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Discuss From Toulon to Northwood Part 2 in London-ish (HIC 4 - High Wycombe0 on Rear Party; Here I am again ... Thanks to Bodger I got in touch with the HASC and as predicted they were no help at all...meanwhile I took it upon myself to contact a couple of estate ...
  
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    From Toulon to Northwood Part 2

    Here I am again ...

    Thanks to Bodger I got in touch with the HASC and as predicted they were no help at all...meanwhile I took it upon myself to contact a couple of estate agents and one in particular was very helpful

    Apparently, despite the HASC saying that they don't work with any private companies the MOD does work with a C called HCR, a relocation firm. And in turn they work with this estate agents to find property if there is nothing available via the SFA...

    She also gave valuable info on schools and where to live in and around Northwood...what a shame that this is not give freely by the SFA although I suppose it's more the HIVE's job

    I don't know how true all this info is but at least now I know to ask...

    Will post more info when I have it as you never know someone might need it in the future

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    Spot on.

    The paperwork needs to be submitted to HASC in the usual way, HASC will then come back and say no room at the inn. HCR will then contact you to arrange to view 3 properties within your entitlement, you choose one etc.

    That's the procedure very simply. It is no doubt complicated by the fact you are coming from France but you are not the first foreign appointment at Northwood and you won't be the last.

    Keep poking them.
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    HCR are a good crew, have had personal experience of them myself.

    Marsh8, Northwood features in this guide:

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    Thanks for the link to "London"...plenty of useful information

    As for an update...when I called last week to the HASC, I was told that my husband could make this housing application on line....again WRONG !

    We made this discovery yesterday as he has now received his official reposting message (at last!!) and we were ready to get going on it.

    I must confess that I'd only skimmed the sfa application page and it is clearly written on the site but you (and this is for anyone reading who's like me - who knows nothing) can only apply online if you are on the services intranet OR an MOD computer....

    So this leaves us applying to the NSE...let's hope that their wheels roll quicker than the British/French reposting office !

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    Another thing while I remember...housing through the SFA...what are the kitchens like? I only ask as here we don't have military housing in France and we have to go through the private sector. This means that I have everything (washing machine, dish washer, cooker etc etc) but if these things are already in the house then I need to start selling stuff...no point bringing it to the UK just to stock it!

    Again any info is welcome

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    Cooker is included but nothing else - could be different in officers' housing though...?
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    Officer's houses only have cookers - usually built in and usually rubbish!

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    Cookers, carpets, curtains and built in wardrobes in SFA but SSFA is private property so usually but not always has fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and cooker. If it's a newish house it won't have built in wardrobes. Ikea will become your new best friend.
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    Thanks girls!

    Interesting to know that Ikea has friends everywhere Would have spent more than a fortune in the last 15 years had it not been for our flat pack friend !

    Again, will post when there is more info...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heli View Post
    Officer's houses only have cookers - usually built in and usually rubbish!
    Seconded. We have a kids cooker, the only difference between it and a Little Tykes one is that it has gas coming out of it. Sometimes. Not only is it a pain in the arse because you can't get a miniature turkey in it, food ends up falling down the 30 cm gap either side of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodger View Post
    Seconded. We have a kids cooker, the only difference between it and a Little Tykes one is that it has gas coming out of it. Sometimes. Not only is it a pain in the arse because you can't get a miniature turkey in it, food ends up falling down the 30 cm gap either side of it.
    Ugh ours is like that too although its only about 3cm either side - just a wee bit too small to fit a crevice nozzle into. Needless to say there's not just our food that's stuck in that gap but the food of everyone who has lived here since the cooker was put in. And the chain fastening it to the wall is only inches long so can't even get the bloody thing out to clean
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    Oooh does that mean from time to time you have a meal on the house courtesy of the previous tenants

    And chained to the wall!! Do they think that you're going to make off with it into the night ??

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    Ew ew ew ew!!!

    And yeah, probably. Full of MEs this estate and they'll rob anything
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    Again I've been out of the UK too long...what's ME ?

    Otherwise OH has been in touch with his new boss and what a difference in "first contact"...I feel like we're coming home

    Incidentally he got the phone number from a British exchange officer that's posted in Toulon (and lots of other useful info too!)...another EXTREMELY lovely chap...the future's looking bright!

    It's looking like it's going to be Bushey Heath if we have lots of luck on our side...

    I honestly feel that the Brits are SO much better at lending a hand than the French...other Brit chaps that have come over, it seems that they are on their own as in finding their own accommodation etc...We don't get it either but at least you'd think that something would be done for people coming rom abroad! I'm ed!

    If ever anyone hears of families have a problem here, just let me know...I know alot of areas in France and also how to get around the French admin...only too willing to help...and they'll need it!
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    It's a marine engineer - don't think you'll have much call for them in the Army
    Famed throughout the Royal Navy for constantly being on the rob (I can say that as I have a pet one sitting on the sofa next to me )
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    Had a good laugh at that one since OH is one !! (If pushed he might consider it but it would be desperate measures )
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    Quote Originally Posted by squirrel_pigeon View Post
    It's a marine engineer - don't think you'll have much call for them in the Army
    Famed throughout the Royal Navy for constantly being on the rob (I can say that as I have a pet one sitting on the sofa next to me )
    The army does have Marine Engineers I'm married to one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Special_Tree View Post
    The army does have Marine Engineers I'm married to one
    Consider me corrected I never knew that!
    "You don't think there's anything amiss? I'm sitting here wearing a red and white checked gingham dress and army boots and you think that's un-amiss?"

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    You wouldn't be the only one who didnt. My best mate (married to an Engineer) was determined mr tree was blagging me and he was actually a work dodging civvy lol
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    It's been a while but here is the update...put the form in and here we are 3 weeks later and no news...

    We've had to book the lorry going to the UK (2nd August) but our address is currently "in a box somewhere with all our other boxes in Northwood somewhere"

    What efficiency...or am I being too harsh? We're on a need to know basis...i.e. we REALLY need to know as otherwise we're going to have to look at other options!

    Anyway...will tell more when I know more

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