Tuesday, 27 June 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:




Tickets (£34.50)

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

Buying a House - What To Do and Where To Start, Lampard Centre - Wednesday 5th July, 7pm

A relaxed and informative session covering lots of useful information on how to buy a house, the process and different types of schemes including the Forces Help To Buy scheme.

Delivered by a fully qualified mortgage adviser and SIIAP recognised military specialist. Come along, have a brew and find out more.

There is no charge to attend.

Lampard Centre, Sallyport, ME7 5BU
7pm to 8.30pm

For further information, see the Facebook Events Page

Upcoming Events at Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch Circuit, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent DA3 8NG

One of the world's most iconic sporting venues, Brands Hatch plays host to a multitude of prestigious motorsport events on both two and four wheels.

Domestic Abuse - Guidance and Support for the Armed Forces Community - Additional Information in Nepali

Visit the gov.uk website HERE

RBL Poppy Shop

Poppy Shop is the online store for The Royal British Legion and all purchases made from the Poppy Shop help to fund the work of the Legion, providing practical support and advice to Service personnel, past and present, and their families.

The Legion spends nearly £1.4 million a week delivering health and welfare support so every penny helps. Please include a donation when you reach the checkout.

More information about The Royal British Legion and its work can be found on the Legion's website at www.britishlegion.org.uk

Kent Foam Wars, Strood Youth Centre - Sunday 2nd July, 11.30am - 4pm

Find the Cheapest Fuel in Your Area

To find the cheapest fuel in your area,

Little Trooper Treasures - New App

This weekend we launched a brand new, free, easy to use iPad app that is available now exclusively to serving British Armed Forces families.

We know that serving parents are so frequently away from home and often communications can be limited or sporadic. We also know that a bedtime story is one of the most important times to a child.

So.....we teamed up with Harper Collins Children's Books to bring you Little Troopers Treasures; it will make story time precious every day and will ensure children never miss a bedtime story from their parents again; they can watch the recordings over and over whenever they miss their mummy or daddy.

Download the app on your iPad HERE

Dover Carnival - Saturday 2nd July, 4pm

Traditional carnival parade through the streets of Dover Town Centre.  Carnival parade starts at Maison Dieu Road at 4.00pm.

For further information, visit the event's  Facebook Page

Whitfield FC Charity Tournament, Dover - Saturday 1st July, 10am - 2pm

A Charity Football tournament organised by Whitfield Football Club on Saturday 1 July in aid of the Ronald McDonald House Trust.

This small football tournament with a total of six teams is being held at Whitfield Recreation Ground. 

The event will also include a few stalls selling cakes, old football boots plus other items and all proceeds will go towards the charity on the day.

For further information and contact details CLICK HERE

Evening Midsummer Meadow Picnic Walk, Dover - Wednesday 28th June 2017, 7pm

An evening midsummer walk and picnic in celebration of National Meadows Day.

Bring your supper picnic, bottle of bubbly (optional!) and small picnic blanket (in a rucksack).  We'll go for a gentle walk around the colourful meadows and find a place to sit and eat our supper taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the wonderful downland landscape.

Suggested donation of £2 appreciated.

Leader: Melanie Wrigley, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 241806)

Meet: Elms Vale Recreation Ground car park, Elms Vale Road, Dover, CT17 9NN

Distance: 1.5 - 2 miles
Grade: 4
Dogs on leads

For further information and contact details CLICK HERE

Status of EU Citizens in the UK: What You Need To Know

Since the result of the referendum last summer, the UK government has made it absolutely clear how important it is that we secure, as early as possible, both the rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in EU Member States.

There is no need for EU citizens living in the UK to do anything now. There will be no change to the status of EU citizens living in the UK while the UK remains in the EU.

If you would like to find out the latest information, CLICK HERE  or sign up for email updates.

The Southeast Air Show, Herne Bay - Saturday 19th August 2017

We are delighted to announce that we have been able to secure the Red Arrows, Eurofighter and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for third successive year on Saturday 19th August and are aiming to once again bring Herne Bay a day to remember in 2017.

For further information CLICK HERE

Ripple Pond - June 17 Newsletter

A Self-Help Support network for the adult family members of physically or emotionally injured Service Personnel and Veterans.

To read the June Newsletter CLICK HERE

Biggin Hill Festival of Flight - Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 2017

The fourth year of the show in its new guise is stretched to 2 days and celebrates the centenary of the airport.

Since it restarted in its present form in 2014, the Festival has been rather fraught with problems, ranging from woefully inadequate toilet and refreshment facilities in the first year, terrible parking control for the first two years and bad luck with the weather. The infrastructure problems had been sorted by year three and the date change may help on the weather front, so 2017 could be the year when it all comes right for Biggin Hill.

Pet Loss Support for Children

Children and young people can become very attached to pets for a variety of reasons…

When a pet dies, it may be a child or young person’s first experience of the death or loss of something close to them.

They may feel that they have lost their best friend, an important member of their family and they may feel very sad and lonely. Feelings of numbness, disbelief and denial may be common. Sometimes anger or guilt may also be felt for something they did or said that makes them think they contributed to the death.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Living and Working in Germany - Resettlement Guide

There is a growing community of Service Leavers in Germany, which on average increases by over a hundred each year. This Sector Briefing and the linked websites offer invaluable advice and information, on German bureaucracy and administrative actions required for settling in Germany; www.make-it-in-germany.com (German governmental site); and www.howtogermany.com (American site); In addition and complimentary to these is a website dedicated to supporting the British Forces, including veterans, in Germany - www.bfgnet.de. For specific veteran information - www.veterans-uk.info/index.htm 

Job Vacancy, RBL Aylesford - Community Hub & Cafe Manager

Full time, permanent contract based in Aylesford, Kent
42 hours per week

Salary: circa of £22,263 per annum, dependent upon experience

Main purpose of job:
To be a hands-on Manager of a mixed team of volunteers and employees, in the community hub and café facility on the Royal British Legion Village in Aylesford, where you and the team will prepare food and beverages to a high standard, serve customers, ensure that all areas are hygienic, clean, tidy and presentable at all times and provide goods, services and support for events and their attendees as required.

RBLI offer 20 days holiday per annum pro rata, a Group Flexible Retirement Plan, Life Assurance and Childcare Vouchers.

Closing date for applications: Friday 30th June 2017

For further information CLICK HERE

Monthly Housing Surgery, Lampard Centre - Thursday 29th June, 10am

The monthly housing surgery is held on the last Thursday of the month at the Lampard Centre  from 10am to 11am.  It is attended by representatives from CarillionAmey, AWS, Chatham HIVE and MOD Police.

The next surgery is on Thursday 29th June from 10am till 11am.  No appointment necessary. Just drop in to discuss any accommodation issues that you have,

Medway Adult Education

The new Medway Adult Education course directory has just been released and includes a number of new courses, visit www.medway.gov.uk/adultlearning to find out more.

Medway Adult Education offers an array of new courses for 2017/18 including a number in Media and Special Interests such as:

G02100117A - Psychology - an introduction
G06100117A - Coding - for beginners
G09100317A - Electric rock guitar
G11100117A - Making sense of politics
G09100517A - Film studies - beginners
G09100417A - Journalism - beginners
R12101317A - Latin - taster for complete beginners
R09107517A - Printmaking for beginners
R09104817A - Writing a blog - one day workshop

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Open Air Movies, Detling and Kings Hill

Baby will be firmly out of the corner when open air cinema gets a first screening at the Kent Showground in Detling (A249) on Friday 14th July. Gates will open at 6.30pm, so plenty of time for a picnic before the screening at 9.15pm. 

Eighties film classic Dirty Dancing will be screened  to an audience of 2,000 film fans sitting back and watching a 40ft screen.

A new venue has emerged this year at Kings Hill Sports Park, West Malling (A228). There will be showings of Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, on Friday 4th August and Top Gun starring Tom Cruise on Saturday 5th August.

To book tickets for these events CLICK HERE

Venue Information:
Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone, ME14 3JF
Kings Hill Sports Park, Beacon Avenue, Kings Hill, W Malling, ME19 4QP

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Smokefree Homes

Protect children from secondhand smoke and make your home smokefree.

To watch a short video from Medway Council and make a Smokefree Homes Pledge, CLICK HERE

Beat Stress, Feel Better

Practical toolkit to men's self-care and peer support, 'Beat Stress, Feel Better', covering the key areas of wellbeing such as work, relationships and home life.

To read the booklet online CLICK HERE

Alcohol Myths Quiz

To test your knowledge CLICK HERE

Breastfeeding Support Network

Breastfeeding isn’t always easy but there are so many benefits, which is why doctors recommend baby is breastfed to at least 6 months. If you’re struggling, need motivation, have questions or simply want to meet other mums to talk to about breastfeeding then we’re here to help.

There are so many ways you can get help in Medway. You can go to a local breastfeeding group, talk to a local peer supporter, get our Baby Buddy app which is packed full of advice and resources and watch helpful films that will answer all your questions about breastfeeding.

If you want to chat to someone one on one then text us on 07908 817 569, call 01634331054 or email to make an appointment

For further information including helplines and a calendar of drop-in clinics CLICK HERE

SSAFA - Additional Needs and Disability, A Guide for Service Families

To view, download or print the guide

Calories in Alcohol

Did you know a standard glass of wine can contain as many calories as a piece of chocolate, and a pint of lager has about the same calorie count as a packet of crisps?

The average wine drinker in England takes in around 2,000kcal from alcohol every month.

Drinking five pints of lager a week adds up to 44,200kcal over a year, equivalent to eating 221 doughnuts.

You can find out the calories in many more drinks using the Drinkaware unit and calorie calculator.  

For further information CLICK HERE

Give Blood and Save Lives

Click HERE to find your nearest venue and make an appointment

Defence Discount Service: Nissan Qashqai Discount

The 5-Second Rule that Dog Owners Need to Know

Union Jack Club Weekend Offers (London)

020 7928 4814

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final – Wembley August 2017 – 40% Off – LIMITED TIME ONLY

Watch the climax of one of Rugby League’s biggest day's out at the iconic Wembley Stadium. This day is LIKE NOTHING ELSE with a full day of back to back entertainment and this August they are taking it to another level with the introduction of Club Wembley ticket access, adult tickets from £12 and junior tickets from £5.

Visit www.defencediscountservice.co.uk for details or log in to the free mobile app and search for Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final....

Half Price tickets at Odeon Cinemas - Until Monday 26th June

Odeon have slashed the price of their cinema tickets by a whopping 50%.
To celebrate the official start of summer,

Film fans across the UK and Ireland can bag their half price tickets from today until Monday 26th June, from the ODEON website - but you'll need a code.

For 50% off, simple enter the code JUNE50 at the checkout, or if you live in the Republic of Ireland, you'll need to use the code 50JUNE instead.

We've rounded up the top film options to see this week, from historical thrillers like Churchill to family adventure films like Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge.

Vote for Your Everyday Forces Hero

To celebrate this Armed Forces Day, Forces Mutual gave the Forces Family a chance to nominate their everyday Forces Heroes and be in with the chance of winning a share of over £1,000.

There was an amazing response  and there were some truly inspiring nominations, and although it wasn’t an easy task whittling down a long list of heroes, after much consideration, a shortlist of nominations has now gone to a public vote.

Everyone who votes will automatically be placed into a £50 prize draw, so it would be fantastic if you could click on the link and vote for the nomination that you think is the most worthy of the title.

Using Public WiFi Safely

Rehab 4 Addiction

Rehab 4 Addiction is a drug and alcohol support service for people aged between 18 and 26.

This is a free service assisting young people suffering from a range of addictions and mental health problems.

Rehab 4 Addiction offers free telephone assistance and also maintains useful resources and guides on its website.

Action Fraud Alert

Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime.

Action Fraud Alert is provided by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau which is run by the City of London Police as a national service. You can register to receive direct, verified, accurate information about scams and fraud in your area.

Community Fun Weekend, Folkestone - Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July 2017

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Forthcoming NEBOSH Courses



01494 864100

Summer Care for Your Dog

It is important to not only look after yourself over the heat of summer, but you should also take care of your pet's needs. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your pet enjoys summer as much as you do!

Keeping cool and sun protection:   Make sure your pet has access to cool, shady areas in your house or backyard. Always make sure your pet has access to lots of cool drinking water. If you’re going out for the day, try dropping a few ice blocks into their water bottle or bowl, so that the water stays colder for longer. 

Rochester Castle Proms - Saturday 15th July, 7pm

Pack up your picnic and prepare for an evening of patriotism at the Castle Concert Proms finale.

The classical show will have the audience waving their union flags at the four-day Castle Concert series draws to a close with the dramatic sound of The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

Concluding with its spectacular firework display, the Proms has become the signature finale for the Castle Concerts series.

So grab a picnic, some fizz and your finest flag and indulge yourself in a patriotic last night at the Proms.

Introduction to Child Development, Lampard Centre - Starts Thursday 22nd June, 6pm

This free course is for military spouses, whether or not you have children at the moment.  It will run for 4 consecutive Thursdays, 6pm to 8pn at the Lampard Centre.  The course has been held here and before and feedback was excellent, with everyone enjoying it and gaining something from it.

If you are interested in participating in this course, please contact the HIVE via one of the following methods:

Phone: 01634 848163
Facebook: Personal message to Sharon Webley or by replying on the thread on the Wives Page.

Easy Resettlement Magazine Summer Issue Now Out

The summer issue of Easy Resettlement magazine is out now...

Easy Resettlement is now the number one armed forces resettlement publication as we offer more employment opportunities for our readers than any other publication.

Each issue is distributed to all service leavers by BFPO to ensure everyone gets a free copy. In addition to the hard copies it is sent out via an Email blast to our subscribers as well as having an easy to read online version on our website, you can even download back issues to your desktop www.easyresettlement.com/magazine/

We are proud to announce our partnership with DSEI who run the largest Defence and Security Expo in Europe, the event is free for military personnel and it will be taking place between the 12th-15th September at the Excel arena in London. You will be able to pick up free copies of the summer issue at this event.