Monday, 31 July 2017

Summer Activities at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre - 7th to 20th August, 11am - 3pm

Enjoy the summer with FREE kids' activities at Hempstead Valley

Every day from 7th – 20th August   11am to 3pm

Summer has officially started, so why not treat the kids to a day out at Hempstead Valley? A packed two weeks of FREE activities during the summer school holidays from Monday 7th - Sunday 20th August, 11am to 3pm daily.

Parents and children can shop and play together; it’s a fun-filled day for all the family! These free sessions are suitable for all ages from toddlers to grandparents, however children must be supervised at all times. Events will be held inside the centre, outside Pandora and Thomson.

Monday 7th to Friday 11th – Grow your own cress & colouring competition

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th - Art & craft workshops

Monday 14th to Sunday 20th – Face painting, colouring & make a windmill

FREE admission and free car parking

For further information, CLICK HERE  ‘like’ the event page on

Joint Service Housing Advice Office Presentations

For further information on the website CLICK HERE
Telephone 01252 787574

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Family Lives - Free Confidential Helpline

Family Lives - Summer Childcare Issues

Advice and support from Family Lives, a charity which works around the clock, transforming the lives of families, supporting parents and making happier relationships, happier families and a stronger society.

Summer Childcare Issues

According to research by the national childcare charity Daycare Trust, finding affordable childcare during the summer break is one of the biggest headaches for parents. Yet because of the lack of places and the high cost, most parents don’t actually organise their summer childcare until a few weeks beforehand. The costs and shortage of places can be overwhelming, often meaning parents end up taking unpaid leave and using the bulk of annual holiday entitlement to be with the kids.

With family budgets being squeezed by the effects of the recession, our advice may help ease the burden.

Just For Families Magazine - Incorporating The UK Forces Education Guide

To read the on-line version, please click HERE

NSPCC: Children & Young People Online Safety

Children and young people spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. But children do also face risks like cyberbullying or seeing content that's inappropriate.

The NSPCC has teamed up with O2 to give you everything you need to know about keeping children safe online.

Whether you're unsure about what happens online or are up to speed with new technology, it's important that you talk to your child about staying safe.

It may feel daunting, but you don't need to be an expert on the internet. Understanding what children do online and the risks they face will help you keep your child safe online.

Recruit for Spouses

Recruit for Spouses was founded and is run by military spouses like the ones it serves, Recruit for Spouses is an independent social enterprise:

Spearheading a change in perception has been key to our success as we forge strong client relationships based on our guiding principles of fair opportunity, career development, flexible working practices and openness. As employers tap into the resources of the military spouse community, our candidates prove our greatest asset as we all look towards a mutually rewarding future.

For further information, visit the website at or telephone 0333 2020 996.  Alternatively, you can complete the e-mail form  You can also sign up to receive a regular newsletter by e-mail.

Kent Life by the Seaside - From 21st August to 3rd September

Get the beach experience in the heart of rural Kent with a seaside-themed fortnight of sun and sand at Kent Life Heritage Farm Park.

The award-winning attraction brings the coast to the countryside from August 21 to September 3. You can kick off your shoes and build a sandcastle in the sandpit, take a gentle donkey ride and, if you dare, join in the knobbly knees competition. On August 21 and 28 there is even a traditional Punch and Judy show to bring some riotous seaside fun to the Park.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Armed Forces Covenant Website Survey

The Armed Forces Covenant website has now been live for over a year and is being updated continually but to ensure the content meets the user's needs, it is currently hosting a customer survey - the feedback will help us improve the website's content.

The survey will run until 31 July and can be accessed via the front page,   

Fun Dog Show, Willesborough Windmill (nr Ashford) - Monday 28th August, 10am - 3pm

The Ashford Branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind will hold its annual Companion Dog Show on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017 at Willesborough Windmill, Ashford TN24 0QG, just off Junction 10 of the M20.

There are both Pedigree and Novelty classes, costing £2 each. Entry and car parking free. Booking in starts at 10 a.m.; judging from 11 a.m.

There will be various stalls and tombola. BBQ in courtyard. Mill tours. The Mill is open for tours and the café for refreshments.

Enquiries to Lorna or Stephen on 01233 611650.

Willesborough Windmill, Mill Lane, Willesborough, Ashford TN24 0QG

For further information about Willesborough Windmill, CLICK HERE

Lower Lees Coastal Park & Free Adventure Playground, Folkestone

The Lower Leas Coastal Park was opened in 2000 and is split into 3 broad recreational zones.

Beginning at The Leas Lift, the formal zone comprises pine avenues, gardens and flowers blooming all year.

The fun zone is home to the largest free adventure play area in the south east and the ever popular amphitheatre. The wild zone is a haven for quiet recreation, where sensitive habitat management allows wildlife to thrive.

For more information click here.

The park is located at Lower Sandgate Rd, Folkestone, CT20 2JP 

Badgers Hill Farm and Cidery, Canterbury

Open daily with free admission, Badgers Hill Farm is set in an old cider farm and offers a unique day out.

Enjoy their quirky farm with all its hidden treasures. Take tea in the glasshouse under the willow tree or in the gardens overlooking the old orchards. The café serves homemade refreshments and locally-roasted coffee is served along with a selection of teas and cakes.

They also produce farmhouse cider that is matured in oak whisky barrels.

Where: New Cut Road, Chilham, Canterbury, CT4 8BW

For further information CLICK HERE

Summer Fun at the Hop Farm - till 3rd September, 10am - 5pm daily

Join Hopper the Rabbit for Summer holiday fun, activities and more for all the family. The Hop Farm Family Park, is open every day from 10am and has some special treats in store during August.

From 22 July until 3 September, The Hop Farm Family Park will be providing entertainment and fun for the children, from our fantastic indoor entertainment shows in the Big Red Barn to face-painting and bouncing on our popular Giant Jumping Pillows.

The Hop Farm has had some  popular children’s characters coming to visit us in the past, so look out for some surprises this August including, Peppa Pig & George on the 2nd August and PAW Patrol’s Chase & Marshall who will be making personal appearances at intervals on the 9th and 23rd August!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

AWS Summer Programme (Invicta Park)

Tempo Weekly Update - 20 July 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of Tempo, keeping you up-to-speed with CarillionAmey.

In this week’s edition:

· Update from our Managing Director following Carillion’s Stock Exchange announcement

· You said, we did: Improving supply chain

· CarillionAmey and DIO celebrate success at the RoSPA Awards 2017

· CarillionAmey help improve accommodation rooms at Wellington Barracks

To read the newsletter CLICK HERE

Play-in-a-Week, Drama Workshop, Spotlites, Chatham - Monday 28th August - Saturday 2nd September

Stage a play in a week. A great opportunity for 5-16 yr olds to train with Spotlites award winning professionals for a unique and inspirational week! A Summer holiday experience to treasure!

Mon 28th Aug - Fri 1st Sept - 9.30am to 3.30pm,
Sat 2nd Sept 3.30pm - 9.30pm

40% off a place on the play in a week course (not performance tickets) if paid by 5th Aug

A place on the Play-in-a-week course costs £180 per person

Sibling Discount £288 - a 20% discount (available by phone only)

Performance Tickets:

Sat 2nd Sept @ 7.30pm - £10 / £8 Kids / Students / OAPs

Venue: Spotlites, 338 High Street, Chatham, ME4 4NR

For further information CLICK HERE

Drama Workshops at Spotlites Chatham - Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th August

Summer Holiday Drama Workshops for 5 - 12 years - 1 hour - £8

Book on two workshops and they can choose a third one FREE

Come in costume if you like!

DBS checked staff

Drop and collect, children only; parents do not watch but can wait in the cafe with comfy sofas and free WIFI!

Venue: Spotlites, 338 High Street, Chatham, ME4 4NR

For further information CLICK HERE

Monday, 24 July 2017

Commercial Dance Day Workshop, Chatham - Thursday 17th August, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Commercial Dance Day Workshop for ages 7-16 is brought to you by MV Young Dance Company, led by professional dancer Maria Mazzone. They are one of Kent`s premier dance companies who provide exciting opportunities for young dancers.

This workshop will incorporate the styles of Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars for a fun and skills building day of Street Dance.

Maria Mazzone has worked with top artists such as Cheryl Cole, Little Mix, and Olly Murs, and has danced on wildly popular televisions shows like X-Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, and a long list of special live events including Capitals Summer Time Ball, Capital's Jingle Bell Ball, the iTunes Festival and the Radio 1 Teen Awards, with the list growing all the time.

Places £25

Venue: The Brook Theatre, The Brook, Chatham, ME4 4SE

For further details or to book CLICK HERE

Diva Dance Day Workshop, Chatham - Friday 18th August, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Diva Dance Day Workshop for ages 7-16 is brought to you by MV Young Dance Company, led by professional dancer Maria Mazzone. They are one of Kent`s premier dance companies who provide exciting opportunities for young dancers.

This workshop will incorporate the styles of Beyoncé and Little Mix for a fun and skills building day of Commercial Dance.

Maria Mazzone has worked with top artists such as Cheryl Cole, Little Mix, and Olly Murs, and has danced on wildly popular televisions shows like XFactor, Britain’s Got Talent, and a long list of special live events including Capitals Summer Time Ball, Capital's Jingle Bell Ball, the iTunes Festival and the Radio 1 Teen Awards, with the list growing all the time.

Places £25

Venue: The Brook Theatre, The Brook, Chatham, ME4 4SE

For further details or to book CLICK HERE

PQA, Be Our Guest Drama Workshop - Wednesday 16th August, 9.30am - 12.30pm

Pauline Quirke Academy (PQA) presents this half day workshop for 4-6 year olds who love Belle and all the characters in Beauty and The Beast.

This fun performing arts session will capture their imagination exploring the castle, and learning routines to their favourite songs.

A fun and creative day not to be missed, and a real confidence booster day for little Poppets who might be starting school or returning in September, with no pressure of a performance at the end.

Places: £15 per person

Venue: The Brook Theatre, The Brook, Chatham, ME4 4SE

For further details CLICK HERE

PQA Workshop for Young Film Makers, Chatham - Tuesday 15th August, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Pauline Quirke Academy (PQA) presents this workshop offering the opportunity for ages 7-16 years to learn the skills to be a screen actor, producer, director, and sound operator in a bite-size fun and informative day!

You will rehearse and make a short scene by using a real film script, shot list and the green screen.

These will be emailed to you once edited. This workshop is for people who are as interested in being in front of the camera but also behind the camera.

£25 per person

Venue: The Brook Theatre, The Brook, Chatham, ME4 4SE

For further details or to book CLICK HERE

PQA Workshop, Drama For All Workshop, Chatham - Wednesday 16th August, 9.30am - 3.3pm

Pauline Quirke Academy's brilliant tutors, who are also professional actors, lead this one-day workshop for ages 7-16.

From beginners to more experienced young actors, the day is designed to be fun and informative leading participants through script, improvisation and character work.

Participants will :
* make friends,
* develop concentration and memory skills,
* gain confidence,
* work on speech and public speaking.

Pauline Quirke Academy loves to work towards big performances and Trinity Guildhall exams which you get free with your PQA membership, but just practising your skills is also important! So come along to this one-day workshop and hone your talent.

Venue: The Brook Theatre, The Brook, Chatham, ME4 4SE

Places: £25.00

For further details or to book CLICK HERE

Rip It Up, Chatham - Thursday 5th October, 7.30pm

Tickets on sale NOW - CLICK HERE

Live on stage with Radio Two’s Leo Green with musicians, dancers and singers dancing through the 50s: Jay McGuiness, Natalie Lowe and Louis Smith will swing, bop, jitterbug, lindy hop, jive and ballroom through the greatest songs from the greatest decade of music! The music in the show spans various styles from romantic ballads and crooner songs through to classic pop hits and the shattering world of rock ’n’ roll.

Numbers include Smile, Mona Lisa, Cry, Unforgettable, When I Fall In Love, One For My Baby, Wonderful World, Mambo Italiano, Fly Me To The Moon, Young & Foolish, My Baby Just Cares, That’ll Be The Day, Summertime Blues, Only You, The Great Pretender, Fools fall In Love, You Send Me, Hound Dog, Bye Bye Love, C’Mon Everybody and I Only Have Eyes For You.

If you love Dreamboats & Petticoats, That’ll Be The Day, with a little twist of Strictly then this is the show for you!

Venue: Central Theatre, High Street, Chatham ME4 4AS

NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Services

NHS veterans’ mental health services are now available for armed forces personnel approaching discharge

Information for Patients: Armed forces personnel approaching discharge can now get treatment and support at NHS veterans’ mental health services across England and thereafter into their civilian life, whether this is months or years later.

For further information and eligibility criteria, CLICK HERE

Surestart - Summer Timetable (Medway)

Be Drink Aware

Friday, 21 July 2017

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Medway Mini Youth Sports Camps, Medway Park Leisure Centre - 25th July through to 25th August

Keep your children active and amused this summer - book them onto a Mini Youth Sports Camp with Medway Sport.

This holidays we are introducing themed activity weeks including American sports week, ball sports week and track and field week, linking in with competitions such as the World Athletics Championships. 

Popular activities including swimming also feature every week (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Each camp ends with a Friday tournament day with medals and prizes up for grabs.

Medway Park's team of experienced coaches have put together day-by-day timetables so you can see exactly what has been planned.

The sports camps run Tuesday to Friday 10am (9.30am drop off) - 3.30pm throughout the holidays at Medway Park for 7 to 12-year-olds.

This summer’s programme:

25-28 July - Racket sports week

1-4 August - American sports week

8-11 August - Track and field week

15-18 August - Ball sports week

22-25 August - Mix it up week

Four-day camps advanced bookings are £15 per day or £45 for all four days. On the day the charge is £20 per day or £55 for all four days. A discount is available for children of Medway Sport Premier Members. Download a booking form or book via Medway Park reception.

Flexible Employment Offered

Accord Legal Services is offering two types of work; one is working as a legal consultant visiting clients, and the other is as a canvassing representative working with the public to bring in business.

Canvassers and consultants are able to set their own working hours and work the positions around other commitments, so it could be suited to forces personnel and their families.

For further details, e-mail
or phone 01744 807048

To visit the company's website CLICK HERE

Medway Stop Smoking Service

Would you like to quit smoking for good? Find out how you can get support.

The Medway Stop Smoking Service is a completely free service offering 1-2-1s with highly trained, approachable advisers.

There are also drop-in centres all around Medway including the Smokefree Advice Centre at 2-2a Railway Street, Chatham, ME4 4JL.

Opening Times :

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00

There is no need to book for this venue, just drop in anytime during opening hours.

For more information CLICK HERE

Medway Stop Smoking Service

Phone: 01634 334800 or 0800 234 6805


Pathfinder Magazine - July Issue Online

To read this issue online

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Scouts in the Brompton Area - Looking for Recruits and Volunteers

The Scouting Foundation is the UK's biggest mixed youth organisation,  offering 6 to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others, thereby making a positive impact in communities.

Scout groups help children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. These activities will help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

Give Us Time - The Charity that Supports Military Families

You need to get away sometimes. Life is stressful: concerns at work, bills to pay, phone calls to make. Sometimes we need to talk to our spouse about the problems we face. But what if your spouse is away for most of the year and communicating is difficult? What if they are in a situation where they may never come back? Or, if they do, could return with physical or psychological wounds?

That is the situation that many people with significant others in the military have to face. An operational tour can last from three to six months, but in some cases people in the military have to spend most of the year away from their families.

Life at home goes on without them. Children grow up, spouses go through life experiences without their partner. Often, by the time they come home, the family has grown apart and the family dynamic has changed.

Choosing Childcare in the Medway Area

Medway Council provides excellent advice for any parent looking for childcare in the area.

CLICK HERE to access the web page which contains several useful links to other relevant information sites and services.

Are You Driving in France? New Rules on Vehicle Emissions

If you're planning to drive to or through France via Paris, Lyon or Grenoble, beware, new rules mean you're likely to need to display a vehicle emissions sticker on your windscreen, while older cars could be banned altogether from certain areas at certain times.

The three French cities have introduced the 'Crit'Air' scheme, which is designed to curb pollution and requires most vehicles driving within designated 'environmental zones' to display a window sticker (known as a vignette).

The stickers cost €4.80 (around £4.13), including postage to the UK. There are six categories of sticker, which are colour-coded according to how much vehicles pollute and range from the cleanest (Crit'Air 1), for electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles, to the most polluting (Crit'Air 6).

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

SFA Customer Satisfaction Survey

email address for queries

Trek26 Canterbury - Saturday 16th September 2016

Join this beautiful, challenging and memorable trek in Canterbury, which famously provided the setting for Chaucer's Canterbury trails! Choose to take on a marathon or half marathon distance and raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.

For further details CLICK HERE

Financial Top Tips for Service Personnel

Service personnel and their families can experience difficulty in accessing commercial products and services due to their mobility and time spent outside the UK. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has worked with the financial sector to improve the ability of armed forces personnel to access financial products.

The representative bodies for the financial sector are raising awareness within their membership of how to avoid disadvantage for service personnel and their families. They have worked with MOD to develop these top tips for the armed forces on credit ratings, mortgages and loans, BFPO addresses and insurance.

For further information CLICK HERE

Brands Hatch Cycle Challenge - 16th and 17th September 2017

Can you take the challenge of cycling the iconic Brands Hatch circuit? The event is brought to you by 24Revolve and Blind Veterans UK are proud to be a charity partner.

There will be three endurance cycling relay challenges, 24 hour, 12 hour and 6 hour – on the smooth, traffic free tarmac of this infamous track.

Chilham Castle 5k & 10k Runs - Sunday 15th October 2017

For the 5th year, runners get the chance to stretch their legs in the beautiful surroundings of Chilham Castle, with the Chilham Castle 5K & 10K runs.  

Your entry includes:
- Event entry
- On course aid stations supplied by PowerBar
- Event T-shirt - option to purchase
- Bespoke finisher's medal
- Goodie bag
- Chip timing
- Live results
- Post event nutrition and athlete area
- Special offers from our partners

Facilities available for competitors are changing areas, on-site snacks and refreshments plus free parking.

Entry fees start at £14. For all entry fees, course details or to enter online CLICK HERE

Discounts are available for groups, teams or club entries of 5 or more, please email for details

Monday, 17 July 2017

CarillionAmey: Tempo Weekly Update 13 July 2017

In this issue:
You said, we did: Accommodation Officer training
CarillionAmey enhance learning area for Service children

To read the whole newsletter CLICK HERE

To provide feedback on this edition of Tempo, please contact:

For more information on our improvement plan please visit:

Celebration Trail - Rochester Castle, 22nd July till 3rd September

Take part in this heritage trail around Rochester Castle Keep, looking for clues to find out why Rochester Castle is celebrating this year for a chance to win a small prize.

80p per child, plus admission fee.

AWS Summer Activities at Invicta Park

Abseil Down Spinnaker Tower for ABF - 2nd September 2017

Soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, the Emirates Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben and has already established itself as a national icon for Britain. Minimum sponsorship £225, minimum age 18.

Sign up for this abseiling event to raise money for ABF, the Soldier's Charity.

Date: Saturday 2nd September 2017

Location: Emirates Spinnaker Tower Portsmouth, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3TT