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South West 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.

Blandford HIVE (outreach)

Blandford receives an outreach service from Bovington HIVE.

Blandford HIVE
Community Centre
Nelson Rd
Blandford Camp
DT11 8RH

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

Bovington HIVE

Serving Bovington Camp and Lulworth. Bovington HIVE provides an outreach service to Blandford.

Bovington Camp in Dorset has been established as a training camp since 1916. The area surrounding Bovington is rural. Amenities within Bovington are limited so travelling to Dorchester (11 miles) or Poole (13 miles) is essential for supermarket shopping and to find all major high street stores.

Closer to Bovington is the village of Wool (two miles). The train station there provides a vital link for travelling to Wareham (seven miles), which has a small high street. The seaside resorts of Bournemouth, Weymouth and Swanage are all less than 25 miles away.

Many former military houses in Bovington are now owned by civilians. A community spirit has developed between the military and civilian population in Bovington and is proving to be successful one with many events being jointly organised and supported by both communities.

The facilities on camp comprise the following: HIVE, AWS Community Office, Sure Start Families Centre, community centre with mother and toddler room, Londis shop & Post Office, cash machine, Families Medical Centre, garrison church, garrison welfare office, library & PRI shop, hairdressers, Beehive Café, launderette, tank museum and Gauntlet restaurant, Salvation Army Café, Chinese and kebab takeaways, police office, Cloudshill Pub/Restaurant, thrift shop, swimming pool and gym, tennis courts.

Bovington HIVE
King George V Road
BH20 6JA

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

Bulford HIVE (outreach)

Bulford receives an outreach service from Salisbury Plain HIVE.

Bulford HIVE
C/o The Beeches Centre
Bulford Road

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

Colerne HIVE

Serving Colerne and Hullavington.

Colerne is a rural village in the heart of Wiltshire, within walking distance of the married quarters patch and has a range of small shops, playschool and primary school. There is a twice weekly public bus service to Chippenham and a daily bus service to Bath, in addition to which the local unit also provides a free mini bus once a week to Chippenham town centre.

Colerne is home to 21 Signal Regiment (AS) based at Azmighur Barracks, North Colerne. There are a number of facilities on camp, including a gym, a shop (The Market Mace), restaurant (PAYD), thrift shop, unisex hair salon, cash point, community centre, Army Learning Centre and Gooseberry Bush Day Nursery. There are three secondary schools within the catchment area.

Corsham is approximately five miles from Colerne. This idyllic village has a variety of small shops and some excellent restaurants as well as being home to 10 Signal Regiment at the Basil Hill site.

Further afield the town of Chippenham is some eight miles away. Also nearby is the village of Castle Combe famous for its race track as well as the picturesque village. The historic city of Bath, also approximately eight miles from Colerne, offers ample shopping, entertainment, and sightseeing opportunities.

The M4 is easily accessible from Colerne and there are train stations at both Chippenham and Bath which both offer a direct line service to London Paddington.

Colerne HIVE
Building 82
Azimghur Barracks
SN14 8QY

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

Hullavington HIVE

Hullavington receives an outreach service from Colerne HIVE.

Hullavington HIVE
Buckley Barracks
Stanton St Quintin
SN14 6BT

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

Lynham HIVE Title

MOD Lyneham is located 6.3 miles north east of Chippenham and 10.3 miles south west of Swindon, Wiltshire. The village lies just north of the Marlborough Downs in the north western part of the country and has a primary school, a small shopping area and a selection of takeaways. It is easily accessible to many of the neighbouring towns of Chippenham, Calne, Swindon and Wootton Bassett and is located on the primary transport network of Wiltshire.

Regular bus services through the village provide transport to both Swindon and Chippenham which also have mainline railway connections. Calne is approximately 5miles from Lyneham and has a small range of retailers and several supermarkets, enhanced by a weekly general market and monthly farmers’ market.

MOD Lyneham houses the Defence Technical Training Change Programme centre (DCTT), which the Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering (DSEME) is part of. DSEME are responsible for delivering technical training to soldiers, Royal Marines, airmen and officers from all three Services.

Lyneham HIVE
Community Centre
MOD Lyneham
SN15 4XX

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

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

Salisbury Plain HIVE

Serving the Salisbury Plain area

The Salisbury Plain HIVE serves the Salisbury Plain Super Garrison which sits within the boundary of Wiltshire, the Garrison towns of Tidworth and Bulford form the largest element of the Super Garrison

Both locations are rural and surrounded by the vast Salisbury Plain training area but are easily accessible from the A303 which provides easy access to the M3 serving London and the main route into the West Country.

Bulford Camp has a range of facilities which are within walking distance comprising of a Spar shop, gymnasium, various pre-schools/nurseries, SureStart Children’s Centre, a primary school, the Beeches Community Centre (Beeches Community Café, HIVE, hall hire, youth clubs, mums and tots groups, scouting groups and sporting activities within).

Tidworth is a small town and offers a wide range of facilities centrally located, comprising of two supermarkets, various pre-schools, primary schools, a SureStart children’s centre, a bank, a family pub, various take away restaurants and a great selection of mums and tots groups.

The Tidworth Leisure Centre is a joint military/council facility and offers a wide range of sporting activities, swimming pool, squash courts, tennis courts, gym and holiday club.

Salisbury Plain HIVE 
Tidworth Leisure Centre
Nadder Road

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