Friday, 31 March 2017

HM Passport Office - Online Passport Application Roll out



Customers to benefit from online passport application roll out. HM Passport Office has launched a new online passport renewal service as part of its drive to improve customer services...

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Childcare Choices Website

UK families will soon see bills cut as date announced for the launch of Tax-Free Childcare. Launch of new Childcare Choices website means parents now able to find available government support...
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Defence Discount Service - National Express Offer


For Defence Discount Service non serving members (such as Veterans and Civil Servants) save 30% on travel.

National Express are offering 30% off travel to over 900 towns, cities and airports across the UK

This offer is valid on all National Express services (excluding third party, events services, Eurolines and Ulster Bus), meaning you can relax on one of its comfortable coaches with leather seats, power sockets, air conditioning and ample leg room.

In order to book, follow the link and enter your destination and dates in the journey planner and the 30% off discount will automatically be applied.

YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SHOW YOUR DEFENCE PRIVILEGE CARD WHEN BOARDING!

                                                 Click HERE for more information

Armed Forces Offer at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Holyrood House


MOD90 or Armed Forces ID card holders can visit Windsor Castle with up to four friends or family for FREE. That’s a potential saving of £85.
Be sure to check the Royal Collection website to plan and make the most of your visit.
1. Call ahead of your visit on 0303 123 7300 to check that the castle is open to the public (no advance booking required.
2. Bring your MOD90 / Armed Forces ID with you to get you and up to four friends or family in for FREE.
This discount applies to Buckingham Palace, Holyrood House as well as Windsor Castle. Phone 0303 123 7300 to confirm.

Do you have a built in appliance in your Service Families Accommodation?

Service Family Accommodation (SFA) customers benefit from a comprehensive maintenance service, including the provision of items such as cookers but not the maintenance of fitted appliances in some of the new SFA.  

If you experience any issues with integrated appliances please report them to CarillionAmey on 0800 707 6000 in the normal way.  Cookers will be repaired or replaced, however other non-standard integrated appliances will be removed and a space left for your own white goods in accordance with MOD policy.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Drayton Manor 2017 Season - Free Entry for Serving Personnel and Veterans of the Armed Forces

Drayton Manor Park is proud to support our British Armed Forces so throughout our 2017 season we are offering free entry to all those serving and ex serving personnel of the British Armed Forces.  
Our main 2017 season runs from Thursday 30th March – Friday 27th October* and any serving or ex serving member of the British Armed Forces will receive free entry to Drayton Manor Park.
Armed Forces discount is also available for Park Entry throughout Magical Christmas. Opens on 18th November for selected dates until 31st December.** 
Booking in advance is not necessary so please show your ID on arrival at any ticket kiosk before approaching the gate and free entry will be granted for the individual.
Accepted forms of ID include:
For serving personnel: A Valid Military personal card/MOD card, Band of Brothers Card or Defence Privilege Card (only for serving or ex-serving member of the armed forces).
For Veterans: A leaving certificate, proof of War Pension or Armed Forces Compensation, Band of Brothers Card or Defence Privilege Card (only for serving or ex-serving members of the armed forces)
*Not available on park buy out days, please check the website before travelling for opening times and dates. No family or friend’s discounts offered at this time.    
**Park entry only, does not include a meeting with Father Christmas. This can be booked seperately at an extra price, https://www.draytonmanor.co.uk/magical-christmas.
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Drayton Manor 2017 Season - Defence Discount Service save up to 50% on tickets

Drayton Manor are offering an amazing offer that saves up to 50% on tickets! 
T& Cs apply


Click here to log onto Defence Discount Service for booking details or contact Lichfield HIVE
 on 01543 433658

Families Activity Breaks (FAB)

What is FAB?

Families’ Activity Breaks (FAB) is a non-public funded, tri Service charitable initiative, providing fun and challenging activity camps around the UK for bereaved Military families.
Families’ Activity Breaks

If your child is aged up to 19 years old and has suffered the loss of a loved one who was serving in the Armed Forces, then you may be eligible for a FAB camp. The holidays offer an adventure for all the family and a welcome break to meet and socialise with others who have experienced a similar loss.

A loved one can mean a parent, a step parent, or a child’s legal guardian, carer or sibling.


Full details of 2017 FAB dates are at www.fabcamps.org.uk