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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Happy Christmas

Well it's here at last after serving over 700 Pre-Christmas meals! The decorations are looking stunning thanks to Mike Dacombe of Inspiration in New Milton who has decorated the hotel for the past 20 years and every year has been different. We enjoy a traditional Christmas at the Cloud Hotel and many of our guests have been coming to the Cloud Hotel for several years but it is Pat and Barry Cooper who hold the record for coming for Christmas for 32 years!

The ladies and their partners of  the Wessex Women's Network enjoyed a Christmas Dinner on 5th December and the raffle raised £187-00 for Wessex Heartbeat. Our suppliers were very generous with their donations for the raffle for which we were very grateful.

I will be celebrating 40 years at the Cloud Hotel in January! I can't believe I have been at the Cloud Hotel for 40 years and wonder where those years have gone? There have been some challenging years but also some very rewarding times and I have been very lucky to have a great team to support me.

On December 12th I attended the Inspirational Women Awards at the Landmark Hotel in London, I knew I had been shortlisted for an award but what a surprise it was when my name was called out to receive my award. Once again I was thrilled to receive it and managed to make a short acceptance speech off the cuff as I had not prepared one! It was not only a great and at times emotional evening but also the event raised money for Breast Cancer, a worthy charity.

The hotel will be closing on Sunday December 27th 2015 for our annual refurbishment and re-opening on January 15th 2016

My staff join me in wishing you a very happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas.

Avril