Blandford life and activities

#1
Hey there folks,

From my recent posts, some of you may be aware that Im due to start Phase 1 in the New Year at Winchester. Whilst Im sure that the vast majority of my time at Blandford for Phase 2 will be spent.learming my trade, I was if there was much opportunity to take advantage of any sports / "extra curricular" societies in the area?

Just trying to get a taste of what, hopefully, will be ahead of me!

Thanks in advance folks!
 
#2
On camp or down town?

Down town the main past times are taking heroin, shagging close family members, ripping squaddies off for ******* everything and whining about squaddies while secretly shitting yourself that the Army will finally shut the camp down and remove the only thing keeping the town alive.

On camp the main past times are wandering around half the night trying to find the one eight inch wide and mobile beam of mobile phone signal and hoping that the twats who moved us out of Catterick into the ******** of the entire universe because it's close to their holiday cottages die a painful and drawn out death.

There's a bowling alley and a wargaming club on camp too. Knock yourself out.
 
#3
I've only been to Blandford once and I ended up with 12 stitches and a very sore bottom.

He pushed me.
 
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#4
On camp or down town?

Down town the main past times are taking heroin, shagging close family members, ripping squaddies off for ******* everything and whining about squaddies while secretly shitting yourself that the Army will finally shut the camp down and remove the only thing keeping the town alive.

On camp the main past times are wandering around half the night trying to find the one eight inch wide and mobile beam of mobile phone signal and hoping that the twats who moved us out of Catterick into the ******** of the entire universe because it's close to their holiday cottages die a painful and drawn out death.

There's a bowling alley and a wargaming club on camp too. Knock yourself out.
And the greatest cinema known to man.
 
#5
Hey there folks,

From my recent posts, some of you may be aware that Im due to start Phase 1 in the New Year at Winchester. Whilst Im sure that the vast majority of my time at Blandford for Phase 2 will be spent.learming my trade, I was if there was much opportunity to take advantage of any sports / "extra curricular" societies in the area?

Just trying to get a taste of what, hopefully, will be ahead of me!

Thanks in advance folks!
From what I understand, there is no swimming pool on site at Blanford but there is one in the local town. You are able to take transport on Wednesday sports days for free to go and have a swim. I don't know this from first hand experience though, but I'm sure you can easily speak up and ask about it, for confirmation.
 
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Sounds just like home, Jimmys_best_mate. Wargaming as in Warhammer? Christ, sounds like it's going to be like I'm back at school!

I had heard - from a bunch of medics that the little brother is posted to, so it may all be just idle rumour - that there was even a Dungeons and Dragons team cutting around in the Sigs somewhere.

Does anyone know what the internet connections are like down there? I know I will likely be in shared accomodation, but is it possible to get a wifi connection hooked up, or would you need to pop down to an internet cafe?
 
#13
626 junior spent a week there before being shifted onto driver training, in the week there though she said that the internet was fine and we actually facetimed a few times so the speed sounds ok. not sure about the blokes accomodation but the females sound like they get a good deal with a kitchen etc. As I said she was only there a week and couldn't really form a true idea of what it's like.
 
#14
Most of the blocks have wifi now. Not sure what it costs or what speeds are like but I'm sure you can manage Faceache over it. I wouldn't expect to be playing CoD online though! There's also an internet cafe in the WRVS so you'll be able to get online if you need to - work permitting.

I think the wargaming club was aimed more at 'real war' than Warhammer but I can tell you nothing about it other than it exists (or did, last I heard anyway).

The blocks are mostly ten man rooms with a small kitchen, wash/drying room and ablutions to each flat. They're not bad at all for what they are (and far better than the old Anson/Benbow or the portakabins which I don't think are used unless they're desperate anymore).

There's no point lying about it - Blandford is an utter ******* shithole with absolutely no redeeming features and I don't know many people in the Corps who wouldn't happily see us pull out of there, rape and pillage the town then call in a nuclear strike once all the humans are far enough away. It's only a year though so just make the best of it.
 
#19
Spent a lot of time at Blandford, and going back there soon.

It's a total pit. The camp, the local town, the lot - the cinema is okay, the WRVS holds random events for football and stuff but other than that there's sweet FA to do.

There's sports-for-all on a Wednesday which we used to nickname 'sports for most' as there was/is usually a shortage of PT staff to run even 4 to 5 of the 40 odd sports which Blandford prides itself on being able to provide in your induction week.

There's Wifi in the blocks provided by Wifinity, fairly pricey but they've stuck fibre in so it's a pretty good connection if you pay your money. Good enough for Xbox'ing and the like, though most of your evenings are taken up doing wonderful jobs such as rifle cleaning on a Monday. Then cleaning the same rifles again on Tuesday, and sometimes even Wednesday for good measure. Then you'll do 'troop training' which is where you get to be vaguely amused at how many people have absolutely no idea how to map read, prompting the question 'Well how did any of you get through basic?'

All in all, not the greatest of places in the world. It'll seem great at first, what with all the freedom compared to Pirbright, but once you've been there a couple of months you'll turn into one of the Blandford regulars and wonder round the camp getting an earful from an RP about your non-issued day sack. Or not marching in civvies. Or whatever.

Good luck, welcome to the Signals! The Phase Two portion, anyway.
 
#20
Bowling alley is shut. The swimming is on every Wednesday with transport provided. Wednesday is sports afternoon for all with every sports club run for it. Cinema had upgraded and shows up to date films and has 3D capabilities.
 
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