Saturday, 23 December 2017

Stafford HIVE Closed for Annual Leave from Monday 9th to Monday 23rd October 2017

The HIVE is closed for Annual Leave from Monday the 9th October until Monday the 23rd of October 207.  If you have any urgent enquiries please contact Caroline O'Brien at the HIVE in Lichfield. Phone 01543 434362 or email

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Children’s Emergency Services at County Hospital Temporarily Suspended on Safety Grounds

Accident and Emergency services at County Hospital in Stafford have been suspended for children and people under the age of 18. The interim measure, which will come into effect from 10am from Thursday 25 August 2016, has been instigated by the Trust Board at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust because senior clinicians have advised that the service is not currently clinically safe.  Adult Accident and Emergency is not affected and remains open 14 hours a day between 8am and 10pm.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Passchendaele 100 Memorial Concert 8th and 9th November 2017

As part of the Army West Midlands on going World War 1 centenary commemoration, 2 free matinee concerts will be held in the Bramall Music Building at Birmingham University over 8th and 9th November 2017 to commemorate the ending of the Battle of Passchendaele and its effect from when it began in July 1917.

The Concert will follow the tale of 18 year old ‘Tommy’ who joins the Birmingham Pals Battalion and finds himself at the front. His story and of those at home will be told through music, dance, song and narration. Bringing to life and giving insight into his world at that time with the help of military bands, Birmingham City Choir and local schools.

Joint Service Civilian Housing Brief - Imphal Barracks York - 9th November 2017

  There will be  a JSHAO  Civilian Housing Brief taking place at Imphal Bks on Tuesday 9th November 2017.  Timing to be confirmed.

If you would like to book to attend this brief please contact Susan Wilson at York HIVE on 01904 676134 or 01904 499267 or e-mail at

Careers Transition Partnership (CTP) West Midlands Employment Fair - 9th November 2017

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Monday, 23 October 2017

Driving in Central London? New T-Charge Coming into Force in October 2017

From 23 October 2017, cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in central London will need to meet minimum exhaust emission standards, or pay a daily £10 Emissions Surcharge (also known as the Toxicity Charge, or T-Charge). This will be in addition to the Congestion Charge.

The £10 T-charge will work alongside the existing £11.50 congestion charge, and will affect petrol and diesel cars with pre-Euro 4 engines.  If you drive an older diesel vehicle you may also be affected by the Low Emission Zone (LEZ)

The T-Charge will operate in central London, and applies to the same area as the Congestion Charge. Find out more about the Congestion Charge and where it operates.

Hours of operation
Monday - Friday, 07:00 - 18:00
Excludes Bank Holidays and the period between Christmas Day and New Year's Day inclusive.

The Transport for London website has a vehicle checker enabling you to check easily if your vehicle is subject to this charge.

For further information CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Station Coffee Morning in the Beacon Tree Centre Wednesday 11th and 18th October 2017

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Station coffee morning in the Beacon Tree Centre will be open on Wednesday 11th and 18th October 2017

Friday, 6 October 2017

Housing Matters Autumn 2017

Latest edition of Housing Matters Available in the HIVE

Soldier Magazine October 2017

St John's Academy Newsletter 6/10/17

Temporary Traffic Lights on Beaconside

Happy Plays Playgroup Stafford

Here at Happy Plays playgroup we want to warmly welcome forces families to come and join us. We are friendly inclusive playgroup that pregnant ladies, newborns, toddlers and preschoolers are welcome to come to with their carers. 

We meet every Friday (term time only) at 9.30-11.00am, at The Church at Rowley st, ST16 2RH. It costs £2 for the first child and carer, second child under 1 are free and additional children over 1 is an extra £1.

Each week we have a different theme and activities are aimed at all age groups. Please contact Abi if you have any further questions on 07717 077770.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Just for Her Magazine Issue 15

Out now and available in the HIVE

Monday, 2 October 2017

ABF The Soldiers Charity Job Opportunity - Executive Assistant - West Midlands

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Staffordshire Police - Help us to Drive Down Car Key Burglaries in South Staffordshire

Your latest Smart Alert.
We are urging residents to be vigilant following a spate of car key burglaries in south Staffordshire this month.

On the 28th Sept our officers arrested two men, aged 18 and 22, from Willenhall and Wolverhampton and a 17-year-old youth from the West Midlands area in connection with car key burglaries in the south Staffordshire area.

So far, there have been 16 car key burglaries in the south of the county during September. A further 11 attempts have been made to enter properties.

Thieves are targeting prestige or performance vehicles stealing keys from inside the properties, before making off with the vehicle. New sports editions of Audis, BMWs, Fords and VW are being stolen.

There have been four offences in the Lichfield area, one in Stafford, one in Cannock, eight in South Staffordshire and two in East Staffordshire this month.

Detectives and local policing teams have already secured a number of successful convictions for these offences through Operation Jackal, but we want the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious incidents.

In recent weeks five men from Wolverhampton have been sentenced to 50 years in total for car key burglaries and robberies. Five men are also due to be sentenced on 17 October at Stafford Crown Court for car key burglaries in the Tamworth area.

In most burglaries, the criminals break into the house through the door, either by forcing the lock or kicking it in, so residents are urged to make sure their doors are strong and secure and keys hidden.
Call us on 101 if you see anything suspicious.

Top tips:

• Keeping all keys out of sight and away from doors and windows

• Keeping doors and windows locked even when you are at home or in the garden

• Installing a home security system and setting an intruder alarm at night

• Using European standard TS007 3* anti-snap locks on UPVC doors

• Installing and activating a tracking device on your vehicle

• Install good outside lighting

Changes to Penalty Notices for Absence from School

St John's Academy Newsletter

St Andrew's School Newsletter 5

Friday, 29 September 2017

MOD Stafford Youth Club New Timings

MOD Stafford Youth Club Monday's and Thursdays


The Youth Club is open Monday's
from 18.00 to 19.30hrs and Thursday's from 17.30 to 19.00hrs.

The Youth Club is situated in the old Rascals Nursery building behind the HIVE. Subs will be £1.00 per session a tuck shop is also available.

Toddle Tots Monday Mornings Dixon Community Centre

Toddle Tots in the Dixon Community Centre Every Monday

Cheeky Monkeys Tots Group Monday's 12.30 - 14.30 In the Beacontree Centre MOD Stafford

Hockey Coaching Every Monday Evening - Beaconside Astro Pitch, Weston Road, Stafford

Thursday, 28 September 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.

Royal British Legion Weekend Warmup Every Thursday

Stafford Sports and Performance Academy Choir Thursday Nights

Dance Classes for Children at St John the Baptist Church Hall Stafford Every Thursday

Wriggle Bugs and Boogie Bugs

Contact details

Helen Yeomans
07747 036422

Creative dance and movement classes for boys and girls aged 6mths to 4 years old. They are a chance to spin, jump, stretch and learn in a friendly relaxed setting. The classes involve singing, action games, creating dance stories and learning steps whilst being a fun way to improve co-ordination, balance, and confidence by drawing on your child's imagination and natural movement ability.

If you would like more information and to book your child a space then please give me a call or send me and email.
Runs on: Thursdays

Other Information

Classes take place on :
Thursday mornings St John the Baptist Church Hall, Bedford Avenue, Stafford ST16
Boogie Bugs for 2&3 year olds 9.45am-10.30am
Wriggle Bugs for 6mths to 2 years old 10.45am-11.15am

Places must be booked in advance and are paid for as a term. Your child can come and try a Taster class (£4.50 for Boogie Bugs or £3.50 for Wriggle Bugs) before committing for the rest of the term.
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Stafford Lancers Marching Bands

We are a marching band and are looking for new young people to join our ranks and anyone that is interested in Marching Music.

We have an open night this Thursday at Sir Graham Balfour High School 7pm till 9pm and possibly the Thursday after.

It is open to anyone 10 years or above no experience necessary we provide all instruments and training and lots of fun.