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For 2023 (and 2024 ...) - we are now fully retired from IT training.
We have made many, many friends over 25 years of teaching about Python, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, Java, C and C++ - and MySQL, Linux and Solaris/SunOS too. Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own risk.

Lisa and I (Graham) now live in what was our training centre in Melksham - happy to meet with former delegates here - but do check ahead before coming round. We are far from inactive - rather, enjoying the times that we are retired but still healthy enough in mind and body to be active!

I am also active in many other area and still look after a lot of web sites - you can find an index ((here))
The changing Hotel and Bed and Breakfast business in Melksham

It still surprises me how quickly things change in the hotel and catering business. But I suppose it shouldn't. When we opened our training centre in Melksham in 2000 there were numerous places that course delegates could stay, and were suitable. But by 2005 that had shrunk to a handful, to such an extent that we opened our own hotel in 2006. Up to that point, we maintained a list of local accommodation for delegates, but that's really no longer appropriate for us to do, with 90% of delegates who stay in the area choosing to stay with us, and most of the remaining 10% being placed by their employers at the nearest Premier Inn / Travel Lodge / Holiday Inn because that is where their company always stay.

It shouldn't surprise me, either, at the tremendous changes we've seen in just the first six years at Well House Manor. Our original intent was to provide delegate accommodation, but we now find we're getting quite full on some nights even when no course is running. And with that, we've moved from a tiny team to a team that's still small for what we do - but we do a lot. 16 shifts a week, hotel staffed 7 days a week, from 06:30 / 07:30 to 21:00 / 22:00, with any member of the team pretty well able to deal with every customers needs at any time. We've learned to provide far better customer service too - even though we were pretty good at the start and have built up a clientele of returning guests from early days.

Materially, things change too. What was originally a very fast broadband connection would be regarded as laughably slow today - we're now up to 100 Mbit/ second and going up to 120 Mbit in the next few months (I believe this speed is 3 times BT's Infinity top speed!). One room has already been repainted, and a couple of our rooms are having some refurbishment work done next week to keep them "as new" and replace things that haven't worked quite as well in practice as they should in theory - we're doing these things BEFORE anyone notes that they look at all in need. A new smoking shelter has been installed - a luxury one, and the new lighting is solar powered so that it's away from the entrance, automatic, and welcoming even in the winter.

Our list of local hotels, 2006 vintage, has remained online as a service. Many of the places with a lesser internet present have found it to be a useful source of links / business / information on them, and we work with these people - for old time's sake as well as for the community good. However things change surprisingly quickly in the hotel business - owners move, move out of the B&B business, or pass on and need to be removed from the lists.

And so, the pages remain, but where somewhere is to be removed I'm adding links to this article. It won't remove their presence from so many other sites that have sprung up, it won't clear the Google caches - but it will bring them to this page which provides a current link to someone offering accommodation here in Melksham. And if Well House Manor isn't what they're looking for, I can also provide a link back to the Melksham Hotel website to look at other alternatives.

(written 2012-01-18, updated 2012-11-04)

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M350 - Well House Manor - project diary
  [550] 2006 - Making business a pleasure - (2006-01-01)
  [555] Hotel novelties - (2006-01-05)
  [571] Well House Manor - (2006-01-21)
  [677] Sympathetic development - (2006-04-09)
  [720] Planning a hotel refurb - an example of a Gant chart in PHP - (2006-05-14)
  [721] Residential - (2006-05-15)
  [739] The eye - (2006-05-31)
  [744] We can offer a room, but we can't operate on a dog - (2006-06-05)
  [756] Seeing the bricks for the trees - (2006-06-11)
  [776] Naming Rooms - (2006-06-24)
  [816] Above the parapit, Well House Manor - (2006-07-28)
  [844] Hotel, Melksham, Wiltshire - (2006-08-24)
  [855] Fitting our bathrooms - (2006-09-04)
  [858] From the Manor written - (2006-09-07)
  [862] 4 weeks to go - (2006-09-11)
  [881] Coming together. - (2006-09-29)
  [890] Open - (2006-10-09)
  [894] Where quality costs less - (2006-10-15)
  [902] Brand new hotel and training centre, Melksham - (2006-10-22)
  [931] Before and After - Well House Manor - (2006-11-18)
  [932] A tale of a wee wall - (2006-11-19)
  [941] Snagging - (2006-11-24)
  [1069] Rail trouble forced me to buy hotel - (2007-02-07)
  [1087] Telling a story in different ways - (2007-02-20)
  [1098] Three big events - TWSW, Business of the year and the police - (2007-03-03)
  [1211] A lot has happened in a year - (2007-05-31)
  [1975] Well House Manor Hotel - on plan for 2009 business guests - (2009-01-03)
  [3014] Well House Manor - the next six years - (2010-10-24)
  [3645] Keeping our hotel looking like new, by using our gained experience - (2012-03-09)
  [3847] The Accidental Hotelier - (2012-08-24)
  [3963] National TV - Melksham - 9th January 2013, Pre-alert. - (2012-12-27)
  [3968] Expecting nothing, but prepared for anything - (2013-01-05)
  [4012] A course is not just for a year - its for a career - (2013-02-20)
  [4739] A year of changes for Lisa and Graham Ellis, and Well House - (2017-05-27)

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