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Dawsons Cake Smash Competition

Dawson’s Cake Smash Competition

It’s competition time and this one is for anyone who has a baby or toddler in the family or friends group.  We are absolutely delighted to team up again with Safelight Images in Swansea, who are going to give our competition winner a FREE Cake Smash photo shoot (worth £150) – or voucher equivalent – for those who want to gift it as a birthday or (dare we say it) Christmas present.SAFELIGHT IMAGES SWANSEA

CAKE SMASH IMAGE DAWSONS

So firstly, for those who haven’t heard of a Cake Smash, here’s what it entails:

Cake Smash sessions are probably the most fun-filled events for any birthday girl or boy to part-take in.  The best age for a cake smash shoot is usually a 1st or 2nd birthday.  The little one will be sat in front of a birthday cake* for them to get messy with, eat and demolish – all in front of the camera!  Do not worry, the team at Safelight have a lot of baby wipes on hand to clear up the mess.

*If you wish for us to provide a cake for you, you will need to inform us when booking the photo shoot, but you are VERY welcome to bring your own.  We’re sure in the spirit of this competition, you will be happy to bake a cake for such an event as this!

What is included in the Cake Smash session?

Safelight Images will provide you with the cake, balloons and bunting, an outfit and a 12×8 print of your favourite image from the shoot. We will also present you with a keepsake wooden spoon engraved with your little ones name on, that you can take home with you as a memento of their cake smash. Any further prints that you would like to purchase will be at an additional cost that we can discuss together, in the studio.

THE COMPETITION 

1. BAKE A SHOWSTOPPING CAKE

2. TAKE A PHOTO

3. UPLOAD IT TO THE DAWSON’S FACEBOOK PAGE in the comments section under the competition post

WRITE YOUR NAME IN THE BOX IF SOMEONE ELSE IS UPLOADING THE PICTURE FOR YOU! https://www.facebook.com/DawsonsPropertySwansea/

4.  ALL PHOTOS MUST BE UPLOADED BY MID-DAY ON TUESDAY 25/9/2018 – Any uploaded after this time will not be entered into the competition

5.  SHARE THE POST AND ASK ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO LIKE YOUR PICTURE. Please use the hashtag #dawsonscakesmash

6.  AT 4PM ON FRIDAY 28/9/2018 THE CAKE WITH THE MOST LIKES OR LOVES WILL WIN THE PRIZE:

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If anyone gets a laughing ‘ha ha’ we will count it as a LIKE…!

FINALLY, for the astute amongst you.

Yes on Friday 28/9/18 it is the Worlds Biggest MacMillan Coffee Morning.  SO… If you are tempted to bake a cake and don’t really want to eat it yourself, or feel it would be better to go to a good cause… You can pop it into your local DAWSON’S office – they are all listed on the link below – where they will happily sell all cakes no matter what shape or size that has been donated, and ensure all proceeds from cake sales will be presented to the much-needed charity Macmillan.

Dawsons Macmilan Coffee Morning


Of course, before we eat the delicious cakes on offer, we will take a photo and upload it to the competition for you.  Please, therefore, if you are leaving cakes at our offices, put your name and contact details with the cake, so that we can get in touch if you WIN the PHOTO SHOOT.

DAWSONS OFFICE LIST HERE

Before you switch the oven on and pick up your apron, here are some amazing Macmillan inspired recipes for you to try!

Martha Collinsons Chocolate and Pomegranate layer cake

https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/baking-recipes/Martha-Collinsons-Chocolate-and-pomegranate-layer-cake

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https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/baking-recipes/Greg-Rutherfords-Salted-Caramel-and-Peanut-Brittle-ShowstopperCoffee Walnut and Cardamom Cake

https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/baking-recipes/coffee-walnut-cardamom-cake

Terms of Competition:  Click here to read the small print prior to this competition.  Thank you.

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Monthly Round-up

Community News: Rugby & Rafts

Our Llanelli and Mumbles branches along with our marketing team have been busy during August with sponsoring two prestigious local events: the 2nd annual Burry Port Raft Race and the 30th annual Crackers 7’s rugby tournament.  

Earlier in the month our Llanelli office took to the water in the raft race while the marketing team manned the guess the balloons car, and even though the event had to be postponed from the Saturday to the Sunday due to poor weather conditions, there was a fantastic turn out for the day with all proceeds raised going to the RNLI and Afia Banjul Football Academy.

Crackers 7's Dawsons SponsorshipFurther into the month our staff and customers enjoyed a Bank Holiday Sunday full of rugby, family entertainment, a new bar and an evening of music.  For some years now Dawsons have sponsored the Crackers 7’s, bank holiday event in Underhill Park, hosting a hospitality tent, Hog Roast and some great company with a pitchside view of the day.  The sun has shone for many years, but this year the rain certainly didn’t dampen the spirits.

If you are looking for sponsorship for 2019, please get in touch with Naomi from our marketing team by email:

naomi.webborn@dawsonsproperty.co.uk.

Industry News: Want a better mortgage deal?  

As many of us will now know on August 2nd the Bank of England raised the base rate from 0.5% to 0.75% – only the second rise in over a decade

Dawsons mortgage advisors 2018The base rate is the Bank of England’s official borrowing rate – i.e., what it charges other banks and lenders when they borrow money – and it influences what borrowers pay and savers earn.

What does this mean in real terms to those of us who currently have a mortgage and those looking to get on the property ladder and take out their first mortgage?

For current homeowners with a mortgage now is the time to check the status of your current mortgage, if you are linked to base rate you can look to re-mortgage to a fixed deal.

If you are a first-time buyer you will now benefit from some great deals on offer, our in-house mortgage advisors can offer deals fixed for 2 or 5 years with rates starting from 1.89% on a 90% LTV and 3.17% on a 95% LTV.

Despite this slight increase all is still positive within the property market, current mortgage lenders will no doubt continue to offer very good fixed deals, for further information contact your nearest Dawsons team and book your appointment now with one of our Mortgage Advisors.

Our in-house mortgage advisors are: James Boland, David Treharne and Shaun Sturgess

“Top Tips” for Buyers & Tenants

CHOOSING THE RIGHT AREA

View from new Mumbles development
View from new Mumbles development

Local amenities, schools and transport links can be the top priority when choosing your perfect location. Make a list of your specific requirements. Speak to a member of staff, who will be able to offer local advice and suggest the right area for your needs.

All of our branches listed here

AUCTION NEWS

Dawsons Auction Swansea Oct 2018

Seafront properties, funeral directors to executive apartments, we have it all this Auction! Block viewings are underway and registrations are open for our next auction which will take place at the Marriot Hotel Swansea on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at 3pm.  

Get in touch today on 01792 646060.

RELOCATING?  

Relocation Agent Network

Sam Partner achieved her Relocation Agent Network accreditation this month, so our Llanelli sales team are now ALL fully accredited agents, alongside Danielle Thomas, sales administrator within our Mumbles office.  So if you need to relocate and are considering moving to or from the Swansea area, make sure you speak to the Dawsons team who are the exclusive RAN agents for this area.

Read more about our relocation service here:

FOR A DOWNLOAD OF OUR SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER,

CLICK THIS LINK

Back to School with Dawsons Property

Back to School

My goodness gracious, where did that holiday go?

Hopefully, everyone has had an amazing time, whether staying at home in Swansea, visiting some of our amazing beaches and attending all of the events that have been going-on or heading abroad to foreign shores.

Now, however, is the time to get prepared for the schools going back for the Autumn term and, in order to assist, we have made a checklist for you to download and tick off as you complete each of the tasks.

BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST

Just remember that once the kids are back at school, you do not have to worry about how to entertain them every day.

Maybe think about putting your property on the market, and moving somewhere larger, or even closer to their school, to make your life easier come the Christmas holidays!  (Oops sorry to mention the ‘C’ word)!

Good luck with it all, remember we are always here if you need us!

JANE OUR BLOG QUEEN

 

 

 

 

http://www.dawsonsproperty.co.uk/selling.php

 

proud sponsors

THE MUMBLES RUGBY CLUB CRACKERS’ 7’S WEEKEND

Friday 24th August 2018 to Sunday 26th August

Preparations are in full swing for the 30th annual legendary rugby festival The Crackers’ 7’s over the August Bank Holiday in Underhill Park, Mumbles.  The schedule is as follows:

Friday 24th August from 6pm

  • Mumbles Youth .v. Swansea Uplands Youth
  • Tom Pugh Memorial Game – Mumbles XV .v. Swansea Uplands XV

In memory of Swansea Uplands player Tom Pugh who tragically passed away at such a young age. Proceeds of Programme sales on the night will go to the chosen charity of Tom’s family

Saturday 25th August from 9.30am

  • Mumbles RFC Junior Section morning of rugby fun & games
  • Mumbles RFC Youth hosting a 7’s Tournament k.o. 12.00 Noon

Sunday 26th August from 11am

  • Crackers’ 7’s with the Men’s and Women’s tournaments running in parallel during the day.
  • Live entertainment from 7pm from local band ‘The Contenders’  in the Premier Marquee

There will be a beer tent and BBQ on all 3 Days plus loads of family entertainment including a bouncy castle, giant children’s slide and (wait for it….) zumba classes with Sion throughout the day

 

We at Dawsons are, again, so proud to be headline sponsors of this event and our director James Dawson explains why

Having sponsored this event for many years as a company, and I myself playing in the tournament many times over the years, never successfully I might add, we understand the importance of the annual event to those living locally and those who travel from further afield to take part. The Crackers’ 7’s is a firm date in our calendar, for which we are proud to be the principal sponsor.  The work that the rugby club do for the local community and for various charities is second to none and that is why we look forward to supporting MIND, this year’s chosen charity, to raise both awareness and much-needed funds for the work they do.’

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Please try to come along if you are local, and share this with your friends as you wouldn’t want to miss such a great event!

 

BURRY PORT RAFT RACE

Schools out for Summer – Week 3

We are so excited to be, not only Principle Sponsors, but also entrants in this year’s BURRY PORT RAFT RACE, happening today 12th August at 7pm.

Once again we are raising funds for Burry Port RNLI and Afia Children’s Football Academy Foundation.
SHOUT OUT to the other local firms sponsoring the event:

  • Burns Pet Nutrition,
  • Celtic Couriers,
  • Barberry Construction,
  • The Marine Group – Burry Port Marina
  • Burry Port Co-Op
  • Llanelli Star
  • LBS Builders Merchants
  • Pembrey & Burry Port Town Council
  • Parker Plant Hire

So the raft building is complete.  I am a little worried (although I am not on the raft so it will be quite funny if we sink) but one of our building team mentioned the lack of silicon used to secure the framework, I am thinking “9 hours to build and 9 seconds to sink” but will wait and see or sea….

So the raft to look out for, either flying past the finishing line or flailing around in the water is this little beauty.  I am thinking that the theme could be ‘Who wants to live on a desert island?’ and I understand the crew will be suitable attired, so let’s hope the sun shines or they may be a little chilly…

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FINALLY

In our usual fashion, we like to give you something to keep the children amused over the coming week, and whilst we would have loved to remain on theme with a picture of a raft, we stretched it one step further with a fabulous schooner!

Colouring in boat from Dawsons

NOW please remember to send us a pic of your finished efforts, and we’ll let you off if you don’t want to share your age!

If you do not have a printer at home, just pop down to our stall at the Raft Race from 2pm to collect one.

See you next week,

 

Jane

 

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Summer Round-Up

It sure has been a busy month for the Dawsons team and such gorgeous weather to put everyone in a happy mood and, of course, bring more visitors than ever to some of the events we have been attending!

Here’s our roundup of the month for you to see what’s been occurring!

SUMMER FUN

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Our staff have enjoyed attending school fetes and fayres across Swansea and Llanelli this month helping raise much needed funds for the PTAs by bringing along one of the DAWSON’s brightly coloured pool cars, filled with balloons to provide a ‘guess the amount’ game.

We are already looking at how we can bring Dawsons to schools during ht enxt academic year, so if your local school could benefit from Naomi attending with the marketing team, then just drop her an email:  naomi@dawsonsproperty.co.uk

TOP TIPS

Buyers:  Make sure you seek independent financial advice to understand your borrowing limits.

First Time Buyers:  You may be eligible for the HELP TO BUY scheme whilst it’s still currently available.

DAWSONS BUSINESS LINK

RELOCATION NETWORK

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David & Callum of ur Killay Sales Office are pictured above holding their certificates – having just been accredited ‘Relocation Specialists’.

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What is the Relocation Agent Network?

Relocation Agent Network (RAN) is a network of carefully selected agents from across the UK, hand picked for excellence in customer service, who provide a personal touch to each and every client they meet.  We all work closely together to deliver expert advice to all our clients who are relocating throughout the UK.

Did you know?

  • Relocation Agent Network is part of Cartus, market global leaders in relocation.
  • There are currently 784 agents who form the RAN network in the UK.
  • Network members have helped over 18,500 people to relocate over the past 24 months.
  • Dawsons have been invited to represent the network with each of their eight sales offices covering Swansea & Llanelli.

If you would like to know how Dawsons and the Relocation Agent Network can help you, please call your local office today!

REWARD CARD NEWS

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Ask a member of our team for information on how to get one of these exclusive Reward Cards providing you with discounts and offers in many local companies throughout Swansea and Llanelli.

AUCTION NEWS

We are delighted to be approaching our 4th auction of the year and one of our favourite acutions being in the midst of Summer.  In this auction we have covered a wide area of South West Wales from Ammanford to Swansea City Centre.

 

We are pleased to offer a luxury apartment, spectacular barn conversion in North Gower (pictured) and everything in between!  The Summer months will inevitably be over shortly andno one wants a property empty throughout the Winter period so contact Dawsons today for your own market appraisal.

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Click to see all of the properties in our next auction!

Venue –  The Marriott Hotel, Swansea Marina 
Date – Wednesday 8th August 2018
Start time – 3pm

 

Download a print out of this month’s NEWSLETTER here.

 

Gower Coast

Schools out for Summer – week 2

How are you all coping with this heatwave? At least we are lucky to be by the seaside and can take advantage of the amazing beaches we have along our coastline.
So this week’s blog is going to be about BEACHES – in particular THE GOWER COASTLINE, where to go, what’s on and how to stay safe!

1. THE BEST BEACHES

Well we know it is very subjective to ask us locals about our favourite beaches, so we looked on TripAdvisor for the Best Beaches in the UK, an unbiased view as voted by their global customers, and we found 2 of our beaches in the Top 10.

TRIP ADVISOR

At No 3:  Rhossili Bay

“Spectacular views across the whole area”

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At No. 8:  Three Cliffs Bay

“Best part of the UK on a good day”

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So if you wish to let us know about your favourite beach and why, with a photo if possible, we will update this blog and post them on our Facebook Page so everyone gets to see the amazing location we live in!

2. WHAT’S ON IN AUGUST?

25th – 29th July Beach Sculpture Festival, various beaches in Swansea Bay

28th July Dungeons and Dragons Day, Oystermouth Castle

28th Jul – 5th Aug Pirate Week, Gower Heritage Centre

1st – 31st Aug Botanics in Bloom, Singleton Park

5th August Mumbles Raft Race

5th August Gower Show

8th August The Living Seas Wales Roadshow, National Waterfront Museum

10th – 24th Aug Swansea Festival of Stitch, various locations

18th – 25th Aug Gower Cycling Festival

23rd – 25th Aug CAMRA Beer Festival

3. BEACH SAFETY

Take some shade with you if it is going to be a hot day, check the temperature before you head off.  Hats or caps are perfect and a white t-shirt for fair skinned people plus an umbrella for when you need to rest.

SUNSHADE ON THE BEACH

Make sure you have protective suncream and use it before and after swimming.

USE SUNCREAM

Keep hydrated!

KEEP HYDRATED

Know what the flags mean and never take a chance!  Even good swimmers can be caught out by dangerous waves and sea conditions.

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Photo: Heather Paul

Be careful of undercurrents, try to be aware of where the lifeguard is and know the signs of someone in danger in the sea, so you can get help if needed.

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AND LASTLY…

Be aware that there are jellyfish in our waters, so if you get stung this is how to proceed.  No I am not going to quote from the famous ‘Friends’ episode!

JELLYFISH IN WALES

1.  Get out of the water and remove any tentacles – if you have tweezers use these, if not a bank card edge or something similar should do the trick.

2.   Immerse in warm/hot seawater, not fresh water.

3.  Take paracetamol or ibruprofen.

4.  Report to the lifeguard and seek medical help if the sting persists.

TO FINISH OFF:

For everyone who enjoyed last week’s colouring competition (and I am guessing the adults had as much fun as the children from the pics uploaded on our Facebook Page!!!) here os this week’s colouring-in picture.

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Look forward to seeing your efforts on our Facebook page!https://www.facebook.com/DawsonsPropertySwansea/

Jane

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Schools out for Summer – week 1

Yes kids! It’s that amazing time of the year when you don’t have to get up for school and can spend long days playing with your friends and having a whale of a time.

Ok parents, it’s that time of the year when you are pulling your hair out and wondering what the heck to do every day to keep the kids amused, and you relatively sane.

So over the next few weeks we will be helping you out with some of our favourite local children’s events happening over the Summer holidays and whilst we are at it, we will try to give you a little break at home (so you can get to watch at least a re-run of last night’s Love Island) by providing you with a picture to download and get the kids to colour in.

So this week our ‘Schools out for Summer’ theme is PIRATES!

‘Oohhh Aarrggghhh Me Hearties’

As you may already know Wales is celebrating its YEAR OF THE SEA and so the museum has a FREE family-friendly exhibition on all through the Summer holidays from 10am to 5pm daily.  You can find out all about the history of pirates and buccaneers all over the world, hear tales of treason and treachery, not to mention treasure.  Check out the museum website for further details.

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NATIONAL WATERFRONT MUSEUM PIRATE EXHIBITION

Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, SA1 3RD

Daily 10am to 5pm until 30/9/18

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Photos by Natalie Dare

We would love to hear about your visit, did you dress up, if so post us a picture using #SCHOOLSOUTFORSUMMER on our Dawsons Facebook Page. If you want to download our colouring pic, we’d also like to see your efforts, so make sure you post it on our page so we can see your pencil skills.

See you next week for more Summer Fun in Swansea!

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Dawsons' Safe As Houses campaign to keep children safe during the Airshow

Estate agent sponsors special ‘Safe as Houses’ scheme to keep children safe at Wales Airshow 2018

Dawsons estate agents are sponsoring special wristbands to keep children safe at this year’s Airshow based on the Swansea sea front.

In a campaign named ‘Safe as Houses’, Dawsons’ wristbands will be handed out by Swansea Council officials to 1,000s of children attending the event over the weekend.

With more than 250,000 visitors expected to gather on Swansea’s promenade and waterfront for the action-packed weekend of June 30 and July 1, Dawsons felt it important to support the wristband campaign.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring a campaign that will help to keep safe all those children who will be visiting the Airshow on the Saturday and Sunday,” said Dawsons’ Senior Partner Chris Hope.

“The weekend is a fun-filled, family affair and anything we can do to keep children safe and eliminate any worries for parents then all the better.”

On entering the event a wristband will be given to each child can be collected from various information points, the park and ride drop off location or our car parks staff. The parents’ mobile number will be written on the back of the wristband before being put on the child’s wrist.

Losing a child, even for a few moments, can be very distressing and the Tag Your Tots scheme can help reassure and get help fast. Parents are being advised it they lose a child or need to report an incident to look for the nearest steward who will talk directly to the security and events team via radio.

Added Chris: “The Airshow just gets bigger and better and showcases Swansea at its best and we are delighted to be associated with it especially as this year the even takes on extra significance as it is celebrating both the RAF’s 100th anniversary and the Army commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.”

Councillor Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration & Tourism, said: “We are delighted that a Company with such local recognition and familiarity as Dawsons Estate Agents have decided to become a sponsoring partner for the Wales Airshow 2018.  The Wales Airshow is Wales’ largest, free event for the public to enjoy.

“The show attracts record numbers of visitors to the area, with children’s safety being of paramount importance throughout the weekend. With Dawsons’ contribution, we can effectively manage the number of families with children at the event, allowing everyone to relax and enjoy this fantastic two-day spectacle.”

The Airshow has grown in popularity from 75,000 visitors in 2009 to an audience of 250,000 last year and even more people are expected this year.

Full details about the event, road closures and other information is available at walesairshow.co.uk.

PICTURE: Swansea Uplands RFC Under 7s interrupted their training session on the beach to show off the bright orange wristbands that will be used during the Airshow

Burry Port Raft Race

Dawsons to sponsor Burry Port Raft Race again

Dawsons is delighted to be the principal sponsor of the Burry Port Raft Race for a second year.

The event this year takes place on Saturday, August 11.

“We sponsored the event last year and we had no hesitation in doing it again this year, especially as it raises valuable funds for both Burry Port RNLI and Afia Children’s Football Academy Foundation in Africa,” said Dawsons’ Senior Partner Chris Hope.

Burry Port Raft Race poster
Burry Port Raft Race poster

“We have an office in Llanelli and many of our staff are from the Burry Port area and again we will be entering our very own Dawsons raft. We are just hoping that, despite great efforts by our crew, they go a bit better that they did last year!”

There are plenty of prizes for those involved including best dressed raft, first raft to sink, best dressed crew, last raft over the line and worst dressed raft.

If you need any further details or an entry form you can email burryportraftrace@yahoo.com