Bring Me Sunshine in a Painting!

Morecambe is renowned for many things including two icons, The Midland hotel and the beloved Eric Morecambe, synonymous with the song that crosses the generation gap – ‘Bring Me Sunshine’.

Artist, Neil Eckersley, successfully combines both of these in his painting of that name. When Simon Berry, Chairman and Managing Director of English Lakes saw Neil’s painting, he was quick to purchase the original which now takes pride of place on his office wall.

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Meet the English Lakes Foolers

Many of you keen eyed followers will have spotted our story yesterday (1st April 2014) about “Floatation Over Of Lakes Scheme” affectionately known as “FOOLS”. This story was of course an April Fools Joke. Top fool Ben Berry explains more… 

Ben and Tim's latest April Fool Joke

Ben and Tim’s latest April Fool Joke

 

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World Toilet Day – helping to flush away poverty!

It seems appropriate that on World Toilet Day, Howard from our Maintenance Department is hanging photographs of 16 toilets from around the globe in our ladies and gents toilets within the English Lakes family of hotels.

Tim, Dan and Howard hanging the new toilet twinning certificates at Low Wood Bay

Tim, Dan and Howard hanging the new toilet twinning certificates at Low Wood Bay

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The Annual English Lakes Swimming Gala

Serious Swimming in the Low Wood Club Pool

Serious Swimming in the Low Wood Club Pool

It was the final race, Low Wood Bay WaterBeasts team versus the English Lakes Support Office team. After three of the six swimmers in the relay had gone it was virtually neck and neck and I gently entered the water ready to do my part in the final length and hopefully bring home the Eldoret Shield for the Support Office.

Toddler Ben

Toddler Ben

When growing up I used to be very jealous of all the staff, my dad(now Managing Director), uncle(Estates Director) and Douglas Dale(Operations Director) taking part in the English Lakes swimming gala. I used to spend a lot of my time at the Low Wood Club pool as we lived in the manager’s bungalow on site. But I was never allowed to race. I was a toddler mind… Continue reading

My African Adventure

The Open Arms Village

The Open Arms Village

Following on from our recent update from Elliot, Maria Walker, our reservations manager has some exciting news…

It suddenly dawned on me this morning that in a few short days  I am setting out on an adventure that I expect will probably change my life! And I am very excited.

On the 23rd June I am flying out to Eldoret – Kenya to visit The Open Arms Village for just under 2 weeks. Continue reading

Open Arms: Adjusting to Family Life in the Village

Elliot at the Open Arms Village

Elliot at the Open Arms Village

Life has changed dramatically for Elliot Berry since moving to live and work at Open Arms Village in Eldoret, Kenya last February. At 21 years old, Elliot became ‘Dad’ to eleven  boys, rescued from desperate social conditions. Back in UK recently to catch up with family and friends, Elliot confesses to missing the constant noise level of a house full of lively, healthy, boisterous youth back at the village. Continue reading

Energy Four Ewe – The fun of April 1st

Ben and Tim Berry with Shirley the Sheep

Ben and Tim Berry with Shirley the Sheep

As a family company we really enjoy being in business. It also gives us a long term view to invest in the future and build a sustainable business. Unfortunately Shirley the Sheep is not an investment we are making; it was a light hearted April Fools joke and I hope we got ewe!

Although we aren’t making investments in Eco Sheep we are investing in new Green Technologies for Low Wood Bay and our other fantastic venues. The biomass boiler at The Wild Boar is keeping the inn toasty warm whilst reducing our carbon footprint, so much so we are looking at a further two biomass boilers across the group.  Continue reading