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Tara Jives Away With Second Place!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

This weekend I took part in the most INCREDIBLE experience of my life. Strictly Swansea was the most magnificent event and I feel so lucky to have been part of it. The journey was so emotional, I was nervous, scared, anxious but also very very excited!

Many months ago Blanche Sainsbury, the Managing Director of SWWMedia had a lightbulb moment about a Strictly event and I was so excited that I was asked to dance. Taking on a challenge and learning a new skill is right up my street, but never in my life would I have predicted that it would soon become one of the biggest highlights of my life.

Tara  & BlairMario and Rebekah from DeMarco’s Dance School in  Swansea have been amazing. They are the most incredible instructors and now wonderful friends and I can’t thank them enough for all the effort they have put in to teaching me, and all the others who were dancing on the night. My new Strictly family!

I also feel like the luckiest girl to have been teamed up with the amazing Blair Crewther. We got on like a house on fire from day 1. Blair had a hard task of putting up with me over the months, but he is the most patient, professional and fabulous person (and an amazing dancer btw) and with the help of Mario and Rebekah, somehow managed to turn me into a dancer! We have had so much fun along the way and have become brilliant friends.Rumba

The night was a huge success and I was over the moon with my Rumba performance with Blair.

Strictly 10

We had the highest score of the night with an amazing 10 from Mark Jermin, 9 from Camilla Dallerup and 10 from Kevin Sacre! Wowweee!

I was so happy to get to the final with the lovely Melanie Walters and along with Lara Johnson, who was so fab the judges decided to choose her with a wild card; we had a really tough Jive in the dance off. It was one of the hardest workouts even for me as a Personal Trainer in Swansea but the best fun too!! Melanie was the winner of the night, and I was proud to have come second and delighted to have raised £300 for my chosen charity Tan Yr Allt Service Users Fund.

Now my amazing journey is over I have the Post-Strictly Blues. I want to go back in time. (In fact, Blair is also amazing by day and is a scientist – so I’m putting all my faith in him to invent me a time machine pronto!!) I miss my lessons, I miss Mario & Rebekah, I miss my new friends that also went through the same journey as me and I miss Blair. Sooooooo…that can only mean one thing!!! I’ve got to keep at it.

Strictly Swansea may be over for me now, but the journey was too amazing to leave there. The dancing shoes are with me to stay and I can’t wait to see what exciting memories they will see me through in the future!!

Keeeeeep Dancing!

Tara xxxx

…and now the news!!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

BONG – Payslip requests increase.  Accounts Assistant Kelly Palmer has been forced into hiding, following  a surge of employees requesting paperwork.  Today she issued a press release asking for staff of  The Dragon Hotel to remain in their posts and stand together!!

BONG – Tragedy has struck in the Helen John household (Accounts Manager).  Beloved Norman the hamster, who has for the last 18 months entertained friends, family and blog readers passed away peacefully.  This sad news has indeed caused a cloud to hang over the accounts office.

Norman was a happy soul,  he had his faults as we all do.. and was under going therapy for his nut addiction and biting habit.   Forensic reports showed traces of nut in his bloodstream and tiny nut particles hidden under his bed.  Police are not treating his death as suspicious. The family have asked people to respect their privacy at this difficult time.

BONG – Administrator airs her assests.  The people of Briton Ferry were shocked and outraged when Kelly Allen dared to bare all in a comedy play written by Eric Chappell.  The shapely sex bomb suggestively sauntered onto the  stage and bared her bootie in  a blatantly bold display.  Members of the public are being treated for shock and their families have been informed.

…and now the weather

Cold and damp for the remainder of the week, followed by cold and damp!!

They Are All Barking Mad!

Friday, September 28th, 2012

It’s the pitter patter of four tiny feet for Louise our reservations manager as she has a new addition to the family!!Flo

Flo the British Bulldog is new to the Reservations team here, and is busy at work..

It’s a hard life being a dog!Flo hard at work

Flo is only 8 weeks old, so Louise is now her substitute Mama.

Flo likes nothing more than having her belly tickled and biting your toes!

Flo is originally from North Wales but is now a fully fledged Swansea Jack, even down to her toes being black & white!

Hopefully when Flo is big enough you will see her strutting the green at Crufts!

Ironman Wales

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Rob Iron Man

On Sunday 16th September our Health Club Deputy Manager Rob Crabtree competed in the Ironman Wales race in Tenby, Pembrokeshire. The event consisted of a 2.4 mile sea swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile marathon to finish. This was also his first ever Ironman race and coincidentally his first marathon.

Rob completed his first Ironman in 12hrs 03mins, beating his target by 57 minutes. He also raised money for Help for Heroes, so if you would like to donate, please come along to the club or donate online at www.bmycharity.com/RobCrabtree

 

Swim time: 1:03:21

Bike time: 6:38

Run Time: 4:03

 

He is now an Ironman, and will never let us forget it (bragging rights)!

Huge congratulations Rob for such an achievement!

Team Member of the Month – Tanisha Williams

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Once again, it’s time for us to honour a Team Member whose actions and efforts have impressed and inspired us.  There was no hesitation or debate within the team that the very special and deserving person to take the title Team Member of the Month for August was the lovely Tanisha Williams – Conference & Banqueting Supervisor.  Tanisha has been the recipient of this award on a number of occasions now which goes to show how valued she is.

Tanisha has been with us at the Dragon Hotel for 8 years and has worked her way up through the ranks to her most recent promotion to full time Conference & Banqueting Supervisor.  Her dedication to the role and to providing first class customer service is inspirational.

Tanisha is also the Queen of Christmas tree decorating which was beautifully demonstrated at our recent ‘Christmas in September’ event.

Tanisha Williams

T-aking the initiative, you never do complain,

A-lways happy, never glum, in sunshine or in rain

N-ever do you quibble when tasks are big or small

I-nspiring all around you, you’re a credit to us all!

S-miling as you work, with quiet grace you serve,

H-elpful to guests and staff alike, this honour you deserve

A-n inspiration to us all, and also you are really tall!!

Thank You

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

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Join our Loyalty Club

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

A new initiative which enables loyal hotel guests to maximise on their allegiance by earning more for their money spent here at The Dragon Hotel.

It’s our way of giving back, of saying thank you for your custom and support.

For further information click here

Early Bird enjoys coffee…

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Once again The Dragon Hotel, Swansea is happy to be taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  HOWEVER, unlike previous years, our coffee morning will take place TWO WEEKS EARLIER than most. 

‘We mustn’t forget the reason for the event’ says Denise Rees, the organiser for The Dragon Hotel, ‘The aim is to raise as much money as possible for this important charity and I have found over the last seven years of hosting an event that many people are unable to attend because they have other Macmillan Coffee Mornings to attend on the same day!  This year we’re experimenting to see whether attendance will increase since it’s being held earlier!’

The event will take place in the lounge on the first floor of The Dragon Hotel from 10am until 12pm on Friday the 14th of September and will include a raffle, an opportunity to purchase cakes and of course your choice of tea or coffee.  Last year the event raised over £400 – can we make it £500 this year?  Come along and support!

Christmas In September

Friday, September 7th, 2012

The Dragon Hotel , Swansea entertained guests to an early Christmas last night when we hosted our Christmas in September party.

Tara Hammett & SantaGuests were invited to celebrate the festive season early where they were greeted by Santa in the lovely hot sunshine! A mulled wine drinks reception was hosted in the lounge followed by Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings and our resident DJ with his tunes. Santa gave out festive gifts early where everyone received a gift voucher to spend in the hotel.

The Christmas Quiz got everybody in the festive swing with 3 tables calling it a draw!

The event was organised to promote our Christmas parties so if you would like further information please contact our events team on 01792 657125/126 or view our Christmas page.

Thank you all once again for a great night.

See you all soon, Sarah, Cath, Gethyn, Sian, Cheryl, Helen & Tara

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Bank Holiday Weekend

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Welsh Mneu Live

We were very proud to be the hospitality partner for the ‘Welsh Menu Live Food Festival’ that took place over the Bank Holiday weekend.

On Friday night we hosted the ‘Festival Launch Dinner’, which was a sumptuous 8 course tasting menu featuring some of the Food Festival 019finest local produce that Swansea could offer.

Hosted by Jamie Owen, he spoke about the different courses and the suppliers that helped us to produce the fantastic dishes. Some of the generous supplies included: Gower Salt Marsh Lamb, Swansea Fish, Abrahams, Goodies & The Choice is Yours from Swansea Market, as well as support from Sainsbury’s.

From Saturday through to the Bank Holiday Monday, we hosted ‘The Welsh Menu Live – Food Theatre’ in association with Swansea Market.

Throughout the weekend, Welsh chefs, food and drink connoisseurs demonstrated their skills to the  willing audience. Some of the experts included: Sophie Food Festival Grigson, Fiona Faulkner, Anthony Evans, Jo Wheatley, Luke Thomas, Bryn Williams, Susy Atkins & Gareth Johns.

For those of you who were lucky enough to soak up the ‘foodie’ atmosphere over that weekend, we hope you enjoyed the experience!