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Old gold found at Older Persons’ Day




screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-12-03-43THE GROWING army of older people in our community have so much to offer, with an array of skills and talents. This became evident when Carmarthenshire Council’s Community Resource Team took to the road, visiting Llanelli, Carmarthen and Ammanford on Older Persons’ Day.

They found a golden thread of multi-skilled talent learned over many long lifetimes running through the elder generation who popped along to a breakfast in Llanelli, a fruit kebab lunch in Carmarthen and a cream team in Ammanford. County Department of Communities’ Locality Community Coordinator, Ed Dewar, said Integrated Services in partnership with Spice were focusing on addressing social isolation and loneliness amongst older people.

He said: “On Older Persons’ Day across the three county towns, we strove to discover what older people contribute to their communities.”

County Executive Board Member for Social Care and Health, Cllr Jane Tremlett, said it was a really important exercise. “Through mapping people’s skills in the community, we hope that we can bring those with similar interests together to improve their well-being.

“We want to allow more opportunities for older people in their communities and encourage them to pass on their skills to others. By supporting their well-being and preventing them from having to access health care or social care, we can help them to remain independent in their communities.

“I was so encouraged to hear many older people were taking advantage of supporting their communities by sharing their skills at communal meetings, ranging from knitting to making films and even performing massages.

“And the time, credits they earned or could earn as a result of sharing these skills ranged from trips to the London Eye to seeing Mamma Mia in Cardiff.”

Tony White, aged 74, of Christopher Street, Seaside, Llanelli, was in Llanelli Market with member of his family, where he regularly meets up with them and granddaughter Mia Howells at the weekend.

Tony, brought up in Ireland, came to Llanelli aged 16 and although he has worked in most parts of the UK in construction, he is a trained barber and has experience in a variety of other jobs. He also has a passion for landscape painting.

He said one of his grandchildren had taken a picture of the sun setting over Caldey on her mobile phone from Llanelli beach and he was so impressed with the result, he converted it into an acrylic masterpiece in one night.

He said: “The paints have not been out of the box for years. But I certainly wouldn’t mind teaming up with like-minded people and sharing my self-taught skills.

“We older folk have got a lot of knowledge to pass on. I really like to paint,” he said.

Malcolm Borer (admitting to being 60+) is a retired housing manager with Llanelli Borough Council who lives at Sandy Water Park overlooking the lake. “What is there not to like about Llanelli,” he said while enjoying the slab toast served with a pot of tea – what else – at the Tea Pot Cafe in Llanelli Market with his partner, Marisa.

Malcolm said he has travelled the world in his retirement and although he came to Llanelli from another mining area in the North East of England, said he always gravitates back to the ‘old hometown that looks just the same’, as in Tom Jones’ song.

“There is something about Llanelli people that is really endearing. And I consider myself to be very much one of them.

“I have become something of a film-maker on my travels but I also like recording footage in and about Llanelli. From its coast to hills and valleys, reservoirs and industry, quaint urban sprawl and busy theatre productions, the town has a lot to commend it,” said Mr Borer.

And yes, Malcolm said his not so amateur film-making skill is certainly something that he would be keen to share with anyone interested. You can view his work at

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Conservatives in disarray over alleged Christmas party lockdown breach




THE CONSERVATIVE Party is investigating the attendance of senior Senedd members and staff at a Christmas party held during December’s lockdown.

Lockdown restrictions prohibit mixing with people outside your own household.

The Welsh restrictions barring such gatherings follow the basic outline of those imposed by the Conservative UK Government in December.

Those attending the drinks party included Paul Smith, the Conservative Chief of Staff at the Senedd, Darren Millar, the Party’s Chief Whip and campaign coordinator, and Preseli Pembrokeshire MS and Conservative Senedd Group Leader Paul Davies.

The Herald understands that a Labour Senedd Member who attended the Party has been suspended by the Labour Senedd Group pending its own investigation.

The Conservatives’ embarrassment at talking the talk but not walking the walk is intensified by Darren Millar’s presence at the shindig.

In May, Mr Millar led calls for Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething to be sacked for eating a bag of chips in a park with one of his own children.

If the Conservative Party follows the logic of their previously stated positions, Mr Millar’s and Mr Davies’ futures look bleak indeed.

With a Senedd election only months away, the revelations have thrown the Conservatives into disarray.

If they do nothing, the Conservatives will – at the very least – face claims they are hypocrites.

If the Conservative Party acts decisively, it faces massive internal problems.

The Conservatives responded to our request for a response to our story.

Those involved stressed they did not host a Christmas Party.

The incident happened on December 8, when the above met in the members’ tea room to discuss legislation for possible inclusion in the Welsh Conservative manifesto with a Labour backbencher.

During the evening they did drink a glass or two of wine.

They stress that at no point were there more than four people in the room at any one time and that they maintained social distancing.

A joint statement from Paul Davies, Darren Millar, and Paul Smith said: “We are profoundly sorry for our actions.

“While we did not break the rules, we recognise that what was part of a day’s work would not be seen to be following the spirit of them, especially given the tough time the country has been going through.”

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Family tribute to Carole Patricia Fowler




Carole was a teacher for 30 years at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Llanelli. She loved children and they loved her. 

As one of her past colleagues said: “I know she made such a difference to every child she taught.” She was very popular with staff and well respected and loved by parents. She was dedicated and conscientious, always 100% for the children. She led the music there and was always popular with her guitar accompaniments for services and concerts. 

Likewise, she was a valued member of the choir at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Gendros, Swansea, where she would often accompany hymns with her guitar and gave guitar lessons to the children in the church’s Saturday Music Club. She was also a keen member of Côr Persain, Ammanford. 

She was talented, loved and in demand. A convicted and devout Catholic all her life, through good and bad.

Carole was an avid and very gifted crocheter and was always crocheting or knitting something for someone. She had been spending her time recently, during the Covid crisis, crocheting NHS teddies in scrubs and rainbows, with many given to practising nurses. Carole had recently started learning to make bobbin lace. She was also capable of some very decent sewing, too. 

She was also learning Welsh, doing ‘pilates’ and was considering taking up yoga lessons as well.

She was a busy lady! As one of her work colleagues said of her: “She was wise, strong, beautiful, generous, devout and feisty. And I loved her for all those qualities.”

Above all, she was an immeasurably loved Mam, daughter, sister and a doting Mamgu and so much loved by her fiancé. Having been together for 14 years, they would have been married last July 20th had covid allowed! 

Her premature passing at 61 is tragic and she is already sorely, painfully missed. She leaves behind a huge chasm in so many hearts that cannot be filled.

“Eternal rest grant unto her, o Lord, may perpetual light shine about her, may she rest in peace.”

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Tip off leads to pensioner’s drug stash




A BRIEFCASE full of drugs has been recovered during a raid in Swansea suburb.
Police acting on information provided by a member of the public executed a warrant in Gorseinon and recovered a large quantity of cannabis.
A man was arrested on suspicion of possession of the class B drug, with intent to supply.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: “At around 5.40pm on Wednesday, January 6, following an intelligence led operation, a 68 year-old man from Gorseinon was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.
“He was taken to Swansea central police station for questioning. He has been released under investigation”.

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