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Phone: 01491 827213
Opening times: Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4:30pm, Friday, 8am to 1pm
Benson Children and Families Services provide full and part time day-care, and out of school club. Located next the gym.
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 9am and 3pm to 5:30pm.
Holiday club opening times: Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 5:30pm.
The Holiday Club operates every school holiday where there is a demand, except Christmas.
Contact the Manager:
Phone: 01491 838112
All Service Family Accommodation is behind the wire and allocated by Amey.
RAF Benson has two welfare houses located on the domestic site. They can be used for emergency welfare circumstances, for contact with dependant children of divorced or separated personnel, other social visits from family members and temporary accommodation for personnel assigned to RAF Benson.
Each house consists of two bedrooms, a living room, a dining room, a kitchen, separate toilet, shower and a garden. Both houses are fully furnished with sofas, TVs, washing machines, fridges, dining tables, single/double beds and baby cots.
The Welfare Houses are available for booking to all RAF personnel and MOD civilians with priority for welfare cases.
To book a Welfare House, email: BEN-WelfareHouseCommittee@mod.gov.uk
There are three family rooms that are located in the Warrant Officers' and Sergeants' Mess. These are available to any Mess Member of the Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess..
These are ideal for accommodating children during visits whilst on station.
To book a family room, phone the Sergeant’s Mess accommodation:
Phone: 01491 837766 x7244
The Medical Centre is primarily for RAF Benson Service personnel. A small number of dependants living on Station are also registered with the Station Medical Centre. Unfortunately, no new dependant patients are being accepted at this time and therefore they must register with a local GP.
Any spouses and dependants living off station must register with a local GP.
Contact the Medical Centre:
Phone: 01491 837766 x7235
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, except for Wednesday, 8am to midday.
The Dental Centre is for RAF Benson Service personnel only.
The SSAFA Personnel and Family Support workers deal with a broad range of social issues including family, relationship and personal difficulties, stress, anxiety and depression.
Contact the Personnel and Family Support Worker, Deborah Wise:
Phone: 01491 837766 x7287 or x7922
RAF Benson has two chaplains who share the Sunday morning service.
Contact the Chaplaincy Office:
Phone: 01491 827122
A weekly Sunday service is held in the station church, the Church of the Ascension, at 10am. The last Sunday of the month is a communion service.
There is a pre-school ‘Little Frogs’ group that meets on a Wednesday morning during term time only in the Church from 9am to 11am.
The Church has a Home group which meets once a month. A Home group is a group for members of the church to get together to discuss spiritual matters outside of church in the comfort of someone’s home.
Anyone wishing to, can join the chaplains for morning prayers at 8:30am in the Church.
The gym has a fitness suite and weights bay, a sports hall and a fitness on demand room. Circuits and spinning classes are run during lunch time, other classes are available on request for sections on station.
You can join the station gym for free if you are a serving member of the military or if you are a dependant of a serving member of the military. Civil servants and contractors who work on station can join the gym for £100 per year.
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 24 hours a day.
Phone: 01491 837766 x7632 or x7690
RAF Benson has two football pitches, a cricket pitch, a rugby pitch, a 3G five-a-side football pitch, two squash courts, two tennis courts, a low ropes course and a high ropes course.
There is discount swimming available at The Oratory School situated half way between RAF Benson and Reading.
Gym members can also use Drayton Manor golf course for free with a valid ticket.
Contact the gym for details.
The Community Centre is located alongside the coffee shop on the domestic side of RAF Benson. It has regular activities including a toddler group, a crèche, health clinic, youth clubs, Scouts and Guides.
Contact the Community Development Officer:
Phone: 01491 836677 x7983
The Sports Bar is an all ranks facility showing BT Sport. It hosts a number of special events throughout the year and is also available for private hire and for sports clubs to host away teams.
Opening times: Wednesday and Thursday, 7pm to 11pm, and for large sporting events.
Contact email: Michael.Robertshaw996@mod.gov.uk
Phone: 01491 837766 x7943
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 8am to 2pm.
There is a wide variety of clubs, play areas and events for young people including a youth club (separate senior and junior clubs), football club, Guides, Scouts, toddler group, crèche, Airplay, three play parks, a skate park and a Multi-Use Games Area.
The HIVE Information Officer post is currently gapped. For information on the HIVE services, please contact the Community Development Officer.
The Hairbase is a modern ladies and gentlemans hair salon and beauty room on station.
Phone: 01491 837766 x7367
The thrift shop operates from the porta cabin opposite the school car park.
Opening times: Wednesday, 9am to 12pm and 6pm to 7pm.
The Costcutter grocery store is located on the domestic side of camp.
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 10pm and Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 8pm.
Located in the middle of the main car park on the domestic site, Ozzy’s provides food late into the night including kebabs, burgers, wraps and chips.
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