Want to know how our staff help us in our quest to be green? Scroll down the page or follow this link to find out.Railholiday began rescuing derelict carriages and converting them into holiday accommodation in 1996 - the story behind the business can be read on our Railholiday History Page. Since the early days our team has grown to become a multi talented and varied one. Here are our core staff;
The St Germans Team
From left to right below; John Stroud is our most senior member, chief paint stripper and up-cycler, as well as photographer. With a great knowledge of organic plant care Lil Lanyon is our Friday gardener but her talents include book making, so she also gets drawn into mail shots and card making. Ben is our apprentice. He has been coming on holiday with us since the age of four and on work experience since he was twelve. Ben has now moved from Immingham to work with us permanently and is being trained up in all areas of practical work. Melissa is Ben’s partner and joins us on Friday for pasty lunch with baby Elliot.
Nicki Watts (Lizzy's sister) is in charge of keeping the carriages spick and span, but can also put her hand to almost anything else, from digger driving to window frame construction. Frankie Lister (Lizzy's Mum) has had years of experience as an environmental advisor and helps to guide the business in green affairs, as well as keeping us stocked with delicious Cornish Apple juice. With Tony Lister (Lizzy's Dad) they also run Kerensa Aval Cornish Apple Juice. Tony gets involved on a practical level, making fences, delivering dung and keeping Mevy's vegetable patch stocked.
Since our neice Tamsin West, pictured in the staff party photo above, left for university, we have had the multi-talented Emily helping Lizzy in the office for a few hours each week. Kath Revell will set her hand to any task asigned, from stuffing envelopes to filling and painting. Kath also keeps the staff healthy with her weekly Tai Chi sessions. Ruby is Kath’s daughter and helps out during the university holidays.
The Hayle TeamAbsent from the gathering is our wonderful caretaker in Hayle Bob Lewis. Bob is truly reliable and helpful, sorting out any problems that arise and making sure everything is right for our guests when they arrive in Harvey.
The Railholiday Support TeamWhile these are our core staff, there are many others who help along the way, and several local tradespeople without whom we would struggle, including Ben Patrick, our wonderful work experience lad of several years, Paul Ager; Blacksmith, Richard Elliott; electrician, Jacqui Gratton; marketing advisor, Dave Lock; landscape gardener, Paul and Selina Luscombe Luscombe Upholstery Lara Kleckham; environmental advisor, Mike Eastment; plumber, Brian Hoskin; artist, Katy Havelock; sign writer and Irene Vidal Cal, who has been producing fabulous artwork for us under the Falmouth University postgraduate placement scheme. In addition we have numerous friends who help us out when deadlines loom, to whom we are always very grateful! Pictured below are a few of these many helpers at a party we held to celebrate completing Mevy.
We are a very small company that is very much in the community, and recruit by word of mouth people suited for the job who could be open to sharing an interest in green issues. Below are a few ways we keep our staff green.