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Page 2 • The HERALD • 4th January 2024 v SAY YOU SAW IT IN THE HERALD v PICK UP YOUR COPY FROM HYTHE • Admin No 1 • BeBe’s Café • Bells Furnishing • Beyond the Fringe • The Boathouse • BH Marine • Boots • Cape N Comb • Cards for all Occasions • CGM Solicitors • Chip N Tails • Cornerstone • Crew Barbers • Dancewise Studios • Direct Carpets • Ebenezer’s • Eden Health & Beauty • The Frame Shop • Fred.Olsen Travel Agents • Freedom Boat Club • Fully Woolly • Havencourt • Headquarters • Herald Publishing • Hythe Chiropractic Centre • Hythe & District Social Club • Hythe Community Centre • Hythe & Dibden Parish Council • Hythe Ferry Office • Hythe Hospital • Hythe Kebab Centre • Hythe Library • Hythe Photographic & Electrical • Hythe PO • Hythe & Waterside Lettings • Jane Bidwell Flowers • J R Hardware • KJ’s Mobility • Luis Liu • LW Repairs • The Malt • The Maples • Marchwood Motorways • Master Spares • McColls • Meraki Beauty Salon • Millie’s Tea Rooms • MM Sales & Lettings • Mockingjay • 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All three projects exist in severely deprived areas around the city of Nakuru, which is approximately 100 miles north-west of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. A er months of planning and fundraising in the UK, the students helped with the nal days of installation of ushing toilets and sinks with running water at Silver Bells. is has given the facility proper sanitation for the rst time, cutting the risk of children contracting waterborne diseases like cholera and typhoid. e students sought to build on the legacy created by Brock learners who established an IT classroom and a library at Melon Mission School during similar trips in 2019 and 2022. At each project, the group participated in the daily feeding programme, ran games and activities, coached youngsters on literacy and numeracy, provided face paints, and distributed much-needed provisions. ey even created lesson plans and ran classroom sessions in subject areas they are studying at college. ey also supplied paint, using it to brighten up various installations and depict learning symbols such as letters and numbers. A total of 750kg of aid was distributed, including: clothes, shoes, toiletries, sanitary products, medical supplies, learning materials, toys and rst aid kits. Over 50 pairs of prescription glasses and optical testing equipment for assessing eyesight, which was donated by the local NHS, was delivered as well. In addition, the group le behind a sewing machine at each project, provided by the College, and trained the local project workers in sewing skills in order to promote Dibden Purlieu, said: “Working with the children in the schools helped me understand how different their lives are to ours, and their beaming smiles from the second we arrived was the most heart-warming thing. Aside from teaching in the classrooms and having fun playing with the children, we were able to make improvements to the buildings and facilities, which was exceptionally rewarding. The memories that I have made during Brock2Kenya 2023 will stay with me forever, and I will carry the skills I learned during the trip with me in my future career.” Away from the projects, the students toured the Ri Valley, went on safari in Nakuru National Park, where they saw lions in the wild, visited Menengai Crater and took a boat trip on Lake Naivasha. ey also visited a gira e sanctuary, a local church and a market, giving them a well-rounded cultural appreciation of the region. Plus, they attended a cultural exhibition in Nairobi that showcased tribal dancing, aspects of traditional village life and ancient houses. ey then slept under canvas at an eco-lodge on the capital’s outskirts during the nal night. Trip Lead Adrian Butterworth was supported throughout by Brock Careers Leader Alistair Lambon and two volunteers – Lorraine Lawrence and Ruth Wildman. Brock2Kenya 2023 also saw the College take with them a wheelchair user for the rst time – Bethany Cohu from Bransgore. Bethany said: “I have always loved working with children, and enable self-reliance. Brock2Kenya student Sophie Gasnier, from Continued on page 5

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Starting their fundraiser during the Mistletoe Fair on Saturday 2nd December at 8am in Hythe Library and moving to Meeple Village for the overnight stint they completed their mammoth board gaming session at 8am on Sunday 3rd December. roughout the 24 hours others joined in with games and kept the team fed and watered. e board gamers raised over £100 for Hythe Alive, through both cash and online donations. Hythe Alive was formed by, and for, local traders and businesses. It was rst created to raise enough money to put the Christmas lights up around the village each year due to a lack of council funding. As well as the lights, the group has expanded to run events throughout the year to raise money to keep improving the local community including the infamous Halloween Treat Trail and Snow Days in Hythe. 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Page 16 • The HERALD • 4th January 2024 v SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES v Waterside Network Group: Member Focus by Simon Chadwick This issue’s featured member of the Waterside Network Group is the always busy Retro Workshop. eir aim is to repair and restore old electronic equipment to make it suitable for use once again in the modern world. Retro Workshop specialise in the repair and restoration of vintage equipment such as Radios, Valve Ampli ers, Guitar Amplifiers, vintage HiFi systems and the like, manufactured prior to 1985. They also repair valve based It’s that time of year when people begin to look forward to the year ahead. Holidays, celebrations, perhaps even replacing the car or undertaking a major project around the home – such as the garden. At Sutherlands Landscapes, we’ll revolutionise your garden by turning it into an amazing outdoor space. Whether that’s gorgeous patios to extend your living room into the garden, magni cent decking with a superb nish, or a fully landscaped garden to bring the entire space up to its best potential, we’re the people to talk to. And to encourage you to talk to us, we’re o ering Herald readers a whopping 15% discount on any work undertaken – and this includes driveways and fencing too. Not sure quite what you want? By using Sutherlands Landscapes’ garden design packages you can plan what plants you want to grow, the layout of paths and structures, and the overall style of the garden. is also helps you visualize the design in advance rendered in 2D and 3D, so you can be sure you’re getting the garden you want. To discover more about us, visit sutherlandslandscapes. com or use the contact details on the opposite page. equipment made a er 1985. Older electronic equipment was never designed with obsolescence in mind, instead it was built with the ability to repair it should it go faulty. Most of what Retro Workshop repair and restore is typically 50-70 years old – will your iPhone or at screen television be around and working in 60 years’ time! Retro Workshop have access to a wide range of original service manuals, test equipment and spares, including new old stock valves allowing them to repair your equipment and maintain its originality. ey can even add Bluetooth to most radios so you can play your favourite tunes through your old radio! ey make sure equipment is safe to use during the repair and will advise on items that need to be replaced on safety grounds. Retro Workshop are passionate about the restoration of old equipment but not just the electronics. ey also work with a cabinet maker for instances where the case or cabinet needs restoring to its former glory. If you have a repair or restoration you would like Retro Workshop to carry out, or if you have valves you want tested, or just for a chat about that old piece of equipment you have been hoarding for years, then they would love to hear from you. You can contact Peter Carr via the details opposite, or use the form on their website: www. retroworkshop.co.uk Peter Carr, Retro Workshop New Year Revolution by David Larkin A recent project from Sutherlands Landscapes

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But no pints have been pulled in the building for over twenty years. It closed as a pub and was converted into ats and commercial premises in the year 2000. ese modern day developments of this local landmark are relatively well known. But the site that Drummond Court stands on has a rich history as a pub that can be traced back as far as the 1600’s. e late Graham Parkes published ndings including early references to an unlicensed alehouse on the exact same spot. is drinking hole was called ‘Sympsons’ and then later ‘Bradbys’ at which point it appears to have become a licensed public house in 1655. Further references to the property being an alehouse are also found in 1748 when publican John Arminer was given permission to extend the use of the building and create a quay on the foreshore opposite the site. It’s possible that this was designed to allow for a more direct delivery area for goods and alcohol coming to the pub via Southampton water. During my own research I read a tragic report from September 1774 reporting on a boat capsizing o Hythe with four men onboard. An announcement was placed in the Hampshire Chronicle asking people to visit the pub to report any information about the accident or sightings of bodies washing up. By 1775, the pub was now known as e Montague Arms. I wonder if this led to confusion, as there was an inn at Beaulieu also called e Montagu Arms (minus the ‘e’), which still exists to this day. Whilst they had slightly di erent spelling, both the Hythe and Beaulieu pubs were hosting timber auctions in the late 1700’s. ankfully for those coming to the New Forest to buy wood, the Hythe version of e Montague Arms was demolished in 1779. I’d like to think this saved a few wasted journeys on horse and cart to either establishment. e direct lineage through to e Drummond Arms that stands on the same site we know today, was set in motion a few years before the 1779 demolition project, buying up as much property as possible, including buildings in Hythe. Just like a modern day property developer, Drummond saw the potential of the site, so bought the pub and knocked it down to build a bigger and better inn on the same plot. e new pub was ready for business by January 1780, with an advert appearing in the local press promoting both the establishment and the newly installed landlady. Despite being rebuilt from the ground up to be “elegantly tted up for the reception of her customers”, the building confusingly still shared the same name as the other inn that was four miles away in Beaulieu. But this was to be remedied in 1782 when Hythe’s new pub was renamed ‘ e Lord Rodney’ a er a Royal Navy admiral and friend of Robert Drummond. Over the course of the next sixty years, the pub would be called various slight variations on e Lord Rodney name including ‘Rodney’s Head’, ‘ e Rodney Inn’, and ‘ e Rodney Arms’. Regardless of the name, activities at e Lord Rodney appear relatively consistent during this period. As well as being a pub, it continued to host timber auctions. I found adverts in local papers from the early 1800’s through to the late 1830’s inviting people to attend the Rodney Inn to bid on timber including ash, elm, and oak trees. e timber was promoted as being trees of the very best quality, mostly t for shipbuilding. e available trees were listed at place names you will be familiar with. ese included Ashlett Creek, Badminston, Dibden, Fawley, and Stanswood. e trees were marked with white paint and had numbers on them, I believe this meant the winning bidder then had to visit the spot and fell the tree themselves. Auctions were also held for land sales and farming stock. One advert invited people to bid on “two fat pigs” and a “quantity of potatoes.” e Rodney Inn was not only a place to have a drink and a social. It was also a hub for much of Hythe’s community administration. 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