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Iconic Ammanford pub sold to local family

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The Queen of Hearts pub in Cwmgors on the outskirts of Ammanford has been sold by specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co.

The substantial three-storey property was built in 1897. While the pub has been closed for some time, it features a large ground-floor bar, restaurant and lounge area, an outdoor terrace and enclosed courtyard, and five letting rooms across the first and second floor. Two of the first-floor rooms are currently used as guest accommodation, whilst the remaining rooms have been utilised as part of an owner’s flat.

After making the decision to retire, Kevin and Mandy returned to Christie & Co to bring the property to market, with the sales process led by Nicholas Calfe, Director in the South West Hospitality team.

The pub has been purchased by Sue and Dale Williams – a mother and son duo purchasing their second hospitality business. They live locally to the pub, in the village of Cwmgors, so are incredibly familiar with the area and know many members of the local community.

The Queen of Hearts’ bar (Image: Christie & Co)

Kevin and Mandy commented: “Purchasing the pub through Christie & Co back in 2015 was a great experience, so it made sense to work with them again once we decided to sell. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Queen of Hearts, in fact, I wish I had kept a record of all the hilarious things that happened and were said, so I could write a best-selling book! Owning and running a pub was on our bucket list, as was retiring to a bungalow, so we’re looking forward to this next stage in our lives. We wish the new owners, Dale and Sue all the very best for the future and hope they enjoy running the pub as much as we did.”

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Nicholas Calfe from Christie & Co commented: “It was a pleasure to work with Kevin and Mandy again after all of these years and I wish them a wonderful retirement. Best of luck to Sue and Dale as well, who will make a great success of the business I’m sure, not needing to call upon Christie & Co again for many more years to come!
“The freehold pub market in South Wales is extremely active at present, particularly for the lower end of the market and buyer demand continues to outstrip the number of businesses available for sale, making it a great time for independent operators to sell, so I urge anyone considering a sale to get in touch.”

The lounge at the Queen of Hearts (Image: Christie & Co)

Funding for Sue and Dale’s purchase of the Queen of Hearts was secured through hospitality finance specialist, Jimmy Johns, Associate Director at Christie & Co’s sister company, Christie Finance.

Jimmy said: “It was a pleasure to assist Sue and Dale on securing funding for the purchase of the Queen of Hearts pub. They are both highly experienced operators with a proven track record of taking businesses from start up to fully trading.

“Opportunity exists for the pair to get the pub up and running again following a period of closure, with close family helping them to open and run the pub on a day-to-day basis. In what has been an extremely hard-hit hospitality sector, it is promising to see that lenders remain willing to the support the sector and this deal is a perfect example of how working with a hospitality finance specialist like Christie Finance, enables buyers to have access to lenders supporting the sector with the best rates and terms available.”

The interior of the Queen of Hearts (Image: Christie & Co)

The new owners, Sue and Dale added: “Jimmy Johns of Christie Finance was a really great help to us, in not just sourcing the funding we needed, but also providing constant support and guidance throughout the purchase. Without him, there were stages where we thought we would not be able to buy the Queen of Hearts.”    


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Man who filmed rape on Ammanford victim’s phone changes plea mid trial

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A man who filmed himself raping an Ammanford woman on his victim’s phone has changed his plea to guilty midway through his trial.

Cameron Hassan, aged 31, of no fixed abode, attacked the woman, raping her as she slept on 21 August 2021.

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Hassan had been on trial at Swansea Crown Court after denying any wrongdoing. However, after the jury was shown the video of the attack and hearing the victim was going to give evidence yesterday (Tuesday, 10 May), Hassan changed his plea to guilty.

Investigating Officer DC Sophie Lambert from Dyfed Powys Police said the victim had shown great strength and determination throughout the investigation.

“I must commend her tremendous courage in coming forward and the tenacity shown throughout the investigation,” she said.

“We hope this case demonstrates that Dyfed-Powys Police acts on serious allegations such as rape and sexual assault with officers working tirelessly to secure justice for victims.

“If you are suffering because of similar abuse, please contact the police, or if you would rather speak to someone in confidence, New Pathways are an independent charity that will support you through every step of the investigation.”

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New Pathways can be contacted at 01685 379 310 or email enquiries@newpathways.org.uk

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Police appeal after cyclist dies in Garnant accident

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Dyfed Powys Police have issued an appeal after a cyclist died in a single vehicle road traffic collision on Friday (6 May).

The accident took place around 8.45pm outside the Discovery Book Shop on Cwmamman Road in Garnant, Ammanford.

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A spokesperson for Dyfed Powys Police said: “Sadly the 58 year-old male rider of the pedal cycle sustained serious injuries and passed away in hospital.

“We are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the pedal cycle at the relevant time, or who may have dashcam footage if they travelled along this stretch of road at the time, to get in touch.

“Also local residents and business owners are asked to contact Police if they have any CCTV footage covering the location.”

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Plans to close GP surgery in Tycroes revealed

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Margaret Street Practice has applied to Hywel Dda Health board to close its branch surgery in Tycroes.

The surgery in Tycroes has been closed since February 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the building served as a ‘red site’ for the Amman Gwendraeth GP cluster.

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Prior to the pandemic, the branch was used mainly for blood tests at the phlebotomy clinic.

Since its temporary closure, patients of Tycroes have used Margaret Street Practice, around two miles away in Ammanford.

There is a regular bus route between the two Surgeries.

In a statement, the health board said: “Margaret Street Practice, Hywel Dda University Health Board and the Community Health Council are working together to engage with patients of both surgeries to gain an understanding of how a proposed closure would affect patients.

“A period of engagement commences on Monday 9 May and runs until Friday 24 June.

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“Should Tycroes close, the potential benefits for patients include more available appointments for all patients at the Margaret Street Practice, as staff would not be covering two sites, and earlier and later appointments could be offered from Margaret Street.

“Patients would still be able to use the Tycroes Pharmacy and the Practice would continue to send all requested prescriptions to the pharmacy.”

Jill Paterson, Director of Primary Care, Community and Long Term Care for Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “We are committed to listening to and engaging with local populations around the proposal to relocate Primary Care services from Tycroes Surgery to Margaret Street and we would therefore like to invite patients to get involved in the engagement process.

“We are committed to working closely with the Practice and the Community Health Council throughout this process and will keep patients informed of the results of this engagement exercise.”

Vice Chair of Hywel Dda Community Health Council, Dr Barbara Wilson said: “GP services are so important to the communities they serve. When the health board comes to make its decision about the future of Tycroes branch surgery, it’s crucial that the public have their say.

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“Whether people support this proposal or oppose it, the CHC will be ensuring that those views are heard and understood by the health board.”

The consultation is available online, on paper forms at Margaret Street Surgery, by calling 0300 303 8322, option 4, by emailing Hyweldda.Engagement@wales.nhs.uk or by writing to Tracey Huggins, Head of GMS Services, Primary Care Team, Felinfoel Community Resource Centre, Felinfoel, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA14 8BE

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