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New Beautician on the Block!!

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The late great Audrey Hepburn once wrote….

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness…
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone…
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

Now, that’s all well and good and may indeed make you more beautiful on the inside but sometimes we need a little more help with the outside…and that’s something we can happily take care of here at The Dragon Hotel Healthclub and Spa.

Introducing our fabulous new full time Beauty Therapist Sandra Halfpenny, who is ready and waiting with fantastic facials, marvellous manicures or a mind chilling massage.

Sandra hasn’t been with us for very long but I have to say that her eyebrow shape and tint powers are amazing and age defying facial treatments, wonderfully relaxing.  Her favourite colour is black although she is an extremely colourful and bubbly character, and she would most love to snog George Clooney (wouldn’t we all ladies?).

I’m sure you will all join me in welcoming Sandra to our team at The Dragon Hotel.

Health Club Goes For Gold At The Glyn-Neath Triathlon!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Two of our Health Club employees Andrew Morrissey and Rob Crabtree took part in the Glyn-Neath Triathlon on Sunday 25th September. Rob, who has recently completed a very impressive half iron man race and is a seasoned campaigner of triathlons, was aiming for a top 10 finish, while Andrew who’s a cyclist was aiming to survive.

The race started with a 400 meter indoor swim followed by a 22km cycle and a 3km run. Due to different expected times in the swim we were set off at different times.


Andrew was first to go, with swimming being his weakness he was dreading the swim and this showed. Having struggled through the swim he finally finished the 400m and first transition in just over 13mins. Andrew knew that he would pull a lot of time back on the bike and he did coming in just over 41mins and passing everyone who beat him swimming, however it should also be stated that Andrew dropped his glasses and Garmin while cycling and got stuck behind an annoying slow driver so lost a lot of time (this is not a excuse for Rob beating me just stating the facts and it will also never happen again). He then completed his 3km run in over 13 mins with a finishing time if 1 hour 8 mins coming in 42nd out of 128. “I did enjoy doing my first triathlon however I am very disappointed with my swim and bike; I will carry on swimming but will be concentrating on my bike for my return to France in June”.

Due to Robbeing a far superior swimmer, he set off at a later time. He would be competing against athletes who spend 20-30 hours a week training and have completed Ironman competitions all over the world. Rob started strong in the swim setting a very good pace and putting half a length over his nearest rival. Having realised is pace was too quick he started to slow down, finishing the swim in 2nd place and transition in 7.51. Going into the race Rob knew that out of all three discipline cycling was the weaker but he put in his best performance (some would say lucky but very impressive) finishing 41 mins to stay in contention for a top ten finish.


He then set off on his run and finished in 12min 11secs giving him a overall finishing time of 1 hr 1 min, and coming 18th out of 128. “I was happy with my overall performance but felt that knowing Andrew was also racing I had to push myself to the limit and call on my experience . Overall both we happy to finish but both agreed they could have done better”.

Team Member of the Month – August 2011

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Maria the Magnificent!

It’s time again for us to honour and reward the hard work and effort of one of our team here at The Dragon Hotel!  Sweeping away the rest of the competition, it was a member of the housekeeping department that cleaned up the accolade for this month!! A big congratulations goes to Maria Morgan whose elbows are always greased and ready for action as she diligently dusts and selflessly scrubs away all signs of the night before.. With never a moan or word of complaint she tackles toilets and labours over lobbies, she valiantly vacuums and bravely buffs banisters; it’s all in a days work for the marvellous Maria!

Maria hails from Fforestfach, where she lives with her daughter Lia and 2 dogs.  Her favourite colour is black.  Given the choice she would snog and marry David Beckham (wouldn’t we all ladies?) and avoid at all costs Russell Brand – claiming that he looks like he needs a good wash and hair brush!!

I’m sure you will all join me is saying “Well done Maria” for all your hard work and effort! You would certainly give Kim and Aggie a run for their money!!

Welcome Back Mrs Jones!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

No it’s not a new member of the conference & events team; but our very own Wedding Coordinator who become Mrs Jones on Friday 8th July 2011.

July saw the climax of what has been 16 months in the planning for Siân, used to organising the ‘Big Day’ for other brides. It was now her turn to be centre of attention with her husband Russell and what a day it was, from Singing Waiters to a Caricaturist and a Magician, not forgetting Lottie their dog!

After their fantastic day spent with so many family and friends, what a better way to start married life than with 2 weeks in the Caribbean island of Aruba!  Relaxing on the beach with sunset dinners to deep sea fishing (Siân enjoyed this the best! Seasick sums it up).

Siân has now got back in to her routine but this time as Mrs Jones, she has enjoyed showing us all the photos and the fantastic video.  Now when dealing with new brides she can assure them that they are in good hands, just look at how her wedding turned out, one word; FANTASTIC !

Once again massive Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Jones!

Sian & Russell

Team Member of the Month

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

All Hail Gethyn the Great!

Once again, it’s time for us to honour a Team Member whose actions and efforts have impressed and inspired us.

Gethyn Flying Solo!

Gethyn Flying Solo!

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 July was the lovely Gethyn John – Events Co-ordinator!!

During the month of July, Gethyn has been flying solo in the Conference office due to his partner in crime Sian Jones (formerly Owen) getting married and enjoying her honeymoon.

Sampling the delights in Aruba

Sampling the delights in Aruba

Throughout the month, Gethyn has kept the office and events running smoothly without any hitches or complaints (well he may have grumbled a little bit!) Well done Gethyn!

G-reat attention to detail as he plans his task with ease,

E-ver the professional he always aims to please

T-aking charge of your requirements, no request is too extreme

H-elpful, always busy, a Hotel employer’s dream

Y-our birthday bash or wedding, all your plans served up on a plate

N-ever a job too big or small, just call on Gethyn the Great!

The Dragon Hotel Visits Ffos Las

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

The Dragon Hotel hosted a table at Ffos Las on Thursday 28th July where we soaked up the atmosphere in the Bridals Restaurant.

We had a wonderful 3 course lunch with some of the best views over the racecourse, such a great way to spend the afternoon.

When it came time to place the bets on I have no knowledge on the favourites so I just go for the best looking  jockey but unfortunately that didn’t work in my favour!  However I did come up trumps on Race 2 when I won £25.00. But this was beaten by Helen from Unilever and she placed a £5.00 bet on her lucky number…………No 3 in Race 3 and it came in 1st where she collected her winnings of £100.00.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and I can recommend it to anyone who is thinking of taking a corporate trip there.

Photos of the event will be uploaded  to our facebook page, but here’s a sneak preview:

Ffos Las Racecourse

Ffos Las Racecourse

Our Table at Bridles Restaurant

Our Table at Bridles Restaurant

Helen with her winning slip

Helen with her winning slip


Thursday, July 28th, 2011

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Meet Adele Dunstan, liaison to the stars…

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Our longest serving F&B Supervisor, Adele Dunstan has worked at The Dragon Hotel since 2006.  About to take some annual leave to work as the Artiste Liaison at the Nozstock: The Hidden Valley festival, soon to be taking place in Bromyard, Herefordshire for the 13th year running, Adele has four sisters, including a twin! 

Here’s 60 seconds in her company:

TDH:Tea or Coffee?
AD: Tea

TDH: Red or White?
AD: Red

TDH: Escape in the Park or Proms in the Park?
AD: Proms in the Park

TDH: Early Bird or Night Owl?
AD: Night Owl

TDH: Electric or Acoustic?
AD: Ooh…tough…both?

 TDH: Tent or Caravan?
AD: Tent

TDH: Maths or English?
AD: English

TDH: Cat or Dog?
AD: …Noah’s Ark…

TDH: Madonna or Lady Gaga?
AD: Madonna

TDH: Fruit Salad or Fruit Cake?
AD: As nutty as

TDH: Marmite: Love or Hate?


Congratulations Karly – Team Member of The Month:June

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

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 Supervisor Karly Williams (rapturous applause and much cheering!)

Karly has worked at the Hotel for going on 8 years and although she doesn’t always relish a Monday morning or a Sunday after the Saturday before she has clearly demonstrated that her commitment and determination to her job shines through!

 Some facts that you didn’t know about Karly:

 Her favourite colour is purple, she recently has her most embarrassing moment falling whilst down the beach and grazing her bottom and wasn’t even under the influence of alcohol!! She would:-




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

K-eeping the rooms always gleaming

A-lways wielding the vacuum with pride

R-eaching up for the cobwebs

L-eaving not a speck behind

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

Admin & Accounts – The Squeakquel!

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Accounts & Admin Part 2…….

 Well hasn’t the past 5 weeks just flown by?  We have all been very busy down in our little dungeon under the hotel where we are holed up like the Witches in Hamlet…..dancing around the ever bubbling cauldron we have Head witch Helen, who with a flick of a pen here and wave of her trusty calculator there keeps the accounts department running…ably assisted by fellow crone Kelly 1 who has finally taken all of her exams and will hopefully be a fully fledged Accounting genius by the time we reach part 3! Dancing and prancing around whilst churning out meeting minutes and other administrative wonders is Kelly 2….who is still waiting for Tom Cruise to call and ask her to be his leading lady….(Love potion next on the agenda)

 “What of NormanNorman_0129 (2)” I hear you ask…Helens trusty, fluffy friend.  Well since the last instalment he has gone up in the world and after speaking to his bank manager was able to invest in a new house, much bigger than his previous residence with a window and a door!  He is currently receiving therapy because of abandonment issues following the revelation that his much loved owner (Helen) is going on holiday without him!!! (all together now- “Oooooooh”)  We wish him all the very best with his recovery.

 We are very happy to announce that Hazel, our fellow Accounts Assistant extraordinaire will be returning to us next week following a ‘spell’ away on Maternity Leave (did you see what I did there?) and we shall we very glad to have her back.  Her little boy Killian is adorable and is a well loved baby brother for Kacey her daughter.  Welcome back Hazel!

 Well until the next time avid readers….will Norman ever recover…..will Helen get a tan…..will Kelly 1 pass her exams and will Hazel remember how to make coffee?!!! Tense music…end scene.