Monday, 20 November 2017


Leuchars HIVE is currently closed.  If you need assistance, please contact Edinburgh HIVE on 0131 310 2876 or e-mail

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Light up Leuchars Xmas Raffle to be drawn on 1 December 2017

Station Medical Centre Phone Lines Down - see contact details below

Please use the following numbers to contact the Station Medical Centre today while the phone lines are down.

01334 848841 or 07814901773

Aladdin , The Panto Bus at Leuchars Wednesday 22 November, Station Gym 1630 to 1830 hrs.

Please e mail or phone Mitch or Beth with the following details if you wish to attend; Names of all adults attending, name and age of children, a contact number.  Thank you.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Joint Service Housing Advice Office - Note attachment update 13 Nov 17

Changes to some BFPO Christmas posting dates

Changes to some BFPO Christmas posting dates

The latest recommended posting dates for BFPOs 618/619/620 has been revised to 20 Nov, due to unavoidable changes in transit times.

Full BFPO details are available at

Ye Olde Hotel Events December 2017/January 2018

Christmas Disco Party on Friday 1 Dec 8pm

Christmas Disco on Saturday 9 Dec 8pm

Annual New Years Day Disco Pub open at 12 Disco from 3pm onwards 

Little TROOPERS free story app.

Little Troopers Treasures


We wanted to brighten your Monday and let you know a bit more about our free story reading app for British Armed Forces families from us at Little Troopers, we'd love for you to let all your families know that this resource is available for them to use.

Little Troopers Treasures is a project we partnered with Harper Collins children's books to bring to forces families, currently there are nine books available to record.

> The service family downloads the app then creates a family login, the service person then logs in wherever they may be (WIFI needed) or before they go away and records some stories, the app captures their face, voice and the book pages.

> Once done the app zips up the story with lots of love and immediately the service child can go to the Little Trooper mode of the family login and there will be a surprise story waiting! They can watch the stories, or listen, over and over again.

> There are also some free supporting resources for families to accompany this app, a weekly planner sheet to print off and use plus separation diaries for both parent and child to complete while separated and then share once reunited.

All the information and download links plus the resources files to print off can be found HERE

Leuchars Frosty 5 K 25 November 2017

Police notice - After Dark

Friday, 3 November 2017

Eden Estuary - Vote for St Andrews Sand Dune/Christmas Tree project

Dear All,
Its heading awfy close to cold weather yet though, very mild save for one day this week.
Some good bird records and lots of Sea eagle appearances.

Please make sure when you visit the centre you pop what you spotted in the log book, I am rewriting the site management plan and having good up to date bird data is crucial in improving targeted management in future. Thanks.

Also, we have had a rise in anti social behaviour at West Sands in the last few weeks. Please if anyone notes something odd, or they are sure is not permitted please just give me a call or send an email. You can do this anonymous if you wish. The reserve has sensitive sites as well as rare breed sheep up there.

We are in the running for the Aviva Community Fund for our Sand Dune/Christmas Tree project and we need votes...please take a look on this link and if you like, please vote. We appreciate it. Thanks

best regards

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

Eden Estuary Newsletter November 2017

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Little Troopers trip to Lapland UK

We will be taking a group of very lucky Little Troopers to Lapland UK this December. You MUST be signed up to our mailing list to receive details of these tickets.
Will be open to all British Armed Forces who have someone serving away this Christmas.
Sign up to mailing list where details will go out of how to enter:

Leuchars Station Children's Christmas Party , Sunday 3 December, 2017.

Friday, 27 October 2017

DEAP Limited - Business Development Manager/Bid Writer- closing date 22/11/17

DEAP Limited - Business Development Manager/Bid Writer
Created: 25/10/2017

Post: Business Development Manager/ Bid Writer -  DEAP Limited
Salary: £26,000 + benefits (company pension contribution, mobile phone/laptop/travel expenses, generous holiday entitlement)
Hours: 35 hours per week
Covering Dundee/Fife/Angus (Base can be flexible)
At DEAP Limited it is our aim to support people in communities to maximise their potential in life and work. They provide a person centred approach to individuals to support them to learn new skills, gain and sustain employment and support them to become economically and socially active within their communities. They are looking for an experienced Bid Writer to join our team to help us identify and secure bids and tenders relevant to our mission and values.
The role will require an experienced individual confident in promoting DEAP’s track record of service delivery to potential funders/partners thereby ensuring recognition by local authority, government funding bodies and grant making trusts. Bid writing will be a key requirement of your role, and you will also have the autonomy to manage the whole tender process, liaising closely with colleagues, managers and the Managing Director, to identify opportunities and best practices to support the production of top quality bids and tenders.
An experienced Business Development Manager and Bid Writer with innovative ideas and a proven track record, you will be accomplished in writing and producing tenders or prospective bids to support the growth of our services across 3 local authority areas. You will have an organised and methodical approach to your work, and be ambitious for success. You will assist the Senior Management and Managing Director to review quality assurance of delivery of new services, and work together to identify solutions and to share best practises.
You will have outstanding interpersonal skills along with a positive approach and the ability to produce bids, PQQs and funding/grant applications that are effective towards producing successful results.
DEAP is a not-for-profit organisation with Investing in People (Silver) recognition.  They aim to continue to invest our surpluses to support our staff and the clients that benefit from our services. As part of the team you will have the opportunity to help us make a real difference to meet the needs of the people and communities in which they operate and make a significant contribution to a long established award winning organisation.
This post is a fixed term contract until March 2019.  To apply and for more information please send CV and covering letter to Jenny Morrison by e-mail:
Please note the closing date for applications is Wednesday 22 November 2017 and interviews will be held on 15 and 16 December 2017.  If you have not heard back by this time you will not have been successful on this occasion.

Fife Women's Aid - Advocacy Worker closing date 20 November 2017

Fife Women's Aid - Advocacy Worker
Created: 19/10/2017

Post: Advocacy Worker
Hours: 18 per week
Salary: £24,878 (pro rata)
Fife Women’s Aid is committed to providing quality services for women, children and young people who experience domestic abuse. Fife Women’s Aid operates across Fife and delivers a range of services including counselling, women’s support, refuge management and children and young people’s services.  
They are looking for an experienced advocacy worker with knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse issues to provide an advocacy service for women in Fife who experience domestic abuse. The post is funded by Fife Council Social Work department.
Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme is a requirement of this post. This post is open to women only (Equality Act 2010 Work Occupational Requirement Exception, Schedule 9 Paragraph 1).
For an application pack please visit their website or contact Fife Women's Aid on 01383 732 289.
Please note the closing date for applications is Friday 10 November 2017 and interviews will be held on Monday 20 November 2017.

Mountain Rescue Talk, 16 November, Watts Bar, Cupar.

SSAFA Branch Christmas Concert, 6 December 2017, Perth- Tickets available from the HIVE

Thursday, 26 October 2017

St Andrews University Job Vacancies October, November, December 2017

Web Developer - TG1092RML 

The University of St Andrews is looking to appoint a web developer to join the digital communications team.  Within Corporate Communications, the digital communications team is responsible for assisting Service Units and Schools with digital projects. The team works closely with software developers and system teams within IT Services, as well as colleagues within Corporate Communications.

The team is seeking an experienced Web Developer to maintain and support web services notably where changes need to be made to coding and other infrastructure elements.
You will be an experienced web developer with the technical knowledge and skills to develop information architectures, visual designs and user interfaces for websites and web applications that ensure University information is effectively communicated to all audiences.

You will also have the interpersonal skills to provide advice, support and, where appropriate, training to internal customers on technologies and information structures for communicating and managing information via the web.

Informal enquiries can be made to Carley Hollis, Head of Digital Communications, 01334 464283 or or Stephen Evans, Web development team leader, 01334 462540 or

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter;

Please quote ref:  TG1092RML

Closing Date:  12 November 2017

Further Particulars: TG1092RML FPs.doc

 Corporate Communications
Salary:  £32,548 - £38,833 per annum,
Start Date:  As soon as possible

School Administrator - CG8465MXHM 

The School of International Relations is seeking to appoint a School Administrator to cover a period of maternity leave.  The role holder will be responsible for the day to day running of the School Office and will have line management responsibility for the School’s administration team.  The role holder will work closely with the Head of School, Director of Teaching and members of the School’s Management team.

You will be educated to Higher or equivalent educational level; enjoy a very varied role, demonstrating flexibility and the ability to work in a busy office environment and manage others.

The post will start on 8 January 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter and is fixed term until November 2018.

Contact details for informal enquiries:  Mrs Lynne MacMillan email:, phone: 01334 462938.

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall).  More details can be found at

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by the UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers.  Further information can be found at

Closing Date:     25 November 2017    

Please quote ref: CG8465MXHM

Further Particulars: CG8465MXHM.doc

School of International Relations
Salary: £26,495 - £31,604 per annum, pro rata
Start Date: 8 January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter
Fixed Term until: November 2018


Research Fellow in Biology - AR2000ML 

We are seeking to appoint a post-doctoral research assistant in enzymology to work on the mechanistic characterisation of a bacterial tRNA methyltransferase, a validated drug target. The position is available in the lab of Dr Rafael da Silva in collaboration with Dr Tracey Gloster’s lab, both in the School of Biology/Biomedical Sciences Research Complex (BSRC). The post is for 24 months, funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The successful candidate will be a creative, enthusiastic and ambitious scientist who has recently completed (or is about to complete) his/her PhD in Biochemistry, Chemistry or related fields, and will have a track record in cloning, expression and purification of recombinant proteins, and enzyme kinetics. Experience in X-ray crystallography, nucleic acid methyltransferase enzymology and RNA production are desirable. 

The appointee will join the BSRC, a highly collaborative environment that brings together scientists from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Medicine. It offers state-of-the-art infrastructure for enzymology and structural biology: incubators and FPLC’s for protein expression and purification; dedicated radiation rooms for manipulation of radiolabelled substrates; phosphorimager for radioactivity assays; spectrophotometers and stopped-flow spectrofluorometer for enzyme kinetics; Microcalorimeters and CD spectrometers for thermodynamics; surface-plasmon resonance for ligand screening; 2 computer clusters with 292 cores and university-wide software licenses for computational chemistry; several NMR and MS spectrometers; and a full crystallography suite including incubators with UV/VIS light imager for 600 plates nL-scale crystallization trials and 007HF rotating anode X-ray generator outfitted with cryostream and Saturn 944+ CCD detectors for crystal diffraction, and access to Diamond Light Source. There is also a large critical mass in enzymology, structural biology, medicinal chemistry, and microbiology within the BSRC, with 12 groups working in those areas.

Informal inquiries are encouraged and can be sent to Dr Rafael da Silva (

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall).  More details can be found at

Interview Date: 13 December 2017

Please quote ref: AR2000ML

Closing Date: 4 December 2017

Further Particulars: AR2000ML FPs.doc

School of Biology
Biomedical Sciences Research Complex
Salary:  £32,548 per annum
Start Date:  As soon as possible
Fixed Term: 24 months


Police Scotland Notice October 2017

POLICE SCOTLAND NOTICE.  Police in North East Fife are issuing a security warning to the public following a number of acquisitive crime offences in the region over the past month. Between Sunday 24th September and Monday 16th October, officers have received ten calls relating to housebreakings, theft from vehicles, vehicle thefts and attempted housebreakings.
These incidents have occurred in Leuchars, Newport on Tay,  Gauldry and Balmullo.  Eight of these offences are currently being investigated, with two having been solved.  Local officers are now urging residents and business owners to take appropriate security measures around the properties and vehicles to ensure they are not easy targets for criminals.
Sergeant Neil Johnston from St Andrews Police Station said: "Tackling acquisitive crime  in all of its forms remains one of our top priorities in North East Fife and whenever these offences occur we will investigate thoroughly to bring those responsible to justice.  "Our communities have a vital part to play in preventing crime by taking simple steps to safeguard their homes, businesses and vehicles from would-be thieves. 
"Home and commercial property owners should consider, where appropriate, motion-activated lighting, alarms and robust locking mechanisms, while also ensuring that these premises are secured appropriately when unoccupied.  "Motorists leaving their vehicles unattended should also ensure they lock all doors and close windows, while making sure valuables are either removed, or stored safely out of sight.

 "A range of useful crime prevention advice can be found on our website at>

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

, Christmas Carol Service Thursday 14 December, 2017, Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews. All Welcome.

Further Education and your Military Child- Survey closes 13 November 2017

Service families encouraged to share attitudes towards higher education

Recent academic research by the University of Winchester has indicated that four out of ten service children who have the ability to progress into higher education are unlikely to do so.

Leading military charity, the Army Families Federation (AFF) is working with the university to find out more from Service families on this issue.

Take AFF's survey
Families with a child aged 11-18 years are encouraged to take part in AFF's latest survey, which seeks to find out what type of school their child currently attends, and what plans the family has for their child's education following school.

AFF Policy & Research Director Louise Simpson said: "We need families to help us to build a better understanding of why further and higher education may not appeal. If families aspire for their child to attend further/higher education, tell us why, and similarly, if not, we'd love to know their reasons."

Parental influence
AFF is also keen to hear about the influence parents have had on their child's education, including their link to the Services, and their own educational choices too.

Share your views
To take AFF's short survey and share your views and experiences, go to

Survey closes 13 November.

More about AFF
To find out more about AFF's work, including education for your Service child, visit their website

Leuchars Station Enduro Club- Fancy taking up a new sport?

We are lifeworks - new link

We are lifeworks - new link

Thursday, 19 October 2017

BFPO Christmas Posting

BFPO Christmas Posting Information
See this link for latest recommended posting dates for BFPO mail at

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.

BFPO addresses are eligible to take part in Royal Mail’s 
Letter to Santa.  All letters must be arrive in the UK by 8 December to receive a reply from Father Christmas!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Blue Peter Badge holders FREE entry to over 200 attractions

BLUE PETER BADGE holders can gain free entry to over 200 attractions around UK. For more information please visit

Monday, 16 October 2017

SSAFA - Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum Autumn Event

Used Books available from the HIVE-donation for SSAFA

Books have been donated to SSAFA in service committee at Leuchars to raise funds. 
Please come and browse and take any that you wish for a donation to SSAFA.

Potted Tree & Shrub Sale

Light Up Leuchars -Tombola Box

CTP Security Training

Tree cutting on the estate 23 October for 2 weeks.

Carillionamey will be starting works to cut back the tree on the estates around Leuchars station to that end they may require access to some of the back gardens.

The tree works is due to start 23 Oct 2017 for around 2 weeks dependant on weather.

Education information

The booklet contains information on the Scottish curriculum, school admissions etc. If the children have additional needs, it is crucial that the family are proactive in making contact with schools etc. I am happy to do this on their behalf if they wish to forward on any details. My contact details are below, please feel free to pass them on.

There are moving school packs available on this link:

Moving school packs also available from the HIVE.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Monday, 9 October 2017

British Forces In Germany - 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​

SFA Compensation Scheme - Vouchers

SFA Compensation Scheme – High Street Vouchers
DIO is pleased to announce that the problems surrounding the issue of High Street Vouchers to successful SFA Compensation Scheme claimants have now been resolved. Claimants are now being sent details of the appropriate codes to allow Vouchers to be redeemed from our supplier’s site.
The Compensation Team is working to clear the backlog of successful claims on a date approved basis; it is expected this will be cleared by mid-November.
We would like to apologise once again for the time taken to resolve this issue. The Compensation Scheme remains open for new claims.

St Andrews Hot Yoga Studio

Follow Hot Yoga here on facebook

Leuchars Primary School Halloween Party 1 November

** Leuchars Primary HALLOWEEN PARTY**
1st November in school hall

Nursery - P3 children
5.45 until 6.30
Parents MUST stay with children.

P3 - P7
6.45 until 7.45
Parents can stay if they wish, but this is not compulsory.

Children in Primary 3 can attend either party.

Children MUST be collected from main school door, as no child will be allowed out the building unaccompanied.

This event is 'free' but donations to our Parent Council will be most welcome at the door.

There will be a disco - party games - tuck shop.

Fancy dress is optional but HIGHLY RECOMMEND for a spooktacular evening.

Thorntons Legal Clinic drop in at Community Centre 10 October

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Note New day for Pilates in the Community Centre - to resume 25 October

If you are interested in attending a Pilates Class at Leuchars please contact

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

BFBS promoting Forces Money Week

BFBS are promoting Forces Money Week via their website, FB and Twitter and are now seeking questions to put to the panel of experts. 

From 16th -20th October a team of financial experts will join Richard Hutchinson on Forces Radio BFBS & on Facebook Live to answer your questions.

Each day from 1:45pm UK 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.

See more here....

Leuchars Community Council Newsletter -October 17

Children's Photographic Competition - closing date 24 November

St Andrews Photographic Society is once again inviting all school children in Fife, both secondary and primary, to enter the Kodak cup photographic competition.

The Society is holding it’s annual members exhibition, which is free and open to all, 1000 to 4pm,  on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November.  Children are invited to hand in an 8x6 un-mounted print, of any subject,  to St Andrews Town Hall, either the Friday 24 November, between 1000am and 4pm, or by 1100am on Saturday 25 November.  They will then be displayed and judged on the Saturday.

I can also arrange collection of the entries from yourselves no later than Thursday 23rd November if you wish.  Just let me know a week before.

Judging and presentation of the prizes will take place at 1200hrs on the Saturday.

Could you please ensure the Name of the School, Name of child, contact number, and age are on the back of all photos submitted by your students.

Entries can be handed in to Vron at the HIVE by 23 November.

Craft class FREE open to all, Leuchars Community Centre Thursdays 1000 to 1200hrs

Leuchars Station Halloween Party 28 October 2017

Monday, 2 October 2017

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