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GOWER LIFE Editor Jennifer Hobbs-Roberts Creative Director Mark Roberts Editorial Thomas Goodyear Features Crispin Boden-Tebbutt 0845 130 6452 Passionate about West Wales We are a small independent publisher. We are not a large publishing group pretending to be home grown. Gower Life magazine is written, designed and printed in Wales for the people of Swansea, Mumbles and Gower. Our philosophy We are committed to quality. This quote by William Foster pretty much sums up our thinking: “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” Caveat emptor Advertisers supply their own copy or artwork, and therefore Gower Life cannot accept any responsibility for disputes between advertisers and their customers. Caveat emptor - let the buyer beware. Important you read this We have made every effort to ensure that all information contained in Gower Life or on (or our social media streams) is correct and accurate. However, we accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions and can offer no compensation should we get it wrong. Please note that the opinions, thoughts, views or ideas expressed in articles contained in Gower Life are strictly those of the authors. Intellectual property © Copyright Gower Life 2017. All rights reserved. Nothing in this magazine (including adverts) may be reproduced in any shape or form (in whole or part) without the express written permission of the publishers. We take breach of copyright and theft of intellectual property extremely seriously and will sue at the drop of a croissant. You have been warned (nicely); ignorance is no excuse. Subscriptions To guarantee your copy, please send a cheque for £40 (four issues) made payable to Gower Life. Visit for special subscriber discounts and special offers. Missed the last issue? We hold a small number of each issue in stock so if you do need a pristine copy, please telephone us or email Hopefully we’ll have the issue you want (but we cannot guarantee it). Each back issue costs £10 including postage and packing. Yes it’s free. Priceless actually! Gower Life is distributed free through a wide variety of outlets across Swansea, Mumbles, Gower peninsula and beyond, and is given away free of charge on the understanding that we are happy for it to be lent, passed on, given to friends and generally read until it falls apart. At which point, you can recycle it and we’d be delighted if you did. Green is good The pulp used in the production of the paper Gower Life is printed on is sourced from sustainably managed Scandinavian tree farms and utilises an elementary chlorine-free bleaching process.

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WELCOME Spring is here. It always resonates such positive emotions for me. The days are getting brighter - there is freshness in the sea air and the world has recovered from all the festivities. The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and, well, the world just feels like a better place. Here we are with an even bigger and better edition. We have been overwhelmed by your positive feedback and the incredible response after the winter magazine. I have invested so much time, energy and passion into producing something that will relate to so many of you and even made the decision to personally distribute Gower Life, so it really has been a real startto-finish job. It’s brilliant that Gower Life was able to fit the gap in the market that so many of you wanted. It’s really exciting to see so many new faces and new businesses showcasing their brand with us. Most of our clients work with us for the year, as this allows great relationships and trust to be built. I would like to think of myself as an old soul, with good old-fashioned values. We are passionate about supporting independent businesses (being one ourselves), and champion the best of the Gower and Swansea. I get to meet and work with creative people who all enjoy working towards the same purpose and goals. We are a dual-platform magazine and our magazines are available digitally online, we also offer full social media management, branding, videography, photography and website builds, corporate social gatherings - the list is endless.

Our media launch party was a very proud moment, thank you to Jamaican Jills for hosting this for us, I would also like to personally thank The Lounge for hosting our Premier Social; the next one will be on 6th March 4-6pm, if you would like to come and join us, please drop me an email. I would also like to personally thank Linda and Mark Clayton Evans, from the New Gower Hotel for hosting our corporate training session. Linda is the most warming, funny, caring character and I am so pleased to call her my friend. See you in the Summer! Lucy Gallivan Head of Gower Life 07860 930 399



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The Gower and Swansea has so many great little gems and we’ve tried to share as many as we can with you in this issue. We only like to feature businesses, places, activities or events that we’ve either experienced ourselves or have been recommended to us. We’d love to hear from you too. Where do you shop? Where do you eat? What do you love about our gorgeous county? Please send your positive comments to


The Welsh Surfing Federation

Come and learn to surf at the stunning Llangennith Beach. In operation since 1981 we are the original Llangennith Surf School, a nonprofit organisation that aims to raises funds to promote surfing in Wales. Our team of fully qualified surf instructors, both male and female, teach new surfers the safe, enjoyable use of the sea, promote environmental awareness, and offer lessons to suit all ages and abilities. Plus, get £5 off a lesson by quoting ‘Gower Life’ Llangennith Beach, Gower SA3 1JD 01792 386426

Situated at Llangennith on the Gower Peninsular. We sell surfboards, wetsuits and many brands of surf clothing. As part of our complete service to surfers and others we offer surf reports, surfboard hire and repairs as well as giving visitors to Llangennith information about where to stay and what’s going on!

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Rebecca Jory Art Growing up in Mumbles, Rebecca draws inspiration from the beautiful scenic coastlines that has surrounded her throughout her life. Rebecca creates stunning artistic pieces that aim to evoke the raw, natural feeling of her subjects. Her contemporary style has flashes of traditional elements that help create aesthetically pleasing images perfect for any home. With her work available as framed pictures, canvases, and as cushions, you can now fill your home with her wonderful imagery. 07751 548147 Buy at - Rebecca Jory Art Like on Facebook, follow on Twitter COME AND RELAX

The Front Room New owners Ben and Ken are bringing their combined twenty years of catering and hospitality experience to The Front Room CafĂŠ. Both owners are passionate about giving the greatest experience to all customers; coupling delicious food with exceptional service in a unique and quirky setting. Situated near the promenade, this cosy cafĂŠ produces homemade meals from their kitchen, offering fantastic local coffee and tea with freshly baked cakes. You can join us for brunch, lunch, and dinner, or why not treat yourself to our exquisite vintage afternoon tea experience! The Front Room is also available for private hire for all manner of events.

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Sian Lloyd Brews up for chari-Tea Why every tea party you hold this Spring could help the charity. Welsh Hearts save many lives throughout Wales. Welsh correspondent and presenter Sian Lloyd is helping spearhead an allWales tea party campaign to save lives in Wales. Sian said “The one thing we love in Wales is our tea, so why not be a part of Wales’ Biggest Tea Party and help Welsh Hearts raise much needed funds to place defibrillators and hold Heart Screening sessions throughout Wales? KEEPING SOUTH WALES SAFE

Gower Police Covering the Sketty, Killay, Dunvant, Mumbles, West Cross, Bishopston, Penclawdd areas as well as the communities of rural Gower. In addition to 24/7 police response coverage the area also has a dedicated local policing team, The Gower Neighbourhood Policing Team. Led by Sergeant Chris Dix he told Gower Life: “In addition to our core business of tackling crime, anti-social behaviour and dealing with vulnerability issues, we also find time to engage with the community. In 2017 we carried out road safety days at schools, worked to combat under-age drinking, and organised netball and rugby tournaments for primary schools.

Why not get your friends or colleagues together in the workplace, school or community and hold your own tea party, bake sale or coffee morning?” Every penny you raise will stay in Wales and will directly benefit communities across the country! Sian is encouraging everyone in We also organised charity events raising more than £1,600 for cancer charities and contributing to the Mr X Christmas gift appeal for children in care. This is only possible due to the hard work of the team who I’d like to thank. I also pledge that Gower Neighbourhood Policing Team will continue to deliver in 2018.” In an emergency dial 999 or 101 Find on Twitter @SWPSwansea #GowerNPT


Wales to also hold a tea party this spring for the charity Welsh Hearts! She will also be asking her colleagues in the BBC Wales newsroom to raise a mug or two for a great Welsh cause. Download your free fundraising pack now!

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This golf club has received international recognition over the years and, when you visit, it is easy to see why.



This unique golfers paradise comprises of 18 beautiful holes, 15 of which have sea views across either Langland Bay or Caswell Bay. The people behind the club pride themselves on producing a highly maintained course with the best putting surfaces, manicured fairways, and visual surroundings as possible. From this Langland was able to become affiliated with Pebble Beach Golf Resort in California and has since been referred to as the Pebble Beach of Wales. If you are thinking about joining a new club this year then Langland has a long list of exclusive benefits that adds extra enjoyment to the membership experience which, when combined, offer excellent value for money with an environment and facility that can be enjoyed by all level of golfers and their families. There is currently a waiting list for membership so make sure you sign up as soon as possible to be able to enjoy this fantastic course as soon as space becomes available. We spoke to the people behind Langland Bay Golf Club and this is what they said about the coming season and the rest of 2018 “2018 is a very busy year for us. We are hosting a number of prestigious events and also a large number of charity events. The Welsh Ladies Team Championships, PGA Pro-Am, Celebrity Am, Open Week, Ryder Cup members Day, South Wales Girls Championships, and numerous other events. We are having a big golf initiative start in March that will allow beginners to have 6 free lessons and the chance to have a temporary 3 month membership of Langland. For more details please feel free to contact us.”

Langland Bay Golf Club Langland Bay Road, Mumbles Swansea SA3 4QR 01792 361721

“ This unique golfers paradise comprises of 18 beautiful holes.”

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GOWER LIFE LAUNCH Gower Life celebrates the launch of the first edition at Jamaican Jills. On November 14th we celebrated the launch of Gower Life’s first ever edition! It was a packed evening at Jamaican Jills, Swansea, with tasty food and even more delicious cocktails! The vibrant dÊcor of Jamaican Jills was accompanied with the spirited sounds of authentic Jamaican steel drums. The venue was bursting with thriving businesses and all those involved in the winter edition!



“There are fourteen unique boutique rooms and external lodges which have recently been refurbished to a high caliber.”


“ The sweeping sun terrace offers guests the chance to make the most of their surroundings as Spring/ Summer approaches”

“Beautiful woodland location nestled in the heart of Bishopston Valley. The ideal spot for access to both Swansea Centre and the world-renowned Gower peninsula.” 12

The New Gower Hotel 11 Church Lane, Bishopston Swansea SA3 3JT 01792 234111 Follow on Facebook @NewGowerHotel


IN THE HEART OF GOWER “The Bishopston valley with its tranquil streams and breathtaking scenery, is home to one of Gower’s best kept secrets, Monroe’s restaurant.” “We’ve been here since the end of last year and things are going from strength to strength,” beams Linda ClaytonEvans, co-owner of The New Gower Hotel where you’ll find Monroe’s. “It took a while for the public to realise we were open for food and drink to non-guests, but now that the word is getting out there and people are coming and trying what’s on offer. We’re getting some fantastic feedback,”she continues. It’s easy to see why Monroe’s is getting such wonderful reviews. Stylishly decorated, it’s a luxurious space aiming to bring world-class service plus quality food and drink to the SA3 area. One glance at the menu and you’re drawn into a sea of temptations, all eager to tantalise your taste buds.

“What we’ve tried to do with the menu is reinvigorate some forgotten classics,” says Mark Evans, Head Chef and husband of Linda. “I find great joy in looking at what ingredients a plate consists of, analysing what’s needed, what’s too dated, and what can be added to modernise it.” The latest additions to Monroe’s offering certainly hark back to a bygone era, with some iconic dishes that you rarely see on restaurant menus anymore. Take the lobster Thermidor as a perfect example - freshly prepared tails in a creamy white wine, dill, mustard, brandy and shallot sauce with seasonal vegetables and potatoes. A creation that Mark is particularly proud of.

Monroe’s certainly lends itself to a celebration. Alongside the main restaurant and bar, you’ll find a function space ideal for large gatherings and parties such as birthdays, engagements, weddings, and with sixteen beautifully furnished rooms just upstairs, there’s a place to get your head down after a few too many glasses of Champagne. With its unique menu, friendly service, and stunning location, we predict that Gower’s best kept secret, won’t be a secret for much longer.

There’s also the Filet Monroe’s - three slices of fillet steak sandwiched with a toasted brioche croute, then layered with pan-fried duck liver, shallot, wild mushroom, parsley and served with a merlot and chive jus. “We like to think of ourselves as fine dining, but not in a pompous or noninclusive way,” Linda reassures. “We want to be seen as that place you go to when you’re celebrating or want something really special.” 13

The New Gower Hotel 11 Church Lane, Bishopston Swansea SA3 3JT 01792 234111 Follow on Facebook @NewGowerHotel

The New Gower Hotel is now accepting bookings for weddings in 2018, 2019 and 2020! If you, or someone you know, are looking for the perfect venue to hold their special day, then this will certainly interest you.

WONDERFUL WEDDINGS Weddings can be really stressful. Worrying about the cost of your big day should be the least of your worries on top of your hectic planning schedule. The New Gower Hotel aims to alleviate unnecessary stress with a range of packages to suit all budgets to ensure your day is not compromised. The venue boasts a spacious environment with beautiful, natural light that allows bright tones to shine through to the elegant conservatory space. This creates a tranquil atmosphere, which works in perfect harmony with the spectacular fixtures and fittings. Whatever you are looking for, the helpful team are on hand to accommodate your wishes. The grounds are situated next to a prodigious 9th Century Church - a beautiful location to say ‘I do’. Alternatively, The Gower Hotel is registered to host marriage ceremonies and civil ceremonies on site - a superb location to begin married life. Just a short drive from the gorgeous Caswell Bay, and with The Hotel’s breathtaking gardens, you are guaranteed the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs.

The Gower Hotel team are meticulously organised. You will even have a meeting with talented Head Chef, Mark Evans, to shape your own bespoke menu. Life is made a little easier with a dedicated wedding coordinator to facilitate all your desires and your day will be managed with precedence. Your guests will be astounded by the beautiful rooms and lodges on offer to accommodate them as they relax after the celebrations. There are fourteen gorgeous rooms to delight, and the grounds are easily accessible from Swansea Centre, making it easy for your evening guests to arrive. Why not find out what packages suit you and check it out for yourself! 14

The New Gower Hotel 11 Church Lane, Bishopston Swansea SA3 3JT 01792 234111 Follow on Facebook @NewGowerHotel

WIN! Is your business looking to host a training day during 2018? Maybe you’re already thinking about your staff Christmas party? The New Gower Hotel is giving you the chance to win a corporate event package that’s guaranteed to impress your colleagues - and maybe even your boss! Their spacious function suite is the ideal place to host an array of businessrelated events, and it could all be yours, plus more, for free! Prize includes: n Full use of function room and hotel grounds n Breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon snacks (for up to 25 attendees - extra attendees charged) n Tea, coffee and juices throughout the day Email with ‘GLGH’ as the subject. Email must include business name and telephone number. By entering, potential winners agree to sign up to The New Gower Hotel mailing list. Maximum of one email a month. The prize draw will be the 1st June 2018.

The New Gower Hotel 11 Church Lane, Bishopston Swansea SA3 3JT 01792 234111 Like and follow on Facebook @NewGowerHotel 15

If you’re looking for tantalising food in an enchanting setting where you can sit back and relax, then we have just the place for you. Introducing Mustard & Rye, located in the heart of Swansea Marina, an undeniable delight for your taste buds!


“ Perfect party venue, available for private hire.” Mustard & Rye is the sister restaurant of the popular Quay 3, but they’re distinctively different. Mustard & Rye is the perfect venue for a relaxed experience, in both menu and décor!

Their ‘by day’ menu has items to suit all tastes; from paninis and brunch, to salads and cakes, there’s something to please everyone. Your sweet tooth needn’t panic as they have a talented baker baking fresh cakes daily so you’re guaranteed to leave happier than you arrived.

Mustard & Rye has two menus; ‘by day’ and ‘by night’. At night there’s a selection of fantastic sharing tapas boards to please all at the table. Sharing is caring but you’ve got to care for you too - those who don’t like to share have plenty of choice from burgers to gourmet pizza. If this hasn’t got you slightly inquisitive then their selections of cocktails and drinks certainly will. 16

If you’re looking to spend your weekend with live music and a drink in hand then Mustard and Rye is the perfect place - the amalgamation of its vibrant atmosphere and relaxed ambience is an enticing partnership.

“ A selection of fantastic sharing tapas boards.”

If you’ve got an event or celebration coming up and you’re looking for a venue, then this could also be the spot to suit you. There’s plenty of space to hold your private party, and with beautiful surroundings and refreshments to match, your guests are certain to have a phenomenal experience. Mustard and Rye Find us in Swansea Marina Unit B Meridian Bay, Trawler Road Swansea SA11JN 01792 644271 Follow on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

For more info, get in touch with the restaurant through their Facebook page or on 01792 644271. We don’t think we need to say much more about Mustard and Rye so we’ll let the pictures do the talking. 17

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2017 saw a huge rise in the popularity of the British, traditional, afternoon tea and its popularity is set to grow even more in 2018. If you have a penchant for a cream tea, head to Swansea Marina... we have the perfect venue for you.


Quay Three’s Lounge is opening their doors every weekend for walkin afternoon teas - just the delight your appetite desires! Treat a loved one to the impeccable experience of a traditional afternoon tea surrounded by the enamours of beautiful décor and the picturesque Swansea Marina. All of the cakes are hand-made by a talented baker whose skills shine through in the details and tastes of her work. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding (or Victoria Sponge)!

Humble Pie is also the ideal venue to hold your event, be it a wedding, christening or birthday party. With beautiful décor and hard-working staff who strive to ensure all enjoy the celebration, it’s a combination that makes Humble Pie the first-class function location in Swansea. To find out more give the lounge a call on 01792 462251.

“ All of the cakes are hand-made by a talented baker whose skills shine through in the details and tastes of her work.”

Humble Pie - The Quay Three Lounge Swansea Marina, Trawler Road Maritime Quarter, Swansea 01792 462251 Like and on Facebook @Quay3Lounge 19


Close your eyes and picture this - You are wandering through the picturesque hillside, surrounded by scenic woodland and panoramic views of the famous Pendine Sands. Sound like the perfect dream? Pendine Manor & Apartments guarantee an experience unlike any other.

Whatever your adventure or party size, all can relax and enjoy the Pendine district. The manor sits right on the cusp of Laugharne you are in the perfect location for exploring beaches and enjoying the magnificent countryside of Carmarthenshire. It is the ideal spot for family holidays or those with wanderlust and desire just to get away and unwind and immerse themselves in the beautiful atmosphere. The manor offers easy access to the Pembrokeshire National Park as well as Carmarthenshire. You are merely half an hours drive from beautiful West Wales spots like Tenby and Saundersfoot.

The adventurous can stroll over to the resort and discover the seven miles of golden sand, scattered with cafés and fantastic traditional pubs. You couldn’t be in a more beautiful place. You are only a short drive away from the historic town of Laugharne, famously the birthplace Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. There you will be able to visit Dylan’s iconic boathouse and historic castle, which lie peacefully on the mouth of the stunning River Taf.

“ As you approach the cobbled courtyard and wander through the archway, Pendine Manor exhibits its grandeur.” 20

The large, detached Victorian Manor House boasts enviable, unobstructed sea views. The family home has been sympathetically restored and renovated to retain its original charm and character. It is an unforgettable experience for visitors looking to explore the beautiful coast of West Wales. The property is bursting with authentic style; it displays classic wooden floors, original stone walls and beams, not to mention the stunning feature fireplaces. As you approach the cobbled courtyard and wander through the archway, Pendine Manor exhibits its grandeur. The large hallway on the ground floor leads you into an open plan dining room and kitchen where the whole

family can relax and unwind with further rooms on the ground floor. The grand living room is inclusive of its original wooden flooring, two focal feature fireplaces, and boasts a large terrace with sublime sea views. The manor house has been thoughtfully furnished to an opulent standard. The master suite comes complete with a balcony that showcases the sweeping sea views, and an elegant fireplace. The room is a spacious en-suite complete with a super king size sleigh bed, a perfect place to kick back and relax after a day of exploration. In the evening, you can watch a movie in your very own cinema room, perfect to keep the children and family

entertained. The manor house boasts a separate games room equipped with a pool and football table, a great distraction if your unfortunate enough to have inclement weather. Outside, guests can enjoy the large veranda, along with a luscious garden and patio area. The perfect spot to relax and unwind, the guest experience is to watch the sunset over the idyllic bay, while enjoying an alfresco barbecue. Whatever your desire, your holiday is guaranteed to be a success! Any day out will be thoroughly enjoyable, and the joy doesn’t stop when you return to such an exquisite home. Memories will be made that can be treasured for a lifetime. 21

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Is there anything more spectacular than Spring in Gower? It’s a time for new beginnings and, at the family-run Purple Badger, Llanrhidian, new menus! This season sees the launch of their special set lunch; a choice of two delicious courses for just £14.95. On the menu you’ll find some classic favourites alongside an exciting variety of new dishes, including Welsh lamb chops (locally sourced from Howells butchers) with a rich lamb jus, duck fat roasted new potatoes and honey-glazed baby carrots.

Dine with them any evening this spring, and take advantage of the new Welsh cheese trolley. Choose three from a selection of fifteen different Welsh cheeses for just £7.95. On offer you’ll find everything from the silky smooth Caws Cenarth Brie to Snowdonia Cheese Company’s gorgeous black bomber, all served with choice of crackers, fruit and home-made chutneys.

With so much happening on the food front, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about The Purple Badger’s epic calendar of events. This season sees the return of last year’s sell-out kid’s discos, Nerf Wars, plus ‘Meet The Dinosaurs’, where your kids get the chance to learn and interact with a realistic, mechanical Tyrannosaurus Rex! A full list of all planned activities can be found via their Facebook page.

There’s also The Belly & Sucker; crispy pork belly served with a carrot puree, deep fried squid rings, seasonal blueberry salad and choice of potato. A little something different from your usual surf ‘n’ turf!

We recommend matching your cheeses with a glass of the newly-stocked Welsh Elderflower Port. It’s the most indulgent way to finish off any meal.

We think it’s safe to say, The Purple Badger, Llanrhidian, is the place to be this spring!

Meat not your thing? Then how about their vegan spinach, sweet potato and lentil dahl served with fluffy basmati rice? The plant-based revolution shows no sign of slowing down this year! Regular visitors to The Purple Badger will know that they’re all about providing customers with the best produce.

Speaking of indulgence; between midday and 4pm every Sunday, The Purple Badger continues to serve its now legendary roast lunch. A fantastic choice of fresh meat and vegetables cooked to absolute perfection alongside lashings of homemade gravy. Try it once and you’ll soon see why they have customers returning week after week. Always a busy service, advanced booking is highly recommended. 23

Llanrhidian Holiday Park Llanrhidian SA3 1EU 01792 391083 Follow on Twitter @BadgerGower

If you’re looking for authentic Jamaican cuisine in South Wales, Tadaaah! The fabulously authentic Jamaican Jills, in Swansea’s city centre offers you not only the opportunity to give your palate the Jamaican taste sensation and also bask in the feel-good, Jamaican Jills vibe.

SAVOUR JAMAICA Jamaican born Bernie Davies brought two halves of her heart together to bring us Jamaican Jills. Bernie is proud of her Jamaican heritage and applies this pride to all aspects of the restaurant. Bernie cherishes Wales and all the culture and tradition that comes with it. In the not-so-sunny Swansea, it’s a real pleasure to dine somewhere that brings the Caribbean vibes to you! There’s something for everyone, from colourful cocktails, to appetizing dishes that will appeal to all. It’s not just the food and drink that’ll slip you into a good mood, everything is geared towards creating a joyful party atmosphere, from the cool décor to live reggae music.

But don’t just take it from us, here’s what diners have to say… “There’s really not too much to say about this place as I’m sure its reputation speaks for itself. The food is banging, the atmosphere is so chilled and relaxed, and the Caribbean music is a really good touch. I will definitely be coming back to get my food fix.” “Wanted to go here for a while - great staff, good atmosphere and nice food all washed down with a Red Stripe. Would go back and I travelled twenty miles to get here!”

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And finally, what does the leading lady have to say herself? “Jamaica is bursting with such an amazing, vibrant culture that I really want to share it with everyone. I love the culture in Wales, I have lived here so many years and have grown to love its quirks which are not too dissimilar to Jamaica. For example, both cultures are very friendly, and also very frank! Having grown up in Jamaica it’s a privilege to be able to celebrate and treat our customers to the Caribbean culture that I love!” Whatever the occasion the whole team endeavour to ensure you have the very best time. Join the party, and relax in the most vibrant restaurant in Swansea!

Jamaican Jills The City Gates, Little Wind Street SA1 1EE 01792 476222 Check them out on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @jamaicanjillsswansea 25

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Russell Scott-Lawson, owner of Hawkes, the gentlemen’s outfitters in Morgan Arcade has dressed many a groom and groomsmen over the years. He was delighted to work with Luke Rowe (Welsh racing cyclist with Team Sky) for his forthcoming marriage to Cath Ingram. We chatted to the couple to find out why Luke chose Hawkes.

H AWKES When was the date of your wedding? We got married on the 12th of November, 2016. Where did you get married? We chose the stunning Cardiff City hall. The ceremony took place in the marble hall and the wedding breakfast and evening party took place in the assembly room. How did Luke propose Cath? We often walk our dog Oscar up around the rolling countryside around Caerphilly and Machen. One summer afternoon, we decided to go for a walk up there, this time just the two of us. When we got to the top of the mountain, Luke took me completely by surprise and got down on one knee and popped the question. He had also snuck a bottle of my favourite champers and a blanket in his rucksack, so we were able to sit down and enjoy the moment.

Why did you choose Hawkes for your wedding attire Luke? Cath’s dad had been going to Hawkes for years; pretty much since it first opened. So, when I needed a nice suit a few years ago, he suggested I go there. Since then it’s always Hawkes I go to if I want something that’s a little special. So, when it came to choosing the suits for my wedding, I didn’t hesitate to go to Hawkes.

Luckily, Russell worked his magic and got us a couple of pairs delivered by the next day for me to choose from.

What did Hawkes supply you with? We had all the suits and ties from Hawkes; for me, my best man (my brother Matt), Cath’s dad (Andy) and my other six groomsmen. We also bought all the groomsmen cufflinks from there which were little Vespas - Cath and I have a Vespa where we live in France, so it seemed a nice personal touch. We also had mine and my best man’s shoes from there. Days before the wedding, I decided I should ‘break in’ my shoes and I realised they were nowhere to be found.

The wedding had to be postponed. Can you tell us the story behind the delay? Originally we were due to get married on 21st November 2015. Unfortunately, at the beginning of September, Cath’s dad collapsed and was taken to hospital, where we later found out he had an abscess on his brain. He was in hospital for eight to ten weeks and, as we knew that there would be no way Cath’s dad would be able to make the wedding, we decided to postpone it.


Do you shop at Hawkes for casual and formal wear? Yes I do. I don’t have much need for many suits and shirts but for some nice casual wear - it’s great. The shoes are my favourite though. You always know you’ll get something a bit quirky and different.

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We always knew we were going to get married, so it meant more to us to just wait until he was better, so that we had the day that we wanted it to be and Andy be a part of it. Were you pleased with the suits and accessories that Hawkes supplied? Yes, we were really pleased with them. We had exactly the type of look we were going for. All my groomsmen are different shapes and sizes; from one guy who is around 5½ foot to another whose 6 foot 9 inches. All of the suits were tailored so everyone felt happy. Cath, where did you get your dress from? I bought it from Cardiff Bridal Centre on Mill Lane in Cardiff. One of my oldest friends, Julian Burgess, (one of the groomsmen) owns the shop with his sister Katie, so it meant a lot to us to be able to get the dress from them.

What made the day special? The day was more special than we could ever have imagined. I think with the long wait for the day, we appreciated it and what it meant all the more. We have been together coming up nine years in May, so it just meant so much to us to be able to become husband and wife. To be able to look around a room full of people we love and know that were all there for us is also pretty incredible. We are both really close to our families, so sharing the day with them, including Andy who had made a full recovery to walk Cath down the aisle, was a big part of it for us too. Where did you go on your honeymoon? We flew to Rome a few days after our wedding. We only had time for three nights there, as I had to get back to training for the coming season. 29

It’s such a beautiful place and we loved exploring the Coliseum and other Roman ruins. Italy was also the perfect place for me to enjoy all the best foods before getting back into my training regime and for Cath to have a blow out after ‘the bridal diet’. Would you recommend Hawkes? Absolutely. With regards the wedding, they just handled everything from sourcing extra ties to tracking down all the groomsmen to get the suits tailored - nothing was too much trouble. And, on a day-to-day basis, if you want something that’s a bit different and a bit special, in my opinion Hawkes is the place to get it.

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Choosing a wedding supplier can be a daunting task. The Bridal Boutique aim to take away the stress of finding one of the most important purchases for a bride - the dress! Their gowns are carefully and lovingly selected to ensure the very best quality, latest designs, and affordable prices.

THE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE Gower Life spoke to Michelle from The Bridal Boutique about why they believe they are one of the best wedding boutiques in Wales. “Being centrally located, just off junction 34 of the M4, we service many brides from the South Wales Valleys, Newport, Cardiff, and Swansea. We have also had the pleasure of looking after brides from Brecon, Abergavenny and Aberystwyth and as far afield as the Midlands and North East. We pride ourselves on offering a professional and friendly service and, with over 400 weddings completed each year, it is important to us that our customers receive an enjoyable experience - from choosing the perfect gown, through to collection it in the days before their wedding. Michelle added, “2017 was a busy year for us, but all our hard work paid off as we were elated to discover that he had won ‘Best of Welsh Bridal Retailer of the Year’ at an award ceremony that was held at the beautiful De Courceys Manor in Cardiff. This award meant so much as we were nominated, and voted for, by the most important people

which, of course, are our customers. We had a fabulous evening mingling with well-respected suppliers from all types of wedding services from right across South Wales.” So if you are looking for an awardwinning boutique that has been offering outstanding quality and service, especially their extensive collection of bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, prom dresses, and accessories, The Bridal Boutique should definitely be on your wedding list. 30

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EVERY MOMENT M ATTERS Talented photographer and videographer Ben Armstrong is quickly making a name for himself in the industry. Capturing the emotion of events, businesses and people, Ben believes that video is a marketing tool that every business can’t afford to ignore. Gower Life chatted to Ben to find out more about his passion for the moving image. How long have you been interested in photography and videography? I have been interested in film and photography most of my life. As a youngster, I use to watch a lot of films and wish I could one day make something that people could watch that would either make them laugh or smile. It’s all about the emotion. What do you enjoy most about your work? I really enjoy capturing moments that make people smile or refresh their memory from a time in their life. That’s where my passion lies - being able to meet lots of new people on my journey is an added bonus. What do you think makes your work stand out above others? When I’m working with businesses, I aim to put them at ease so the essence of the business shines through. I think when you watch one of my videos there is a certain style or energy to my work.

It means a lot to me to capture a venue or event correctly so that it ends up either being a wonderful memory for someone, or a superb marketing tool. I like to work closely with the customer to capture their hard work in a fun and energetic way. What does a video cost? The budget starts with time taken filming - then I put the clips together. This is called the editing process. From there I add the music that sometimes needs to be licensed depending on what the client wants. Event coverage with music ranges from £395.00 - £1,500 depending on the length of the shoot, music and editing time. What about weddings? Weddings are usually a full day of filming, with lots of footage to go through. Sometimes I’ll have two people filming (one with the girls and one with the boys). Given the nature of this ‘once in a lifetime’ occasion, we tend to spend more time capturing as many precious moments as possible, so this is reflected in the price. 32

Prices start at £1,500 depending on length of film. I’ve also been asked to travel abroad to cover weddings which I’m happy to do. What type of clients do you work for? I have been very lucky in my career as a videographer to be asked to work for magazines, holiday companies, charities and corporate events such as The Brogue Trader and Maserati. I recently covered Penarth Fashion Week and really enjoyed working with the RNLI on the project.

“ I really enjoy capturing moments that make people smile.” If you would like a video for your business or special event, please get in touch by calling 07766 106701 Please follow the link below to see the quality of Ben’s work

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Colours of Cowbridge is a mainstay of the small town’s main shopping district and is well worth the visit if you pop down for the day. We spoke to Julie at Colours to find out what 2018 has in store for her and her loyal customers.


With the Spring season finally coming over the horizon what new lines/stock do you have in store to celebrate the new year? Where do I start? Because of how diverse we are here are Colours of Cowbridge we have amazing and elegant collections from Zeila, Cabotine, Dress Code & Gina Bacconi which all provide beautiful Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom outfits.We also have our fabulous Frank Lyman Design collection in, which is actually one of my favourite designers to sell. I always think they are investment pieces as they never date, I call it timeless fashion. Last year we covered the fact that TV Star Gok Wan specifically chose Colours to showcase your brands at a fashion brunch. What did it feel like to get such recognition and how did it help pave the way to the new year? I had a wonderful day and loved being given the opportunity to work with a fashion icon and I felt extremely proud to see our special occasion gowns being showcased and in Goks words “bringing a touch of glitz and glamour” to the catwalk.

You are one of Cowbridge’s must visit shops, how do you think you have managed to stay that way for so many years? We are delighted to be able to offer a vast range of different fashions from top end to casual and are equally able to dress ladies for events such as the Welsh BAFTA’s, the BRIT Awards and investitures at Buckingham Palace and then provide the same ladies with cocktail and special occasion wear as well as pieces for work or everyday casual wear all at really reasonable prices.

On March 2nd we are supporting the charity Welsh Hearts by putting on a fashion show as part of their “Mad Hatters Ladies afternoon tea” Event in the Bear Hotel Cowbridge where Ceri Dupree will be the entertainment. We will as always be involved in the annual fashion show in Cowbridge along with the other local boutiques, as well as having a few of our own events in the shop to launch each seasons ranges.

This coupled with the personal service that has led to so many of our customers to becoming regulars and indeed friends has enabled Colours to maintain its place on Cowbridge’s high street for 30 years. Do you have any plans / events scheduled for 2018? Just like last year 2018 is going to be so busy and so exciting, we will shortly be launching our new website, we have wonderful new brands arriving all the time including Foil, Smashed Lemon, Marble, MDM, and Michaela Louisa. 35

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Not that we are biased (we are!), but Justin’s work as the official Gower Life photographer is crème de la crème!


Justin Harris celebrates ten years of showcasing his photographic expertise. From fashion shoots to high-end weddings whatever the occasion Justin has the creativity to make the images beyond ordinary and gives you the luxury of immersing yourself forever in that moment. Moving into the new studio above Formal Hire he offers headshots, prom

shoots, commercial photography and also provides training for all of the above. Justin and his team are dedicated to delivering the highest standard possible; images that will bring a smile to your face each and every time you set eyes on them. Whatever you would like to book, get in contact to hear what the experts have to say! 36

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Chic Boutique Clothing in Pontyclun stock luxury women’s casual wear, High Definition make-up, paraben free bath bombs, scented candles and more!


It’s a family affair with Shannon’s mother, Lisa, helping with the running of the business. Lisa brings her experience of 34 years in retail and visual merchandising. She has played a tremendous part in the journey to where Chic Boutique is now. Shannon offers a truly lovely shopping experience with all items available at reasonable, everyday prices. In addition to being a High Definition make-up stockiest, this sweet boutique offers a gorgeous collection of accessories such as bath bombs, earrings and clasp bags.

Chic Boutique has an exquisite range of stunning casual wear and celebrityinspired clothing that will keep you on trend and add a skip to your step as you walk down the high street. With the Spring months in full swing why not treat yourself to the perfect gift from the perfect place. Tell them we sent you!

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Boasting one of the largest showrooms in South Wales, Enterprise2000 is an independent outlet specialising in kitchens, appliances and most recently, fitted bedrooms. With the company having gone from strength to strength over the last few years, we recently met up with their on-hand Kitchen Designer, Emma Reed to find out more.


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Established over 20 years ago, Enterprise2000 was bought out by the current three partners who have been running the business for 14 years; they were the ones who saw an opportunity to invest in a fitted kitchen department to run alongside the kitchen appliance side of the business. Although discussing business, when talking to Emma, you can feel her passion for what she does and why she does it. The mantra on which they run the company is quality at affordable prices to give people the kitchen of their dreams, and this goal is almost palpable in everything that we talked about. Why choose Enterprise2000? When asked what makes them unique, Emma lit up with enthusiasm. Her answer was three-fold: premium quality products at affordable prices, a dedicated team of knowledgeable experts, and their firstclass customer service and after sales care.

“ Quality at affordable prices.”

Affordable Quality Working with other local companies, Enterprise2000 is able to obtain highquality products for their kitchen and bedroom ranges, as opposed to multi-nationals who are limited to what they can purchase. We stock and supply top brand appliances which are competitively priced and matched with online companies including, John Lewis and Currys. This allows Emma to get the best products and bargains for her customers. A Knowledgeable Team Made up of a dedicated team of experts, Enterprise2000 is regularly complimented on their knowledgeable and friendly staff. In fact, it is one of the reasons that the company gets referred so much and attracts customers in their droves. Emma says, “we believe the strength of any business is with its staff and we are so lucky with ours! Not only are they local and have been with us for years, but they also attend regular training with suppliers so they know everything about the appliances and they keep up with current trends. We couldn’t ask for more!” 42

Superb Customer Care Most multi-national companies have an online call centre with customer service teams, but with Enterprise2000, you will deal with one of the key team members directly to get your potential issue resolved. Emma prides herself on her customer care, stating that they offer above and beyond service from the initial conversation right up to after sales care. In fact, she said that customers always comment on how easy it is to work with Enterprise and how much they love that they can order appliances at home online and have it turn up when expected without being damaged or faulty. Enterprise2000: The Kitchens With one of the largest showrooms in South Wales, it’s hard to imagine that Emma was teaching herself kitchen design just eight years ago. It’s true, however, and with her partners, she has since built the business into the success it is today where the majority of her work comes from referrals. As humbling as she finds this, the sheer amount of referrals reflect just how unique and first-hand the service at Enterprise is.

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Testimonials “Great Ideas” Re-designed our kitchen with the best expertise and ideas from the wonderful and patience of Emma. Great ideas with types of appliances and first-class prices. Follow up assistance and support always readily available. Roy

“ We believe the strength of any business is with its staff and we are lucky with ours.”

“First Class Service” Amazing kitchen bought by my in-laws. First class service from start to finish. No hesitation in recommending Emma and her team. Thank you. Lisa Cranbrook Platinum

While it is common in the kitchen industry for staff to work on a commission basis, pushing their kitchens at higher prices to earn a higher commission, Emma’s philosophy is completely different: “I work with whatever the client’s budget allows, offering a better quality kitchen than most other suppliers in our area to help their dream become a reality.” Offering a full range of premium quality kitchens and high-end appliances, Enterprise2000 works directly with other independent companies, such as Symphony Kitchens, the UK’s leading manufacturer, and the Cosentino Group, the design leaders in surfaces with its brands, Silestone, Dekton and Sensa. This means that they can offer the best for their clients, with each kitchen being built new using premium products and new premium-quality quartz work surfaces are available up to six months before any other showroom. Enterprise2000: The Bedrooms Emma was incredibly proud and excited about Enterprise’s recent launch of newly fitted bedroom displays in their

showroom; customers can now see the modern Symphony Urbano Range in all its glory alongside the elegant and stunning Laura Ashley Collection. As you can imagine, the news of the new Laura Ashley bedroom ranges are spreading and they are already extremely popular just a few months into their launch. Obviously, this excitement is due to the exceptional products themselves, but it may also be due to the massive social media giveaway where someone won a dressing table worth up to £1,500! Again, Enterprise works alongside other well-esteemed local companies such as The Rocking Chair that supply the beds for the displays and designer Elizabeth Styles for the fabrics. Emma prides herself on this, stating that “we love working with other independent retailers to offer the whole package to suit our clients’ needs and requirements.” From our discussion with Emma, we could see that Enterprise2000 is much more than a local company that offers high-quality kitchens, appliances and 43

bedrooms at great prices. Made up of a dedicated team of experts, Enterprise aims to work with their clients on their design journey from dream to reality, helping them to make the right decisions for them. Meeting Emma herself and talking about her exceptional customer service and intimate partnerships with other local companies, it is no surprise at all that she won Business Woman of the Year recently for growth expansion. We couldn’t think of someone who deserves it more and it is a testament to her incredible work ethic.

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It’s been another incredible year for Alexander James of Swansea. As the company’s reputation has been growing, primarily, from its many happy customers. Mr and Mrs Lewis of Cowbridge are one of these and are now fully ensconced in their stunning new home. “Our favourite feature has got to be the bi-folding doors. When they are opened up fully on a sunny day, the uninterrupted elevation brings in a tremendous amount of light and you feel that you are part of the outdoor landscape.” “Several people have asked who did our doors and windows installation and we have passed on Alexander James’s contact details without hesitation.”

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Lewis Ballard Accountants are certainly not your average accountants. As Neil Ballard explains, “Accounts are just one small piece of the jigsaw.” Too many business owners put all their money and all their time into their business, often risking everything, taking no holidays and still ending up with nothing to show for it when they retire. Neil tells us all about how to achieve the…


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We work hard to make sure this doesn’t happen to our clients We look at the whole picture. Focusing on them personally, as well as their business. We make sure they get the success their hard work deserves, with time to enjoy it now, and the security of a comfortable future as well. To achieve this, we work with a variety of other top professionals, such as specialist Independent Financial Advisors, Bank Managers and Solicitors. However, although we encourage clients to take more time out to recharge their batteries, we realise this is an area where we can still do more. So, we invested in our own travel franchise which we aptly call Time for Life!’

Through our parent company, Not Just Travel, we now have access to over 500 suppliers and literally thousands of holidays. So now, when clients need a break, we can actually book it for them too! In every area, we always ensure our clients get the best by selecting the best companies to work with and our travel company’s no different. So, we are delighted to issue this really exciting press release about it; Olympic Hero Pledges Support to Time for Life with Not Just Travel as they strive for gold success.

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We, at Not Just Travel and based in Cardiff, are proud to announce that Olympic Gold Medalist, Daley Thompson, is our new “brand ambassador” and public face of our company. Time for Life has been a franchisee of Not Just Travel for six months, and it’s because of their indisputable support that we have grown, strength upon strength, in our business. They have provided us with the knowledge and support to grow our travel business. Whilst we work independently, we also share in the successes and brand strength of Not Just Travel which we can now excitingly say introduces Daley Thompson to our team as the new brand ambassador.

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“It is an absolute pleasure to be working with the whole team within Not Just Travel, they have such a passion for the work that they do. Talking personally with Time for Life, within the franchise I discovered the real people behind the business and how hard they work to bring the best for their clients. There is such vision, passion, dedication and inspiration.” said Daley.

I am sure he will help us strive for even more future success, with his entrepreneurial, mentoring and coaching skills there is no better person to help us deliver even better results and of course the perfect holiday options for our customers.”

Neil Ballard of Time for Life, says, “I am delighted that Daley Thompson has joined our team. He is an invaluable addition to our company and, of course, a hero of mine.

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Technology is changing fast in the medical world, especially in the MRI scanning sector.


The European Scanning Centre looks more like a boutique hotel than a medical centre. We met with manager Melanie to find out more.

He has a large clinical practice which has given him considerable insight into the needs of referring clinicians ensuring the ESC delivers a first class imaging service.

Please tell us about the facility... The facility in Cardiff comprises of a new Open and Upright MRI Scanner, the only one of its type in Wales. n The scanner is completely open above and to the front and rear, thereby avoiding claustrophobia. n Patients can be scanned in their position of pain whether it is sitting, standing, bending or lying down. n Extra wide space ensures larger patients feel comfortable and relaxed during the scan.

Please tell us about the ESC team... Melanie is Centre Manager along with two Radiographers (Carol-Ann and Ria). The Reception staff are Lisa and Nicola.

How long has the European Scanning Centre been in operation? Since 2003. The ESC has developed a reputation for providing a high quality and professional imaging service. Dr Paul Jenkins MA MD FRCP is the Medical Director of European Scanning Centre and also a Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist. He graduated from Cambridge University and The Royal London Hospital before undertaking specialist training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

The Radiographers have many years experience of working in MRI scanners across South Wales - both in the NHS and private sector. Melanie previously worked in the Open MRI scanner, which was in the same premises as European Scanning Centre, for over fifteen years. Tell us about the ambience and interior décor of the centre... The Centre has been carefully designed with patient comfort at the forefront with a warm and welcoming reception area and staff who have been specially chosen for their ability to put patients at ease. We have invested in a five star environment where the emphasis is on patient comfort & relaxation. Whilst being scanned, patients are able to watch television, listen to the radio or are welcome to bring in their music of choice. 50

Two way audio facilities allow our radiographers to communicate and reassure patients during their scan and the viewing window ensures that both the patient and the radiographer are always in the line of vision.

How does the scanner work? The scanner is a large super conducting magnet - it is the only superconductive MRI scanner that enables fully open and upright imaging of the spine and joints, allowing patients to be scanned in a non claustrophobic and full weight bearing position. Imaging in the sitting or standing position can provide a more accurate diagnosis thus improving overall patient outcome. It is a more patient friendly scanner than the usual tunnel scanners - so more suited to patients who are anxious, claustrophobic or are unable to lie down. How much does the scanner cost? The refurbishment of the centre and new scanner has cost almost £2m. It’s a considerable investment but worth every penny as the benefits to patients’ wellbeing are well worth it.

SCANNING CENTRE Why do patients choose the scanner? The scanner is U shaped so is open above the patient unlike closed MRI scanners thereby avoiding any sense of claustrophobia.

How long does the scan take? Each part we scan takes approx thirty minutes but we allow more time for the appointment so that patients can get comfortable in the scan room.

Do I need a doctor’s referral? Ideally it is better to be referred for a scan by your GP, a consultant, physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath. However we do accept self referrals for certain scans.

Where do your patients come from? The majority of our patients come from all over Wales and the West Country as there are very few of these scanners in operation. But we have also scanned patients from overseas including Ireland and the Middle East.

How quickly are results generated? We aim to get the results back to the referrer within forty-eight hours. How many patients can you see? It depends on the part of the body and how many areas we need to examine. We tailor appointments to suit the needs of the patient as some patients have specific mobility issues or other needs that need extra time. We don’t want to rush our patients as many need more time for the examination than the standard closed MRI scanner due to claustrophobia or mobility issues.

How do your fees compare? The ESC is recognised by all the major insurers. We aim to be as competitive as possible in our pricing and do not seek to charge a premium for the specialist services we offer. The self pay cost depends on the number of areas being scanned - however our prices are competitive to other open MRI scanners. We don’t profess to be a provider of “conveyor belt scanning” as we tailor our service to provide the extra time and support for patients to be able complete their scan.

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Welcome to Premier Club, a unique social, business and dining experience at some of the finest venues in Wales. Premier Club creates the perfect environment in which to socialise and meet like-minded people.







For membership opportunities please contact Lucy Gallivan CALL 07860 930399


Meet, mingle and mix was the theme at Gower Life magazine’s Premier Social at Quay 3’s sister venue, The Lounge, in January.

PREMIER SOCIAL On the 19th of January, we held Gower Life’s first Premier Social event. The event was held in Quay Three’s Lounge and ran from 5pm to 7pm.

There was a fantastic atmosphere to the evening which was accompanied by the relaxing sounds of musician, Daz English. The motto for the evening was ‘Meet, mingle and mix’. For more information on where and when the next Premier Social event will be, contact Lucy. 07860 930 399



THE JOURNEY OF A MUSICIAN Shortly before appearing at our very own Premier Club event, Gower Life spoke to Daz English about the journey that led to his career. “My love for music goes back as far as I can recall. My dad had always played in bands and, as I was growing up, I remember always watching him play. Then, when I was about 9, he began teaching me how to play the guitar. At the age of 10 I owned my first acoustic guitar, an instrument I never stopped playing. During school I would experiment with other musicians and, at home, I would play cassette albums of classic guitarists and play over the track, finding this easier than reading straight from the music sheet.

I was in a band until I was 16 where I joined the army. For the six years I was there my guitar came everywhere with me, even to Iraq in 2004 to help keep moral up in my squad. Returning home from the army led me to a job I disliked that took me away from my passion for music. So after leaving my job I began busking and playing Open Mic’s across Cardiff. Within a year I had played some wonderful gigs, and a good few festivals. From there my passion now keeps me busy every day. In addition to personal gigs, I also play at weddings, private parties, pubs, clubs and restaurants. I am also in the process of creating original songs ready for the release of my first EP.” 55

For bookings, feel free to call or contact via email or social media. 07399 803720 Facebook: @dazenglishmusic Instagram: @dazenglishmusic Twitter: @english_daz

Welcome to Gower Life Magazine’s Social Life section, a veritable who’s who in and around Gower, Mumbles & Swansea.

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A Christmas Cracker with Dean Saunders

Ex Wales International Dean Saunders entertained guests at the Village Hotel in Swansea in December - another excellent lunchtime event by The Events Room. This time the charities benefitting were Velindre, Bowel Cancel UK and Cancer Research Wales. Around 150 guests enjoyed a cracking lunch and all agreed it was an excellent day’s entertainment. Special mention for Chris Daniel’s Virtual World Ride for Charity. What a hero. For more information visit The Events Room website at



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Six Nations Preview Dinner raises £4,000! Rugby legends Jonathan Davies OBE and Jeremy Guscott were special guests at an England v Wales Six Nations preview Dinner on the 8th February 2018. Another superb event by The Events Room saw 275 guests talk rugby at Swansea’s iconic Liberty Stadium. Just over £4,000 was raised for Velindre in a fun-packed event that all agreed was an excellent insight into the world of international rugby. For more information on future events, please visit





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THANK YOU Thanks for taking the time to read this edition of Gower Life magazine. With a readership of over 30,000 between our print and online editions, if you are reading this, you’re in great company. Quality is at the heart of everything we do and we cut no corners on design, production and the quality of our print. Talking about printing, we source pretty much everything locally, and over 95% of our company’s turnover is reinvested back into the community. If you have a business and are interested in promoting your goods or services to an aspirational audience in Gower, Mumbles or Swansea then Gower Life is almost certainly right for you. Jennifer Hobbs-Roberts Editor

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P ROMOTING YOUR BUSINESS We value our advertisers. We appreciate the trust they place in us by promoting their businesses in our magazines. With our local partners, we currently publish a range of high quality quarterly titles across Wales. You can advertise your business from as little as £35 per season in this magazine. Pick-up-ability! Our magazines aren’t like other magazines. They have real pick-up appeal - in fact, they really do go like hot cakes. Quality comes first... along with the environment. We’re passionate about quality. The magazines are beautifully written and designed, and printed locally in South Wales on high quality paper (and no nasty varnishes or lamination we’re as green as green can be). Quality distribution to an affluent, aspirational audience... We distribute our magazines to over 1,000 carefully selected outlets across South Wales. We’d love to have your business on board. If you’d like to promote your business or service in our magazines, please get in touch, we’d love the opportunity to work with you.

OUR TITLES We proudly publish four Life-style magazines and one business to business title. Vale Life (our first magazine). This covers the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan - the most southerly county in Wales and deemed to be the most affluent. Vale Life was the first magazine we published. City Life The premier lifestyle magazine for Cardiff, Wales’ capital city. The magazine is delivered to all areas of Cardiff. Valleys Life At the heart of the South Wales Valleys. From the Neath Valley in the West to Blaenau Gwent and Pontypool in the East. West Life Covering Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and coastal Ceredigion, West Life is in touch with the relaxed lifestyle of this very special part of Wales. In Business Wales’ premier magazine for people in business. This is the kind of publication people in business want to read; interesting, inspirational and aspirational.

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Gower Life Spring 2018  

Swansea, Mumbles & Gower’s Premier Lifestyle Magazine

Gower Life Spring 2018  

Swansea, Mumbles & Gower’s Premier Lifestyle Magazine