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Prescription for change

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Prescription charges will be introduced across British Forces Germany on May 5, bringing BFG into line with existing MoD policy.

All charges and exemptions will be in accordance with NHS (England) guidelines. Prescription charges will also be introduced across the European Joint Support Unit community in due course.

This aspect will be introduced in manageable phases, the first of which will be in respect of the communities based in Ramstein, Brunssum, SHAPE and Brussels. Current planning indicates that this will not be before June 1, 2014.

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Padre walks the line

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Padre Andy Oliver,  26 Regt RA, Gütersloh, decided to walk the length of the UN Buffer Zone in Cyprus for charities on both sides of the lineA BFG padre walked the 180km-long UN Buffer Zone during his tour of Cyprus, raising cash for charities on both sides of the divided island.

Capt Andy Oliver, who served for six months on peacekeeping mission Operation Tosca with 28 Engineer Regiment from Hameln, was accompanied on his trek of the ‘Green Line’ by nine willing volunteers.

Dubbed the Padre and his Pacemakers, the team completed the gruelling challenge in four days, from February 1-4, during which they faced scorching temperatures and raised more than £1,300 for two worthy local causes.


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Calling all budding artists

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Combat painting – soldiers find a spot to test and develop their artistic skillsThe Army Arts Society is looking for a few budding artists - serving, dependant or retired - who would be willing to take the lead in establishing garrison or station branches in BFG.

The society was established after The Falklands War in 1982, with the aim of encouraging all ranks in the Army to maintain and develop their artistic ability.

One of its key aims was art as therapy. The society aims to encourage and support artists and craftspeople whether serving, retired or dependant.

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2 shops for the price of 1

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The SSVC shop in Bielefeld is open 7 days a week. Customers use the same main entrance to the building as for the NAAFI THE last of a trio of new SSVC shops has opened in Westfalen Garrison, giving customers an expanded range of large and small domestic goods.

And as in Gütersloh and Sennelager, the Bielefeld station shop is housed within the main NAAFI, which is located adjacent to Catterick Barracks and HQ BFG.

It was last April that NAAFI announced it would be scaling down the non-food categories in its stores while providing space to SSVC, specialist retailers of high-value, audio-visual products and white goods who had their own shops across BFG.

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