Friday, 19 May 2017

Common Questions about the HIVE Blog

Q.I sometimes forget to check the HIVE Blog for updates, so probably miss out on what is going and find out about events too late.

Simply enter your email address in the ‘Follow by Email’ box, (on right hand panel) click ‘submit’, and follow the activation procedure to receive a notification email every day that the Blog is updated.

By using this gadget, you will never miss any posts that may be of interest and you’ll be informed when the latest community information is available to view.

Q.There is a lot of information on the HIVE Blog, so I can’t find what I want very easily as it takes ages to scroll through it.

There are a number of ways to address this.  You can use the tabs and filters to view specific topics of information, or you can browse the list of posts in the ‘Blog Archive’ on the bottom right hand side of the webpage.  

Alternatively, you can use the Blog Search box.  For example, if you wanted information on Service Accommodation, just type,  Housing into the box and the relevant post will be displayed.

Q. I would like to put information on the blog such as a event i am organising. I have a poster and would like to upload it for the local community to see.   

A. Simply contact the HIVE by phone or email (details are on the right hand panel of the blog home page) and they will upload your poster or information for you - free of charge. 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Are You Posted Soon?

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If you are due to be posted shortly and have received your assignment order, Holywood HIVE can provide you with information on your new location, or if have any relocation enquires, please call in to the HIVE, call 02890 420252 or e-mail

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Army HIVE Information Centres

Hive.PNGHIVE information centres support the chain of command and service communities through the provision of up-to-date and relevant information.

The HIVE is an information network available to all members of the Service community. It serves both married and single personnel, together with their families, dependants and civilians employed by the Services.

Worldwide, the HIVE information centres offer an extensive range of information on relocation, local unit and civilian facilities, places of interest, schools and further education, housing, healthcare facilities, employment and training opportunities.

We network worldwide, sourcing national and local information as needed. Information on relocations is one of our key areas of information support and is available either in advance or on arrival at the receiving unit. Information on the ways to communicate with those serving away on operational deployments is also available through our HIVE information centres.

HIVE information support officers are not trained in welfare counselling. We are however able to advise referral to those professional agencies best suited to the individual’s circumstances. All HIVE staff is bound to a code of confidentiality.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Things To Do On A Sunny Day In Northern Ireland

Take a dip in the Atlantic

With ten of Northern Ireland's beaches boasting a Blue Flag, we really are spoilt for choice with our golden sandy beaches and stunning coastline. With the Atlantic Ocean just on our doorstep...jump right in and take a dip!

Climb a mountain!

Climb the one and a half kilometre round walk to the summit and back of Slemish Mountain. Take in the breathtaking views of the Antrim and Scottish coastline to the east; Ballymena town, Lough Neagh, and the Sperrin Mountains to the west, and the Bann Valley and higher summits of the Antrim Hills to the North.

Picnic in the Park

Northern Ireland is filled with picturesque picnic spots – why not spend the day in the beautiful surroundings of your local park? Pack a picnic and enjoy the gorgeous scenic places to eat them in.

Take a Coastal Drive

Described as one of the Top Five Road Trips Worldwide, the spectacular Causeway Coastal Route is the ultimate scenic drive and the perfect way to explore the coast on a sunny day adventure.

Lose yourself in the Great Outdoors

Enjoy the great outdoors at Castlewellan Forest Park in County Down. From canoeing on the lake, mountain biking in the forest, and getting lost (not literally) in the magnificent maze, this is the perfect place for a fun day out in the sun.

Get on your Bike!

Inject some excitement into your sunny day with a visit to one of Northern Ireland's award-winning mountain bike trails - perfect for that ultimate family adventure or for an adrenaline-fuelled experience.

Go Paddle Boarding

Why not take up a new adventure activity such as paddle boarding? This fun and easy to learn activity is an exciting and new way to explore our beautiful coast!

Take a Cruise

Indulge in a bit of luxury with a cruise on Lough Erne and discover Fermanagh's many islands and hidden gems!

Island Hop for the Day

When the sun is out, a hop over to rugged Rathlin Island – six miles off the North Antrim coastline - is a must! Visitors can enjoy the bird life and wildlife and take in the glorious sights of the Causeway Coast from this beloved spot in Northern Ireland.
Alternatively, take a trip to Lough Erne in county fermanagh for a truly unforgettable lakeland island hopping experience filled with fascinating folklore and even a trip in a water taxi!

Play a Round of Golf

With stunning views and challenging greens, why not play your own ultimate round at one of Northern Ireland's superb links and parkland courses?

Explore a Glorious Garden

From grand gardens to walled gardens, woodland gardens to kitchen gardens (not to mention one of the best gardening climates in the world), it's not surprising Northern Ireland has some of the most beautiful and interesting gardens to explore.
That's just a taster of what you can get up to on a sunny day in Northern Ireland.
For more inspiration on things to do when the sun is shining, visit
PS - If it's not a sunny day you can do all of the above but you will need a big coat!

Lisburn Visitor Centre

Whether you're looking for places to take the kids, things to do with your friends or family, or having time out by yourself, Lisburn & Castlereagh has it all.

For additional information on the events, news or competitions featured please contact our friendly and helpful Visitor Information Centre team on the details below.
Lisburn Visitor Information Centre
15 Lisburn Square
BT28 1AN

Tel: 028 9244 7622

Tuesday, 2 May 2017


This could be housing related, missed appointments, school admissions, employment problems, transport issues or anything else that is causing you concern.

The HIVE can help by reporting these through the chain of command.
If you would like to report a concern in confidence please contact the HIVE.

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You Ask, We Answer

Don't Forget.......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.