Friday, 19 May 2017

Forces Radio BFBS Programmes Shortlisted for International Radio Awards

Four documentaries made by presenters and producers from BFBS have been named as finalists for the 2017 New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs Awards.

The content explores a range of subjects, all with a military theme, and are recognised for both content and production values.

Nicky Ness, Director of Forces Broadcasting and Entertainment, said: “I’m delighted for the team at BFBS to be recognised once again by the New York Radio Festival juries. We pride ourselves in our creativity and in being able to spend care and time crafting programmes that tell the extraordinary stories of our unique audiences, whether serious or comedic. 

We had a particularly strong slate of entries for 2017 and I am so proud that our nominations will also champion the UK Armed Forces on a world stage as a result.”

The uplifting and candid story of Afghanistan veteran Cassidy Little – Coming Home, produced by Will Warren, has been nominated in both the Best Interview and Heroes categories in New York.

The Vulcan Documentary, produced by Richard Hatch and Hal Stewart, which tells the story of The Avro Vulcan Bombers in an engaging and entertaining way, is nominated in the History category.

The Sitrep Iraq Enquiry, which was presented by Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee, edited by Josella Waldron and produced by Mary Wilton, investigates why Tony Blair’s government decided to go to war in Iraq. This hard-hitting 30-minute analysis programme is a finalist for the Best Talk/Interview Special category.
Damn the Torpedoes is an audience-inspired, military-themed comedy sketch show that began crawling out of the water onto land early in 2014. Who Dares Grins – The Best of ‘Damn The Torpedoes’ is a compilation from the past five episodes of the hit comedy, produced by Alison Pritchard and Richard Hatch and is nominated in the Best Comedy Special category.

Listen to all of the shortlisted programmes in full via the ‘On Demand’ Radio section at

The winners of the 2017 New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Awards will be announced at a glittering ceremony in Manhattan, New York on Monday 19th June.

Common Questions about the HIVE Blog

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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.  

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Aldergrove, Holywood & Lisburn Community Support Summer Activity Schemes

Community Support Summer Activity Programmes

Registration date  - Monday 5th June @ Lisburn, Holywood & Aldergrove Hubs - open from 10am.

Full details of programmes  including specific price and a wide range of fun activities such as Sports, Creative Arts, and family trips…etc , can be discussed with your local Community Support staff team.

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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Find out how you can help by requesting a Bee Saver Kit, packed with everything you need to fight for our buzzy little friends.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

HSHAO Briefs 2017


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If you are a dependant who is seeking employment or advice on education in NI then please contact FEAT (families employment advisory team) on 02892 66705 or 02892 266008.

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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.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Monday, 8 May 2017

Aldergrove Inspirations PRI

Just a reminder of the opening hours for the remainder of this month.

Monday 8th-Thursday 11th 1000-1300

The shop will then be closed from 12th up to and including 25th May.

26th 0930-1230

Monday 29th CLOSED BH

30th & 31st 1000-1300

Friday, 5 May 2017

Big White Wall

#Deployment is tough on any #family. Make sure they get the support needed with @BigWhiteWall1. #familymentalhealth 

Little Troopers Separation Packs

"Our Little Trooper Separation packs have been a great success. The aim being the resources ease and aid the separation from a soldier parent. Families can order directly and individually via our online shop or some Unit Welfare Offices are choosing to fund these for families, if you would like a sample pack sent to your Welfare Office for consideration do send us their details.

These packs include various resources and if you have any feedback or addtions you'd like to see contact us;

Pack includes:
  • World Map with stickers giving the child a place to plot where they have lived with the Army, where they have been on holiday and where their soldier has been. A space for their soldiers details and picture
  • Chuff Charts - 10 monthly charts that are generic and can be used for just one month at a time or an entire tour giving you the flexibility to count down the timeframes that work for your family unit. A space for notes so the child can share on the soldiers return what they did that month.
  • Postcards pack - 6 illustrated postcards with envelopes for the child to write/draw on and send to their soldier wherever they may be; Missing you, To my Soldier x 2, From your Little Trooper, Look what I've been up to & Welcome Home
  • Parent Deployment Booklet - hints and tips from you, for you... we've taken and shared all your great ideas for surviving when your soldiers are away, ideas and things to do with your Little Troopers to help them through the time
  • Little Trooper Passport - Unique to your Little Trooper and every event they come to with My Daddy is a Soldier Adventures they get a stamp
A great resource pack to help your children feel supported, to understand seperation and to stay connected to their soldier wherever they may be in the world.


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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

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Lisburn Thrift Shop - Volunteers Needed

Lisburn Thrift shop is looking for volunteers. Hours and days are negotiable so even if you only have a few hours a week to spare then please contact the HIVE with your details.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

BBQ For Heroes

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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.