The Christmas decorations are going up and we've started with the stockings. Please bear with us as 900 metres of bunting takes our Maintenance Team a lot of knotting and threading through.
Many thanks to our hardworking partners Amanda (Harveys from Hythe), Shirley (Pebbles) and Jane (Toys Ahoy); their Christmas trees and wreaths will be going up shortly.
Saturday 2nd December
The Memory Tree
This year, in addition to the lights on the Christmas Tree we are turning it in to a Memory Tree. If you want to commemorate a loved one, or a special event, then the rules are simple: make the decoration, take a photo of it, post it on Facebook Page ‘The Hythe & Dibden Memory Tree 2017’. Bring the decorations to the Mistletoe Fayre on 2nd December to be added to the tree, (if you can’t attend you can drop them at The Grove before the 2nd).
Decoration can weigh no more than 100g (4ozs)
Decorations should be no more than 8” in diameter
Decoration must have a hole/loop to enable us to attach it to the tree with a cable tie.
We’re sorry decorations CAN NOT be returned
In 2016 the community at Dibden Purlieu asked for spring bulbs to be planted. 1 ton of daffodil bulbs later the display astounded both the community and the team who completed the planting.
The daffodils are little harbingers of spring and certainly bring joy to the community as every year we get loads of messages saying how appreciated they are. We are keen to spread even more joy so if people have a request for daffodils near their homes or businesses please let the Council know by e mailing email@example.com or by phoning Sean on 02380 841411. The Parish Councillors are keen to provide daffodils where the community would like to see them as such a relatively tiny expense yields a huge amount of pleasure
After the beautiful daffodils displays that have brightened the community our thoughts move onto summer. The Council’s Maintenance Team have now finished planting the summer flower displays. With hanging baskets, summer flower beds and planters now completed, summer is officially with us.
This year the Maintenance Team has redesigned the planters in the Village Centre and are trying something new as each tower will only be planted with one type of flower but each tower will feature a different colour.
As there are so many flowers to be watered and with a large number of the hanging baskets in busy areas, it means that the maintenance team have to either carry out the watering whilst many of us are still asleep in bed or as we are making our way home after work at night.
PRESS RELEASE - 19th April 2017
From Lee Rayment, Director of Blue Funnel Ferries Ltd, and Blue Funnel Cruises Ltd.
I am very pleased to announce that Blue Funnel Ferries Ltd have completed the takeover of the Hythe- Southampton Ferry service. This has taken longer than anticipated and involved lengthy negotiations. Our Solicitors have worked hard to complete the exchange of some very complicated aspects of this change of ownership. All matters are now complete and I can confirm that Blue Funnel will assume full control and operation of the service on Friday 21st April 2017.
This will secure the immediate future of this important transport link and begin process of change which will provide a real opportunity for the service to flourish once again.
I am very pleased to confirm that the staff who have demonstrated their commitment and support over the recent period of uncertainty are being transferred to the new company providing security for their employment.
Our first task is to restore a reliable service however this will involve taking the existing vessel Great Expectations out of service for an annual refit. This will involve the usual maintenance and the detailed inspections of the vessel, including shafts and propellers as stipulated by the MCA, ( Maritime & Coastguard Agency ), but also involve a change of colours and name (although the new name has not yet been confirmed). We also plan further improvements to the boat including heating for the winter and upgrading the seats. These will be planned and implemented in due course.
Due to the urgency of the works required to Great Expectations we will be organising this as soon as possible and during this period we will be providing a temporary boat. Whilst this is less than ideal it is important to ensure that the works are completed without delay, we therefore ask for your patience and support in the short term.
We recognise the necessity to have a second vessel available in order to provide a reliable continuous operation and we have therefore secured a boat that we intend to use to assist on the route. This boat is currently undergoing its own refit work before being brought into service.
Once we have completed these first steps and have the main vessel back in service we will announce changes to the timetable and fares which we believe will prove popular and demonstrate commitment to our customers.
Our objective is to make this historic ferry service a modern reliable and cost effective operation which offers a real alternative to using your car, as well as providing a unique and enjoyable means to travel to and from Southampton
An integral part of the ferry is the pier and train, they are intrinsically linked and I recognise the important history and heritage associated with each. Throughout the period of negotiations to purchase the business I have maintained contact with the HPHA (Hythe Pier Heritage Association). This group with the support of the whole community have demonstrated a real passion and commitment for the pier, the train and the ferry. I look forward to holding detailed discussions with them to explore opportunities to work together and secure the long term future of the pier, the train and associated buildings.
Blue Funnel Ferries look forward to this new venture and a new chapter for the Hythe Ferry and we very much hope you will support the service and help us create a better future. We look forward to seeing old and new customers on the ferry in the near future and for many years to come.
Managing Director, Blue Funnel Cruises Ltd