Coastal Communities Team

Commemorating those who died, celebrating peace

22 October 2018

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war, and there will be a number of events before Remembrance Sunday as well as on the day itself. For more information, click here.

4th November 2018 – 11:45
Centenary Commemoration by the War Memorial. You  are welcome to attend. You are asked to assemble by 11:45.

6th to 13th November 2018
Exhibition in Hythe library with displays showing how the town was affected during the war.

Week prior to Remembrance Sunday
Public collection organised by the Royal British Legion.

10th November 2018 – 18:00
A special performance in St Leonard’s Church of ‘End of Great War Commemoration’.

11th November 2018 – morning
A larger than usual commemoration which will include the Small Arms School Corps. Please gather by 10:30 at the war memorial.

11th November 2018 – early evening
 Gather on the beach side of Marine Parade near the Hotel Imperial by 18:30 to hear the Salvation Army Band play fitting music. The last post will sound at 18:55 followed by the bells of St Leonard’s ringing out for peace. At about 19:10, there will be a firework display across Hythe Bay, celebrating the end of war.

Options for hospital and local care services: South Kent Coast

18 October 2018

Please join Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership on Tue 6 November 2018 from 18:15 – 21:30 at Hythe Sports Pavilion, South Road, Hythe, CT21 6AR to give your views on potential options to improve hospital and local care services across east Kent.

The NHS and social care partners in east Kent want to improve services for local people. They want people to get as much care and support as possible from their GP practice and local health and care teams. And they want to make sure they can get the best, most effective, hospital care if they need it. Click here for more information.

Two exciting new opportunities

16 October 2018

We’re excited to announce that we are creating two new opportunities to work for Hythe Town Council. While it is proud of its historic roots, the council is eagerly looking forward to better ways it can serve the town. If you feel you have what it takes to make a difference, we would welcome your application (by email only please). Closing date is 5th November 2018
 Please click here for more information.

Operation Arial

28 September 2018

Community Safety Officers and Kent Police Shepway were are out and about in force in Hythe on 28th September. They were talking to local people, and to businesses and visitors. The officers asked about local community safety and crime issues, and offered help and advice. The visit by so many officers is intended to show commitment to communities and is part of an ongoing monthly operation across the district as part of Operation Arial.

Volunteer Support Warden

14 September 2018

Are you passionate, enthusiastic and up for a new challenge?  Do you like meeting new people, want to learn new skills and provide valuable support to local residents?  Kent County Council is recruiting a Volunteer Support Warden in Hythe.  The role will be challenging but rewarding and you’ll be making a real difference to our local community. For more information and to find about this role visit Volunteer as a support warden  or contact Community Wardens on 03000 413455

Hythe wins silver gilt for the prestigious Parishes in Bloom awards

21 September 2018

Hythe in Bloom worked with Hythe Town Council and Folkestone and Hythe District Council to put on an outstanding display of flowers in the town this year, and their efforts have been rewarded with a top award.

Hythe in Bloom is volunteer-led and involved in hands-on community gardening. The group has worked with the community for the benefit of Hythe’s residents and visitors. Their volunteers have worked with council staff to care for all sorts of spaces – from our wonderful parks at Palmarsh, Horn Street and Oaklands to the wildflower meadow and magnificent treescape at Eaton Lands. Urban areas such as the roundabout at East Street, the fence alongside Waitrose and the flowers across the bridges have been transformed from odd grot-spots to beautiful areas of welcoming colour.

Peter Holman, assessor for Parishes in Bloom commented on how well maintained the public areas are and how important community involvement –‘getting everyone involved’ – is. Hythe Town Council is grateful to the volunteers at Hythe and Bloom and delighted that the town has received this prestigious award.

Miss Holiday Swing at Hythe Bandstand

10th September 2018

Playing the best of the 30s, 40s and 50s music, the bouncing, bubbly sweetheart sang at the bandstand in Oaklands park on 9th September. In dappled sunlight, she transported hundreds of residents and visitors back to the golden age of Vera Lynn, Glen Miller, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and The Andrews Sisters, to name but a few.

Exclusively free

This was the last of this year’s free concerts at Oaklands which were on Sundays from 15:00 to 17:00. The bandstand committee is already planning for next year’s events, and intend to bring you some of the UK’s best bands and singing acts – exclusively free, and right here in Hythe.

Hello children, everywhere

3 September 2018

A new display of toys and games is on display at Hythe Museum. The display includes – horrifyingly – unexploded (but now safely disabled) ordnance that Hythe children would sometimes play with in WW2, as well as traditional board games and toys that we will all have memories of.

Although the original inspiration was to help people living with dementia relate to memories of their childhood, the display will also be of interest to adults in their 20s and 30s and from today’s generation of children. Read more about the museum here, including where to find it.

Click here to find out more about Dementia Awareness in Hythe.

Merchant Navy Day

31 August 2018

Hythe Town Hall proudly flew the Red Ensign on 3rd September to honour the merchant seafarers who perform are responsible for 95% of the UK’s imports, including much of the food we eat, most of the fuel we burn and virtually all the products and goods we take for granted.

Find out more about Merchant Navy Day here.

Travellers at Horn Street recreation ground

10 August 2018

The travellers have now left Horn Street recreation ground.  Thanks to residents who helped the council by letting the police and the council know what was happening in their immediate vicinity.

The council has installed a stronger gate post to replace the one that was broken immediately prior to the incursion. It is impossible to eliminate all risks, but officers will be surveying council owned and managed land in Hythe to identify possible weak spots and reduce the risk of future incursions.

For more information, click here

Armed Forces Day

21 June 2018

The service to celebrate Armed Forces Day was held in blazing sunshine on Saturday 14th July 2018 at 11:00 outside Hythe town hall. The service was in the presence of councillor Paul Peacock (town mayor), Major Dennis Bradley BEM DL (Lord Lieutenant’s representative), leaders and representatives of many organisations and visiting dignitaries.  This year’s parade included special guests the band of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment. Read more here


Civic Sunday

21 June 2018

The Right Worshipful Mayor of Hythe Councillor Paul Peacock extended a warm welcome to residents of the town  at the Civic Service at St Leonard’s Church, Hythe on Sunday 24th June 2018 at 11.30 am

In glorious sunshine, civic dignitaries from nearby towns and villages, councillors and the town clerk in their civic insignia, and those representing other notable Hythe organisations processed from the town hall to the Church, and Hythe Town Concert Band played outside the church.

Inside the church, Nina Clark delivered an emotional performance of the classic Carole King 1971 hit “You’ve got a friend” with the entire congregation joining in the chorus.

After the service, guests joined the town mayor in a lunch at the Hythe Sports Pavilion.

Ellie Cumming elected as Town Councillor for Hythe East Ward

25 May 2018

At the by-election for the Hythe East Ward on 24th May 2018, Ellie Cumming was elected with 592 votes. Read more here 


Together in Hythe

12 May 2018

On Saturday 12th May 2018 at Oaklands Park, Stade Street, Hythe, hundreds of residents and visitors enjoyed a fun packed day, celebrating generations. There were information stalls, face painting, local products for sale and the fire service on hand. No event like this would be complete without food and drink and entertainment from some fabulous local bands, and they were all made available too.

Annual Town Meeting 19th April 2018 from 7pm in the Town Hall

Annual town meeting 19th April 2018 from 7pm

18 Apr 2018

This year, it changed.

The Annual Town Meeting had followed a similar format for decades. This year, it was very different.  Instead of worthy councillors telling residents, it was residents and organisations talking to councillors, other residents and local organisations. We also announced the winner of the inaugural Citizen of the Year Award. Read more here

The meeting was open to all residents, and 18 local organisations attended.

If you were able to be with us; great to see you! If not, remember that the town meeting happens every year, and we look forward to seeing you in April 2019 if not before.