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Life literally ‘buzzing’ for west Wales EuroMillion winners

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A WEST WALES couple who scooped £1M on EuroMillions say one of the most important benefits of their win is to give them more time, to enjoy with family and friends, and importantly, with their honey bees.

And for Jeff (60) and Davinia Pritchard (58), this extra time has meant life really is sweet as they’ve dedicated even more hours to expanding their bee ‘empire’, improving quality of life for themselves, and the local bee population. 

The couple, from Carmarthenshire, who won £1M in a EuroMillions Millionaire Maker draw in June 2015 had always loved to keep bees and found their perfect zen time to be spent channelling their love for the environment and all things home and locally produced.

And today – thanks to their National Lottery win – they have been able to grow their small honey bee empire with more than ten hives producing delicious local honey. 

Davinia said, “One of the most important things our win has bought us is time – time for us to pursue a hobby we love and maintain the land to ensure it’s the best environment for our bees, and us! Pottering about at home definitely brings us just as much joy as the new cars and exotic holidays we’ve been able to enjoy.”

Jeff continues, “I’ve always loved being outdoors with my bees, and our win made that easier to do! I was able to retire early, giving me more time to spend with the family, but also time for the simple things in life like tending to my bees and improving the land around our home to ensure a truly bee-friendly environment. As a result, the hives are thriving, our home looks amazing and we are producing plenty of lovely local honey!

Davina adds, “our bee adventure actually started well before the win, when Jeff decided to build an ornamental beehive for the garden, and then figured if he had the hive he ought to get some bees. We’d never have imagined that 20 years down the line we’d have won on The National Lottery and be living the good life.”

When Jeff and Davinia Pritchard won the life-changing sum of money they were working full time, Jeff as a works manager for a UK Modular Building Manufacturer and Davinia as a coordinator for the Welsh Ambulance Service. And while they were already living in their dream home, they thought that they would be selling it to fund their retirement. That all changed the day Jeff checked a message from The National Lottery and discovered that instead of the usual £6.40 they’d won £1M. Davinia told The Herald:“Before we won, we already felt we’d hit the jackpot having bought our dream cottage with some land for the bees, but there was lots of work still to do and we considered it our retirement plan, sadly not a forever home. 

01 August 2023 Jeff and Davinia Pritchard from Porthyrhyd in Carmarthenshire won £1 million playing the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker online.

“Then, thanks to that dose of Lottery luck, we were able to clear the mortgage and complete the renovation works that we had started sooner than planned so that we had more space for the family and can make the most of the garden, and views across the paddock to the beehives. 

“During the pandemic I was still working and being able to come home here to recharge and forget the horrors of the day was utterly priceless; it really is our own slice of heaven. Alongside the bees we have a small flock of Jacob sheep who make the most of the land we have, and while we enjoy the basics of shepherding, after an entertaining first attempt we now leave the shearing to the local professionals!”

Making the most of the great outdoors is so important to the couple who met at school and were married at 18. Jeff is a keen walker and has summited most of Wales’ and UK mountains while since her recent retirement, Davinia has finally summited South Wales’ highest peak, Pen Y Fan. Davina comments, 

“That’s just one of the many bonuses that has come from our lucky win. Before the win I couldn’t have dreamt that I would ever have been able to afford the professional help I needed to lose weight and join a lovely gym that is helping me to get fit. Having finally reached the top of Pen y Fan, I’m literally at my peak fitness!”

By playing any National Lottery game, players generate £30M each week for National Lottery-funded projects. This money helps fund projects across the nation, with over 685,000 grants – supporting projects both big and small – having been made across the UK to date.

Players can buy and check their tickets online by downloading the National Lottery app or at national-lottery.co.uk. Players can also buy and check tickets in retail. Playing online via the app or website means that your ticket is checked, and you get an email notification if you win a prize. You can also scan your retail tickets on the National Lottery app to check if you’re a winner.

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Police appeal for information following assault at railway station

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OFFICERS in Pembrokeshire are investigating a report of an assault on a woman that happened outside Haverfordwest Railway Station at approximately 8:10pm on Monday (Jun 17).

One man, aged 49, was arrested on suspicion of common assault and remains in police custody.

Did you witness the assault or have any information that could help officers with their investigation? If so, get in touch:

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Busy weekend for the rescue team at HM Coastguard Dale

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HM Coastguard Dale said they were paged at 05.35 HRS to assist police in the Milford Haven area on Sunday (Jun 16).

Police received a call at 5am, raising concern for the welfare of an individual.

The individual is now safe they said.

Angle Lifeboat RNLI also attended the incident

Then at 10.13 HRS the team were called on again after a vessel reported a person face down on a cliff near Wooltack point. The team made their way to the scene and rendezvous with NCI Wooltack Point. It was quickly ascertained that this was a false call with good intentions. Team then stood down.

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Tributes paid to ‘much-loved’ couple who died in A477 collision

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THE FAMILIES of a much-loved couple who died in a collision on the A477 on Thursday, June 13, 2024, have paid tribute to them.

Katie Worrell, aged 25, and Adam Muskett, aged 27, were involved in a two-vehicle collision between Llanddowror and Red Roses at around 4pm on Thursday, June 13. Two cars were involved in the collision – a black Jaguar and a black Ford Fiesta.

A statement from Katie’s family said: “Katie was a much-loved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and cousin. She lived life to the full, loving to travel and achieving so much in such a short time, she graduated with a Masters and worked hard. She loved her friends and Adam beyond words. Katie was kind, caring and beautiful and our lives will never be the same without her.”

Adam’s family have issued a statement to say: “Adam, our loving son, brother, grandson and nephew. He loved life, his friends, Tenby, football and Katie very much. How do we move on without you, your big kind heart and cheeky smile. We are heartbroken and forever proud.”

Anyone travelling on the A477, at or near to that location at the time, is requested to contact Police.

Investigating officers would particularly like to speak to any motorists who were in the area at that time who have dash cam in their vehicles.

Anyone with any information can contact the police on 101.

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