CARMARTHEN’S own Megan Rees will take part in this year’s series of ‘Ex on the Beach’, which premieres on MTV on August 11. Megan, who took part in the filming earlier this year at a Mexican resort, spoke to The Herald about her time on the beach.
MTV say that this year’s series of ‘Ex on the Beach’ guarantees even more drama around who will appear on the beach, as it’s not who’s ex, but who’s celebrity ex is next.”
This series of the dating show will include Kirck Norcross from ‘The Only Way is Essex’ and his ex Cami Lee, who appeared on ‘Big Brother’. As well as these celebrities, ‘Magaluf Weekender’ star Jordan Davies, who has been described as a ‘top player’, will try and find ‘the one’.
20-year-old Megan from Llanpumsaint will appear on the show as the youngest contestant, but she told us: “I definitely voiced my opinions when the time was right on the show and, being the youngest, I made sure no one walked all over me. I bring a ‘take no nonsense’ attitude to the show.”
“What made you want to apply for the show?” we asked.
“I’m not going to say that I joined the show for love because I didn’t, and I didn’t have fame or money on my mind. I went on the show to make memories with new people. It was an opportunity I couldn’t say no to, and I’m glad I didn’t.”
Megan tells us she found herself ‘in a funny way’ by taking part in the show: “I found what type of person I wish to be and wish not to be. I realised just how much my family and friends back home really do mean to me.
“I went on the show with the mindset of having no loyalty to anyone in there and that’s because I tend not to trust anyone because I don’t want to get hurt,” Megan told us when we asked if she made any friends or enemies, “I think being in that type of environment, you don’t really get a chance to get to know everyone on a true, personal level, but you can see me evolve throughout the show and begin to trust some of the people in there – some wrongly so.
“I left the villa thinking I wouldn’t speak to most of the cast again as I felt as though we didn’t fully connect, now, two months later, you get to know people over time and you sort out your differences like adults in a very different environment to the show. It’s the people you least expect that you sometimes get the closest to and now I’d like to believe I’ve made some true friends for life.”
Megan said that her relationships with her exes are like most peoples when it comes to an ex, and she likes to shut them off completely when a relationship ends. “Words are exchanged and feelings get hurt, I commend anyone who finishes a relationship amicably.”
The hairdresser says that her best experience while filming was when she went on an adrenaline-filled date, where she was zip-lining 90m from the ground through the jungle. She said that her worst times were waking up in the morning with bed hair and no make-up on as the cast were filmed 24/7 for four weeks.
Megan will be moving to London in September to study Editorial Hair and Make-up Artistry, she says she is looking forward to the future
and seeing what amazing opportunities life brings. She ended our conversation by saying: “I had so much fun on the show and I’m so glad I took the leap and did it.”
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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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