West Kent, Lincolnshire and Waltham Forest.

The charity provides emotional and practical support, advice, information, guidance and offer statutory carers assessments, training, events, social groups, short break respite, activities trips and more.

Care After Combat - Footprints Alcohol Intervention Programme

The prevalence of alcohol misuse by former military personnel exceeds that of the general population. Alcohol misuse can have a pivotal role in a range of disorders and other problems whilst often being maintained to a large degree by difficulties associated with the transition from military to civilian life more generally.

Care after Combat offers an alcohol intervention programme based upon many years’ experience, comprising an education module, including physiological, psychological and sociological components. Partners are encouraged to attend.

For further details CLICK HERE

Project Phoenix - Supporting Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

‘Phoenix’ is the name of the project to reduce the number of re-offending veterans released from prison.

During 2014, the Government undertook a review of Veterans within the Criminal Justice System published in December 2014.

Veterans form the largest occupational group in prison.

Project Phoenix was designed to specifically respond to the issues raised in the report.

For further information CLICK HERE

Carp After Combat

Carp after Combat aims to use fishing as a method to engage ex-service personnel, who may be finding it difficult to transition back into civilian life.

War Horse, coming to Canterbury in September 2017

Following eight record-breaking years in London’s West End and having played to audiences in 10 countries around the world, War Horse is coming to Canterbury from 15th September to 14th October 2017.

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.

For further details or to book tickets CLICK HERE

Care After Combat


For further information CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

MacMillan Cancer Support - South Coast Mighty Hike - Saturday 10th June 2017


Hike from Brighton to Eastbourne along the stunning South Downs Way and take in the far-reaching views of Britain’s finest unspoilt coastline from the chalk cliffs of Seven Sisters Country Park.