Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Hunter Kennedy Talk at St Andrews Photographic Society Tonight 1930 hrs 20 September

  • Hunter Kennedy’s “Prints Past and Present”:September 20th presentation in The Art Club Rooms, 14c Argyle Street, St Andrews (7.15pm)
for more details see or speak to Vron in the HIVE 

MacMillan Cancer Research Coffee Morning, Friday 22 September 1000 to 1200, The Coach House Cafe, Leuchars

REME Scotland Anniversary Parade St Andrews Saturday 23 September

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Resettlement Centre Rosyth

Local Pilates classes

Monday - 5.45 - Newport on Tay
Monday - 7.30pm - Kingskettle
Tuesday - 10am - Luthrie 
Tuesday - 1pm - Tayport
Tuesday - 6.20pm and 7.30pm - Cupar 
Wednesday - 10am - Auchtermuchty
Wednesday - 7pm - Gauldry 
Friday - 10am - Newport on Tay

Forces Travel -Lapland Experience

Forces Travel - Harry Potter

Forces Travel Ferry Discounts

Disneyland Paris Forces Travel Offer

Disney on Ice - London

Leuchars Military Wives Choir seeking new members

Anyone who works for or with the military is entitled to join our choir, civilian or military, all are welcome.  

With the summer changeover we are always looking to recruit new members at this time of year and we are planning on performing at a Christmas SSAFA service in Perth in December so all the more reason to
 sing a bit louder!!

URGENT - Chest of drawers safety

Dear All,

Action Required

It has been brought to the attention of FCMT that an incident has occurred with the MFC Chest of Drawers (NSN 7105 99 5539341). A service family occupant has deemed the product to be unsafe and could easily topple.  FCMT is undertaking a full investigation into the strength and stability of the product and until such time this has been completed we would advise this product should not be procured.

The following notice should be issued for products currently in service.

Even though all products are constructed for reliable service, reasonable care should be adopted whilst in use. For instance, customers and end users are advised to carefully consider the loading of shelves and drawers so that products do not become top heavy or unstable in any way.

Further guidance will be issued following a full investigation.


Medical centre phone lines down today 12/09


Medical Centre Telephone Outage.
Sadly the phones are still off so if you need to contact the medical centre please use the following numbers
Landline - 01334 848841
Mobile - 07814901773
Capt. Chambers

FREE legal clinic - Community Centre for all service personnel, dependants, and civil servants.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Victory Services Club offers

Victory Services Club offers

Victory Services Club offers-Afternoon Tea

Thorntons FREE Drop in legal clinic at Leuchars

CTP events - Insight into Operational Airport Roles

Fairmont Hotel job vacancy

We have recently posted a 3 day a week admin role working with the sales & events team.

We can be really flexible regarding hours but ultimately need someone to come in 3 days a week between Mon – Friday.

Here is the link to the job:

It would be so great if you could post this on your site to see if anyone is interested.

Kind regards,

Amy Yeates
Director of Golf, Spa & Leisure
Fairmont St Andrews

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Scottish Government’s plans for the expansion of Early Learning & Childcare

For more information please click

SAJE drop in Friday 8 September 1230 to 1430hrs Community Centre

SAJE SCOTLAND.  SAJE Scotland are to be in the Community Centre on Friday 8 Sep from 12.30 – 14.30.  SAJE are a charity which helps women to make positive changes, looking at confidence building, assertiveness and relationships as well as other topics.  Please feel free to drop in for a chat with them.  To find out more about SAJE please visit their website at

EXPERIENCED CHILDCARE CENTRE MANAGER - Bright Horizons-closing date 15 September



Bright Horizons Childcare Centre is looking for a dynamic, professional, experienced Manager to lead and work with our Management Team, 24 Early Years Practitioners and other staff members.  You will be expected to also work closely with the Officer In Charge (OIC) and Board of Trustees in order to continue the ongoing success of the Centre.  The Centre is extremely busy and provides care to and for 120 children between the ages of 12 weeks and 5 years on a daily basis for 48 weeks of the year.  The Centre also provides well-attended before and after school clubs.


Your key responsibilities’ will include:

·         Ensuring all of the children are cared for in a happy, safe and stimulating environment
·         Ensuring all curriculum processes are completed in line with the Curriculum for Excellence and Pre-birth to Three Curriculum
·         Ensuring the Centre is compliant with all regulatory matters in line with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and Care Inspectorate
·         Engaging with parents and carers in order to promote play experiences
·         Managing all records appertaining to all business elements of the Childcare Centre


You must either be:

·         Qualified to a Degree level in Childhood Practice or
·         Have a level 3 or 4 in Early Years Childcare and Education and be willing to undertake and complete the Degree in Childhood Practice within your first 5 years of employment, with the Board of Trustees contributing 50% towards the cost of your degree


You must have:

·         A minimum of 2 years’ experience in a managerial and/or lead practitioners role
·         Experience of managing a staff team
·         A sound knowledge and understanding of the Curriculum of Excellence
·         Experience of working with parents and carers
·         IT experience in word and excel


You will work 38 hrs per week, be granted 4 weeks (20 days annual leave) and 8 public/bank holidays and receive statutory sick leave.  The annual salary will be approximately £24k gross per annum. 


Please send, via post, a covering letter and your CV to:

Mrs Kate Corps
Finance and Office Manager
Bright Horizons Childcare Centre
Leuchars Station (Army)
KY16 0JX

For more information regarding the position, please contact the Centre Manager, Mrs Ruth Hughes, on 01334 857753.


Closing date for applications is 5 pm on 15 Sep 2017.  Interviews will be concluded by 20 Oct 17, with the successful applicant assuming employment between 6 Nov 17 and 8 Jan 18 by mutual agreement.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS)

The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS) provides the opportunity for Army spouses/civil partners to express their views about a range of issues that affect their life as a Service family. The evidence provided by these views is a vital source of information that assists the Army in developing future personnel policy.

To support this process, it is important that the collective views of spouses/civil partners of Officers and Soldiers alike are communicated to the wider Army.

A link to the report can be found on the website here


National Employment & Careers Fair at Tidworth - 7 September

For more information click here

Eden Estuary Newsletter August 2017

Forces Travel

Lets Light up Leuchars

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

SSAFA Stepping Stone Homes

SSAFA Stepping Stone Homes

SSAFAs Stepping Stone Homes based in both the North East and the South of England provide short-term supported accommodation, help and advice to female service or ex-serving personnel, the female spouses or partners of serving or ex-serving personnel, and their dependent children.

Support is also provided to women without children or whose children may be living elsewhere temporarily, those seeking accommodation due to welfare needs, and Foreign & Commonwealth cases. The above list is not exhaustive. Each case will be considered individually.

Our homes provide a comfortable, secure and female-only place to stay for as long as it takes the resident to get back on their feet. From our clean and well-maintained communal spaces to private areas for each resident to make their own, we make our houses like home for however long the resident is with us.

The schemes are also registered with local authorities as refuges for those fleeing domestic abuse and, as such, their locations are not to be disclosed to the public. Referrals can be made via the email addresses below:
North - Longside House : South - Gildea House: Head of Housing: Amanda Deakin on

Stepping Stone Homes Link here

Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS)

The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS) provides the opportunity for Army spouses/civil partners to express their views about a range of issues that affect their life as a Service family. The evidence provided by these views is a vital source of information that assists the Army in developing future personnel policy.

To support this process, it is important that the collective views of spouses/civil partners of Officers and Soldiers alike are communicated to the wider Army.

A link to the report can be found on the website


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Armed Forces Covenant survey

The Armed Forces Covenant website has now been live for over a year and is being updated continually but to ensure the content meets the user's needs, we are currently hosting a customer survey - the feedback will help us improve the website's content. The survey will run until 31 July and can be accessed via the front page,    

MOD Supporting Families with Childcare Costs

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Minke Whale Carcass - Reres Wood Beach.

The Minke whale carcass on the beach at Reres wood is being left to decompose naturally.  The area is a nature reserve and this is part of the natural environment of the area.  It is a remote stretch of coast and the cost of removal is complex and high.

The carcass poses no threat but please keep children away from it and keep dogs on leads when approaching this bit of beach (to prevent your dogs rolling in it!). 

Ranald Strachan
Countryside Ranger
Fife Coast and Countryside Trust
East Sands Leisure Centre
East Sands
St Andrews
KY16 8LH
07985 707593

Monday, 24 July 2017

DIO Customer Survey

QVS OPEN MORNING 16 September 2017

QVS Open Morning 2017

Our annual Open Morning is an opportunity for families interested in sending their children to the School to see around it, meet some pupils and some staff, ask questions and share their views, interests and any concerns.

This year’s Open Morning is on Saturday 16th September.

Visitors are welcome to arrive between 0900 hrs and 0930 hrs, during which time tea, coffee and juice will be served in the Theatre and members of the House staff, parents and pupils will be available to talk with visitors.

At 0930 hrs the Headmaster will welcome everyone and give a short talk about the School.   At this time you will be able to ask questions of him and other senior members of staff.  

At approximately 1000 hrs tour groups will set off around the School, led by senior staff and escorted by some of our pupils. The tours are fairly lengthy, designed to give visitors a chance to see most parts of the campus and to have the chance to talk with staff and pupils during the walk-around.  

The morning finishes with a very informal buffet lunch in Central Hall where the Headmaster will round off the morning by outlining very briefly the “next steps” if you intend to apply for Admissions Board 2018.

Although it is possible to accommodate visitors who arrive on the day without notice, it is very helpful if you can let us know beforehand that you intend to be with us for Open Morning. If you would like to join us on that occasion, please contact the Admissions Secretary, Mrs Ann Macfarlane, on +44 (0) 131 310 2927, or by post at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane FK15 0JY, Scotland.

Extended Childcare Entitlement - Overseas Locations

1.                  In overseas locations the MOD provides services (or access to services) that, so far as is reasonably practicable, conform in type, scope and standard to that required by legislation in England (but paying due regard to the equivalent legislation in the Devolved Administrations).
2.                  The 2006 Childcare Act provided for 15 hours of childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year for 3 and 4 year olds free of charge.  In overseas locations the MOD currently delivers this entitlement through places at MOD-provided settings or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.
3.          The 2016 Childcare Act provides for an extension of the current entitlement and offers an additional 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year of free childcare for children that are eligible, with effect from 1 September 2017.
4.          The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) a minimum of 16 hours each per week. Parents each earning £100,000.00 or more do not qualify for the additional entitlement.
5.                  The additional entitlement will be introduced by government on 1 September 2017 across England and is mirrored in MOD locations overseas, using the same eligibility criteria defined under the 2016 Childcare Act above.
6.                  The additional entitlement has been trialled across England prior to the rollout on 1 September 2017. The MOD entitlement will not be backdated to include these periods.
7.                  In overseas locations where the MOD-provided settings have sufficient capacity, the additional entitlement will be provided through those settings, free of charge. Free childcare cannot be claimed when using childminders or nannies.
8.                  In overseas locations where there are no MOD-provided settings, or where MOD-provided settings lack sufficient capacity, the additional entitlement will be provided through the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.

9.                  The entitlement applies to eligible Service Personnel and entitled Civilians only. The latter means UK Based Civil Servants posted overseas or Specially Recruited for Overseas Service. Fee-paying contractors cannot apply.

Veterans Mental Health - Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service

NHS veterans’ mental health services now available for armed forces personnel approaching discharge

Information for patients

Armed forces personnel approaching discharge can now get treatment and support at NHS veterans’ mental health services across England and thereafter into their civilian life, whether this is months or years later. 

If you are experiencing mental health difficulties, these services can provide a range of treatment and support in close liaison with Defence Medical Services (DMS).  This includes recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early treatment and support, as well as therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma.  Patients are also provided with help, where appropriate, with employment, reduction in alcohol consumption, housing and social support.

To access these services whilst you are still in the armed forces, you must meet the following criteria:

·       be a resident in England
·       have an identified or diagnosed mental health illness / disorder; AND
·       have a discharge date from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) or be found to be unfit for continued military service by their medical board; OR
·       have been identified by the Departments of Community Mental Health as requiring follow on psychiatric care on discharge from the MOD; OR
·       have had their pre-release medical and been identified by their DMS GP as requiring mental health transition support; OR
·       have had a pre-release medical before they self-refer.

If you wish to access these services once you are a veteran, you must meet the following criteria instead:

·       be a resident in England
·       have served in the UK armed forces for a full day
·       be registered with a GP practice in England or be willing to register with a GP
·       be able to provide your military service number or another form of acceptable proof of eligibility.

If you meet either of these criteria, you can self-refer or request referral via a health care professional or service charity. 

Upon receipt of referral, patients will be offered an initial face to face assessment within two weeks and where appropriate a clinical appointment two weeks thereafter. 

Do you need help?
To find out more, speak to your DMS GP or use the information below to get in contact with your local service.

                                                 North of England
(County Durham, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire)
Service contact
Contact number
Anna Burke
0191 441 5974

Midlands and East of England
(Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk)
Service contact
Contact number
Diane Palmer
0300 323 0137

London and South East England
(Greater London, Kent, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex)
Service contact
Contact number
Sue Ferrier
020 3317 6818

South Central and South West England
(Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly)
Service contact
Contact number
David Wilcox
(Gloucestershire, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly)
0300 365 0300

Adele Stevens
(Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight)

Further information
Information on the service can be found on NHS Choices.

Veterans' Housing Advice

Friday, 7 July 2017

AFF achieves housing success on behalf of Army families

AFF achieves housing success on behalf of Army families

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is celebrating a success for those living in Service Family Accommodation (SFA) who have recently faced unfair increases to their accommodation charge.

Many families contacted AFF to say their rental charge or final charge had unexpectedly increased by an unreasonable amount without proper notice and without a chance to appeal.

Fighting for families
On behalf of these families, AFF approached housing organisations Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and CarillionAmey (CA) to push for a fair outcome in accordance with the original guidelines of the CAAS system. The original guidelines stated that rental increases would be implemented on a transitional basis and that any changes to the final charge as a result of a survey or data review would be able to be appealed within a contracted time scale.

AFF has now announced that DIO has agreed to investigate where properties have jumped by two or more rental bands - some families told the charity they had received a letter to say their rent would jump by three bands.

A new letter will now be sent to affected families advising of the planned increase and offering them 28 days to appeal the decision. Any subsequent increase will then only be enforced 93 days after the date of receipt of the letter, unless the appeal is successful.

Families' feedback vital
AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade said, "This has been a long and complicated issue, but we have fought on behalf of the families affected to achieve a fairer deal including protection from large jumps in rental charges, as promised to families when the new accommodation charge was first introduced. It is thanks to families' feedback that we've been able to approach DIO confidently and achieve a positive result."

To find out more about the housing support and advice AFF offers to Army families, visit their website

Tuesday, 4 July 2017


See information from DIO about Service Families Accommodation in these video links