Hythe Festival 2018 - Can You Help?

Following the huge success of the 2016 Hythe Festival plans are underway for the 2018 but the Festival Committee needs your help. Several of the 2016 committee have had to stand down so the small committee left needs volunteers to serve on the main committee as well as others to fill the various roles on sub-committees. Some roles have been filled but click HERE to see a chart of roles that the committeee is looking to fill. (The roles in green are already filled.) If you would like to help please contact John Keesing at john.keesing58@gmail.com .

Posted September 2017
Hythe Triangle Community Garden:
As was reported in our newsletter, the Friends of Hythe Triangle raised funds last year to purchase the historic animal pound in St. Leonard’s Road with the intention of repairing the ragstone walls and turning the pound into a garden for the benefit of the community.  To learn more about this commendable project and to see reports on their archaeological investigations and progress please visit their website at www.hythetriangle.uk
Posted August 2017



         Posted August 2017


Hythe in Bloom supports Rotary Club’s ‘Purple for Polio’ campaign

With polio eradication now closer than ever, and the Rotary Foundation about to celebrate its centenary year, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland has launched its new campaign ‘Purple for Polio’.

 Hythe in Bloom volunteers after their planting session.

Rotary has partnered the Royal Horticultural Society in a bid to plant 5 million purple crocus corms across Great Britain and Ireland this November. 
The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to colour the finger of a child who has been immunised.
The crocuses will flower in February 2017, brightening up our community, and demonstrating how the humble crocus can symbolise a colourful splash of hope for a new beginning for children and how working together can make a huge difference to our own communities.
Hythe Rotary Club has distributed 10,000 crocus corms within Hythe, to eight schools, Halliday Court and to Hythe in Bloom. Hythe in Bloom, with the help of its volunteers, has planted 5,000 corms in Mackeson Square, Hythe, for the enjoyment of all.
In February 2017, Mackeson Square will be transformed with a ribbon of purple running around its edge and around the central Plane tree.

Lynn Clarke, one of the Hythe in Bloom volunteers said: ‘It has been a pleasure to be part of Hythe in Bloom’s crocus planting team and to be involved with the ’Purple for Polio’ campaign. To use something as simple as a small flower to draw attention to something as important as polio eradication is a great idea and to transform part of our town with a superb ribbon of purple is a bonus.’

Spring has sprung!

Hythe in Bloom is a partnership between Hythe Civic Society and the Hythe Business and Tourism Association.

Posted February 2017


Hythe Triangle - Your Stories

Your stories could help them secure funding

The Hythe Triangle Community Garden Committee need your help: 

Our working days last year helped us realise several important aspects that will shape how we progress the project to create a community garden. The biggest realisation for us was the condition of the boundary wall, which in all honesty is far worse inside than we could have imagined.

Your stories could help us secure much needed grants that will be used to repair and conserve the wall. To support our community involvement ethos, we need you, our supporters, to write a paragraph or two about what the Triangle means to you.

Your stories will be collated and used to support our grant applications


If you have a story that you think could help please email 

 or write to them at Hythe Triangle Community Garden (Registered Charity No. 1163141), The Triangle, 20 St Leonards Road, Hythe, Kent CT21 6EN


Posted February 2017


Saltwood Church

Bringing together the two World War Memorials in Saltwood Church, the Village Green Memorial and the burials and memorials in the Churchyard, Saltwood Church has produced a 32 page booklet with maps showing the biographical details of all 78 casualties of the World Wars including where and when they fell and where they are now buried or remembered.

This special booklet will be on sale at Saltwood Church and at the Civic Society's Talks Evenings 

When you visit the church you will find the booklet is on display at the rear of the church and on sale at £1.50 per copy.

Posted January 2017





Hythe Harvest Saturday

Hythe High Street

September 24th 

The sun shone on Hythe's first Harvest Saturday, well done to the Hythe Town Team, Transition Hythe and Hythe Business and Tourism Association for such an enjoyable day


Posted Sep 2016


The re-generation of Mackeson  (Red Lion) Square


In April this year, Hythe Civic Society, in partnership with Shepway District Council, carried out a public consultation exercise to elicit opinion on the proposal to re-generate the part of Red Lion Square known as Mackeson Square.

The objective of the project is to create an attractive, light, welcoming area, visible from the road, with a new surface and soft landscaping, which will provide an open vista to the High Street and attract passing visitors into the town.  It will also provide a green space in which residents may sit, rest and picnic. It is felt that this can be achieved by opening up the area to make it lighter and greener.  It is hoped that the more open aspect of the Square will deter anti-social behaviour.

Work is now underway!

The existing paving slabs have been removed, new hard landscaping has been put in place - including pathways across the space - and the remaining area will soon be turfed with good-quality grass and a new tree planted.  This is a low-maintenance solution, not requiring constant repair when tree roots grow near the surface. The existing shrubs in peripheral areas and in the triangular bed to the west of the square have all been removed and will be replaced by a more simple, homogeneous, planting scheme.  The emphasis is on sustainability. 

Use will be made of existing benches, which are being refurbished; new litter bins and bicycle stands will be installed; a new lighting scheme will be incorporated.


The finished area now looks wonderful, a truly fitting entrance to our lovely, historic town.

A huge ‘Thank you’ to Brendan McGowan, the Officer responsible for the project at Shepway District Council and special thanks to Stephen Bailey and his team for a brilliant job.





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Posted April 2016


Screen Archive South East - Coronation Year 1953


Screen Archive South East has an extensive collection of magic lantern slides, films and videos. This film opens with views of Hythe covered in ceremonial bunting as well as capturing a lot of street furniture that has long since vanished. The film, Hythe Coronation Memories goes on to show children enjoying their picnic in Oaklands Park and parading in a variety of imaginative period costumes celebrating the Queen's coronation in 1953.

The filmmaker, Councillor Colonel F. F. C. Cooke, was Lord Mayor of Hythe from 1957 to 1958.

Posted Dec 2015


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Posted 2015

Ash Dieback

The Civic Society are concerned about this problem and hope you may find this document helpful in enabling identification

If anyone does identify a problem please contact Alan Joyce who will pass on the information to the appropriate authorities
Tel No: 01303 267085, email: alan.wiseone@homecall.co.uk
Posted 2015