Welcome to Chicksands Community

Home to the Intelligence Corps and proud to host the historic Chicksands Priory, Chicksands has plenty to offer those Serivce Personnel and Families who live or work here

With so much going on in the local area and on site, it can be difficult to keep track, so we have designed this website to provide useful information and details that you may need in a quick and easy way.

You can also join the Welfare Twitter feed and Chicksands Chatters closed facebook group on the links below.

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Please continue to maintain social distance and adhere to the current government COVID-19 guidance.

Remember to carry your selected face covering at all times and keep washing those hands.

There is a new one way system in the Gilbertine, please follow this at all times, also please note it is mandatory to wear a face covering when in Rustics cafe. Acceptable only to be removed if sitting down to eat at the selected socially distant tables set out.


Event being run by Wild Play in Bedford, book your free tickets via the link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/really-wild-play-elstow-autum...


Families Briefs

First and Third Mondays of Each Month


Gilbertine Centre

Open to all families and service persons on site, hosted by the Unit Welfare Officer and attended by the other welfare staff to answer any and all questions you may have and to introduce you to the Welfare Team.

Find you what we can do for you, keep up to date with current events and any issues you may have come across or currently dealing with. 

Worth a visit and connect with your community and others who may be new to the site.

Pumpkin  Display Competition

Friday 30 Oct 


Saturday 31 Oct


The Welfare Team are hosting a pumpkin display competition on Chicksands.

The displays will be judge on both days and there are prizes for the top three scariest and most original displays.

Please place your displays and pumpkins to the front of your houses.

For more information, please contact the Welfare Team on 01462 752 112.

Pumpkin Trail 

Saturday 31 Oct

There will be a Pumpkin Trail event across the SFA areas on Halloween, dotted around on posters will be QR codes. The idea is that accompanying adults/parents take their child or children around looking at the pumpkin displays, as you do, you will see pumpkin trail posters with a QR code. Simply show the QR code to your phones camera and children attempt the challenges. 

Some are tricks and some treats, accompanying adults will reward their child or children with treats or take them away, depending on being successful in the challenge or not!

You will need to have a supply of treats and a bag for this trail, weather appropriate clothing a phone with internet connection and a sense of humour.

More details and the start point is located on this websites Pumpkin Trail page.

Any queries or questions please get in touch with the Welfare Department. Good luck!

Life Through The Lens Competition

Friday 20 Nov


Thursday 10 Dec

We are holding a photography competition for the children of Chicksands, the theme; encapsulate the local area. Eg. Nature / History / Quirky & Interesting / Community etc...

Age Groups: 5-8yo / 9-12yo & 13yo+

All submissions emailed to stuart.parker319@mod.gov.uk no later than Friday 20 November 2020. Impartial judge will pick a winner from each age category and the winners shall receive a prize and have their submissions printed and mounted in the Gilbertine Community Centre. 

We will hold a COVID-19 safe viewing of the winners in the Church on Thursday 10 December 2020.

RULES: No images of Children / No images which compromise site security and submissions must have been taken by the appropriate age for that category. 

When submitting photos, please include the title and age category you are entering for.