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, Topcliffe, Ripon and Dishforth.
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.
Glencorse HIVE (outreach)
Glencorse receives an outreach service from Edinburgh HIVE.
Serving Kinloss Barracks, Inverness and Fort George.
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.
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.
Strensall HIVE (outreach)
Serving York Garrison, Strensall and Harrogate.
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.