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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Saturday, 16 December 2017

THINKING OF BUYING A CAR IN THE RoC?

Make sure you read this guide first so you don't fall foul of unscrupulous dealers who may sell you a car not fit for purpose and without the correct documentation. The BFC Code of Conduct has been signed by several car dealerships - make sure you know who they are before buying.



NEW CINs ON COMPASSIONATE TRAVEL


Friday, 15 December 2017

Cosmos Wireless
















AFF WSBA


























Carolyn will be at Akrotiri Hive on Mondays from 11:00 - 12:00.


On Thursdays from 10:00 - 11:00 you will find Carolyn at Episkopi Hive.
You will also see Carolyn out and about at other community events. Please pop along and say hello or drop Carolyn an email using the details below.


http://www.aff.org.uk/about_aff/what_is_aff.htm























“If you have any issues or concerns then please feel free to contact your Army Families Federation (AFF) Coordinator, Carolyn Aggar. For more information on AFF and how they can help you, please see http://www.aff.org.uk/about_aff/what_is_aff.htm.”

Monday, 11 December 2017

CHANGES TO LOCAL OVERSEAS ALLOWANCE (LOA) IN BFC

Following the recent on site visit by the LOA review team from the UK, the revised rates of Local Overseas Allowance is to be introduced with effect from 1 January 2018. These rates are based on the current Forces Fixed Rate of Exchange of 1.11 Euros to the £.


With the cost of living rising in the UK and staying around the same in Cyprus there will be a decrease in LOA (see this attached document for rates). The new rates are compared to the last major review, which took place in 2011. 
















Friday, 8 December 2017

Episkopi Gymnasium - Free Internet

Episkopi Gymnasium now has Free Internet provided by COSMOS, Hotspots allow coverage for the Cardio Room, Main gym floor, Offices as well as Weights Room.
Login details can be obtained at the gym main office



Thursday, 7 December 2017

CESSAC Episkopi New Shop Hours


Press release - Does the Army Families' 'Offer' meet the needs of the modern Army family?

Does the Army Families' 'Offer' meet the needs of the modern Army family?

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is appealing to all Army families to take their latest survey and say whether they feel the package offered to them eases the impact that Service life can have. 

How much do families know?

The charity is exploring various elements of the current package, or 'Offer' available to families, and how they translate to Army family life. This includes how aware families are of policies such as subsidised military housing, educational allowances, and healthcare policies such as support with assisted conception.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

BFC Safeguarding Children


BE BRIGHT, BE SEEN

If you’re a motorist then you’ll know how difficult it can sometimes be to see pedestrians wearing dark clothes at night or when visibility is poor. Your child will have been learning the road safety message ‘Be Bright, Be Seen’ at school, and it’s important that you as a parent or carer help your child to be easily seen near traffic. This is an issue for all children, especially as many school uniforms are dark. Most primary schools don’t have rules about outer garments, so selecting a bright coat can help, as can providing fluorescent and reflective armbands, school bags etc.
How can my child be seen more easily?

Press Release - Army spouses to be the focus for new AFF employment project

Army spouses to be the focus for new AFF employment project

The Army Families Federation is delighted to announce a new Employment Research project in partnership with the Institute for Employment Research (IER) at the University of Warwick.

After a competitive tender process, the charity has chosen Warwick to conduct research into the real and perceived barriers to employment for Army families. This highly regarded institution will be conducting surveys and interviews with Army spouses and key stakeholders to find out more about the support needed to assist military families into fulfilling careers.

HIGHWAY CODE FOR CYCLISTS

Cyclists should wear:
· A cycle helmet which conforms to current regulations, is the correct size and securely fastened;
· Appropriate clothes for cycling. Avoid clothes which may get tangled in the chain, or in a wheel or may obscure your lights;
· Light-coloured or fluorescent clothing which helps other road users to see you in daylight and poor light;
· Reflective clothing and/or accessories (belt, arm or ankle bands) in the dark.

NEW ENTITLEMENTS FOR THOSE WITH LIMITED DEPENDANCY STATUS

Does someone in your family have Limited Dependancy Status? They may now apply for employment through LEHR and become UKD’s.

Individuals wishing to apply for employment opportunities should, in the first instance, visit their local Fiscal Office to be re-issued Status Stamps that will note their eligibility for employment. 

Friday, 17 November 2017

EPISKOPI DOG WALKING AREA IN HAPPY VALLEY

 Happy Valley is now open as a dog walking area. However there are restrictions,

-Dogs are to be leashed at all times (no free running)
-Dogs are to be registered with the CSO Office and wearing ID Tags
-Dogs are not allowed on grassed areas
-Dogs are not allowed on the beaches 
-Any fouling is to be picked up and placed in the appropriate bins around the area
-Abide by the notice boards
-Please respect this facility as it's a popular exercise location used by numerous people.

If not respected then the dog walking facility will be revoked by Order of the Station Commander.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

St.John Ambulance


Army Families Federation - Free childcare entitlement in overseas locations


Are you posted overseas with children who are three or four years old? The MOD has published a document giving information about free childcare entitlement in overseas locations. Read our summary to find out if you’re eligible to apply athttp://bit.ly/2xTzNfJ

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Experience a Veteran's Reality

Help them fight the invisible enemy..




Air Cadets

























Air Cadets meet at RAF Akrotiri on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 1800-2030. They can take cadets from aged 12 in year 8 up to 18 years old.




Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Friday, 6 October 2017

EPISKOPI CINEMA CLUB NOTICE

Please can all person's be aware that Cinema Club Passes may have expired. Can you please check your expiry dates.
Episkopi Cinema passes can be renewed at The Hive or in Regimental Accounts in E Block.
The Cinema passes have increased this year please see below prices;
Cinema Cards Rates
Per Entitled personnel per year - €15.00
Family card per year - €40.00

Friday, 29 September 2017

Thursday, 28 September 2017

SODEXO Helpdesk

Did you know that Sodexo provides you with a central point of contact?

For any positive or negative comments, suggestions, general information regarding their services please communicate directly with their Sodexo Helpdesk on cyprus.helpdesk@sodexo.com or you may call on 25852300.

Let them know how they are doing; your opinion counts!




Friday, 22 September 2017

COMMUNITY NOTICE - Please see notice from JSHU pest control

They have had instances where personnel have been requesting private contractors to carry out pest control activities on camp (not necessarily on Epi Stn) but luckily enough they were denied entry by SFP.
PROVISION OF PEST CONTROL
The Joint Services Health Unit are responsible for the provision of pest controls services across the BFC estate. This service covers workplaces, SFA and SLA and extends to some areas outside of the camps in the SBA for large scale control programmes.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Friday, 8 September 2017

Press Release - Families Federations seek vital transition feedback from military families


















Press release – 5 September 2017
Families Federations seek vital transition feedback from military families

The Naval, Army and RAF Families Federations have today launched their joint Transition Survey.

The federations are inviting military families to take part in sharing their views and experiences to help make a difference to Forces families.

Taekwon-Do - Episkopi


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Friday, 25 August 2017

Friday, 4 August 2017

MARRIAGE OF ENTITLED PERSONNEL

ALL first timeapplications for Dependency (Status Stamp) must be submitted through the Families Section, Abbeywood.  Full details can be found within the BFC Arrivals guide on the BFC Intranet Page and on the GOV.uk website.

SFA OCCUPANTS INSTALLING ENCROACHMENTS WITHOUT PERMISSION

All occupants are to be reminded that SFA is MOD property All occupants (military and civilian) must obtain permission to install an encroachment in their SFA such as air conditioning. In general, permission will not be granted to install permanent encroachments such as patios as the MOD does not have funding to repair or remove structures when they fail.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

AFF secures better access to student loans for Army spouses and partners

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is celebrating a change to Student Finance England's loan qualifying criteria, which will allow more Army families to access a loan when undertaking a UK based course.

As of 1 August 2017, families posted overseas who wish to undertake a qualifying UK based university or college course can now access a loan via Student Finance England even if they are not in the UK on the first day of their chosen course. This applies to both full and part time courses.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

National Insurance Record


























If you’ve spent time accompanying your soldier on an overseas posting anytime since 1975, you could be entitled to National Insurance credits. However, since the introduction of these credits, AFF is aware that many spouses have not taken advantage of this opportunity to fill any gaps they may have in their record.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Press release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

























AFF reassured about housing safety for Army families

Following the tragic incident at Grenfell Tower in London, the Army families Federation (AFF) has approached the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), to clarify whether multi-storey Service Families Accommodation (SFA) features any external cladding, which would potentially present a fire risk.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Important Health Care Advice for Visitors to BFC


FINANCIAL EDUCATION – MONEY FORCE

The MOD in partnership with the Royal British Legion has created a website to improve the financial capabilities of member of the Armed Forces.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Armed Forces Advocate

A new (non-legal) post called the Armed Forces Advocate; funded by the Royal British Legion in conjunction with a charity Aurora New Dawn has been established.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Compassionate Travel

In the event of an immediate family member becoming very seriously ill or has passed way
HQ BFC Command Secretariat runs a Compassionate Travel Service which can be used to get United Kingdom Based Civil Servants (UKBCs) & United Kingdom Based Teachers (UKBTs) to help get you home.

State Pension rate and changes to NI contributions for Forces personnel


















AFF is aware of a petition regarding changes to the National Insurance (NI) contributions Forces’ personnel make. This affects both Regular and Reserve personnel.

Read the full story and an update from the Forces Pension Society at bit.ly/2q2iogy

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Friday, 12 May 2017

Snakes of Cyprus























COMMUNITY NOTICE
AS WE APPROACH THE HOT WEATHER PLEASE BE VIGILANT TOWARDS THESE TYPES OF SNAKES THAT YOU WILL COULD COME ACROSS IN CYPRUS.
IT IS ADVISED THAT YOU KEEP ON TOP OF YOUR GARDEN MAINTENANCE AS THIS IS WHERE THEY ARE LIKELY TO BE FOUND.
IF YOU SEE A SNAKE PLEASE REPORT IT TO SBAA POLICE 2596 7227

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Army Families Federation - AFF

























We’re delighted with the announcement from Defence Minister Mark Lancaster that Service personnel posted within the UK or overseas will now be exempt from cancellation fees for their broadband and media packages.

Read about how providers covering 95% of the market are on board to make things fairer for your family. http://bit.ly/2mUG40R

Friday, 17 March 2017

Happy Valley Hash House Harriers

They are an informal group of friends who meet every Thursday afternoon for a little exercise and socialising afterwards.  They run, jog or walk in the beautiful Cyprus countryside for around 5 km following a pre-laid route, known as a trail, and this is designed for most levels of fitness – shortcutting is allowed! 

Survey on Military Spouse's Education Overseas

Survey on Military Spouse's Education Overseas
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9STZVFH

Friday, 3 March 2017

UPDATE – Changes to Charges that apply for Vehicle Indulgence for British Forces Cyprus (BFC) Personnel

1. With immediate effect, due to the privatisation of Limassol Port, there will now be changes to the cost to all personnel wishing to indulge their personnel vehicles to and from Cyprus.

Thursday, 9 February 2017