Welcome to our information noticeboard

This aims to provide generic and local information of relevance to all Service personnel (Regular and Reserve), their partners and families, MOD Civilians, Veterans and the wider military community.

It is best viewed through a personal PC or mobile device because official work firewalls may prevent access to some links.

Please either use the search function on the left, or navigate to information by subject (left hand side column) or location (area tabs above). Alternatively, this front page contains the most recent posts from across the UK.

For Overseas information please visit the International HIVE (iHIVE) blog or the individual blogs of each of our Overseas locations: links can be found on the Army website HIVE worldwide map, or email the HIVEs directly.

To receive the latest information including official Army policy and guidance plus local insights, please use the sign-up option on the left hand side of this page (where you can sign up for as many locations in the UK or Overseas as you wish), or contact your nearest HIVE by email (details available on this HIVE map). We abide by the Data Protection Act and you can withdraw your permission to receive our emails at any time.

Please also see HIVE’s other social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


Saturday, November 27, 2021

Northern Ireland: The Dirty Onion Christmas Spirit Market Sunday 5th December

The Dirty Onion presents its Christmas Spirit Market on Sunday 5th December from 13:00hrs.
Click here for more details

Information provided by NI HIVEs

Friday, November 26, 2021

Rutland: Oakham Library Family History Sessions


'Information provided by Cottesmore HIVE'

Rutland: Oakham Quality Market

'Information provided by Cottesmore HIVE'


Rutland: Stamford Quality Market


'Information provided by Cottesmore HIVE'

Rutland: Christmas Shopping Event Greetham Community Centre

'Information provided by Cottesmore HIVE'


Rutland: Kendrew Barracks

'Information provided by Cottesmore HIVE'


Rutland: Oakham Castle Festive Florals Tuesday 7th December

Join us for a 2 hour workshop in the beautiful Great Hall of Oakham Castle. Create a fabulous festive door wreath and table display then enjoy a lovely lunch or cream tea at the Castle cottage Café. Suitable for absolute beginners , all you need is plenty of enthusiasm!

Places limited so book now.

£55.00 per person

10am-12noon followed by a Light Lunch
2pm-4pm followed by a cream tea

 ' Information provided by Cottesmore HIVE'

Colchester: Borough Council current job vacancies

Current vacancies

Information provided by Colchester HIVE

Colchester: Job vacancies at Prested Hall

For further details visit www.prested.co.uk/job-vacancies

Information provided by Colchester HIVE 

Chester: Christmas Fayre - Cheshire County Sports Club - Saturday 4th December 12-4pm


The Cheshire County Sports Club, Plas Newton Lane, Upton, Chester, CH2 1PR.

Lichfield: Upbeat Families - Make Some Noise Sessions

Enjoy Staffordshire - feel free to enjoy the spirit of Christmas in Staffordshire

Information provided by Stafford HIVE

Oxfordshire: Little Ankle Biters- Newsletter

With a month to go, it’s time to really start getting ready for Christmas and there is so much going on in Oxfordshire especially as we get closer to the big day. Here’s our guide of all the great things happening this weekend

Click HERE for more information

Information provided by Aldershot HIVE Hub


Surrey: The Prostate Project E-bulletin - Ends 27th November 2021

Click HERE for more information.

Information provided by Aldershot HIVE Hub

Fife: NHS Fife, Domestic violence

Domestic violence can happen to anyone. Don't suffer in silence; support is always available. If you live in Fife, you can call:

👉Fife Women's Aid - FWA 0808 802 5555
👉KASP befrienders 01592 644217
👉Refuge 0800 2000 247

In immediate danger? Phone 999.

Information provided by Leuchars HIVE

Weeton: Pebble Painting with Christmas design - Mon 6th Dec 21

Information provided by Preston & Weeton HIVE

Weeton: An afternoon of Christmas Carols - Sun 5th Dec 21

Information provided by Preston & Weeton HIVE

Maidstone: Free Guided Activities & Events - 1st December to 16th December


Starting on 1st December, Medway Valley Countryside Partnership is delivering a series of free guided activities and events throughout December, designed for people over 55 or with a long-term health condition. Gentle, nature focused walks will take place each week in a variety of beautiful countryside locations in the Maidstone and Tonbridge and Malling areas. Activities will last for 1-2 hours, with rest breaks, led by experienced leaders at a pace to suit the group.

December 2021
1st Cobtree Manor Park – Walk 10:30 – 12:00
8th Aylesford Priory - Walk 10:30 – 12:00
9th Horish Wood – Natural Christmas Decoration Making 10:30 –12:00
16th Cobtree Manor Park - Walk 10:30 --12:00
16th Dene Park - Walk 10:30 – 12:00

Come and join us to enjoy the ever-changing mosaic of the Kentish countryside. See, hear, and feel the changing seasons as we explore some of the hidden gems of Kent, right on your doorstep. Reap the benefits for your mind and body as we take gentle walks through landscapes rich in history, all while spotting wildlife under the guidance of a local expert.

Due to Covid-19 guidelines, numbers will be restricted and bookings made through Eventbrite.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/mvcp-31154822785

Funded by Involve Kent’s Universal Wellbeing Services Support programme.

For more information, please find the Medway Valley Countryside Partnership Facebook page, or contact:
Kathryn Barton,   Pier.Cimitan@kent.gov.uk

Maidstone: Santa's Postbox at Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre


Santa is choosing the Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre to host Maidstone’s biggest post box ahead of Christmas to ensure that all the children’s letters get to North Pole in time.

The bright red giant post box will feature next to the new Love Food @ Lockmeadow food hall and will be open for letters to be posted from this Saturday 27 November at 11am when the Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Fay Gooch will be joined by Santa himself to welcome the first visitors to write and post their letters. Children visiting Lockmeadow will be able to write their letter, send it and receive a reply before Christmas. The post box has a special super-fast route directly to the North Pole where letters will magically arrive with replies delivered to the Lockmeadow entertainment centre for children to collect.

Santa’s post box and the letter delivery service is free for children to use, but all the letters must be written at Lockmeadow to ensure they are delivered and responded to before the big day. There will also be a free trail at the centre for children to take part in to find the missing letters and help one of Santa’s elves get back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve.

The giant post box will be opened on Saturday by the Mayor and will take posted letters on the 27th/28th November and the 4th/5th December (10am – 4pm). Replies from Santa will get posted back at Lockmeadow one week later pinned to a Christmas tree. The letters will be available for collection up until 20th December.

The free Christmas trail will take children around the Lockmeadow entertainment centre looking for clues with a ‘small treat’ prize at the end.

To find out more details, please visit the website https://buff.ly/3DWvA9y

Chester: Christmas Tree Festival - Chester Cathedral - Running Until 4th Jan 2022


Join us for a delightful family event where, from the end of November, until the beginning of January, over 50 Christmas trees will sparkle and shimmer throughout the Cathedral.

Open daily, from Saturday 27 November to Tuesday 4 January 2022. Open normal Cathedral opening hours.

Further details can be found HERE

Chatham: Christmas Craft Activity Sessions at Chatham Community Hub (Library) - From Monday 6th December


Colchester: Christmas Market in Colchester Town Hall 27th - 28th November (Weekend)

Colchester Town Hall Christmas Market

Free Entry

27th November 2021 10:00am - 5:00pm click here to register for your free ticket on the Saturday

28th November 2021 10:00am - 5:00pm click here to register for your free ticket on the Sunday

Stalls will include cards, festive refreshments, jewellery, beauty, ornaments, and much more. 

Information provided by Colchester HVE

Colchester: Mobile Library Services St Michaels School

St Michaels School 
Colchester, CO2 9RA

The Mobile Library visits every:
3 weeks

Day of visit:

Time of visit:
9.40am to 10.10am

County Mobile 1 week 3

Public holidays: There is no service on Good Friday,
Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day or Bank Holidays.

Next visit dates:

10 December 2021

Information provided by Colchester HIVE

Wimbish: Family Friendly at the Redwing Diner

Information provided by Wimbish HIVE

Wimbish: Station Notice

Please note that the pavilion/sports pitch will be OOB from 31st August (will be fenced) until further notice. 

Be careful when using the airfield as there will be construction traffic.

Information provided by Wimbish HIVE

Wimbish: Running event for kids at Saffron Walden

Information provided by Wimbish HIVE

Chatham: AWS Children's Christmas Party - Wednesday 8th December, 4.30pm


Chester: Chester Male Voice Choir Christmas Concert - Fri 3 Dec 7.30pm - Saint Columba''s Church, Plas Newton Lane


DST: Pantomime-2nd Dec


Chester: Volunteer with English Heritage at Chester Castle


English Heritage are looking for volunteers for Chester Castle. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the interpretation of Chester Castle. You will help bring the site’s varied and exciting history to life by providing information and encouraging visitors to explore and learn more about all areas of the castle. To find out more and apply please go to the below website. https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/support-us/Volunteer/chester-castle-visitor-volunteer/

Staffordshire: Police Smart Alert - We think you would be perfect for this

Are you interested in volunteering to review certain police powers to ensure they are being used correctly?

If so, the Staffordshire Commissioner’s Office want to hear from you!

The new Independent Scrutiny Panels will play an important role in developing the force’s response to a number of themes relating to police powers, and will be fundamental in delivering the Commissioner’s transparency agenda.

The four panels include:
· Stop & Search
· Use of Force
· Custody
· Areas of national interest

Find out more here.

Information provided by Stafford HIVE

Dorset: Veterans Hub Weymouth/Portland & carers within the Armed Forces Community

To view above leaflet in full click HERE

We are attempting to identify carers within the Armed Forces Community, and find out more about how best they can be supported.

A carer is someone who provides support to a family member or friend who could not manage without the help. This includes caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. All the care they give is unpaid.

It is our aim to ‘recruit’ a number of Armed Forces carer champions. These champions may be a carer themselves or know of the caring role, and the responsibilities that go with that.

Blandford: Garrison Panto Rapunzel Tues 30th Nov LAST CHANCE FOR TICKETS

British Forces Foundation and The Panto Bus are bringing 'Rapunzel' to Blandford Garrison Cinema this November. Join in the festive fun on 30 November 2021, doors open at 1745 for a 1830 start.

Tickets are now available to purchase from Welfare in Williams Building (next to the Gurkha Temple) via the right hand window.

Tickets are £3 each.

Any questions or queries please contact Claudia via claudia.rudd107@mod.gov.uk or call ext: 3938.
Please note we cannot take reservations, tickets need to be purchased in person with a cash payment.

Information provided by Bovington HIVE

Dorset: South West Train services


For Train information, timetables, rail disruptions, planning your journey and purchasing tickets click HERE

Visit our Alerts page to find out latest offers and cheapest advance tickets sales.

For all UK Train Services and timetables click National Rail
Please check for updates prior travelling.

Information provided by Bovington HIVE

Blandford: Garrison Children's Christmas party Wed 8th Dec. Tickets on sale now.


Tickets on sale NOW Welfare team at Williams building. (Right hand side window at entrance lobby) Please purchase tickets by Friday 3rd Dec.

Information provided by Bovington HIVE

Aldershot: Army Welfare Service - Young Mums Together Group


Aldershot: Army Welfare Service Community Support - Ready, Set, Sew!

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MODnet users, please contact Aldershot HIVE Hub for a copy.

Amesbury: Christmas disco for children

Information provided by Salisbury Plain HIVE