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Thu 28th November 2014
United Reformed Church
Folkestone - 7:30pm
Please bring your membership card
Copyright 2014 The Remembrance Line, Frizbee & Steven Whittingstall
Green Transport using The Historic Harbour Railway
Remembrance Sunday 2014 RLA wreath on extreme right.
RLA chairman presents Dan Garung with our cheque in support of their proposed memorial.
The monstrosity built across the vidaduct tracks in the name of art-Yeh Righto.
Well I guess this is a first- The Remembrance Line Association website now has a latest news section! We must thank our treasurer David Harvey for keeping the website ticking over for what seems donkey's years on his very limited available time-we salute you! Anyway at last we have found someone with the skills and a little spare time to keep us up to date with the world and visa versa. That person just happens to be Steve Whittingstall who has stepped in to make all the difference by generously taking on the roll of webmaster. As well as possessing the correct IT skills , Steve is an heritage railway professional, a true Folkestonian and very much in tune with our campaign.
The re-establishment of a foot passenger ferry service connection with Boulogne has been directly/indirectly added to our portfolio.
Since our last mail out the small team who have been fighting the campaign of a lifetime against what really by the DfT's own admission has been a fait accompli. To get to grips with our approach you really need to download our objection to the railway closure(click at the top of our home page)-it's all in there. We also challenged Folkestone Harbour Company's ripping up of the track on the harbour arm before an official decision was ratified on the future of the branch. The DfT were thrown into disarray for a few days while they made up some excuses and got the supposed backing of 'Ministers' to thinly rebuff our information. We also made a last ditch appeal to the Rail Regulator-who finally endorsed the DfT's closure proposal. Well, we needn't have bothered - the establishment stood fast and the answer was closure!
Having said all of this, our objections were purely academic - there is no way that we could actually get complete control of the branch line if Network Rail were in the picture. So on a slightly different tack our bid continues unabated.
Halt the Destruction of Folkestone Harbour Railway Station
Recently we have (via the Auspices of 38 degrees) run a national petition to avert the destruction of Folkestone Harbour Station by Folkestone Harbour Company and as I write , it is still running- latest total 2107. Please sign this and share to everyone you know with a viewpoint similar to yours. Here is the link :- https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/halt-the-destruction-of-folkestone-harbour-railway-station-3
In due course we will be publishing all our correspondence with DfT and the Office of the Rail Regulator. The predictability of their responses was to say the least vexing... but then we were expecting it!
With our current membership hovering around the 500 mark it's great to know,in spite of our sporadic communications, that they are all still behind RLA and its aspirations concerning the retention of the Folkestone Harbour Branch Railway.
Other matters over the recent months and weeks included our £500-00 donation to the Gurkha memorial soon to be erected in Folkestone. We made our presentation to Gurkha Dan Garung at a fund raising event held in Folkestone Town Centre during May 2014. We by our privileged purpose laid a wreath at the Folkestone War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday earlier this month. The honours this year were carried out by RLA chairman Richard Moffatt and leading Member Jean Reed.
More updates will now follow on a regular basis.
The 2014 AGM will now actually be held in January 2015! - exact date to follow.
The RLA Committee Nov '14