News and Notices



Recent Updates on other pages:

01/01/20  Planning Applications

18/12/19  Events

29/11/19  Newsletter

20/11/19  Planning Applications

06/11/19  Events – Christmas Social

18/10/19  Planing Applications


Eaton Lands Community Orchard:

Volunteers from HCS and Hythe Environmental Community Group have over the past 18 months been preparing a Community Orchard site on Eaton Lands. We have now received funding for the planting of 15 fruit trees of various Kentish varieties (11 apple, 2 pear and 2 plum), with one exception all 2-year-old half standards.  We expect delivery on Wednesday 29th January and weather permitting, planting on Sunday 2nd February, from 10am.  We plan to meet at the site which is along path HB25 which runs from the entrance on Castle Road opposite the entrance to Castle Avenue.  To ensure planting can be completed during the day we hope to muster 20 volunteers.

If you are able to help please contact Alan Joyce, email  or telephone 267085.  Don’t forget to bring spades and gloves.

We hope to have a formal opening ceremony later in the year once we have designed interpretation boards explaining the project in detail , including names of the sponsors.

Added 14th January, 2020



               Saturday, 1st February 2020

             at The Tin Tabernacle, Portland Road, Hythe.

                  7 pm for a prompt 7.30 pm start.

             Pay bar will be open.  Nibbles and anniversary cake provided.

           Teams of no more than 6 people at £3 per person,

                                                                     Non-members are welcome

           Book early as limited tables are available.

To book a table telephone 01303 230959 or 01303 237831

or email .

Added 5th December, 2019


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