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We're All Going on a Summer Holiday...

posted by JandJAdmin @ 4:02pm, Thursday 9 July 2015.

The weather this weekend looks set to be hot and glorious and we don't know about you but at James & Jenkins we're crossing our fingers that this weather continues well into September, especially with the school summer holidays just round the corner!

We're no stranger to family holidays; packing the car to the absolute hilt; trying to fit cool boxes in-between children in the backseat (to stop them fighting on the journey as much as anything!), or if you haven't been blessed with little, ehem, darlings, then putting the back seats down completely and desperately trying to fit a tent, a camping stove and two bicycles into a the back of small hatchback. And even if you do manage to fit it all in on the way there, for some reason it all seems to have expanded by the time you're packing up for the return journey! 
Well obviously we'd love to tell you that it's the perfect time for a new car (it is) but whether you're ready for a new car out not, we've got your back. At our partner company, Charter Vehicle Hire, we've no doubt got the perfect car for you to hire for your holidays, we can even offer continental hire if you're off abroad. 
We'd love to make your summer holiday as stress free as possible so if you're already dreading packing up the car, or the pile of bags, bikes and general stuff turns out to be bigger than your actual vehicle, then drop in and see us, we'll help you out.

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The Night We Dropped a Clanger!

posted by JandJAdmin @ 5:56pm, Wednesday 1 July 2015.

On Saturday 27th June, James & Jenkins opened it’s doors for a different kind of business, show businesses to be precise! 

Our Llandaff North show room is located in a building know as the Tivoli, the reason being because it used to be the Tivoli Cinema. Built and opened in 1914, The Tivoli was originally called the Royal Cinema but was renamed Llandaff Cinema in 1924, however, a fire damaged the building in 1930 and it was subsequently reopened under a different ownership and name (The Tivoli) in 1935. It went on to supply the local area with a wide variety of on-screen entertainment right up until it’s unexpected closure in 1958, a local area of which we are rather fond, so when the opportunity to be part of the Llandaff North Festival came up, we jumped at the chance!

After being approached by organisers, Lewys Wootten and Norman Gettings it was agreed that for one night only the building should be transformed back into it’s original purpose. Local residents, who had enjoyed all that was on offer during the part of the festival held in Hailey Park, packed up their chairs and picnics and carried them to James & Jenkins, where the very last film that was ever screened at the Tivoli was given new life again. “The Night We Dropped a Clanger” is a playful Brian Rix farce and entertained the viewers with a lot of slapstick and some serious innuendo! 

Lewys introduced the film, thanking company Renown Pictures (who own the rights to the film) for providing the opportunity to show it and Film Hub Wales and Cinema For All for supporting the event. There was also a round of applause for Mark Jenkins in thanks for providing such a historically relevant venue in which to show the film. The event also included a family matinee of film Paddington on Sunday afternoon, attended by lots of families, sheltering from the Sunday rain. After both films were shown Lewys said that it had been such a success, the organising committee were thinking of organising a regular monthly film night. Unfortunately James & Jenkins won’t be able to host a monthly evening but can’t wait to be involved in all the excitement at next years festival where we will be very happy to re-open as the Trivoli Cinema once more!

If you'd like to find out more about the Llandaff North Festival visit the Llandaff North Post website.

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The Big Purple Cow is Out & About in Cardiff

posted by JandJAdmin @ 1:16pm, Friday 8 March 2013.

Have you seen our latest ... The Purple Cow is out and about – a purple Cow printed Chrysler Ypsilon.
We are running a Facebook and Twitter competition to... well see if you can find out what and enter
too.  You'll also see our new fleet of Chrysler and Jeep Demostrators -  all on the new '13' plate
Ypsilon, Grand Voyager, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Compass are now on the road.
There's also a reorganization going on in the service department, with interviews taking place on
Thursday 7th March for new job roles in Service Management, Warranty, and Workshop Controller.
Continuous evolution is essential to ensure competitiveness in the marketplace and to deal with the ever
Changing workload as the car park changes as a result of the downturn.  The full effect of this is now
Coming home to roost for ALL dealers and franchises, standing still is not an option.

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