Our search for community champions continues

We are planning a special summer garden party for 60 community champions in Cumbria and North Lancashire, and would like our local community to get involved.

Broadcaster Eric Robson will host the event at Low Wood Bay on the shores of Windermere  to celebrate our 60th anniversary.

Low Wood Bay Lawns right on the shore of Lake Windermere

Anyone can nominate someone they feel deserves special recognition for the work they do in the local community.

The community champions could be carers, volunteers in local hospitals, those who give up their time to run local youth groups or people who help protect the environment. They may be people who raise vital funds for local charities or who help organise key community events. Continue reading

A Grand Garden Party to Toast Community Champions

We are marking our 60th anniversary by launching a search to find Cumbria and North Lancashire’s community heroes. We want people from across the region to nominate anyone they feel deserves special recognition for the work they do in the local community.

The Family business began 60 years ago with the purchase of our first hotel the Low Wood

2012 is a landmark year for us and we want to celebrate our big day with some of the unsung heroes who help to make this region so special. They are the people who make Cumbria and North Lancashire a better place to live, work and visit.  Continue reading

Celebrating Life!

In the days leading up to Children’s Hospice Week, 18th – 25th May, it was a privilege to visit two of our local Children’s Hospices. Derian House in Chorley and Eden Valley near Carlisle. These are two of the fifty hospices around the UK providing a lifeline service to the families of around 24,000 children and young people in the country with life shortening conditions.

Janette Berry, English Lakes, and Michelle Lemm, The Wild Boar presenting a cheque for £3,000 to Eden Valley Hospice.

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World-class convention centre at Low Wood Bay

An artist's impression of Low Wood Bay and the new Convention Centre

Update (02/05/12) We are pleased to announce the plans for a sustainable world-class convention centre at Low Wood Bay have been given the green light following the Lake District National Park Authority’s development control committee meeting today. The plans passed with a 12 to 1 majority vote in favour of the exciting development.

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A +1 Wedding to Remember

Take a beautiful young Receptionist from Low Wood Bay, a soldier home from duty, a tight timescale, slim budget and stunning location mix them together with the highly professional Low Wood Bay team add a generous helping of +1 acts of kindness and you have … another Low Wood Bay fairy tale wedding!

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The Puppy That Keeps on Giving … £30,000 raised to date!

Sam, ready to play at Low Wood Bay

Cute, lovable, a faithful friend and the puppy that keeps on giving! Welcome, our new look Sam!

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Moving to Kenya to work in an orphanage

Elliot Berry in Kenya

Elliot Berry in Kenya

English Lakes is a proud supporter of Open Arms International and we are pleased to announce Elliot Berry is currently  preparing to journey to Kenya to counsel orphaned children.

Elliot, 21, from Troutbeck, plans to stay permanently and work with children living in the Open Arms International village near Eldoret, in the far west of the East African country.

The village offers a home and education to children who have been orphaned, abandoned or removed from their own homes due to conflict, neglect or abuse.

Elliot spent three months working at the village two years ago and the experience inspired him to return.

Elliot’s move to Kenya follows the completion of a new orphan home at the village, built with £45,000 raised by staff and directors here at English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues. Elliot’s parents – his father Simon is chairman and managing director of English Lakes – recently returned from a visit to the orphanage as part of its official opening.

The new house will be home to up to 19 children, together with two ‘house parents’ who will move in with their own children.

The village currently looks after approximately 45 children. It has a number of orphan homes, a school, farm, a medical centre and accommodation for visitors. Elliot will be staying in separate accommodation nearby.

Elliot Berry in Kenya with Open Arms International

Elliot will work with Open Arms International

Simon says: “I am really proud of Elliott. He is an intelligent, determined and kind young man and the work he will be doing in Kenya will be incredibly valuable.

“I am also delighted that he will be working with Open Arms; it is a fantastic charity, and one that our family has supported for some years now. “

Elliot is going to be totally self-funded when he is in Kenya, so he needs to raise money to pay for his flights, accommodation, food and living expenses. He has organised a fundraising dinner at Low Wood Bay on 24 February and is hoping to raise £10,000.

Tickets are £30 each and guests will enjoy a four-course dinner with a presentation by Elliot about the Open Arms International project. There will be a raffle, silent auction and opportunity to pledge support, there will also be some traditional Kenyan entertainment.

To get a ticket or for more information on Elliot’s move please contact him on 07747560294.