Three Abbey Green is now run by daughter Nici who has had a significant role in the business since 2005 and her husband Alan, who joined the business full time on his retirement from the Army in 2012.
Sue started this family business in 2002 when she bought her first guest house with husband Derek in Bath and has seen the business grow and flourish. You will still see Sue regularly at Three Abbey Green.
Despite being just thirteen, grandson Finlay is also part of the business and loves helping. He was only seven when he was training his father on filling the juice jug – ‘Not so full, dad – the guests always spill it!’. When he is not helping out, he is very busy with school (he loves Maths) and sport (rugby is his main focus at the moment). He also plays the trombone. When he grows up he would like to split his time between running the business and being an international rugby player!!
The family has all come to this business from different backgrounds with different skills. Sue was a teacher but moved on to work in the voluntary sector at a children’s hospital and then a Hospice, Nici was a teacher and Alan had a long career in the Army. We all enjoy the challenge of running our own business and being in charge of our own destiny.
Originally from Poland, Maddy has lived with her partner in Bath for the last five years. Before working for us she had never been employed before. You will recognise her instantly – she is always smiling and has lots of energy. Maddy thrives on being busy and loves to cook, to dance and to read Agatha Christie novels. She is really keen to improve her English, so do stop her for a chat.
Ela moved to Bath from Poland eight years ago. She took a little while to settle in but now loves the vibrancy of Bath’s street scene and the architecture. In Poland, Ela taught six years’ old children. Her teaching skills have been utilised often in the guest house, as she helps to train all our new staff. She is really keen to improve her spoken English, so do please talk to her (slowly).
Sheila first came to Bath almost three years ago on holiday from her home in Madrid to visit her brother. She loved it so much that she decided to stay. She loves walking around Bath and has a great family/social life. Sheila is a joy to have in the guest house – you will always find her running around with a big smile. When she joined our team, she had never cooked in a working environment, but was so willing and eager to learn that we put her on food hygiene course immediately. We love the fact that she wanted to learn how to make the perfect eggs, so at home she practised for weeks. We are still wondering who ate the eggs as Sheila doesn’t like them!
Michelle arrived in July 2018, when she emigrated with seven members of her family from Cape Town. She worked there for eighteen years as a Drum Circle facilitator and therapist in psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and schools. Since Michelle arrived in England, as well as joining our small team, she has started working in a voluntary capacity for the Red Cross and facilitates a Diabetes Prevention Clinic. In her ‘spare’ time, she handmakes Dream Catchers – if you want to know more, try to catch her while she’s at work in Three Abbey Green.
Loraine is Michelle’s sister. She emigrated from South Africa in August 2018 with her husband and mother-in-law, to join her son Bill, who runs Sixes and Sevens just opposite the guest house in Abbey Green. Loraine used to run her own small bakery from home, making and decorating cakes. She particularly enjoys making cakes for special occasions. Trained a s a nurse, Loraine enjoys coaching swimming, painting, drawing, crochet – anything crafty. She just loves to be busy – Three Abbey Green can certainly help with that!
At only twenty, Valentine is our youngest member of staff. She is in the second year of three years studying Fashion Design, a course which she is loving. Home for Valentine is a small village near Geneva and she speaks English, French, Spanish, German and Swiss German. We shall be utilising these skills with our guests and staff, alike. When Valentine has finished her degree, she would love to travel extensively – her dream is to learn about handmade, artisan products in other cultures.