Friends Of Appledore Station Planting The Future

Friends Of Appledore Station (FOAST) are a group of volunteers who are determined to bring the unmanned station back to life.
The planters were made and supplied by the volunteers, and now take pride of place on the platform.They have organised the clearing of rubbish from track side and surrounding area .FOAST who formed as a group nearly 2 years ago, work with the local community on how best to make better use of the the station which still has a place in hearts of many residents.

If you would like to know more about FOAST or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer then contact Terry Blaney on 07710 637962 or email

Canterbury Oast Trust brings the look of summer to Ham Street

Canterbury Oast Trust, based in Woodchurch, have been down to Ham Street Station to renew the planters with early summer flowers.
Each year about this time, they visit Ham Street and the Rye Station to take out the winter blooms and bring lots of sweet scented floral displays. Canterbury Oast Trust is a station Partner. If you are interested in becoming a station Partner at any of our stations along the Marshlink line. Please contact me on my email

Guestling Bradshaw Primary School On Display At Three Oaks Station

Artwork that has been produced by pupils of Guestling Bradshaw Primary School is on display at Three Oaks Station.
Christine Brown who is a station partner with the Sussex Community Rail Partnership, contacted the school to see if they could involve some of the children to display their art at the station.
Kevin Barry the Community Rail Development officer for the Marshlink Line said “It is brilliant that Christine has organised this as it not only gives passengers something to enjoy on their daily commute, but the children are able to show their work outside of the school”

If you would like to be a station partner for a train station in your area and you think it can benefit your local community, then contact Kevin Barry by email


An organisation called “The Studio” which is for adults with learning difficulties, have put up a festive exhibition at the Station.
The paintings put you in the Christmas mood, passengers will be given something to think about on their journey. Make a point of visiting the station to enjoy the work the members of “The Studio” have put in to start the festive spirit!

Ham Street station

Ham Street station is looking its best with the garden, planters and front of station in full bloom. The lift and new bridge has been complete and opened making Ham Street station much more accessible and user friendly for people with disabilities.


Young students from St Thomas’ Church of England primary school in Winchelsea are helping to brighten the journey for passengers using the Winchelsea station
Children from the local school were approached by the local station partnership group to see if they like to produce pictures of the railways to be displayed at Winchelsea station.

Kevin Barry, the Marshlink Community Rail Officer for the Sussex Community Rail Partnership group and John Spencer the past Mayor and lead in the in the station partnership group, helped organise the project.

Kevin Boorman, the chair of the Marshlink Community Rail commented “It is great to see members of local schools and communities getting involved in our work. This is exactly what the station partnership is all about.”


Train treat for young adults with learning disabilities

Sussex Community Rail Partnership (‘SCRP’) and local train operating company Southern arranged for a group of young adults with learning disabilities from Canterbury Oast Trust to experience travelling on the train from Ham Street to Brighton.

The initiative encourages vulnerable people, senior citizens or groups of school children to use the train and feel safe.

Kevin Barry, the Community Rail Development officer for the Marshlink line said “ Canterbury Oast Trust have been working closely with SCRP and Southern for some time on a number of projects, but Try The Train was a whole new experience for their service users. When we travel by train we think nothing of it, but for many people it takes a lot of planning in advance of the journey, and they want to know they will be helped and feel safe.”

Kate Richards, Southern’s station manager for the Marshlink line, was also onboard to explain to the travellers what they need to know to enjoy their journey. They also met the guards who reassured them that if they needed any help they were there to guide them.

When they arrived in Brighton, Jim Cummings, Brighton station manager, met the group and laid on a light lunch in the station waiting room.

Alan Davies, lifestyle manager for Canterbury Oast Trust said “For individuals who may not get the opportunity to travel on the train or had not had the experience of this due their circumstances and learning disability, this project was excellent . The railway staff were excellent, warm and helpful putting us and ease and feeling relaxed”

New Defibrillator at Rye Station

Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, helped unveil a new defibrillator at Rye Station on Friday (March 16th) through a partnership between The Sussex Heart Charity and Southern Rail.Kevin Boorman Chairman of the MarshlinK CRP seen here welcoming Amber Rudd,said ” I was honoured and delighted to be invited to the defibrillator launch at Rye Station, to show our support for this excellent initiative, I was also pleased that the Sussex Heart Charity received such support at the Launch. All credit must go to the Sussex Heart Charity for providing the equipment, and to Southern for allowing it to be installed at Rye Station”

Also in the picture is Kate Richards, Station Manager for the Marshlink line.

Well train-ed:-volunteer recognised for station exhibition

Local resident Stuart Searle has been recognised for providing material for an historic exhibition at Rye Station earlier this year.
Former railwayman and local resident Stuart owns a large collection of `railwayana`, and lent old posters, handbills, tickets and other items of local interest for display in the booking hall at Rye. He was given a certificate of thanks at the Marshlink Community Rail Partnership’s AGM at Rye town hall last Friday (24th November) by Amber Rudd MP; Kevin Barry, the community rail development officer for the Marshlink line; and Kevin Boorman, GreaTthe chair of the Marshlink community rail partnership.

Kevin Barry said:- ” Stuart was very generous in lending us part of his extensive collection. He used to work along the Marshlink line and is an expert on its history. We are now looking at holding a further exhibitions, and are very grateful to Stuart for his support.

Kevin Boorman added:- “Rye is a lovely, traditional station, and Stuart’s memorabilia was just perfect here. A lot of hard work went into organizing the exhibition, and we are really grateful to Stuart and Kevin for arranging it. Great community events like this are what the community rail partnership is all about, and I am really pleased that Amber Rudd was able to present Stuart with the certificate of thanks he so deserved.

Marshlink Rail Partnership On Track

The Marshlink Community Rail Partnership (CRP) – part of the Sussex Community Rail Partnership – held its annual general meeting in Rye on Friday (24th November). A packed town hall heard presentations from Kevin Barry, The Marshlink community rail development officer, Amber Rudd MP, Nick Brown, the chief operating officer of Govia Thameslink Railway (which operates the Southern franchise), Andrew Wood, senior commercial sponsor from Network Rail, and Cliff Parsons from the Ashford International Model Railway Education Centre (AIMREC)

Kevin Boorman, the chair of the Marshlink CRP said “We were delighted that so many senior figures supported our AGM.
“Amber Rudd spoke with passion about her commitment to keep plans for a high speed service between London, Rye, Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne.

Nick Brown updated the meeting on Southern developments, and was and was extremely supportive of community rail and particuarly the Sussex Community Rail Partnership, which was very heartening.

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