I don’t know about you but
I am still buzzing after our Spring in to Action event at Hythe Pier
last Saturday (11th May). We had such a wonderful response and welcomed
around seven hundred and fifty of you on to the pier between 10.30am and
We were once again blessed
with fine weather which always helps these events and the sight of so
many of you on the pier and around the entrance enjoying the
entertainment and activities gave us all a real lift.
We were also thrilled at
your response to the improvements we are making around the entrance. It
was great to receive so many positive comments about this. There is a
little more work to be undertaken before we complete our entrance
facelift but we hope you will agree even these modest improvements
really do make a difference. Thanks once again to Waitrose for their
generous grant to support this work and to the volunteers who have
worked so well to undertake the work.
We were so pleased to
welcome New Forest Coastal Ranger Chris Marshall to the pier on Saturday
as part of their year of green action. Chris gave us a real insight
into the huge issue of plastics in the sea. The environmental
catastrophe of plastics in our marine environment is something we all
need to recognise and work together to help resolve. For our part we
will be considering how we can improve our approach and limit the use of
plastics going forward. We look forward to working with Chris and the
team from the New Forest Park in the future.
Our Pop Up Cafe ‘The
Waiting Room’ was once again really busy and I must here say a big thank
you to all of our fantastic volunteers who run it, together with
everyone who bakes cakes to sell on the day. I am certain that putting a
permanent cafe back on the pier would be a very popular amenity in the
At the pier entrance we
were entertained by singers and musicians and not just one but two
school choirs. It was so good to welcome children from Waterside Primary
School and Hythe Primary School. I think you will agree they sang
beautifully and delighted everyone who came along to see them.
This event was a real
success and with the support we received from both the Waterside Network
Group and the local opticians Dawkins & Lodge we have raised over
£2,500 towards our community fundraising campaign. This will make a real
difference and help us with our planning and development work going
Of course these events
don’t just happen, they take a great deal of work and support from our
core group of volunteers. I am very proud of them all. They give up
their time and provide their energy and initiative to plan and organise
so many things. Without their efforts we simply could not create these
community events at the pier.
Looking ahead and
following our AGM which was held at the beginning of May we are working
steadily on the development plan and getting ready to take the next
steps in our journey as we commence the project to protect and preserve
the pier. There is a great deal of work to be completed now as we look
to prepare funding applications and develop the detailed plans for the
restoration of the buildings and the historic railway. Of course, this
is not a short-term project so please be patient. I promise to keep you
updated as we make progress.
Well I think that is
enough from me, your support and encouragement is crucial to our success
and I cannot thank you enough for this.
Hythe Pier Heritage Association was formed to make a difference, to bring our heritage and history to life.
Together we can
Hythe Pier Heritage Association