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Victorious Vicki

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Congratulations to Victoria Williams who was awarded The Dragon Hotel’s prestigious Team Member of the Month for July. Victoria is a member of our reception night’s team, who has over the peak season put in numerous extra hours, including time spent within other departments helping them when they are busy.

Some interesting get to know you facts about Victoria (Vicki) ‘The Night Owl’:

  1. Vicki’s in the singles club.
  2. Her favorite film of all time is Hell Raiser.  
  3. Her worst fear is rats.
  4. Vicki’s friends and colleges describe her as……they though it was best not to comment on this! 
  5. Vicki has described herself as bossy. 
  6. Vicki loves Steven Segal & has even been to see him live at the Swansea Grand Theatre.

 Well done Vicki and thank you for your continuous hard work!

Tara Rumbas For Strictly

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

We had some exciting news this week that the Dragon Hotel is proud to be sponsoring Tara Hammett, our Health Club Manager in the Evening Post Strictly Swansea event being held in October.

Strictly Swansea promises to be the biggest night on the Glitz and Glamour calendar! Tara will be performing with her professional dance partner Blair Crewther and will be competing against 7 other celebrities & personalities and their partners on Sunday 7th October. Tara & Blair

Tara is so excited to be taking part. As well as learning a brand new skill, Tara has chosen to raise money for a cause that is very important to her. Tara regularly visits care homes and hold exercise sessions with the residents and is delighted to be raising money for the Tan Yr Allt Service Users fund.

“At the moment I have two left feet, I am totally unbalanced in my 3 inch heels and I need to become a little more elegant.

All my training has been very powerful and explosive, so to try and loosen out and be a little more dainty is a bit tough at the moment, but I’m sure with more practice and a lot of patience from Blair I’ll get it mastered by the night”

We’ll be keeping you up to date over the forthcoming weeks with Tara’s progress and how she’s tackling one of her biggest challenges to date!

I’m sure you’ll join us is wishing Tara Good Luck in the meantime!

Team Member of the Month – Cynthia Pearce

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

It’s once again that time where we proudly announce the member of staff who has stood out amongst the rest as going the extra mile for Queen and Country (well for The Dragon Hotel at least).  Cleaning up the award this time around is Housekeeping Evening Maid Cynthia (rapturous applause and much cheering!)

Cynthia - Team Member of The Month

Cynthia has worked at the Hotel for going on 18 months and although she doesn’t always relish a dirty car park she has clearly demonstrated that her commitment and determination to her job shines through!

Some facts that you didn’t know about Cynthia:

Her favorite color is yellow, She would:-




Join me in saying ‘Congratulations’ Cynthia on your well deserved award.

C-eeping the rooms always gleaming

Y-our strength you willingly muster, as you wave with a flourish your duster!

N-ever leaves a speck of dust

T-akes us all to the cleaners

H-ates a dirtys car park

I-ntersted in all guest needs

A-lways wielding the vacuum with pride

Good Bye Tim

Monday, July 9th, 2012

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Tim Priestland, our long serving General Manager here at The Dragon, has left the hotel.

I have shared an office with Tim for over seven years – what am I going to do?  Who can I now rely on to open my office window?  To turn the heater on until we sit in sauna temperatures?  To mutter and splutter at what life throws at us?

I am even more devastated to think that we never did get to stage our very own episode of Faulty Towers – despite repeated requests, I never once succeeded in getting Tim to funny walk across Reception (even though I did manage to get Antonio to perfect his ‘que?’) – Oh, what a missed opportunity…

Nevertheless, I believe that I speak on behalf of the Team at The Dragon as a whole when saying Tim, you’ll be much missed.  We thank you for your leadership over the past seven years and wish you the very best for the future.

Ffos Las fun!!

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Whilst it rained in Swansea and Trimsaran for the Ffos Las annual Ladies evening, the sun shone at the Dragon Hotel where there was an array of sunshine with all the colourful outfits, hats and fascinators that the ladies wore for the event. 

The guests were welcomed to a Pimms reception held in the Hotel’s Piano Bar later followed by a sumptuous buffet.  We were then transported via coach to Ffos Las by Dave (Davies Coaches) who dropped us outside the front door of Ffos Las racecourse as all the ladies were in their fine attire. 

A good day on the horses was had by all, a few losers but a lot more winners!

During the event, some of the Welsh speaking ladies were asked to do a brief interview with S4C Fashion Guru, Huw Rees, to discuss the day’s fashion. This was broadcasted live for S4C magazine programme, Heno.

We then returned to The Dragon Hotel, where the evening was finished in the Hotels lounge bar.

Some photos of the event have been updated on the Hotel’s Facebook page, so feel free to add your own pictures.

 An excellent day was had by all.

It’s all change in the Health Club

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Where do we start?? We’ve been up to all sorts in the health club recently. Lets start with the cute news:
Michelle returned to work following her maternity leave looking after baby Domenic, and now she’s left again to go on maternity with another on the way!

Then Karen followed suit and is also on maternity with her third on they way (Don’t worry..Tara’s safe from the ‘It comes in 3’s’, our spray tan guru Louisa has also had a beautiful little girl recently, so the spaces are all taken up). So we welcome Bryony to the team to join Sandra in our Beauty Treatment department.

Now onto the personal trainers of Swansea. First of all Tara has been busy absorbing more knowledge and has recently completed the Metabolic Effect Qualification which is the ultimate fat loss group personal training, Plus she’s looking forward to taking part in Strictly Come Swansea later in the year!

Rob has been nursing a few injuries following his training for the Iron Man, however is doesn’t stop him setting up a new Bootcamp group training in Swansea!

Andrew has survived the Paris-Roubaix 2012 in France and we’re delighted he didn’t have any nasty falls….although his legs are now super smooth!

James has been getting his head into the books learning everything he needs to know to complete his Level 3 Personal Training Qualification.

Holly has been travelling all over Europe participating in Triathlons and we welcome another team member Mike who has recently started and we look forward to him working with us in the health club!!!
Phew…Think that’s enough of an update for now!!!

Catch you soon!

Small Man in a Lift

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

What happens in the lift stays in the lift…

These were the immortal words I heard last Sunday as I walked across Reception.  I turned the corner just in time to see the lift doors close on Rob Brydon escorting Melanie Davies up to the first floor. 

I giggled to myself, pleased to see that the glut of comedians that had stayed with us over the weekend – including Jack Dee, Tim Brooke Taylor and Barry Cryer – were as down to earth and pleasant as the best of us (in fact, Justin is going to dine out on the fact that he made Jack Dee chuckle for a good few weeks). 

I was also glad to have the opportunity to chat with Melanie Davies later in the day.  (Without compromising events in the lift) she was able to tell me why she’d been spending time with the very busy Rob Brydon – he, amongst other auspicious celebrities – is a patron of TREAT Trust Wales, a registered charity founded by Melanie focusing on building and running a Treatment, Rehabilitation, Exercise And Therapy centre near Morriston Hospital. 

In the few moments I spent with Melanie, her story enchanted me – but I’m not going to tell you about it!  You’ll need to buy a copy of her book Never Say Die to hear the story in her own words. (Every copy sold contributes to the funds of TREAT Trust Wales).  Her passion is infectious and before I knew it I was holding the Olympic Torch, well Ok, an Olympic Torch – in fact Melanie’s Olympic Torch which she plans to auction in aid of TREAT with a provisio that it’s never to leave South Wales. 

I, of course was delighted!  I had seen the Olympic Flame when it stayed the night at The Dragon during its Swansea leg of the relay, and now I had also gotten to hold an Olympic Torch!  In a few years, nay months, who’s going to remember that the events did not happen simultaneously?  And you’ll never guess what I got up to in the lift…

Welcome back Cath

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

JonathanSo, as many others are preparing for their maternity leave, we welcome Cath, our Deputy General Manager, back from hers.  Her son Jonathan was born on Beaujolais Day last year and she can’t quite believe that she’s back at work already! ‘I really don’t know where the last six months have gone – the only measure I have that time has actually passed is how big Jonathan is getting!’ she says.

It has to be said that Jonathan is indeed a pudding, and the spitting image of his Daddy, Antonio.  Apparently he sleeps well and is as laid back as you can get – clearly his father’s son on every level in that case!  He also idolises his big sister Maya, which currently is a mutual thing although Maya did ask the other day whether ‘Mami could make a little sister’ for her…

New Kid on the Block

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Hi everyone! My name is Cheryl Entwistle and I’ve just joined The Dragon Hotel as Conference & Events Manager. It’s only my second week here so I’m still settling in and getting to know everyone and I really appreciate the help and support I have had so far so thank you! Since graduating I’ve built up an interesting career within tourism and hospitality predominantly within the conference and events industry, having worked in both hotels and a University.

I’m originally from Liverpool (and I’ve heard all the jokes!) but have lived in South Wales now for over six years after spending some time living in Spain and Leeds.

I have two cats, Ribena and Sparko, and I love Chinese food! I will be having my very first fake tan this week in preparation for my Dad’s wedding at the weekend so wish me luck!

Paperwork, Payslips & Parties!!

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Well hello once again from the Accounts and Administration department here at the Dragon Hotel!!  We have been busy bees as usual keeping the bills paid and the paperwork up to date….

What a horrible May it’s been so far with the soggy weather, so much so that we have all been quite happy holed up in the dungeons working!!  It was Kelly’s (Admin) Birthday last week and so cakes were number one on the list of priorities and how we indulged!  Well it would have been rude not to hey!!

Our account manager Helen now has a fully completed brand new kitchen, so her stress levels have now come down to nearly normal (well she does have to work with us!).  Her biggest thrill so far has been opening the dish washer after it’s finished and seeing the gleaming dishes!! Somebody needs to get out more…and of course no one is allowed to use anything in case they dirty it!!!

…and so we continue on, always willing with pen in hand and calculator at the ready, the cogs in the machine, the hamsters in the wheel….the..oh you get the picture!! Until next time avid readers, lets have a sunny June!!