News and Notices



Recent Updates on other pages:

22/09/19  Planning Applications

09/09/19  Events – Autumn Lunch

08/09/19  Publications

21/08/19  Planning Applications

09/08/19  Newsletter

08/08/19  Talks – 2019/2020 Programme


Poppy Appeal 2019:

Volunteers are requested to help with collecting donations at Waitrose, ALDI and Sainsburys, in particular an Organiser for the ALDI store.  Anyone with an hour or two to spare and would like to help this worthy cause please contact Joe Moran on 01303 265042 or email .

Added 19th September, 2019


Funeral Arrangements for Douglas Amans:

The Funeral Service will be held at St Michaels Methodist – Anglian Church Centre,

Rampart Road, Hythe  CT21 5BG at 11.30 on Thursday 26thSeptember.


The retiring collection will be for Friends of St Leonards.

Immediate family will then go to Hawkinge Crematorium,

Aerodrome Road, Folkestone  CT18 7AG for the Cremation.


There will be a wake after the Church Funeral Service at

The Red Lion, Red Lion Square, Hythe  CT21 5AU; all are invited.


Family flowers only please.

Donations to The Royal British Legion.

There will be a box in the Church

Added 13th September, 2019.



Doug Amans:

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our President, Doug Amans yesterday, 5th September.  Doug was a great supporter of HCS and the Rotary.  A full obituary will appear in the next Newsletter.  Details of funeral arrangements will be posted here when they are known.

Added 6th September, 2019.


Eaton Lands Community Orchard Project:

This is a joint project between the Civic Society and the Hythe Environmental Community Group, the site being along the footpath HB 25 close to the open play area.  There has been over the past year several work days to clear all the undergrowth etc.

We are in the process of raising funds with a view to planting in November.  We think the site can accommodate approximately 15 half standard fruit trees of different varieties preferably Kentish.  This is a community project so we would welcome any suggestions as to varieties, layout etc.  If you wish to find out more please contact Alan Joyce , 01303 267085 or email

Once planting has taken place the intention is to work with the Bumblebee Trust on developing various projects to encourage the wild bee population alongside further improvement of the wildflower meadow.

Added  2nd September, 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