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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.

Catterick HIVE

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.

Catterick HIVE
Hipswell Lodge
Smuts Road
Catterick Garrison
North Yorks

Email: catterickhive@armymail.mod.uk
Telephone: 01748 872944
Fax: 01749 874112

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

Edinburgh HIVE

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
Dreghorn Barracks
Redford Road
EH13 9QW

Email: edinburghhive@armymail.mod.uk
Telephone: 0131 310 2876
Fax: 0131 310 2842

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

Kinloss HIVE

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.

Kinloss HIVE
Kinloss Barracks
Burghead Road
IV36 3UH

Email: kinlosshive@armymail.mod.uk
Telephone: 01309 617155

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

Leconfield HIVE

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.

Leconfield HIVE
HQ Squadron
Normandy Barracks
East Yorks
HU17 7LX

Email: leconfieldhive@armymail.mod.uk
Telephone: 01904 665253
Fax: 01904 665320

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

Preston HIVE

Serving Fulwood, Weeton and Warton

Preston is a city located in the North West of England and is the gateway to many of Lancashire’s attractions, such as the Lake District and Blackpool. It is well served by all transport links sitting just off the M6 and has main line rail links. Preston hosts a wide range of local facilities including excellent shopping, pubs, clubs, restaurants, theatres and sporting facilities. Beyond the City Centre, around one third of Preston is dedicated to open spaces with Victorian parks and woodland.

Fulwood Barracks is the home to Headquarters 42 (NW) Brigade and elements of both of 2 Med Regt and 3 Med Regt. The barracks is also home to the HQ and Museum of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. The HIVE is located within the Shuttleworth Centre alongside multiple support agencies.

Weeton is a small village in a rural area just 8 miles from Blackpool and close to Preston. The nearest shopping facilities are located approximately 4 miles in either direction. The 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (2 Lancs) are located at Weeton Barracks. The camp area has authorised access and houses Single Living Accommodation (SLA), NAAFI/Junior Ranks Club and gym. The second area houses the Service Families’ Accommodation (SFA), Primary School, Crèche, Pre-School, Londis Shop, Families Complex, Surestart Centre, Medical and Dental Centre (serving personnel only) and Community Centre.

Preston HIVE
Fulwood Barracks
Watling Street Road

Email: prestonhive@armymail.mod.uk
Telephone: 01772 260025 (Preston) 01772 260908 (Weeton)

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


Serving York Garrison, Strensall and Dishforth.

York Garrison consists of two stations, York-Fulford and Strensall Station.

York Station is based on Imphal Barracks accommodating HQ York Garrison, 15 (NE) Brigade HQ, 2 Signal Regiment, Defence vetting agency and many small administrating units. Imphal Barracks is very accessible and within easy reach of the A64 just off the A19, one mile from the city centre. To the rear of the barracks is situated the excellent community centre called The Low Moor Centre, families accommodation, the gymnasium and outdoor all-weather sports complex.

Strensall Station is based on Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Strensall, home to:

HQ 2 Med Bde
34 Field Hospital
HQ Strensall Training Centre
9 Cadet Training Team
Army Medical Services (AMS) FTC
Kings Division Recruiting Team
Army Youth Team
The Garrison Dental Centre
other smaller units.

Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall is situated just off the York bypass A1237/ A64 approximately seven miles from York city centre. Just outside of the wire is families accommodation on small estates and a community centre. Hurst Hall Community Centre, Strensall, provides a wide range of activities and clubs for children and families, including HIVE and Stepping Stones Pre School. Please call in on arrival and see what we can offer you.

Garbutt House
Bray Road
YO10 4JE

Email: yorkhive@armymail.mod.uk
Telephone Fulford: 01904 662613
Telephone Stensall: 01904 433267
An outreach service is provided at Strensall

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