Tuesday, 8 August 2017

HIVE Closure

The HIVE is CLOSED from:

Wednesday 9th until Wednesday 23rd August inclusive. 

For more information on events and notices during this time visit the HIVE blog at: 


Forces Travel Offers

ESBA Community Learning Programme


SFA - Occupants Installing Encroachments Without Permission

All occupants are to be reminded that SFA is MOD propertyAll 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 othecommunicationsaeriaor shedor structure othpropertyormakeanyotheralteratiooradditiontthpropertyorthefixtures ofittingwithouttheprior 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.
SFA occupants should be aware that using unlicensed tradesmen may present health and safety risks to their families such as exposure to asbestos fibres and fire hazards. If occupants install encroachments without permission, they will be required to retrospectively complete a TPW application requesting Interserve to inspect the encroachment and fund either:
a.    Removal of the encroachment and any reparations required to make good the surrounding area if Interserve deem the encroachment unsafe.
b.    The life maintenance and annual inspection of the encroachment (including funding any repairs that arise to make safe).
SFA occupants should also note that the Licence to Occupy will be revoked for occupants who repeatedly install encroachments without permission. If a licence is revoked, the occupant and family would be required to vacate the SFA and BFC would not be responsible to provide accommodation, schooling, medical care and access to BFC sites/facilities for the dependants in Cyprus.  The entitled person would be allocated Single Living Accommodation.
(Sponsor: HQ BFC Estes SO2 Date: 13 Jul 17)

First Time Applications For Dependency (Status Stamp)

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.

Monday, 24 July 2017


For a night of Laughter, Music and Comedy for all ages.

August Shows will be every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

We are pleased to continue the 10% Military discount for all shows.    Use code on the website MIL10.

Sodexo Summer times and dates

Recycling Centers:  Akrotiri will open only on Wednesdays for the month August from    8:30 -11:30
                                        Episkopi will open only on Wednesdays for the month August from 12:00-15:00

TailorsMyroulla (Ayios Nikolaos) will be closed 7-15/08/17 (if anything needed they will contact her)
Paliomilites (Akrotiri & Episkopi) 14-18/08/17
Costas (Dhekelia) 10-18/08/17

Skips:    Akrotiri & Episkopi 14-16/08/17
Skips:    Dhekelia & Ayios Nikolaos 15/08/17

Other services: Portaloos, Sewage collections, Scavenging animals, laundry will only be closed on 15/08/17

BFBS Closure

The BFBS Office will be closed for annual leave 3rd-7th of August, inclusive. 

Out Of Bounds Area Paphos


Paphos Bar Street is Out of Bounds to all BFC miltary personnel with effect from 1700 hrs 21 Jul 17 until 0900 hrs 24 Jul 17.

The Cyprus Joint Police Unit (CJPU) will be actively policing this restriction.

The restriction has been imposed due to an increased likelihood that BFC military personnel frequenting Paphos Bar Street are at risk of serious injury as a result of violent disorder during the period of restriction. 

Monday, 17 July 2017

Monday, 10 July 2017

AFF Secures Better Access To Student Loans

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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.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

DHK Services Sailing Club

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 Nikolaos 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.

Entertainer App Promotion

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

AFF SFA Fire Safety

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.

Safety assured
DIO checked the position of this issue and were able to inform AFF that multi-storey buildings are predominantly brick construction. The external wall insulation used on recent energy efficiency upgrades to military housing has also been confirmed as meeting all relevant building and fire regulations.

AFF Housing Specialist Cat Calder said, “Ensuring the safety of our Army families is paramount and AFF has received assurances of safety from all relevant parties involved. DIO has also advised us that a review will now be carried out of all non-habitable areas such as stairwells, plant rooms and communal areas, to confirm the safety of the Army families living there.”

Contact AFF
If families are at all concerned about safety in their SFA, they should contact housing maintenance and repairs contractor CarillionAmey (CA) directly on 0800 707 6000 or contact AFF’s Housing Specialist Cat Calder on housing@aff.org.uk

To find out more about AFF’s work in support of Army families, visitwww.aff.org.uk

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Water Safety


Visitors Notice

Childcare Choices

For more information on Tax Free Childcare then please visit the website:

BFPO Notice


Please be aware that on Fri 23 Jun 17 all Forces Post Office (FPO) counters and sorting offices will be closed to enable Postal and Courier Troop (PC Tp) to conduct a training day.  All personnel are advised to make alternative arrangements for any necessary postal and banking requirements on this day.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Beach Cult Live Tickets

From Thursday 25th May BCL tickets will be available to purchase in the HIVE!

Dogs Die In Hot Cars

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Changes to Chip and Pin withdrawls at BFPO's

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.

If you need to withdraw cash in an emergency above the set limits, you should contact your Local Welfare Team, who will seek approval from your Local Commander. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

There is a range of financial services available to service personnel and their dependents, MOD civilians and entitled MOD contractors serving overseas. These include local banks, local cash machines and on-base facilities.
If you have access to a local bank, this would be the best way to withdraw cash in amounts greater than the limit. Service customers are able to pay in all or part of their salaries into a local bank account. The Local Overseas Allowance (LOA) is paid, in part, to help meet the extra cost of using a local bank account.
If you are without access to local banking facilities or FPOs, you will still be able to use on-base financial services provided by Regimental Admin Offices.
HQ BFC recommend that all personnel stationed within BFC maintain a Cypriot bank account and HQ BFC J1  release a monthly guide showing the financial benefits that can be accrued:

a.            €850.00 is the Total loss for the Year 2016 if you are using the Post Office for your cash withdrawals (based on £2,500.00 each month) compared to having your pay, paid into a Cypriot bank account.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Thursday, 9 February 2017


For More Info on days and times contact the HIVE.