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Residential care home in Sketty sold after 30-year ownership

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For the last 30 years, Fairleigh House in Sketty has been a family-run business offering residential care for up to 20 people with dementia.

Since it was established, Fairleigh House has been owned by Linda Jones who recently decided to sell to pursue a well-earned retirement.

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Following a confidential sales process, it has been sold to Dr Kannan Muthuvairavan, Mani Neelamegan and Dr Muthukkumaar Gnanavel who also own Manorleigh Spring Meadows in the city.

Linda Jones comments, “This sale marks both an exciting and sad time for me, but I am sure Kannan and his Partners will continue to offer a good service to all the residents at Fairleigh House. My sincere best wishes for the future.”

On behalf of the new owners, Dr Kannan Muthuvairavan comments, “We recently got into the industry and are keen to get involved more and feed our appetite of providing quality care. It’s going to be a challenge in two ways; we need to maintain a good standard of care at the home, and also make sure that we don’t get too excited and be careful with our next steps.”

Oliver McCarthy, Associate Director – Care at Christie & Co, who handled the sale, comments, “Linda has created a brilliant home over the last 30 years, and I’m very pleased to have assisted her in selling it to Kannan, Mani and Muthu, who are in the process of growing their portfolio across South Wales and who, I’m sure, will take Fairleigh from strength to strength.

“The care home market in the South West continues to be very active, with a wide range of buyers looking to acquire both freehold and leasehold assets.”

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Fairleigh House was sold for an undisclosed price.

(Lead image: Christie & Co)

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Two Swansea care homes sold to ‘My Choice Healthcare’

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Two Swansea care homes have been sold to independent care home operator ‘My Choice Healthcare’.

The sale increases the operators South Wales care home portfolio to five.

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Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, announced the sale of Hawthorn Court Residential Home and Ocean Living.

Hawthorn Court Residential Home in Sketty was established in 1991 and provides care for up to 24 adults, aged 65 or older, living with dementia and mental illness.

Having recently undergone a major refurbishment programme, the large Victorian property set over three floors with a modern extension, has 20 single and two twin bedrooms, all with en suite facilities.

Ocean Living, on the seafront in Mumbles, has 14 suites for elderly residents.

The homes have been owned by Mr Alan and Mrs Gloria Thorburn since they were founded over 30 years ago. The sale to My Choice Healthcare will allow the pair to pursue retirement.

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Alan and Gloria Thornburn said: “After owning Hawthorn Court and Ocean Living for over 30 years, we’re really pleased to be handing our portfolio over to My Choice Healthcare who share our ethos and drive for delivering high-quality care in South Wales.”

MD of My Choice Healthcare, Bethan Evans, comments: “We are delighted to have worked with Christie & Co to acquire both of these homes. We are committed to delivering the highest quality of care and support that we can for our residents, and we very much look forward to working with the teams at both Hawthorn Court and Ocean Living in the coming months and years, continuing the great work that Mr and Mrs Thorburn have led over many years.”

Oliver McCarthy, Associate Director at Christie & Co, who handled the sale, said: “This pair of brilliant Swansea care homes, and the interest garnered in this sales process, represents the strong appetite for quality care businesses that we’re seeing in the market at the moment, and expect to see for the remainder of the year. Alan and Gloria have established a great business over the last 30 years, and I’m very pleased to have been able to assist them on their road to retirement.”

Ocean Living and Hawthorn Court Residential Home were sold for an undisclosed price.

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3 massive music stars to play Swansea’s Singleton park this weekend

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Global stars Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Anne-Marie and Paul Weller are set to play Singleton Park over three consecutive days from this Friday, July 29.

Rodgers – with hits such as Le Freak and Everybody Dance – plays the Friday, Anne-Marie (2002 and Friends) the Saturday, and Weller (That’s Entertainment & The Changing Man) the Sunday.

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The weekend is brought to Swansea by promoters Orchard Live and supported by Swansea Council who are working with promoters to prepare the venue.

The council say that a limited number of road closures, traffic diversions and parking restrictions will be in place.

They include Brynmill Lane between Oystermouth Road and Gower Road on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 11.30pm.

Saturday will also see Mumbles Road between Sketty Lane and Gorse lane closed between 10pm and 11.30pm.

Council cabinet member Robert Francis-Davies said: “We’ve got an incredible variety of events this summer, including these major music acts at Singleton Park.

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“They come on top of this month’s incredible Wales Airshow and Elton John who visited the Swansea.com Stadium as part of his farewell world tour.

“There’ll also be free international spectator events like IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea, Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea and the Para Sport Festival, all of which are being hosted by the city next month.

Nile Rodgers

Since co-founding CHIC in 1976, Rodgers has built an unrivalled catalogue of hit songs. His collaborations with such iconic artists as David Bowie, Diana Ross and Madonna have sold over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide. In more recent times his work with Daft Punk, Disclosure, Sam Smith and other artists demonstrates Rodgers’ ability to transcend all styles of music, across every generation.

Support on the night comes from The Trevor Horn Band.  World renowned producer and songwriter Trevor Horn’s influence on pop and electronic music in the 1980s was such that he has been called “The Man Who Invented the  Eighties.’’

Expect to hear such hits as Video Killed The Radio Star, I’m Not In Love, Slave To The Rhythm, Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Dancing In The Dark, Girls On Film, Kiss From A Rose, Relax. 

Anne-Marie

Platinum-selling, multi-talented singer Anne-Marie hits the stage on the Saturday. Since her breakthrough in 2016, Anne-Marie has become one of the globe’s most successful pop stars. She has over five billion streams to her name and earned a platinum debut album alongside five Top 10 UK singles.

Main support at this show comes from acclaimed Mimi Webb, hailed by Radio 1 as one of the sounds of ’22. She has made waves worldwide with her Seven Shades of Heartbreak EP and instantly selling out her first UK tour. Already a huge star on TikTok, Mimi Webb can also boast of being the first UK female artist – since Dua Lipa in 2017 – to land two singles in the UK Top 15 before the release of her debut album.

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Paul Weller

Paul Weller closes the weekend of music on the Sunday. Weller released his 16th solo album since his self-titled debut in 1992, his fourth in as many years and his second in just under 12 months following June 2020’s chart-topping On Sunset.

This latest album – Fat Pop (Volume 1) – is among his most compelling collections even alongside his era-defining work in the 1970s and ‘80s with The Jam and The Style Council.

Support comes from The Coral. Since their debut EP release in 2001The Coral have sold over a million UK albums. Their self-titled debut received a Mercury Music Prize nomination and the band have had five Top 10 UK albums including 2003’s chart-topping Magic and Medicine. 

During their career they’ve had eight Top 40 singles include the hits Dreaming Of You, Pass It On and In The Morning. Last year they released their ninth studio album, the critically acclaimed Move Through the Dawn, showing The Coral to be one of the most consistent bands in the UK thanks to their knack for crafting great songs and frontman James Skelly’s powerful vocals.

Previous big names to have played Singleton Park include Gerry Cinnamon, Noel Gallagher, Jess Glynne and Catfish & The Bottlemen.

Cllr Francis-Davies said: “The council is committed to making 2022 the best-ever year for world-class sport and entertainment in our city. Working alongside our partners, we’re delivering on that promise.

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“There’s excitement indoors as well, with the Grand Theatre and Swansea Arena offering incredible line-ups of events. We’re also supporting events arranged by other groups and organisations – from community bike rides to triathlons and duathlons – and a number of national cultural programmes

“Our events are backed-up by the council’s destination marketing teams who share news of the big Swansea welcome across the UK. We’re backing local tourism and entertainment businesses and we want everyone planning a staycation in Wales and the UK to know about it.”

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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£1.25m set aside for Swansea school’s 3G sports pitch

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More than £1m has been set aside to pay for a new full-size all-weather 3G pitch at Olchfa School.

An update on the project that will transform sports facilities for pupils and the wider community has gone before Swansea Council’s Cabinet.

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The council and school governors identified a parcel of land that was surplus to requirements and it was agreed that it would be sold to fund the new 3G pitch.

That land is now in the process of being bought by a developer and subject to the successful completion of the land sale, work can then start on the installation of the sports facilities.

Cabinet members have set aside £1.25m to cover all costs including new perimeter fencing.

In addition to the new 3G pitch the school will continue to have two traditional football and rugby fields.

Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Education & Learning, Robert Smith, said: “I’m eager to see work start as soon as possible on providing this much needed sports facility.

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“The 3G pitch will ensure that the school’s sports teams can play and train all-year around and it will also provide a great asset for the wider community when not in use by the school.

“My cabinet colleagues have agreed that this significant investment is aside so we will be in a position to start work as soon as all the formalities with the land sale are completed.

“Swansea Council is committed to providing the very best facilities for our schools with new all-weather pitches at Penyrheol, Morriston, Pentrehafod and Dylan Thomas schools.”

Olchfa School Headteacher Hugh Davies said: “We are looking forward to work commencing on the new full-sized 3G pitch that will improve the sports facilities for all our pupils and the local community.”

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