Older people in Carmarthenshire have had the chance to tell the Welsh Assembly Government what services they regard as being priorities. Members of the 50+ Forum Steering Group met WAG Minister for Business and Budget Jane Hutt when she visited the county council’s Carmarthenshire Direct contact centre in Llandeilo. The Steering Group spent about 45 minutes discussing with the Minister which services they thought it was essential to protect during public sector cuts. Members then toured Carmarthenshire Direct. 50+ Champion Cllr Kevin Madge said: “This was a good opportunity to ensure that the interests of people are taken into account. “The meeting confirmed the steering group’s status as a credible voice for older people.”
Carmarthenshire County Council 50+ Champion Cllr Kevin Madge with WAG Minister for Business and Budget Jane Hutt at Carmarthenshire Direct. Pic Terry Morris
Carmarthenshire’s 50+ Forum recruited new members when they visited the National Botanic Garden of Wales at Llanarthne near Carmarthen The Forum joined forces with the Garden to offer cut price entry today to new and existing members of the Forum as part of a range of events to mark Older People’s Day on October 1. Pensioner Bendaf Evans, of Ffostrasol, Llandysul, said: “I went to the stall when we arrived and joined. I want to get involved in the Forum.” His cousin Sheila Jones, of Gorslas, said: “I’ve been a member of the Forum for a year or so and have explained what it’s about.” Friends Esme Thomas, of Brynderi, Pontyates, and Anne Gilroy, of Gertymawr, Carway, also joined this morning. Mrs Gilroy said: “I was just getting around to joining and thought why don’t we have a day out? I think it is well worth joining the Forum.” The 50+ Forum has teamed up with Leisure Services to provide a number of exclusive offers to celebrate Older People’s Day on October 1. Garnant Parc Golf Course is o…
Former Gower MP Gareth Wardell was the guest speaker at the weekly meeting of Llanelli Rotary Club held at the Stradey Park Hotel.
Mr Wardell gave an illuminating address, weaving comparisons between his job as a politician and his late father's job as a Tumble barber.
It was an amusing, highly-entertaining and thought-provoking address.
Mr Wardell, now 69, won the Gower constituency seat in a Parliamentary by-election in 1982.
The Labour MP held the seat until his retirement in 1997.
He now works as a public affairs consultant in Wales.
Mr Wardell's Parliamentary term was largely in opposition to Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Government. But his did make a significant contribution by being the youngest MP to chair the Welsh Affairs Select Committee.
Mr Wardell recognised that in the 'fame stakes' he may have played second fiddle to his father, Jack, who was one of the UK's oldest barbers and who cut and styled hair for almost 80 years.
Jack Wardell learned …