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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Secondhand Book Sale

A Second Hand Book Sale 
in the HIVE 

All books are priced at 50c 
and all the money raised will go to 
The Nicosia Library Children's Fund

Friday, 25 November 2016

Spouses Claiming National Insurance credits

Whether you have been working in Cyprus or not, as a Service spouse or civil partner you will be able to claim National Insurance credits to maintain your National Insurance record for time spent accompanying your soldier in Cyprus post 6 April 2010.

These National Insurance credits will protect your entitlement to the basic state pension and certain contribution-based Social Security benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance.
So, if you are leaving Cyprus soon (or at any time in the future) you are encouraged to apply for your credits by completing the form which can be found here.  You will need to have it verified by your welfare office. 
Some spouses have been led to believe that they do not have to apply for the credits if they have been claiming state benefits whilst in Cyprus, for example Child Benefit, but that is not the case; irrespective of whether you have been claiming any state benefits or not you will still have to make a separate application for your National Insurance credits.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Storybook Soldiers

Have you heard about Storybook Soldiers?

Storybook Soldiers is a charitably funded volunteer scheme, which provides a link between parents and their children who are separated by military deployments or long exercises.

Soldiers are recorded reading a bedtime story for their children. Music and sound effects are added by trained volunteer editors who come from the military community.

The CD is sent to the child who can listen to it, not just at bedtime but on car journeys and at other times of the day.

If you would like to record a story for your child while deployed or on long exercise please contact me at the HIVE and I can arrange a time that suits you.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

What your Community Centre Offers you.

The Community Centre is located on the top of the hill just outside the British Married Quarters and has a lot to offer including:

v     HIVE Information Office Open Tuesday-Thursday 09.00-13.00 and Friday 10.00-13.00
v     WRVS Office open Tuesdays and Thursdays
v     Post Room Open Tuesday 09.00-11.00 (Collection from the post box daily)
v     SSAFA Loan Store Contact Jill for more information on this.
v     Tiny Beats Preschoolers playroom and outdoor play area.Open every Thursday 09.30-11.30
v     Meeting Room available for Community Meetings/Craft Clubs etc
v     Tea and Coffee Making facilities

v     Baby Changing Facilities

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Being a Reservist Peacekeeper

Army Reservists from across the north of England are currently on duty with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus. Private Belinda Houghton, from Blackpool, is among those serving on the six month tour, and she's been writing about the experience on the officiaBritish Army blog ...

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The Poppy Project

For Three Weeks in October a group of wives from the British Retained Site met weekly to crochet Poppy Badges for the Royal British Legion. The aim of the group was to crochet twenty poppies and sell them in the run up to Remembrance Sunday. 
The Poppy Project was a huge success and all poppy badges were sold out within days of going on sale. 
Extra poppies were made and to date we have raised over 150.
 A huge thank you to Caren, Gemma, Jenni, Louise, Judith, Nikki, Sandra, Leanne and Harriet for participating. And a huge THANK YOU to everyone who bought our poppies.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Reporting Faults in SFA

Reporting of Faults in Married Quarters

The single point of contact for the reporting of faults within your married quarter is the Interserve Helpdesk. 

If you have a fault in you quarter then please report it direct to the Interserve Helpdesk.

Free Phone 80002400 or Military 2596 2477

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Tiny Beats Play Group

Tiny Beats returned today after an extended summer break.

A great time was had by all the childrenas they used potatoes to print poppies.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Water World Season Ticket Offer & End of Season Round Up

We had a lovely visit last week from the people at Water World. They were offering their Season Passes for 2017 at great rates. (Click here to go to the website)

 And if you haven't been there yet here is a season round up for 2016.

  It was a wonderful season at WaterWorld Watrepark Ayia Napa, where spectacular events and many surprises were organized for all visitors to enjoy. WaterWorld also celebrated 20 amazing years since it first opened its doors in 1996. The award winning waterpark managed to impress its visitors yet again and proved that it is not just another waterpark but a venue that promises fun moments and adventurous surprises.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

St Paul's Paygroup

Here are some details of a local Playgroup