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In September, a Trading Standards Officer from Carmarthenshire County Council talked to us about Fraud. She told us some very sad stories about people living in Carmarthenshire who have been caught out by scammers who prey on vulnerable people. Being scammed is humiliating and costly. As well as the financial implications, it can have a detrimental effect on the victim’s health. In some cases, people have lost their life savings to scams. The most common scams arrive by post, telephone, email and on the doorstep.

Elderly people are the most vulnerable to this type of fraud, but anyone can fall for a scam. So, beware of giving bank details over the phone and paying rogue builders up front for work that will probably not be carried out.

In October, Ann Phillips and Gwyneth Alban, two local ladies, talked to us about the importance of walking for good health. Ann and Gwyneth are both keen Nordic Walkers. They showed us their Nordic poles and explained how they are used. When used correctly, the poles can turn an ordinary walk into a whole body exercise.

However, you don’t have to be a Nordic Walker. Any sort of walking, even a very short distance is beneficial to our physical and mental wellbeing. Ann and Gwyneth have their own walking group, who meet on Thursdays. Anyone interested in joining the group should get in touch with them.

We held our AGM in November and were pleased to welcome Marylyn Haines-Evans, our adviser, to the meeting. All officers kindly agreed to continue in their roles for another year. Next month we will meet at the Hollybrook in Bronwydd for our Christmas lunch.

We have lots of interesting speakers and outings planned for next year. If you would like to join us at any time, we’d be pleased to see you. Meetings are held in the Pavilion at 2:00pm on the 1st Tuesday of the month.