ON JULY 3, His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, paid a visit to the award-winning Dà Mhìle Distillery, at Glynhynod Farm, Llandysul, the first organic farmhouse distillery in the UK.
In the tasting gallery, guests were enjoying an organic Gin & Tonic awaiting the Prince’s arrival. The Prince was initially welcomed by John Savage-Onstwedder, the founder of Dà Mhìle distillery, and also one of the founders of the renowned Caws Teifi Cheese.
The Prince was introduced to Robert-Jan Savage-Onstwedder, the youngest son and Farm Manager at Glynhynod Farm. They discussed organic farming and in particular the Welsh Black cattle kept at the farm.
John-James Savage-Onstwedder, the eldest son and Distillery Manager, then took the Prince on a tour of the distillery where he saw the distillation process of Welsh Gin and later in the warehouse, the maturation of the highly anticipated Welsh Whisky.
Once in the tasting gallery, the Prince sampled some of the distilleries produce and went around talking to the visitors. As he did so, he enjoyed an organic G&T and relished speaking to all the assembled guests.
After the Prince’s tour of the distillery and tasting gallery, John Savage-Onstwedder thanked the Prince for his visit and said: “Sir, from one grandfather to another, and I believe you will concur with me when I say that if our grandchildren and their children are to have any viable future at all it will surely have to be far more sustainable than it is now.”
The Prince nodded in agreement. He then unveiled a plaque commemorating the visit and signed the visitors’ book.
He was then given a hamper of distillery produce and a bouquet of wild flowers by two of the founder’s grandchildren.
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THE HERO of London Bridge who was stabbed nine times as he fought off three terrorists armed with just a police baton has called on Carmarthen people to nominate an unsung hero of their own.
And British Transport Police Officer Wayne Marques said bravery and courage should be recognised because it is inspiring and encouraging to others.
He said: “Every tragedy has a silver lining and it is up to us to make sure that silver shines.”
Wayne, 39, who won the Against All Odds category in last year’s global hearing specialists Amplifon’s Brave Britons awards, was on patrol in the area of London Bridge Station when he heard screams on the evening of June 3 last year and then he saw people being stabbed in Borough High Street near the junction with London Bridge Street.
He charged at one of the terrorists lashing out with his baton. But soon he was being attacked by all three terrorists one stabbing him above his right eye which cause him to go temporarily blind in the eye.
More than 12 months on and Wayne still travels from his South London home to Harrogate, Yorkshire, where he receives rehabilitation treatment.
Seven people died in the attack and many more were badly injured.
Now Wayne is calling on people who know of acts of courage or bravery to nominate them for this year’s Amplifon – who have a store in Merlins Walk Shopping Centre, Carmarthen – Brave Briton awards.
He said: “I first felt surprised and then humble when I was nominated by a person I didn’t even know. The fact they had taken their time to fill in a form and nominate me made me feel very honoured. It would have been wrong for me to respond in any other way.”
Wayne added: “We need more people honoured in the way I was because there are a lot of people out there who go beyond what is expected of them for the sake of others.
“Even uniformed services personnel who do a job where they are expected to sometimes face danger go beyond that expectation and react to the highest magnitude.
“To nominate others and put them in the limelight is so inspiring and encouraging to others in their communities and around the country.
“Through adversity we as a nation tend to pull together. How we rally together makes this country great.”
There are six categories in the Amplifon Brave Britons awards: Against All Odds, Young Hero, Service To Their Country, Active Agers, Hero Pet, and Charity Champion.
Anyone who wishes to nominate a hero in any of the categories should visit http://www.amplifon.com
Finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony to be held at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London, on Tuesday, October 16.
A panel of judges including Falklands hero Simon Weston will also choose an overall Hero from the category winners who will win a trip to Italy.
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