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Central England

A list of army HIVES in central England, with contact details including phone numbers. HIVES are information centres for forces personnel and their families.

Abingdon HIVE

Serving Abingdon, Wantage, Grove and Didcot.

Abingdon is one of Britain’s oldest market towns situated on the heart of the river Thames. Although Abingdon is small with limited facilities, it is central to many other larger towns which offer a fantastic range of shopping and entertainment facilities such as Oxford, London, Reading and Swindon.

There are 5 service family accommodation (SFA) areas for Abingdon with 75% of these in the village of Shippon where Dalton Barracks is based; just a short walking distance away from the station and a mile outside Abingdon town centre. Further SFA can be found at Wantage and Grove, Southmoor and Didcot. 

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Abingdon HIVE
Community Centre
Building 510
Dalton Bks
Abingdon
Oxon OX13 6JB

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

Bicester HIVE (outreach)

Bicester receives an outreach service from Abingdon HIVE.

Bicester HIVE
Bicester AEC
Bicester Garrison
Bicester
OX25 2LD

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

Bramcote HIVE

Serving Bramcote, Middlemarch Rise, Camp Hill and Nuneaton.

Bramcote is situated between Nuneaton and Rugby. Nuneaton Town Centre is a 5 minute drive. Coventry City centre is a 10 minute drive and the centre of Birmingham can be reached within 30 minutes. Tamworth, Warwick and Leicester are all within easy reach. Bramcote is central to a good motorway links: M6, M69, M1, M42 and M5 are all close by.

There is a host of facilities within station including a well equipped gym, swimming pool, Londis shop, hairdressing and beauty salon, library, thrift shop, pre-school and nursery, Jungle Gym, coffee shop, and youth club. The Army Learning Centre and Training Wing provides facilities for serving personnel and dependents. There is a weekly parent and toddler group; and the HIVE co-ordinates a monthly solicitors and CAB surgery. There are the usual mess facilities including the Swan Club for junior ranks, Himali Club for the Gurkha community and the 501 Club which caters for all ranks.

Bramcote HIVE
The Cygnet Centre
Gamecock Barracks
Bramcote
Nuneaton
Warwickshire CV11 6QN

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

Chilwell HIVE (outreach)

Chilwell receives an outreach service from Grantham HIVE.

Chilwell HIVE
Chetwynd Barracks
Chilwell
Nottingham
NG9 5HA

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

Cottesmore HIVE

Kendrew Barracks Cottesmore is in Rutland between Leicester and Peterborough. Stamford is approximately 12 miles away and has a wide selection of high street stores, restaurants and supermarkets. Stamford market is held every week and a number of stallholders are also present at a Saturday market in the High Street.

Oakham is Rutland’s County town and is approximately 6 miles away, offering a number of small shops and restaurants. A market is held weekly in the High Street. Peterborough, Leicester and Corby are within 30 miles of Cottesmore.

Kendrew Barracks
Cottesmore
Rutland
LE15 7BL

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

Grantham HIVE

Serving Prince William of Gloucester Barracks.

Grantham is on the border with Leicestershire, a town with its roots in the old stagecoach route from London.

Prince William of Gloucester Barracks is located on a site occupying the high ground to the east of and overlooking Grantham. On what was originally a flying training school for the Royal Flying Corps, it subsequently became known as RAF Spitalgate. The airfield, when taken over from the RAF in 1977, was renamed Prince William of Gloucester Barracks by HRH Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester. It became headquarters The Royal Logistics Corps Territorial Army in 1993.

Grantham HIVE
Prince William of Gloucester Barracks
Bldg 66 Belvoir Avenue
Grantham NG31 7TJ

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

North Luffenham (outreach)

North Luffenham receives an outreach service from Cottesmore HIVE

North Luffenham HIVE
St Georges Barracks
North Luffenham
Rutland LE15 8RL

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