RAF Benson

HIVE

RAF Benson HIVE

RAF Benson Community Centre
RAF Benson HIVE
Wallingford
Oxon
OX10 6AA

Email: clare.hilton101@mod.gov.uk

Phone: 01491 827213

Opening times: Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4:30pm, Friday, 8am to 1pm

Childcare

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.

Funded places:

  • 2 year olds - 15 hours for vulnerable families
  • 3-4 year olds - 15 hours for everyone
  • 30 hours for eligible families

Contact the Manager:

Email: michelle.williams5@actionforchildren.org.uk

Phone: 01491 838112

Housing

All Service Family Accommodation is behind the wire and allocated by Amey.

Family contact and temporary accommodation

Welfare Houses

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 

Family Rooms

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 827244

Health and welfare

Medical Centre

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 827235

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, except for Wednesday, 8am to midday.

Dental Centre

The Dental Centre is for RAF Benson Service personnel only.

Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA)

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:

Email: Deborah.Wise@ssafa.org.uk

Phone: 01491 827287 

Alternatively, the SSAFA Single Point of Contact can be used:

Email: psswsRAF@ssafa.org.uk (monitored Monday – Friday, 8.30-17.00)

Telephone: 03000 111 723 (available 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week)

Chaplains

RAF Benson has two chaplains who share the chaplaincy duties.

Contact the Chaplaincy Office:

Phone: 01491 827122

Church services and meetings

Various weekly services and sessions are available, both religious and spiritual; however, there is currently no Sunday service.  Sunday services are provided in Benson and Ewelme churches. 

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.

 

Sports

Station gym

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. All individuals joining the gym must complete an induction prior to using any equipment.

Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 24 hours a day. 

Phone: 01491 837766 ext7632 or ext7690

Sports pitches and courts

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.

Social

RAF Benson Community Centre

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:

Email: meg.wickett407@mod.gov.uk

Phone: 01491 836677 ext 7983

Bars and Cafés

The Sports Bar

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 ext 7943 

Coffee shop

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 8am to 2pm.

Children and young people

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.

Contact the Community Development Officer:

Email: meg.wickett407@mod.gov.uk

Phone: 01491 836677 ext 7983

The HIVE Information Officer works in the Community Centre alongside the Community Development Officer. The HIVE offers a wide variety of information for families and single personnel at RAF Benson including education, services and local area information.

Email: janine.ansty-bridges263@mod.gov.uk

Phone: 01491 827213

Other facilities

The Hairbase

The Hairbase is a modern ladies and gentlemans hair salon and beauty room on station.

Email: thehairbase@gmail.com

Phone: 01491 837766 ext 7367

Opening times:

  • Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 9am to 3pm
  • Wednesday, 9am to 8pm
  • Thursday, 9am to 6pm

Thrift Shop

The thrift shop operates from the porta cabin opposite the school car park.

Opening times: Wednesday, 9am to 12pm and 6pm to 7pm.

Costcutter

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.

Ozzy's Kebab Van

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.

Opening times:

  • Monday and Tuesday 5pm to 11:30pm
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 5pm to 12:45am 
  • Saturday, 5pm to 12:30am
  • Sunday, 5pm to 11:30pm

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