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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Little Munchkins - Stay & Play - Ambrosden Village Hall - Every Tuesday

It's BACK - SSVC Movie Machine - Presents ........ Beauty And The Beast - Saturday 29th April 2017

The Hair Lounge, Ambrosden - Barber Shop Evening - every Friday evening

Ambrosden & Surrounding Communities Children's Groups

?Oxfordshire Play Assocation - Free Introduction to Playwork Wednesday 24th May 2017 - Community Centre, Dalton Barracks

It's is drawing near to submitting all the names for this course . 

Oxford Play Association
Free Introduction to Playwork 
Wednesday 24th May 1000 - 13:00

Names of those interested please contact Welfare Officer 4 Regt

Oxfordshire Play Association will deliver a three hour workshop, underpinned by the Playwork Principles which introduces learners to Play theory and how this impacts on children’s development through Play. 
 This course gives learners the opportunity to progress to an accredited Level 1 qualification in Playwork.

Aim of session: Introduce learners to Play theory and how this impacts on creating a rich play environment to meet children & young people’s needs.

Learners will:

➢ Describe the theory and value of Play
➢ Explore intervention styles and Play spaces
➢ Create a rich Play environment

The course will cover:
• The benefits of play for children, and the main areas of development play supports
• The ‘Play Cycle’ – how children play
• Adult intervention and how it effects play
• Play Spaces and creating a Rich Play Environment.

NHS Veterans' Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service

Could you be a mentor for SSAFA?

Transitioning from service life to Civvy Street can be difficult even in the best circumstances. But for those who are wounded, injured, or sick, the change from their familiar way of life can become a real struggle.
SSAFA mentors can be invaluable during this time. Offering non-judgmental advice and a listening ear, they aim to ensure these vulnerable men and women who have given so much, are given exactly what they need to succeed post service.
We’re looking for more dedicated mentors to join our team. After all they’ve given to us, please help us give back.
Join SSAFA as a mentor today: http://buff.ly/2oiZArY

Abingdon Station Contact Houses

Contact/Welfare House

There are 2 contact houses available to rent within Abingdon Station. The aim of the contact house is to provide the opportunity for soldiers who are single or married to have access to local and affordable accommodation, where they can spend time with their children of an estranged relationship or their families.

The contact houses are fully furnished 3 bedroom houses, the houses are sited on the Abingdon Station patch, booking should be made as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Both houses are self supporting, all bedding is provided and domestic appliances include a washing machine, fridge freezer, cooker, television and video as well as most other home comforts.

The houses can be rented for the visit of family members and friends and are not restricted to married personnel. They provide the single soldier with the opportunity to invite their families down to visit them in the local area.

The houses can be rented for as little as £20 a night

4 Regt RLC Unit Welfare Team for more details Tel: 01235 543562

Dalton Barracks Community Centre - weekly activity programme

Dalton Barracks
Community Centre  
Monday To Friday 8am - 5pm

Baby Sensory Room - Available To Use During Opening Times
Learning Suite - Available To Use During Opening Times

 The Lighthouse Chapel Bible Studies - 7pm till 8pm
Slimming World - 5.30pm & 7.30pm
Bingo - 7.30pm
Coffee Morning - 10am
  Health Visitors - 11.30am till 1.30pm (Every Thursday From 6th April)
Oxfordshire Autistic Society Information & Support - 9.30am till 11.30am
1st Friday Of The Month (5th May, 9th June, 7th July)

Baby Weaning Session - 1pm till 2pm (28th April, 26th May, 30th June)
Baby sleep Session - 10.30am till 11.30am (19th May Or 21st July)
Contact Kerry Saxton (community nursery nurse) 
on 07584617142 Or 01235537167 
To Book A Place

Social Evening - 7pm till late (Under 18's must leave at 9pm)

Monday, 24 April 2017

Are Your Dependent Children Registered on JPA?

Declaring dependent Service children on JPA can enable appropriate allowances to be obtained, enable paternity and adoption leave requests and can have an influence on allocation of Service housing and potential assignments.

To complete the registration process, the military member of the family should provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate to their unit HR who will complete the JPA process.

For more information, contact DCYP-DCYP-Mailbox@mod.uk

Army Welfare Service Support To Serving Soldiers & Their Families

The Army takes the welfare of its soldiers and their families very seriously and offers a wide range of support. This section provide information and contact details regarding welfare, legal, youth and community support; and Foreign and Commonwealth Citizens information.

Army Welfare Service Personal Support

Personal Support (PS) Staff provide accessible, independent, confidential and professional specialist welfare services to soldiers and their families with any personal or family difficulty, thereby strengthening and enhancing the resilience and resourcefulness of the soldier and their family.

PS provides specialist advice to the Army Chain of Command and outside agencies and is delivered by Army Welfare Workers (AWWs) and Personal Recovery Unit Social Workers (formerly Casualty Key Workers), assisted by Gurkha Support Workers (GSW).

Issues AWS can help with:

Relationship difficulties
CSA concerns
Parenting skills
Child care
Special Needs
Benefits information
Equal Opportunities issues

Contacting the Army Welfare Service

For all Personal Support enquiries and referrals please contact the Intake and Assessment Team on the below details:
Civ: 01904 882053
Mil: 94777 3053

A TV Licence is Not Standard issue

To find out more please follow this link

Register to vote in the General Election - Thursday 8th June 2017

Register by 22nd May to vote in the General Election on 8th June 2017. 

You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered.  It’s too late to register for the 4 May 2017 local elections.

To register online

You can also use the above link to amend your details if you've registered previously but your address or name have since changed.  

If you are a member of the armed forces, please see below.

Tickets for Troops - Enter the ballot for the IOW Festival 2017

New UK Speeding Laws Come Into Effect on Monday 24th April 2017

Speeding  drivers will soon face stricter penalties and much higher fines based on what they earn.
From April 24 2017, new rules come into effect in the UK which will mean offenders could now be charged up to 175% of their weekly income.
Currently in the UK the minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and three penalty points added to your driving licence while the maximum fine is £1,000 or £2,500 for motorway offences.
But when the new guidelines are brought in next month, those caught driving at more than 101mph in a 70mph speed limit could be disqualified for up to 56 days and get a fine of between 125 and 175 per cent of their relevant weekly income.
Or if you are caught going between 31 and 40mph in a 30mph zone you will get three penalty points and a fine of between 25 and 75 per cent of your weekly income.
Currently many drivers get away without points and a fine by paying for a speed awareness course.
It follows tougher penalties being brought in this month for anyone using a mobile phone behind the wheel.
The previous penalty of three points and a £100 fine has been doubled to six points and £200.
The new speeding system is split into three bands which rate the severity of the offence based on the speed limit.
Band A refers to an offence that is between one and 10mph over the stated speed limit.
For example a band A speeding offence in a 20mph zone would be from 21mph to 31 mph.
A band B offence is 11mph to 21mph above the stated speed limit and a band C offence is 21 mph and above the stated speed limit.
The starting point for a Band A fine is 50% of your weekly wage.
Band B starting point = 100% of your weekly wage
Band C starting point = 150% of your weekly wage rising up to 175%

Lewis Hamilton surprises, soldiers, sailors and airmen onboard HMS Middleton

British F1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton was given a guided tour of HMS MIDDLETON at its current base in Bahrain on Monday [17 April 2017].

Hamilton, who came second in the Grand Prix on Sunday [16 April 2017], took time out on Monday to pose for photos, sign autographs and learn more about Royal Navy operations in the region, shortly before the minehunter set sail.

Thanks to generous support from the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Dragon Advisory Limited and CSM Sport & Entertainment, Tickets For Troops secured 40 tickets each day for members of the Royal Navy, and their Army and Royal Air Force colleagues all serving with the United Kingdom Maritime Component Command, to attend the Bahrain Grand Prix.

DIO - Service Family Accomodation - Compensation Scheme

Childcare Choices & Tax FREE Childcare

Broadband Providers drop cancellation fees for Armed Forces personnel

Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Are You Registered To Vote?

or pop into your local HIVE and collect a copy of the Register to Vote form

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Find a Recycling Centre

Find a recycling centre

Locations of our waste recycling centres and opening times
Recycling centres were known as rubbish tips or dumps. They are now called recycling centres and are provided for householders, resident in Oxfordshire, to dispose of household waste.
You cannot dispose of commercial or trade waste at the centres.

Normal opening hours (including bank holidays)

Day Opening hours
Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm (open to 8pm - April to September)
Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 8am - 5pm
Sunday 8am - 5pm

Best times to visit

We recommend trying to plan your visit around quiet times at the recycling centres if possible - weekdays between 8am -10am and 3pm -5pm are less busy than weekends and the middle of the day.


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Have a go at being an on-call firefighter

Have a go at being an on-call firefighter

Want to find out what it's like to be an on-call firefighter?

firefighters training
Chipping Norton and Henley Fire Stations are throwing open their doors in April to anyone who would like to find out what it’s like to be an on-call firefighter.
Interested in joining our team of on-call firefighters? Live or work within five minutes of a fire station and would like to serve your local community? Then book onto one of our taster sessions at our ‘have a go days and find out if it would be for you.
You will get the opportunity to have a chat with experienced on-call firefighters. Have the chance to try out practical assessments such as ladder climbing, hose running and putting on breathing apparatus, as well as finding out more about the recruitment process.
Group manager Paul Bremble said: “Our on-call firefighters are the backbone of Oxfordshire’s Fire and Rescue Service and the taster sessions are great way for anyone who is considering applying to find out more about the role.”

Book onto a two hour taster session

Book onto a session and come and meet us if you would are thinking of to joining our on-call team. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to attend. We advise you to wear trainers and clothes suitable for exercising when attending these sessions. 

Sunday 23 April

  • Session 1: 10am to midday
  • Session 2: Midday to 2pm
  • Session 3: 2pm to 4pm
For more information or to book your place at one of the sessions please contact:

Saturday 29 April

  • Session 1: 9am to 11am
  • Session 2: 11am to 1pm
  • Session 3: 1pm to 3pm
For more information or to book your place at one of the sessions please contact: