Colchester Garrison is currently home to the British Army's 16th Air Assault Brigade.The brigade has 3 air assault infantry battalions, 3 air assault aviation battalions, 1 artillery regiment, and supporting units (engineer, signals, logistics, medical). The Territorial Army is currently represented in Colchester by 36 (Eastern) Signal Squadron, 37 Signal Regiment (Volunteers).
Colchester Garrison has recently been redeveloped and now has one central camp called Merville Barracks. Merville Barracks houses the Head Quarters for 16 Air Assault Brigade, 18 Army Education Centre the WRVS centre and the living accommodation for unaccompanied or single Service Personnel.
The Colchester Families HIVE is situated in the Community Centre Fallowfield Road located within the Service Families accommodation area. Also in the Community Centre are AWS, AFF EAS, Youth Club, St Nicholas Pre School / Nursery and the Musket club. The youth club is open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and offers various sessions for 5yrs to 7yrs, 8yrs to 10yrs, 11yrs to 13yrs and 14yrs and above. The Musket Club is open lunchtimes, evenings and weekends for service members and their families. Food is available and they run various themed nights throughout the month including Bingo. The Londis shop provides a "food to go" service and a seating area where they provide hot and cold food for most of the day, cash point, video/DVD hire and baby changing facilities. Next door to the Londis is Garrison Radio where you are welcome to pop in and make a request or even nominate someone for free cake Friday.
Situated in the welfare hub of Merville Barracks next to the WRVS centre is a second HIVE office for service personnel. The office is open from 12:00 to 14:00 Monday to Friday. The Garrison is situated on the south side of Colchester a mile and a half from the town centre. There is a very good bus service to and from town with various stops within the Service Families Estate.
The information on this site has been compiled from various sources accessible on the internet: acknowledgements are due to The British Army Website, the HIVE website, and Wikipedia. The site is intended to be an impartial and useful source of information about the Forces Base and surrounding area for members of HM Armed Forces, their families and civilians working on the Base. There should be nothing of a sensitive nature as everything here is readily available on the internet. If you spot anything that is out of date or just plain wrong, please contact us.