Friday, 8 December 2017

Free Car Parking on Fylde Council Car Parks

Free Car Parking is back in 

Fylde Council car parks this Christmas!

Fylde Council will be offering free parking on the 3 weekends leading up to Christmas this year to help make your Christmas shopping experience that little bit easier.
All Fylde Council owned Pay and Display car parks will be free for you to use all day on these days:
9th, 10th, 16th, 17th and 23rd, 24th December,
For more information and a full list of car parks available for free parking visit the council’s website 

Don't Drink and Drive

Fylde Council are also helping to tackle drink driving this festive season. If you are indulging in some festive tipples this Christmas, take advantage of a new parking incentive which will now run throughout the year.
If you purchase a pay and display ticket in the evening, this will run through for the amount of time paid to the following morning so you can take a taxi home.
This means you can avoid drink driving and give yourself time to sober-up in the morning before collecting your car. 
It also means if you are staying over in one of the hotels, you can enjoy a lie in and enough time for the alcohol to leave your system.

Merry Christmas!

Meet the Snow Lion At Freeport - Sat 23rd December 10am - 4pm

To celebrate the second-last day of Christmas shopping - and the Saturday before Christmas (23rd) - the centre will be welcome a very special guest.

Meet the Snow Lion at Freeport Fleetwood
The mythical snow lion has travelled from the Eternal Snow Forest. The lion will be accompanied by the Snow Queen and her servant. See the majesty and mystery of the greatest beast to walk the earth, and maybe even stop for a photo!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Family Carol Service at Rossall School Fleetwood - 10th December

Self Employment Discovery Workshop - Preston - 29 Jan 2018

Mon 29 January 2018
09:30 – 16:00 GMT
Add to Calendar

RAF Wings Centre
83 Fishergate


For more Information and how to register on the course click on the link below:

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Moorland School Activities Week for Military Depenndants

Moorland School Activities Week
For Military Dependants

Sunday 11th Feb - Wednesday 14th Feb 2018

"Insight into boarding school life"

The closing date for enrolment is Wednesday 13th December 2017.
For further Information contact    

Kirkham & Weeton Army Cadets - Recruiting Now

Now also on Facebook:

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Armed Forces Accommodation Allowance - Income Tax Exemption

For Information please click on link below:

Employment Opportunity - HomeStart - Admin Apprentice - no closing date as of yet

Home-Start Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre is committed to safer recruitment
practice as an important part of safeguarding and protecting children
and vulnerable adults.

Job Description – Apprentice Administration Assistant
Employer: Home-Start Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre
St Thomas’ Church Community Centre, St Thomas’ Road,
St Anne’s on Sea, Lancashire FY8 1JL

Hours of work: 37 hours per week

Responsible to: The Home-Start Scheme Administrator
Purpose of the job

  • To provide administrative support to the employees of the scheme, and Board of Trustees as appropriate and agreed, as directed by the Scheme Administrator
  • To ensure the efficient administration of the Home-Start office
  • To provide an efficient and secure reception service

Main Responsibilities

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Do you receive an Armed Forces Pension?

Have HM Revenue & Customs used the correct primary source of income to calculate your Tax Code?

For more information use the link below:

Barton Grange Santa Experience 20 Nov-24 Dec

Barton Grange Garden Centre, Preston, Lancashire



Friday, 17 November 2017

Local Markets Opening times over Christmas & New Year

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Family Christmas Party - All Preston, Warton & Weeton Families Welcome

Tickets are also available through the HIVE office.

Christmas Smiles For Little Troopers

Christmas Smiles for Little Troopers
Once again this Christmas many British Armed Forces children will have a parent serving away from home, we can't bring every parent home but we can hopefully spread lots of love this festive season and we are delighted our Christmas Smiles initiative is back!

We already have signed up pantos in Colchester, Reading, Newcastle, Chatham, Leicester, Stoke, Oxford plus Disney on Ice and Lapland UK! We will be sending over 250 families to make a memory over the festive season in 2017.

We are launching Christmas Smiles today with our first two opportunities for Little Troopers....
LAPLAND UK & NEWCASTLE Peter Pan Panto! See below all the details for each, read carefully and enter as instructed.
NEWCASTLE - Peter Pan - 27th November 1900hrs

If you are serving British Armed Forces and your Little Troopers are experiencing separation (longer than 3 weeks) from a serving parent then please do apply for tickets as below;

Email us ALL the below information by 19th November 2017 2000hrs here >
  • Your Name
  • Serving persons name and base/ship/regiment
  • Your postal address
  • How many tickets required (immediate dependent family only)
  • Names of all applicants and ages of children
  • Confirmation you are available and can travel to Theatre Royal Newcastle at your own expense
  • Details of Separation
LAPLAND UK - Ascot - 19th December 1100hrs

If you are serving British Armed Forces and your Little Troopers are experiencing separation this Christmas period (longer than 3 weeks & over Christmas Day) from a serving parent then please do apply for tickets as below;

Email us ALL the below information by 
28th November 2017 1200hrs here >
  • Your Name
  • Serving persons name and base/ship/regiment
  • Your postal address
  • How many tickets required (immediate dependent family only)
  • Names of all applicants and ages of children
  • Confirmation you are available and can travel to Ascot, Berkshire at your own expense
  • Details of Separation
GOOD LUCK! We will email winners after closing date, we will not email to confirm receipt of your entry.

  • Applications that do not answer all of the above as requested will be VOID
  • Only one entry per family
  • Please ONLY apply if you are available the date of the tickets, dates can not be swapped

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Christmas at Houndshill - Meet Santa

Christmas at Houndshill

Father Christmas arrives at Houndshill Shopping Centre on 2 December, where you can meet him in his grotto!
Meet Santa at Houndshill Shopping Centre Blackpool
Santa will be here from 10.30am and 4.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December. That's 2 and 3, 9 and 10, 16 and 17 plus 23 and 24!
For just £1 you’ll get to meet the big man, get a treat while you wait and all proceeds will be going to our charity partner for Christmas, Aspired Futures.
Come and have a look at the pretty decorations in the centre - Christmas is coming and we're all ready to celebrate with you here at Houndshill!
Christmas decorations at Houndshill Shopping Centre

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Manchester Christmas Market 10 Nov - 20 Dec 2017

With more than 300 beautifully festooned stalls and chalets spread across the city centre, the Christmas Markets are free and accessible to all.

Christmas Market, Cathedral Gardens
Market Street
Christmas Market, Exchange Square
Christmas Market, Corn Exchange
Arts and Crafts Market, Exchange Street
Christmas Market, New Cathedral Street
French Christmas Market, King Street
German Christmas Market, St Ann's Square
World Christmas Market, Brazennose Street

Albert Square openings   10 Nov 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
Monday - Sunday            10:00     - 21:00
Other site openings         10 Nov 2017 - 20 Dec 2017

Monday - Sunday            10:00     - 20:00

JSHAO Housing Briefs 2018

Friday, 10 November 2017

Extended Christmas Shopping Hours at Freeport

The centre will be open for extended hours throughout the shopping period:

- Monday 18th - Wednesday 20th December - 10am - 7pm
- Thursday 21st December - 10am - 9pm
- Saturday 23rd December - 9am - 6pm
- Sunday 24th December - 9 am - 4pm
- Christmas Day - closed
- Boxing Day - 10am - 5pm
- Thursday 28th December - 10am - 6pm
- New Year’s Eve - 10am - 4pm
- New Year’s Day - 10am - 5pm

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Changes to some BFPO Christmas posting dates

The latest recommended posting dates for 
BFPOs 618/619/620 
has been revised to 20 Nov, 
due to unavoidable changes in transit times.

Full BFPO details are available at

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Friday, 3 November 2017

Find out where the Coca-Cola truck is going this year

Yay!! It’s that time of the year again, it’s the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour! Are you as excited as we are? Get into the Christmas spirit and pop down to one of the Truck Tour stops for your chance to see the truck, take photos and get a free sample of your choice of Coca-Cola!

Nov 30, 2017 
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Middlebrook, 37 The Linkway, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6JA

Dec 3, 2017 
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
The Trafford Centre, Trafford Blvd, Stretford, Manchester M17 8AA

For more dates and locations click HERE

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Log on and sign up for great savings with the Defence Discount Card:

LifeWorks for Families

LifeWorks for Ex-Forces

Service Families Hot Topics Oct 17

Use the link below to view the document 

BFPO Christmas Posting Information 2017

See this link for latest recommended posting dates for BFPO mail at 

Details of eligibility for the Christmas Families Free Mail Service (CFFMS), which is an extension of the Enduring Families Free Mail Service (EFFMS) to certain additional locations over the Christmas period, can also be found on this page.
BFPO addresses are eligible to take part in Royal Mail’s Letter to Santa. All letters must arrive in the UK by 8 December to receive a reply from Father Christmas!

Go Ape - DDS Discount

Go Ape offer members of Defence Discount Service a 10% discount on Forest Segways and Tree Top Adventures Sundays to Fridays inclusive. To find out more and how to book visit:

DDS - Who is eligible for the service?

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Breakfast with Santa at Farmer Parr's

Hop on down to the farm, tickets are now on sale for this popular annual tradition at Farmer Parr's Cafe.

Breakfast with Santa at Farmer Parr's
Dates available:
Saturday 2nd December 8.30 - 10.00am
Sunday 3rd December 8.30 - 10.00am
Saturday 9th December 8.30 - 10.00am
Sunday 10th December 8.30 - 10.00am
If ewe would like to beat the crowds and enjoy spending some quality time with Santa; tickets are priced at £18 and include admission to our breakfast with Santa party, a yummy scrummy breakfast, and a lovely present.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Fulwood Community Centre Information October 17

Fulwood Community Centre - every Wednesday

Fulwood Youth Club Programme November/December 2017

All Sessions 4.30-6pm

Activity and Information

Tuesday 24th October


Tuesday 7th November

Make a Curry Night

Tuesday 14th November

Cricket in the gym

Tuesday 21st November


Tuesday 28th November

Christmas Clay Modelling

Tuesday 5th December

Christmas Movie Night

Tuesday 12th December

Christmas Party

All Sessions 4.30-6pm

Activity and Information

Wednesday 25th October

½ Term Disco!

Wednesday 8th November

Make a Curry Night

Wednesday 15th November

Cricket in the gym

Wednesday 22nd November


Wednesday 29th November

Christmas Clay Modelling

Wednesday 6th December

Christmas Movie Night

Wednesday 13th December

Christmas Party

Weeton Camp Barber Shop

The Barber shop on Weeton Camp is situated within the HUB

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Job Opportunities at the Houndshill Shopping Centre Blackpool

Please use the link below for any job opportunities available at the Houndshill Shopping Centre Blackpool

Friday, 13 October 2017

JSHAO Housing Information

The Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO) have released an e-learning package pertaining to Civilian Housing Options which can be accessed via the DLE, details can be found on the ABN at the link below;

Monday, 9 October 2017

Do you love cooking?

We're on the following social media channels

Facebook : Britain's Best Cook
Instagram : @Britainsbestcook
Twitter : @BBCbestcook

Anyone interested in applying can email  or visit our website at 

DIO - SFA Compensation Scheme - High Street Vouchers

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Free Rehabilitation course for Veterans

Are you a veteran and need additional rehabilitation and training following a head or spinal injury?
Contact for more details.

Housing for Ex-Service Community

Are you Ex Armed Forces in the Carlisle area and need housing? 
Haig Housing have a property vacant in Carlisle.

To qualify the applicant must have served a minimum of 3 years (pre 2001), 4 years (post £2001) in the Regular Armed Forces or been medically discharged if they served a lesser time. Further details can be found on their website

For more information and how to apply use the link below

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Lancashire County Council - Free early education for two year olds

Lancashire County Council offer “Free Early Education for 2yr olds” to children of serving armed forces personnel residing in Lancashire, from the term following their 2nd birthday. 
Parents must apply through the Children’s Centres, as online or phone applications for military children are not accepted.

Children born 1 April 2015 – 31 August 2015
If you are eligible, you can still access your free place this term (1 September 2017 – 31 December 2017). Remember to take your letter or email confirming your eligibility with you when you book a place with your chosen childcare provider.

More Information and how to apply can be found at the link below;

Busy Bears Nursery Preston - Discount

Do you work in for the NHS, Emergency services or Military?

We offer families a 10% discount so why not enquire today…
We have recently enhanced our provision and created a new and fresh 2 years old unit, we have a team of highly dedicated staff that has the ability to support and encourage continued learning opportunities for you and your family.

Here at Busy Bears we work together to support and encourage quality learning opportunities; we have baby sign lessons, dancing lessons, swimming lessons and an exciting outdoor garden.
Come and have a look and get any support or information you might need when looking for a nursery.

We can also help you look find out more information about free funded sessions for the 2,3&4 year olds.

Contact Kirsty on 01772 795286 or
2A Manor House Ln, Preston PR1 6HL

Friday, 29 September 2017


Don't take it from us, tell the world the experiences that you had serving and living in Germany

The BFG Legacy Project is beginning – and you can be a part of it. 

By the time the last units in 20 Armoured Brigade leave Sennelager in 2019, British Forces will have been stationed in Germany for nearly 80 years. 
To mark this lengthy period of overseas deployment, HQ BFG is producing a book: 
British Forces in Germany – The Lived Experience.
This is a call for you to share your lived experiences with us. 

Please click on the link to share your experiences​