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Saturday, 18 December 2010

Charity Christmas Dinner

'I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas' is not one of my favourite songs at the moment as the snow has created so much disruption to the country and many cancellations for the Cloud Hotel. The New Forest looks so picturesque when it is covered in snow and creates beautiful photos but it certainly does not help businesses at this time of the year.

However the Cloud Hotel helped to raise £2041-00 for Macmillan Cancer Support on December 12th when 54 people attended our 25th Annual Christmas Dinner in aid of  Macmillan Cancer Support. The guests were entertained by Highcliffe Junior Choir [Choir of the Year 1996] who started the evening with Christmas Carols getting us all into the spirit of Christmas. The Highcliffe Junior Choir have recorded a new CD of Christmas Carols 'I Wonder as I Wander' and I can thoroughly recommend it. It is available from some local music stores and you can find details on http://www.highcliffejuniorchoir.org.uk/

I was delighted to be invited to join everywoman's Modern Muse campaign that was launched on 25th November at Adam Street Private Members Club in London. As one of the 100 founding Muses I am committed to reaching out to young women to encourage them to consider a career in business and entrepreneurship. I had the pleasure of attending the event and networking with so many inspirational  women from all walks of business life in the UK. A beautiful coffee table book accompanies the campaign and it is available on line from http://www.everywoman.co.uk/  or Amazon.

What a delightful time I had when I was invited to talk about the history of the Tiller Girls to the Day Patients at Oakhaven Hospice. I surprised the ladies when I told them I was NOT one of the original Tiller Girls as they were founded by John Tiller in 1885! Everyone was so kind and cheerful at the Hospice that I felt very humble and it reminded to value and enjoy the life I have.

As we near the end of another year I am happy to report that the Cloud Hotel has remained busy and my loyal and hardworking staff continue to support me for which I am eternally grateful. We are looking forward to a full house at The Cloud, weather permitting, and I am looking forward to having the company of my four children, their partners and my five grandchildren on Boxing Day followed by a visit to the Pantomime.

The Hotel will be closed from December 27th 2010 for the annual maintenance and refurbishment and will RE-OPEN on Friday January 14th 2011.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a New Year filled with good health, peace and happiness. I hope I shall have the pleasure of welcoming you to the Cloud Hotel in 2011.

Avril