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Friday, 25 September 2015

HMS Heroes - Together as one

HMS Heroes

HMS Heroes is a national support group for the children of Service men and women and their relatives. A tri-Service network of after-school clubs, HMS Heroes brings together members of Service families aged between three and 18 years old from all over the country. Our members are ambassadors and young advocates for Service families across the United Kingdom, and most importantly, they are friends who are there for each other, especially in times of need. Any school can sign up to HMS Heroes – read on to discover how your school can join in the fun… 

Click HERE for more information

Woodbridge Scout Group are looking for Volunteers

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2016 / 2017 Info for Parents and Carers

CLICK HERE to dowload the full version of the brochure

Woodbridge Library Regular Activities

Flagship help and adviceTuesday every week1000-1200
Citizens Advice Bureau help and adviceTuesday every week1000-1200
SNAP Support & Advice Project: advice on all housing related issuessecond and fourth Tuesday of the month1000-1200
Drawing Groupsecond Tuesday of the month1000
Writer’s Workshopsecond and fourth Tuesday of the month1730
Arts and Crafts Groupsecond Wednesday of the month1000
Woodbridge Novelists’ Grouptwice a month on Wednesdays1000 – 1200
Baby bounce: soothing songs and gentle nursery rhymes for babiesWednesday every week1030-1050
Tot Rock: songs and action rhymes for toddlersWednesday every week1115-1145
Spanish for Beginners with Coastal Leisure LearningWednesday every week1900-2100
The Three Ps (Poetry Prose and Playwriting) Writing Group: contact Angela Robinsonsecond Wednesday of the monthNone
Words Writing Group: contact Sylvia Farleysecond Thursday of the monthNone
Tiny Talk Baby Signing: Musical baby signing classes to develop your baby’s communication skills – Contact Sam on 07845230624 or samh@tinytalk.co.uk
  • 1 Oct
  • 8 Oct
  • 15 Oct
  • 22 Oct
  • 29 Oct
Internet training sessions for beginners: book in advanceThursday every week1000-1200
The Golden Age Book Clubfirst Thursday of the month1400
Play Readingthird Thursday of the month1400-1500
Games Club: scrabble and dominoesfourth Thursday of the month1400-1500
Story and Rhyme time: stories and more for pre-school childrenFriday every week1030-1100
Knitting Club: for all levelsFriday every week1400-1600
Councillor surgery with Caroline Pagethird Saturday of the month1000-1200
Woodbridge Area Gamers: modern strategy board games and moresecond Saturday of the month1300-1700
Kid’s Club Craft activities: for primary school age childrenSunday every week1030-1200
Sunday Reading Groupfirst Sunday of the month1400-1500

Special events at Woodbridge Library

Special events

Tue 01/09/2015 - Wed 30/09/2015
All Day
September ArtLib 
Woodbridge Library, Woodbridge
Thu 01/10/2015 - Sat 31/10/2015
All Day
October ArtLib 
Woodbridge Library, Woodbridge
Sat 03/10/2015
10:00 - 12:00
Wildlife Workshop for Children 
Woodbridge Library, Woodbridge
Fri 09/10/2015
Poetry evening 
Woodbridge Library, Woodbridge
Tue 13/10/2015
12:45 - 13:15
Friends of Woodbridge Library (FOWL) Music at Lunchtime concert 
Woodbridge Library, Woodbridge
Thu 22/10/2015
19:30 - 21:30
Author talk: Mark Mason talking trivia 
Woodbridge Library, Woodbridge
Fri 23/10/2015
14:00 - 15:00
Friends of Woodbridge Library activities group meeting 
Woodbridge Library, Woodbridge

Framfield House Surgery, Woodbridge - Closure Afternoons

Closure afternoons

GP's and nurses need to ensure they are kept up to date with the latest training.  In order to do this, the practice is taking part in half day training sessions in the afternoons on the following days:
  • 14 October 2015
  • 12 November 2015
  • 9 December 2015
  • 14 January 2016
  • 10 Febraury 2016
On these days, from 1.00pm you will not be able to contact the practice by telephone, therefore if you require urgent medical care during that time please dial 111 for the NHS 111 service.  If you have a life threatening condition please dial 999.  The pharmacy will remain open as usual during these times.

Can I Join the Army? Checklist

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Aiming for a career in the Army? Got questions about whether you can join up or not? Here’s what you need to knowhttp://bit.ly/1FXOwhI

Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College - Promotional Video

Welbeck's new promotional video is now ready - to view this please click HERE. To find out more, or book an Open Day, visit www.dsfc.ac.uk

Friday, 18 September 2015

BFPO - Enduring Free Mail Service Extended from 1 Sept 2015

In response to feedback received from personnel, the MOD has taken the step to extend its Enduring Families Free Mail Service (EFFMS) from 1 September 2015.

It will allow a further 1,200 personnel serving on joint operations on land, sea, and air to benefit from the opportunity to receive letters and parcels from their family and friends for free.

The EFFMS is delivered by the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) in conjunction with Royal Mail, and allows family and friends to send letters and items roughly the size of a shoe box and weighing up to 2kg from one of the 11,500 post offices throughout the UK to Defence personnel around the world.

See full details at this link:

Note: Postal charges apply for parcels to certain areas. Download the App to your tablet or
smart phone to see details: 

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bfpo-track-trace/id623788934?mt=8

Android-Google Play:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bfpo.trackandtrace&feature=search_result

To view the BFPO Information App leaflet, please click HERE

The Soldiers’ Charity Photo Competition - Now On for 2016

The Soldiers' Charity photo competition is back! Click here to enter the competition to find the best photographs for our 2017 calendar!

We are delighted to announce that Staff Sergeant Ben Houston, Army Air Corps, is the winner of our 2016 Photo Competition. His winning image ‘Dawn Patrol’ (below) was taken when he was an instructor at the Army Training Regiment, Pirbright and shows some of his recruits in a wood, on exercise as part of their Phase One basic military training. The photo was taken on the spur of the moment on a very cold winter’s morning in November and Ben clearly has an aptitude for taking excellent shots!

His interest in photography has always played a part in his life: “During my basic training in ATR Bassingbourne, I took a photography course and enjoyed it so much that last year I enrolled on a course at my local college,” said Ben. “I am thrilled that I was voted Overall Winner by the judges!”

Now the 2016 calendar is in production, the search is on for the next set of pictures for the 2017 calendar. Anyone is invited to submit their entry, and may enter as many times as they like, as long as the subject of your photo has a link to the British Army.

There will be prizes for the Overall Winner (whose photo will also be on the front cover of the 2017 calendar), 2nd place and 3rd place. In total 12 images will be chosen by the judging panel to feature for each month of the year, and we are delighted to announce that Kate Adie and Michael Buerk will be our 2016 judges!

For more terms and conditions about our competition please click here
To submit your photograph please click here

NOTE: Please ensure that your photos are hi-res (300dpi), landscape and as large as possible

Royal British Legion Support


The Royal British Legion provide practical support to serving men and women, veterans (ex-Service of all ages) and their families. Explore how we can help you and get in touch for advice, information and guidance at http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-support/

We're here to serve you

CarillionAmey: Our Role in Rebasing

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Friday, 11 September 2015

SSAFA Support for Homeless Armed Forces Veterans

There's no question that life after the Forces can be challenging. At SSAFA we know that significant number of veterans find themselves on the streets so we have developed specialist services to support them.

For some service life can put a strain on relationships leading to divorce. A lack of experience in dealing with every day finances can quickly get people into trouble too. Mental health problems, sometimes relating to military service such as PTSD, can also increase the risk of homelessness with sufferers facing addiction and unemployment.

Getting veterans back on their feet

As a priority our team provide food, clothing and shelter for veterans who find themselves homeless. We then look to see what other support we can provide to get someone off the street.

Importantly, our network of volunteers outside of London, as well as our wider welfare services mean that SSAFA is there for our veterans as they rebuild their lives. For someone moving into a new home or kicking an addiction, our support and funding is an essential part of their journey.

Call our Housing Advisors on 020 7463 9398 or send us an online enquiry.

Find out more at: https://www.ssafa.org.uk/help-you/veterans/homelessness

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

How To Maintain A Good Credit Record When You’re In The Military

Are you a good or a poor credit risk? You may not know until you submit an application for a loan or credit. Here are some top tips on how to maintain a healthy credit score, regardless of your location.

The result can sometimes be surprising. Moving around with the military doesn’t always help your credit score, although significant effort has been made in recent years to improve awareness within the financial industry of the circumstances of military personnel.

How does a credit rating score work?

Your credit score measures you as a financial risk. A poor credit score can make it difficult to borrow money. This can affect your application for credit cards, motor finance, a mortgage and other services such as mobile phone contracts.

How is your credit risk measured?

All lenders want different things and have their own ways of scoring but are likely to take into account the following:

  • Occupation
  • Address history
  • Length of employment
  • Annual Income
  • Previous and existing creditors and your credit payment history
  • County Court Judgments
What is likely to make you a poor credit risk?