The Society arranges talks at fortnightly intervals during the months of October to April

The venue is the assembly hall at Hythe Bay C of E Primary School

Cinque Ports Avenue, Hythe CT21 6HS



All talks are on Tuesdays: Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Visitors are welcome.

Donations are requested: £1 from members, £2.00 from non-members.

We give priority to local speakers and to talks that have a particular relevance to Hythe, the local area and the county of Kent.  With those provisos our programme is pretty eclectic and we try to cover most categories of interest such as the arts, biographies, technology, etc. with regularity.

Talks last about an hour and there is usually ten minutes or so available for questions.


The programme for the 2017 - 2018 season can be found here




                                                                     11th October 2016      The Peoples'Republic of Hythe;  

                                                                                                          The Town in the 17th Century                       

During the seventeenth century, Hythe rejected the Royalist cause and supported Oliver Cromwell's Puritans, but the Restoration brought a nasty backlash.

                                                                   25th October         Dickens in Kent       

a light-hearted tour of the places in Kent where Dickens lived and worked by Christoph Bull BA hons, MCLIP, ALA, historian of north Kent

                                                                 8th November        Grey Owl:  The Hastings Indian       

Geoff Hutchinson told us about Archie Belany, the boy from Hastings who went to Canada, lived with the Ojibwe indians there became a 'trapper' and found fame as a writer, conservationist and lecturer. 

                                                                 22nd November       The History of the RH&D Railway                   

by Danny Martin, Managing Director of  the RHDR.  Who better to tell us about the best public railway in the country (it's always on time!).



                                                              10th January 2017      Pluckley - the Most Haunted Village in Kent?                           

an account of legends of the supernatural in this secluded Kent village by Dennis Chambers.

                                                             24th January        War Artists, Spies and the Art of Deception                  

Nicholas Reed, whose father was "the man who never was", told us about an official war artist who ran double agents in WWII and two women artists who painted vivid pictures of life on the home front.

                                                           14th February        History From The Air                                                        

Rod LeGear MAAIS, AIFA, a vice-president of the Kent Archaeological Society and qualified pilot showed us how he has used aerial photography to aid his surveys and took us on an aerial trip around Kent, looking at familiar landmarks.

                                                          28th February         From Ruby Pitch to Business Pitch                                                  

a personal account of achievement by Hythe girl Catherine Spencer, ex-captain of the England Ladies' Rugby team who went on to success in the world of business.

                                                          14th March              The Ship Burial at Sutton Hoo                                                  

Imogen Corrigan FRSA, a graduate of the University of Kent and an expert on medieval history gave us an excellent talk on this  fascinating national treasure.

                                                        28th March               Shornecliffe: Its Past, Present and Future                                      

an enthusiastic review of the birthplace of the British army by  Christopher Shaw, founder and chairman of the Shorncliffe Trust which is committed to preserving the archaeological remains of the ancient military establishment there and turning into a tourist attraction.

                                                       11th April                   Ordnance Survey - Ancient and Modern                                                     

Colin Brown is manager at the National Map Centre in Rainham and we were delighted that he came to Hythe to tell us more about the good old OS.

                                                      25th April                   The Great Storm and How It Changed my Life                                                      

Toys Hill where journalist Bob Ogley lives is at the centre of the worst-hit area affected by the hurricane of October, 1987.  Bob gave  us a gripping account of his experiences during and after the event and of how his coverage by photographs and text led to the production of books, one of which stayed in the Sunday Times top 10 list of best-sellers for six months, reaching no. 4.  A fascinating tale, beautifully told.