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South East England

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.

Aldershot HIVE

Serving Aldershot and St Omer Barracks, Farnborough, Church Crookham and Yateley

Aldershot is located in North Hampshire. It's a 10-minute drive from the M3 and the A3 providing easy access to the M25, London, the South Coast and the West Country. It is close to Farnborough and Fleet and Farnham. Larger towns nearby such as Guildford, Woking, Basingstoke and Reading all have excellent shopping facilities. Aldershot train station has direct trains to London, Guildford and Woking. Regular bus services operate throughout Aldershot.

There is a wide range of local services and facilities in Aldershot Garrison. These include a leisure centre, bowling alley, 2 theatres, a golf club and the Wellington Shopping Centre. There are 2 community centres in Aldershot and one in Church Crookham and all offer many activities for the local community.

There is an excellent range of sporting facilities available in the Garrison. The Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre has an Olympic sized swimming pool, squash courts and fitness studio. Other facilities in the garrison include the St Omer Barracks Physical and Recreation Training Centre, the Aldershot Army Golf Club, the Hawley Lake Sailing Training Centre and the Aldershot Garrison Angling Club. Canada House houses a Combat Centre which has judo, boxing and martial art facilities as well as the Regional Rehabilitation Unit.

There are many other facilities available in Aldershot Garrison including the Aldershot Centre for Health. Schools are plentiful and adult educational facilities are located in Wellington House and the Connaught Community Centre. The garrison has 3 churches and additional places of worship for Nepalese and Fijian personnel.

Aldershot HIVE
The Connaught Community Centre
Alanbrooke Road
Hants GU11 2NX

Please see Aldershot HIVE blog (link below) for contact details, opening hours and local information.

Chatham HIVE

Chatham HIVE covers Chatham, Shorncliffe and Maidstone.

Chatham Garrison is situated in the centre of the Medway Towns, 20 minutes from London by train and 35 minutes  from France by Eurostar. In close proximity are the cities of Canterbury, Tonbridge Wells and Maidstone.

Medway Towns are renowned for their maritime history. Within Medway there are castles, a cathedral, the Royal Engineers Museum, Fort Amherst and two country parks. There’s a leisure centre, a bowling centre, kart circuit, ski and snowboarding, ice rink, theatres and shopping centres.

Within the barracks there is a NAAFI Spar shop, internet café, WRVS, launderette, gym, squash courts and mess bars with facilities. The garrison boasts a Scout group,(Beavers, Cubs, Scouts), Girl Guide Group (Rainbows, Brownies, Guides), martial arts, horse riding for military personnel and family discounts, yoga, gym and Personal Development Centre.

Chatham HIVE
Lampard Community Centre
Sally Port
Kent ME7 5BU

Please see Chatham HIVE blog (link below) for contact details, opening hours and local information.

Deepcut HIVE

Deepcut receives an outreach service from Sandhurst HIVE.

Deepcut HIVE
Deepcut Community Centre
Surrey GU16 6SY

Please see Sandhurst HIVE blog for contact details, opening hours and local

Please see Sandhurst HIVE blog (link below) for contact details, opening hours and local information

Marchwood HIVE

Serving Marchwood, Hythe and Calshot

Marchwood, Hythe and Calshot are located in an area known as the Waterside. The Waterside is situated on the edge of the New Forest, an area of outstanding natural beauty which lies between Southampton and Bournemouth.

Pay as you dine is available in the Officers’ Mess, WOs’ & Sgts’ Mess and St Georges Restaurant (junior ranks mess). The Regiment also has a shop and snack bar (Hungry Seahorse) within the Port area. The Mulberry Community Centre is located within the SFA area in Marchwood and houses the HIVE and the Unit Welfare Office, with free internet use and coffee mornings and other activities for families during the week. Gym & Squash Courts are behind the wire and families are welcome to use the facilities.

Marchwood HIVE
The Mulberry Centre
Mulberry Road
SO40 4WB

Please see Marchwood HIVE blog (link below) for contact details, opening hours and local information.

Minley HIVE

Serving Minley and Yately

The Royal School of Military Engineering Minley (RSME Minley) is located at Gibraltar Barracks on the A327 and is about 3 minutes from Junction 4a of the M3.

Minley Station provides a wide range of facilities including cinema and Spar shop. The Junior Ranks Complex consists of two bars, the HIVE, WRVS (with free internet access, snooker, tea & coffee) and the barber shop. The Fitness Club has a well-equipped gym, squash courts, swimming pool and all weather tennis courts. Dependants can apply for membership to use fitness club facilities. There are a number of sports clubs with membership open to all Minley Station personnel including the sub-aqua club, clay pigeon club and angling club. The Station also has Officers, WOs and Sgts, and Cpls Messes.

Minley Parish Church is located in the grounds of the Officers’ Mess whilst the welfare hub offers a multi-prayer room.

Minley HIVE
3 RSME Regt
Gibraltar Barracks
Surrey GU17 9LP

Please see Minley HIVE blog (link below) for contact details, opening hours and local information.

Sandhurst HIVE

Serving RMAS and Camberley


The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) is situated just off the M3 on the Surrey/Bracknell Forest border.  It is the primary location for Army Officer training.  Within the grounds, there are an abundance of buildings and monuments of historical interest. The town centre of Camberley is a short distance away and there is a vast selection of leisure and recreational facilities including a shopping complex, theatre, library, leisure centre and a cinema complex with a variety of shopping outlets and restaurants. The towns of Aldershot, Guildford, Reading, Basingstoke and Bracknell are all accessible by public transport and road and rail networks and there are frequent trains into the centre of London. The local area offers an abundance of activities and tourist attractions for single and married personnel and their families. 

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS)



Surrey GU15 4PQ 

Please see Sandhurst HIVE blog for contact details, opening hours and local information 

Please see Sandhurst HIVE blog (link below) for contact details, opening hours and local information

Thorney Island HIVE

Thorney Island receives an outreach service from Marchwood HIVE.

Thorney is an island which juts into Chichester Harbour in Emsworth, West Sussex. It is separated from the mainland by a narrow channel called the Great Deep. The old village of West Thorney lies on the East coast of the Island and is incorporated into the military base.

The facilities and amenities on the island include a nursery, primary school, stables, saddle club, St Nicholas Church, barbers, youth cadets, RA Yacht Club and water sports centre, Army Learning Centre, gymnasium, Premier shop, parents and tots group, Sure Start stay & play and children’s health visitor.

Baker Barracks
Thorney Island
PO10 8DH

Please see Thorney Island HIVE blog (link below) for contact details, opening hours and local information.

Worthy Down HIVE

Serving Worthy Down, Harestock and Barton Stacey

Worthy Down is located approximately 5 miles from the historic city of Winchester. Army Training Regiment (Winchester) is situated approx 1 mile from Worthy Down. Winchester is 1 hour by rail to London Waterloo. Southampton, Basingstoke and Portsmouth are all within easy travelling distance.

Worthy Down camp is easily accessible to the M3, M4 and is located adjacent to the A34. Camp facilities include a community centre, which hosts several clubs, a playgroup and crèche, a gymnasium complex, shops and hairdresser/barber.

Worthy Down HIVE
Building 21
Worthy Down Camp
Hants SO21 2RG

Please see Worthy Down HIVE blog (link below) for contact details, opening hours and local information.