Silver Ragdale work anniversary for Anne
If you’ve been coming to Ragdale for some time, as many of you have, you may well have seen this lady, Anne Williams, during your visit. We’re delighted to announce Anne has just celebrated reaching the landmark of 25 years as a member of Ragdale Hall staff.
Now based in our Housekeeping team, Anne started at Ragdale Hall as a part-time waitress back in 1990, just before it was taken over by current owners, Michael Isaacs and the Nesbitt family.
Anne’s eldest daughter was already working in the restaurant while studying and brought home an application form for her. The newly-appointed Food and Beverage manager of the time, Hugh Wilson (now Hotel Director), offered her a job and she started working at lunch times in the Restaurant.
Anne remembers well the difference in the dining experience back then to what it is today. “In those days, people came to Ragdale to lose weight so guests were limited to approximately 800 calories,” she said. “We served a lot of salad, and many people would ask me where they could get a bar of chocolate!”
As Anne’s children grew up, she took on more hours and eventually became Coffee Bar Supervisor where she worked for many years. During that time, all four of her children worked at Ragdale, in various departments.
In 2009 Anne moved to the Housekeeping Department where she has been ever since. But some things never change and she is still keeping our guests well fed because, amongst many other tasks, it’s her job to collect the breakfast menus and order all the food ready to be served the next morning.
So what has kept Anne at Ragdale all these years? We’re very pleased to hear she believes it’s her colleagues. She also says working around quite a few young people keeps her feeling young herself – and it’s a good job because in 25 years working at one of the UK’s top health spas she has never had a treatment. Apparently, it’s just not her thing!