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ISSUE 27 • SUMMER EDITION 2021

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A note from the team... Issue 27 // Summer Edition

Welcome to the summer 2021 edition of Hythe Life Magazine. As the sun finally makes an appearance and end to lockdown seems to be on the horizon (fingers crossed!) we are looking forward to everything a summer in Hythe offers. We are extremely lucky to live in this glorious little town by the sea and this is one of the best times of the year to enjoy it. Our sports clubs are beginning to get back up and running again and we are finally able again to let you know of all the fantastic events taking place in Hythe and the surrounding areas in our bumper “What’s On” section. Most exciting of all, we are pleased to confirm that the We Love Hythe Life Food Festival will once again take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend on The Green. We were so disappointed to postpone last year’s event due to COVID and are pulling out all of the stops to ensure this year’s event will be our best yet. You will also notice that the magazine has had a bit of a makeover and we hope you like our fresh new style! REMINDER: Advert & editorial deadline for Autumn edition: 30th July 2021 07881 783 677

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W H AT ’ S I N S I D E

// Ed 27 SUMMER EDITION

the features

6 Hythe Watch

12

Interview with Callum McKenna

38

Hythe Food Festival

16

Mindful Living

42

Produced in Kent

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Hythe History

64

HTFC Memories

Keeping up with the council

14 Rotary The million steps challenge 18 Hythe Environmental Community Group

2021 Update

44 Hythe Books for Change

Local book donations

50 Citizens Advice Shepway

What they do and how they do it!

44 Hythe Kids

Fun and games

24 Hythe Photographic Club

2020 Annual Review

53 How to Support your Child To Read

28 Hythe Civic Society plans

‘Heritage Hythe’

54 Hythe puzzles

30 What’s on!

Events in Hythe

36 Tower Theatre 40 Recipe

Patiently waiting in the wings...

Something to tickle those tastebuds!

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Advice for parents

A collection of our usual brainteasers

58 ‘I Left My Soul Down by the Sea’ Living by the sea 60 Hythe Sports Stay Active 60 The SUP Hub Adventures out on the water


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Message from the Town Mayor What a year it's been for us all and also what felt like the longest winter in history… but finally with the sun out, flowers starting to bloom and baby birds beginning to chirp, we're once again surrounded by hope and a beautiful sense of optimism. I'm so proud to be a part of a community that's so full of strength, compassion and creativity. The way everyone pulled together during the pandemic was amazing... and although life is starting to return to some sort of normal for the majority of us, we need to all stay mindful that some will be feeling the negative effects of the pandemic, for quite some time yet. So for anyone who needs to hear this, be kind and patient, not only to those around you, but with yourself too. Spring and summer is the perfect time for self care and rejuvenation, so allow yourself the time and space to do the things you love, whilst you slowly settle back into a new rhythm of life.

Awareness and Celebration Dates Hythe Town Council has been working on a calendar of awareness and celebration dates that we would like to promote. We are inviting groups and individuals to partner with us on this initiative, so if you have an idea for any of these dates please get in touch. The list is evolving all the time, but so far is as follows: 1st - 8th February February 8th March 22nd April 12th May 10th -16th May Third Monday of May for 1 week June 5th June 8th June 13th – 19th June 14th July October

National Storytelling week LGBT Month International Women's day Earth Day International Nurses Day Mental Health Awareness Week National Vegetarian Week Pride Month World Environment Day World Oceans Day Bees’ Needs Week International Disability Awareness Day Black History Month

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Councillor’s Corner Councillor Jenni Hawkins National Storytelling Week In February, Hythe Town Council celebrated National Storytelling Week by inviting people to share their storytelling videos online. We had a fantastic response, receiving and sharing fifteen recordings in total. These were a mixture of original and known stories for both children and adults which clocked up hundreds of views and some excellent feedback. Stories help us connect, they can provide escape and comfort in uncertain times, as well as being entertaining. We would like to thank all the lovely, talented people who shared stories and we hope that next year storytelling events can take place at venues across Hythe. The videos can be viewed on the council’s website @ www.hythe-tc.gov.uk/calendar/national-storytelling-week-2021/

Earth Day 2021 On April 22nd some of us were at the Undercroft to promote Earth Day 2021. We had lots of interesting discussions about the need to restore our Earth and were inspired by all the people who made heart-felt promises to become more environmentally friendly. For many, this was in addition to other lifestyle changes already made due to deep concerns about the climate and ecological crisis. Thank you to everyone who took the time to speak to us. Following this, we have planted a Hornbeam at Oaklands to mark our first Earth Day and as a symbol of how our promises as a community can grow into positive and meaningful change.

Byelection Hythe East ward With the decision of Councillor Tamsin Hendrick to step down from the town council, there will now be a byelection for a replacement for the Hythe East ward. The election was initially scheduled for 6th May but it was postponed due to the death of the Labour candidate, Chris Deane. We were hugely saddened by the news of Chris's death, with our thoughts going out to all of his family, friends and colleagues. Chris, as Labour's election coordinator, was wellknown to many of us on the Council and he was extremely well-liked and respected. The new date for the byelection will be Thursday 17th June.


Uncovering the wider benefits of financial advice New research shows that sound financial advice boosts confidence and emotional wellbeing Financial advice is more important than ever. Not only have changes in pensions and financial regulation placed more responsibility for planning retirement income into the hands of individuals, but the coronavirus pandemic has also reminded us all of how unforeseen events can rock the foundations of what we had thought was a stable financial footing. The financial benefits of taking advice are well documented. Research undertaken by the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC) in 2019 showed that those who take advice are on average £47,706 better off in retirement than those who don’t1. But that’s not the end of the story. Building on this study, the ILC has undertaken new research this year that shows financial advice could be an important factor in promoting mental health and wellbeing. Its report “Peace of mind: Understanding the non-financial value of financial advice” finds that non-financial benefits may be at least as important as the more easily visible financial ones in achieving this. Participants in the study who had taken financial advice reported that they felt less worried about their future, enjoying the peace of mind that comes from knowing that proper preparation has been made for their later years – and that included those who were already in retirement. They felt more confident that they would achieve their long-term goals and, through their interactions with an adviser, felt more financially literate and able to understand how those goals would be achieved – and more empowered to make complex financial decisions for themselves. Being in control of their financial future in these ways left them feeling reassured and less worried than they would otherwise have been. But despite these benefits, there remains a significant ‘advice gap’, with fewer than one in six people taking advice. This stems partly from a lack of awareness of the benefits of seeking advice and of how and where to find it. Among those who haven’t taken financial advice, some – especially women – were worried that doing so would actually result in a loss of control, and that decisions would be taken out of their hands, but the experience of the advised participants showed this to be an unfounded fear However, it remains clear that identifying long-term goals and establishing a financial structure to achieve them results in greater emotional wellbeing. Closing the ‘advice gap’ is a vital next step in giving that peace of mind to all. So, the ILC is calling on government, the industry and the Financial Conduct Authority to work together to remedy the situation by highlighting both the non-financial as well as the financial benefits of advice, and reassuring individuals that advice will be tailored specifically to their goals. We can help with your financial planning. To make an enquiry, please contact the team at Hythe Bay Financial Ltd on 01303 237272 or visit our website at www.sjpp.co.uk/hythebay. Our office is open 9am to 3:30pm weekdays. 1

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What next for 20 mph? by Councillor Martin Whybrow

Reducing the council and town’s carbon footprint

Following the implementation of the 20 mph zone in November, which was financed by the town council using the developer-funded Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), the council has fielded a number of questions around continued excessive speeds and enforcement. There is no doubt that too many vehicles are still travelling too fast on our residential roads, with all of the safety implications that this entails. This zone includes Hythe Bay Primary School, Age UK, the library, Oaklands GP surgery (particularly busy at present with all of its excellent Covid-19 vaccination work) and the council offices, so it is very busy, with many poor sight-lines and parked vehicles. The 20 mph zone was an important first step, constituting a marker that can now be built on. A speed check across the zone will be carried out to evaluate its effectiveness. Kent County Council’s policy is that this can only happen six months after a zone has been in place but that means it should be scheduled imminently. The findings from those speed checks should inform further steps. Potential measures include additional signage and traffic calming measures. It is vital for everyone that we bring down speeds in this crowded part of our town. We would, of course, ask all residents to themselves respect the 20 mph limit, so too employees of the Range Road industrial estate. Elsewhere in Hythe, we remain committed to working with KCC to see further road safety measures where appropriate. I have continued to press for calming schemes for South Road and Twiss Road (at the crossing point on the bridge over the canal) to be taken forward, including full consultation. These have been designed but, as is so often the case, the challenge is finding funding.

Hythe Town Council declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency in mid-2019. This set a zero carbon date for the council of 2025 at the latest. In so doing, HTC joined many councils across the country in committing to tackle the biggest challenges that we all face. We have set about measuring and monitoring the council’s carbon footprint and have committed to report annually on progress. While there has been some delay due to Covid (we have not been able, in particular, to yet undertake a study of the energy efficiency of the council’s buildings), there has been good progress. An easy and effective first step was to switch to a renewable energy supplier. Not only did this significantly cut the council’s carbon footprint at one fell-swoop (it will effectively be zero for energy in 2021), it also saved the council more than £200 per year on its bills. Wider footprint monitoring of the rest of the council’s carbon emissions will continue, with further measures and annual reporting as we move to being a zero carbon council as quickly as possible. The best carbon capture device is… a tree. We have now planted over 1000. The trees all come from the Woodlands Trust and are part of their community planting programme. They are a mix of indigenous species including Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Pussy Willow, Hazel, Rowan, Holly, Crab Apple, Silver Birch and Oak. What of the wider carbon footprint of the town? The main carbon emissions in a community such as Hythe will be buildings and transport. Councillor Sandy McConnell has carried out some fascinating research and modelling into Hythe’s overall carbon footprint. This includes looking at the energy performance of the town’s building stock and cars (of which there are 9,826 registered) and the potential impact of proposed new developments. For full details and to read about what steps people can take to reduce their own personal carbon footprints, plus links to other resources, visit the Climate Change section on our website – www.hythe-tc.gov.uk/climate-emergency-declaration/

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Community High Street Art Gallery…. A show to celebrate our creative young people This gallery depends entirely on the generosity and goodwill of our High Street traders who do have these qualities in spades. Already, we have quite a few signed up to the project. The idea is that shop windows and window ledge space will become the gallery, hosting a variety of artwork… small craft items as well as small drawings and paintings by school children throughout September. The first two weeks would be devoted to work from local primary schools, the latter two would show art by secondary school students. Work will be collected from schools during July and can also be posted through the letterbox of Hythe Town Council at Oaklands during August. Home schooled pupils will be able to do this too. There will be a theme, to be announced once we know that we have sufficient shop window space available to make the project viable. If you’re hoping to submit an entry you’ll need to keep an eye on the HTC website and Facebook page. The aim of the project is primarily to celebrate the creativity and resilience of our young residents, many of whom have had a tough lockdown year. However, there are likely to be valuable spin-offs for shopkeepers as well. As members of our very loyal and supportive community are tempted to look into every shop window and go right to each end of the High Street in search of interesting treasures, they may just spy as well, items for sale that they might not otherwise have noticed. Councillors will be approaching traders in the next couple of weeks to seek their help with the gallery so please keep an eye on the Hythe Town Council website. We’re keeping everything crossed that there will be sufficient shopkeepers eager to offer space! If you are a trader and would like to help, you can email P.Graham@hythe-tc.gov.uk

Remembrance Bench This Bench was erected in 2021 by the Davis Oaklands Charitable Trust. It was funded by FHDC and HTC using Councillor Jim Martin’s District Ward Grant on behalf of the grateful people of Hythe in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives so we could live ours.

Unauthorised Encampment on the Green Unfortunately, the Green hosted an unauthorised encampment for a few days in mid-May, with 14 caravan and associated vehicles encamped at the western end. Concrete bollards and poles were removed to gain entry. Our staff, working alongside the district council and police, took swift action to issue notices. The Town Clerk and Plans & Facilities Officer, accompanied by two police officers and the environmental enforcement officer, attended site. We are very grateful for all their efforts. The unauthorised visitors departed after five days. Thank you to our contractors and the volunteers who moved in to clear up after this. A specialist team removed 14 bags classed as licensed clinical waste, along with other bags of debris. They sanitised the play area and equipment. Volunteers reported a total of 94 bags removed from site. A working group will now look at what else can be done to try to secure the Green and other council land from future incursions.

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Hythe Watch NEWS FROM HY THE TOWN COUNCIL

Notable Comings and Goings at HTC

It has been all change of late at Hythe Town Council with the notable retirement of our two longest-serving staff members, Margaret Stewart and Wendy Lee. We wish them all the best in their retirements and are sure they will relish the extra time with their families. Many residents will have had contact with Margaret and Wendy over the years. Both were stalwarts of the council, serving it wonderfully well and their expertise will be hard to replace. Margaret was with the council for 25 years, ultimately as Town Clerk, and Wendy for seven years, as Plans & Works Clerk, which included responsibility for the town’s allotments.

HTC Events Boot fair Dates on The Green : 30th May 1st Hythe Scout Group 6th June Hythe & Romney Marsh Lions Club 13th June Hythe Town Youth Football Club 20th June Girl Guiding Hythe 4th July Hythe Bay Primary School 25th July Hythe Twinning Association 1st August Kent Marine Cadet Force 15th August Macmillan Cancer Support 22nd August Age UK Hythe & Lyminge 12th September Royal British Legion 19th September Rotary Club of Hythe 26th September Seabrook Primary School The Boot Fair opens to the public at 8am

Laura Cook, who joined us in June of last year, moves into the Plans and Facilities Officer role, with Sabrina Schulz joining as the new Administration Assistant. We are delighted to welcome Roland and Sabrina to the council. Both live in the area, bring excellent skills and enthusiasm to the team, and have hit the ground running!

Bandstand Summer Programme: Sun 27 June EDISON LIGHTHOUSE Sun 4 July HYTHE TOWN CONCERT BAND Sun 11 July SKIES Sun 18 July HERE COME THE GIRLS Sun 25 July SWITCHED ON Sun 1 Aug KENT POLICE BAND Sat 7 Aug ELVIS Sun 8 Aug ONE FOR THE ROAD Sun 15 Aug THE DULCETTES Sun 22 Aug GUMBOOTS REGGAE BAND Sun 5 Sept ABI ORFILA Sun 12 Sept HYTHE TOWN CONCERT BAND

Congratulations as well to Julie and Laura on their well-deserved promotions. Julie is now fully Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) qualified, and Laura is starting this training. Our new team (above) looks forward to working with everyone in the town.

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While we are sad to see them go – although no doubt they will stay in touch - we are in good hands! Julie Abbott, after three years as our Responsible Finance Officer (RFO), has been appointed Town Clerk. She has also retained the RFO role but will now be ably assisted by Roland Domingo, who comes on board as Finance Assistant.

YOUR LOCAL COUNCILLOR IS

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SOUTH WARD

NORTH WARD

WEST WARD

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Angela Dickinson

Malcolm Dearden

Lorna Fraser

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M.Dearden@hythe-tc.gov.uk

L.Fraser@hythe-tc.gov.uk

Jenni Hawkins

Jim Martin

Penny Graham

Keith Miles

J.Hawkins@hythe-tc.gov.uk

J.Martin@hythe-tc.gov.uk

P.Graham@hythe-tc.gov.uk

K.Miles@hythe-tc.gov.uk

David Owen

Naomi Slade

Sandy McConnell

Paul O’Connor

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N.Slade@hythe-tc.gov.uk

S.McConnell@hythe-tc.gov.uk

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Tim Prater

Martin Whybrow

Doug Wade

Harry Williams

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Interview with Callum McKenna

by Martin Whybrow

Martin Whybrow talks to our Hythe Salvation Army Church & Community Centre Corps Officer and Church Leader, Callum McKenna, as seven years of wonderful service to our community nears an end

Did you and Berri know Hythe before you joined our community and what were your first impressions? The Salvation Army has a somewhat strange system. Its leaders are, essentially, ministers of religion and are appointed where The Salvation Army thinks they’ll be of most use. In February 2014, then, we opened an envelope telling us we were moving to Hythe and, initially, thought we were moving to Southampton! Berri is originally from Kent and I’m from Merseyside so we were thrilled when we realised we’d get the best of both worlds - the Kent Countryside and the sea. When we arrived in Hythe, the then Town Mayor, the late Alan Smith, said that he was thrilled at our arrival because we’d lowered the average age of the town… I guess Hythe is an ancient Cinque Port after-all! It’s true that Hythe is a town steeped in traditions, but lots of those traditions are vibrant and living. We were quick to learn that Hythe is a community

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which takes looking out for one another, people and places, seriously. Our first impressions are the same as our lasting impressions: Hythe is warm, reliable and welcoming. What have been your main projects and what are you most proud of? Our lives are an incredibly eclectic mix of activities. One minute we’ll be doing the ‘Vicary’ type stuff of being a Salvation Army Officer: leading Church Services, life events such as funerals and weddings, providing pastoral support to members of the congregation. The next minute we’ll have our sleeves rolled up putting together food parcels or disinfecting toys ready for the toddler groups. One of the best things about being a Salvation Army Officer is being available to respond to whatever is going on the community and finding new and innovative ways of serving others. This probably has led to some of the things I’m most proud of from our time in

Hythe - especially the Community Sponsorship Project with a Syrian Refugee Family. Can you tell us a bit about this project? Some Hythe Life readers might remember the newspaper front pages in September 2015 which showed the horrific image of the lifeless body of Alan Kurdi - the toddler who drowned in the Mediterranean as his family fled the Syrian civil war. It brought into sharp focus the plight of many refugees and I think came particularly pertinent for Hythe Residents because of our proximity to the migrant camps of Northern France. Our phone lit up with members of the community wanting to do something to help those fleeing the conflict and we were inundated with kind offers of blankets and clothing and food. We were involved in delivering some of this to charities working in Calais but I remember thinking that it was all just a drop in the ocean and that we’d love to do something much more permanent.


Leonards Church, the Rotary Club, the Town Council, Romney Marsh Day Centre and local schools, amongst others, over 350 local children in need received Christmas presents and 200 residents a hot Christmas dinner. These are the sorts of things that happen when a community pulls together, and we place on record our thanks to the Hythe Life Readers who have supported these initiatives.

Not long after that, the then Home Secretary, Teresa May, announced a government pledge to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK by 2020 and launched a scheme to allow community groups to take a lead on this and to welcome a refugee family to their local area. This was like a spark to touchpaper for local folk in Hythe. A group of local residents, churches and other organisations came together to make the plans to make it happen in our area. Hythe residents were so generous! We found and furnished a house, raised the necessary funds and put in place a resettlement plan consisting of all the health, education and befriending support that a family would need to rebuild their lives in the UK. In 2019, Hythe then became the first group in Kent to welcome a family consisting of a mother, father and three young children. The journey with the family, and with the resettlement team, over the last two years has been incredible. The family have done really well: their lives have been transformed but they have also set about transforming our local community too and have made a really positive difference, either through mentoring young asylum seekers or getting involved with Bake Sales organised by their school’s PTA.

has skyrocketed in the last twelve months as people from the community have found themselves in precarious financial situations due to COVID and its economic effects and have thus found themselves needing some support, which we're thrilled to be able to offer. Prior to the first national lockdown, our foodbank supported an average of four households per week. This past twelve months have seen that move closer to twenty households and some weeks it can touch thirty: many of whom never imagined they'd need to use a foodbank That said, COVID has also seen Hythe at its typical best as people have pulled together and responded effectively and generously. The work of organisations, volunteers, charities and the council under the ‘Community Support Hub’ spearheaded by Age UK Hythe and Lyminge is testament to that and we’ve been thrilled to play a small part. Hythe residents often tell us that ‘It’s not Christmas until they’ve heard The Salvation Army band on the High Street’. Last Christmas was a Christmas like no other, for all of us, but it’ll probably be one of my favourite Hythe Christmases. Working with others, including Age UK, St.

What is next for the McKenna family and can you introduce us to your successor, Susan? We arrived in Hythe a couple, and leave as a four! We’re swapping the countryside for the city as we prepare to take up teaching posts at The Salvation Army’s Training College in Camberwell, South London and we’ll be playing a role in training new Salvation Army officers. We’re thrilled that following us to Hythe is Sue Shorland-Compton with her husband, David. Sue comes to Hythe with a wealth of experience as a Royal Airforce Veteran, a professional musician and a registrar. We know she’ll love living, working, and contributing to the community as much as we have. Any final words of farewell? I don’t want to get all preachy (our congregation have enough of my sermonising!) but I wonder if your readers would indulge me for my final words!? There’s a bit in the Bible where the Apostle Paul writes a letter to a group of people and he starts it with the line, ‘Every time I think of you, I thank my God’. I think this sums up, so much, our words of farewell to Hythe. Every time we think of Hythe in the future - the people, faces, places, generosity, kindness and welcome - we’ll do so with an enormous sense of gratitude and thankfulness at all that we’ve experienced and learned in our time here.

And what about the last 18 months and the challenges of COVID? COVID has, like for everyone, meant significant changes, especially as most of our work involves gathering lots of people to chat inside! Some of what we do has been adapted for 'Online' including church services and sing-alongs and story times for toddlers on Zoom. People make an effort to check up on older people and more vulnerable members of the community. Some things, however, simply can't take place in a virtual world and, most notably, this has been the foodbank. The work of the foodbank

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The Rotary

Million Steps Challenge We are coming out of lockdown by giving ourselves a challenge. We know that all charities have had a drain on their funds during this pandemic. Our challenge is to raise funds by asking ten Rotarians to walk a total of one million steps over ten days, starting on 21 June 2021. Our first challenge is to raise funds for the Hythe and Saltwood Branch of the Royal British Legion, which is celebrating its Centennial this year. Whatever we raise in this challenge will go to the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal. None of us can wait for later in the year, the money is wanted now to help those in need. Full details of when, where and who will be participating in this challenge will be shown on our website at www.hythe-rotary.com, and on our Facebook page. Please watch them for the details about how to contribute through our “Just Giving” app. Posters will also appear in the town and High Street. Please give generously. Many families and individuals are going through difficulties no one expected. They need your help, so please support this Challenge. Rotary understands the long term impact a virus can have, for decades we have worked internationally to eradicate Polio. We are now close to that achievement and have just contributed £2,000 to the fund to make the final push. We know, though, that all aspects of life need support and so we continue to support as many charities as we can. We have contributed £500

each to the McMillan Nurses, and Marie Curie cancer charities and £200 to the Scouts for their Scavenger hunt. During Lockdown we have been working on several projects which we will launch over the coming months. They include exploring how we can welcome newcomers to Hythe, working closely with

Brockhill Park Performing Arts College and the students through our THYNK project. This will include helping students gain work experience in this changing world. We also plan to work with the HUB on vaccine rollout and running a free family “Thank You” day for all volunteers, when we are free to do so. Plans are also being made to run some competitions which we hope will increase footfall into the High Street. Please follow us on our Facebook page, and you will find all details of all activities on our website at www.hythe-rotary.com. You do not have to be a member to join us in any activity you find of interest. Just contact us.

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Mindful living

by Genevieve Middlebrook

We thoroughly deserve a pat on the back for how strong, resilient and patient we have all been during the pandemic. Our physical and mental wellbeing have taken a battering, so it’s now time to make some time for you to build you back up so you are ready to live life to the full.

There can be many ways to stay mindful but understanding the basics are really all that you need to live your life mindfully. Below are a few techniques that incorporate breath and movement to help you stay grounded. Breathing into the present moment Breath is one of the most important aspects of becoming present and grounded in the moment. Noticing where you tense or hold the breath you begin to realise how easy it is for you to fall into that pattern because you’ve always been used to it, right? Many of us hold our bellies in, tense our neck and shoulders and it’s about understanding why we are feeling like this and what is our trigger. A tip to help with this is to check in with your breath and notice if you are holding on to any tension in the body. To enable you to relax and breathe naturally, imagine your

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ribs expanding out 360°. As you breathe in, open up your belly but also the whole torso. As you exhale, imagine your ribs shifting towards each other and relax your belly. This breathing technique allows you to release any unwanted tension. By focusing on your breath, you are already becoming present in the moment, aiming to regulate and be in control. Flow into the start of your day I always find that by starting your day on a good note, the rest of the day follows in suit. For me, I find it hard to stay motivated throughout the rest of the day if I procrastinate in the morning or I don’t push myself to get active and moving. The morning is a great place to start becoming mindful. Below is a five step yoga flow that allows you to keep moving in a slow and mindful

movement which warms up the body, creates energy and allows for better range of movement. Start by standing feet hip width apart and feel the ground beneath your feet. Close your eyes and just check in with how you are feeling. Shift your weight forward and back and side to side and find a centre point that balances you evenly. Drop the shoulders and release any tension in the body by using your 360° breath. Roll each vertebrae starting from head, cervical, thoracic and then lumber until you reach a forward fold position. Hang loosely with the arms, release the shoulders down, relax the neck by nodding the head yes and no and just keep the pose nice and passive.


Remembering to focus on the breath throughout the practice. Step into downward dog from your forward fold and just cycle the feet out noticing how your body is feeling. Tip the pelvis towards the sky and bend those legs if you need to and see if you can keep even weight between the feet and the hands. From your downward dog, step into a low lunge keeping hands rested upon the mat and lift the back leg off the mat and keep your front leg bent just nestled into your arm. Open the chest, gaze forward and notice how much space you can create.

using the opposite leg for the lunge and continue the sequence for as long as you would like to. I hope both the breathing and movement work will help you a little on your way to achieve mindfulness. Enabling you to thrive and live life to the full. Founder of Mindfulness Yoga based in Hythe. www.mindfulness-yoga.co.uk @mindfulnessyogakent

Step your back leg to meet the front so that you are back into your forward fold position. Roll the spine up vertebrae by vertebrae back to standing. Repeat once more so that you’re

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Hythe EnvironmentalCommunity Group

2021 Update by Chris Turnbull

It’s been a difficult time for any group activities but with good planning and the will to continue making a difference in whatever way we can, we have been able to make significant progress in a few areas: Litter Picking We managed to keep going after the first lockdown and comply with Covid regulations by having small invitation-only groups. These had just got back to fully open community litter picks once a month when the second lockdown started! So after a few months off over the winter, we gradually returned to small groups of six again, increasing to 15 once allowed. Fingers crossed we can restart our normal monthly litter picks from 5th June as groups of 30 are now allowed. We plan to continue first Saturday each month litter picking through the summer as we have missed so many over the past months and we look forward to meeting more of you again soon. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for details. Gleaning Update: We are now into our second year with our own Hythe ECG Gleaning Hub bringing back farm produce that would otherwise have gone to waste and supplying it to our local food banks, charities and schools. We didn’t really start

until April last year, but managed to save and distribute 35 tonnes of produce by the end of December.

East Kent Gleaning Hub run by Charmaine Jacobs in Folkestone which will hopefully encourage other hubs to set up within the area

2021 has started slowly with potatoes every week and occasional opportunities for cauliflowers and broccoli, but has already totalled 8.2 tonnes. The weather has not been kind to farmers, with the extreme wet followed by cold and extreme drought, and greens have been in short supply with very little waste on the farms (which is good news). We are now up to an amazing 61 people who have said that they would like to come gleaning! Unfortunately, we have only been able to use a very small fraction of them so far. But all will change when the fruit starts ripening.

Community Orchard at Eaton Lands The orchard is now developing well, as the main fruit trees – apple, pear and plum – have survived a potentially stressful first Summer last year through dedicated watering provided by local volunteers. The trees have started to expand their root network and have rewarded us with beautiful blossom this Spring, followed hopefully by more good growth this year. In addition to the main fruit trees, we have added a few smaller saplings of cherry and damson that will add more variety and interest to the orchard.

With the help of Ward Grants from local Town Councillors, we are purchasing a small trailer which will be used for transporting produce. It will also be available as a community asset to other local non-profit organisations. Our Hub already co-ordinates our gleaning with “Deal With It” in Deal and we are forming an

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Earlier this year a small team of volunteers established a hedge line marked out by around 40 native hedging plants of various species, with different attributes such as flowers or berries to provide forage and shelter for wildlife. This needs to be kept well watered whilst the plants establish…fingers crossed for “normal” rainfall this year. Continued on page 20


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It was exciting to see how well the wildflower mix, planted in 2019, returned in 2020, and the signs for an abundant show later this year are already there. We know there are campion and forget-me-nots as they are already blooming, but ox-eye daisies, comfrey, foxglove, yarrow, ragwort and a number of other species are emerging and hopefully other annuals to come such as cornflower and poppy. All in all, they should be colourful and provide good forage for insects and pollinators of all kinds. We have plans to do more – the Bumblebee Conservation Trust has very kindly donated a large bee hotel which will be placed in the orchard, and we are hoping this year to design and commission interpretation boards to help explain the orchard. Exciting times at the Community Orchard! Hythe Hops – 2021 season update It is wonderful to see that, despite the impossibility of meeting up face to face at all last year and the imaginative Covid-safe arrangements we had to make for hops harvest delivery, our growers have kept faith with the project. As a result, our community of local hop

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growers continues to expand, through word of mouth rather than any deliberate campaign. We now have a grand total of 175 members, growing 275 hops across 140 locations… and the geographical spread continues to grow as well. Our coverage extends westwards to Rye and Woodchurch; to the north we reach almost to Canterbury, but our greatest concentration is still in the Hythe, Seabrook, Sandgate and Folkestone area. Last season we dried hops for the first time, and our store of dried hops is being used by our friends at the Docker brewery which first produced a delicious stout “Dark Matter” and a very successful IPA “Hythe Pale” in time for Christmas. By popular demand, the Hythe Pale has been repeated in May this year and we are expecting at least one, perhaps two, more brews before we reach the next harvest!

Assuming the Summer growing season is anything like “normal” we should have a harvest approaching 100kg (33% up on 2020) and look forward finding pleasant, social ways to enjoy the fruits of our community labours! Plans for restarting other activities Assuming that Covid restrictions allow, we are planning to restart all our usual Summer/Autumn activities: Plant and Seed Swaps, Apple Pressing and Butterfly and Bird walks. See our Facebook page and website for ongoing plans and firmed up events/activities. https://hytheenvironmental.community/


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Hythe History The Hospitals of St John’s and St Bartholomew’s by Anne Petrie As you turn the corner from Douglas Avenue into Hythe High Street, heading perhaps for your favourite coffee shop or to a newsagent or florist, you will pass a small, two-storey stone building. It has a nice gothic archway framing its door, but is otherwise undistinguished and has no name plate to identify it.

It is, in fact, the Hospital of St John and while the present house has stood since the sixteenth century, the institution dates back hundreds of years earlier. To start at the beginning: there were originally two medieval hospitals in Hythe, St John’s and St Bartholomew’s. ‘Hospitals’ were not as we know them today, exclusively places for treating the sick. Some offered resting places for pilgrims, some homes for poor people, some cared for lepers and some, like the Hythe hospitals, offered accommodation for old people who could no longer support themselves. St Bartholomew’s was for most of its existence actually in Saltwood, rather than Hythe, approximately on the junction of the present North Road and Bartholomew Lane. That hospital house was eventually abandoned and

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the residents moved to a building in the present Bartholomew Street in Hythe during the early eighteenth century. It is now a private dwelling. We know from records that the original St John’s hospital was at the east end of the town, but not exactly where it stood. Possibly the present building is on the site of the earlier house. The hospitals are traditionally said to have been founded by Hamo of Hythe, the Bishop of Rochester, but records show that they existed before Hamo’s lifetime and that St Bartholomew’s was originally a leper hospital. However, Hamo certainly had a hand in refounding the establishments according to his wishes and in ensuring that they would be adequately funded. He did this through acquiring land, and the hospitals became major landowners in Hythe and Saltwood. They held onto their acquisitions, which also included

some houses, for many centuries. As in any institution, the hospitals had rules. Hamo stipulated in a series of charters that the residents should be poor and old, not leprous and either a native of Hythe or ‘having long lived commendably’ there. ‘Old’ in medieval terms, probably meant over fifty, but some residents were younger. All had to say the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary three hundred times a day. They had to wear russet – not a colour but a type of coarse wool cloth. The benefits to those lucky enough to get a place were accommodation, clothes and shoes, a small stipend and, vitally, regular meals. Poor people still starved to death in medieval England. The earliest hospital records are concerned with land ownership and tenancy agreements, but gradually, from the seventeenth century


demand from developers. By now the Charity Commission had been established to oversee the work of all English charities, including both the hospitals. This added a whole new layer of bureaucracy to the hospitals’ dealings and in 1890, they decided to merge their management arrangements in order to simplify matters. The Wardens now became Trustees, as they remain to this day. The Twentieth century saw the decline of the Workhouse system and the introduction of the Old Age Pension in 1908. At five shillings a week, this was not enough to live on and the need for the hospitals was as great as ever. The war years of 1914 to 1918 had little impact on the residents, but in the interwar years they began to see material improvements to their lives. In 1929, wireless sets were fitted and both hospitals had electricity and hot water systems installed in 1934. onwards, we start to learn more about the people involved with the hospitals. They were governed by a group of men known as Wardens who were for the most part Hythe town jurats (councillors). These were appointed for life and were themselves responsible for selecting a Prior from among the inmates of each hospital. He dealt with the day-to-day administration and with the needs of the residents, who were called Brothers and Sisters. Each inmate had their own bedroom, but meals were cooked and eaten communally. The hospitals each had a kitchen equipped with cooking utensils, pewter plates and napkins, and a coal fire with a spit, gridiron, pot hook and bellows. The residents were warm and well-fed by the standards of the day and beer and tobacco were also provided. When they were sick, a physician was called and when they departed this life, the Wardens arranged a decent burial. In the early eighteenth century, St Bartholomew’s residents were moved from Saltwood to Hythe. Their new accommodation was extended and updated to provide twelve rooms. St John’s had been badly damaged by fire in 1792, and was also renovated and now provided six rooms. The Wardens paid for the work by raising their tenants’ rents.

constant and expensive maintenance. Sometimes there were difficult tenants to be dealt with. From 1841, the censuses record the names and ages of all the hospitals’ residents. Most were in their sixties or seventies and must have been hugely relieved to be offered a place. The alternative for the aged poor with no means of support was now the Workhouse in Etchinghill, expressly designed to be so brutal that no-one who had the least possibility of working would voluntarily enter. Fortunate or not, the residents could sometimes be difficult and it was the Priors who bore the brunt of their discontent. Most often they complained about each other. Bad language, bad temper, petty violence and in one case indecent exposure, were all brought to the Priors’ attention and in a few cases, residents were told to leave. The 1880s saw the sale of nearly all of the hospitals’ land holdings, which were in huge

The second World War was a much more disruptive time for the hospitals. The residents were evacuated, scattered across the country and did not return until 1944. In peace time, the Trustees decided to sell St Bartholomew’s war-damaged hospital house and to use the proceeds to extend and refurbish St John’s. This was completed in 1951, but changing expectations meant that St John’s was refurbished again in the 1980s, to provide selfcontained, centrally-heated flats with kitchenettes and bathrooms. Today there are seven residents, who also share the common room, laundry and pleasant gardens. It is no longer communal living, but there is still a great sense of community. If you would like to read more about the Hythe Hospitals, Anne Petrie’s history is available from Lawrence Estate Agents in Hythe High Street for £5, or delivered for £7.50 by contacting trlawrence@lawrenceandco.uk. Proceeds go to the Hospitals.

However, times were changing. Hythe was on a war footing in expectation of an invasion from across the Channel. The military kept arriving in Hythe, many of them occupied in building the Martello Towers and the Royal Military Canal and St John’s sold to the Commissioners for the Affairs of Barracks land in Saltwood. They invested the profits in Government bonds. The hospitals were finding that property ownership had its downside, especially for the dwelling houses and agricultural buildings. Most of them were by now ancient and required

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Hythe District Photographic Club 2020 Annual Review of Members’ Photographs

by Phil Heading

The Club celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year and over the past ten years it has grown from small beginnings, as Saltwood Camera Club, to a thriving organisation with 40 plus full/student members and a full/guest Facebook group with over 150 participants.

‘Catch of the day’ - Jacqui Williams In the past, the Club has held an Annual Review of a selection of the full members’ project photographs submitted during the year. This selection had been previously made by an experienced photographer who then, at the Annual Review meeting held every December, commented on the images and offered constructive criticism as a way of helping members improve on their skills. The event was always well attended and enjoyed by members and guests with voluntary donations going to the Pilgrims Hospice. Inevitably Covid-19 restrictions put paid to our original plans for 2020, as the Club successfully transitioned to online meetings. So following a rethink, the 2020 review was modified. A review panel consisting of four Club members made the selection from nearly 1,000 images submitted for the regular monthly projects. The ‘brief’ was to ensure that there were three images included for every member so that everyone was represented in the review. The selection was not intended to show the best images, but to provide a range from which, by discussion, improvement in technique and knowledge could be achieved. With uncertainty as to when the Club can return to face-to-face meetings and actually hold the review, the chosen images have been added to the Club’s website so that they can

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‘Sweet Pea Morning Dew’ - Sandra Bushell receive a wider audience. A link to the page appears below, and you are invited to undertake your own personal review of some of the members’ images submitted during last year. hythedistrictphotographicclub. jimdo.com/annual-review-2020/ If you would like to improve your own photographic skills, the Club would be delighted to welcome you as a full member or you could start by becoming a guest associate in the Facebook group. www.facebook.com/groups/ 824710414258709 In addition to reviewing members’ photographs on a set theme each month, we hold regular workshops on photographic techniques, composition, post processing… and invite speakers on a wide range of photographic subjects and places of interest. The Club also organises Photoshoots where members meet, usually locally, to take photographs and share knowledge. Full members also participate in a WhatsApp group to alert each other of photo opportunities. It is hoped that the lifting of lockdown restrictions and the easing of social distancing rules will allow the Club to return to its former home at the Hythe Sports Pavilion by mid to late summer. The monthly meetings (virtual or

‘Beached’ - Elaine McKenzie face-to-face) are held on the second Thursday of every month. https://hythedistrictphotographicclub.jimdo.co m/programme-projects-2021/ Membership for 2021 is £10 (£5 for each associated household member) and free to students. The current membership embraces a broad range of experience from beginners using phone cameras to the more experienced using digital SLR/Mirrorless/Bridge cameras and some using film cameras. The Club is for people who enjoy taking photographs and are not overly concerned with camera equipment. If that’s you, there is a link below to the Club’s website contact page through which you can enquire about joining us. hythedistrictphotographicclub.jimdo.com/ contact-us/ We would like to thank Hythe Life for sponsoring the club and this article. In the meantime, enjoy some of the members’ images from 2020. Phil Heading Club Chairman hythedistrictphotographicclub.jimdo.com


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Hythe Civic Society plans ‘Heritage Hythe’ Event for the town The Hythe Civic Society is planning a ‘Heritage Hythe’ event this summer from Friday 13 to Saturday 22 August. Due to the cancellation of the Venetian Fete this year we are taking the opportunity to hold a set of events during mid-August which we believe will be of interest to residents and visitors. Heritage Hythe also celebrates, one-year on, the 75th Anniversary of the Civic Society – a non-profit charitable organisation that promotes the preservation, enhancement, conservation and understanding of Hythe’s heritage and environment. We will open Heritage Hythe at St Leonard’s Church with an evening talk by Alan Schofield entitled ‘Things You May Not Know About Hythe’. Our hope is that we can fulfil these extended 75th Anniversary plans for the enjoyment of the residents and visitors of Hythe, to celebrate Hythe’s rich history and heritage. Red Lion Square We are planning a major historical ‘On This Site’ information display throughout the High Street and in many other locations across the town, with more significant displays at a number of specific sites (for example: Fishermans Beach, Sainsburys, and the RHDR). There will be information for self-guided heritage walking routes across the town (we hope to develop trail quizzes to add to the interest of all) and, to close Heritage Hythe, we are planning a special concert at St Leonard’s Church in

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conjunction with The Friends of St Leonard’s. All our event plans are subject to national social restrictions. We are hoping to get Hythe's food establishments involved in the event, with special Heritage food menus. Also, to any shops that want to participate, we are very open to any ideas that will increase footfall in the High Street and surrounding areas. Please

contact us at enquiries@hythecivicsociety.org Our website will contain film footage from various archives, photographs, and on-line quiz, with links to some local clubs and societies in an aim to promote their respective histories and heritage. You will find this and further information on our website (hythecivicsociety.org) over the coming weeks.

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What’s On! Due to the ongoing pandemic and the uncertainty over the lifting of government restrictions, all of the below events are subject to change or late cancellation. Please check with the organisers that the event is going ahead prior to attending.

JUNE

18th

Boot Fair @ Hythe Cricket Club. 7am start.

12th

Hythe Farmers Market, Methodist Church Hall, Hythe. 10am-1pm

18th

Concert @ Hythe Town Bandstand, Oakland 3pm-5pm – ‘Here Come The Girls’.

13th

Hythe Town Youth Football Club Boot fair, Hythe Green – 7am start.

24th

Hythe Farmers Market, Methodist Church Hall, Hythe. 10am-1pm

20th

Girl Guiding Hythe Boot fair, Hythe Green – 7am start.

25th

Hythe Twinning Association Boot fair, Hythe Green – 7am start.

Father’s Day @ The Hythe Imperial Hotel. Lunch in the Coast Restaurant or Afternoon Tea. For booking and further details see www.hytheimperial.co.uk

25th

20th

25th

Robbie Williams Tribute Night @ The Hotel Imperial Hythe. Tickets £40pp including a 3 course dinner. For full details see www.hytheimperial.co.uk or call 01303 267441 or email csales@hytheimperialhotel.com

26th

Hythe Farmers Market, Methodist Church Hall, Hythe. 10am-1pm

27th

Boot Fair @ Hythe Cricket Club. 7am start.

Concert @ Hythe Town Bandstand, Oakland 27th 3pm-5pm – ‘Edison Lighthouse’.

JULY 2nd

‘Walk Right Back – The Everly Brothers Story’ @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliff-hall/

4th

Hythe Bay Primary School Boot fair, Hythe Green – 7am start.

4th

Concert @ Hythe Town Bandstand, Oakland 3pm-5pm – ‘Hythe Town Concert Band’.

4th

The Channel 70 Bike Challenge starting at The Star Inn, St Mary in The Marsh. Charity cycle event , 30, 50 or 70 mile routes. See www.channelrotary.wordpress.com/channel -50-challenge-cycle-ride-2020/ for further details.

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25th

8th -18th

JAM on the Marsh. Number of musical events in Hythe and Romney Marsh. See www.jamconcert.org for full details.

10th

Hythe Farmers Market, Methodist Church Hall, Hythe. 10am-1pm

11th

Concert @ Hythe Town Bandstand, Oakland 3pm-5pm – ‘Skies’.

13th

13th

13th

17th

18th

Concert @ St Leonard’s Church Hythe, 7pm – Chamber Music form WWI and WW2 (part of JAM on the Marsh). See www.jamconcert.org for further details. Open Compositional Workshop @ St Leonard’s Church Hythe, 10am-5pm (part of JAM on the Marsh). Free to all. See www.jamconcert.org for further details. Concert @ St Leonard’s Church Hythe, 7:30pm – Francesca Massey & Onyx Brass in concert (part of JAM on the Marsh). See www.jamconcert.org for further details. Concert @ St Leonard’s Church Hythe, 8pm – Mealor Conducts Mealor and Dove (part of JAM on the Marsh). See www.jamconcert.org for further details. Concert @ St Leonard’s Church Hythe, 3pm – That Latin Temperament (part of JAM on the Marsh). See www.jamconcert.org for further details.

30th

Concert @ Hythe Town Bandstand, Oakland 3pm-5pm – ‘Switched On’. Concert @ St Leonard’s Church Hythe 12:00pm. ‘Classical Folk’. Tickets £7 & £6, available at Brandon’s Music Shop, 55 High Street, Hythe or at the Church door prior to the concert. See www.stleonardschurch hythekent.org for full details. Adele Tribute Night @ The Hotel Imperial Hythe. Tickets £40pp including a 3 course dinner. For full details see www.hytheimperial.co.uk or call 01303 267441 or email csales@hytheimperialhotel.com

AUGUST 1st

Kent Marine Cadet Force Boot Fair, Hythe Green – 7am start.

1st

Concert @ Hythe Town Bandstand, Oakland 3pm-5pm – ‘Kent Police Band’.


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What’s On! AUGUST continued 7th

Concert @ Hythe Town Bandstand, Oakland 3pm-5pm – ‘Elvis’.

8th

Concert @ Hythe Town Bandstand, Oakland 3pm-5pm – ‘One for the Road’.

8th

Boot Fair @ Hythe Cricket Club. 7am start.

9th

13th- Hythe Civic Society Heritage Week. For 22nd further details see article in this issue or www.hythecivicsociety.org 14th

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‘The Best of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons’ @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliff-hall/

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‘Black Stone Cherry’ @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliff-hall/ Soul & Motown Evening @ The Hotel Imperial Hythe. Tickets £40pp including a 3 course dinner. For full details see www.hytheimperial.co.uk or call 01303 267441 or email csales@hytheimperialhotel.com ‘Adam Kay – This is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor’ @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliff-hall/ Hythe Farmers Market, Methodist Church Hall, Hythe. 10am-1pm ‘The Boys Are Back – 5ive/A1/Damage/911’ @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliff-hall/ Seabrook Primary School, Boot fair, Hythe Green – 7am start. ‘ABBA Mania’ @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliff-hall/ ‘Jason Donovan – Even More Good Reasons’ @ The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. For full details see www.atgtickets.com/venues/leas-cliff-hall/

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Patiently Waiting in the Wings... The Tower Theatre Team We are writing this from the theatre foyer, socially distanced and with our hearts full of hope that the tide has finally turned for the theatre community. We hadn’t seen each other face to face for almost a year and after countless hours of Zooming, we are finally, albeit tentatively, looking at reopening. It feels wonderful to write that! For us, and theatres across the globe, it’s been a challenging time to say the least. We have had to reschedule our shows several times, which has been very disheartening. However, we’ve got some fantastic news we’d like to share with you: we have been awarded £55,000 in the latest round of the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund, after missing out in the first round last year. The very welcome grant will bring life to the theatre’s stage once more, allowing FHODS to bring all the staff back off furlough, make the theatre fully COVID-compliant, and to replenish its financial reserves. COVID compliance is at the top of the agenda for us, and we are being guided by the ‘See It Safely’ guidelines set out for the performing arts industry by the government. So when we do finally open our doors, you can book and visit, confident in the knowledge that we will make your experience as safe as

possible. We will share more details about how everything will work via our social media channels, website and mailing list in the coming months. We’re also thrilled to announce that our fabulous annual FHODS pantomime is back! Dick Whittington and His Cat will be visiting Folkestone this Christmas, after being unable to make it last year, due to the travel ban. Tickets are now on sale and are bookable via our website: www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk. In other exciting show news, FHODS plan to stage The Audience in September. Written by Peter Morgan, creator of Netflix's 'The Crown', this play centres on the weekly meetings, called audiences, between Queen Elizabeth II and her prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to David Cameron. FHODS is also hoping to put on the postponed Vicar of Dibley in early October

We have been in regular contact with all the acts that were booked in for 2020 and rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as possible. If you are a ticket holder, you will automatically keep the same seats you originally booked. Lastly, we would like to once again take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to our wonderful and loyal audience. Ticket retention has remained very high and panto sales have started well. Our wonderful staff and volunteers also deserve our gratitude for their continued support. If you are interested in volunteering at the theatre, please email: info@towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk. We really cannot wait to open our doors for you again; we have missed you and it won’t be long before we’ll be saying “lights down, curtain up and break a leg!”

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Festival 2021 We are all longing to get back to normal, being able socialize, have fun in the sun, eating amazing food and drink with our nearest and dearest whilst being entertained. So, it is with great delight that we announce that the Hythe Food Festival is back this year. The event is to take place as usual on Hythe Green over the bank holiday weekend 28th, 29th and 30th August. Our team certainly missed the buzz and excitement of putting on the event last year and are relieved that our planning is back in full flow in anticipation of creating a fantastic event for the 5th anniversary. There will be some minor changes to the event this year as we are still not out of the Covid woods yet so regretfully we had to make the sad decision that we could not run the demonstrations this year just in case we still have to follow a certain level of social distancing and family groups which is difficult to achieve in an enclosed space. You may notice other small changes that may have to be introduced due to national covid restrictions at the time of the event. Hopefully, these will be minimal. However, all the other firm favourites will be back trying frantically to tempt our taste buds and drawing us in with wonderful aromas. Even with this in mind we hope it brings you all a chance to book your diaries up with a little piece of normality

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and some fun to look forward to. As with all our previous events, we will make every effort to mix up the offering to bring you the newest and the best in all artisan food trends, making sure that you always try something new, right on your doorstep. We look forward to opening the entries up to our past vendors first, to thank them for their loyalty to us but also to give you your annual opportunity of eating what has fast become some staple favourites. The festival bar as always will have all the usual beers, craft ales including our very own Festival Ale and local ciders. It also would not be the same without the theatre of our mixologists tempting us to creative cocktails, along with the firm favourites of Pimm’s and Prosecco. We have listened to your feedback on the length of the queues and think we have come up with a


cunning plan to reduce the wait. We cannot have our wonderful friends of the festival not able to quench their thirsts fast enough and being able to spend more time choosing what food to try next.

There will be music for all tastes and various types of entertainment on the stage as well. Something for all the family.

As with all our previous events, we will make every effort to mix up the offering to bring you the newest and the best in all artisan food trends, making sure that you always try something new, right on your doorstep.

The children’s entertainment area will also be there striving to keep the little darlings amused and entertained so that there are no cries of “I want to go home” before you have had time to relax and enjoy your day watching and listening to the entertainment on the stage.

Looking forward to the prospect of a more relaxed summer this year is certainly starting to put some sunshine in our lives so put the festival in your August plans, pray to the sun gods and come and support your local traders and we will see you all there again.

Yes, the bands will be back beckoning us to kick back and relax or put on our dancing shoes.

As the ground is licenced for the event, we politely ask that you do not bring you own food

and drink and support the event and the local traders by complying to this request. We will be keeping you up to date over the coming months with promo material and information on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. As the event is run by volunteers, we are always looking to bring new friends into the team whether it be on the event days or in the weeks of preparation beforehand. You do not have to have any special skills or experience just a willingness to join in the hard work and fun and become a member of the fantastic festival team. Everything we do is run purely by volunteers and a % of the profits that are made from the festival are funnelled straight back into the community, either to projects we have identified ourselves, or to organisations who have approached us for support.

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HYTHE RECIPE

SEA BREAM ESCABECHE anchovy mayonnaise, coriander by Allister Barsby

Packed full of flavour and lightly spiced, this is the perfect dish for a light lunch or to eat on those warm summer evenings. It can be prepared in advance and left to marinade for up to 48 hours in the fridge.

Ingredients • 4 sea bream fillets, scaled and pin boned

• Half bulb of fennel thinly sliced

• 150g extra virgin olive oil

• Pinch of chilli flakes

• 75g white wine vinegar

Anchovy mayonnaise

• 100g white wine

• 1 egg yolk

• 35g sugar

• 10g Dijon mustard

• 5g fennel seeds

• 10g white wine vinegar

• 2 bay leaves

• 20g drained anchovy fillets chopped fine

• 100g water • 1 good pinch of saffron strands

• 150g sunflower oil

• 10g salt

• To finish, coriander leaves

• 1 carrot thinly sliced • 2 shallots thinly sliced

Method • To prepare the sea bream, season both sides of the fillets and heat a nonstick pan over a medium to high heat. Add some olive oil and lay the fillets in, skin side down and colour for 1-2 minutes until crisp and golden. Flip the fillets over and cook for a further minute until just cooked through. Place them onto a tray to cool. • Place all the other ingredients for the escabeche into a pan and bring to the boil. Cook for around 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender but still firm. • Pour the vegetables and liquid into a metal tray with deep sides, carefully place the bream fillets on top, cover with clingfilm and refrigerate for at least 12 hours to marinade. • For the mayonnaise, place the egg yolk, mustard, anchovy and vinegar into a food processor or bowl if using a whisk. Turn the machine on (or start whisking!) and slowly add the oil to create a thick emulsion. Season with a pinch of salt if needed. • Bring the sea bream fillets out of the fridge for at least half an hour before serving to come to room temperature. Serve the dish by spooning some of the vegetables onto the plate and placing the sea bream on top. Add a spoonful of mayonnaise and a few leaves of coriander. Enjoy!

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Hide and Fox Here at Hythe Life we are always excited to share local good news stories. In this particular case it is one very close to home for us.

Opposite Hythe Life HQ we are extremely lucky to have the outstanding Hide and Fox restaurant. Opened in June 2019 by talented couple Chef Allister Barsby and Manager Alice Bussi it has been wowing locals with its delicious food and wine ever since. The restaurant serves modern British cuisine in an intimate and relaxed environment with a focus on carefully sourced seasonal ingredients and

fine wines. After securing 3 AA Rosettes last year the restaurant was awarded a coveted Michelin star in January this year. A massive achievement given the last year the food industry has endured. We are so pleased for them and it is very much deserved. We are also delighted that Allister has agreed to provide us with a delicious recipe for this issue of the magazine. If you have not yet sampled the

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They Say Don’t Change for Anyone;

Produced in Kent Say Just Change One Thing How customers think and behave towards shopping and sustainability is changing. Reverting to shopping locally for food during the height of the pandemic made people think more about where food comes from, how it is produced and how its production impacts the environment. This has led not just to customers buying more local and sustainable product, but also to a changing attitude towards food itself. Floortje Hoette, Chief Executive of Produced in Kent, knows that most people are more likely to change one thing at a time, which is why the organisation is challenging residents to Change One Thing in its latest campaign to help fight food waste and boost the local economy. “Produced in Kent wants residents of the county to look at how they can change the way they shop and the way they handle and consume food. Make a change, practise it ten times and that change becomes a habit, you don’t even think about it anymore,” comments Hoette.

Produced in Kent, as the trade organisation that supports and promotes local independent food and drink businesses in the county, is encouraging and supporting a more sustainable attitude to food by sharing helpful tips and

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advice on how to buy and eat smarter. There are simple changes that can be made which will have a much-needed positive impact on the local independent food and drink industry and the environment.

It is through thousands of small changes that a bigger environmental impact will be seen. If everyone commits to Change One Thing this will hugely benefit the county, its beautiful countryside and its residents.”


2. Shop Local for Life - If we spend £10 per week on local produce and products Kent citizens put £415 million back into the local economy annually. Why not go to your local farm shop, or buy local gifts or flowers online, order your fruit and veg from the local greengrocers, or have your milk delivered from your local dairy. You help the local economy, keep people in jobs and help to preserve the countryside

If you were to change one thing, which area would you focus on? 1. Buy, eat, cook seasonal - By buying seasonal produce and adjusting your weekly meals to feature seasonal fruits and vegetables you’ll find you could reduce your food bill, it’s fresher and healthier too.

3. Buy and eat smarter - UK households waste 6.5 million tonnes of food every year, 4.5 million – enough to fill 38 million wheelie bins - of which is still edible. By buying only what you need, making sure to eat what is about to expire first and by cooking the right portions you can reduce this waste and watch your waistline, too! 4. Love Your Leftovers - Strive to use all the food that you cook. Whether you warm it up and eat it the next day, freeze some or give

some to a friend or neighbour (safely of course). Did you know a family of four can save on average £60 a month simply by throwing less food away? 5. Spice up your life – take a trip around the world of flavours and different cuisines, using local ingredients you can still make dishes from around the world and there are lots of locally made sauces to help you get creative if you don’t want to go from scratch! We all need food (and drink!) to survive. Let’s give it the respect it deserves: a lot of time, hard work and sacrifice have gone into it before it ends up on our table. It is in our power to buy more local and sustainable food, eat smarter and waste less. You can start today by Changing One Thing – we would love to see the results on our social media ! www.producedinkent.co.uk

Taste of Kent Awards 2021 most sustainable businesses. See the website for the full list of winners. Floortje Hoette, Chief Executive at Produced in Kent comments “Winning an award presents new opportunities for finalists as well as winners, all of whom have worked so hard to get this far. The pandemic has created momentum for the local independent food & drink sector – the public wants to know where its food and drink is coming from and how it has been produced. The Taste of Kent awards are a public endorsement of one’s business and the quality of one’s product – and that will help drive sales”.

The Taste of Kent Awards are organised by Produced in Kent and are the annual showcase of the very best products and food and drink businesses across Kent and Medway. The winners of the Taste of Kent Awards 2021 were revealed following the first-ever virtual awards ceremony which was live-streamed to the public on Tuesday 11 May. Kent’s ultimate food and drink champions have been crowned, from the tastiest food and drink products, best growers, hospitality and retail outlets to

This year’s Taste of Kent awards saw more than triple the amount of people cast their vote in the food and drink product categories compared to last year. Submissions in all selfnominated categories were exceptionally strong. The judges had a tough time choosing the winners, with finalists in a couple of categories literally going head to head. The finalist interviews with the judges were up close and personal, and revealed the stress, desperation and financial pain the sector as a whole has gone through in the past year, but also its resilience, entrepreneurial spirit and positivity.

incredibly hard businesses have worked to get through the pandemic, and the huge potential for success that our sector has going forward’ says Hoette. ‘As Produced in Kent we are immensely proud to represent local food and drink and we look forward to helping the sector return to growth in the coming years. A special thank you to our sponsors of this year’s event, without whom we would not have been able to put our finalists in the limelight. Without your support these awards are not possible.’ In May, Produced in Kent issued its first Taste of Kent magazine, made in collaboration with Cene Magazine, to celebrate all 2021 TOKA finalists and winners. The magazine, a fantastic tribute to Kent food and drink, will be distributed to hospitality and retail outlets across Kent and can be viewed on the website tasteofkentawards.co.uk/magazine

It made for an extra-ordinary and at times quite emotional judging process. ‘It really made everyone realise once again how

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Hythe Books for Change: local women donate diverse and inclusive books to Hythe Primary Schools Three local residents - Aimée Margott, Lianne Sandford and Laura Taylor - felt moved to do something practical to address issues of inequality and discrimination particularly in relation to children. They decided the power of books was one way to help and set up the Hythe Books for Change project in July 2020. The team fundraised throughout 2020 to donate a range of diverse and inclusive books to local schools via a crowdfunding page, a raffle and an application to the town council for funding. They successfully raised over £2000 with the support of local donors and just before the Easter break donated 50 books to each of six Hythe, Seabrook, Saltwood and Lympne primary schools. We feel it is so important for children to see themselves reflected in the books they read. Many parents and teachers expressed a wish to have access to books that have positive images and stories which included characters from a range of diverse cultures and backgrounds. We wanted to find books that included characters with disabilities or special needs, children from single parent, gay or blended families, books where boys were able to express their emotions and which included strong and assertive girls as role models. It’s so important that children are given access to a rich diet of diverse and inclusive books and we felt we could support our local primary schools by adding to their stock and helping them in the work they do. We really hope local teachers, pupils, parents, grandparents, and carers will all find something

to enjoy amongst the 50 books we have selected and donated. Reading is a powerful tool in broadening our perspectives, raising self-esteem, challenging our assumptions, and helping to develop empathy, understanding, tolerance and enriching our inner lives. As the saying goes - “Open a book and open your mind”. Thanks go to Hythe Town Council and Councillor Jim Martin in particular for supporting the project by awarding a ward grant. Thanks also to local specialist children’s bookshop in Hythe High Street, The Book Den, for sourcing the books. The team are due soon to make a donation of over 130 books to Hythe public library and also now hope to be able to work with local nurseries and playgroups to fundraise and donate even more books. The response from all six schools has been fantastic and very positive. Schools are looking to address these issues and are grateful for the additional resources we have donated. As one Deputy Head wrote:"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the amazing books you have sent us! The quality and range of books are brilliant and such a welcome

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addition to our resources. I'm pleased to say that all the books are already in the classrooms being very well used and enjoyed! Your efforts are very much appreciated. One of our teachers has just left with three books for holiday reading before using them with his class next term! They are already generating great discussion among staff and pupils.“ For further information please contact the team at hythebooksforchange@gmail.com or check out @HytheBooksforChange on Facebook and Instagram and @HytheBooks on Twitter.


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Citizens Advice Shepway What do we do and how we do it – From World War 2 to a global pandemic Citizens Advice nationally and locally has a long history of supporting people through challenging times from World War 2 to the pandemic – we are here to help. Based in our office in Folkestone and covering the Folkestone and Hythe district, we have been providing advice and assistance to local residents for decades. Offering a range of services including general advice on a wide range of issues, as well as specialist advice on housing and debt issues, we are often the first port of call for local residents, with many also being referred to us for help by other agencies. What do we give advice on? People come to us for all sorts of advice with the top five issues being benefits, consumer, debt, housing, and employment, but we provide advice on so much more. How are we set up? We’re an independent charity but part of the national Citizens Advice service run by a mixture of highly trained staff and volunteers, offering confidential and impartial advice, for free. Who are we for? Last year, nationally, the service helped over two million people, showing that anyone might find themselves in need of advice at some point in their life. We’re here for everyone and anyone, helping people from all sorts of backgrounds. Do we only give advice? Advising people day to day on a variety of issues means we have a close understanding of the problems that people experience. Along with giving advice, we also lobby for change locally and nationally. How long have we been around for? The first 200 local Citizens Advice were set up days after the outbreak of World War Two and have continued to provide advice and support to people ever since. Working through the Pandemic – Changes, challenges and how we continue to support local residents When we went into lockdown in March 2020 no one could have predicted we would only just

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Citizens Advice ‘Horsebox’ be coming out of it over a year later. Ways of working changed overnight as the effects of the global pandemic unfolded. Claims for Universal Credit soared with large numbers of people being furloughed or made redundant. Creditor action for recovery of debts and landlord court action for rent arrears were suspended to prevent people being evicted or pursued for debts which they just could not pay. In Folkestone and Hythe we dealt with over 2500 clients in 2020/21, helping them to resolve just over 4500 issues. While debt enquiries decreased substantially due to the suspension of creditor action, benefits and employment enquiries rose significantly with people losing their jobs and, in some cases, for the first time being faced with having to claim benefits. 44% of enquiries were in relation to benefits with the highest percentage being in relation to claiming Universal Credit and we supported hundreds of people here. A further 19% of problems were in relation to housing and employment issues, with enquiries about redundancy and furlough being the top topics. The vast majority of people who seek advice have multiple and interlinked problems which can take time to resolve. We expect significant increases in demand for debt and housing advice when action for debt begins again and when the true impact of

people losing jobs, having reduced incomes, whether or not due to furlough, and the pressure on public funding truly begins to be felt. Repossession action in the courts has already resumed and our housing team is already back in court representing people and defending cases. Creditor action for debt is also beginning to start. We know people are going to need our help as we continue on the road to recovery, and we urge anyone that needs some support to get in touch as soon as possible. Accessing our services: Freephone Adviceline: 0808 2787846 – telephone advice available Mondays to Fridays 9.30 to 4.00 Local call back service: 01303 241435 Email advice via our online form on our website: www.citizensadviceshepway.org.uk Help to Claim: for advice and help to claim Universal Credit – 0800 1448444 On-line information is available at: www.citizensadvice.org.uk We are slowly introducing some face to face services which currently are by appointment only and accessed via calling on the above numbers. For information regarding our service or about volunteering please contact us via email: admin@citizensadvcieshepway.org.uk


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How to support your child to read

by Naomi Creane BA(ed)

Over the past year parents have taken on the role of teachers, home schooling their children for many weeks while schools have been closed to the majority of pupils. For children in the early years of their education, a fundamental part of schooling involves learning to read. Teaching a child to read can seem a daunting task especially as learning to read has moved to a more phonic based approach. Here are three key components that can help you understand more about learning to read: 1. Reading Motivation 2. Phonics 3. Fluency and comprehension Reading Motivation Children’s love of reading can be encouraged and fostered through your own passion for books. If adults prioritise reading with their child and invest time and enthusiasm in books, children mirror this. Devote 10-15 minutes every day with your child, sharing stories together, this should be exclusive time with no other distractions. Reading to your child is the first important step you can take and can be started from an early age and continued throughout childhood. Your time investment here will undoubtedly create long lasting memories and reading habits for a lifetime. Listening to nursery rhymes, poems and stories from a young age not only helps to create a love of reading, it also enriches your child’s vocabulary, exposing them to a vast amount of words. It also enables children to hear repeating patterns and story language that will help support them on their own reading journey. Phonics Phonics teaching is where a child learns that the squiggles (words) on a page represent sounds. These sounds put together create individual words. They first learn that individual letters represent sounds, the letter m represents the sound mmmm, the letter s represents the sound ssssss. Alongside learning these pure sounds, it is also useful for your child to learn to hear sounds in words too. Play games such as ‘I spy’ using those same pure sounds. Or play ‘Simon Says’

breaking down words into individual sounds, e.g. “Simon says j-u-m-p… jump” These oral games will help your child to hear sounds in words and this vital step will make reading words much easier. Once your child has begun to learn some letter sounds they then begin to blend these letters together to read simple words. Here you can use magnetic letters or simply write individual letters on cards. Say the pure sounds on each card, then blend to read, e.g. j-a-m… jam. Once your child has learnt this initial step they begin to learn that two or three letters can represent one sound: ch, sh, th, or igh, air, ire. These are known as digraphs and trigraphs. Reading digraphs and trigraphs in words is another key element of phonics teaching. This can be made easier by encouraging your child to spot the digraph or trigraph first e.g. in the word stair… say “air” then sound talk the word: “ s-t-air… stair.” Being able to sound talk is vital in enabling children to read words accurately. Fluency and comprehension Finally the third component is fluency and comprehension. Once children are accurate

word readers, the focus begins to shift towards fluency. Fluency can be developed through regular daily reading, speed reading of familiar words and speedy recall of sounds including digraphs and trigraphs. Practising all these elements will aid reading fluency as will reading books at home more than once. When a child reads a book, the first read of the story develops a child’s accuracy of word reading, the second read develops fluency and by the third read a child can fully engage with the comprehension element, answering questions, discussing plot, characters, and emotions. Hopefully with these ideas in mind you can feel confident to support your child with the exciting journey of learning to read, and remember this… “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” - Dr Seus For any further advice or information contact: Naomi Creane BA(ed) Primary School Teacher with 23 years experience, Year R to Year 2 and qualified Reading Leader. email: naomicreane@hotmail.com

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“I Left My Soul

Down by the Sea”

By Julie Reynolds

How lucky am I and all of the Hythe and surrounding communities of like-minded cold water people – otherwise referred to as ‘nutty, bonkers, crazy, bloody mad’ - that we have lived by the sea in this difficult 13 months in and out of lockdown. With swimming pools, gyms etc closed, the lovely weather that we experienced in the first part of the lockdown last year encouraged me and others back into the sea. I have always swum in the summer months year on year; the only difference now was that I felt that I wanted to carry on through the winter months and out the other side. To do this in the wild depths of winter and mostly for safety, I looked along the shore to where groups of people flocked to have a socially distanced swim, some solo swimmers, some with buddies, some forming groups on social media such as Hythe Sea Swimming, Hythe Wild Swimmers, Swimming girls and Share the swim love. These groups are extremely beneficial, and mean you need never swim alone. They generously pass guiding advice to beginners such as: how long to stay in the freezing cold water; what to wear; informing people of lost items found on the beach; sharing articles and programmes that inspire; and one of my favourites - sharing cakes and their recipes! The momentum of the camaraderie wrapped me in warmth over the freezing cold winter months.

One such day, Saturday 8th February 2021, I went to the beach, which amazingly was still blanketed in white snow, the sky was a dark blue grey with fluffy grey clouds. It turned out that this was a day for me when the sea felt definitely warmer to step into than undressing on the shore. At that time I was the sole person on the beach and on this day I achieved swimming in the sea with small snowflakes drifting above. I have always hated the cold, so it seems very strange that this cold water sea is different, so much so that I experience absolute elation. All the research shows that initially when you enter the water you naturally gasp (some use profanities!). This is followed by rapid uncontrollable breathing as well as an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, known as the ‘cold water shock’. The cold water shock reaction is the instance that allegedly triggers the health benefits of which there are many including improving mental health. I know from my experience that swimming in the sea over lockdown has kept me ‘sane’ - whatever form sane takes.

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Swimming in the sea has helped me to see the joy through nature, on some days the sea has been so clear that visibility enables one to see down to the bottom. The overall fear that is sometimes caused from events such as Covid 19, the climate, world crisis, and life in general means that we all have to find some ways to BE KIND TO OURSELVES. *The title is a song: The Sea, from the Big Calm, by Morcheeba.


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Welcome to the summer edition of Hythe Life Sports. As lockdown enters its final phases the local sports scene is slowly coming to life again just in time for the summer. In this edition we have an interview with outgoing Hythe Town FC chairman Paul Markland and find out how you can get involved with stand up paddle boarding or SUP as it’s known. Hopefully in our next edition we will be able to report on a full complement of local sports. FOOTBALL

Hythe Town FC Pre-Season News Admission Prices and Season Tickets The club have announced that admission prices for the 2021/2022 season are frozen. Good news for Cannon’s fans. Season ticket holders from last season simply have to pay an upgrade of £25 and their old tickets will remain valid. Details for those wishing to purchase new season tickets will be released shortly. Balcony ticket holders have nothing extra to pay. The club anticipates there will be extra balcony passes available and details of these will also be released shortly.

New Sponsor The club have announced that for the 2021/2022 season they will be sponsored by Realia a global B2B Marketing Agency. They are an award winning integrated marketing agency supporting several market leading national and international brands in the property insurance supply chain, construction and drug delivery industries.

Retained Players for 2021/2022 Season Cannon’s manager Steve Watt has announced his list of retained players for the coming season with more announcements to come. The players already signed up for the new season are: Will Godmon, Ryan Nicholls, Nathan Gordon, Liam Smith, Tom Wynter, James Rogers, Darren Oldaker, Charlie Webster, Alex Brown, Kane Phillip, Tom Walmsley, Frannie Collin, Alex Flisher and Jarred Tresparderne.

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Pre-Season Fixtures July 3rd

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5 Ways NOT to lose fat

by Alistair Griggs

We all focus on what we should be doing to become lighter, fitter and healthier versions of ourselves. Which is subjective to the person. To lose weight there is ONE principle (Calorie Deficit) essentially in simple terms consuming less and moving more. Even though people like to put their own spin on it, dress it up, give you stuff you don’t need and make it a lot more complicated… you know the fads, gimmicks meal replacement shakes and pills (it’s all rubbish trust me). How I like to put it, if you wouldn’t give it to your dog, don’t give it to yourself. Anyway, here’s 5 ways NOT to get in shape. 1. Don’t be too restrictive The classic Personal Trainer or fad diet rep will get you to cut out alcohol, takeaways, chocolate, sweets. Probably one of the worst things you can do. We all have child like mentalities, as soon as we take something away the more we want it. Here’s the funny thing, consuming all those things aren’t the reason you’re overweight. Mental right? Myself and my clients on my coaching programme eat this stuff and manage to lose weight. Why? Because they don’t over consume it. The food itself isn’t the problem, it’s the amount you’re consuming of it. Get a free app on your phone called MyFitnessPal, workout how many calories you should be consuming per day, quick way of doing it. Get your bodyweight in pounds and multiply it by 11 (be sure to know that is a quick way of doing it, there is a better calculation for it but it’s too long of a process to put in here). Then track your food, understand how much you’re consuming compared to what you should be having. 2. Doing too much In the right circumstances, rapid fat loss can work. E.g. For a competitions, wedding, event (something that is at short notice). But if you’re just looking for to improve your weight and sustain it, then hold your bloody horses. Classic quote “You’re a representation of your daily habits” meaning; if you’re overweight, you’re over consuming food. If you’re tired most days, you’re not getting an adequate amount of rest. You get my point. So, you need to change your daily habits. This is a slow gradual process, which happens over time with the right coaching (in which I have a

great system I have with my clients). But we all go from 0 to 100 and wonder why we can’t keep it up, it’s because we jumped in way too quick. Treat it like teaching a toddler to swim. If you chucked that toddler in at the deep in, it would drown. So you take the toddler to a baby pool first, with arm bands and yourself. Then gradually overtime, you won’t help as much. Then you’ll remove the arm bands and then you’ll move into the big pool. It’s a process and that’s exactly what sustainable fat loss is. 3. Doing something for the sake of it All because Debbie from work lost 10kg from running, does not mean you should start running. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t sustain it. Try loads of things out, see what you enjoy the most and feels like it will work for you long term and then do that. If you enjoy it, do it. If you don’t, don’t do it. 4. Don’t rely on exercise alone to burn your calories All too often people think after doing an hours workout they now can consume extra because they’ve burnt so much. Unfortunately that’s untrue. Yes you can burn a fair amount but not enough to elicit fat loss. The typical average job, that has a 95 job, kids and social life would struggle to lose weight by focusing just on exercise, you just won’t have the time in the day to make that very effective. Where as focusing on calories, will enable you to work it round your lifestyle, still enjoy yourself and will ultimately give you the weight loss you want. Train for your mental health, to get you stronger, fitter and healthier… not to burn calories. Just a very short term mindset to be in.

5. Don’t use meal replacement shakes Meal replacement shakes are just expensive and a waste of time. They don’t leave you in a better place than they found you. I get they are easy but you’re not going to live off them for the rest of your life, so why don’t bother now. They didn’t put you in the position you’re in right now, so don’t let them take you out of it. Meal replacement shakes are there to replace a nutritious dense meal for a shake… it’s not a great idea. Eating grass for the rest of your life would do the same job as a meal replacement shake. Well there’s your 5 ways NOT to get in shape. . If you want more nonsense, direct and to the point content on what you should and should not be doing in order to lose fat then follow me on socials where I do daily posts giving you everything you need to know for fat loss. Facebook: AGF Fitness Instagram: Alastair_agf

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Wha'SUP everyone? by Alexandra Roshu; pictures by Pete Niedzielski Cheesy, I know but we did need an ice breaker after this seemingly endless winter lockdown! Here in Hythe, the approach of summer brings hope that things are changing. We are all looking forward to once again doing the things we love, at least when it comes to the great outdoors. For us here at THE SUP HUB, that means helping people make the most out of this beautiful part of the world that we are so lucky to be calling Home. THE SUP HUB was founded in 2016 by Claudia Carney, a former GB windsurfer for both the Youth and Senior Teams. Claudia had been competing internationally but she wanted to share her passion for water sports with people right here in her hometown. Claudia’s motivation to leave the racing world behind and start THE SUP HUB was because “I wanted to enable others to experience the benefits of being out on the water, and to create a local SUP community that would encourage more people to use the local coastline and enjoy what it has to offer.” Ever since its inception, THE SUP HUB did exactly that. We have been on a mission to support people in trying out the latest fastest growing water sport so they can explore their local area from a different perspective. For the first four years, THE SUP HUB has been running lessons for adults and children in Folkestone Harbour, and members’ paddle sessions up to The Warren Beach but also at Hythe & Saltwood Sailing Club and on the Royal Military Canal in Hythe. We have also worked in partnership with Shepway Sports Trust at Folkestone Sea Sports in delivering water activities for school groups, and hires for the general public. Last year, the fifth season was under a lot of uncertainty with Covid-19 taking over our livelihoods. However, it takes a lot more than a world pandemic and a national lockdown to

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stop us from fulfilling our mission! With a delayed start but charged with an abundance of enthusiasm and commitment, we adapted to this new way of life and we were able to smoothly run our sessions according to the new social distancing guidelines. It quickly became even clearer to us how important it was to keep offering our sessions. For our future SUPers, it was the ideal opportunity to stay physically fit but also to get mental relief in what has possibly been the most challenging year yet. Hythe Bay has been a nurturing host, allowing all of us plenty of space to breathe, space to develop new skills, to find peace of mind, and to possibly even find ourselves. We want to thank Hythe & Saltwood Sailing Club for their incredible support as together we succeeded in making Hythe Beach our headquarters for the 2020 season. We taught hundreds of new people the skill of balancing on a SUP board and enjoying fun times with their family and friends in group lessons. We helped people overcome their fear of being in the open water by providing tailored private sessions as well. Most importantly, we managed to give everyone who chose to learn to paddle with us an unforgettable holiday feel and memory that would bring joy and smiles for years to come plus a skill for life because once you SUP, you cannot stop!

As repetitive as some days might feel, the water will always bring something different. The elements are constantly changing: the wind, the clouds and the waves make it a unique experience every time we head out. So don't worry about having to travel too far for your next adventure as our own SUP HUB and Hythe Beach have so much to offer for you and your loved ones. Whether you are looking for a way to diversify your fitness routine or to celebrate a special occasion, or perhaps you’re just in need of a bit of space, let us share our passion and positive vibes with you, and help you create the best times right here on our doorstep. Following the latest government announcement regarding lockdown restrictions gradually easing off, we were thrilled to kick off the 2021 season in good time this year with our first sessions starting during the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend in April. For all the details about our lessons and how to sign up, please visit our website www.thesuphub.com , or if you wish to get in touch for any enquiries, you can do it via phone on 07977989965, email at info@thesuphub.com or find us on our social media accounts @thesuphub on Facebook and @the_sup_hub on Instagram. We're SUPer excited to welcome you on(the)board!


HYTHE SPORT

A Ramble Through Cricket in Saltwood Since 1890 - 1939

by Geoff Cook

Cricket has been played in Saltwood by four different clubs, or teams, since 1890 according to my very amateur researches. The players in the past were local men looking for a sport or leisure activity at the weekend. In the 1950s when I started you could only join the club if you lived in the village. Nearly all would stay with their local side until they were too old to play. Members now come from a wider area and often change clubs in their playing career. The team used to travel together by horse and cart then later by a single-decker coach to away matches. The advantage after the match was a few stops at public houses for refreshment on the way back to the village, often not getting home until after closing time. Now everyone has their own car and drinking laws have to be observed. Now to look at the four teams that have performed their cricket skills here in Saltwood over the years up to 1939. There were two teams in existence by 1891, namely Saltwood and Sandling. Saltwood played in the field between the Church and Grange Farm. There is a photograph showing the pavilion with the Church in the background dated about 1912. Although Saltwood Cricket Club’s results did not show in the local papers until 1903, they played on until 1913. Regular opponents were Hythe Green, Sibton Park, Folkestone and Wyngate.

The Sandling side played in Sandling Park, but I am not sure exactly where the pitch was. The Sandling games were often published in the local newspaper. A few of the clubs they played against were Smeeth, Sibton Park, Brabourne, Dymchurch, Wyngate, Folkestone and Hythe. Everything closed down in 1913 for the First World War. It seems that both clubs, Saltwood and Sandling, were not active again until 1922, although Saltwood did have a few games recorded in the local paper. In 1922 Lawrence Hardy started a Sandling Park side which evolved from the previous Sandling team. He employed a coach, Claude Woolley, and used a barn on his estate for practice. One unfortunate result of this venture was that all the old Saltwood players moved to the new club and even took the pavilion with them to Sandling Park’s ground. Today this would be called a merger.

Five years elapsed until in 1927 the Rev D.G. McPherson, the Rector of Saltwood, revived the Saltwood Club after a meeting in the Lads’ Club. The meeting was well attended and it was agreed to start cricket again. A pitch was prepared at Brockhill and play started in 1928. This was probably the end of Sandling Park as players came back to play at Brockhill. Saltwood CC thrived and had a very good year in 1934 winning 70% of their games. When the Deedes family were living in Saltwood Castle they turned out a side on occasions but no details are available. It is possible they played on a pitch where the Harpswood houses are situated near the village green, just playing the occasional social game. The Second World War then closed down cricket again in1939. The saga to be continued later in Part 2 - 1945 to the present.

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HTFC Memories

by Martin Whybrow

After a long and highly successful time as chairman of Hythe Town Football Club, Paul Markland has recently stepped down. Ex-director and long-standing club volunteer, Martin Whybrow, spoke to him for Hythe Life. How and when did you first get involved at HTFC? In the mid-nineties I managed a youth team at HTFC and after that was asked to join the board. Three years later I was Chairman! What were your first impressions and what have been the main challenges? The club had been resurrected by Martin Giles and a few others in the early nineties after the Walton years and they had succeeded in regaining use of the Reachfields Stadium – one of the best in area – and gaining promotion to the Kent League. However, the club was languishing around the bottom of the table, so the challenge was to build on what had already been achieved and move it upwards.

What are your favourite memories and milestones? The team gradually climbed into the top half of the league table and then along came our most memorable season with a tremendous run in the FA Cup, in fact the first Kent League side for 56 years to reach the first-round proper of the FA Cup. Hythe Town gained national newspaper and TV coverage – an exciting time – but finally and predictably fell to Football League club Hereford. The lucrative winnings were used to update the club bar and to enhance the squad – and we gained promotion to the Isthmian League South, where the club has remained to this day, reaching the play-offs a couple of times too. For the first time ever, Hythe Town won the Kent Senior Trophy as well. We were certainly

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the underdogs in that final, playing against higher-league and well-supported Dartford – at their ground! Dave Cook converted an early penalty and then the team defended like there was no tomorrow – keeper Dean Ruddy having the game of his life; the four minutes of added time was the longest four minutes ever, but we triumphed, winning by that single goal! So proud. Favourite player(s)? A Chairman can’t have favourites! There have been so many people who have put their heart and soul into the club, both on and off the pitch: players, managers and coaches, kitmen, groundsmen (with special mention to Barry Vincer), my fellow directors (especially the long-serving Martin - plus Sue - Giles and Tony Zapp), sponsors, programme editors, Jerry on the gate and all our other helpers and, of


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Paul Markland at Hereford United. Paul had stopped shaving during the FA Cup run and Hereford United presented him with a shaver when we arrived for the match!

course, all our supporters. It is a combination of all these people that make a football club tick. However, if I must single out one player, it is Alfie May who went on to play league football – a super lad. How is the club today, how has it coped with Covid-19 and not playing? It has been strange with no football. Income has disappeared so costs have had to be reduced. Luckily, grants have help with our unavoidable outgoings such as insurance and have funded some long-overdue infrastructure improvements. The pitch is looking superb as no studs have been trampling over it! This lull in activity has enabled me to step down after 20 years in the hot seat – perhaps

Hythe Town's promotion celebrations on the last day of the season at Tunbridge Wells when the club was promoted from the Kent League.

time for a new perspective too. The club is fortunate in having Mark Jenner on its board; he has plenty of experience and was happy to take on the Chairmanship of Hythe Town Football Club. Mark has the energy and time to take on the challenges of getting the club up and running again, especially with a background of potential reductions in income due to businesses temporarily cutting advertising and sponsorship as they deal with their own Covid-related issues. My one regret is in not delivering an allweather pitch at Reachfields. Our youth arm is desperate for this – they have more youngsters wanting to play than there are pitches available in the area. It would also unlock broader involvement in football as an activity for all ages as well us underpin HTFC in the future. The FA’s local plan and the local authority’s

playing pitch review both highlight the need for an all-weather football pitch in Hythe serving our locality and Romney Marsh; Reachfields is ideal for this facility. I have managed to get everything in place – except the funding. In my many years with Hythe Town FC, I’ve travelled all over the South-East, met some great people and enjoyed many highs, and of course the lows that come with any sport. I’ve now been ‘kicked upstairs’ as President so will still be coming to games, but with less responsibility resting on my shoulders. In my opinion, watching live non-league football and supporting your local team is much better than some faraway viewpoint in a distant Premiership stadium or a TV game so, as we return to the ‘new normal’, I hope to see everyone at Reachfields again soon.

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