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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Fireworks Championship Blackpool 2019

The World Fireworks Championships are back in Blackpool!

The World Fireworks Championships take place in Blackpool on Fridays between the 6th and 27th September, when some of the world’s best pyrotechnic artists will be in town to light up the night sky in superb and spectacular fashion.

The best thing is that it’s all free. Simply take your place anywhere along the famous promenade on one of the evenings listed (each event is on a Friday night). Bring the whole family down, as if last year was anything to go by, the kids – parents and grandparents too – will be in awe of the breathtaking spectacle overhead.

Results of AFF's 'Listening to our Service Children' survey

To view the results of the AFF Children survey, click HERE

Army - What we do - infographics

Click the link below to see the infographic for;
The Army on One Page

The Army in numbers;

Army Newsletter - In Front - Issue 3

Army Newsletter - In Front - Issue 3

Plane Saver workbook for children

Activity Workbook for young savers.

Download your copy - Junior Saver Workbook

We are hoping to receive some hard copies of this activity workbook at the HIVE office in the near future.

FamCAS 2019: Forces families have their say

FamCAS seeks the views of Armed Forces families so that Defence can review its policies to ensure Service families are not disadvantaged when compared to the rest of the population.  

FamCAS data has previously influenced, and will continue to influence, policy in areas including: 
• The Armed Forces Covenant • The Armed Forces People Programme • Community Support policies • Welfare policies 

This year over 6,500 spouses or civil partners of Regular Personnel completed FamCAS, a response rate of 25% (from the sample of 26,571 invited to take part).  
Further information about the findings from this year's FamCAS can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/tri-service-families-continuous-attitude-survey-index 

Key points include: 
  • Of those living in Service Accommodation, Service families are generally satisfied with the overall standard (57%) and value for money of Service Accommodation. There has been an increase in satisfaction with the quality and response to requests maintenance/repairs since 2018. 
  • Employment among Service spouses remains comparable with the UK employment rate. Those who experienced difficulty finding suitable employment report having a spouse who was often away and having a partner unable to assist with care responsibilities are the most commonly cited reasons for difficulty. 
  • Families are generally more satisfied with early years childcare than childcare for school aged children when it comes to quality, accessibility/availability and opening hours. 
  • Though the number of Service families reporting that they do not feel valued is fewer than in 2017, only 15% of Service Spouses report feeling valued. Service spouses continue to feel that Service family life has a negative effect on their career, the amount of separation from their spouse and on their children. 


Military children’s charity, Little Troopers, is calling on British Armed Forces families to share their heart-warming family photos for its 2020 calendar competition.
The ‘Military Moments’ calendar will feature real-life photos taken by military families that capture the special bond between military children and their serving parents. Families can submit their images on the Little Troopers website and the competition will close on 12th September. Thirteen images will be selected for the calendar and the best three photos will also win a prize.
Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, explains: “Once again we are on the hunt for real-life photos that encapsulate military life and celebrate the unique relationship that Armed Forces parents share with their children.
“This is the eighth year we have run the search and we have been privileged to share some truly treasured moments. These photos bring to life what our charity is all about, which is to champion and support our wonderful little troopers. It’s our favourite time of year and we can’t wait to see everyone’s entries for the 2020 calendar.”
Every day British Armed Forces personnel share magical moments with their children. Whether that’s a big homecoming welcome following a long deployment, a garrison preschool class proudly dressed in uniform, a child waving to their parent in a military parade or simply a big family cuddle after a week on exercise. If it’s a special military moment that makes you smile or brings a tear to your eye then Little Troopers want to hear from you.
The ‘Military Moments’ 2020 calendar will go on sale later this year and help raise money for Little Troopers to continue providing fundamental resources and initiatives to support military children such as the Little Troopers Treasures storytime app and Little Troopers Separation Pack. For more information visit www.littletroopers.net