Report of 2018 AGM

Held in the Town Hall on 8th May at 7 pm.

Chairman Crispin Davies welcomed about 50 members, Town Mayor Paul Peacock and Cllrs. David Owen and Malcolm Dearden from Hythe and Folkestone District Council to the meeting and introduced Hythe Local History Group leader Anne Petrie who then described the preparations that the Group are making to celebrate the centenary of the end of World War 1 on 11th November this year.


There then followed a series of presentations. The first was a Certificate of Nomination presented by the Town Mayor, Cllr. Paul Peacock, to Sally Chesters who had been one of ten candidates proposed for "Citizen of the Year", a new award inaugurated by Hythe Town Council.

Mayot and Sally

The Chairman then announced that there had been two candidates for the Outstanding service to the Community award this year and both were supported by the committee. The first, Rev. Desmond Sampson, was not well enough to attend the meeting but Vice-Chairman Christopher Melchers, in his citation, briefly described Rev. Sampson's life and how following his retirement to Hythe, Desmond took up an extraordinary breadth of service to the local community: running St. Michael’s Church (The Tin Tabernacle), organising and training its loyal and most able Choir, fund-raising for Christian Aid including organising the Garden Safaris for nearly 20 years, acting as Chaplain to the local branches of the Royal Air Force Association and the Royal British Legion and paying innumerable pastoral visits to the sick and needy with a warm smile to all as he passed by on his ever-faithful bicycle. Christopher Melchers held up for viewing the certificate that would be conveyed to Desmond.

The next recipient of the HCS award for Outstanding Service to the Community was our Treasurer, Alan Joyce. In her citation, Sally Chesters told us that Alan had been concerned with Hythe's trees before he joined HCS in 2005. Alan works with the Hythe Environmental Community Group and is the local volunteer Ranger for the Sustrans National Cycle Network. In addition to being our treasurer Alan is treasurer of Cycle Shepway and HECG.

Finally, the Capon Shield and Plaque was presented by Crispin Davies to Folkestone and Hythe District Council represented by Cllrs. David Owen and Malcolm Dearden

for their renovation of the historic Folkestone, Hythe and Sandgate Tramway Shelter on Prince's Parade.

tramway shelter

FH&S Tramway Shelter, first built ca. 1890 - 1900

Turning to Society business, Crispin introduced his proposal, seconded by the committee, to add a new Power to those listed in Section 2 of the Constitution enabling the Society "To take part in public consultations about topics of concern to members of the Society and to comment on planning proposals." The proposal was carried unanimously.

Reports from committee members followed, the Chairman's report completing this section of agenda. Full details of these reports will be given in the Minutes which will be posted on this page in due course.

The Chairman thanked the two resigning committee members, Mike O’Sullivan and Valerie Mercer for their loyal service over many years and welcomed two new members, Carol Adams and Kim Murton, who had been co-opted during the year.

There followed the elections of officers and members of the executive committee for the following year. The only candidates were the existing officers and committee members (without those listed above who had resigned) and all were elected unopposed.

Under Any Other Business HCS member Chris O’Connor proposed that the Society should participate in the proposed review of the Hythe Conservation Area as part of a national initiative by Civic Voice. This was warmly approved.

Before closing the meeting Crispin reminded members that the committee was short of three members and urged anyone wanting to contribute some of their time, experience and/or expertise towards the well being of Hythe to contact him or any committee member.

For more photos taken at the AGM see AWARDS.





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