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

L-R Naomi Webborn, Dawsons’ Lettings Department Coordinator, Chris Hope, Dawsons’ Senior Partner, and volunteers at Swansea Foodbank at City Church in Dyfatty.

DAWSONS JOINS FORCES WITH AGENTS ACROSS THE UK TO HELP SUPPORT LOCAL FOOD BANKS

Dawsons is delighted to announce that we are participating in a nationwide event organised by Relocation Agent Network called #OneThousandItemsofFood, supporting local Foodbanks in their bid to help tackle food poverty in the UK.

The #OneThousandItemsofFoodevent runs between June 14 and June 21 during which Dawsons and our customers will collect as many items of food and other supplies with the aim of collecting 1,000 items across the network.

The last day of our fundraising eventcoincides with Agents Giving ‘Donate a Food Parcel Day’on 21 June.  Agents Giving is a fantastic charity that works with UK estate and letting agents and their suppliers to encourage and support fundraising activities.For more information, visit agentsgiving.org/#agentsgiving

Follow Us!

On Twitter? Follow us – Dawsons @dawsonsproperty and Relocation Agent Network @RelocationAgent to keep track of how much the network has collected so far… #onethousanditemsoffood

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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

Mark Matthews - the winner of Dawsons' Sell your House for Free competition

Nurse Mark named as Dawsons’ winner of ‘sell your home for free’ competition

Dawsons Property is delighted to announce Mark Matthews as the winner of their ‘Sell Your Home for Free’ competition.

Mark, who has put his house on the market with Dawsons in Heol Islwyn, Penyrheol, for £120,000, will get his fees for free from the leading south Wales estate agent.

A nurse at Neath Port Talbot hospital Mark was the lucky winner who was randomly picked out ahead of scores of eligible Dawsons clients. Anyone who put their property up for sale were entered in to the competition with the winner paying no agent fees.

“I was absolutely delighted to find out I had won this competition especially as I have just had a bad experience with an online agent.  It’s a win-win situation for me,” said Mark.

Mark Matthews' home in Heol Islwyn
Mark Matthews’ home in Heol Islwyn

“Dawsons sold a house for me a few years ago but this time I decided to go with the online agent after being seduced by their claims of low fees, which I now massively regret, as has left me ‘out of pocket’ and my property not sold.

“Dawsons are especially pro-active with that personal touch and I think that goes a long way when you are selling a property.”

Jo Summerfield-Talbot, Dawsons’ Director of Sales, said: “We are delighted Mark has emerged as winner of our competition especially as he has had such a bad experience previously.

“Being a Hight Street agent it is all about the close-knit communities we work within, so we decided it would be a great idea to try and give something back to the lucky winner by selling their home for free. It has been a great success and congratulations to Mark.”

MAIN CAPTION: L-R Competition winner Mark Matthews with Nicola Fulford, Dawsons’ BranchManager at the Gorseinon branch, and Simon McClaren, Dawsons’ Senior Sales Negotiator at Dawsons’ Gorseinon branch.

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Simon celebrating after becoming accredited Relocation Agent Specialist

Simon McLaren, from Dawsons branch in Gorseinon, is celebrating after becoming an accredited Relocation Agent Specialist.

The accreditation was awarded by Relocation Agent Network and is achieved by completing a comprehensive online training programme, The Importance of Service.

A national network of independent estate agents (of which Dawsons is a member), Relocation Agent Network introduced the training programme to ensure each of their members provides the very highest customer service to those relocating around the UK.

Chris Hope, Dawsons’ Senior Partner, said: “We take staff development very seriously and Simon’s Relocation Agent Network accreditation is a great example of what can be achieved when staff are supported properly to improve their skill set.

“Of course, having a Relocation Agent Specialist in the team is also great for our relocating customers.”

To be successfully accredited, participants must complete three phases of learning, which begins with four training sessions on the importance of customer service.

This is followed by three online seminars covering the Relocation Agent Network Referral Process and how best to help customers who are relocating around the UK. Finally, participants must convert their theoretical learning into a practical skill set by delivering assistance to three relocating customers.

By working with fellow members across England, Scotland and Wales, Relocation Agent Network members provide an exclusive relocation referral service to customers. For those relocating to Gorseinon, Dawsons guides their customers through the daunting task of moving to an unfamiliar location.

This includes local area information on schools and amenities, popular neighbourhoods and (of course) finding the right property for them. The introduction of a Relocation Agent Specialist to the Dawsons team, ensures that this process is made even smoother.

Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director, Richard Tucker said: “Selected by us as the best independent estate agent to represent the Network in Gorseinon, Dawsons have proved themselves as the area’s Local Expert.

“So, with the addition of an in-house Relocation Agent Specialist, they have gone one step further to provide relocating buyers and sellers with the very best customer service.”

 

 

Rhos Ladies

Dawsons-sponsored Rhos Ladies enjoy impressive first season

In only their first season Rhos Ladies, whose training tops were sponsored by Dawsons Property, finished runners up in the West Wales League.

In a fine season they also only just lost out in the final of the West Wales Cup losing to Dafen 4-3 at Britton Ferry.

In the cup final Rhos dominated for large periods of the game but were denied by the Dafen goalkeeper who pulled off a number of excellent saves.

Rhos have now been promoted and are just below Swansea City Ladies in the Welsh League.

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