Welcome to Swanage Army Link.

The Swanage Army Link is a dynamic association that has evolved over nearly 30 years between the Swanage Railway, the British Army, the People of Swanage and the Royal British Legion.

Regular ongoing visits by the Royal Corps of Signals soldiers are core to this Link, as is Team Herston, formed in 2007, bringing together local residents and ex soldiers who work regularly on our core project – the upkeep of Herston Halt.

More recently we have been proud to welcome Heroes Haven into the fold.

Want to know more? See About the Army Link .


Heroes Haven Donations

If you would like to make a donation to the Heroes Haven, please visit their site http://www.heroes-haven.org.uk (opens in a new window) and click on the 'Donate' link in the top right of the page.

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Corporate Membership

In addition to helping the Railway build the extension there have been two further important developments over the years. The Topham Hatt venture has had such an influence on soldiers who have seen the on-going progress that many decided to pay £350 and join the ranks of the Railway membership. This led to the formation of the Swanage Railway Mercury Group in 1992. The Group, which is a part of the Swanage Railway Trust, was formed as a result of 18 Junior Soldiers from 11th Signal Regiment who joined as Premier Life Members during Exercise Topham Hatt V.

In 1993 11th Signal Regiment, which had recently moved to Blandford, accepted an invitation to become a Corporate Member of the Swanage Railway Trust. This move formally recognised the link between the Railway project and the Corps as a whole. It was the Regiment that led the initiative to obtain HQ LAND approval for the Exercise that was received in 1998.

The 20th Anniversary of the association between the Royal Signals and the Swanage Railway was celebrated on the 19th June 2004 with the opening of a new set of steps and a disabled ramp built by solders from 11 Signal Regiment at Herston Halt. Brigadier John Terrington, Commander Defence College of Communications Information Systems, performed the act. In July 2004 Swanage Town Council offered the Liberty of the Town to the Regiment

As at 26 July 2004, 1,284 soldiers from the Royal Signals had worked on the Railway, realising 5,361 man days of assistance.

In July 2004 the Swanage Town Council agreed that 11th Signal Regiment, based at Blandford, should be granted the Liberty of the Town of Swanage in recognition of over 20 years of support to the Swanage Railway and the town in general. The Regiment has agreed to accept this honour during a Regimental Parade in Swanage on Saturday 9th July 2005.


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