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Two village business outlets shut up shop and the personal service they offered will be hugely missed by residents

SHOE REPAIRS. Many Riverhead residents will have been sad to see that Riverhead Shoe Repairs at 3 London Road closed its doors just before Christmas. Matt and Tina not only mended shoes but also supplied wellies, slippers, shoe-laces and other accessories. But faced with increased rent and competition from supermarket in-store shoe repairers they decided to call it a day. Riverhead wishes them all the best.

WELCOME PRINTING. Welcome Printing  at 114 London Road, Dunton Green, also closed its doors recently – but the business has not disappeared completely. The services at the outlet will certainly be hugely missed by many residents of Riverhead and beyond. Many local clubs and societies went to Sally Jolly at Welcome Printing for photo-copying, help with newsletters, designing letterheads and all sorts of other services – the fax service was also very useful too, back in the day! Ray and Carole Jolly, bought the shop at 114 London Rd when it was a hardware outlet in 1963 and continued to run it as Jolly’s Stores for nearly 20 years. In 1982, daughter Sally and son Nick took over the premises and  turned it into a print  and photocopying shop. During her 36 years in the shop, no job was ever too small or too much trouble for Sally.

Welcome Printing’s services are still available on-line but now only for litho work and print management. For more information (or just to thank Sally!) contact or leave an answerphone message on 01892 740932.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING. Riverhead Parish Council’s first monthly meeting of 2019 will be on Monday, 21 January, at 7.30pm in the committee room at Riverhead Village Hall. Riverhead residents are always welcome to attend these meetings. If there is a local matter that you would like to raise at this meeting, do contact the council beforehand on 01732 461278 or at or via the website below so they can give you a proper response.  The agenda is posted about a week beforehand on the village noticeboards and also on the council website at as are those for meetings of the planning  committee. The Parish Clerk has an office (open Mondays and Thursdays  from 9.30am to 12.30pm) at the Village Hall and phone messages and emails are picked up regularly at other times. The village hall and the committee room are available for hire – see the website. The council is also contactable on Facebook and Twitter.

The Christmas lights  and many other good things in Riverhead, including the year-round flower troughs and baskets and the recent Armistice poppy display, are all organised by Riverhead Parish Council. The Parish Council is nothing to do with the church parish but represents the civil parish of Riverhead. Riverhead Parish Council is the most local rung of local government and so has a voice in planning decisions and constant interaction with Kent Highways on matters including streetlights, blocked gullies, road-markings  and pot holes. Riverhead Parish Council also owns and runs the Village Hall, the Riverhead Parkland, two plots of allotments and various other open spaces. You can find more information on their web-site at

SEND YOUR NEWS AND EVENTS. If your local Riverhead club/society has any news or plans for 2019 do let Riverhead village correspondent Maggie Miles know. You can email her by CLICKING HERE

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