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New owners and new investment at Fairwood Golf Club

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Swansea based Fairwood Park Golf club has recently changed ownership after a local family made a successful offer for the business.

Led by Rhodri Evans, the new owners have exciting plans to invest in both the course and clubhouse over the coming years, as Mr Evans explained.

“It’s always been a dream of ours to one day own a golf course,” said Rhodri, “however, this is far from a vanity project, as we have ambitious plans to enhance the estate from both a golfing and hospitality point of view.”

The 6,658-yard course set in 140 acres of rolling parkland on the fringes of Gower and is the only club in the area to carry Championship status after hosting the Welsh PGA Championships twice during the 1990s, and it’s this rich history the family are looking to build on.

“We want to give the club a new lease of life,” continued Rhodri, “and not only will we be investing in new machinery to help the green-keeping team, but we’re also in early discussions with course designers about subtle changes to improve the course and make it even more enjoyable.”

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As one of the flattest courses in the region, Fairwood is unique in that it is forgiving enough to be enjoyed by those new to the game, yet the distance of some holes, mature trees and waterways make it challenging enough for the more experienced player.

“While the ideas we have for the course are exciting in their own right,” said Rhodri, “there are also plans to enhance the hospitality offering at the club for players and non-players alike.”

With an enviable location at the gateway to the Gower Peninsular, the clubhouse offers a tranquil environment that overlooks the parkland course, and the food and drink offering is something the new owners are actively looking to improve.

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A new food menu is currently in development, and with further plans to develop the member’s bar, restaurant, pro-shop and more, these certainly are exciting times.

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Rhodri and his team are working closely with the members, club professionals and the local community to help realise the vision for the club; however one partnership, in particular, has been vital.

The relationship between the family and leading regional law firm Peter Lynn and Partners Solicitors stretches back many years, and when the opportunity to purchase the club arose, the turnaround was relatively quick.

Led by partner and Company & Commercial Law specialist Nia Godsmark, the mergers and acquisitions team at the firm were able to structure a deal that benefitted all parties concerned.

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“We were thrilled to be involved in this business purchase,” said Nia, “as it’s not every day a client asks you to help purchase a golf club, but we were delighted to advise and get the purchase through with no issues.”

(Lead image: Fairwood Golf Club)

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Entries open for 2022 Admiral Swansea Bay 10k

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Runners are being invited to get their entries in for the 2022 Admiral Swansea Bay 10k.

Swansea Council is planning for this year’s event to take place on Sunday, September 18. An early bird entry offer runs until January 31.

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Last year’s event marked the 40th edition of this highly popular race that always offers a flat, scenic coastal course.

The event has consistently won awards and the council wants the event to continue as a high-quality event, attracting runners of all ages and abilities. 

Swansea Council established the run in 1981 and has continued to organise it ever since – embedding it in the city’s annual events programme.

This summer will be the 16th occasion that Admiral has sponsored the event, which as well as the 10k, offers 1k and 3k junior fun runs, along with a 10k wheelchair race and a mascot race. 

Council cabinet member Robert Francis-Davies said: “The Admiral Swansea Bay 10k is a landmark in the running calendar and attracts participants from all over the UK.

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“It’s an exceptionally popular feature within Swansea’s annual events calendar; it’s fantastic for elite athletes, charity fundraisers and those looking to tackle their personal bests or conquer fitness goals. 

“The tremendous Swansea Bay backdrop and flat course help make it a top class event. “Last year’s special anniversary race was a huge success – and we’re confident that the 2022 event will be another big hit.

“We anticipate that demand for places will be high once again this year. We’d therefore encourage anyone interested to enter as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment – once the race places have gone, they’ve gone!” 

Rhian Langham, Admiral’s head of people services, said: “We’re delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k race and fun runs for the 16th year.

“Supporting events in our local community is very much part of our culture at Admiral, so it’s great to be involved in an event like this, especially after a challenging year.

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“I wish all the runners the very best of luck.”

The council’s events team continue to monitor the pandemic situation. The Admiral Swansea Bay 10k will only take place following the relevant regulations and guidance from Welsh Government, Public Health Wales and UK Athletics.

Plans will be reviewed as any new guidance is released and this may involve changes and additional measures to ensure the 2022 event is safe for everyone involved, including the wider local community.

Around 4,000 runners took part in last year’s 10k, running between St Helen’s and Mumbles. The event was voted Best 10k in Wales in the 2019 Running Awards.

To book your place on the 2022 start line and take advantage of the early bird offer, go to www.swanseabay10k.com.

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Ospreys hooker Ifan Phillips seriously injured in Swansea motorbike collision

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Ospreys hooker Ifan Phillips has been involved in a serious road traffic accident.

The 25-year-old is the son of Neath rugby legend Kevin Phillips

South Wales Police are appealing for more information about the collision on the B4603 Morfa Road involving a Triumph street scrambler and a Kawasaki motorbike.

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In a statement, the Ospreys said: “The Ospreys can confirm hooker Ifan Phillips was involved in a serious road traffic accident in Swansea on Sunday afternoon and is now being treated at Morriston Hospital.

“Ifan is in a stable condition and he is uppermost in the thoughts of all of us at the Ospreys.

“On behalf of his team-mates, coaches, staff, all Ospreys supporters and the rugby community, we want to extend our full support to Ifan, his family and his friends.

“The family are overwhelmed and very grateful for the support they have received in the last few days.

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“The Ospreys request that Ifan and his family are given privacy at this difficult time.”

South Wales Police issued a statement appealing for more information about the collision: “Officers are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision that occurred at around 1.38pm on Sunday, December 5, 2021, on the B4603, Morfa Road, Landore, Swansea, opposite Landore Social Club.

“The collision involved two motorcycles, a green Triumph Street Scrambler and a Kawasaki. One rider was taken to hospital where he remains and is being treated for life-changing injuries.

“The road was closed for a number of hours whilst investigations continued and we thank anyone affected during this time for their patience.

“We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or has dashcam footage, anyone who stopped to provide assistance, or anyone who saw the motorcycles prior to the collision.”

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People are asked to contact police online, by emailing SWP101@south-wales.police.uk or by phoning 101 quoting reference 424657 if they have more information about the collision.

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Swansea.com Stadium get championship overhaul thanks to a South Wales painting firm

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Swansea City’s Swansea.com Stadium recently underwent an external decorative overhaul with Wardle Painters to improve the stadium’s aesthetic by making key repairs. 

Officially opened to fans in South Wales in July 2005, the stadium’s external paintwork had a warranty in place before major maintenance was expected to be required. However, just two years later, problems began to appear.

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Its refurbishment was in the making for some time, starting with initial contact with the original suppliers to understand how this project would be addressed and how the processes and procedures would integrate with the day to day running of the stadium. Following this initial review, Wardle Painters was officially awarded the project contract in Autumn 2020 to refurbish all four stands. 

Gordon David from Swansea City FC said: “Swansea.com Stadium is a home away from home for our loyal Swansea City fans and it was important that we were able to turn to Wardle Painters to refurbish the external steelwork. We’re thrilled with the results and it’s fantastic to see the stadium look as good as new.”

Starting with an initial clean of the entire structure to remove algae and built-up grime, Wardle Painters was responsible for surface preparation and application of the protective coating system. It was determined that some areas required intense surface preparation which consequently meant specialist procedures and precautions had to be undertaken, meaning the Wardle team needed to hold the necessary accreditations to carry this aspect of the works safely.

Speaking of the work at Swansea.com Stadium, Nigel Curtis of Wardle Painters explained: “Like every piece of work we undertake, quality was of the utmost importance to us. Perhaps even more so on this project as this was our first major stadium renovation.

“Throughout the process, the paint supplier made independent audits of our work as well as a final inspection where it was concluded that the work carried out exceeded the recommended specification and was of a very acceptable standard. Our team worked tirelessly on the project and we’re very proud of the result.”

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Starting in September 2020, the project took just 11 months to complete.

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