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    Aldershot

    I know that this must be a frequently asked question we are about to fill in the 1132 for a posting to Aldershot and I want to know what the properties are like on the inside...

    I've got all the info I can from the Hive but they won't say what they are like on the inside.

    Basically we are entitiled to a 3 bedroomed officer SFA and I would like an idea of any that are 3 double bedrooms (if any)..our last two have been this size. But any information you have will be useful.

    Our 3rd is due and family live far away (don't they always) so we'd like as much space as possible.

    Thanks

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    Re: Aldershot

    My mate is in one on Blenheim Park, it's a semi but they've got lovely big rooms, another mate is in a beautiful big detached period property with massive high ceiling rooms near the Aldershot Military Museum (can't recall road name but they're inside the wire - Normandy Barracks I think- just behind the back gates of Mons Barracks). I haven't yet been in any officer quarters here that don't have lovely big rooms. I'm sure you'll be fine.

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    Re: Aldershot

    Hi
    We live in a 3-bed on the Wakefords patch. They're new builds (about 4 yrs old) so still very nice and clean inside. Decent sized rooms. The 2 larger bedrooms comfortably fit double beds and loads of other junk. The 3rd smaller bedroom is more of a single, although we have squeezed a blow up double airbed in there on occasions!
    We've lived quite comfortably in, but with only one child.
    There are also 4 and 5 bed detached ones on the Patch, not sure if they're allocated on rank or need these days though.
    The houses on Bleinheim Park seem bigger, but they're older (but also cheaper!).
    Hope you end up with one big enough! When are you due to move here?
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    Re: Aldershot

    Thank you for your replies.

    We are due to move at the end of July. we currently have 2 kids but the 3rd is due in September.

    We've always been really lucky with quarters before but i've not heard many nice things about Aldershot. maybe its just my hormones but I'm more concerned about our quarters this time.

    Do you know anything about pre schools?

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    Re: Aldershot

    You might end up with our house! We're due to move out at the end of July. But I think a 3-bed in Wakefords would probably be a bit of a squeeze with 3 children, so hopefully you won't get one of those. A 4-bed would be perfect though! I've only been in the down stairs of the Blenheim Park Quarters, but they seem a pretty decent size.
    I'm afraid I don't know anything about pre-schools in the area, my little girl hasn't started yet. I know that the closest one is called Clock Tower but I don't know what it's like. I think it's meant to be a good one though.
    Sorry I can't be more help.
    Aldershot isn't too bad really! I was dreading it, when I told people that's where we were going they all had this look of sympathy on their faces! But I've been pleasently surprised. It's a great location, with loads of nice places very nearby. Aldershot town centre itself is a bit of a dump though. But you don't have to travel far to find some really nice places.
    I guess you'll be having baby no.3 in Frimley Park? My 2nd is due very soon, and I've heard good things about Frimley.

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    Re: Aldershot

    There's some useful stuff on education here:

    http://www.army.mod.uk/documents/gen...shot_08-s2.pdf

    and other good stuff on other aspects of Aldershot here:

    http://www.army.mod.uk/documents/gen...shot_08-s1.pdf

    http://www.army.mod.uk/documents/gen...shot_08-s3.pdf

    (includes Aldershot HIC - Page 159 - could they help?)

    http://www.army.mod.uk/documents/gen...shot_08-s4.pdf

    http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/De...ershotHive.htm

    Clocktower Pre-School:

    http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/oxcare_reports/download/(id)/10115/(as)/109944_CB.pdf

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    Re: Aldershot

    We've been allocted some where now in North Camp as we were in London we took a detour and did the usual drive by. Not very impressed but all of our other quarters have always been huge so anything less was always going to take a bit of a head sort out.

    I think that if Housing gave us three addresses and said somethng along the lines of this is what will be avaliable..do some research and tell us which is the best out of the bunch and that's what you'll get I'd feel more in control. As it is you are too scared to turn down anything. It would save picking preferences that are then ignored anyway.

    Still maybe others prefer it this way or maybe I;ve just got too much sense!!!!

    Still worst comes to worst I've only got to cope with the house for 2 years and then repeat this again!!!

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    Re: Aldershot

    North Camp is fine we have just been posted from there and the house was lovely and big, but it does depend wether you get one of the new ones or the older ones, but even then the older ones are really nice, i was in one of the new houses, but a few of my friends were in the older ones and there actually bigger, dont worry im sure you will be fine, persides you do know that you dont have to go into SFA/MQ you can rent privetly if you dont like what you get!!

    also if you are after a pre-school the clock tower pre-school is 5 mins walk up the road, really nice school, teachers are lovely ( my youngest went there) the only prob i found with them was they only do 2 1/2hrs in the morning 9-11:30 and 2 1/2 hrs in the afternoon 12:30-3, and you have to collect them and take them home at the times between them which is a pain if you wanna work...

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    Re: Aldershot

    Thank You it makes a change to hear some good things about Aldershot.

    Did you go to any good baby/toddler groups? What would you recommend? Here we are spoilt for choice...so if you're ever posted to Ilchester I'd really recommend it (My husband is army but his job is tri service so we haven't been green for 4 years).

    Shame we won't get to meet up...where are you heading next? All the best with no 2 I found it a lot easier getting used to two than I did my first.

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    Re: Aldershot

    I think the best toddler group is the one at the Garrison Church - Little Saints on a monday morning. It's a really nice size, not too big, so it always feels really calm and it's friendly not clicky at all. It is a drive away from North Camp though, only about 5 mins though - it's near the big Tesco in Aldershot.
    There's one in the methodist church in North Camp too on a wed morning. I've never been, but heard it's quite popular and you have to get there when it starts as it gets busy.
    The Connaught Centre in North Camp (where the Hive is) has one on a monday morning too. Again I haven't been because it clashes with Little Saints, but a friend helps run it - so I've got to plug it!

    We're off to Gutersloh next. Husband went out there in April, but there isn't a Quater available until the end of June! So going to have to wait until baby number 2 is born and got a passport etc until we can go. Aiming for end of July!
    It's a complete nightmare. Really worried that hubby won't get back in time for birth! So hoping for a long labour (!) - hear this isn't too common with second babies though!!

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    Re: Aldershot

    I've just had my bubs in Frimley Park and can say they were absolutely brilliant there.
    Don't know Aldershot that well but there are plenty of other places nearby for shopping.
    Hope you get a good house and enjoy your posting.
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    Re: Aldershot

    Ah, now, shopping, now you're talking.

    Aldershot is not brilliant but it does have most things. However, London is less than an hour on the train. Up the A331 in Camberley (about ten minutes drive) is an enormous Tesco and Marks&Spencers (don't go on Saturday afternoons!). Guildford is great for department stores and general shopping. Farnham is OK if a bit twee.
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    Re: Aldershot

    Hiya

    I work in Aldershot (and live just outside) and have two mates with MQs there. Both houses are newish and quite nice.
    Shops in Aldershot not great but everything you need. Basingstoke not far and has Festival Place which is good. Fleet and Farnham are nice for mooching around too. And like others have said, London is about 50 mins on the train.

    When you arrive if you fancy a drink let me know!

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