Another apple press success!

Forest garden working party invitation

Foraging blog: Elderberries

A busy Hythe Festival fortnight

Foraging blog: Elderberries

In the first of a regular blog, George Kirby considers the delights of elderberries and provides a recipe for a…

News

Another apple press success!

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For the third year, the sun shone on our apple press day in Hythe High Street. We had a great time, meeting many familiar and new people, with lots bringing apples and mucking in with creating the lovely, fresh apple juice. The press itself was a particular draw for kids, with lots of enthusiastic chopping…

Forest garden working party invitation

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There’s another opportunity to visit the lovely, fascinating forest garden in Woodchurch for a working day or half day of End of Summer tasks. This is well worth doing, as those who have seen Nigel’s labour of love will know, and it will include a tour and explanation of this form of gardening. The dates…

Foraging blog: Elderberries

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In the first of a regular blog, George Kirby considers the delights of elderberries and provides a recipe for a traditional vinegary sauce Late summer days are still warm, and in the hedgerows the berries are ripening. It’s generally too early for nuts – not that we can persuade the squirrels to agree with us…

A busy Hythe Festival fortnight

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We have a range of events in this year’s Hythe Festival. Learn about bees, visit the community garden, take tea on the canal side, and join us at the Free for All on the Green event. On Wednesday 6th July, we’ve a talk by Nicki Gammans, who is running the scheme to reintroduce the short-haired…

Transition Hythe forthcoming meetings

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We’ve two get-togethers coming up, one related to the overall health and direction of the group, the other looking specifically at all things to do with recycling and waste in the area. On Saturday 25th June join us for the first of what are meant to now be quarterly get-togethers. We’ll have a quick review…

Reducing waste in our communities: An action plan

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Following the screening of Trashed, a number of us regrouped to consider some of the issues raised by the film. This ‘waste sub-group’ has come up with a number of ideas for taking action to reduce waste in our community. These are summarised below. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to date. If you…

Racing Extinction screening announced

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Transition Hythe is delighted to announce the screening of the Oscar-nominated 2015 documentary, Racing Extinction on Wednesday 18th May at the United Reformed Church, East Street, Hythe. From Academy Award-winning director, Louie Psihoyos and the team behind The Cove, this groundbreaking documentary examines biodiversity loss, its effect on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a more…

Next film showing: Food Inc

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On Wednesday 20th April, we’ve our second Transition Hythe film showing. This is another powerful documentary, following on from last month’s Trashed. Food Inc exposes what lies behind the food on your plate. Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain, from the farms where food…

Start collecting your plants and seeds

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Now is the time to start potting up your plants and putting in seeds ready for our annual plant and seed swap at the end of April. With a stand in the centre of Hythe, in the High Street, outside the town hall, on the morning of Saturday 30th April, this is a great chance…

The Organic Gardener

Reducing waste: An update

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Following the screening of Trashed in Hythe, a number of us regrouped to consider some of the issues raised by the film. This ‘waste sub-group’ came up with a number of ideas for taking action to reduce waste in our community and we’ve made a start on most of them, so this is an update…

Projects

Thermal imaging

Transition Hythe has had access to a thermal image camera from Kent County Council for the last five years. Each year, we seek people who would like to have their houses tested for heat loss. This has been via the local press, through other groups such as the Hythe Civic Society and Rotary Club (we’ve…

Renewables

We have a sub-group looking at renewables projects in the town and surrounding area. Here in Shepway, there are a lot of natural resources – wind, water – and a need for jobs. However, it seems the only way that any renewable energy schemes other than those of private residents will come about is via…

Inner Transition and reskilling

Passing on skills and transition of the individual are important parts of the Transition movement and we have embraced them within Transition Hythe. Clearly, there are elements of this within most or all of our general projects but we have also run a series of courses, with others planned. Those courses have stemmed from the…

Bug hotels

Using a collection of pallets and other material, there are now bug hotels in a number of sites in and around Hythe. The first two were at Folkestone Academy Primary School and St Leonard’s Church, Hythe, followed by Hythe Bay School. One is now at the planning stage for St Augustine’s Primary School in Hythe.…

Ecobags

We have been doing our bit over the last couple of years to drive plastics bags out of Hythe. We kicked off in Autumn 2012 when we launched our first Transition Hythe ecobags. This followed a supply of 50 jute bags ‘falling into our laps’, left over from a previous student project. These sold well…

Community growing

We would love to greatly extend the amount of food that is grown within the community. At one time, post-war, a large amount of food was grown in the town but, through development, most growing areas were lost, including large swathes of allotments. There is no reason why existing areas shouldn’t be opened up again,…

Litter picks

Of all our activities, the litter picks are the ones that have mobilised the most people. A conservative estimate is 300 people having been involved in one or more of these. We have held them on a more or less monthly basis, often focusing on the beach, but also taking in other areas, including the…

Local retailer scheme

The transition scheme is always looking at ways to encourage the use of local shops. As with so many High Streets, Hythe is under pressure from online alternatives and mega-stores (the arrival of the huge Sainsbury’s was a blow). A Transition Hythe sub-group was set up and  among the topics of debate have been a…