News and Notices

Photo: Andy Maguire. Reproduced here by kind permission from Friends of Hythe Triangle Community Garden.



Recent Updates on other pages:

23/10/18  Planning Applications

22/10/18  Talks – Revised Programme

20/09/18  Planning Applications

14/09/18  Talks

04/09/18  Events

22/08/18  Planning applications


Talks – Changes to Programme:

Regrettably, for reasons beyond our control, we have had to make the following changes to our programme for the forthcoming season:

Frank Turner has had to cancel his talk scheduled for 22nd January, 2019 due to ill health.  We are grateful to Chris McCooey for standing in with his talk “Smuggling on the South Coast”.  See Talks for a synopsis.

To accommodate a difficulty, two speakers have agreed to swap dates.  Thus Imogen Corregan (13th November 2018) now will give us “The Cathars” on 9th April, 2019 and Juliette Pattinson (9th April, 2019) will give us “The Liberation of France” on 13th November, 2018.

These changes have been made to the programme seen on the TALKS page.  Please note these changes on your copy of our programme.

Added 22nd October, 2018.


Christmas Cards:

We are delighted to announce that the competition to produce this year’s HCS Christmas card has been won by

Jacqui Botwrite with her design “I Saw Three Ships”.

The cards with envelopes are A5 in size and are priced at 60p each.  They will be on sale at Talks evenings between

mid-October and Christmas and are also available from Sally Chesters – 01303 266118.

Added 22nd October 2018


Hythe in Bloom Wins Silver-Gilt Award:

This year, for the first time in many years, Hythe in Bloom entered the ’Parishes in Bloom’ category of South & South East in Bloom, the largest horticultural campaign in the region involving hundreds of communities each year. Participating communities create lasting improvements to their local environment for the benefit of those who live, work and visit there.

The assessor visited Hythe in June to tour the town and to rate its achievement in the following areas: Community involvement, Environmental responsibility and Gardening/Horticulture/Conservation achievement.  He was particularly impressed not only with the work of volunteers but also the co-operation between Hythe in Bloom and the Town and District Councils respectively.  Points were awarded for high quality maintenance of open spaces and the employment of good gardening, horticultural and tree management practices, plus the lack of litter, graffiti and dog-fouling.

Sally Chesters, HCS committee member and joint organiser of Hythe in Bloom, writes: “To receive a Silver-Gilt award at the first attempt is an amazing achievement and we are delighted to have done so well. Hythe in Bloom and its volunteers do a lot of work to provide and maintain seasonal floral displays around Hythe but this is very much against the superb backdrop of well-maintained green spaces and flowerbeds provided by Folkestone and Hythe District Council and Hythe Town Council respectively. Hythe Environmental Community group deserve a mention, too, as their litter-picks help to keep the town clean. Altogether, it was a brilliant joint effort.”

Sponsor of South and South East in Bloom: Your London Airport Gatwick.
Sponsors of Hythe in Bloom: Gopak, Lawrence and Co Estate Agents, Waitrose, Charlier Construction Ltd.
With support from Folkestone & Hythe District Council, Hythe Town Council and Hythe Venetian Fete.


Our compliments to all involved!

Added 2nd October 2018


Armistice Day at Shorncliffe
Added 23rd September 2018

Eaton Lands Community Orchard

This is a joint project between the Civic Society and Hythe Environmental Community Group. We are in the process of clearing the area which runs along footpath HB 25, close to the allotments on the north side of Eaton Lands. We are planning to continue clearing nettles and brambles and generally tidying up in preparation for planting in October / November. The next clear-up is scheduled for Saturday 23rd June, 10 am – 2 pm. Volunteers will be welcome. Bring forks or spades or mattocks; we will provide saws, rakes and loppers. Refreshments will be provided. If you want further information please contact Alan Joyce: telephone 267085 or email .

Added 11th June 2018


Hythe Triangle Community Garden:

The Trustees for this project are intending to apply for a grant from the National Lottery to help cover the not inconsiderable costs of repairing the ragstone walls and other items that will be required. In the meantime some clearing of debris from the broken parts of the walls has been done.

To learn more about this commendable project and to see reports on their archaeological investigations and progress please visit their website at or .

Added 13th May 2018


St. Leonard’s Churchyard

Work continues on this project. If you would like to join our working parties or to help in any other way, please contact us or telephone 01303 266118.

Added:7 August 2017