Coastal Communities Team

Miss Denise Rayner

We have received news of the death of Miss Denise Rayner:  a local historian, pioneering journalist and author. Among her other publications were “Fire Flood & Sudden Death in Old Hythe” and a history of Hythe Town Hall. Her father edited the Hythe Reporter during the second world war and she lived in the town during that time.

Miss Rayner made a very individual contribution to the millennium by insisting that it did not begin until the end of 2000. Her comments earned Hythe a favourable mention in the national press.

She was a prominent member of the Green Preservation Society and the Civic Society and regularly attended Plans and Works committee meetings until very recently. She was a colourful and well known character who made a significant contribution to the town, and will be sadly missed.

Seasonal staff required

Hythe Town Council requires a bandstand attendant for its famous summer season of free concerts. You will be needed to work on Sundays and bank holidays commencing Sunday 27th May to Sunday 9th September. For more information click here.


Richard (‘Dick’) Trice

Hythe Town Council regrets to announce that former town mayor Dick Trice sadly passed away on the night of 2nd January 2018 after a long illness. Dick had been a Hythe town councillor from 1977 to 1995, served two terms as town mayor (1983 – 1984 and 1984 – 1985) and was a member of the Cinque Ports Mayors’ Association. Many Hythe residents will have known Dick from the café he used to run in Red Lion Square, or as a member of the Hythe Imperial Golf Club. The council offers its condolences to his family and friends.

Armed Forces Day

Celebrations in Hythe on June 24 marked the ninth annual Armed Forces Day. Read more here

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You can now report crimes and incidents as well as non-injury road traffic collisions ONLINE directly to the Kent Police website ( Once a report is made to the police online, you will receive a unique reference number and a return email confirming receipt.

Kent Police is promoting both these facilities as a test/pilot at this stage. At the end of each form is the opportunity for you to to give the police feedback on using the forms.

The overall aim is to provide another choice for how the public can report crime or incidents as well as try to reduce the number of people calling 101 on non-urgent issues that could easily be dealt with through digital contact (which increasingly a lot of people prefer and have asked the police to provide).

The Great Get Together

On Sunday 18th June 2017 at Oaklands Park Bandstand, Stade Street, Hythe, hundreds of Hythe residents enjoyed picnics, sunshine, free music and the company of family, friends and neighbours. More here:

St Leonard’s Church

The largest and best-preserved collection of ancient human bones and skulls in Britain can be found in the parish church in Hythe. The collection consists of shelves in four arched bays that contain 1,022 skulls in total, and a single stack of bones and skulls measuring 7.5m in length, 1.8m in width and just over 1.8m in height.

BBC South East showed a brief clip about the collection in its bulletin of 14th June 2017 which you can see by clicking here or to find out more about the crypt at St Leonard’s click here.

New PCSO for Hythe

Kent Police has appointed PCSO Lewis Bennett as its new police community support officer for Hythe. Lewis has already met many business owners and residents, and is looking forward to his new role. Lewis replaces PCSO Josh Carle, who will shortly start his training to become a police officer.

 Online Scams

More money was lost to online scams last year than ever before. Read more here

New town mayor elected

At the annual council meeting on 11th May 2017, Cllr Paul Peacock was elected as the town mayor of Hythe for the municipal year 2017/2018. Read more here

 John Schoner MBE

On 17th February 2017, former Hythe councillor and town mayor John Schoner was awarded an MBE for services to Hythe. Read more here

Painting ownership returned to Hythe

A historic oil painting of the view of Hythe town and surrounding area looking out to sea, has been returned to the ownership of Hythe Town Council. Read more here

 Cyber security

Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12 May which affected the NHS and is believed to have affected other organisations globally, Kent Police’s cyber crime unit has issued an alert urging both individuals and businesses to follow protection advice immediately and in the coming days. Read more here