News and Notices



Recent Updates on other pages:

11/02/20  Newsletter

11/02/20  Events

09/02/20  Guided Walks

02/02/20  Events

28/01/20  Planning Applications

01/01/20  Planning Applications


Hythe Triangle community Garden:

Volunteers are wanted

to come to the Triangle to help us litter pick and generally tidy up the site on Sunday 23rd February and Sunday 1st March, 10:30 to 12:30.

Please come!

Added 19th February, 2020. 


Guided Walks:

A Special guided walk for Easter and

a May start for regular walks.

 As you all probably know, the season for the Civic Society-led guided town walks usually starts in June and runs until the end of September. This year, however, we have such a keen and dedicated group of guides that we are starting walks on the first Thursday in May and there is a special walk on Easter Saturday, 11th April!  An opportunity not to be missed!

So, if you have visitors or are on your own with time to spare, come and join us. You don’t need to be a history buff, just come along for an interesting couple of hours…

Meet in the undercroft of the Town Hall for a short talk on the history of the Town Hall and the Cinque Ports then set off around the town passing many fascinating and historic buildings, several with their own unique features, including the King’s Head, Centuries, Oaklands and many more.

Stroll along the towpath of the Royal Military Canal- built to keep Napoleon at bay but not completed until 1809 when the threat of invasion was long past – then through the High Street and up to the eleventh century Church of St Leonard for a tour. And, finally, visit the famous ossuary – one of only two in the UK – if you dare……..

There’s more than 1,000 years of history in Hythe – come and find out about it!


Make a note of the dates:   Easter Saturday, 11th April

Then every Thursday, May to September

 Meet at the Town Hall at 10.30am

Walk £1 per person (Crypt £2 extra)



For more information call: 01303 266118

Added 2nd February, 2020. 


Eaton Lands Community Orchard:

On Sunday 2nd February Kentish varieties of eleven apple, two plum and two pear trees (mostly two-year half standards) were planted by HCS volunteers.  A formal opening of the orchard is planned for later in the year when boards for information and education  purposes including names of sponsors  have been designed and installed.  Further information on the project will be provided in due course.

Added 11th February, 2020


Talks – Increases in Amounts of Donations Requested:

In order to maintain the standard of our speakers and considering increases in their travelling expenses and other costs such as the hire of the hall we find it necessary to increase the donations requested for our talks. Starting in January 2020 members will be asked to contribute £2 and non-members £4.

Added 28th November, 2019.


Review of Archive – Progress:

The review of all the old Civic Society committee papers, minutes, correspondence etc has now been completed.  Papers retained will be catalogued.  Historical archive documentation material has also been reviewed and the cataloguing will be updated.  The only historical material left to be reviewed are the large number of photographs; this will take some time .

Anyone wishing further information should contact Alan Joyce on 01303 267085 or email .

Added 2nd September, 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 4 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.  

Added 12th May, 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