Weetwood’s rising star toasts to success after winning accolade

(Left to right: Huw Southcott, Head of Hospitality and Catering at Leeds City College, Lukasz Opilowski, Conference Operations Manager at Weetwood Hall)

Weetwood Hall toasted to success at a glittering awards ceremony this month, after fighting off stiff competition and scooping an accolade for the determination and hard work of one of its team members.

Conference Operations Manager, Lukasz Opilowski, was honoured to win the Rising Star Award  at the Leeds Hotels and Venues Association’s (LHVA) awards on Thursday 12th June at Leeds United’s Centenary Pavilion, that celebrate the best in service from over 30 hotels and venues across the city.

The awards celebrate exceptional talent in all aspects of hospitality. The categories are Team of the Year, Customer Service, Rising Star, Bright Idea and Mentor. Awards are only given to the best of the best in the hospitality industry.

Lukasz joined Weetwood Hall as a Conference Porter in 2006, and has since worked his way up the ranks to team leader and then Conference Operations Supervisor. He successfully secured his current post as Conference Operations Manager in April of this year.

Michael Longstaff, Director of Operations at Weetwood Hall, said: “I would like to congratulate Lukasz on this great success and believe it is well and truly deserved. Lukasz’s evident commitment to the team, business and customers shines through and all who come into contact with him remark upon his ‘can do’ attitude, knowledge and flexibility.

Lukasz said: “I am delighted to have won the Rising Star Award and would like to thank Weetwood Hall for the opportunity to develop my skills and to grow my career. The awards were great fun and provided a chance for our team to celebrate in style. Here’s hoping for next year’s awards!”  

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Historical blue plaque marks 21 years in business

(Left to right: Martin Hicks, Managing Director of Weetwood Hall, Sheila Griffiths, former Leeds University warden, John Stoddart-Scott, Chairman of Weetwood Hall).

The 21st business anniversary of Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel in Leeds has been marked this week by a historical Blue Plaque unveiling and a celebratory dinner for key clients and partners.

The University of Leeds bought the estate in 1919 with the house becoming a hall of residence up until the 1990s when it was reinvented as a hotel and conference centre.

Sheila Griffiths, former halls of residence warden during the 1960s and 70s, unveiled the plaque with the help of Leeds Civic Trust and reflected on her time at Weetwood Hall.

Martin Hicks, Managing Director at Weetwood Hall, said: “We are proud to have celebrated 21 years in business and to have that marked by a very significant plaque that acknowledges the history contained within the walls of Weetwood Hall. Thank you to all of those that have played a part in the success of the business and helped us to provide outstanding service for all of these years.”

Dr Kevin Grady, Director of Leeds Civic Trust, said: “Weetwood Hall and its owners and residents have played a significant role in the history of Leeds since the 17th century. The Trust is very pleased to be able to celebrate its very varied and interesting history with a blue plaque. For many former students of the University of Leeds, such as myself, it is very well remembered as a small but characterful women’s hall of residence.”

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4th Airedale Cubs nurture nature at Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel

Airedale have been nurturing their nature knowledge and putting their DIY skills into practise at Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel this winter.

The children have tidied the hotel grounds as part of their environmental badge, conducted a nature and wildlife survey towards the cub ‘animal carer badge’ and have hand-crafted wooden bird boxes which have been installed by the cubs in the hotel grounds.

The partnership between 4th Airedale Cubs and Weetwood Hall was set up by Ian Patrick, owner of Sterling Joinery, a company that carries out various contracts for the hotel.

Lin Patrick, Cub Leader, said: “The cubs absolutely loved their time at Weetwood Hall – it provided a fantastic place for them to learn about nature and wildlife and we will definitely be returning next year to check on the new bird box residents. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with the hotel and carrying out further activities with their support.”

Michael Longstaff, General Manager at Weetwood Hall said: “We are delighted that we could offer the cubs a place to learn more about nature and the environment and thoroughly enjoyed working with them. We are looking forward to any future activities and to supporting them all we can.”

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