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Friday, 21 December 2012

Happy Christmas

Only a few more days until we celebrate Christmas and I'm sure like me you are wondering where this year has gone? They say it's a sign of age but even my children are asking what happened to last year? I hasten to add they are in their thirties and forties! 

Brockenhurst made the BBC and ITV news on Thursday due to the flooding! I have to say I get absolutely fed up with the media and the way they exaggerate everything. Have they any idea how their negative reporting affects local businesses. Parts of Brockenhurst were flooded today but they were mainly the fields and forest, most of the roads were clear and with a few diversions it was possible to access all of Brockenhurst and all of our customers arrived safely. The TV news showed a car submerged under a bridge in Brockenhurst, well that bridge is regularly flooded throughout the year and it was irresponsible of the occupants to even try to drive through it. 

Our Christmas functions have been in full swing since December 1st and the Christmas decorations created by Mike Dacombe of Inspiration New Milton have had wonderful comments from our customers.

The Wessex Women's Network raised £1020-00 at their Christmas Dinner and all proceeds went to Macmillan Cancer Support. The Highcliffe Junior Choir started the evening off with Christmas carols before we all tucked into a delicious Christmas dinner.

I had the pleasure of chairing the judges for the annual Rotary Youth Speaks competition that was held at Arnewood School in New Milton. The standard was so high that it was very difficult to choose a winner. The judges were so impressed with not only the way the young people presented their speeches but the amount of research that they had done on their various subjects.

The Hotel closes on December 27th to allow us to decorate and do general maintenance but will re-open on Sunday January 13th 2013. I hope I will have the pleasure of welcoming you to the Cloud Hotel where you can unwind and relax in a friendly atmosphere. Take advantage of our special winter breaks full details on our website or call the hotel on 01590 622165.

My staff join me in wishing you a very happy Christmas and a New Year filled with good health and happiness.

Avril