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Christmas and New Year
Resources from the web site of Well House Consultants on the subject of Christmas and New Year. We provide open source training course and business hotel accommodation in Melksham, Wiltshire, England

Our training and hotel 'high' season is 11 months long - we get just a month's low season - the latter half of December and the first half of January - and during that time there's so much happening away from the accommodation and courses, much of which you'll find in this Christmas and New Year section.
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4227Happy Christmas from the Well House Manor team
A very happy Christmas from the Well House Manor team. We've enjoyed having you stay with us in 2013 and look forward to seeing you again in 2014.                 Pictures by Rachel, for our company Christmas meal - a great evening at the Greyhound in ...
4364Christmas day in Melksham
A rare day (almost) off as Rachel took the breakfasts and hotel service, and no new guests are expected (thank you Rachel) ... and a quiet Christmas with Lisa and Dad, Billy and Gypsy. On call this evening ... but all is quiet. And back to work for boxing day breakfast, with room changes and then ...
4365The changing face of Christmas
Christmas day was spend queitly at home - or, rather, mostly at home. A couple of brief trips of 6 miles each way to Devizes to pick up dad and bring him around for a Christmas Dinner, there being no bus service to use either one way or the other, which is what we do for most visits. I cooked most of ...
4363A quiet evening in Melksham - awaiting Santa
4357Seeing Christmas Coming to Melksham
Billy, Gypsy, Lisa and I went out last night to see how Melksham's preparing for Christmas           ...
4329Does Santa Claus need a CRB check?
My correspondence with a local council .... The TransWilts Community Rail Partnership has arranged for Santa Claus to be in the waiting room at Swindon Station on one weekend day in December when the train from Westbury arrives, and to meet with the children and their parents / guardians before it ...
2486Santa Special - Trowbridge and Melksham to Swindon
This is an archived article from 2009! ... Santa is back again on 14th December 2014 ... see http://twcrp.info/santa Santa Claus will be on the "TransWilts" train from Trowbridge and Melksham to Swindon on Sunday, 6th December, organized by the Melksham Railway Development Group. Santa's been a regular ...
4235Sharing my personal best of 2013
Best day - wedding of my daughter Kim to Kyle, 22nd August [link] Best friend - Lisa [link] Best team - ours at Well House Manor [link] Best course subject to teach - Python (but that's a close-run decision!) [link] Best Well House Manor event - a tie between the Edwardian afternoon with croquet, ...
3957The week before Christmas
"Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." - Clement Clarke Moore, 23rd December 1823 [link] "Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the day Not a moment was left to post here in my regular way" - Graham Ellis, 19th December ...
3535Melksham, Luxury Hotel Rooms, Christmas.
Are your family coming to visit you in Melksham over the Christmas period? Do you have room for them to stay wtih you at home? If you're going to be a bit cramped, why not have them stay with us at Well House Manor? We're a quiet business hotel just a few hundred yards from the Market Square, and ...
3765Christmas in June? Melksham hotel bookings and Santa train
They say that Christmas planning comes earlier and earlier each year and indeed earlier today - 15th June and even before the longest day - I have been asked a couple of questions Well House Manor will be open over Christmas, as we have for the last couple of years. Our quiet hotel provides an ideal ...
3562Christmas Day - for unique pictures
Christmas Day is ... an opportunity to take some pictures that would be impossible for the rest of the year. Early in the morning, and in the evening, streets are uniquely empty. I drove up to Devizes to pick up Dad during the morning, took him back up there in the evening, and took the opportunity ...
3561Happy Christmas ... a Christmas morning walk in Melksham
A Happy Christmas, everyone. Now that we've moved on from the "Children" to the "Grand Children" phase of life, Christmas has moved on too. Our own kids are playing hopscotch from one set of Grand-s and in-Laws to the next and juggling with the political decisions of who to join for Christmas lunch, ...
3557Melksham Christmas Lights - Town, Shops and Private Houses
Melksham's Christmas Lights Team has done the town proud this year - I took a late evening walk around last night, and the amazing digital cameras that we do not have allow us to record them too. And there are some beautifully dressed shop windows, and quite a few private houses which add to the decorative ...
3538Santa Train - another successful trip - 4th December 2011
Today was the "Santa Special" outing from Melksham ... some 140 people gather at Melksham Station ... The train was especially extended for us ... up to three carrages. And thank godness - for we would have been tightly squeezed with less. Santa had gifts for all the children - and of course the ...
3530A typical weekend??
On Friday, We visited a town near Sharpness and met Billy - a Greyhound / Summat cross - who's had a hard life already in his first two years. On Saturday, Lisa from the Bristol Dog Action Welfare Group visited us to have a look at our place (and us) to check that we were suitable foster parents. And ...
3116Are there newspapers on New Years Day? Do the shops open on Easter Sunday? Do trains run at Christmas?
In England, newspapers are published every day of the year, except Christmas Day ... and that's been the case since 1912, as you can see from this old post from the New York Times. Train services in England run every day of the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day (26th December). And shops in ...
3110The days after Christmas
The period between Christmas and the New Year is a quiet one for business - and it gives us a chance to catch up on a few lot of things, and to recharge our batteries too. Picture, earlier today, Lisa and Graham getting mixed up between work and play, and Gypsy asking which of us is going ...
3095The Christmas Season has arrived
Remember that song - "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas". Well - in many ways it feels like it's already the Christmas holiday. There's snow on the ground, traffic is quieter, and it's bitterly cold. Phones are quieter (that's largely because we've changed our phone company and our number ...
3101The week before Christmas
The canal at Devizes earlier today as we passed through. You'll see from the ice that we weren't passing through by boat, nor was anyone else From the Perl for larger projects training course - a diagram to illustrate the problem of "diamond relationships". This is where a module "a" loads a module ...
2978Christmas 2010 - Well House Manor, Melksham, Hotel
Well House Manor will be open throughout the Christmas and New Year period, and we'll be delighted to welcome guests who are in the area to visit friends and family, to see the Christmas Illuminations, or just looking for a few days away. We'll be offering a quiet location - no parties or banquet meals ...
2549Christmas Day ...
... in pictures ...
2543Day and night at Christmas
In the centre of Melksham, you'll find an illuminated sign saying "Melksham at Christmas" and another pointing you to Longford Road - a street of fairly typical 1950s or 1960s houses about half a mile away. Let's see what we find at Longford Road ... Here's a daytime picture taken just the other day ...
2528Melksham Christmas Lights
It's December ... and the Christmas lights are coming out. A tree appears here, a string of lights there, and the odd magic wand to say "this is a special time of the year". (It was special in previous years too - {link}) But this is Melksham, and Christmas lights here are special - the construction ...
2529Santa Special, 2009
Exhausting .. but rewarding ... day It must be nearly Christmas Pictures ... added on 7th December ...
980Street Scene
Pre-Christmas street scene in Melksham. Some of the locals decorate their houses and the other locals come around and look over the gates. The point of it? Festive fun, and collecting for charity. Lights are on from dusk until 22:00 until 5th January. Longford Road, Melksham. Further pictures in ...
1914It must be nearly Christmas
Crowds waiting to join the "Santa Special" at Melksham; on the train with Santa, and Longford Road, Melksham - the Christmas lights. All pictures taken on the evening of 30.11.2008. Update - December 2009 New Official Melksham Christmas lights page here. ...
1952Small Print
From an email just received: This message and any associated files, is intended only for the purpose of conveying SEASONS GREETINGS to the individual or entity (gosh that's rude - ENTITY!!!) to which it is addressed and does not contain information that is confidential, subject to copyright or legal ...
Happy Christmas!Guess who's around tonight! ...
1942Christmas scenes and events
Melksham's Market Square hosts a Christmas Tree each year, and there are lights on the Town Hall. Although it's still a fortnight to the big day, Christmas Parties are in full swing ... indeed, both Lisa and I were out last Thursday evening, and we hosted an event at Well House Manor the following morning. ...
1931Frosty Morning, foggy evening
A frosty morning here in Melksham. This is actually yesterday's picture - taken in our garden with the Christmas berries and the haw frost - headed for Bath and the Christmas Market A long day - back on a delayed evening bus (25 minutes late from Bath - good Ole First!) that dropped us at the end of ...
1484A christmas message
Happy Christmas everyone! ...
1483What have hotels and bananas got in common?
They don't stop for Christmas! ... The bananas go on ripening, and we have breakfasts and checkins to do tomorrow! ...
1481The Christmas Letter
It's become fashionable at this time of year in certain circles to write a newsletter to tell all those people with whom you remain in touch only at Christmas what's been happening with you and your family all year. I confess that I'm reminded of the film "as good as it gets" with some of these letters, ...
146210 training days to Christmas.
There are just ten training days left to Christmas ... and I have four courses to give. Next Monday to Wednesday, I'm running a public Tcl course that's followed by a Tk course on Thursday and Friday. It's a bit late for me to advertise the Tcl (!) but actually our hotel is full so any more places ...
953Christmas in November
Does Christmas come earlier each year? Melksham's Christmas lights are up! To be fair, they were just testing them last night when I took this sneak preview, and they won't be switched on until Santa comes on 2nd December. Come to think of it ... that's only a few days away! ...
541Christmas is for everyone
Our amongst the holiday-season crowds yesterday ... we took in the Charles Dicken's Chistmas Carol at Midday at the local theatre, and in the afternoon took the streetcar to Pier 39. Tyler's first time in San Francisco, and he sucked in the place - the sealions, the shops, the arcades, the view out to ...
543The world didn't stop for Christmas
Walking along streets yesterday it was quieter than usual - save for the people asking for money who seemed to be around in even greater numbers than usual. Perhaps that's because people are more generous to them at Christmas so they're all out - or perhaps it's simply because they've got fewer people ...
161Christmas break
For the next 10 days, I'm taking a Christmas break from Open Source training. A time with friends and family and recharging batteries ... although I'm sure that I'll be on line from time to time. Posts to "The Horse's Mouth" will be less frequent until the New Year - it's just not the season that most ...
Topics covered in this module
Santa Special and Melksham lights.
Christmas and Boxing days.
New Year celebrations.
Twelveth night.
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