Photos taken by Sue Knight
Photos taken by Sue Knight
To preserve and protect, restore and redevelop Hythe Pier & Hythe Pier Railway for the benefit of the community and the wider public and to advance education in the history and heritage of Hythe Pier, Train and Ferry.
The Hythe Pier Heritage Association's long term objective is "To operate, maintain, enhance and develop the historic Hythe Pier and Train for the benefit of the community, visitors and ferry users.".
Photos taken by Sue Knight
Photos taken by Sue Knight
We had a great day yesterday at Hythe Mistletoe Fayre. Thank you to all our volunteers who helped to make HPHA's involvement in the lovely community event a success. Well done once again to Helen Hythe for organising it all and thank you for trusting HPHA to liaise with Father Christmas and his elves, to bring him on HYTHE FERRY and guide him through the village to the grotto at Hythe Library, Hampshire. HPHA also had our merchandise stall, a teddy tombola and a white elephant stall at the entrance to the pier and took £680.95 during the day. Photos here are taken by Sue Knight.
Thank you to:
Helen Hythe Hythe Library, Hampshire HYTHE FERRY Mary King Donna Botley Pat Waterman Maureen Mintram Phil Bridges Rosella Braybrook Lucy Lloyd Paula Leahy David Morris Jill Gower Eliz Smith Debbie Campbell Pamela Reynolds Allan Fairhead Mac Maclaren Clive Foster Kerri Beare Lyn Lowe Sue Knight
Father Christmas has now left Hythe Mistletoe Fayre. Thank you to all the HPHA volunteers who helped organise his visit and HYTHE FERRY for bringing him here.
Just had to share this with you all . With Hythe alive in the spirit of the mistletoe fair. Enjoy. Our christmas tree at St John's Church
Father Christmas is on his way to Hythe Mistletoe Fayre on Hythe Ferry. He’s looking forward to seeing everyone in Hythe and at Hythe Library (Grotto is 2-4pm).
We're ready! Hythe Mistletoe Fayre is happening . Come down and visit us at the Pier entrance.
Don't forget to visit the Mistletoe Fayre in Hythe tomorrow. Find our HPHA stalls at the Pier entrance including an exciting range of merchandise, a tombola and for the first time a white elephant stall. Come along and say hello.
All your purchases go towards protecting , preserving and eventually redeveloping our Pier.
Well as Mistletoe Fair is just a couple of days away and Christmas is just around the corner we thought it might be a good time to let you know our merchandise team will have a stall at the entrance to the pier on Saturday and again on the 7th December with a range of items you might need this year.
Everything we raise from our sales goes towards our project to protect and preserve, restore and redevelop the pier.
It’s been a cracking year for the merchandising team selling over twice as much as we budgeted for even selling out of some items!
Alas the red baseball caps have been snapped up but we now have a limited supply green baseball caps and sweatshirts. By the time you read this there should be details and prices on the pages or pop along to Dawkins & Lodge who hold stock for us.
Great News from Hythe Post Office who will be carrying stock of David Whiteside’s amazing painting of Hythe Pier as viewed from the view at his kitchen window. We’ve sold over 30 of these include one to a supporter in the USA!
The price for the mounted 1-Metre version is £63. We are also arranging for a smaller half-size version to be available in the next week or so, details to follow.
Have you seen the stunning limited-edition enamel badges yet? At only £3 each a great stocking filling for the railway buff in your life.
Again, available at Dawkins & Lodge and of course the Mistletoe Fair on Saturday November 30th where Maureen and the team will be showing off and tempting you with HPHA Merchandise.
And finally, the good people of Hythe photographic in the High Street are putting together a catalogue of Hythe Pier photos their customers can chose to have make into bespoke prints and mugs etc. There will be a donation 50% of the profit on every item passed on to HPHA, thankyou Graham & Rob!
Seasons Greetings from the Merchandising team – [email protected]
Hi everyone, we are really thrilled to be supporting the christmas tree festival at St Johns Church again this year. We still consider ourselves to be the new kids on the block and so we are proud to be taking part again.
Once again we have created something original and a little different. This year we are indebted to our wonderful volunteer Debbie Cambell who put her creative hat on and has produced something special.
Thanks Debbie, take a bow
When you are next in the village pop in to the church and take a look. Here is a sneek preview
Thank you once again to Mark Blondel for inviting HPHA to hold a pop up cafe in St John's Hall yesterday for his record fair. It was a fairly quiet event due to the torrential rain and low temperatures, however bacon butties, cakes and cuppas always go down well with friends and thanks to our wonderful volunteers Mary King Ann Fairhead Christine Galpin Jackie Vokes and Susan Alexander another £36.50 was raised.
This year's total from all the Record Fair pop up cafés is £264.34. Thank you!
Next Record Fair will be in March 2020.
Can anyone recommend a caller for a ceilidh? This person would need to have access to either recorded music or a small live band .
Save Hythe Pier & Ferry
The full 3:30 minute drive down Hythe Pier in one of the world record holding 1917 Brush Tractors.
Events coming up that we need help for please:
- Sat 9th Nov HPHA Café at Record Fair in St John’s Hall, ~9.30 – 2pm. Mary King is leading this, but she can't do it all on her own - who would like to help making drinks/clearing up/serving bacon butties! Please contact Mary directly to offer/arrange timings.
- Sat 30th November 10am - 4pm – Hythe Mistletoe Fayre. Stalls at entrance to Pier and helping Father Christmas and his elf make their way to the grotto in the library. (Clive Foster Jackie O'field)
1. White elephant stall (over the next month we need someone to sort through all the donated car boot items HPHA has and select those to sell, then people to man the stall through the day).
2. Tombola - Mary King is leading this, but if you'd like to help man the stall, that would be lovely.
3. Merchandise - helping man stall.
4. Santa's Grotto 1.30 - 4pm - helper to give out sweets in grotto, helper to collect donations as families leave the grotto in the library.
- Sunday 15th December 10am - 4pm. Tesco Dibden Bucket Collection. 2 or 3 people for each 2 hour shift. Also....any small singing groups or busking performers like to come and play and entertain shoppers whilst we're there? Katie-Ann Miles Music Steve Dodgson
Thank you - together we can!
Great article about Cyclocruze supporting HPHA in the Lymington Times last week - £8331.22 raised. Thank you!
Thank you so much to David Morris and Jan for a super quiz last night. Thank you too to Stu and his team at Seashells Bar & Restaurant - great venue, super buffet and lots of fun! Thank you to everyone who came along and supported last night - an amazing £675.60 was raised to support Hythe Pier Heritage Association's project to preserve, protect and restore Hythe Pier.
Love what our merchandise team have come up with, you can buy these rather nice badges from us at the ticket office on the pier. They will no doubt be available from our merchandise stall which will be popping up again soon.
Great work team!
Just a quick note to say that we have made a decision to CANCEL our HERITAGE DAY EVENT at Hythe Pier TOMORROW SATURDAY 12TH OCTOBER Unfortunately the weather forecast is predicting the likelihood of persistent wet weather throughout the day. We do rely on good weather to make our events both viable and safe and this is the first time we have not been able to go ahead.
We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused and for all those hard working volunteers who have been preparing for the day.
We will take stock and be in touch again soon
Many thanks for your understanding and for your continued support
Hythe Pier Heritage Association
Thank you to everyone who donated their foreign currency this year via our HPHA Cash for Coins tubs - they have raised £301.47 already this year! A special thanks go to Caz and Scott Flood for organising this fundraising activity and to the The Herald - Your Community Magazine, Hythe Post Office, Southampton Post Office and HYTHE FERRY office for allowing us to place collection pots with them.
We will always welcome other businesses/shops who are willing to host an HPHA Cash for Coins tub and collect on our behalf, please do get in touch (They don't have to be local either!). Thank you.
Thank you so much to everyone who popped in to the HPHA café at St John's Hall on Saturday as part of the Record Fair (thank you Mark Blondel for inviting us again!). It's always good to see friends gathering together to support each other (and have a cuppa, bacon butty or a cake). Another £37.89 was raised - it all adds up and makes a difference. Thanks to Mary King and all her helpers for being there, running the café and being all round amazing people.
General Update Autumn 2019
With summer having disappeared over the horizon, autumn has arrived with all the changes that go with it. There are however always positives to be found, this is a lovely time of the year, so it seems like a good moment to provide you all with an update on what has been happening over the last couple of months and where we are heading with the project.
Some of you are probably aware that I enjoy sailing. Before any sailing trip I make a plan and I always have contingency plans, the weather often impacts and I have to change course. I often have to detour or break the passage into smaller legs, sometimes I seem to be sailing in completely the wrong direction! I have however learned not to panic. I always keep in my mind the main objective and where I want to end up.
In many ways we are on our own journey with Hythe Pier Heritage Association and we have already had to adjust our plans and make some changes to the route we thought we might take. The reality is that this is a big undertaking and we are still at the beginning of the project. We have agreed our primary objectives, we know where we want to end up and we know that we can bring real benefit to the community and the wider public.
We are seeking to do something quite different. The Hythe Pier has been owned and operated by a private commercial company throughout its long history. Our proposals will make the community a stakeholder in the pier with the new community business we have formed operating a restored and redeveloped pier with new facilities and amenities for public benefit. All this done working together with the current ferry operator to create a new sustainable future.
We have been working hard to develop our organisation over the summer, we are building a robust IT system and working to improve how we communicate and share information so watch out for the new web site which will be on line soon.
We have also welcomed three groups of architects to the pier to discuss our plans. They have now provided their fee bids to undertake the next stage of design development which involves a detailed feasibility report on the restoration and options for the redevelopment. This will help to inform our business plan that we need to complete over the coming months.
Sadly one of our board members resigned over the summer so we will be seeking to bring our management team up to full strength during the next month ready for the next exciting phase of this project.
Most importantly we are working through the terms and conditions of the legal agreements that we need to put in place with Blue Funnel before we can make a real start to the work that we all know is needed to protect and preserve the pier. The details of the proposed transfer of ownership that was announced earlier this year have proved difficult to finalise. I am only too well aware that some of you may be a little uncertain, even frustrated that this is all taking longer than necessary. Don’t panic, be patient and keep the main objectives in mind. With goodwill and commitment from both parties and with your support we will find a means by which we can progress.
Finally don’t forget to put a date in your diary for next Saturday October 12th when we will open the pier for our Heritage Day. We have a great event planned for you including our pop-up café in the waiting room offering teas, coffee and cakes all provided by our fantastic volunteers, the railway workshop will be open for those railway enthusiasts to get up close to the railway carriages and we will be naming one of those famous tractor units that really are the heartbeat of Hythe . We will have a raffle, tombola and entertainment at the entrance from the New Forest Brass Band, Good Night Sweethearts and Wire JD of Rock the Pier fame. We also have a heritage trail along the pier highlighting life through the decades and the heritage and history of the pier train and ferry.
We will hope the weather is kind to us and look forward to seeing you there.
This is your project and on behalf of the whole Management Board of Hythe Pier Heritage Association I want to thank you for your continued support.
Our aim is to Save Hythe Pier
Together We Can
Hythe Pier Heritage Association
Last night we were invited to the presentation night by Cyclocruz at the Lord Nelson. We are simply overwhelmed by the generosity and community spirit that exists in this great group of people. It was a real priviledge to be part of this event in July and for HPHA to be chosen as the main beneficiary in 2019
The funds provided will enable us to move forward with our plan to preserve, protect, restore and redevelop Hythe Pier for the community and the wider public
Just a quick note to remind you about our next event on the Hythe Pier. On Saturday the 12th of October we will be holding our Heritage Day on the pier. We are celebrating 140 years of heritage and history.
We will be opening our pop up cafe in the waiting room, there will be a heritage trail for you to follow along the pier as well as an open workshop for railway enthusiasts.
In addition we will have a raffle, tombola and merchandise stalls and some entertainment at the entrance.
You can also find out more about whats happening next.
More information to follow soon
Hope to see you there
Thank you to everyone who popped in to the HPHA café at St John's Hall on Saturday as part of the Record Fair (thank you Mark Blondel for inviting us again!). The bacon butties and cakes went down well and another £64.50 was raised. Thanks to Mary King and all her helpers for sorting out and manning the café.
Car boot sales - would anyone like to go to one on behalf of HPHA and sell some of our donations? Caz and Scott Flood have already raised £214.75 this year and say there are plenty of donated items all boxed up neatly if anyone else would like to have a fun Sunday morning selling! Please let us know.
HPHA Grand Draw prizes have been delivered this week to lots of happy winners. Just one more to do - 'Mick', we've left you 2 answerphone messages so please get in touch if you'd like your prize! The 'unknown' winner 'Bill/Phil/Pickney' who didn't leave contact details has been FOUND! Turns out it is our very own Peter King, who has TERRIBLE handwriting! Peter won 2 adult tickets to Paultons Park and will be contacting The Handy Trust to donate them to someone who will really enjoy them. Thank you to General Estates Park Homes for sponsoring the HPHA Grand Summer Draw and all our generous prize donors. The draw raised over £3000 at this year's Rock The Pier. Thank you Brittany Ferries Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa Daisybank Cottage Boutique Bed and Breakfast Steamship Shieldhall The Montagu Arms Hotel Longdown Activity Farm Swanage Railway J. Collins & Son Jewellers Waterside Tours Tesco Hythe 2695 Community Grove Gardens (Hythe) Ltd. Seashells Bar & Restaurant Jane Bidwell Flowers Be-Be's Cafe Dawkins & Lodge Opticians Ebenezers Beaulieu, National Motor Museum Hythe Moviola Cinema Amalfi Restaurant, Hythe, Sout Jack n Grill Bell Furnishing Hythe Photographic & Electrical Allan Fairhead Bob K
Well it's almost a week since you Rocked the Pier with us, what an amazing day it was, together we raised £7000 and had so much fun, so here is a quick note and a few pictures, enjoy the memories.
Hythe Pier Rocks
I cannot recall the last time that I saw quite so many people on and around Hythe Pier. Last Saturday will certainly be a day that I will remember for a long time to come. Rock The Pier 2019 seemed to excite and enthuse you all and you turned out in force to show your support for our project to protect and preserve, restore and redevelop Hythe Pier for public benefit.
I thought the music was great with a real mix of styles that seemed to combine and create a vibrant, dynamic and wholly entertaining show. Your appreciation and support made a real difference and the atmosphere around the main stage area was amazing.
Of course, those of you who ventured down to the pier head were able to enjoy refreshments in the Waiting Room, where our pop-up café was once again proving popular and more great music with musicians entertaining visitors and ferry users alike. I think we proved that the pier can once again become a destination and a place that can provide a vibrant community facility.
I know you will appreciate that planning and organising an event of this scale takes a lot of hard work so I make no apology for saying a very big thankyou to everyone who worked so hard to create what really was an outstanding day. I also want to thank Blue Funnel Ferries for working with us to make sure the event and all the activities on the day could proceed without any disruption to the ferry service, the pier and ferry are now and always will be intrinsically linked and dependent upon
each other so it is really important that we continue to collaborate and work together to create a new sustainable future, something I am sure you agree, we all want to see.
I know you will also understand that these events cost money to stage, even though all of the musicians gave their time freely to perform for you, the cost to provide the infrastructure, the safety arrangements, the stage and sound systems, the first aid cover and publicity all add up. We are really proud that we had local organisations supporting us this year helping to offset these costs, so
to the Waterside Network Group, to Maples Guest House, to ExxonMobil, and to General Estates, who sponsored different aspects of our event I would like to say how much we appreciate your support and hope that we can build a long term relationship that is good for us all.
What really struck me about the event on Saturday was the overwhelming sense of community spirit that seemed to shine through, it was great to see and hear so much goodwill and positivity. It reminded me of one truth, that when we all work together we can achieve so much more.
This event proved to be our most successful to date and through your generosity we have raised around £7,000 which will help to fund the next phase of the design development work. More than that though together we are putting the pier back at the heart of this community which is where it belongs.
The future of Hythe Pier is dependent upon the support of this community, we want to
create a vibrant facility with new amenities for everyone to enjoy. There is a great deal of work to be done.
Our purpose is to Save Hythe Pier, to protect it, to preserve it, to restore and redevelop it for public benefit.
Together We Can
On behalf of everyone involved with Hythe Pier Heritage Association I offer our thanks for your continued support.
Peter King, Hythe Pier Heritage Association
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