12 September 2017


Job vacancy 

 Armed Forces Community 

Outreach Worker, 

Housing Services

  • Job title: Armed Forces Community Outreach Worker
  • Managed by: Senior Armed Forces Outreach Worker
  • Service area: Housing Services
  • Job ref: TGHC439
  • Grade: Grade E £18,070 – £20,138 per annum. 
  • Posts: 1 x Full time (37 hours per week) split between the areas
  •  of North and South Tyneside – temporary until 31st May 2018. 
  • 1 x Full time (37 hours per week) in Northumberland 
  • – temporary for two years. 1 x Part time 15 hours per week in Gateshead – 
  • temporary for two years.
  • Car user status: Casual
  • Applicable to: External vacancy
  • Closing date: Midnight on Friday, 15 September.
For more information visit 

Employment Opportunities,x 2 vacancies @ Albemarle Barracks

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Mon - Thurs

Fri  1900-2200
Sat  1000-1300
Sun 1000-1300

No experience needed.
To start as soon as possible

There may be the opportunity to job share hours/days.
For more information call Christine (Mess Manager)
Tel : 0191 2395400


11 September 2017

O2 - Military Discount

Employment opportunity

Wylam First School

PART TIME CLEANER -term time plus specified days

Closing date 15th September 
For more information visit

7 September 2017

Ladies Health Night - Breast Cancer Care


Mobile Library - Albemarle Barracks

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The mobile library will stop on the following dates:
9 August,  23 August,  6 September,  20 September, 4 October,  18 October
Wednesday:                                                       Arrive    Depart
Horsley, Cherry Tree                                                     15.00     15.40
Horsly, Stonecroft                                                         15.45     16.05
Albemarle Bks, Bus Stop                                              16.15     16.35
Stamfordham,Bottom Hill                                             16.50     17.10
Stamfordham,The Green                                               17.15     17.35
Matfen Village, Nr Shop                                                17.45    18.05

6 September 2017


BV ASSOCIATES - Training Courses


Press release – 5 September 2017
Families Federations seek vital transition feedback from military families

The Naval, Army and RAF Families Federations have today launched
 their joint Transition Survey.

The federations are inviting military families to take part in sharing their views 
and experiences to help make a difference to Forces families.

Focus on Transition
The survey focuses on transition out of the Armed Forces and will target those
 families who have either left the Forces in the last two years, 
or are due to leave before September 2019.

It will cover all aspects of the transition process including reasons for leaving, and the
effect this has on the family of the serving person. 
They’ll also be asking families to tell them what they find to be the
 most challenging aspect of transition.

Families’ feedback is vital
AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade said, “Our tri-Service Transition Survey, 
the biggest and most in-depth survey of the year, is a really important way for families
 to interact with us and give us a current reflection 
of the issues facing our unique community.

As well as asking for families’ experiences, we’ll be asking them to share their ideas 
about how the transition process can be improved.
 Their opinions are vital in informing our future work and success.”

Get involved

For those who are leaving: click here to take the survey.

For those that have left: click here to take the survey.

All those who take part will be entered into a free prize draw to win one 
of three HP tablets courtesy of DXC technology.

LITTLE TROOPERS - 2018 Calendar Competition

2018 Calendar Competition - ENTER NOW

Once again we are running our calendar competition looking for your very special 
images and this year we are looking for your Military Moments
Open to all regular or reserve serving British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force families.

You can view competition details and T&Cs here

We can't wait to see your entries!


JURASSIC KINGDOM - Visits Newcastle

For more information visit

Messy Church - Stamfordham

Harvest Festival - Stamfordham

5 September 2017

JOBS FAIR - HEXHAM 28th September

Childcare Choices - 30 Hours FREE

Mowden Hall School - Open Day 14th October

Daisy First Aid - 10% Military Discount

MESSY CHURCH - Albemarle Barracks

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Wednesday 20th September
15.45 -17.15
 (above Regimental Headquarters)

All ages welcome

Military Wives Choir - Albemarle Barracks

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Calling all budding singers:)  would you like to be a part of our military wives choir? a chance for everyone to get together and support each other through singing, fun and friendship.

We meet every Wednesday evening at 7.15pm during term time in the regimental chapel above RHQ.

Even if you think you cant sing please come and give it a try or maybe there's another role there that you can help with.  The more the merrier, Lets bring our community together.  This is open to all including serving females.

Any enquiries please email newcastle@militarywiveschoirs.org or contact Debra Ackroyd at HIVE for more information.

We bring women in the military community closer together through singing!
Military Wives Choirs provide a head-start for women in the military community to make new friends, connect with local communities and learn new skills in a fun and supportive environment.

Families of service personnel move around frequently and it can be tough to put down roots, make new friends and get to know people in the local community. Add to that the stresses and strains of loved ones being deployed away from home often for long periods, and life can have its challenges.

But by coming together to sing, each choir creates a valuable support network for women in the military community. Choir members can help one another through the tough times, celebrate the good times and sing through it all together!

Now with a network of over 75 choirs, the Military Wives Choirs Foundation supports women in the British military community in the UK, Germany, Cyprus and further afield, wherever our forces are based.

Just as much as they build up unbreakable bonds, our choirs also break down barriers. We're in this together!

4 September 2017

FREE Coffee/ Tea

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FREE Coffee /Tea
Every Tuesday and Wednesday Morning
1400- 1530

Everyone welcome!

1 September 2017

2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey,

The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS) provides the opportunity for Army spouses/civil partners to express their views about a range of issues that affect their life as a Service family. The evidence provided by these views is a vital source of information that assists the Army in developing future personnel policy. 

To support this process, it is important that the collective views of spouses/civil partners of Officers and Soldiers alike are communicated to the wider Army.

A link to the report can be found on the gov.uk website 

24 August 2017

LIFE Science Centre , New Events - Newcastle

Listings for Life Science Centre
September - October 2017
New Events

What:  1940s Canteen Dance Party
Where: Life Meetings and Events, Times Square, NE1 4EP.
When: Friday 15 September 2017
Opening times: 7.00pm – Midnight
Ticket prices: £29.50 per person or £275.00 for a table of 10
Details: In the mood for a retro night to remember? Don your peep toe shoes and Oxfords for a fabulous 40s dance night, featuring the vintage sounds of sassy singing trio The Bluebirds. Take a seat on one of our themed tables for a wartime-inspired dinner and cocktails*. Khakis, tea dresses and zoot suits are positively encouraged! *Free glass of punch on arrival. Extra charge for all other cocktails. Adults only (18+).
More info: meetingsandevents.life.org.uk/events

What:  We are Aliens
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: 5 September – 29 October 2017.
Opening times: Mon-Sat -10.00am-6.00pm, Sun – 11.00am-6.00pm
Admission prices: Included in Science Centre admission price
Details: Alien life doesn’t mean little green men or flying saucers; any living thing from a planet other than Earth would be an alien. But looking for life on other planets isn’t easy. There are planets orbiting our Sun, but also many hundreds of thousands of planets orbiting other stars. Could we ever find evidence of life on these planets? Join us in the planetarium to find out. Recommended suitable for ages 5+.
More info: life.org.uk

What:  Kaleidoscope
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: 3 October 2017 – 14 January 2018
Opening times: Mon-Sat -10.00am-6.00pm, Sun – 11.00am-6.00pm
Admission prices: Included in Science Centre admission price
Details: Our science explainers explore the beautiful, colourful world of chemistry in this new Science Theatre show, with a mesmerising compilation of demonstrations set to music. Immerse yourself and let your curiosity flow. Recommended suitable for ages 5+.
More info: life.org.uk

What:  Dracula 4D
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: 1 October – 10 November 2017
Opening times: Mon-Sat -10.00am-6.00pm, Sun – 11.00am-6.00pm
Admission prices: Included in Science Centre admission price
Details: Teenager Kevin and his bumbling dad have accidently woken Count Dracula from his coffin slumber; now they face a desperate dash to escape the castle before they both become lunch!  Join Kevin as he speeds through the castle in this immersive 4D animation adventure. Please note: due to the scary content, this ride may not be suitable for younger children or adults with a nervous disposition. For safety reasons, you must be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the 4D Motion Ride.
More info: life.org.uk

Ongoing Events

WhatDino Jaws
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: 27 May 2017 - 7 January 2018
Opening times:  Mon-Sat -10.00am-6.00pm, Sun – 11.00am-6.00pm
Admission prices: Included in Science Centre admission price
Details:  Don’t miss Dino Jaws, an amazing exhibition from the Natural History Museum, featuring life-size animatronic dinosaur heads – including the terrifying T. rex! Explore the sometimes gruesome, always fascinating, subject of dinosaurs and their food; from the notorious flesh-eating habits of T. rex to the vegetarian tastes of Iguanodon. In this exhibition you can also explore intriguing fossil evidence, hands-on exhibits and scientific insights that reveal everything we know about what and how dinosaurs ate.
More info: www.life.org.uk

What:  Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – Chase over Atlantis
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: 4 April 2017 – 30 September 2017 
Opening times: Mon-Sat -10.00am-6.00pm, Sun – 11.00am-6.00pm
Admission prices: Included in Science Centre admission price
Details: The star of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” is back in another Jules Verne – inspired voyage! While looking for his long lost grandfather, Sean (played by Josh Hutcherson), decodes a secret map that points him and a group of adventurers to the elusive “Mysterious Island”. After finding his grandfather and discovering that the island is sinking, they all head for the shore on the back of giant bees! Hitch a ride with the gang in this immersive 3-D/4-D experience as you become a passenger in a real “flight of the bumblebee!” Soar over the jungle, zoom through the treetops, and dodge the beaks of hungry birds! Featuring an all-star cast, including Michael Caine, Dwayne Johnson, Vanessa Hudgens, and Luis Guzman, this is a one-of-a-kind ride you won’t want to miss. Please note – you must be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the Motion Ride.
More info: life.org.uk

What:  Bang, Crackle, Pop
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: 4 July 2017 - 1 October 2017
Opening times: Mon-Sat -10.00am-6.00pm, Sun – 11.00am-6.00pm
Admission prices: Included in Science Centre admission price
Details: Why does a whip crack? How does lightning make a noise?  What makes a cannon go boom?
Explore how sounds are made in this noisy Science Theatre show. Warning: this show includes noisy sounds such as loud bangs which can be heard outside the theatre.
More info: life.org.uk

What: Little Bear goes North
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: 23 July – 5 January 2018
Opening times: Mon-Sat -10.00am-6.00pm, Sun – 11.00am-6.00pm
Admission prices: Included in Science Centre admission price.
Details:  Little Bear returns in an enchanting new planetarium show especially for under 7s.
In her latest adventure, Little Bear encounters a lost polar bear and using her knowledge of the stars, guides her new friend home. Recommended suitable for ages 7 and under.
More info: life.org.uk

21 August 2017

DOUNESIDE HOUSE - Armed Forces Discount


Employment Opportunities, THE FALCON - Prudhoe


Looking for bar/waiting staff, 21+ must have experience in a busy restaurant environment and be flexible.
We are also looking for a hard working Kitchen Porter to join our team as soon as possible.
Chefs also wanted to start as soon as possible. Must be flexible, committed and have experience in a busy restaurant.
Call 01661 836 056 and ask for Kayley or Chris.

THE Stocksfield Festival - September 9th

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SURESTART - New timetable/timings @ Albemarle Barracks.

8 August 2017

Birthday Party Facilities to hire at Albemarle Barracks.

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Mini Mess is available to hire 

for birthday parties for children aged 1-5 yrs.

Minimum donation of £10 to help improve facilities in the Welfare  Centre

For more information call Tel: 0191 2393355

SSAFA - Stepping Stones Homes

SSAFA Stepping Stone Homes

SSAFAs Stepping Stone Homes based in both the North East and the South of England provide short-term supported accommodation, help and advice to female service or ex-serving personnel, the female spouses or partners of serving or ex-serving personnel, and their dependent children.

Support is also provided to women without children or whose children may be living elsewhere temporarily, those seeking accommodation due to welfare needs, and Foreign & Commonwealth cases.  The above list is not exhaustive.  Each case will be considered individually.

Our homes provide a comfortable, secure and female-only place to stay for as long as it takes the resident to get back on their feet.  From our clean and well-maintained communal spaces to private areas for each resident to make their own, we make our houses like home for however long the resident is with us.

The schemes are also registered with local authorities as refuges for those fleeing domestic abuse and, as such, their locations are not to be disclosed to the public.  Referrals can be made via the email addresses below:

North - Longside House : longside@ssafa.org.uk
South - Gildea House: gildea@ssafa.org.uk
Head of Housing: Amanda Deakin on Amanda.d@ssafa.org.uk


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Emergency at home, do you know who to contact?

Does your family know who to contact in the Military if you are faced with an emergency at home? Download the  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 JCCC briefing films are also available to watch, download and follow key messages. http://bit.ly/1WHLdGJ

Quayside Market Newcastle - Every Sunday

Every Sunday 9am to 4pm - handcrafted quality local crafts - original artwork, jewellery and fashion - local cheeses, delicious cupcakes and world foods - traditional stalls selling plants, clothing, sweets, ice cream and toys For more information call 0191 211 5533. The Quayside Market is a vibrant and flourishing historical outdoor market with traders selling a variety of goods including: - bratwurst and doughnuts - leather goods and footwear - wooden garden ornaments and plants - outdoor and fashion clothing - cakes, sweets and savoury pies - mirrors, candles and jewellery - photographs and prints - books, music and DVD's - hot and cold food and drinks - ice cream and waffles - new england style gifts - sweets, toys and babywear - mobile phone accessories - handbags and scarves - jams and marmalads - curry and chilli sauces - dog treats and accessories - greeting cards - silk bags and accessories - olives, cheese and fudge

A Message from the Ground staff for Dog Owners

It has been brought to our attention that some dog owners are using the general waste bins located around both play areas to dispose of dog waste. All the rubbish from these bins is classed as contaminated and is having to be placed in a different bin which is creating extra costs. This money could be spent elsewhere for the good and benefit of the soldiers. 

Please take the waste home or use the appropriate dog waste bins which are located at 

 Wade Ave ( near roundabout)
 Top of Wade Ave ( Near garages)
 Hadrian Crescent (opposite Officers Mess)
 Gate 7 of the Air field. 


St Oswins Church Hall

Scouts - Monday 7.30pm - 9.00pm
Beavers - Thursday 5.15pm -6.15pm
Cubs - Thursday 6.30pm -8pm