Friday, 4 August 2017

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Dhekelia HIVE Hotlist August 2017

Augusts HIVE Hotlist is all about Employment. Whether you have just arrived or have been here a while, there is something for everyone. We have included information on employment in Cyprus, courses and how to keep your education updated whilst being posted out in Cyprus. 

Please click here for Augusts HIVE Hotlist


Monday, 31 July 2017

Military Discounted Villas in Cyprus


First Time Applications for Dependancy (Status Stamps)

MARRIAGE OF ENTITLED PERSONNEL

FIRST TIME APPLICATIONS FOR DEPENDANCY STAMPS

ALL first time applications 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.

SBA Fiscal cannot issue first time stamps.

For non-British Citizens, it is advised that individuals transit via UK.  This will ensure that their citizenship clock starts ticking. BFC SO19/AFF Website can provide more detail on this.

(Sponsor: UAO  Date: 14 Jul 17)

SFA Occupants Installing Encroachments Without Permission

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.

The Licence to Occupy Agreement, states that you are not to: Erect a TV,satelliteor other communicationsaerial or shedor structure on the propertyor makeanyotheralteration oradditionto the propertyor thefixtures or fittings withouttheprior writtenconsentofthe[SFAsponsors localHousingStaffs]. Written consent can be obtained by following the BFC approved Third Party Works (TPW) process, as detailed in SOP 2001 - Estates and Infra Policy and Guidance.

Dhekelia Station Swimming Pool Time Table

Price: Adult €2, Child €1, €4 for Expat... 4 and under go FREE!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Stardust



For a night of laughter, music and comedy for all ages.

August shows will be every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

They will also still be kindly offering a 10% Military discount for all shows. Use code MIL10 on their website.


Beach Cult Live 2017

Tickets now on sale in the HIVE for 25 Euros each.

September 2017 BFC Community Learning Programme

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Wednesday, 12 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.


Find out more about National Insurance credits and your entitlement at http://bit.ly/2rXzz10



AFF Secures Better Access to Student Loans

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

Dhekelia HIVE Hotlist

If you missed this months Hotlist, then please click on the link below. July is all about the North Side of Cyprus. We've included top places to visit, where to stay, the boarders and what you need to do.

So whether you want to watch the turtles on Alagadi beach, see some history or stay over, there is something for everyone.

Please click here for July's HIVE Hotlist

Bay2Bay 2017


Earthquake Safety


Friday, 30 June 2017

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Post Office Opening Hours Changes

Post Office Opening Hours Changes:

The following will be changed WEF 30 Jun 17;

1.         Last working day of the month –  FPO Counters will be closed completely.
2.         First working day of the month – FPO58 Counter opens at 1000hrs  and FPO 59  Counter at (JSSU) Ayios Nikolous opens at 1100hrs.

Please note that if / when the last working day of the month is a Friday – the Post Office will not be open on the Saturday.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Information Update

Gym Access cards / FOBs
Reminder :  When leaving the Station, please ensure that all Lions Gym access cards/ FOBs are returned to the gym.

Security:
When approaching either the MEP (South) or (North) gate -  if you have passengers in the back seats of your vehicle, please ensure that the rear windows are fully lowered so that the SFP has a clear view of the occupants.

Cost Cutter Closure:
Cost Cutters with Dhekelia Station will be closed on the 22 June 17 – Cost Cutters on Alexander Barracks will remain open..

Friday, 16 June 2017

Childcare Choices

For more information on Tax Free Childcare then please visit the website https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Thrift Shop

Thrift Shop

As there are a lot of families leaving over the next few months, have you thought about selling your unwanted items through the Thrift Shop?

As customers, you can sell 10 items per session (take down to the Thrift Shop and set up an account).

Summer items are on sale from 1st April until 30th September.

Winter items are on sale from the 1st October until the 31st March.

When you are posted, there are no limits to the amount of goods to can deposit per session.

Proceeds can be posted onto your new address.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Dhekelia Services Sailing Club

RYA JUNIOR DINGHY COURSE at DSSC  (Basic expectations)
This is a four day course intended for students aged Ten years to Sixteen years of age.
Students do not need to have any previous experience of sailing (although a requirement of the course is an ability to swim at least 50 metres wearing a buoyancy aid)
All equipment is provided by DSSC including full safety cover with experienced and qualified boat helms and crews.

The course is run according to RYA directives (as we are an approved RYA Training Centre) and instruction is provided by experienced and qualified Dinghy Instructors.
The course dates for the Summer Course are Monday 14th August to Thursday 17th August inclusive.

Within the four days students will be taught how to rig and launch a Pico Dinghy safely and learn the basics of handling a boat in a variety of conditions. The ultimate test will be to sail from the beach unaided and return safely under controlled conditions. There is, of course a great deal of theory to support the sailing but we aim to make this as much fun as possible!
We usually end the course with a series of mini races which allow the students to compete against each other, with amazing results!

The course cost is 99.00 Euros, (including Logbook, Certificates and Handbook) It must be said that this is a fraction of the equivalent course in UK and the weather is rather better in Cyprus!

Andy Cherry Sailing Secretary
99-975983

You can also click on the link to visit the website for the latest information Dhekelia Services Sailing Club

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Recycling

Recycling:

The Stn Recycling centre is located in the Costcutter Car Park, please ensure that the correct waste is placed in the correct receptacle. If full please do not ground dump, find another Euro Bin on station to use. Please inform the Stn RQMS if the Recycle point is full on 4622.

Chronos Travel Offers


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Beach Cult Live Tickets

From Thursday 25th May Beach Cult Live Tickets will be available to purchase in the HIVE.

Dog Safety in the Heat


Friday, 19 May 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Thursday, 11 May 2017

March Ins in the UK

Please see the links below passed on by AFF with regards to March Ins. There are some differences between March Ins in the UK and Cyprus, these links should help you prepare for the process in the UK.



Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Armed Forces Pay Review

Armed Forces Pay Review Body Families Discussion Group - 18 May 17 - 1400 - Union Room.
A team will visit the unit to brief and take feedback on soldiers and families financial matters. This will be crucial to providing the team our point of view on pay matters.
A discussion group will be held in the Union Room. Can I please ask for as many married soldiers and spouses to come along and provide questions and feedback for this session. Should take 1 hour.
Please message Welfare to confirm you are coming so they can plan for numbers. Refreshments provided. Please arrive for 1345.
Thanks in advance.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Fasouri Waterpark Membership Prices 2017


Voting Overseas

VOTER REGISTRATION

It looks very likely that the UK will hold a General Election on Thur 8 Jun 17, therefore it would be prudent to ensure that all personnel serving overseas are registered to vote. 
The latest advice for Armed Forces personnel can be found at:https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/can-i-vote/armed-forces
Proxy or Postal are the main source of voting options for military personnel serving overseas.  You are strongly encouraged if you have not already to get yourselves registered, the process is very simple.

Direction and Guidance can be found on  EU - Referendum and Guidance

Stardust

Stardust is back!
For a night of Laughter, Music and Comedy for all ages.
Children up to the age of 12 receive 50% discount on the price. 
Stardust are also offering a special military discount of 10% off the total booking value.

Fiscal Office Notice


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Dhekelia station Works

Please note the following works that will continue beyond the Easter Break with dates
1. WC940031 CDS-016 (DH1004) Snake Road: Road Repairs/ Resurfacing Phases 3
Due to unforeseen soft spots and additional reconstruction of concrete culverts has meant that there will be delays, due to concrete curing and setting times. Anticipated completion and re-opening 19th April 2017.
2. WC503717 005GN-03 (DH1043) Normandy Rd Bridge: Remove Existing Railing Provide New
Due late deliveries of materials from abroad, the bridge will not be able open until the traffic lights system has been installed. Particularly now that the road has been narrowed to one lane crossing at a time. Anticipated completion 21st April 2017.
3. WC1002853 029GN-05 - Normandy Road - Perth Village - Construct Car Park 3 (Works Only)
Car park no 3 is scheduled to restart on the 19th April 2017 and anticipated completion by 26th May 2017.
4. WC944066 Car park Normandy road No 1
Due to additional works with railings and concrete upstands / edgings. Anticipated completion 28th April 2017.
5. WC917119 024GN-05 (DHK) Perth Village MQs: Replace Clay Tiles on Pitched Roofs
2 & 4 Normandy Road will be completed by 13th April 2017
6. WC1071722 10-ASB (DHK) SFAs: Asbestos Removal & Reinstatement Phase 2A
Scaffolding to the last houses 18-24 Normandy Road will be removed by 13th April 2017.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Good Grub Club

The Good Grub Club will be held in the Health once a month, on a Thursday at 10 am. The next date is yet to be confirmed and everyone is welcome.

Please click the link below to take you to the SSAFA website where you can also click on the link to take you to The Health Zone Facebook page.

Please click here 


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The use of Privately Owned Swimming Pools within SFA

The use of Privately Owned Swimming Pools within SFA:

In order to comply with BFC Policy in order to use a privately owned swimming pool, all occupants MUST:

1.    Register the pool with HCSO Department.

2.    All privately owned pools must be fill using the approved contractor. Those caught using mains water to fill will have disciplinary action taken against them.  Currently the only contractor for Station is Z & K Estate & Tourism Ltd, (contact details 99419920 or 99648113 (Mr Ioannis Zeniou).

3.    When the Pool is filled a receipt will be given by the contractor and a copy must be handed into the HCSO office as proof of filling.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Imail INtouch for Deployed Personnel

INTOUCH HYBRID MAIL FOR DEPLOYED PERSONNEL

Following the cessation of E-bluey on 31 Mar 17, the imail INtouch has been introduced which is a hybrid mail communications solution for personnel deployed on overseas operations. Imail INtouch provides a means of communications for deployed personnel without access to return mail, through BFPO, to enable communication with friends and family who do not have access to email.  More details are on this INtouch hybrid mail for deployed personnel link.

BFPO Post Office Notice

Changes to chip and pin withdrawals from BFPO Post Offices
From the 1 May 2017 the maximum monthly withdrawal from BFPO Post Offices will be limited to £1000 per month per entitled customer.    
From 1 May, there will be changes to the amounts Foreign Post Office (FPO) customers can withdraw using the chip and pin facility.
What does this mean?
If you are an entitled user of FPO services, from 1 May you will be able to withdraw no more than £250.00 per day, with a maximum withdrawal limit of £1,000 per month.

Waterworld Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa Waterworld

 Their opening date is set for the 10th of April.

Entrance prices are as follows:

     Adult (over 12 years) 38 Euros
     Child (3 - 12 years) 24 Euros 

Their offers are:


1.       Special Discounted Entrance Price: 5 euros discount per ticket. (with military ID)

2.       Season Ticket Prices (NB. These prices are the same as the general public prices.)

a.       Full Year Season Ticket valid for the summer season (April to October)
   125 euros for adults
   100 euros for children

b.      Half Season Ticket valid either for April-July OR August-October
  75 euros for adults
   60 euros for children

COMPETITION ALERT!
If you would like a chance to win tickets click HERE for more details.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Major Road Disruptions Kolossi to RAF Akrotiri

Starts Tomorrow Major Road Disruptions from Kolossi to RAF Akrotiri - We would like to inform you that road works to install cables from the EAC substation at Kolossi up to the RAF Akrotiri main entry point will be carried out between the 15 March and the end of September 2017. These will include excavations and other relevant works and will take place in phases along the main Kolossi-Akrotiri road. Two sets of traffic lights will be in operation at each part of the road where works will be taking place, while there will be a 30 km maximum speed restriction.
The works will be taking place from Monday-Saturday, however, traffic control and speed restriction will remain in place on Sundays as well. 
A new electrical substation is also being constructed to the rear of the RAF Akrotiri MEP, which will result in construction traffic exiting/entering Flamingo Way just after the inward barrier at the MEP.  See map detailing the dates of the road closure’s here.
Personnel, their families, civilian staff and contractors should take account of this when planning any journeys to and from RAF Akrotiri and add an extra 20 minutes to their journey times to cope with any possible delays.
Members of the public may also get updated information of these and other programmed road works at www.traffic4cyprus.org.cy

Monday, 13 March 2017

Changes to Mail Collection Opening Hours

Please see below information from P&C Tp:

·         BFPO 58 UPOs’ counter (Mail collection) opening hours will be changed from Mon 3 Apr 17. 
·         This is due to the delivery of mail from Akrotiri being changed and the office requiring time to sort the mail before the UPO counter can open.
·         The new mail collection opening hours will be Monday to Friday 1000 – 1200.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Job Opportunities for Cottesmore

Will you be looking for work once back in the UK after the Unit move?

Please see below a couple of links to websites which maybe helpful for job opportunities in your new local area. 

https://www.indeed.co.uk/jobs-in-Oakham

http://www.jobcentrenearme.com/


Friday, 3 March 2017

Military Wives Choir


Interserve Help Desk

The Interserve help desk are currently experiencing problems with their email system. They currently cannot receive or send emails. 

They will respond to any emails as soon as it is back up and running.

We will update you once it is all back to normal.  

Thursday, 2 March 2017

AFF


Fasouri Waterpark Membership Prices


Charge Changes to Vehicle Indulgence

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.
2.         It is to be noted that these charges have not been enforced by HQ BFC or their agents, but instead as a direct result of the charges applied by the new port operator.  Customs Clearance & the Over the Ramps fees for vehicles including motorcycles, quads and trailers[1] are:
a.      Up to 1500 kgs GWT € 375 per item.

b.      Over 1500 kgs to 5000 kgs GWT € 430 per item.

3.         Vehicles left in Limassol New Port for extended periods prior to collection by their owners will be subject to the following storage fees:

a.      Up to 7 days – Included in the above fees, no extra charge applicable.

b.      7 to 31 days - €1 per day.

c.      Over 31 days - €5 per day.

4.         A full indulgence guide will be published on 1 Mar 17.

Sponsor:  HQ BFC J4 SNCO Mov



[1] Trailers will be charged as separate items to any load.  A motorcycle on a trailer will be classed as two separate items.

BFC Be Safe On Island


Monday, 27 February 2017

CAAS Banding Letters

CAAS BANDING LETTERS

The majority of the new CAAS banding letters, detailing the new charges for SFA have been received and delivered to the occupants concerned.

We are currently waiting for the confirmed letters for Byron Heights and specific SFA’s within Blenheim Village – as soon as these are received this office will send them onto the occupants concerned.

Please be aware that the new CAAS banding will take effect from the 1 April 2017.

Monday, 20 February 2017

DIO Maintenance

Due to essential maintenance by DIO, the following areas of Dhk Station and the surrounding area will have work carried out from 28 Feb – 31 Mar 17:
1. Snake road will be closed from Richmond Village Junction to the West roundabout. The only access will be from the West roundabout to the ranges for military personnel only.
2. Normandy Road Bridge will be OOB due to upgrades.
3. EKO fuel station will be closed due to essential tank and pump replacement works.

Thursday, 16 February 2017