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Thursday, 19 August 2010

I'm delighted to report that the weather did  improve for the New Forest Show and I was able to escape from work and enjoy a day relaxing whilst watching some of the excellent displays, one by the gun dogs and another by the Cossacks of the Devils Horsemen who were the star act of the three day event.  I was also able to enjoy a glass of champagne with friends in the Members Enclosure. The New Forest Show is always a great event and if you are thinking of coming  next year it will be held on July 26th - 28th so put it in your diary.

On Thursday August 12th I attended the launch of Women 1st Femail Chef Development programme at the Dorchester Hotel in London. It was launched by Michael Caines one of Britain's most acclaimed chefs. He was AA Chef's Chef of the year in 2007, awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to hospitality as well as having 2 Michelin Stars. Michael lost his right arm in a car accident in 1994 but was back to work part time after two weeks and full time after 4 weeks. Not only is he an inspiration with his positive attitude and determination to not let adversity affect his career but also a charming and down to earth man. He spoke so much sense at the event and recognised that although the hospitality industry is trying to encourage more young women to become chefs it will be challenging for them. I am a great supporter of Women 1st and women in business and of trying to encourage women of all ages to face challenges and take opportunities that are presented to them. Women 1st is part of People 1st the sector skills council for hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism who are trying to elevate the female leaders of tomorrow in the hospitality industry.

As  a woman who has overcome adversity my story is being covered in the October issue of Good Housekeeping. I hope my story will encourage young women to reach their full potential and to never give up. This opportunity was presented  to me by Emmett & Smith a PR company in London who represent Women 1st and I can thoroughly recommend them to anyone who is looking for an excellent PR company to represent their company.

On Friday September 24th The Cloud Hotel is taking part in the The World's Biggest Coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Everyone is welcome to come to the Cloud Hotel between 10-30am and
11-30am to enjoy a cup of coffee and sample one of our delicious homemade chocolate brownies. It's an opportunity to catch up with friends as well as raise funds for a worth while cause.

I can't believe it's nearly September but it is one of my favourite months. The children have returned to school and there is a calm about the month. The days can be warm and sunny but the evenings are beginning to draw in and get cooler. Autumn is on it's way!

Although our 4 day Christmas Break is fully booked the Pre Christmas lunch and dinner menus are now available. We are already taking bookings from December 1st -24th so if you have a specific date in mind for your Pre Christmas celebrations please call to book  as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.