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…