Well, because I left the UK 2 years before pensionable age it seems I’m not entitled to a fuel payment … even though some of the winters here are bl**dy cold. But hey – that’s the British government for you
the important reference is: "If you move to another European Economic Area country you may be able to continue to receive future Winter Fuel Payments. But only if you have already qualified for a Winter Fuel Payment before you move."
Thus my wife qualified for payments a couple of years before we moved to Crete.