Save Hythe Ferry & Pier – A campaign close to our hearts!!! (@ 16/11)

Save our Pier & Ferry Campaign – SO45 Online Lottery Support

As local residents it concerns us at SO45 Online to learn that there may not be a Hythe Ferry service one day soon or the Pier may close due to financial concerns.

Hythe Ferry and the Pier and Train are integral to Hythe and the SO45 area’s history and heritage, and in our opinion it’s essential for this to continue well into our future for us and our families and neighbours and visitors to enjoy.

Fantastic Local Support for this cause!

From a standing start a facebook group called The Hythe Pier Train and Ferry Action Group was started and as at today has over 1920  members.

Please click the link below to have a read through may of the great posts, photo’s and articles that local residents have submitted charting the current plight of the Ferry/Pier and its wonderful history.

This group was started by 3 local residents, Peter King, Rob Henley and David Cater and they have started to formulate a focused group of local people to try and understand what can be done to secure the Ferry and Pier’s future for us all to enjoy.

The plight of the Hythe Ferry & Pier has also touched another local resident and regular Ferry passenger Maggie Blight. Maggie has started an online petition to save the historic ferry and pier which stands today at 8663 and growing. Please click below to sign the petition if you haven’t already.

Local Media Frenzy

This story has not just touched the local residents, BBC News, Radio and The Daily Echo have also been covering the developments.

Also nearly 50,000 locals have watched the launch video for the SO45 Christmas Lottery Draw and the Public Meeting announcement (click below to watch)

Save the Hythe Ferry & Pier Project Group – Passion & Commitment

I have been present at both meetings chaired by Peter, Rob and David along with other concerned local residents, the council and Maggie herself.

Both meetings have had very thorough agenda’s, passion and intelligent insight from those present. All comments received by the Facebook page and petitioners and well wishers are being noted for future use as plans and a strategy develop. More will become clear at next weeks Public Meeting where everyone that cares or wants to share an opinion is welcome. Details below:


Smaller sub groups, further meetings and an initial public meeting on Thursday November 24th at The Parish Hall at 7.30pm have already been planned.

SO45 Community Lottery Support – Tickets On Sale Now!!

Whilst the carefully laid plans are developed the need for financial support for the group is essential.

To this end we are delighted to say the SO45 Online Community Lottery’s BIG Christmas Draw will be supporting the “Save Hythe Ferry & Pier” campaign.

Tickets on sale now for £2 at many local outlets. 50% of ticket sales go to the Ferry/Pier project and 50% goes to one cash winner.

Last Christmas 2 local causes shared £1500 and 3 cash prizes were given out.


Please SHARE and LIKE this story and BUY your TICKETS TODAY! Support the kick start of this great cause, play your part in saving it and you could also win BIG as a CASH PRIZE when the DRAW is made on the 23rd December on the Pier itself!!!

Please do GET INVOLVED people!

Thank you for your anticipated support for all of the above!

Michael & Donna Osman, Editor’s of SO45 Online

SO45 Online has been funded and sponsored by various local businesses and people all based in the SO45 boundary, with their support we have raised a fantastic £52,500 for local SO45 good causes.

The sponsors are:

The Waring Partnership, Dawkins & Lodge Opticians, The Langley Tavern, Four Plumbing & Heating, The Lovely Little Café, Jo Hick’s Flowers, Blonde Wedding Stationery, Hythe & Waterside Estate & Letting Agents, Richard Bland European Tour Golfer, Langdales Builders and La Vista.