At the end of World War II our town faced a major rebuilding task. Some of the returning population had the foresight to see that reconstruction would set the character of the town for the future. They formed the HYTHE CITIZENS' UNION in 1945 with the task of monitoring every development and building project of importance, and ensuring that public spaces, trees, and historical landmarks were, as far as possible, restored to a high standard.
In addition to housing and town planning, the founders of the Citizens’ Union organised lectures, exhibitions and local history study, as well as social events to increase membership, and raise funds. Sixty years later, now under the name of the HYTHE CIVIC SOCIETY, a Committee of a dozen or so backed by a membership of around 850 residents, is doing much the same.
LOCAL HISTORY GROUP