Thursday, 19 October 2017

Partner Circuits:

When: Every Tue.

Who: Partners of Churchill Lines Personnel only.

Meet point: Churchill Lines entrance (guard hut) at 1800. The PTI will then escort all those attending to the Operators Performance Centre.

Induction time: Starting at 1815, all those new to the OPC must complete an induction. Those who have completed an induction can start warming up.

Circuit: Starting at 1830, the circuit will be high intensity (mostly body weight exercises) but catered for all abilities. The circuit will be completed by 1930.

Kit: Suitable PT kit and footwear, carrying a full water bottle.

Insurance: This will be covered by the Unit so proof of insurance is not required.

Health: Those attending the session must be fully fit with no on-going injuries or illnesses.

Contact: Any queries contact the Unit Welfare Team or Gymnasium Staff on 01446 798061.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Barry Fireworks Fiesta

Barry Rotary Club, with support from the Vale of Glamorgan Council will bring their 43rd Fireworks Fiesta to Barry Island on Saturday 5 November.

Date: Saturday 05 November 2016
Time: 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Location: Barry Island, CF62 5TQ
Cost: Free admission
The display is set to begin at 7.45pm and entry is free - but please help support the Barry Rotary Club by donating to the bucket collections on the night.

Don't Miss the Mail this Christmas - Latest Recommended Posting Dates for BFPO Mail

The British Forces Post Office (BFPO) has announced it's recommended posting dates for Christmas, as well as Royal Mail's Letter to Santa deadlines! 

Details of eligibility for the Christmas Families Free Mail Service (CFFMS), which is an extension of the Enduring Families Free Mail Service (EFFMS) to certain additional locations over the Christmas period, can also be found on this page.

Click BFPO mail over the Xmas period to see recommended posting dates for BFPO mail

What's on Halloween

Visit Spooky Village

What? There's broomstick making, pumpkin carving, cobweb designing, as well as a Spooky Village (for littler ones) and a fright-filled Terror Trail (for older, hardier scare fans) which place in both daylight and at dusk.
Where? Hendrewennol Fruit Garden , Bonvilston, CF5 6TS
When? From Thursday October 26 to Wednesday November 1.
How much? Activities range from £2.50 to £6.
To book - see the website for details.

Halloween Family Event

What? Meet superheroes, monsters, carve pumpkins, dunk apples, eat candy floss, compete in a fancy dress competition and dance at the disco.
Where? Ton Pentre Football Club, Llanfoist St, Pentre CF41 7AF
When? Tuesday October 31, 5pm until 8pm.
How much? £3 advance, £3.50 on door.
To book - Call 07908 797430.

 Spooktacular 2017

What? Various spooky arts & crafts workshops, face painting, pumpkin carving, extended play in the creepy energy zone. There will also be a pumpkin hunt. Recommended for under 12s - all children must be accompanied by an adult

Where? Rhondda Heritage Park, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF37 2NP
When? October 28-30, 10am to 4pm
How much? Adults go free, children £2.50
To book -
Creepy Crawlies
What? Try to stop your skin from crawling as kids get the opportunity to meet some real snakes, lizards and spiders. It's not for the squeamish.
Where? Cardiff Castle
When? Wednesday November 1.
How much? £3 plus normal admission prices.
To book: Call 029 2087 8100 or go to

Spooky Science

What? Ever seen a pumpkin carve itself? Or a coin scream? These question and more will be answered during these ghostly goings-on and eerie events. You can even go in fancy dress if you like.
Where? Techniquest, Cardiff, CF10 5BW
When? Saturday October 28 to Sunday November 5.
How much? Normal admission prices apply.
To book - Visit

SSAFA - Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum Event

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The St Athan Families Forum Event

Little Troopers

Tickets for Little Troopers

We have lots of exciting tickets to give away so wanted to let you know! Open to all British Armed Forces families but priority will be given to those with a parent currently serving away from home, feel free to forwards these opportunities to any military friends or family within your community.
*Note to schools/nurseries who enter; all children must have a serving British Armed Forces parent and we can not help towards travel*


A brand new play centre including a 'little street' plus dodgems and soft play is opening in Farnborough in Hampshire and they have chosen Little Troopers as their charity of the year! We have 30 tickets to give away for a sneeky play session before the grand opening.

Tuesday 17th October 1000 - 1200hrs
EMAIL US HERE your name, postal address for tickets if you win, serving persons details

BIRMINGHAM - Disney on Ice

We are really lucky to have teamed up with Disney on Ice this year to send over 80 military families to shows across the UK!

Wednesday 18th October 1830hrs
EMAIL US HERE your name, postal address for tickets if you win, serving persons details

SHEFFIELD - Disney on Ice

Wednesday 15th November 1830hrs
EMAIL US HERE your name, postal address for tickets if you win, serving persons details

Remembrance Rugby Match 2017

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Monday, 2 October 2017

Latest Offers from Forces Travel

Click HERE for information on all offers available at Forces Travel

Handy pension information at your fingertips

Using your smartphone, you can now access all things to do with the Armed Forces Pension super quickly, and in one nifty place including the Pension Calculator. 
This facility is quick and easy access to enable you to find out more about your Armed Forces pension and what it is worth.  It provides handy links to more in depth pension information and booklets if required and the pension calculator where a personalised forecast can be generated in a matter of minutes.  It is a one stop shop for you as current serving personnel and veterans accessible anywhere via your Smartphones.
To save it to your smartphone, simply load the website by typing in to your browser. Then click on the 'menu' button (Android) or tap on the 'add to homescreen' function on the Safari control bar (Apple) and then you will see your own icon appear to use as you need it!

British Forces In Germany - The Lived Experience

Don't take it from us, tell the world the experiences that you had serving and living in Germany

The BFG Legacy Project is beginning – and you can be a part of it. 

By the time the last units in 20 Armoured Brigade leave Sennelager in 2019, British Forces will have been stationed in Germany for nearly 80 years. 
To mark this lengthy period of overseas deployment, HQ BFG is producing a book: 
British Forces in Germany – The Lived Experience.

This is a call for you to share your lived experiences with us. 

Please click on the link to share your experiences​

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Information about the MOD Future Accommodation Model (FAM)

BFBS promoting Forces Money Week

BFBS are promoting Forces Money Week via their website, FB and Twitter and are now seeking questions to put to the panel of experts. 

From 16th -20th October a team of financial experts will join Richard Hutchinson on Forces Radio BFBS & on Facebook Live to answer your questions.

Each day from 1:45pm UK join us live all week on your radio and through Facebook as we answer your money questions from around the forces world. Each day we will be tackling a different subject.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Families LifeWorks Programme 2017-2018

RBLI have an excellent website specifically for Lifeworks Families It has details of what the course involves, when courses are taking place and information about extra support RBLI can offer.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Brand new SPINNING FOR SPOUSES class STARTS 09:30 - 10:30 on Fri 22 Sep 17

Designed for ALL abilities.  If you're a total beginner and always wanted to give it a go or a seasoned pro then come along.  Indoor cycling to music is a great fun way to achieve your health and fitness goals.  

The class is held in the cycle studio in the East Camp Gym. 
If you are new to the Gym then you have to read and sign orders with Claire at the Gym reception.  You can do this before the class. 

If you are new to spinning or haven't been for a while then try to get there 10mins early so I can go through the bike set-up with you.

I seriously doubt the class will be full but if you want a bike reserved then message me otherwise it is first come first served.

New Garden Waste Bags after Customer Demand

After taking on board resident feedback we have introduced new garden waste bags, the bags are now similar in design to our blue recycling bags. 

Garden Waste BagThe new bags have a 500g weighted base and a lid to help prevent the bags and their contents from blowing away and to protect garden waste from the elements.

The bags, which are still only £2, can be purchased from:
  • Civic Offices
  • Dock Offices
  • Alps Depot
  • Most libraries.
Our garden waste service runs every fortnight during the summer months until the end of the November when it reverts to a ring and request service over the winter months.

Free bike rides on offer to women living across the Vale of Glamorgan

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is supporting a campaign that offers women free bike rides in an effort to reduce the inequality between the number of male and female cyclists.  

 Through the Council, the HSBC UK Breeze programme delivers fun, free, local rides for women on a weekly basis.

The number of female cyclists has increased in the last few years, and thanks to two enthusiastic ‘Breeze Champions’ Sara Novo and Hilary May, the rides were introduced into the Vale last year. 
“I was new to Wales and I wanted to work as a volunteer. I found out about the HSBC UK Breeze project through the Wales Volunteering website, and thought it would be a great way to meet
new people, and improve my English
 The rides vary in speed and terrain and Breeze Champions will ensure no one is left behind.

Both champions are also looking to set up regular coaching sessions for women in the Vale. 

 For more information on cycling activities in the Vale of Glamorgan you can email Rachel Shepherd or to find a HSBC UK Breeze ride in your local region, visit

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Families Federations seek vital transition feedback from military families

The Naval, Army and RAF Families Federations have today launched their joint Transition Survey.

The federations are inviting military families to take part in sharing their views and experiences to help make a difference to Forces families.

Focus on Transition
The survey focusses on transition out of the Armed Forces and will target those families who have either left the Forces in the last two years, or are due to leave before September 2019.

It will cover all aspects of the transition process including reasons for leaving, and the effect this has on the family of the serving person. They’ll also be asking families to tell them what they find to be the most challenging aspect of transition.
As well as asking for families’ experiences, we’ll be asking them to share their ideas about how the transition process can be improved. Their opinions are vital in informing our future work and success.”

Get involved

For those who are leaving: click here to take the survey.

For those that have left: click here to take the survey.

All those who take part will be entered into a free prize draw to win one of three HP tablets courtesy of DXC technology.

Don’t miss your chance to help improve transition for Forces families now and in the future. Families’ feedback will also be used to shape the coming work of the Transition Liaison for each of the families federations, who are each kindly funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT).

Find out more
To find out more about the families federations, visit their websites and

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Carillion Amey - Parking on Driveways of Void Properties East Camp

Currently works to refurbish bathrooms on the East Camp SFA are ongoing. The affects both occupied and void properties. Whilst we appreciate parking can be difficult can I request that you refrain from parking vehicles on driveways at void properties. Operatives are constantly working in these properties , carrying sanitary fitting, tools etc from their vans
Obviously with limited space between vehicles and walkways there would be a chance of damage as such and therefore we ask that you please refrain from parking on void driveways.
Thanking you for your anticipated co-operation and should you need further clarification please feel free to call the helpdesk who will contact myself on your behalf.
Regards Gary Mitchell Project Manager CA

Station Medical Centre - Repeat Prescriptions


As of 01 Sep 17 the Medical Centre will no longer accept telephone requests for repeat prescriptions. To order a repeat it can be done in the following ways:

1.    Return the repeat slip by hand
2.    Return the repeat slip by post
3.    Email your request

N.B please ensure that the review date at the bottom of the script in in date as we can not issue any medication until the doctor has done a medication review with you.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Carillion Amey - Bathroom Project

You may be aware of the ongoing project to refurbish bathrooms situated on East Camp, St Athan.

The project is progressing swiftly and we require occupants where possible to contact the GB Electrical Project Manager Peter Moore on 07831 583798 to arrange access.

The process is taking approximately 10 days from start to finish and the contractor will work with you to avoid any major disruptions.

We look forward to hearing from you. Thanks you for your anticipated co-operation.

Gary Mitchell Project Manager Carillion Amey.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Armed Forces Covenant 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, we are 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,   

Supporting Families With Childcare Costs

SSAFA Stepping Stone Homes

Monday, 17 July 2017

Carillion Amey

Please be aware that an environmental company Argus Ecology, will be conducting bat surveys over the next few days at SFA in Queen Anne Square Cardiff. These will be dusk and dawn surveys.
They may well knock doors and ask a few questions but have no specific program. Please be assured that personnel are security cleared and will have id cards ready for inspection should this be required.
Should you have any concerns please contact the CA Helpdesk on 0800 606 7000.

Thanks Gary Mitchell Project Manager Carillion Amey

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Information about the Armed Forces Bereavement Scholorship Scheme

An Introduction to Tax Free Childcare - replacing Child Care Vouchers

Tax-Free Childcare Tax-Free Childcare will be available to millions of working families across the UK, and over time it will replace childcare vouchers, which will close to new entrants from April 2018. Voucher schemes remain open to existing members. Eligible parents with children under 12 (under 17 for disabled children) will be able to set up an online childcare account to pay their childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in, the Government will add £2, up to a maximum contribution of £2,000 per child, per year (£4,000 per year for disabled children). To qualify, parents must be in work, this includes self-employment, and each expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week and earn no more than £100,000 per year. Using the Childcare Checker, parents will be able to find out which providers have signed up in their area. The scheme will gradually become available to different age groups from 28 April 2017 with all eligible parents being able to access the scheme by the end of 2017. Parents who have registered with the ‘keep me updated’ tool will be notified when they become eligible. Childcare providers have a pivotal role in Tax-Free Childcare. They need to sign up so that parents can use Tax-Free Childcare to pay them; thousands have already done so. To find out more about the new and existing offers, including the introduction of 30 Hours free childcare from September 2017 for eligible working parents and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website at where you will find the childcare calculator

Veterans Housing Advice - RBL

Monday, 10 July 2017

npower 'Everyday Heroes' - Defence Discount Service

npower launches its most competitive tariff for ‘Everyday Heroes’

Today, npower launches ‘Everyday Heroes Fix’, a new tariff exclusively for employees of the emergency services, NHS and Armed Forces, who hold either Blue Light Card or Defence Discount Service memberships. The tariff is on average npower’s most competitive deal* and fixes energy prices until December 2018, offering these everyday heroes a great deal on their energy and protects them from price rises until the end of next year.

The tariff is exclusively available to Blue Light Card or Defence Discount Service members, regardless of whether they are a new or existing npower customer, pay by Direct Debit or on receipt of bill, as long as they manage their account online. The npower offer is available by logging on to or

Monday, 19 June 2017

Wednesday, 17 May 2017