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.



Proposed by Sally Chesters, the newly built pair of semi-detached houses on Albert Road were agreed at our AGM to “display an overall excellence of design and enhance the visual quality of the neighbourhood”.  Grey Walls was therefore awarded the Capon Shield.  Two HCS plaques are being produced: these will be presented to the architect, then mounted, when coronavirus restrictions are relaxed.




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

Hythe Community Hub:

The Community Hub, formed by volunteer helpers from Age Concern and Hythe and Folkestone District Council, started helping needy families and individuals with deliveries of food and collection of prescriptions as soon as the problems arising from the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic appeared.  HCS acknowledge their contribution to the continued wellbeing of the community by awarding them the Society’s Outstanding Service award.  The certificate will be presented when the present restrictions are relaxed.

Artist and calligrapher: Frances Liddiard


Captain Callum McKenna and Captain Berri McKenna

Responding to a request in our newsletter from the Chairman for nominations for awards, Mrs. Kay Graham proposed that Salvation Army Captains Callum McKenna and his wife Berri McKenna be given the Outstanding Service award for the following reasons:

During 2020, they

  • organised and ran a food bank all through last year and continue to do so. 215 households involving 776 people were the recipients.
  • organised the obtaining and wrapping of 278 toys for the children of needy families for Christmas.
  • were in partnership with Age UK Romney Marsh OAP Centre to deliver 193 Christmas dinners to those people who were alone.
  • played carols in the High Street and 7 or 8 different areas throughout December to lift spirits.
  • ran a Kids Zone and a Youth Group for local children, accessing the children via Zoom.
  • ran a Carols by Candlelight Service via Facebook and Zoom.

Callum and Berri had been active in welfare service earlier than 2020 and continue to be so.

At our AGM these activities were agreed to be beyond the normal amount of contribution by SA volunteers and deserved rewarding.  Their certificate was presented to Callum and Berri at 11.30am on 30th June in the Salvation Army Hall.



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, West Parade


Church Hill

     28, North Road