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Friday, 23 June 2017

Army and You - Sizzling Summer Giveaways

To see more great giveaways and to enter please follow http://armyandyou.co.uk/enter-our-summer-2017-giveaways/

Thames Valley Police - Water Safety Warning

This hot weather has encouraged people to cool off in rivers, canals, ponds, quarries and lakes. Please be mindful that this can be very dangerous.

Dangers of open water:
  • The water may look calm on the surface, but there can be strong undercurrents that could pull even a strong swimmer under the water.
  • The water may feel warm on the surface, but just a few feet below the surface it can be icy cold.  The cold water can affect stamina and strength of swimmers.

Key safety tips for staying safe near water:
  • Alcohol and swimming do not mix! Stay out of the water if you have been drinking.
  • Never let any children swim in unsupervised areas like quarries, canals or ponds.
  • Never interfere with lifesaving equipment - you might need it yourself.
  • Swimming anywhere other than at purpose built and supervised swimming pools is highly dangerous and is not recommended, unless as part of an organised club.

Parents please make sure your children are aware of the dangers!

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To read more about accessing you credit report 
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AFF reassured about housing safety for Army families

AFF reassured about housing safety for Army families

Following the tragic incident at Grenfell Tower in London, the Army families Federation (AFF) has approached the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), to clarify whether multi-storey Service Families Accommodation (SFA) features any external cladding, which would potentially present a fire risk.

Safety assured
DIO checked the position of this issue and were able to inform AFF that multi-storey buildings are predominantly brick construction. The external wall insulation used on recent energy efficiency upgrades to military housing has also been confirmed as meeting all relevant building and fire regulations.

AFF Housing Specialist Cat Calder said, “Ensuring the safety of our Army families is paramount and AFF has received assurances of safety from all relevant parties involved. DIO has also advised us that a review will now be carried out of all non-habitable areas such as stairwells, plant rooms and communal areas, to confirm the safety of the Army families living there.”

Contact AFF
If families are at all concerned about safety in their SFA, they should contact housing maintenance and repairs contractor CarillionAmey (CA) directly on 0800 707 6000 or contact AFF’s Housing Specialist Cat Calder on housing@aff.org.uk

To find out more about AFF’s work in support of Army families, visit www.aff.org.uk

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final – Wembley August 2017 – 40% Off – LIMITED TIME ONLY

Watch the climax of one of Rugby League’s biggest day's out at the iconic Wembley Stadium. This day is LIKE NOTHING ELSE with a full day of back to back entertainment and this August they are taking it to another level with the introduction of Club Wembley ticket access, adult tickets from £12 and junior tickets from £5.

Visit www.defencediscountservice.co.uk for details or log in to the free mobile app and search for Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final....

Paultons Park-Tickets for Troops


For the second year Tickets for troops will be teaming up with Paultons Park for their Armed Forces Days in September (16th/17th & 23rd/ 24th).
Tickets For Troops members will have the chance to book up to four tickets to take their family for a fun filled day out. 

Friday, 16 June 2017

See The Red Arrows In Action during 2017

To view the Red Arrows calendar of displays please click HERE

Visiting Stonehenge for theSummer Solstice 2017 - Be Prepared, Plan Your Visit And Stay Safe


Please note that the site will close at 15:00 on Tuesday 20 June with last normal day admissions at 13:00, so that we can prepare for Summer Solstice Managed Open Access. Stonehenge is closed on Wednesday 21 June and will re-open at 09:00 on Thursday 22 June. 

English Heritage is pleased to provide free Managed Open Access to Stonehenge for Summer solstice 2017 and ask that if you are planning to join us for this peaceful and special occasion that you read the Conditions of Entry and the information provided on the following pages before deciding whether to come. These are written to ensure enjoyment and safety for everyone attending summer solstice at Stonehenge.
Please note to reduce risk to those attending and to the monument itself, alcohol is not allowed in the monument field during summer solstice. 

Following recent terrorist related incidents across the UK, additional security measures will be in place at Summer Solstice this year. 
We are working closely with Wiltshire Police to ensure the safety of all visitors and, as a result, only small bags (approx 30cm x 25cm x 15cm) will be allowed into the Monument Field and searches will be conducted. 
We strongly advise you to only bring essential items and thank you in advance for your patience. 

For more information please follow this link

Summer Drink & Drug Driving Campaign

 Anyone wishing to report an incident of drink/drug driving should call 101 in the first instance.

If you have any information about drink/drug driving you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form available HERE
No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Extra 15% off at GO OUTDOORS in recognition of #ArmedForcesDay

The nearest store to Bicester is Oxford
The nearest store to Abingdon is Swindon

Veterans Gateway

New Veterans Gateway website is being officially launched on 20th June called Veterans Gateway.

It  is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is made up of a consortium or organisations and Armed Forces Charities including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA - the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.

Our connection with additional key referral organisations - both within and outside the Armed Forces sector - means we can get you to the right organisation who can help.

Funded by The Armed Forces Covenant, this is the first time a group of this kind has come together formally to deliver a service to help the Armed Forces community

NEW! Tickets For Troops Notification App

For more information please follow this link

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Abingdon HIVE Closed Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th June 2017

MOD Housing Referral Scheme

The MOD Referral Scheme is coordinated by JSHAO to assist some service leavers to get accommodation via housing associations.
Some housing associations ask JSHAO to nominate personnel as tenants for vacant properties. Being on the MOD Referral Scheme provides an additional route to secure housing.
The MOD have recognised that some service leavers have difficulty in accessing social and affordable housing. Through this scheme the donating housing associations are able to help people who otherwise may have problems being prioritised high enough to have a realistic chance of being housed by local authorities.

Applicants must be:
  • armed forces personnel within 6 months of their discharge date
  • currently occupying service accommodation, the Services Cotswold Centre or a hostel
Applications for the scheme can be accepted from service leavers, married or single, and from separated spouses living in SFA.
Further details on

Forces Cars Direct - New Cars Discounts


 SSAFA is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Forces Car Direct who are making a contribution to SSAFA for every car delivered.
For more info CLICK HERE

Record a message for Dad for Father Day via BFBS

Forces Radio BFBS and BFBS Extra join 'forces' in a live simulcast show, join them for prize giveaways and all your messages and greetings for Dad.

E-mail big@bfbs.com with your message

Live on Sunday 18th June at 10am

Stop unwanted mail by post by using the free Mail Preference Service

UK consumers generate millions of pounds of postal sales per year, the
majority welcome the information and special offers they receive by post.

However, some people might take a different view.
The MPS is here to make your choice known
- so you get the mail you want and need.
If you have suffered bereavement or just want to stop unsolicited mail register with the MPS.

Thames Valey Alert - Vehicle Online Shopping Fraud

Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various selling platforms online. The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which purports to be from an established escrow provider (a third party who will keep the payment until the buying and selling parties are both happy with the deal).

These emails are designed to persuade victims to pay upfront, via bank transfer, before visiting the seller to collect the goods. The emails also claim that the buyer (victim) has a cooling off period to reclaim the payment if they change their mind. This gives victims the false sense of security that their money is being looked after by this trustworthy third party, when in fact it is not and the money has gone straight to the fraudster.

Protect yourself:

  • When making a large purchase such as a new car or machinery, always meet the seller face to face first and ask to see the goods before transferring any money.
  • If you receive a suspicious email asking for payment, check for spelling, grammar, or any other errors, and check who sent the email. If in doubt, check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
  • Contact the third party the fraudsters are purporting to be using to make the transaction. They should be able to confirm whether the email you have received is legitimate or not.
  • False adverts often offer vehicles or machinery for sale well below market value to entice potential victims; always be cautious. If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

NEW - Home-Start Under Fives Family Group starting Thursday 15th June 2017

Thames Valley Alert - "Take a Stand Against Scams"

'Take a Stand Against Scams'

National Trading Standards Scams Team are running awareness sessions near you in July.  The aim is to find out more about scams and how you can protect yourselves and others from being a victim.

Please come along on Thursday 27 July 2017 at either 9.30am or 1pm at the Unipart Conference Centre, Garsington Road, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2PG.

To book a place or for more information please contact Julie Brain or Shelley Edwards:
Email: Communityengagement@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Tel: 01865 815000

Neighbourhood news June 2017

NEW HomeStart - Under Fives Family Group - Starting Thursday 15th June 2017

Gov.UK - The law on leaving your child home alone

 The law on leaving your child on their own

The law doesn’t say an age when you can leave a child on their own, but it’s an offence to leave a child alone if it places them at risk.
Use your judgement on how mature your child is before you decide to leave them alone, eg at home or in a car.
  • children under 12 are rarely mature enough to be left alone for a long period of time
  • children under 16 shouldn’t be left alone overnight
  • babies, toddlers and very young children should never be left alone
Parents can be prosecuted if they leave a child unsupervised ‘in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health’.

Service Families Accommodation - Who do I contact if my streetlights are NOT working?

If you notice there are street lights in your area that aren't working.

Please call the Helpdesk on 0800 707 6000 we will be happy to arrange for these to be fixed for you. 
Before calling though, please try to get the serial numbers of the columns that are not working.

This should be a relatively short mixture of numbers and letters, usually painted on the side of the column.

We need this information to make sure our engineers can find the lights they need to fix in the daytime.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Kirtlington Golf Club - Armed Forces/ Emergency Services Discount - #givesomethingback


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