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On-Station Facilities

On-Station Facilities

Cookson Community Centre

The Cookson Community Centre is located at the top right hand corner of the main station car park and houses the offices of the Community Development Officer, the Service Community Support Officer, the HIVE Information Centre, the Station Youth Worker and SSAFA. It also has a community room, a conservatory, small kitchen and a meeting room which are all available to our community to either book out or drop in to use.

HIVE Information Centre

The HIVE Information Centre is located within the Cookson Community Centre and provides information on a variety of subjects including childcare, schools, quarters, job vacancies and local information as well as being a signposting service to other station and external agencies. The HIVE is open Mon to Thurs 0900 - 1700 hrs (1630 on Fridays). The Information Officer can be contacted on ext 7206 or E-mail SHY-CSptHiveIO@mod.uk

The Aries Club

Café Qualita offers snacks and beverages such as toasted sandwiches, cooked breakfast, cakes, baguettes, Costa coffee, tea and soft drinks, at very reasonable prices. Open all day from 0800 – 2300 during the week.

Breakfast served from 0800 – 1100. Lunch 1100 – 1330. Dinner 1630 - 2000 in the evenings. Bar open from 1700-2300.

The bar only is open at weekends from 1900-2300. Further information can be obtained by calling Ext 7164.

RAF Shawbury Tots Group

RAF Shawbury Tots welcomes anyone expectant mums, and all parents and carers with a baby or pre-school toddler to entertain! Coffee, chat and snacks with craft activities and songtime for the tots. The cost is only £1.00 per week. Open Tuesday 10.00am - 12.00pm in Community Centre. For further information contact the HIVE on 01939 250351ext 7206.

Contact House and Community Apartments
RAF Shawbury has a 3 bedroom Contact House and 2 Community Apartments available to rent to all Service personnel. Bookings can be made via the HIVE Information Centre on 01939 250351 ext 7206.

Please see the separate Contact House tab for further details.

RAF Shawbury Squirrels Early Years

We offer full and part time places for both Service and Civilian children and welcome informal visits by parents who would like to see what facilities we offer.

Please click on the separate Squirrels Nursery tab for further details.

RAF Shawbury Youth Clubs

The Junior Youth Club meet on a Tuesday evening between 6.15pm - 7.45pm and is open to all those aged 8 to 11 years.

AIRPLAY is the Senior Youth Club and is open 3 nights a week for young people aged 11-18 years. They are located to the rear of the Aries Club through the garden next to the ISS office. Subs are £1 per week to cover running costs. Both RAF Shawbury Youth Clubs are affiliated to the Shropshire Youth Association.

Please click on the separate Youth tab for further details.


The role of SSAFA at RAF Shawbury is to offer an all embracing welfare service to members of the Armed Forces and their families. (This service is also available to any student at RAF Shawbury). We are an independent organisation working outside the Chain of Command allowing us to remain impartial. The service is Confidential and can be tailored to your individual needs and circumstances. SSAFA Offers help with any issue causing you or your family concern or anxiety, including the following:

  • Marital/Relationship Difficulties
  • Separation
  • Depression
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Preferential Treatment
  • Bereavement/Loss
  • Special Needs
  • Housing Issues

If you feel that you would like to talk to someone please call Andrea Keeling, Senior Social Work Practitioner on 01939 250351 Extn 7527 or military 95531 7527. The SSAFA office is located in the Cookson Community Centre.


Barber and Ladies/Childrens Hairdresser located above the Aries Club. Drop in service for men. Open weekdays from 1000-1600 or later by appointment. Closed Tuesdays. For appointments ring Rose on Ext 7171.

Refuse Collection

Shropshire Council collect refuse and recycling from the Families Quarters on Fridays from as early as 0700. https://new.shropshire.gov.uk/recycling-and-rubbish


The post box is situated by the main gates next to the Guardroom.

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