South West England
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Blandford HIVE (outreach)
Serving Bulford Garrison, Netheravon and Wilton.
Bulford is situated in Wiltshire and forms one part of Tidworth, Netheravon and Bulford Garrison. Bulford lies at the foot of Beacon Hill and the A303 runs along side making it easy to reach such places as Basingstoke, Reading and London as well as Southampton, Bournemouth and Exeter. The town of Amesbury is situated three miles from Bulford Camp and just beyond are the recognised World Heritage sites of Stonehenge and Woodhenge.
Bulford has a range of facilities which are within walking distance. The Beeches family centre is a community centre with a range of facilities. There is also a crèche and pre-school, a beautician and unisex hairdressers.
The Haig centre is where all the youth activities take place and boasts such facilities as: the Haig Nursery (all day child care), the Getaway Club (after school and holiday care centre for children from Kiwi and Bulford primary schools), the Youth Club (5 to 12 years), Bulford Cubs and Scouts, Parent and Toddler Group.
c-o The Beeches Centre
Tel: 01980 672 420
Serving Colerne and Corsham.
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.
2 Holly Drive
Tel: 01225 744 048