22 November 2017


Please find attached your exclusive invite to our extended 20% OFF friends and family event hosted at Topshop Topman Metrocentre.

WHEN: Friday 1st December 4pm-10pm

WHERE: Topshop Topman, Green Mall, Metrocentre

HOW: To be entitled to this offer please RSVP no later than SUNDAY 26th November by sending an email to tstmmetrofriendsandfamilyevent@gmail.com with your FULL NAME and bring PROOF OF ID on the night



Due to necessary maintenance there will be no power supply to your home from the hours of 10am through to 11.30am.
 We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Welfare Centre will remain open should you wish to call in for coffee and to use the free wifi.

Welfare Team
Tel 0191 2393355


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20 November 2017

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!

Prudhoe Christmas lights Switch on

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Christmas Fair - Prudhoe

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Hexham Christmas late night shoppping

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Christmas in Corbridge

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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 > info@littletroopers.net
  • 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 > info@littletroopers.net
  • 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
  • Schools please feel free to forward this to any eligible families in your settings

More Panto opportunities coming up fro Little Troopers very soon xxx

16 November 2017

You ask we answer

.Your HIVE can help you by finding answers to questions about many aspects of living within a military community and has useful information to help with relocating including how to apply for Service Families Accommodation, Schools, Finding Doctors and Dentists and much more. In addition, your HIVE always has up to date information about your military community and the local area. 

15 November 2017

FOOD BANK - 3RHA Donation Point

Local Employment

Vallum Farm The Foodie Gateway to Hadrian's Wall 

We are looking for passionate and enthusiastic in individuals to join a well established Sunday lunch team in our restaurant. 

The Vallum Restaurant and Chef's room team is dedicated to wonderful local produce scoured from the producers on our own site and from artisans within Vallum's postcode.

Sunday Lunch Minimum hours 12-4pm

If you are interested or would like to find out more about the positions available please send your CV and cover letter to restaurant@vallumfarm.co.uk 

Little Troopers Treasures

Little Troopers Treasures


We wanted to brighten your Monday and let you know a bit more about our free story reading app for British Armed Forces families from us at Little Troopers, we'd love for you to let all your families know that this resource is available for them to use.

Little Troopers Treasures is a project we partnered with Harper Collins children's books to bring to forces families, currently there are nine books available to record.

> The service family downloads the app then creates a family login, the service person then logs in wherever they may be (WIFI needed) or before they go away and records some stories, the app captures their face, voice and the book pages.

> Once done the app zips up the story with lots of love and immediately the service child can go to the Little Trooper mode of the family login and there will be a surprise story waiting! They can watch the stories, or listen, over and over again.

> There are also some free supporting resources for families to accompany this app, a weekly planner sheet to print off and use plus separation diaries for both parent and child to complete while separated and then share once reunited.

All the information and download links plus the resources files to print off can be found HERE

Joint Forces Credit Union

MOD Supporting Families with Childcare costs

7 November 2017

Community Action Northumberland - Albemarle Barracks

Community Action Northumberland (CAN)

Thursday 8th November
 Coffee Morning

Julia the Development Worker from CAN will discuss what Community Action Northumberland could offer you, Topics included will be employment and CV writing.



JSHAO  Housing Briefs  are for all serving personnel, their partners and spouses.  You can attend one of these briefs at any time of your career.  You DO NOT have to be going   through the resettlement process to attend one of these briefs.

6 November 2017

Childcare Choices - 30 Hours FREE


Every Friday (Term time)
10-12 noon
Welfare Centre
£6 per child
Bookings for Creche can only be taken from the start of business that week (Mon- Tues).

 For more information Tel:0191 2393355


31 October 2017

25 October 2017

SSAFA - Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum Autumn Event


BFPO Christmas Posting Information
See this link for latest recommended posting dates for BFPO mail at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/british-forces-post-office-last-dates-of-posting

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 be arrive in the UK by 8 December to receive a reply from Father Christmas!

13 October 2017




LITTLE TROOPERS - Ticket giveaways

Tickets for Little Troopers

We have lots of exciting tickets to give away so wanted to let you know! Open to all British Armed Forces families but priority will be given to those with a parent currently serving away from home, feel free to forwards these opportunities to any military friends or family within your community.
*Note to schools/nurseries who enter; all children must have a serving British Armed Forces parent and we can not help towards travel*


A brand new play centre including a 'little street' plus dodgems and soft play is opening in Farnborough in Hampshire and they have chosen Little Troopers as their charity of the year! We have 30 tickets to give away for a sneeky play session before the grand opening.

Tuesday 17th October 1000 - 1200hrs http://360play.co.uk/farnborough/
EMAIL US HERE your name, postal address for tickets if you win, serving persons details

BIRMINGHAM - Disney on Ice

We are really lucky to have teamed up with Disney on Ice this year to send over 80 military families to shows across the UK!

Wednesday 18th October 1830hrs https://www.disneyonice.com/gb/en-gb/ticket-info/Passport-to-Adventure/902
EMAIL US HERE your name, postal address for tickets if you win, serving persons details

SHEFFIELD - Disney on Ice

Wednesday 15th November 1830hrs http://www.flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/disney-on-ice-2017-5546/
EMAIL US HERE your name, postal address for tickets if you win, serving persons details

Step into Rail

Step Into Rail

3 October 2017

2 October 2017

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​


28 September 2017

Local Employment

              Brocksbushes Farm Shop & Tea Room
We are looking for someone to join our very busy Tearoom team 
Partime. 16-24hrs 
must be flexible and available to work some weekend days

Training will be given but some experience would be an advantage 
Own transport
Phone 01434 633100
Speak to Caroline or Jan
Email your CV to caroline@brocksbushes.co.uk

27 September 2017

Disposal of electrical goods @ Albemarle

Amnesty on electrical goods for the next 6 weeks.

·         The WEEE waste(Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) skip has now arrived and is free for all that live and work on the barracks to use for the next 6 weeks. Please note that this doesn't include fridges, freezers, TVs and computer monitors which should be taken to any of the below local recycling centres by the individual, these sites will recycle them for FREE.

This Skip is clearly marked as WEEE items only, nothing else should be placed in this skip.

22 September 2017


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
Green waste can be also recycled at the QMs department please look for the clearly marked signs for this skip, this is available for anyone that works and lives on the barracks. If you have green waste please take the plastic bag home with you as these cross contaminate the green waste recycling, just put your waste on the floor next to the skip ISS will do the rest.
The Green waste Skip has moved into the QMs compound (middle compound) however will only be available during normal working hours 0800-1630 Monday to Thursday 0800-1230, please don't throw your green waste over the fence outside these working hours. 

·         WEEE waste(Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) amnesty on white electrical goods. WEEE items can also be recycled at the QMs department however this skip will be only available short term(6 weeks), and I will push out further direction on its arrival shortly. This facility is available for everyone to use who work and live here on Albemarle barracks, please note the short term time frame which it will be available on site for you to use, after this time the metal cage currently provided will be for Military WEEE items only.
After the WEEE skips removal you will have to take ownership of your problem and take your WEEE waste to any of the below local recycling centres.   On the arrival of the WEEE skip please note that this doesn't include fridges, TVs and computer monitors which should be taken to any of the below local recycling centres by the individual who will recycling them for FREE, I will take action against individuals fly tipping personal WEEE waste under the environmental act 2007 after the removal of this facility(£1000).

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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