24 May 2017





Joint Casualty & Compassionate Centre (JCCC)

When families experience incidents at home while loved ones are
serving overseas it is very important that everyone is aware of the
process in place that can facilitate their immediate return home.

This short Families Brief is to explain the role the Joint Casualty
and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) undertakes 24 hours a day,
7 days a week, 365 days a year to help families when incidents
occur involving Service Personnel or someone at home.

For further information contact:
Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre
Imjin Barracks
Tel: 01452 519951


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Mini Mess - Albemarle Barracks

Every Friday (Term time only)
10am - 12noon
£2 per child

Names and payment (in advance) must be made to the Welfare Team by  Tuesday of each week.
Tel: 0191 239 3355

The sessions are ran by Tynedale Women's group.

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Recycling Facilities available on Albemarle Barracks

Clothing and Shoes - Located by the Welfare Centre (Bus Stop)

Tin /Metal (coming soon) - located at the QM's central skip area

Garden Waste ( please empty garden waste from bags) -located at the QM's department

Glass Bank - located at the QM's department

These facilities are open to all living on Albemarle barracks. All skips are clearly marked . If these facilities are not used we will lose them.

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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


Northumberland County Show - Monday 29th May

Employment Opportunity

Gilmore Estates LTD - Prudhoe

Sales Negotiator / Valuer
Must have Estates agency experience
Minimum 25 hours per week including alternative Saturdays
Basic plus commission.
CV and covering letter to


22 May 2017

18 May 2017

TICKETS FOR TROOP - Latest Ticket Releases


10.00- 1600

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Heritage Boats, a Tall Ship, River Races, Blyth's heritage and future maritime organisations on show and family fun.


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Job Vancany

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Sill Visitor Welcome Team Assistant.
Part time
£15,613 - £16,491 per annum pro rota
For more information visit:

16 May 2017

MAY KIDS GO FREE - Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land Kids go Free May 2017. Why not take advantage of this great offer and visit the theme park with the kids during the earlier summer months. Flamingo Land Resort in Yorkshire is a great day out with a wide selection of rides and a large zoo. Save up to £38 for every 2 people!!
In order to get your kids go free voucher
Click here to open the webpage:
Enter the following into the Promotional code:
This item expires on: June 4, 2017


10 May 2017

Prudhoe Arts week - 27 May - 3 June

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DIO - Sub Letting Of Service Family Accommodation

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation has initiated a
 long-term project to sub-let empty                                                                   
Service homes that are not currently required.
As well as the normal management margin required
 to ensure properties are available for families
 where we have sufficient homes,
 the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has retained some
 additional properties until the future needs of Defence are fully known.

This approach gives us flexibility to manage the 
requirements of the Front Line Commands, however, empty properties do not
 generate any income, and instead draw
 revenue away that could
 otherwise be invested elsewhere in the estate. 

The needs of Service personnel and their families has been considered 
throughout this project, 
therefore entitled and eligible Service personnel continue to take 
priority for SFA and should 
apply for accommodation as they normally would.

Where there is no requirement from Service families, empty properties will 
considered on a site by site basis in consultation with local commanders, for sub-let
 to private tenants - who will be subject to credit
 and reference checks. This will be on a short term arrangement, so we 
could return homes back
 to MOD control if a requirement emerges.

Overall, our planning has been to implement this project without disadvantaging Service
 personnel, whilst maximising revenue from rental receipts from empty properties
 that are currently not required.

Why are these properties being sub-let?

The current size and cost of the Defence estate is not sustainable, including the
 cost of maintaining empty Service homes.
The MOD and DIO are undertaking a number of initiatives to address these issues. 
In addition to other initiatives such as disposals, a sub-let
 project has begun with the aim of generating income through 
short term lets, whilst providing flexibility to meet the future needs of defence.

How many houses could be sub-let under this arrangement?

An initial 2,300 homes could be made available under these arrangements

Will Service personnel and their families be affected?

All of our planning has been to ensure that families are not affected. We:
- Have chosen sites where there is adequate surplus accommodation that is not required.
- Plan where possible to release houses in groups rather than individual properties so 
they can be managed more effectively.
- Have considered security.
- Will consult with local commanders and other stakeholders so we understand any loca
- Aim to ensure that Service families are not disadvantaged.

Where additional revenue is going?

Revenue raised by this project will be returned to the Defence Infrastructure Organisation 
as part of its overall running and investment in the estate – therefore it will be targeted to 
where it is needed most to meet the needs of defence.

How has security been considered?

Specific security issues will be considered at each site. Furthermore every potential private 
tenant will be subject to credit and reference checks.

Has the chain of command been consulted?
The chain of command and other stakeholders will be consulted and their feedback
 will be taken into consideration. Service families in each area will also be informed.

Who is going to get these houses?

The properties will be available on the open private rental market, with potential tenants
 subject to normal credit and reference checks.

Will it affect Service families’ access to housing or the maintenance service?

Service families will continue to get Service homes and the normal contracted response 
repair times will continue to apply. We will monitor this performance as we do now.

Will the properties be improved for the private tenants?

These properties will not be improved, but they will be prepared and checked for
 maintenance and safety prior to occupation, just as they are for Service families prior to
 move in. Investment for improving Service homes will continue to be targeted at homes
occupied by Service families.


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 Toby Carvery Marches into Charity Partnership with The Royal British Legion

Toby Carvery is delighted to announce its charity partnership with The Royal British Legion, which it will be supporting with fundraising initiatives over the next two years.

Toby Carvery’s across the UK will be taking part in the fundraising initiative, adding a special charity pudding to their menus with 25p from each pudding sale being donated to The Legion. The jam and coconut sponge was voted for by Toby Carvery’s fans on Facebook to be the official charity pudding and received over 500 entries.  

Toby Carvery aims to raise £100,000 for The Royal British Legion by the end of 2018, and is encouraging everyone to tuck into a pudding and get involved in local fundraising activities to help support this great cause.

Martin Gosling, Brand Operations Director for Toby Carvery comments: “We couldn’t be happier to support The Royal British Legion and have this great cause as our brand charity partnership throughout the year. The Legion’s cause is close to both employees and guests of Toby Carvery up and down the country, and we can’t wait to start fundraising to support both past and current members of the Armed Forces as well as their families.”

The money raised will be used to support active, and veteran members of the Armed Forces and their families, remembering those fallen in the line of duty and ensuring their memory lives on, and that those left behind are fully supported within their community.

Claire Rowcliffe, Director of Fundraising at The Royal British Legion said, "We’re incredibly pleased that Toby Carvery has chosen to support The Royal British Legion. We look forward to working together in a unique partnership, raising much-needed funds that will help us to continue our work providing vital support to the Armed Forces community.”

As well as fundraising initiatives, Toby Carvery is giving back to Armed Forces and their families by partnering with the Defences Discount Card which gives Armed Forces members, spouses and veterans 10% off their food bill.  As the official discount service for the Armed Forces, the Defence Community and Veterans, the card is also available to members of the community not previously supported, including spouses and partners of serving personnel.

Over 100,000 cards are currently in circulation across the UK since the launch, and this number is continuing to grow on a monthly basis.

For more information about Toby Carvery, please visit: http://www.tobycarvery.co.uk/

For more information about The Royal British Legion, please visit: http://www.britishlegion.o

8 May 2017



Bouncy Castle Hire - 15% Forces Discount

5 May 2017

A Day out with Thomas The Tank Engine - June 2017

Calling all little engineers! Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends are coming to Stephenson Railway Museum for a day of family fun.

Come along to meet Thomas the Tank Engine and take a ride in 1950s' heritage railway carriages. Shake hands and have your photo taken with The Fat Controller, and meet Rusty & Dusty, The Fat Controller's mischievous sidekicks.

We have lots of Thomas themed activities to keep the whole family entertained, including face painting, balloon modelling, storytelling, magic shows and craft sessions.

There'll also be a Thomas shop where your little ones can purchase souvenirs to remind them of their special day out.

Make their day a Day Out with Thomas.

Event dates
3, 4, 7, 10 & 11 June, 10am-4pm
Group Ticket (5 persons) £48 
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £35 
Adult/Senior £12
Child (5-16 yrs) £12 
Child (1-4 yrs) £8
Child under 1 £FREE
 for more information check out 

25 April 2017