Box clever

THE tradition of sending Christmas boxes to our troops originated in 1914 when Princess Mary, the daughter of King George V, came up with the idea to provide everyone wearing the King's uniform and serving over...

Google of the garrison

When Natalie Trezise met her future husband, she was living in Nottingham and working as a science teacher and he was based in Germany. They did the ‘long-distance thing’ for five years before he was posted bac...

A clean sweep

NO-ONE wants to live somewhere unloved and rubbish-strewn, so father and son Lee and Joshua Atkins (pictured below) decided to take matters into their own hands after they moved from Wiltshire to North Yorkshir...

Popular Help to Buy scheme extended

THE Forces Help to Buy (FHTB) scheme has been extended until the end of 2019 – great news for the 69 per cent of families in a recent AFF poll who are planning to use the scheme after December 2018. AFF is ...

‘Seek support’, says military husband

A SERVICE spouse is fronting a new campaign urging military families to contact the Officers’ Association (OA) after the charity supported him following the death of his wife in 2011.   Wayne Dye met Sharon ...

Build a new career

IF YOU are looking for a new career or your soldier is preparing to leave the Army, it’s worth looking at Building Heroes, a charity providing free training to the entire military family.    Its aim is to tac...

It pays to talk

Money can’t buy you happiness, but when the sums don’t add up it can make you miserable. From tackling debt to planning for life after the Army, talking about your finances can reap rewards. Jill Misson reports...

Tweaking your tax

Jo Plews and her husband and daughter are posted in Canada for three years. With employment being quite difficult to secure or low paid, Jo decided that applying for the Marriage Tax Allowance seemed the logica...

Sharks’ show of support

TWO Sale Sharks rugby stars marked the centenary of the end of the First World War by visiting veterans at a Salford nursing home. AJ MacGinty and Curtis Langdon headed to Broughton House to meet former Forc...

Understanding the motor insurance minefield

FOR Service personnel and their families or civilians working alongside, your lifestyle will often cause complications with the motor insurance world as they are not used to their policyholders moving from plac...