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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Covid19 Quarantine exemptions

Following recent social media posts within the Sennelager PAR it has now been confirmed that for those members of the “Force” within the Garrison that the following legal exemption applies within the current HN rules for persons who enter the country on the basis of the visit of relatives of the first degree (e.g. parents or children) or second degree (for example, siblings, grandchildren or grandparents), the spouse or partner not belonging to the same household, or shared custody or rights of access.  Therefore, for those returning with children from UK for half term there is no need to quarantine on arrival in Germany, although testing will be required to transit from UK (as a non vaccinated person) dependant upon age and transit country entry requirements.  Should a child feel unwell then the normal testing and reporting protocols should be used.


Source of info: Bundesgesundheitsministerium: Coronavirus-Einreiseverordnung

NATEX Shopping Status for UK Personnel

The NATO E-3A Component base in Geilenkirchen is now accepting off-base visitors again following the Covid-19 restrictions, meaning UK personnel can shop at our NATEX stores again as usual.  

Personnel can visit our website natex.de or our Facebook page at facebook.com/NATEXNATO. We could also send up some signs. 

Personnel can also check About Us / Shopping at NATEX on our website to understand their privileges. 


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Halloween Open Tour Around Externsteine ​​With a Visit to the Grotto

Externsteine Halloween

Every Sunday at 11:00 am there is an open tour around the Externsteine ​​with a visit to the grotto, including tickets for the ascent.

Open tours Externsteine ​​(Corona 3 rule)

Duration: approx. 60 minutes

Adults: 9.00 € / Children: 6-14 years 4.50 €

Meeting point: 11 a.m. Info Center Externsteine

Reservations not possible.
Start and arrival
Date : October 31, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Sennelager Garrison Community Bonfire Night on 5th November!

You are invited to the Garrison Bonfire Night on 5th November!

The event will start at 5pm opposite the NAAFI Sennelager Pub on Normandy Barracks. The bonfire and fireworks will be on the field next to the old Welfare Centre.

There will be:
  • a Best Guy Competition from 5:15pm
  • the bonfire lighting from 5:30pm
  • a fireworks display from 6:15pm
NAAFI will be providing a BBQ and drinks. More stalls to be confirmed.

Antwerp Gate will be open until 9pm to allow people to walk easily to and from the SFA patches. There will be limited parking spaces available on JB's car park ONLY.

This event will be much smaller than those in previous years, so it is only open to the immediate garrison community. If you are planning to attend, please mark yourself as 'going' so we can get a rough estimate of numbers.


COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Programme for Winter 2021 to 2022

The Medical Centre will commence it’s delivery of Booster vaccinations this week in line with the Government COVID-19 booster vaccine programme for winter 2021 to 2022 this week. 

The JCVI advises that for the 2021 COVID-19 booster vaccine programme individuals who received vaccination in Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme (priority groups 1 to 9) should be offered a third dose COVID-19 booster vaccine. 

This includes:
  • Frontline health and social care workers.
  • All those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, and registered adult carers.
  • Adult household contacts (aged 16 or over) of immunosuppressed individuals.
  • All adults aged 50 years or over
What do I need to do?

Nothing. As with the previous vaccinations, the Medical Centre will individually contact patients who fall into the JCVI 1-9 categories to offer appointments over the coming weeks. 

The PAR are reminded that the Medical Centre must strictly adhere to the UK policy on COVID-19 vaccinations, so will not be vaccinating individuals who do not meet the government criteria.

If you have any concerns or questions then please do not telephone the Medical Centre reception in the first instance, as an increase in calls will reduce the ability for patients to access care. 

Questions can be raised using econsult on https://sennelagermedical.webgp.com/. Queries will be answered in priority order.

Sennelager Medical Centre – Health Visiting in Sennelager

Mrs Kerry Riley, is the (New Named Health Visitor HV) for the Sennelager garrison community.

Kerry has joined our health team as part of the Future Healthcare model and will be providing health visiting support to our families here in Sennelager. Although she is based out of SHAPE she will be an integral part of our medical team. Kerry will be providing:

  • Remote clinics on Tuesday Mornings and Thursday Afternoons.

  • Face 2 face clinics at least once a month. Based out of the Sennelager Medical Centre.

  • Group work facilitated through teams with other families in Europe.

  • Specialist input to unit safeguarding boards.

Kerry is looking forward to meeting our families and being a part of our community. It is our intent to hold a “meet the HV” event in November before she begins face 2 face clinics.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Sennelager Cinema Club is Reopening Soon!

Films will be shown twice a week: Thursdays at 19:00 and Sundays at 14:30 for family-friendly films. 

Weekly schedules will be advertised on the Facebook Group, HIVE blog and on BFBS Radio.

Memberships will cost:

  • €25 per adult 
  • €10 for those aged 12-18 years old
  • Children under 12 years old are free

These memberships will last for one year - existing memberships from 2020 will restart and be valid for one year.

If you have any questions, please contact Community Support in Brydon House