By Geoff Courtney
It may not be the Ritz or have been awarded any stars, but to the volunteers of the Kent & East Sussex Railway, it’s top-class accommodation that provides welcome comforts after a hard shift.
In what Shaun Dewey, the railway’s general manager, describes as the “biggest step change in volunteer facilities for many years,” two blocks of single-bedroom units have been opened at the railway’s Tenterden base for the use of anyone working on the railway, especially volunteers who live a distance away.
The two blocks comprise six single bedrooms – complete with double-glazing and blackout curtains – showers and toilets, and kitchens with cooking facilities. The charge to stay is £5 per night to fund heating, cleaning and maintenance, while the normal maximum stay is seven nights.
“A great deal of effort and resources have been put into providing this facility, and I must thank all those concerned for bringing the project to fruition,” said Shaun. “Many of the installation team gave up their holidays to work on site in some of the hottest temperatures for years.”
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