Tone Dale House, the Palladian style home of the Fox family, was the ideal setting for the April networking meeting of the Wellington Business Association, reports chairman Ian Stock. Built around 1800 as the home for the owners of the nearby woollen mill, Tone Dale House has been carefully restored by the present owners, retaining the original character but making no comprise on comfort, warmth and cleanliness.
Welcoming members to the house were Ian Stock, Chair of the WBA, and Peter Insall, of the Big House Co, which runs Tone Dale House as an ideal location for weddings, parties, holidays and corporate events. Members were free to explore the house with its many antiques and Fox family portraits and memorabilia.
Ben Fox, who as a child virecalls visiting his grandparents at tone Dale House, gave WBA members a fascinating insight in the running of the registered charity On Your Bike, which he set up to restore second hand bicycles, with the help of volunteers, many of whom are disadvantaged, homeless, unemployed & young people. Ben explained the importance of running the social enterprise as a business, as this gave the volunteers an understanding of the business world, at the same time as providing them with a purpose, self-esteem and a skill.
The next Wellington Business Association meeting is 22nd May, starting at 6pm. The venue is the recently re-opened The Dolphin, 37 Waterloo Road, Wellington, when the speaker will be Martin Reader, Headmaster at Wellington School, the third largest employer in the town, who will discuss the ins and outs of running the school as a business.