In 2012 Dover Town Council started a greeting service run by volunteers to meet, greet and advise tourists visiting the town during the summer months, to answer any questions and generally give a welcoming feel to the Town. Since then, the Dover Greeters have gone from strength to strength, becoming an integral part of life in Dover. Their friendly smiles and familiar blue uniforms have become as much a part of the town as the historic buildings and sites they help to showcase. This month Dover Greeters signed a Service Level Agreement with Dover Town Council and have now become Dover Heritage CIC, enabling them to become a standalone entity.  Denise Smith, a charter member of the original Greeters, and now a director of the new company said, “Dover Greeters would like to say a huge thank you to Dover Town Council for setting up and supporting us over the last 3 years. We look forward to a continuing and happy partnership now we are paddling our own canoe.  As volunteers, we work very hard for Dover, meeting and greeting visitors and helping them to enjoy and appreciate our wonderful town”

This was echoed by Councillor Sue Jones who said, “I am delighted to hand the management of Dover Greeters to Dover Heritage CIC. I always hoped this would be a community run venture and the Greeters have done such an excellent job to date helping people to get to know and love Dover.”

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Pauline Sonnex, Liz Dimech, Peter Sparshott, Mary Nicholls and Denise Smith