Remembrance Line Association Next Monthly Member's Meeting:-
This month we are privileged to welcome Mr Dhan Gurung - Gurkha community leader who will be giving a talk on the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
Thursday 28th May 2015 - Commencing at 19.30
Venue:- The United Reformed Church Hall, Castle Hill Ave, Folkestone, CT20 2QL
Please bring your membership card
Copyright 2014 The Remembrance Line, Frizbee & Steven Whittingstall
Green hybrid light rail transit on Folkestone's historic Harbour Branch Railway'
Tribute display at the Gurkha Earthquake Vigil.
Parry People Mover at Stourbridge
News from Boulogne
A colleague of ours from Boulogne, Jean - Guy Hagelstein has over the last few days noted and photographed the dredger Victor Horta hard at work in and around Boulogne Harbour, keeping it clear for future use. That link with Folkestone is still, in principle, a possibility with the right approach.
Photo of dredger Victor Horta (right) to Jean- Guy Hagelstein.
News Update - 04/05/2015
Recent Visit To Harbour Arm Works
The RLA committee is very pleased to have accepted Folkestone Harbour Company's invitation to view the restoration work being carried out on the Harbour Arm on Wed 29th April last week. We would like to sincerely thank the Folkestone Harbour Company's Trevor Minter and his site engineer Ben Bessel for showing us around the site. The standard of work, craftmanship and respect for heritage was exemplary. No stone has been left unturned (literally!) in the quest for restoration excellence. Included in the work is the retention of a considerable length of 'tram line' set into the quayside adjacent to the harbour arm canopy and platform,which themselves have seen much renovation and weather proofing. The exact position of the Jeffrey Sisters and Mrs Sturt's WW1 cafe has been located. However it was plain to see that it would not be a suitable site to recreate it at the original point. There are several rooms, a little nearer France, built into the harbour wall which may be suitable(even for other uses) and certainly more weather proof. Restoration is also proceeding apace on various other aspects of the arm, with work going on to make the lower embarkation portals available for possible viewing by the public, safety issues withstanding.
A surprising amount of the timbers and rail supporting steel work has survived the ravages of time and the hostile salt environment. Where it has been necessary to replace parts of the structure - the work has been carried out with sensitivity and in sympathy with these unique surroundings. Clearly Trevor and Ben are passionate about their work and this is reflected in the quality of the work extant. There is someway to go before the job has been completed but Folkestone Harbour Company are confident it will be ready for opening to the public later this summer.
The Earthquake in Nepal and The Gurkhas
The Remembrance Line Association has since inception always supported the Gurkhas and their community here in Folkestone. You will recall that last year RLA donated towards the proposed Folkestone Gurkha memorial. Last week's catastrophic earthquake in their homeland Nepal has again mobilised our members to dig deep. A number of us had already attended the Cheriton vigil on Tues 28th April. At last week's monthly meeting members present collected £155-00. It was then elected to match this from the RLA central fund and we will shortly be handing a cheque over for £310-00. We are hoping that a representative from the Gurkha community will attend our May meeting to update us on the situation in Nepal and tell us about how the aid work is undertaken.
The Remembrance Line
Currently we are back in talks with John Parry of Parry People Movers of Stourbridge. Working closely with John has been Jane Taylor of Eco Rail. Jane has recently been to visit us for a couple of days, the result of which has left us in the throws of considering a full scale feasibility study-at a cost- to back up our vision document and other plans. Whilst in Folkestone Jane also took a look at the potential that the Shorncliffe housing development has presented us. Jane is also an authority on providing funding for our type of operational proposals. We will publish more news on this as events unfold. This link takes you too the latest Parry People Mover Newsletter.
RLA 4th May 2015
More to come shortly-
Re-enactment of first the British Troops to arrive at Folkestone Harbour.
Folkestone Harbour Railway Ltd
Major restoration work on the Harbour arm.