THE FAMILY of celebrated musician Jean Hywel Williams have confirmed this afternoon that the pianist died following a tragic road accident in Llanelli Town Centre on Saturday night (May 9).
The accident happened shortly after Jean Hywel and her husband John had completed a successful VE Day concert at St Elli Parish Church.
“As a family, we are shocked and stunned by the tragedy,” said her son Jeremy.
“We are still trying to understand what went wrong. She was an inspirational teacher and an outstanding teacher. Her legacy is all around us in the singers of the Hywel Girls Choir and Hywel Boy Singers and the Llanelli Choral Society. Even at this early stage, as the news of her death is released, we have been overwhelmed with the messages of condolence and many sincere and deeply-felt tributes which have arrived at the family home.”
Jeremy had been with his mother and father until a few minutes before the accident.
John Hywel Williams was driving his BMW car at the time, with his we Jean as the front seat passenger.
John received suspected broken ribs in the accident and is currently receiving treatment at Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen.
He had parked his car in the pedestrianised area of Bridge Street between Llanelly House and the Parish Church, as was his custom for performances at St Elli’s.
Jeremy said: “The concert was a fun old night and everyone left the show in bubbly post-concert mood, as is usually the case for a John Hywel concert. Obviously, the exact cause of the accident is to be determined. My mother died at the scene. The emergency services responded quickly and very professionally, but there was nothing that could be done.”
It has been a difficult couple of months for the family with Jean’s twin sister Joan dying six weeks ago and her brother, the Rev Eric Davies, died just over a week ago.
Jeremy added: “If there was a suggestion that mum should have missed the VE Day concert following the bereavements, it was brushed aside. She was a firm believer in the maxim that ‘the show must go on’.
“Mum was a wonderful musician with a passion for teaching.”
Dyfed-Powys Police said the incident happened on Vaughan Street on Saturday night. The police have confirmed an elderly occupant suffered fatal injuries while the other person was treated in hospital. Anyone with information is asked to call 101.
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7-year-old Mattie from Pembrey takes on home Pen y Fan-tastic challenge for Action for Children
Plucky Mattie Denman will climb the equivalent of Pen y Fan in the drive at her family home in Pembrey on Friday 22nd May to raise funds for Action for Children.
Mattie (7), has always wanted to climb the highest mountain in South Wales and is unable to currently because of the coronavirus pandemic. As the family exercise at home every day, she decided she wanted to do the 6-mile equivalent journey there while she waits for the chance to do it for real. Mattie chose Action for Children as her mother, Sian, works for the charity in Carmarthenshire.
Mattie said: ‘My Mammy works for Action for Children and I want to help as well because lots of families need help. My older brother and sister help Action for Children, so I asked Mammy if I could do something. We exercise everyday walking up and down the drive and I have always wanted to climb Pen y Fan, but we have never done it.
‘Mammy said I could pretend I am walking it and people will give money to the charity. I said brilliant, that is what I am going to do and I am super excited to do it. I will use mammy’s step counter and I hope I can help children that need support especially because it is so hard for some families because of coronavirus.’
Proud mum and family support practitioner for Action for Children, Sian, added: ‘Mattie has a lovely heart and really wanted to do something and I’m very proud she chose Pen y Fan as her home challenge. Action for Children has been going the extra mile during the coronavirus pandemic continuing to support vulnerable families through phone and video sessions as well as food and help with the basics from our Emergency Appeal Fund.
‘It is a tremendously challenging time for our families and every bit of money will directly help those in our communities who need it most. I hope as many people as possible will donate to Mattie’s brilliant fundraising effort, it’ll make it even more special when we finally get to climb Pen y Fan for real.’
If you want to support Mattie’s Pen y Fan challenge please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattiesclimb
Housebuilder launches Coronavirus move in package
A South Wales housebuilder has launched new incentives which mean homes are ‘ready to move into’ during the Covid-19 crisis – without the need for tradespeople or delivery people.
People in Wales are allowed to move into new build houses during the lockdown – and many people have successfully done so.
However, the limitations of social distancing can add extra stress when it comes to having things like dishwashers, washing machines and turf installed in the new property.
That’s why Persimmon Homes West Wales has launched a new incentive package which gives purchasers the chance to buy a house with white goods and flooring already in place.
Sharon Bouhali, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “Our sales advisors have done a terrific job in talking with customers and guiding them through the buying process remotely, without the need of face-to-face meetings.
“It’s been a huge challenge, but we’ve risen to it – and Persimmon has sold more than 120 properties in South Wales during the lockdown period. We have customers moving into their new homes every week.
“But, understandably, some people are cautious about having too many tradespeople and contractors enter their home, even if they are doing their utmost to abide by social distancing rules.
“That’s why we have launched these new packages which mean people can turn the key, unpack and get on with enjoying their new home.”
The package includes carpets and vinyl throughout, turf in the back garden, sliding wardrobes, integrated fridge freezer, integrated washer/dryer, integrated dishwasher and £500 discount towards removal fees.
The deal is on offer at Glas Y Felin in Bridgend, Parc Yr Onnen in Carmarthen, The Bridles in Llanelli, Peterson Park in Pontyclun, Parc Brynderi in Llanelli and Allt Y Celyn in Rhos.
Persimmon’s marketing suites in Wales remain closed for the time being. Visit www.persimmonhomes.com or call 01792 229800 for details of homes available.
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