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Charlotte Church shares photos of her £2.5m South Wales home which has a school in the annexe

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Charlotte Church has given fans a glimpse inside her quirky £2.5 million South Wales home that boasts a school in the annexe.

The 35-year-old singer lives in the well-heeled village of Dinas Powys with her husband Jonathan Powell and their nine-month-old daughter whose name is yet to be disclosed, and her children, Ruby, 13, and son Dexter, 12, who she shares with her ex-partner, former Wales rugby player Gavin Henson. 

The Welsh beauty recently opened her doors to local children as well, after setting up a private school in 2019 with a 20-person classroom where she hopes to ‘liberate’ children. 

Look inside: Charlotte Church has given fans a glimpse inside her quirky £2.5 million South Wales home that boasts a school in the annex

Look inside: Charlotte Church has given fans a glimpse inside her quirky £2.5 million South Wales home that boasts a school in the annex

Wow: The 35-year-old singer lives in the well-heeled village of Dinas Powys and recently opened her doors to local children as well, after setting up a private school in 2019 with a 20-person classroom where she hopes to 'liberate' children

Wow: The 35-year-old singer lives in the well-heeled village of Dinas Powys and recently opened her doors to local children as well, after setting up a private school in 2019 with a 20-person classroom where she hopes to ‘liberate’ children

 In an Instagram video on Thursday, Charlotte announced she ‘wanted to share the most magical area of my house’ as she showed off a secret door to her living room disguised as a bookcase. 

‘Who says magic isn’t real!’ asked Charlotte as she shared the clip along with the Harry Potter theme music. 

As the bookcase door swung open it revealed a spacious living room that boasted soft leather sofas a selection of plants and wall hangings as well as a guitar. 

The video also showed off her two pet pooches who were filmed running around the room and jumping onto a large brown sofa that was decorated with teal cushions.  

Another picture shared from her home showed her walls boasting a quirky patterned paper with large windows allowing for plenty of natural light and a look at her sprawling garden.  

Magical: In an Instagram video on Thursday, Charlotte announced she 'wanted to share the most magical area of my house' as she showed off a secret door to her living room disguised as a bookcase

Look inside: The bookcase opens as a door to show off the incredible living room

Magical: In an Instagram video on Thursday, Charlotte announced she ‘wanted to share the most magical area of my house’ as she showed off a secret door to her living room disguised as a bookcase

Although Charlotte gave fans a look at her incredible outdoor space the private school she has set up on her grounds was not visible. 

The singer, her husband and several teachers, welcomed 18 kids, aged 9-12 into the school last autumn after announcing she did not think the current school system works. 

The idea is part of Charlotte’s The Awen Project – which she hopes will eventually grow into a charity which can set up other independent schools. 

She pledged the school which would have pupils from ‘all walks of life’, stating: ‘Since I’ve had kids I have become much more interested in education and child development.

‘We started looking at schools and different mainstream options available to us. It started to become apparent that mainstream is struggling with underfunding and overcrowding – teachers are incredibly tested.’ 

Magical scenes: 'Who says magic isn't real!' asked Charlotte as she shared the clip along with the Harry Potter theme music

Wow: As the bookcase door swung open it revealed a spacious living room that boasted soft leather sofas a selection of plants and wall hangings as well as a guitar

Magical scenes: ‘Who says magic isn’t real!’ asked Charlotte as she shared the clip along with the Harry Potter theme music

Prior to setting up the private school she said she had been on a ‘massive research mission’ for 18 months visiting schools – including Sands in Devon and private school Eton.

She said: ‘We’re trying to create something really based on all the evidence – everything we know about how humans learn best, at what stage do children’s brains develop to take in different types of information.

‘We see a lot of people feeling completely disengaged or don’t feel that they have a voice, or that their voice matters.’

Striking: Another picture shared from her home showed her walls boasting a quirky patterned paper with large windows allowing for plenty of natural light and a look at her sprawling garden

Striking: Another picture shared from her home showed her walls boasting a quirky patterned paper with large windows allowing for plenty of natural light and a look at her sprawling garden

Pupils would study for qualifications such as GCSEs and BTECs but Charlotte said the school would ‘still have lots of creative freedom’.

Welsh is not currently planned to be taught as a subject – but the pupils would learn the language in a ‘Welsh kitchen’.

She said: ‘I totally believe in the transformation of the whole education system and I think it’s possible. I want to play an active part in making that change.’   

She announced that pupils would be given a say over the rules, how they want lessons to be delivered, what food they eat and how they travel to school. 

Sweet: The 35-year-old singer lives in the well-heeled village of Dinas Powys with her husband Jonathan Powell and their nine-month-old daughter whose name is yet to be disclosed, and her children, Ruby, 13, and son Dexter, 12

Sweet: The 35-year-old singer lives in the well-heeled village of Dinas Powys with her husband Jonathan Powell and their nine-month-old daughter whose name is yet to be disclosed, and her children, Ruby, 13, and son Dexter, 12

The school will be non fee-paying and will educate children aged between nine and 12, but neighbours raised fears about the schoolchildren’s welfare. 

Speaking to the New Statesman about her school, she revealed that some of the pupils came to her school as selective mutes after struggling with the current schooling system. 

She explained: ‘These kids were very, very unhappy in mainstream education,’ Church says, ‘but then within a couple of months they were chairing our daily democratic meeting.’ 

Charlotte helps out with the teaching herself, offering music lessons to the pupils.   

Plenty of greenery: Although Charlotte gave fans a look at her incredible outdoor space the private school she has set up on her grounds was not visible

Look outside: The grounds looked phenomenal

Plenty of greenery: Although Charlotte gave fans a look at her incredible outdoor space the private school she has set up on her grounds was not visible

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British ex-pat, 67, is forced to DESTROY his Spanish home two months after his wife died from cancer

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A British ex-pat has been forced to knock down his £130,000 Spanish home two months after his wife died from cancer.

But the situation for 67-year-old Gurney Davey, from Suffolk, could get worse because he is facing six months in prison after a mayor illegally gave him planning permission for the house.

‘I was distraught at first, my blood pressure was sky high and then I lost my wife,’ Mr Davey said this week as he was demolishing his home near Tolox, Malaga.

Gurney Davey, 67, has been forced to knock down his £130,000 Spanish home two months after his wife died from cancer

Gurney Davey, 67, has been forced to knock down his £130,000 Spanish home two months after his wife died from cancer

Despite Friday’s demolition also costing him €1,600, he added that it had actually come as ‘some sort of relief’ having fought the legal battle since 2004, over the house he built in 2003. 

It was then that legal firm, Manzanares, informed him he would be getting a licence for an ‘almacen’ (or storeroom), which would allow him to build the house.

‘We thought we had done everything right. We got legal advice and went through a lawyer in order to get permission to build the home,’ Davey explained. 

But he was later told that his house was one of around 350 that were illegally given planning permission by the former mayor, Juan Vera, who was eventually handed a prison sentence of his own.

Mr Davey was told his house had to be demolished for himself to avoid a six-month prison sentence, with the news coming just after his wife, Diana, died from bowel cancer at the age of 71.

‘Diana fought breast cancer for six years before bowel cancer – I am sure the stress brought it on.’ 

‘But thankfully it is now over,’ he explained. ‘It has been going on for so long now, I’ve finally come to terms with what needs to be done. 

‘Having it demolished was actually a relief,’ he added.

As he still owns the land, he can still live on it – just not in a house.

Despite Friday's demolition also costing him €1,600, he added that it had actually come as 'some sort of relief' having fought the legal battle since 2004, over the house be built in 2003. Pictured: Mr Davey's home in Spain before it was demolished on Friday

Despite Friday’s demolition also costing him €1,600, he added that it had actually come as ‘some sort of relief’ having fought the legal battle since 2004, over the house be built in 2003. Pictured: Mr Davey’s home in Spain before it was demolished on Friday

Mr Davey was told that his house was one of around 350 that were illegally given planning permission by the former mayor, Juan Vera, who was eventually handed a prison sentence. Pictured: Mr Davey's home in Spain after it was demolished on Friday

Mr Davey was told that his house was one of around 350 that were illegally given planning permission by the former mayor, Juan Vera, who was eventually handed a prison sentence. Pictured: Mr Davey’s home in Spain after it was demolished on Friday

Now, the father-of-three is planning a minimalist life staying in a converted van, so that his five dogs still have the space to roam.

‘This land is my home, it is my life and these dogs are all I have left.’

Whether or not he still faces a prison sentence, is yet to be confirmed.

The ex-pat only found out about the potential six-month sentence when a court document was delivered to a neighbour’s house.

‘I went straight to Tolox town hall with it. They told me I shouldn’t have received it yet,’ he recalled. ‘They said they were going to be sending the notification to me once they had stamped it.’

He had never been told about the court case that followed on from a Guardia Civil denuncia for an ‘illegal build’, but Davey’s two-bed home should never have been built according to the Malaga court.

Now, the father-of-three is planning a minimalist life staying in a converted van, so that his five dogs (pictured) still have the space to roam

Now, the father-of-three is planning a minimalist life staying in a converted van, so that his five dogs (pictured) still have the space to roam

In 2016, and then again in 2017, Davey was ordered to knock down his house, but, in common with a neighbour, he waited for more details.

While his Spanish neighbour, Irene Millan, 29, did eventually hear from the court again, she was given six months to ‘legalise’ her property – an option Davey was never given.

However, his neighbour’s apparent good luck turned into a poisoned chalice.

Having spent €20,000 with the town hall to legalise the dwelling, the court finally refused to accept the new paperwork provided by the council.

Instead, demolition was ordered – which went ahead last week.

To add insult to injury Irene’s 54-year-old father, Manuel Millan, whose name was on the deeds, was also sentenced to six months jail and handed a fine of €6 a day for a year.

Whether or not he still faces a prison sentence, is yet to be confirmed. The ex-pat only found out about the potential six-month sentence when a court document was delivered to a neighbour's house

Whether or not he still faces a prison sentence, is yet to be confirmed. The ex-pat only found out about the potential six-month sentence when a court document was delivered to a neighbour’s house

As he still owns the land, he can still live on it - just not in a house. Pictured: Mr Davey, a former builder, uses a JCB digger to demolish his own home

As he still owns the land, he can still live on it – just not in a house. Pictured: Mr Davey, a former builder, uses a JCB digger to demolish his own home

The couple, originally from Suffolk in the UK, spent £130,000 building their property.

‘It came as a package – a plot with a new home on it.’

Davey admits he and his wife were perhaps naive to follow the advice of their lawyer.

The lawyer, from legal firm Manzanares, told them that planning permission would be applied for as an almacen – or ‘warehouse’.

Mr Davey (pictured) was told his house had to be demolished for himself to avoid a six-month prison sentence, with the news coming just after his wife, Diana, died from bowel cancer at the age of 71

Mr Davey (pictured) was told his house had to be demolished for himself to avoid a six-month prison sentence, with the news coming just after his wife, Diana, died from bowel cancer at the age of 71

This way it would come under the remit of Tolox town hall, which would give permission and later they could ‘legalise’ the property.

The language of one legal letter suggests this would be a mere formality, but the property never got legalised.

In fact, the Tolox mayor of the time, Juan Vera, has since been jailed and fined for his part in a scheme.

In most cases the mayor used the very same ‘lax’ procedure of applying to build an ‘almacen’ to try to keep the prying eyes of the Junta authorities away.

‘We thought that was the way things worked in Spain,’ said Davey, a retired builder. ‘We went to see a lawyer and got advice. It turns out that was not the smart thing to do.

‘Why would we deliberately try to build illegally? It makes no sense that we would sell up everything in the UK and risk it all.’

Mr Davey had earlier said that he was forced to ask the town hall for permission to knock his own property down.

‘I will do it myself. I will borrow a JCB from someone and flatten my home of the past 17 years. I will not let the town hall do it and charge me more money.’

It is not the first time British expats have had their homes demolished in Andalucia, with the Priors, in Almeria, the most famous victims.

They still live in the garage of their house today, over 10 years since the house was knocked down in Vera. 

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Two teenagers died after separate incidents in Dublin and Waterford

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Two teenagers have died after separate incidents in Dublin and Waterford on Wednesday.

Gardaí in Ballyfermot responded to a call at an equestrian centre at Tay Lane, Co Dublin, at about 2pm.

Dublin Fire Brigade and the National Ambulance Service attended the scene and provided medical assistance to a 15-year-old girl who was injured during an exercise event.

She was removed to Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin, where she later died.

Gardaí said the coroner has been notified. The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has also been notified and will carry out an examination on Thursday.

Gardaí said investigations are ongoing. A file will be prepared for the Coroner’s Court.

Separately, gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a workplace accident in Dungarvan, Co Waterford on Wednesday afternoon.

A boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

The HSA has been notified and will carry out an investigation. A file will be prepared for the coroner.

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Tritax EuroBox acquires Swedish logistics property for €47m

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Tritax EuroBox continues to expand its presence in the Swedish market with a €47m acquisition. The asset held freehold has a total gross internal area of approximately 28,900m² and comprises two purpose-built logistics facilities (one of 16,200m² and the other 12,700m²), located in the heart of the prime logistics location in the Port of Gothenburg. 

 

The Port of Gothenburg has been ranked as the most attractive logistics location in the Nordics for 20 years by Intelligent Logistik, the leading Nordic logistics media platform. There are currently no vacant logistics buildings in the port area. The Port is home to Scandinavia’s largest container terminal, which is forecast to grow over the coming years. The buildings are fully let to Agility AB, Nordicon AB and Vink Essaplast Group AB, generating a total annual rent of €1.79m on leases with a weighted average unexpired lease term of six years.  The rent reflects a rate of €62.50psm per annum.  All leases are annually indexed to 100% of Swedish CPI.

 

Nick Preston, Fund Manager of Tritax EuroBox, commented: “We are delighted to acquire our first asset in the Nordics which aligns with our disciplined investment approach and our long term strategic goals. The asset held freehold is located in the region’s strongest logistics market and offers asset management upside through working closely with the occupiers to achieve their business plans and increase rents to market levels. We expect to see continued strong market rental growth in the Port of Gothenburg, due to the natural constraint of land supply in the port area, and the increasing demand from occupiers. The Port of Gothenburg has a clear plan for growth, with significant infrastructure investment committed, further strengthening this location.”

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