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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.

The Great Get Together

Join us at our get together on Sunday 18th June 2017 from 3-5pm near Oaklands Park Bandstand, Stade Street, Hythe. Bring a picnic and join in with family, friends and neighbours. Free music. More here:

Otterpool Park community engagement 

In June, Shepway District Council will be running open drop-in sessions for residents to meet the specialist team leading the proposals. The sessions will give an update on the work completed to date, explain how the emerging proposals are shaping up, give more detail about the design and planning process and the team will be able to address questions you may have.

Shepway District Council would like to encourage residents and members of our community to participate in these events so please feel free to share these details with others that may be interested.

The event in Hythe will be Thursday 22 June 2017 from 14:00 – 17:00 with a presentation at presentation at 15:00. It will be in the Tin Tabernacle, Portland Road, Hythe, CT21 6FL

The Stage 1 Community Engagement Report for Otterpool Park, prepared by Kevin Murray Associates, is now available on the Otterpool Park website. Read more here

Thoughtless youths invade allotments in Hythe

MINDLESS vandals stole and broke garden chairs, pushed over sheds, kicked in gates, and damaged vegetables when they raided allotments at Eaton Lands. Read more 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