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REBASING

MOVING TO CYPRUS? AFF’s team in Cyprus are getting ready for a unit swap this year as part of the rebasing programme. Our Regional Manager Carolyn Aggar said: “Although we will be sad to see 2 Royal Anglian leave us, we’re looking forward to welcoming 1PWRR next year on their rotation to Cyprus. “If you are moving with the regiment, don’t forget that you can contact us prior to your move with any questions about Cyprus life. We hope that you will love the posting as much as we do!”

Green and pleasant land: Wiltshire is home to stunning sites including Salisbury Cathedral (above) and Stourhead (below)

Welcome to Wiltshire Are you worried about moving to Wiltshire in 2019 as part of the Army’s rebasing plans? Don’t be, it’s a fantastic place to live and it’s had the military community at its heart for 100 years, as AFF’s Wiltshire Co-ordinator Carol Morris explains…

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HILE it may appear rural at first glance, Salisbury Plain sits on the edge of the A303, the main route to the West Country. “From here you’re able to access seven major cities within two hours by either train or car allowing for some great days out – and for those that would like to have the opportunity to work further afield, there are good commuter links,” said Carol, who has lived in the region on and off for more than 12 years and settled in the area when her soldier left the Army. “I’ve worked for AFF for seven years. You can often find me at coffee mornings, parent and tots groups and representing families at meetings with garrison, DIO, Amey, Army Welfare Service and schools.” Through regular meetings with DIO, Carol helps to ensure your voice is represented when it comes www.armyandyou.co.uk

to housing, especially with new builds ready for the influx of families. “It allows me to discuss ongoing trends and issues concerning Service Family Accommodation. DIO and Amey ensure that AFF is part of the communication process with housing concerns,” she said. Carol has also set up an additional needs support group so families can access help from military and civilian agencies in Wiltshire, meet other parents and share best practice. It’s had a very positive response and is set to continue throughout

this year. “I also host an F&C coffee morning,” added Carol. “We often have one of AFF’s F&C team present, so families can discuss concerns one-to-one in a confidential setting.” If you’re heading to Wiltshire and have a question, contact Carol at wiltshire@aff.org.uk or visit aff.org.uk & For further information about the area, visit: wiltshire.gov.uk salisburyplainhive. blogspot.com visitwiltshire.co.uk

ESBA Co-ordinator (Kelly Taylor) esba@aff.org.uk WSBA Co-ordinator (Aileen Naylor) wsba@aff.org.uk Regional Manager Cyprus (Carolyn Aggar) rmcyprus@aff.org.uk

LEGAL MATTERS ARMY Legal Assistance (ALA) has now stopped taking on any new matrimonial, medical negligence and personal injury work as a result of the drawdown from Germany. It’s also closing to all types of legal issues on 31 March 2019, so you’ll be informed about alternative sources if you find yourself in need of legal advice. For those of you who have an existing case, ALA will be in touch to explain how it will be managed beyond this date. Contact ALA at AG-ALA-BFCDatabases@mod.gov.uk or go to bfgnet.de/legal

NEED TO KNOW IF YOU are still living in Germany and you missed the local authorities’ families’ briefing in BFG, don’t worry – there’s plenty of information available at BFG Net. There’s an overview of the redeployment plans and all you need to know about schools, employment and housing, plus a whole host of useful links. Go to bfgnet.de/leaving-bfg spring 2019 Army&You 29

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