On Thursday 5 October, Swale Rail Community Rail Partnership, Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne and Kent Community Rail Partnership celebrated first place for ‘Ambulance Train’ event for best community engagement event at the National Community Rail Awards 2017 at Derby Roundhouse.
This was a hugely ambitious, extremely successful event involving 21 local Community Groups, during the remembrance period in November 2016, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Ambulance Trains which departed Kent in WW1. Highly interactive, with events at 7 locations and involving a dedicated “Poppy-branded” Javelin High Speed train to transport public and re-enactors between locations, used for the first time on SwaleRail. Nearly a year in the planning, the event demonstrated the best in teamwork by a wide range of volunteers, supported by Kent CRP, HRGS and led by the indomitable Linda Brinklow, Chair of SwaleRail Community Rail Partnership.
The awards, which are now in their 13th year, recognise the important but often unsung work carried out by community rail partnerships and station adoption groups, amongst others, who provide a welcome social and economic contribution, with their activities, to their communities.