Family information

Defence Academy Friends and Family (DAFFYS) runs social events and activities for those posted to Shrivenham and the Defence Academy.

It’s an entirely volunteer-run organisation to help the friends and family of those based at Shrivenham to get to know each other and makes friends through a mixture of social gatherings. These range from fine dining evenings and mess lunches with guest speakers, to the station fete and bake off, and children’s Christmas party. So no matter what your age, where you come from, if you have children or not, or whether you are posted here for seven months or three years, there is something for everyone.

We publicise all our events via an email distribution list. Signing up to receive these details comes with no obligation or fee, it just means you’ll know what is going on. But if you are interested in taking a more active role in DAFFYS we are always looking for help on our small committee of spouses – so please get in touch.

The families and welfare office is open:

Monday - Thursday 0900 - 1600

Friday 0900 - 1530

DAFFYS, Community Centre, Faringdon Road, Watchfield, SN6 8ST


Coffee mornings

Coffee mornings are held regularly in one of the café outlets on camp. Come and buy a coffee,  meet new friends and catch up with old ones.

Popcorn Club

This popular film club is held in Kitchener Hall Mess and is aimed at children aged between 4 and 10 years old. A supper for the children is served before the film starts; popcorn and juice are served at an appropriate interval in the film. All films are age appropriate and suitable for children whose first language is not English. The bar is open for adults.

Mess lunches

These are usually held in the Cormorant Building. Lunch is taken in the Victory Dining Room where we but our own lunch and afterwards we often have a guest speaker. These talks cover a wide range of topics. We are always finished in time for school pick up. 

International Bring a Dish Evenings 

Literally as it says, bring a dish to share and enjoy the dishes that others have brought. No need to book and no cost. Just bring yourself and some food to share. These are usually held in St Alban's Church hall.

Children’s Christmas party 

The Christmas Party is a fun event with a party entertainer, food and the chance of meeting Father Christmas. This is held in the Kitchener Hall Mess.

The Early Christmas Marke

This is a chance to get all your Christmas shopping finished early and under one roof. There are many stalls selling a huge variety of local goods to browse around.