Northern England and Scotland
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.
Serving Catterick Garrison and Alanbrooke Barracks, Topcliffe.
Catterick Garrison is situated on the edge of the exquisite Yorkshire Dales and close to the delights of the North Yorkshire Moors. The sea is only an hour’s drive away, as is the beautiful Lake District. Also within an hour you can reach the city of Newcastle, the Metro Centre at Gateshead and the historic cities of York and Leeds. Closer to Catterick are the market towns of Darlington, Richmond and Northallerton. Catterick Garrison itself also has lot to offer with further development plans that include a new sports and leisure centre.
The garrison is well-supported with a variety of facilities within the Army Welfare Service community complex including the HIVE, free Internet Facilities (in HIVE), the NSPCC Almond Tree Project, Mother and Toddlers sessions and children’s activities hosted by Community Support. Outside the Army Welfare Service (AWS) complex are other facilities including two well-used Community Centres hosting regular events - the White Rose Club, which houses a ten pin bowling alley, and the Dalesman Community Centre, which adjoins Soldier Sam’s adventure play centre. There is also a thrift shop, library, leisure centre with three swimming pools and other sporting and recreational facilities including an 18 hole golf course.
Telephone: 01748 872944
Fax: 01749 874112
Serving Redford, Dreghorn, Longstone, Craigiehall and Glencorse. Also Stirling and Glasgow.
Edinburgh Dreghorn HIVE is situated on the southside of Edinburgh within Dreghorn Barracks. The resident battalion is the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Royal Scots Borderers. Nearby, Redford Barracks houses the 3rd Battalion The Rifles. Others include 150 RMP, 52 Brigade at Edinburgh Castle/Redford Barracks and many other attached personnel including TA Units.
Local amenities are excellent while a wider range of shopping and entertainment facilities are easily accessed from the nearby Edinburgh City bypass. There is a frequent bus service with buses serving many parts of Edinburgh including the city centre.
The community centre in Dreghorn Barracks hosts ‘Mums and Tots’, youth clubs, coffee mornings and lots more. The Army Learning Centre has a Satellite Access Point which soldiers and their dependents can use for learning or internet access.In Dreghorn Barracks there is a swimming pool and gym which is open to all soldiers and their dependents. The gym, which has two squash courts, can be used for football, circuit training, badminton and various other sports. A weights room and multi-gym can also be found there.
27 AEC Centre and the Army Learning Centre are located at Redford Barracks. There is also a gym with the same facilities as Dreghorn and an all weather football pitch.
Caledonian Community Centre
Telephone: 0131 310 2876
Fax: 0131 310 2842
Serving Hildebrand Barracks, Uniacke Barracks, Army Foundation College and Claro Barracks, Ripon.
The Army Foundation College (AFC), two miles from Harrogate, is on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Harrogate itself has a mixture of shopping, wining and dining combined with a glamorous heritage as a famous spa town.
Uniacke (AFC) and Hildebrand Barracks (Families) both have their own HIVEs where you can find information on all the unit facilities. These include a gymnasium (open to all), swimming pool (open to all), Learn Direct centre, pre-school/crèche, community centre, Mums and Toddlers, youth centre (Guides and Rainbows), NAAFI shop, café, barbers and cash machines.
Jubilee Community Centre
Penny Pot Lane
Harrogate North Yorks
Telephone: 01423 567012 (Jubilee Centre)
Telephone: 01423 813105 (J Block)
Fax: 01423 522125
Serving Kinloss Barracks
Kinloss Barracks is situated on the Moray Coast along with RAF Lossiemouth. The famed local beaches are glorious and there are a plethora of forests on your doorstep. There is an abundance of outdoor recreations to be pursued. Kinloss is located 3 miles from the town of Forres, 12 miles from Elgin and 27 miles from the main busy city of Inverness. A good selection of shops and supermarkets are located in Forres and Elgin and Inverness has excellent shopping facilties. The main line railway station is located at Inverness along with the nearest airport.
Kinloss Barracks is now home to 39 Engineer Regiment, following the departure of the RAF in 2012. Facilities there include a swimming pool which is open to the general public and a gymnasium that can be utilised by dependants and ex serving personnel. Hunters Bar provides early morning coffee and snacks and a take away service is available. The Kinloss Activities Building is on the domestic side of the Barracks and hosts the HIVE Information Office, Parent and Toddler group, Thrift Shop, Workclub and Sports Therapist. The Youth Club is held in Keddie House and weekly coffee mornings, Akido Group, Bumps and Babes, before and after school clubs are all held in the closely located Cumming Hall. There is also a small Spar shop and Station Hairdresser within the Eagle Bar.
Telephone: 01309 617155
Serving Leconfield, Beverley, Driffield and Hull.
DST Normandy Barracks is in the village of Leconfield. The market town of Beverley, two miles away, has many independent shops set around the pretty cobbled square. There are leisure pursuits to suit all tastes.
Normandy Barracks has a gymnasium and recreational complex including cardiovascular and weights room, two large sports halls, squash and tennis courts and a sauna. These facilities are open to all. There is a crèche and parent and toddler group, guides, brownies and other community activities held within the Community Centre. Additional facilities include the Hub (snack bar), unisex hairdresser and Londis shop.
Telephone: 01904 665253
Fax: 01904 665320
Serving Albemarle Barracks
Albemarle Barracks is the home of 39 Regiment Royal Artillery which is located in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall country with Newcastle city centre to the east and Hexham to the west. Although it is in quite a remote location, local amenities are not far away. Newcastle is a thriving city but is surrounded by lush countryside, stunning scenery and outstanding history, with Hadrian’s Wall, Durham and Northumberland on the doorstep.
The unit gymnasium is open to all and has very up-to-date equipment with a cardio area, squash courts, weights room and boxing training area, a brand new trim trail and several tennis courts.
There is also a youth centre run by the community development worker for the Tyne & Tees area who is based at Albemarle Barracks. There are 2 youth clubs (under 9’s and over 9’s) as well as Easter and summer activities program.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Telephone: 0191 239 3469