News and Notices



Recent Updates on other pages:

18/05/19  Publications

12/05/19  Planning Applications.

25/04/19  Events – Summer Outing.

16/04/19  Talks.

10/04/19  Join Us.

07/04/19  Newsletter.


Reprint of “The Last Days of Hythe Harbour”:
The Society is pleased to announce that due to a generous bequest by the late Peter Searby, a long standing member of the Society, we have now reprinted ‘ The Last Days of Hythe Harbour ‘.  Copies are on sale at a cost of  £5, with free delivery within the Hythe area and outside postage and packing costs £3.  Please contact either ‘ ‘ or Alan Joyce, telephone number 01303 267085.’
Added 17th May, 2019
Committee Members Wanted:

We, like many voluntary organisations,  run with the help of energetic and enthusiastic committee members.  We want to expand our committee by 5 and are looking for people with a love of Hythe and a keen interest in maintaining it’s integrity.   We vet planning applications,  discuss improvements – Mackeson Square was a Hythe Civic Society initiative – and organize social events.

We meet at 7pm on the third Tuesday of every month at the Spiritual Church Hall, Mount Street. The meetings are informal and ideas to enhance the Society’s role and activities are always welcome.  If you would like to come along to a meeting and see what we’re about please contact the Secretary, Mary Hunter, telephone no 01303 268423 or send an email to

Added 12th May, 2019.


Hythe Triangle Community Garden:

The trustees of the Community Garden are still working on applications for funding to cover the cost of repairs to the ragstone walls of the pound.  Archaeological investigation continues and sessions are planned for 17th and 18th June – join them for a day or two of fun!

Added 12th May, 2019.

Complimentary Day Passes to NT Properties:
National Trust has advised us that the arrangement to give members complimentary day passes, a promotional exercise, is to end with immediate effect.  Passes already issued will be honoured.
Added 10th April, 2019.
Hythe Institute – Request for reminiscences:

Committee member Kim Murton is writing a short history of the Hythe Institute that stood at the corner of Mount Street and Prospect Road from 1891 – 1968.  It was used as a Concert Hall, Reading Room, Meeting Room, Summer Theatre and for many social activities.  Kim would love to know if you, your Parents or Grandparents used it and, if so, for what activity.  The article, along with your reminiscences, will appear in the Newsletter. Thank you so much for any contribution.

Kim can be contacted at

Added  4th April 2019


Eaton Lands Bumblebee Project:

Starting in November last year HCS volunteers have been working with Hythe Town Council, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and the allotment society on a project to regenerate the wildflower meadow, following a quick survey by a Bumblebee Trust member and  Alan Joyce (HCS) to identify the wildflower species currently in the meadow.  Some 18 species were identified (58 species had been sown originally).  In early December the team of volunteers prepared 7 patches of varying sizes and sowed a further quantity of 17 species, including yellow rattle which helps to restrict the growth of the meadow grass.  It is hoped that regenerating the meadow will enhance the insect population and in addition reintroduce ground-nesting bumblebees.  Also, it is planned to introduce bee hotels to encourage those varieties which nest above ground during 2019.

Added  13th January, 2019.


St.Leonard’s Churchyard:

Volunteers to help keep the churchyard looking trim are always welcome.  If you would like to join our working parties or to help in any other way, please contact us or telephone Sally Chesters on 01303 266118.

Added  22nd November 2018


Eaton Lands Community Orchard:

Further tree work is due to be carried out in the next 2 weeks and the clearance of the nettles will be carried out before any planting. After consultation with various local experts it is likely that this will be by spraying.  As a result tree planting has been delayed. Alan Joyce (Hythe Civic Society ) and George Kirby ( Hythe Environmental Community Group ) will be visiting Keeper’s Nursery to discuss  variety of stock.

Added 30th October, 2018