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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
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.
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
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.
Any comments may be posted at
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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