August News from Min y Don
Hi there!
It is Josh here once again with a monthly round up of life at Min y Don.

April has brought with it a range of different groups, weather that is arguably just as varied, and a twist in the saga of the missing paper guillotine that is more surprising than a snap election!

Groups

The month started with a visit from the Ceredigion Methodist Youth Groups who have been congregating at Min y Don for their annual weekend away for over ten years. This was followed by a week with St Peter & St Paul’s School who were on their 15th visit, and a weekend with St Mark’s youth group who were with us for the second time.

We really enjoy seeing these groups each year and whilst we are always excited to welcome people to Min y Don for the first time, it is quite special and a privilege to have groups who visit us time and time again.


Families

Over the Easter Holidays we held two Easter Family weeks, but due to schools across the UK adopting slightly different timings for their Easter Holidays, the first week was fully booked and the second was much quieter. We had a lot of fun on both weeks though and whilst the first was lively and bubbling, the second was tailored more specifically to our guest’s preferences.


Whilst on the subject of Families at Min y Don, this month we were able to fill the last few rooms on our Summer Holiday family weeks. So whilst there are still a few spaces left on The Ultimate Adventure, this summer is set to be another busy one for us – just what we like!

Staff Training

Building on the training opportunities that the team had earlier in the year, Briony completed her six day Mountain Leader training course and Harry, Joe & Joy attended their Single Pitch Award (Rock Climbing qualification) training course ahead of their assessment in a few months’ time.


It seems that every time I come to write the newsletter the Instructors have achieved another level of qualification and this is credit to the effort and hard work that has been put in by both themselves and the senior instructors training them.

Projects

I seems like an impossible task to seamlessly transition from the glamorous world of outdoor pursuits and its much idolised instructors to the relatively mundane office systems – but here we go…

We have also been really excited to launch our new online booking system for families & individuals this month. This means that once a guest has checked availability with us here in the office, they can log on to minydon.com/book to complete a short booking form and pay a deposit. Thanks to Dave for helping us to make this big step forward and for revolutionising our world here in the office! Along with the online accounts that allows School groups to manage their bookings, this new booking system is helping us to stay current and adapt to the trends and new ways that our guests go about planning their holidays.

Coming up in May

As we head into a new month we are anticipating visits from five school groups, including one group from northern Italy, and another week of families during the May half term. There are also some more training courses coming up for the team, and we are continuing to consider applications to fill places on the team that will be opening up later in the year. As always we would greatly appreciate it if you could join us in prayer for all these things over the month ahead.

Well done for making it this far. That’s about all for this month, apart from…
 

In other news

  • Few people saw the snap election coming, but absolutely no-one expected the office paper guillotine to mysteriously be returned this month. Missing for two and half years, there is yet to be a confession or explanation.
  • How do you efficiently move 16.5 tonnes of slate waste 200 metres uphill, including up a steep set of steps? Not a clever riddle or GCSE maths exam question but a genuine challenge that Ian is attempting to solve this month.
Thank you to everyone who supports and encourages us. We look forward to being in touch next month when your next edition of Min y Don News will be here.
 
From Josh, Pete & Susie
and all the team here at Min y Don