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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Improved mail service ensures loved ones can stay in touch

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 solutions.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Welfare Notice

Dependants with additional needs or disability. AGAI 108 directs that it is a mandatory requirement for Service Personnel who have dependants with additional needs and/or disabilities to register the fact by completing the Career Management Notification Proforma (CMNP) at Annex A to AGAI 108 and pass to their RCMO/Welfare Officer via their Chain of Command for further action. Service Personnel are also to record any additional supportability need on their Assignment Preference Proforma (APP) particularly if considering an assignment outside the UK. 

Dependant Child with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). JSP 820 directs that Service Personnel who have dependants with SEND must be registered with the Children’s Educational Advisory Service (CEAS) through CEAS enquiries by telephone: 01980 618 244 (Military 94 344 8244) or email: enquiries@ceas.uk.com Further advice if needed can be obtained from the Unit Welfare Officer.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Hatfield Forest : 50 things to do before you're 11 (& 3 quarters!!!)

National Trust

Hatfield Forest near Bishop Stortford, CM22 6NE.

Tel: 01279 870678

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Barn, Braiseworth, Eye: Self Catering Accommodation

Forces for Warmth (East Midlands Area)

Forces for Warmth is being established across the East Midlands and will begin by delivering training to staff at The Royal British Legion to enable them to identify and offer basic advice and guidance to people who may be in, or at risk of, living in fuel poverty and struggling to stay warm in their homes affordably. They will also be able to provide basic support and advice either over the phone or when visiting people in their homes. Staff will also be able to refer people to a designated advice service run by NEA, in order to receive tailored more in-depth energy advice and practical support.
Community engagement events will be an integral part of the project to target local areas and to raise awareness of the service being offered, and offer outreach advice and support. After the initial pilot project and evaluating the successes and learning points, the intention is to expand the project from the East Midlands to other areas within the UK.

Duke of York

The Duke of York's Royal Military School offers great opportunities to children from military families. They are a non-selective fully boarding state academy for all children aged 11 - 18. Set in 150 acres of Kentish countryside, their 450 pupils feel safe in a close-knit community where their friends and teachers understand military life.  They combine a culture of academic excellence with caring for the individual and our GCSE and A Level results are significantly higher than the national average. Families only pay for boarding costs, and if you qualify for CEA, that could be just over £1,000 a year.
Further details click here

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Community Woodland

A great family facility on our airfield at Carver Barracks (just a short walk past the football pitches). Families can go and relax in the outdoors but close to our married quarters.  Take a picnic and a notepad for a great family afternoon. Please could you ensure though that all dogs are kept on leads within the area / woodland bounded by the chain link fence, as we want the woodland to be as safe and clean as possible to allow our children to roam risk free.

Debden Pentecostal Church


Debden Pentecostal Church
If you are in the neighbourhood and lonely and want somewhere to worship and fellowship with friends, then you are welcome to Debden Pentecostal Church in Debden CB11 3LW. 

Every Sunday from 11 am and Wednesday Coffee Morning from 10.30 am.

All welcome

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Baker Days

Want to send something special to someone special? Struggling for ideas? Take a look at BakerDays.com and give your loved one a new letterbox cake.

Each petite cake slips through a letterbox carrying your unique photo and message and there’s great news – BakerDays.com is BFPO approved (fruit cake only) so you can send and receive a cake wherever you are living! It’s the new and lovely way to celebrate any occasion. There are hundreds of designs to inspire you and to make your cake as individual as the person and the occasion you’re celebrating. 

Simply upload your own shot and message and choose their favourite recipe - double chocolate chip, Madeira, fruit, carrot and gluten-free.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Welfare Notice

Please could you ensure that all dogs 
are kept on a lead : particularly around the 
communal areas (Village Sq/School run).  
No dogs within park areas

Army Health

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Thaxted Laundry Room : Employment Opportunities

Thaxted Laundry Room is in need of ladies who can iron to a very high standard. We are a very friendly team and offer flexible hours to suit. We can offer regular hours or even occasional hours to anyone who just needs an extra income boost from time to time.
Good rates of pay offered.

If you are interested please call Tara 01371 830334 to arrange to pop in for a chat.

Mutton & Kipper : Bistro Cafe

10% Discount too on production of ID

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Send-a-Hug : Little Troopers

As a charity Little Troopers have recently relaunched their new Separation Packs and Send a Hug Kits for military families. These are tangible resources to help the British Army through repeated separation periods from their service person.

You can see more at SEND A HUG :)

Saturday, 4 March 2017


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Polite Welfare Notice

There have been many complaints recently of dog fouling around our estate.

Please could you ensure that as a responsible dog owner you pick up your pooch's mess.

It has been especially apparent near the play park, which is disgraceful as with the exception of Debden Drive this estate is all military - it is our children that play in these parks and it is our dogs that are fouling and its US that are not picking it up!

If you do witness an irresponsible owner - do not hesitate and report to the Welfare Department.

Boxing @ Wives PT :)

10 to 11 am
Carvers Gym
All Welcome

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Loss of SFA Amenities

Any SFA occupant who experiences a significant deficiency or reduction in amenities lasting 7 days or more should contact the CarillionAmey Helpdesk on 0800 707 6000 - Option 3 to request a temporary reduction in charging bands.

Charges for Service Family Accommodation (SFA)

Occupants that want to find the current list of charges for SFA can find them at www.gov.uk/dio/sfa under Entitlement for SFA


Army personnel serving thousands of miles away can read a story to their children thanks to a ground-breaking iPad video app.
The separation of soldiers from their families during a tour of duty can be heart-breaking and night time bringing feelings of loneliness.
Fuzzy video chats or long distance telephone calls are often not enough to strengthen the family bond.
But four students have created Caribu, storytelling app that can be used by parent and child at the same time.
It allows parents who may be separated from their children to read the same story together, making bedtime feel special despite the distance.
The makers hope the app will appeal to military personnel deployed in the Middle East and beyond, divorced parents and faraway grandparents.
Caribu is free to download (click here) on iTunes and it comes with a free book.

St. Davids Day