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Western England and Wales

HIVES are information centres for Forces personnel and their families. To find out about relocation, local unit and civilian facilities, places of interest, schools, housing, healthcare facilities, employment and training opportunities in your location follow the link to the regional HIVE blog or download the area overview from the right-hand panel.

Birmingham HIVE

Serving Birmingham, Hampstead, Selly Oak, Harborne, Edgbaston, Moseley, Dawberry Close, Bournville, King’s Heath. Information on Lichfield is also available from Birmingham HIVE. The HIVE can provide information to permanent staff and trainees from all three services living and working in the Birmingham area.

Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM) is situated just outside the centre of Birmingham. RCDM will issue information relating to individuals' postings, useful telephone numbers, staff training and development, equality and diversity, safety, health and safety, security and more.

The HIVE can provide further details on unit facilities.
An outreach HIVE service is provided to Lichfield HIVE.

Ash House,
Hamstead Campus
Friary Road
Handsworth Wood
Birmingham B20 1AP

Email: birminghamhive@armymail.mod.uk
Telephone: 0121 551 8775

JSMC Whittington
Whittington Barracks
Lichfield WS14 9PY

Telephone: 01543 433 658

Please see Birmingham and Lichfield HIVE blog for opening hours and information on local facilities

Chepstow HIVE

Serving Beachley Barracks, Old Coach Road, Wyvern, St Ewan’s Estates Beachley and Brecon. 

Beachley Barracks is well equipped with a large education centre, a gymnasium and a library. At the centre of the camp is the former cookhouse, now re-built and providing a multiuse facility including dining hall, NAAFI shop, Junior Ranks and NCO Mess, hairdressers, plus an IT Suite. The Wyvern Estate is home to the Little Scamps Pre-school and nursery and the Coffee Pot cafe.

UWO Beachley Barracks
Monmouthshire NP16 7YG

Email: chepstowhive@armymail.mod.uk
Telephone/fax main HIVE: 01291 645441
Telephone/fax serving personnel (SP) HIVE: 01291 645310

Please see Chepstow and Innsworth HIVE blog for opening hours and information on local facilities

Chester HIVE

Serving The Dale Barracks

Chester is located in the North West of England and both Liverpool and Manchester are easily accessible. The Dale Barracks is situated 2 miles from Chester City Centre, close to Chester Zoo and Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Village. The Welsh Border is also close by, so trips to the coastal towns of Rhyl and Llandudno are within day trip distance. Bus routes run from just outside the camp and there is a park and ride facility close by. Chester has a wide selection of shops, pubs and restaurants both within the city centre and in outskirt retail parks. Chester also has a racecourse which hosts a number of events alongside the racing calendar.

Home to 1 Royal Welsh, The Dale Barracks on-camp facilities include a large gymnasium, which has a modern air conditioned cardio vascular suite and weights room, squash courts, floodlit sports pitch, large outside green areas with sports pitches, medical and dental centres, Army Learning Centre, Londis shop, and HUB bar and lounge area. Within the SFA area is a Community Centre which houses a cafeteria, bar, indoor children’s play and provides a number of activities for families. To the rear of the Community Centre is the Welfare Complex, where the HIVE, Welfare Office, Midwife and Health Visitor Clinics are located. There is also an AWS run building called the “Hughes Centre” where a wide selection of community activities take place. The under 5’s Pre-school is also situated on the SFA estate.

Chester HIVE
The Dale Barracks
Liverpool Road

Email: chesterhive@armymail.mod.uk
Telephone: 01244 650993 (Mil: 945552993)

Please see Chester HIVE Blog for opening hours and information on local facilities

Hereford HIVE

Serving Hereford.

Hereford Garrison is split into two main areas, Credenhill and Stirling Estate, approximately 6 miles apart. Please contact the HIVE once you have an address so that the right information can be given to you prior to your move.

The Unit has excellent facilities, some of which are available for use by dependants, such as the gym and the Aquatic Centre. Timetables for these are available from the HIVE. For military personnel there is the Officer’s Mess and the WOs’/SGTs’ mess, an all ranks bar, Army Learning Centre, Library and hairdressers.

HQ Hereford Garrison
Hereford HR4 7DD

Email: herefordhive@armymail.mod.uk

Telephone: 01432 357311 x 2240
Single personnel HIVE

Telephone: 01432 357311 x 5886

Innsworth HIVE (outreach)

Innsworth HIVE receives an outreach service from Chepstow HIVE.

Please see Chepstow and Innsworth HIVE blog for opening hours and information on local facilities

Please see Hereford HIVE blog for opening hours and information on local facilities

Lichfield HIVE (outreach)

Lichfield HIVE receives an outreach service from Birmingham HIVE.

Please see Birmingham and Lichfield HIVE blog link below for opening hours and information on local facilities

Stafford HIVE

Serving MOD Stafford.

MOD Stafford is in the West Midlands to the north of Stafford in the heart of surrounding countryside. The HIVE can provide you with further information about the surrounding area.

On camp, MOD Stafford has a Londis shop, a gym and sauna open to Service personnel and their dependants. Off camp the Dixon Community Centre holds regular coffee mornings and a parent and toddlers group. The Beacon Amenties Centre is off camp and is available to hire for private functions.

Dixon Community Centre
Tedder Road
Stafford ST16 3RA

Email: staffordhive@armymail.mod.uk
Telephone: 01785 258843

Please see Stafford HIVE blog for opening hours and information on local facilities

St Athan HIVE

Serving St Athan and West Camp. Also provides information cover for Haverford West.

St Athan is situated in a quiet and beautiful countryside area, with its own beach in the Vale of Glamorgan about three miles from Cardiff International Airport.

Llantwit Major (Llanilltud Fawr) (under 2 miles) is the closest town. It would be approximately a few minutes drive but a good 20 minute walk.

Barry is approximately 11 miles away and is easily accessible by road or bus.

Bridgend is approximately 11 miles away and is easily accessible by road, bus or train.

Cardiff is approximately 18 miles away and is easily accessible by road, bus or train.

All the facilities on St Athan station are available to service personnel and their dependants. Facilities include a swimming pool, gym, golf club, cinema, learning centres, medical centre, hairdressers, Post Office and more.

MOD St Athan
South Glamorgan
CF62 4WA

Email: stathanhive@armymail.mod.uk
Telephone/fax: 01446 798 381

Please see St Athan HIVE blog for opening hours and information on local facilities

Tern Hill HIVE

Serving Tern Hill, Shrewsbury and MOD Donnington.

Clive Barracks in Tern Hill is currently the home of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment. Facilities on camp include a Unit gym, medical and dental centres, and an Army Learning & LearnDirect Centre with free internet access. The Service families accommodation estates are within walking distance of the barracks, and include a primary school, nursery, Army and Air Cadets’ building, Unit Welfare Office.

The HIVE is located within the Unit Welfare Office. The R IRISH Community Centre is located centrally on Hedley Way, and incorporates the Coffee Pot, bar (open Friday evenings), parents and toddlers defe groups, health visitor clinics, a children’s soft play area, youth clubs and free internet access.

c/o Unit Welfare Office
3 Boscobel Road
Buntingsdale Estate
Market Drayton
Shropshire TF9 2HG

Email: ternhillhive@armymail.mod.uk
Telephone: 01630 639726

Please see Tern Hill HIVE blog for opening hours and information on local facilities