The principal objective of the Society since its foundation has been to encourage high quality renovation and development of the town after the devastation of World War II. In 1974 the Borough Trophy, later renamed the Civic Society Award, was presented to the Society by the then Mayor, Cllr. Chris Capon, to be awarded to buildings and amenities considered to merit public acknowledgement.

In 2000 the committee recognized that there should be an award to citizens who have rendered exceptional voluntary service to the community and instituted the Society’s Outstanding Service Award. Later, in 2006, the committee decided to give new or improved amenities of merit a certificate rather than the shield, which would be reserved for buildings and renovations.

Candidates for these awards are nominated by any member for consideration and decision by the committee. In any one year there may be more than one nomination approved for any award: alternatively there may be no nominations. Awards are usually made at the AGM.



This award is given to recently completed building developments which “display an overall excellence of design and enhance the visual quality of the neighbourhood”. The award is held (nominally) by the owner, the architect or builder for a period of one year. It consists of a large oak shield carrying small silver shields around the central embellishments, each engraved with the recipient’s name. The embellishments include the Borough emblem and record the origin of the shield.

A ceramic HCS plaque is also given for fixture at the site. Sadly, one of the recipient buildings, Kent Cottage, renovated in 1998, has recently been demolished.


Cllr. Michael Owen (left) and Cllr Malcolm Dearden representing Folkestone and Hythe District Council

receive the Capon Shield and plaque from HCS Chairman Crispin Davies

for the renovation of the historic FH&S Tramway shelter.



This is a framed certificate given to an individual “who has rendered outstanding service to the community of Hythe commensurate with the objectives of the Society”. Such service is normally unpaid and outside the individual’s normal profession, occupation or elected office. The recipient need not be a member of the Society. The certificate contains the words “In appreciation of your outstanding service to the community of Hythe” and is decorated with small pictures representing the activities undertaken by the recipient.

Rev. Desmond Sampson’s certificate.

Artist and calligrapher: Frances Liddiard

Crispin Davies, with Sally Chesters who read the citation,

presents HCS Outstanding Service award to Alan Joyce.

Ashley Tanton and Andy McGuire receive the certificate on behalf of the Hythe Triangle Community Garden who acquired the ancient Animal Pound in St. Leonard’s Road to save it from development in 2016



A framed certificate given to an organisation or a facility that provides a “new or significantly improved amenity for the community”.

Amenity Award presented to Oaklands Health Centre represented by Dr Robert Malcolm in 2007



The Society has also mounted blue ceramic plaques on locations associated with individuals whose achievements are of national or historic interest. These and other similar plaques can be seen around the town.

Martello Tower’ WestParade


Church Hill

28, North Road