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Who are we - Lisa, Graham, Gypsy and Billy

Lisa and Graham [Ellis], Gypsy and Billy. Gypsy is a lurcher - a Staffie / Greyhound crossbreed (we think) and Billy is a Greyhound - don't know if he's totally purebred. Both came to us as "rescue"s - Gypsy about 4 years ago from the Dog's Trust in Newbury, and Billy from Bristol DAWG (Dog Action Welfare Group) who specialise in Greyhound and greyhound cross rehoming. Although many, many greyhounds have to be rehomed after they are retired or rejected from the world of greyhound racing, especially from Ireland, our two have never been formal racers and indeed Billy came to us as a youngish dog, but with an already-eventful set of life experiences.

We live in Melksham, Wiltshire - in a big old semidetatched house (a listed building!) on the outskirts of town, with a public footpath running to one side that leads out to fields that you'll see in many of our pictures. We have a reasonable sized back garden too - but not one that's big enough for Billy to get up to full speed. Lisa has a "home office" and is based there as the backroom part of our business which is...

I'm an IT trainer. I run niche courses all around the UK and sometimes beyond about half the time, and the other half of the time people come to us for training. From a room at home, we've expanded to our own training centre about a kilometre up the road, where we have five guest bedrooms. Initially for delegates, we expanded to take other guests visiting the town to work at other companies, then to take people visiting friends and relatives in the town, and finally to accept general leisure bookings. We're very popular for people who want a nice room, a quiet base and a healthy breakfast. No bar, no cooked breakfast, no children. But we do take dogs ...

OK... a lot of people used to come to Melsham to take our courses by train, but then the schedule was changed and that blew a hole in what we could offer. I felt the case hadn't been fully looked at, so set up a campaign to get it looked at, analysed, put right and kept right. We're on step 3 of 4 of that.

And people like what we were doing on the train stuff, and have asked me to get involved in the Chamber of Commerce, where I'm President at the moment, and on the community operations board for the new council campus in the town. We've opened a little museum for Melksham (filling another void) and cafe, and we encourage visitors any afternoon. Come in the morning, we won;'t turn you away.

Web sites:
training courses
hotel
hotel - Trip Advisor reviews
train services / activities
trains - passenger forum
museaum - Well House Collection
Chamber of Commerce

Written when an "intro" post got out of hand!
(written 2013-10-07, updated 2013-10-12)

 
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  [3961] Well House Staff Party - (2012-12-22)
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  [3490] How not to call when job seeking ... - (2011-10-20)
  [3460] Flying Colours! - (2011-09-28)
  [3425] Our National Autograss Champion, from Melksham - (2011-09-08)
  [3311] Exhilarating day! - (2011-05-30)
  [3212] Well House Manor - a home from home for the business and leisure guest in Melksham - (2011-03-26)
  [3201] A change to the Well House team - thank you and good luck, Chris - (2011-03-14)
  [3103] Thank you - and Happy Christmas - (2010-12-24)
  [3051] Positively reforming the system - could it be done? - (2010-11-14)
  [2960] The Well House team - September 2010 - (2010-09-19)
  [2934] Not so much software training - more hotel keeping! - (2010-08-25)
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  [2772] Graham Ellis - Summary of Training Record - (2010-05-21)
  [2566] Excellent staff make for excellent hotel - (2010-01-07)
  [2164] Updating my public profile - Graham Ellis - (2009-05-09)
  [2050] Why the Pony Tail? - (2009-02-21)
  [2044] Please Trouble me - (2009-02-16)
  [2009] The Royal Mail Receipt - (2009-01-26)
  [1324] Well House Manor appoints a General Manager - (2007-08-28)
  [1141] A strong team broadens the professional coverage - (2007-04-10)
  [1083] Behind the scenes - (2007-02-17)
  [1065] Graham Ellis - an Introduction - (2007-02-05)
  [1002] Meet the neighbours - (2006-12-20)
  [972] Both one team and two - (2006-12-08)
  [895] Welcome, Martin - (2006-10-16)
  [862] 4 weeks to go - (2006-09-11)
  [578] Woman screaming at me - (2006-01-26)
  [393] Trainer answers phone - (2005-07-28)
  [371] The training team that's looking out for you - (2005-07-07)
  [185] Who am I? - (2005-01-21)
  [168] Welcoming Leah Davies to our team - (2005-01-04)
  [88] Getting the right level of trainer - (2004-10-14)
  [41] A Thousand and four words - (2004-09-07)
  [10] What do you look for in your IT trainer? - (2004-08-10)

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  [4526] Day trip to Lancaster - (2015-10-10)
  [4517] Black dog day - and Bobby still seeks his new home - (2015-09-26)
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  [4417] Crisp morning, fast run - (2015-02-06)
  [4333] Misty Melksham Morning - (2014-11-30)
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  [3936] Lisa is home today ... - (2012-11-26)
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  [3737] Postcards from Barmouth - (2012-05-20)
  [3675] Spring 2012 - (2012-03-30)
  [3674] Off to walk the dogs - (2012-03-30)
  [3625] An update on Billy the Greyhound and Gypsy the Lurcher - (2012-02-25)
  [3606] Gypsy and Billy enjoy the snow - (2012-02-10)
  [3561] Happy Christmas ... a Christmas morning walk in Melksham - (2011-12-25)
  [3553] Changes to morning routines - (2011-12-16)
  [3541] I loves Melksham - (2011-12-06)
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  [547] Taking the dog for a walk - (2005-12-29)
  [96] Variable Scope - (2004-10-22)
  [62] Technical Open House - (2004-09-25)


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