Amenities and Services

By SPP Reporter

20/Twenty Clubs

There are a number of off-duty facilities for Garrison Community incorporating Pay as you Dine/Leisure and recreation, including the serving of alcohol and non alcoholic drinks in various bars.

The 20/Twenty Clubs at Bovington and Lulworth are open as follows:

Bovington: Tel: 01929 462809

Allenby Barracks Centurion Club

Mon-Fri 0800-1430 hrs and 1830-2315 hrs

Sat-Sun 1900-2315 hrs

Lulworth: Tel: 01929 400646

Mon-Fri 1000-1330 hrs

Mon-Thurs 1900-2230 hrs

Sat – Closed

Sun 1900-2230 hrs

LONDIS Supermarket

The LONDIS Supermarket can be found outside the wire opposite Allenby Barracks, Bovington. Stocking a wide range of products for the home and the military community. Facilities include an In-Store Bakery with hot food to take away (last orders 2100 hrs), Post Office, National Lottery, and a small range of motoring accessories.

Opening hours are as follows:

Mon-Fri 0630-2200hrs

Sat 0630-2200hrs

Sun 0800-2200hrs


At Bovington your basic requirements can be met by a group of shops including LONDIS, all within 200 metres of each other within the centre of Bovington Camp. More extensive facilities can be found in Wool and Wareham. Dorchester has more still but for really large shopping complexes you must go to Poole or Bournemouth.


Childcare Co-ordinator for Dorset

01258 480147 (Holds details of all registered Childminders)

Dorset Family Information Service

0845 355 2099

For all aspects of Childcare and Childminders

Looking for childcare? Find Childminders, Au-pairs and Nannies at

SureStart Children's Centre

01929 463220

Bovington Mothers and Toddlers Group (Bovitots)

A small group of mothers and toddlers meet every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 0930-1130hrs. Venue is the Memorial Hall. A wonderful opportunity to get out of the house and socialise with like-minded women. Various activities are arranged on a regular basis. Refreshments are provided, fee is £1 per session. All are welcome to come along and enjoy what is on offer.

Services Welfare (WRVS) – Bovington

The Services Welfare Centre is located in Allenby Barracks, within easy reach of the Single Living Accommodation, providing a relaxed, informal, alcohol free leisure facility for the use of Phase Two soldiers whilst in training. Facilities include a Games Consoles Room with six Playstation 3, and two Wii consoles. The Television Room comprises of a large screen TV and Blu-Ray/DVD Player, and there is a large selection of DVDs that are available to loan. The centre has free Wi-Fi. A small selection of books is available, and daily newspapers are provided to read whilst in the centre. We also have a free to use cashpoint.

The Phase 2 Centre is open seven days a week:

Mon-Fri 1000-2200 hrs

Sat-Sun 1600-2200 hrs

The Services Welfare Officers on duty are also there as:

• a contact point

• a confidential listening ear

• to provide practical and emotional support

Tel: 01929 403367 Mil: 94374 3367

Matilda's Coffee Shop – Tel: 01929 405204

The tri-service charity CESSAC provides a 'home-from-home' Community Coffee Shop for the Garrison called 'Matilda's' in the Memorial Hall complex on King George V Road. The car park and main entrance are on Gouzeaucourt Road (first left off Elles Road). Matilda's menu includes standard coffee shop items such as latte, cappuccino, freshly made cakes, paninis and sandwiches as well as bacon/sausage baguettes and a full, non-fried, all-day breakfast.

Open Monday to Friday from 0900hrs to 1400hrs, the menu also includes lunch items such as soups and jacket potatoes, all at moderate prices that reflect the ethos of the Charity that operates it for you.

CESSAC is short for the CofE Soldiers', Sailors' and Airmen's Clubs, Registered Number 226684 – the CofE' in its title simply reflects its origins, not what it has done for well over 100 years.


Garrison Welfare Support Centre

The Garrison Welfare Office is now located in Building 94 (in between the HIVE and Londis Shop), King George V Road, Bovington BH20 6JA. Office no is 01929 402239. Mobile is 07773618874. Out of hours please contact the Guardroom on 01929 403378.


The Garrison Welfare Officer & Garrison Warrant Welfare Officer are an approachable interface for families within the military system and a focal point for all personnel on welfare matters. They aid the integration of individuals and families new to the unit and are the focal point for information about the Army and the unit.

Within the limitations of their knowledge, they can advise and assist those personnel and families who approach them for help or who are referred by the unit chain of command (or outside organisations). They can then refer them to the appropriate specialist welfare agency when there is a need to do so.


The GWO is the point of contact and liaises between the unit and the Army Welfare Service (AWS) and other military and civilian agencies.

The GWO provides advice and support to those in the unit chain of command, who may be involved in helping soldiers or their families with personal problems.

The GWO liaises closely with Chaplains, Medical Officers and WRVS staff who have responsibilities for their unit personnel and families. The GWO's closest liaison is with the Welfare Support Officer (WSO) and the Army Welfare Service (AWS).

The GWO assists in Garrison community facilities such as the Youth Club, the local schools and liaises with the Community Workers, HIVE, MOD, Police, Military Police, Health Visitor, Defence Estates Housing and Modern Housing Solutions.


The observance of the confidentiality code by the Unit Welfare Officer is absolute. Only in the most serious cases (see AGAI Chapter 81 para 81.012) may the bond of confidentiality be broken without the consent of the client.

The Garrison Welfare Officer is a good starting point if you have a problem or want information.

Please telephone or visit and arrange an appointment.

Bovington Contact House

The Contact house for Bovington is situated at 17 New Road, Bovington. It is close to all local shops and a bus service connects with the main line station at Wool. It is a three bedroom, fully furnished end of terrace house. All linen/towels are provided.

The house can be booked via the Garrison Welfare Office on Tel: 01929 402239. Mil: 94374 2239.

Priority is given to service personnel who have access rights to their children.

Local support for families

Additional help and services for children and their families if problems emerge or, if there is a strong likelihood that problems will emerge in the future.

The Early Intervention teams provide targeted support to children, young people and families with additional needs.

Early intervention means providing support and services to children, young people and their families as problems emerge or if there is a strong likelihood that problems will emerge in the future.

Youth Workers, Children's Centre staff and Social Workers will work with Locality Workers to provide this service. Early Intervention teams also work alongside the Youth Inclusion Support Panel (YISP) staff, Connexions workers and Community Health professionals to form teams throughout Dorset.

There are Early Intervention teams located around Dorset, for contact details for each team select the relevant link below:

The responsibilities of each team also include:

• Children's Centres

• Youth Clubs

The Early Intervention teams offer families, children and young people:

• Targeted individual support

• Access to positive activities

• Group work with children and young people

• Access to parenting programmes and support groups

• Individual support to parents

• Support to children/families experiencing difficulties with school attendance

• Promotion of a positive school experience

• Assistance with transitional periods in a child's life

• Signposting and/or referral to specialist agencies

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