Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Halloween and Bonfire Night Palace Bks

For details of Halloween and Bonfire night activities please contact the HIVE or Welfare Office.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Don't Miss the Mail this Christmas - Latest Recommended Posting Dates for BFPO Mail

The British Forces Post Office (BFPO) has announced it's recommended posting dates for Christmas, as well as Royal Mail's Letter to Santa deadlines! 

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.

Victory Services Club December Offer

Poppies At The Ulster Museum Botanic Ave

The installation which is part of the one originally at the Tower of London will be in Belfast until December 3rd.

THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE - 8th - 10th June 2018

Soldier Magazine - october

Forces Additional Needs And Disability Forum

Forces Money Week - 16th to 20th October 2017

From 16th -20th October a team of financial experts will join Richard Hutchinson on Forces Radio BFBS & on Facebook Live to answer your questions.
From pensions to debt, investments to mortgages. If you have something you want to ask email

Each day from 1:45pm UKT join us live all week on your radio and through Facebook as we answer your money questions from around the forces world. Each day we will be tackling a different subject.

Find out more about getting MoneyFit with MoneyForce, a service provided by the Royal British Legion.

Listen to Forces Radio BFBS on FM, online or via the free app - 
Apple > or Android >

For further information CLICK HERE

Friday, 13 October 2017

Latest From The Defence Discount Directory

Titanic The Movie @ Titanic Belfast

Lights, Camera, Action...

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Titanic: The Movie, Titanic Belfast is hosting a blockbuster line-up of events from 19 November - 19 December!

The Titanic story lives on in hearts and minds across the world but nowhere more so than in Belfast - the birthplace of the world's most famous ship and home to the World's Leading Tourist Attraction.
View Titanic Belfast Events

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Civvy Street Resettlement Magazine - October 2017

To view Click HERE

Quest Resettlement Magazine - October 2017

To view Click HERE

Big White Wall - Mental Health Day 10/10/17

Today marks #WorldMentalHealthDay2017, a great chance to continue raising awareness of mental health issues worldwide. This years' theme focuses on wellbeing in the workplace and, considering the average adult spends 3840 days at work over their life time, it's important that they are happy, healthy and fulfilled during this time. If you need support @BigWhiteWallAF is available for free to all serving personnel, veterans and family members in the Armed Forces. To join visit

Armed Forces specific:
  • Talking about #mhealthatwork is not always easy, if you want space away from the day job, try @BigWhiteWall_AF
  • The transition from #servicepersonnel to #civilian is tough. Access 24/7 support with @BigWhiteWall_AF #mhealthatwork
  • Join @BigWhiteWall_AF's online community that understands the impact of service on everyday life #mhealthatwork
  • @BigWhiteWall_AF helps with feelings of #anxiety #depression #stress #PTSD & more. Join for free at #mhealthatwork
  • What's said on @BigWhiteWall_AF stays on BWW - it's entirely anonymous, available 24/7 & free to use #mhealthatwork
  • The #ArmedForces is a 24/7 job meaning you need 24/7 support. Try @BigWhiteWall_AF for free #mhealthatwork
  • @BigWhiteWall_AF is freely available to family members of the #ArmedForces if you need support, join at #mhealthatwork
  • Serving in the #ArmedForces is no ordinary job. @BigWhiteWall_AF provides support for #Stress #trauma #PTSD & more #mhealthatwork
  • See someone in need of support & not sure how to help? Suggest @BigWhiteWall_AF, it's free, online 24/7 #mhealthatwork

Service Leavers: Healthcare Information and Guidance for Service Personnel

A Guide for Service Families: UK Education Systems

If you have any Northern Ireland specific educational queries please contact the NI Children's Education Support Officer on 02892 266347.

Defence Discount Service -Offers

T&C apply
Visit the Defence Discount Service website 
for the full details. 

Scottish Veterans Residences - Vacancies

SVR have vacancies in both our Glasgow & Edinburgh sites
At SVR we can take all veterans from all services including the Merchant Navy and Reservists
They do not need to be Scottish to move here and our only criteria is that they have served one day in the Armed Forces
Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions

Allocations & Void Officer
Scottish Veterans Housing Association
Tel No: 0131 556 0091 ext 230
Mob No: 07469660019

Do You Need The Flu Jab?

Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
However, flu can be more severe in certain people, for more information please click HERE

Fireworks And Halloween Fun

For more information on what is taking place in the Holywood and North Down Area go to

Royal Mail Christmas Posting Dates

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Little Troopers 2018 Calendar Competition

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Once again Little Troopers are running their calendar competition looking for your very special images and this year they are looking for your Military MomentsOpen to all regular or reserve serving British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force families.

Forces TV is launching on Freeview

Forces TV is launching on Freeview channel 96 from the beginning of October

To mark the launch, the new schedule offers brand new factual military programmes as well as action-themed drama and comedy shows, plus news about our armed forces.

 Watch Forces TV on Sky 264, Virgin 277, Freesat 165, Freeview 96 and BFBS TV 09
 For the TV schedule visit  Or follow us on Twitter @Forces_TV

Royal Mail Letters to Santa

Click HERE to see a message from Santa about sending your letters to him


Found an old £1 coin? Make it count. 

After the old pounds stop being accepted in UK shops on 15 October, you'll still be able to donate old coins to a Poppy Appeal collection near you from 26 October. Support veterans and Forces personnel. 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

WRVS - Palace Bks

The WRVS in Palace Bks will be holding a weekly Bacon Butty Morning. More more details please contact the WRVS on 02890 420635 or the HIVE on 02890 420252.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Armed Forces Pension - Handy Information At Your Fingertips

Using your smartphone, you can now access all things to do with the Armed Forces Pension super quickly, and in one nifty place including the Pension Calculator. 
This facility is quick and easy access to enable you to find out more about your Armed Forces pension and what it is worth.  It provides handy links to more in depth pension information and booklets if required and the pension calculator where a personalised forecast can be generated in a matter of minutes.  It is a one stop shop for you as current serving personnel and veterans accessible anywhere via your Smartphones.
To save it to your smartphone, simply load the website by typing in to your browser. Then click on the 'menu' button (Android) or tap on the 'add to homescreen' function on the Safari control bar (Apple) and then you will see your own icon appear to use as you need it!

Waste & Recycling Antrim Area Council

To find out more about recycling in Antrim area click on link below:

Christmas Pantomime Grand Opera House Belfast ~ Sat 2 Dec 2017 - Sun 14 Jan 2018

Book your tickets early

Friday, 29 September 2017

Latest Defense Discount Service Offers

For more offers and details go to

Thursday, 28 September 2017

BFG - The Lived Experience

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​

Forces Money Week - BFBS