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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…

theraft

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

 

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.

Photo:  Heather Paul
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.

Photo:  The camera is a toy

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.

children coloring on the theme of seaside
Look forward to seeing your efforts on our Facebook page!https://www.facebook.com/DawsonsPropertySwansea/

Jane

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Schools out for Summer

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

Photos by Natalie Dare
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 supporting national food collection campaign

Dawsons Property is supporting a week-long campaign to collect items for Swansea Foodbank next month.

The special collection, which is part of Relocation Agent Network’s national fundraising event called #OneThousandItemsofFood, will take place between June 14 and 21 in conjunction with the Trussell Trust.

During the week there will be collection points in all of Dawsons’ branches across Swansea & Llanelli with special bins to be provided by their Dawsons’ reward card partner Exall & Jones.

The foodbank has become part of the social landscape of society with one in five people living below the poverty line in the UK.

Chris Hope with Kristina Williams of Swansea Foodbank
Chris Hope with Kristina Williams of Swansea Foodbank

“We are very grateful to Dawsons to their commitment to this food collection campaign,” said Kristina Williams, Assistant Manager at Swansea Foodbank.

“We tend to have a lot of contributions around Christmas time and harvest festival, but contributions tend to tail off a bit during the spring and summer so Dawsons’ commitment is both timely and welcome.”

Swansea Foodbank, which provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis, is open in several locations around the city on different days and times.

Swansea Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust’s national foodbank network and is supported by churches across the city to help people in times of crisis.

Swansea Foodbank volunteers
Swansea Foodbank volunteers

Dawsons is asking customers and staff to donate two items each of non-perishable food such as tins and packet food.

Chris Hope, Senior Partner at Dawsons, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be part of this campaign as part of the Relocation Agent Network which is running #OneThousandItemsofFood throughout the UK.

Unfortunately, we live in times when foodbanks have become a necessity for a part of our society, so we are determined to make this campaign as successful as possible, therefore all our branches will be collecting items between June 14 and 21.”

To find your local foodbank visit www.trusselltrust.org. Find out what supplies they are currently in need of and what items they have enough of.  Foodbanks also accept essential non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products. They also accept clothes and toys.

 

Kingsley Amis's old house in The Grove, Uplands

Dawsons to put Kingsley Amis’s blue plaque house on the market

The Swansea house where writer Kingsley Amis wrote his world-renowned novel Lucky Jim is going up for sale.

The house, which has a blue plaque outside with Amis’s name on, is in The Grove in Uplands and is due to go on the market for £259,999 with Dawsons Property.

Amis lived in the house between 1951 and 1956 during which time he was a lecturer at Swansea University. Lucky Jim was published in 1954. In total Amis was a lecturer at the University for 12 years until 1961.

Amis said that his days in Swansea were among his happiest and referred to Swansea as: “a place of earth I know best, better than any part of London and the place I feel most at home in.”

The blue plaque on The Grove, Uplands
The blue plaque on The Grove, Uplands

The house is currently owned by retired teacher Paul Thomas and his head teacher wife Kerry.

Mr Thomas said: “The fact that Kingsley Amis once lived in here was definitely one of the selling points.”

The blue plaque was unveiled at the front of the house, commemorating Amis’s time there in 2015. Amis also wrote That Uncertain Feeling while at The Grove which was turned into a Swansea-set movie starring Peter Sellers.

The property comprises of three reception rooms, kitchen and utility room with WC to the ground floor. To the first and second floors there are five bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Dawsons’ Senior Partner Chris Hope said: “This is an exceptional chance to own a house with a lot of history. It’s not very often that properties come on the market adorning a blue plaque. I expect it to be a sought-after property.

“Kingsley Amis is one of the UK’s literary giants and the fact that the house is in Uplands, not far from where Dylan Thomas was born in Cwmdonkin Drive, just goes to show the cultural history Swansea has to offer.”

Dawsons represented at Swans DSA Christmas party

Dawsons delighted to be part of Swans players’ surprise for DSA members at Christmas Party

Dawsons were proud to be represented when the Disabled Supporters’ Association (DSA) were treated to special guest appearances from Tammy Abraham, Swans Ladies star Emma Beynon and DSA ambassador Lee Trundle at their annual Christmas party.

The guests took part in games, a Q&A session and sang Christmas carols before meeting DSA members at a party held in the Liberty Stadium.

“Dawsons has sponsored the DSA members throughout 2017 and we were delighted to be part of the surprise event,” said Leon Atolagbe, Dawsons Residential Lettings Office Manager.

Launched in 2013, the DSA is continually growing. With 75 members at present, the DSA aims to offer inclusivity to Swans supporters, whilst bringing families and friends together.

The DSA intends to improve facilities and policies that affect the disabled supporters, putting the views of the association to the club and other bodies.

The DSA is looking to build on its foundations and develop an even stronger relationship with Swansea City. All Swansea City disabled supporters are welcome to join, and this includes their family, friends and PAs.

CAPTION: Leon Atolagbe (with red tie at the back) is pictured with DSA members and guests

Dawsons supporting the City of Culture 2021 bid

Dawsons backs Swansea’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021

Dawsons estate agent is delighted to announce it is backing Swansea’s campaign to become UK City of Culture 2021.

Swansea is one of the five shortlisted cities for the UK City of Culture 2021 title, along with Coventry, Paisley, Sunderland and Stoke-on-Trent.

If successful, it will bring significant social and economic benefits to Swansea and the region. The current UK City of Culture, Hull, is estimated to enjoy an economic boost of at least £60 million whilst already having seen a £1billion boost in investment since being announced the winner of the title. We want Swansea to enjoy the same benefits or greater.

Dawsons is in full support of the bid and is calling on its clients and staff to join them in backing the bid. They are also backed in their support of 2021 by the companies they have joined up with on their newly-launched rewards card scheme.

The Dawsons card can be used in local companies such as: Exall & Jones, The Yankee Shop & Candles & Co., The Optimist, 57 Barbers, Mr Jones of Mumbles, ND John Wine Merchants, Café Play, The Rose Indianne, and The Clothes Clinic and many others soon to be confirmed.

Chris Hope, Senior Partner at Dawsons, said: “As a local Swansea-based company we would be delighted if we were to receive the UK City of Culture 2021 title as it would mean so much for the local economy bringing trade and tourism to our much-loved city.

“Whilst we have been working alongside other local companies in recent months with the launch of our reward card for all staff and customers providing discounts in local businesses, we have also collectively supported the bid with several joint promotional campaigns.”

The Swansea 2021 bid team includes Swansea Council, Welsh Government, Swansea University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Authority, Museums Wales, Tidal Lagoon, creative professionals, businesses and arts and cultural leaders. All are working together to ensure the outcomes in the Swansea bid for the Swansea people and economy are as strong as possible.

Leader of Swansea Council, Councillor Rob Stewart, said: “We are delighted to have Dawsons backing our bid for UK City of Culture 2021. We’re working hard to secure this status and its benefits for the city and region so having this type of support is vital.

“Winning UK City of Culture would be a fantastic opportunity for Swansea which would benefit everyone in the city. Hull’s UK City of Culture 2017 status has already seen a £1billion boost investment in the city – alongside pride, new jobs and improved reputation. This really does have the ability to transform Swansea forever.

“We need to show the judging panel that we need it, we want it and we can deliver it. Having the support of the city shows that, so we are urging everyone to get behind us by backing the bid.”

CAPTION: Jenny White, Channel Communications (Dawsons’ PR company), Nicola Greene, Fine & Country, Andrea Davies, Mumbles sales, Beth Evans, Fine & Country, Lauren Peschmann, Mumbles lettings, Naomi Webborn, Dawsons lettings coordinator, Catherine Williams, Candles & Co. and The Yankee Shop, and Jamie White, Channel Communications.

 

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Customer satisfaction of Fine & Country outlets close to 100%

Fine & Country, of which Dawsons, Swansea, is an outlet, says it has a customer satisfaction rate which is up by almost 1% to nearly 99%.

Property Industry Eye is reporting that almost all (98.96%) of people surveyed who had used Fine & Country in the past would recommend their services to family and friends.

It has also increased its target audience brand awareness to 47.79%, a rise of 8% since April 2016.

Word of mouth also showed up as a powerful tool for the company, with 23% of respondents hearing about Fine & Country from family and friends.

Tom Hope of Fine & Country, Swansea completely supports the recent survey findings.

“Selling clients who look for the highest quality of property marketing and customer service, realise after a conversation with F&C, that there is no better company who can put together ‘local knowledge and expertise’ along with a proven UK and international specific marketing approach, to reach the widest audience,” said Tom.

“There is no better offering than being the ‘go to person’ when looking for that special and specific home, whether selling or buying.

“The vast majority of our clients instruct F&C as we are known as agents who market ‘individual’ properties and attract buyers who are looking for something very special.”

The new results mean that almost half of Fine & Country’s demographic is now aware of the brand.

The survey also shows that 87% of people who invited the agency to value their home chose to instruct Fine & Country.

The rise in brand awareness comes after a year of advertising on multi-channel platforms, including in print, online and TV.

The brand regularly advertises agents’ properties in national newspapers including The Times, Sunday Times and Telegraph.

The survey was run on SurveyMonkey and targeted adults aged over 35 who are in Fine & Country’s target demographic of home owners who earn over £50,000.

Ricky Purdy and Chris Hope on the Swansea Bay TV sofa

Dawsons’ Chris and Ricky feature on Swansea Bay TV

Dawsons pair Chris Hope (Senior Partner) and Ricky Purdy (Director of Lettings) enjoyed their time on the Swansea Bay TV sofa today talking about the esate agent’s client and staff reward card.

So far Dawsons has joined up with a wide variety of well known local Swansea firms including Exall &Jones, The Yankee Shop; Candles & Co., The Optimist, 57 Barbers, Mr Jones of Mumbles, ND John Wine Merchants, Café Play, The Rose Indianne, and The Clothes Clinic and many others soon to be confirmed.

Chris features on the whole show, while Chris and Ricky are both on in part two talking about the reward card.