Friday, 23 October 2015

DDS - Lenovo Discount

Lenovo have some great new offers for members of Defence Discount Service. 

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Lancashire Infantry Museum - Fulwood Barracks

At last, visitors to the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment Lancashire Infantry Museum* at Fulwood Barracks, Preston can take home a fully illustrated souvenir of some of the treasures that they have seen, thanks to Heritage Lottery funding.   

‘We wanted our guests to be able to have a souvenir of our treasures in an easily handlable form to complement the huge amount of detail that is in our cabinets, available on screen in the museum and on the website’ said Publicity Officer, Roger Goodwin.
So Jane Davies the Curator, Dominic Butler, her deputy, and the Trustees approved a selection of the treasures to be featured, from the East Lancashire, South Lancashire and Loyal North Lancashire Regiments through to their eventual successor – the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment. Collections continue onwards to the present Duke of Lancashire’s Regiment.
There’s a time line sequence from 1689 onwards and a celebration of the 17 Victoria Cross winners. A sequence of Heroes includes Major General Charles Willis who had to borrow£300 to feed and pay his men in 1713; Private John Readitt, who joined the South Lancashires at age 17 from being Manchester United FC’s boot boy and who won the VC two years later in Mesopotamia; and closes with ‘today’s heroes – the highly trained members of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment – ready as ever to live up to their famous motto ‘difficulties be damned.’

A specially-commissioned composition, hanging in the museum, shows 17 of the Regiment’s 19 Victoria Cross winners

Photographs include the Museum’s greatest treasure – the Salamanca Eagle captured in 1812, one of only five ever taken by the British from Napoleon’s legions; the WW1 German machine gun seized by VC winner Private William Radcliffe from Liverpool –“The Dockers’ VC” – and turned on the enemy with deadly effect; and part of the Berlin Wall. The unique record of having fought on every inhabited continent is complete with detail of the ‘battle’ of Eureka Stockade in the Australian goldfields in 1854.

The Museum is open 10.00 – 16.00 Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday. Free admission and free parking. Adult visitors will be asked to produce personal identification such as a photo ID driving licence.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

State Boarding Schools

To view the document click on the link below;

Boarding School Leaflet

Monday, 19 October 2015


 SORTED! comprises of seven well established charities, which provide a wide range of employment 
 related services and support for the Forces community (including  spouses/partners and
 dependents) to find and stay in work.  These services have now been integrated into seamless 
 employability support and guidance.

 SORTED! will focus on you if you are actively seeking employment and ensure that you get
 the right information, advice and guidance to make your employment journey easier and more effective. 
 We do this by linking you directly with a member of the SORTED! team who can walk you through your
 options and direct you to services that are being provided either by the SORTED! team or through
 appropriate associates and providers.  SORTED! also has direct links with a large number of employers 
 providing access to a wide range of vacancies. Equally if it is training you are looking for or simply any 
 other employability advice,  SORTED! can help.

To find out more please visit the SORTED! website at: 


To view the document providing an overview to XForces click HERE.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

MOD's JCCC launches new app and briefing films

MOD’s JCCC launches new app and briefing films

The Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) has launched a new mobile app, MOD ICE, and two briefing films to help service personnel and their families access their services, with support from the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach KCB CBE ADC DL BA MPhil DTech DLitt RAF.

The JCCC, part of Defence Business Services (DBS), provides a focal point for casualty administration and notification and requests for compassionate travel (for those personnel serving overseas) in respect of members of the British armed forces at any time and will take immediate action for service personnel and their families when an emergency occurs.


JCCC films and app launched

Does your family know who to contact in the Military if you are faced with an emergency at home? Download the new Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) app ‘MOD ICE’ to guide you through the most common types of family emergency and how JCCC can help. Two new JCCC briefing films are also available to watch, download and follow key messages.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Recruit for Spouses

visit the Recruit for Spouses webpage by clicking  HERE

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Childcare New Business Grants Scheme

The Childcare New Business Grants Scheme

Future nursery owners or childminders are being encouraged by the Government to apply for a chunk of £2 million that has been allocated to help them set up their own businesses.
The Childcare New Business Grants Scheme has been introduced to boost the provision of childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship. The Scheme allows people to apply for grants of up to £500 to help start a new nursery or childminding business, £1000 for a new childminding business that will provide care for disabled children and £1000 for a new nursery, out of school club, or childcare on domestic premises. The scheme is available to those new enterprises setting up in England only and the grant is designed to cover start-up costs such as insurance, training and equipment etc.

Applications are required before the end of Dec 2015.

For more information please visit

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

DDS Top Uk Attractions This October

The Discount Code can be obtained from your local HIVE office.

Friday, 2 October 2015