Saturday, 26 September 2009

Celebrate being 50+ in Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshire residents aged 50 and over are being invited to mark Older People’s Day this Thursday (October 1) with a range of exclusive health and leisure special offers.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s 50+ Forum has teamed up with the authority’s leisure services to provide a host of exclusive offers for people aged 50 and over.

They include a free film screening, free golf for a month, £5 discount on parking at Pembrey Country Park, 40 per cent discount through the Young at Heart Saver Scheme in the county’s leisure centres, and free swimming sessions.

The authority is helping celebrate Older People’s Day by celebrating the fact that we are all living longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Kevin Pett, 50+ development officer, said: “We want people to celebrate Older People’s Day by taking advantage of the range of offers we have arranged to help keep the county young at heart.”

Carmarthenshire County Council has a thousand-strong forum of people aged 50 and over, who help shape services in the county by contributing their views via a survey they answer three times a year.

Deputy council leader, Cllr Kevin Madge, is 50+ Champion, and has set an ambitious target of doubling the membership over the next year.

“Our membership is increasing steadily, and we're now seeing Carmarthenshire County Council and partners knocking at the Forum's door to have their questions included in our regular surveys,” he said.

“There is such an un-tapped source of experience and knowledge out there and part of my role is to celebrate and encourage recognition of the contribution those aged 50+ make.”

Forum members also receive copies of a 50+ magazine, which contains a range of articles tailored to older people living in Carmarthenshire.

For further information, contact Ruth Lake via the council’s main switchboard on 01267 234567 or email

Offers available on Thursday, October 1, 2009

Attention film buffs…
Theatrau Sir Gar has venues in Ammanford, Carmarthen and Llanelli, and to celebrate the day, we will be putting on a free screening of a Welsh and English film – saving you up to £5. Further information: 0845 226 3510

Free golf for a month…
Garnant Parc Golf Course are offering free use of their excellent five hole par three course throughout October. 01269 823365,

Save £5 on parking at Pembrey Country Park…
On Thursday, October 1. Call 01554 833913

40% discount through the Young at Heart Saver Scheme…
Make your doctor proud and your body grateful. To celebrate Older People’s Day, the Young at Heart saver scheme, offering up to 40 per cent discount on activities at Council leisure cebtres, is now available for everyone aged 50 and over. Sign up on October 1 and the usual £10 joining fee will be waived.

Free swimming…
The council is offering free swimming at council pools for everyone aged 50+ on October 1. Call 01267 236865, or visit for further information


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