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Roving ramblers are recruiting

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BEING fit and active is an ambition held by most people. However, the process of getting fit is often regarded as a painful and unpleasant experience. Visits to the gym torment muscles that have not been used for a long time. 

Alternatively, jogging along local pavements seems to do no favours to aching hips, knees and ankles.

So, often, the battle to regain fitness is lost not long after the opening shots of the campaign have been fired. However, an easier route to fitness exists: Walking, or as some call it, rambling.

Little equipment or preparation is needed in the early stages of a walker’s career, apart from a good pair of shoes and some route planning around a local park, or along the Millennium Coastal Path. Fitness levels rise and so will the yearning for adventure and good company. Both needs can be satisfied by joining a local walking group.

Llanelli Ramblers was formed in 1984 and has over 300 members. Both the winter and summer programmes have walks to suit people of all ages and fitness levels. Mondays are for local walks to suit people who are over 60 years of age and only wish to complete three or four mile outings. Local buses are sometimes used to explore areas around Llanelli and all walks end with a pleasant lunch at a local pub or restaurant. Wednesday walks are a little more adventurous and tend to be between five or six miles in length. Routes can be anywhere within an hour’s travelling of Llanelli and transport is provided by members sharing cars.

Hardened veterans enjoy the challenge of the Saturday and Sunday walks which range between 8 – 12 miles. Routes can take in the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coastal Path or the Rhondda Valleys. All walks are thoroughly planned and supervised by the walk leader. Both the Wednesday and weekend walks end with a visit to a local pub where walkers have a chance to relax and catch up with friends or plan future outings. The summer programme includes 3 – 4 mile walks held on Thursday evenings. These provide an opportunity for families and working parents to get outdoors during the school week.

Llanelli Ramblers also offers a varied programme of social events. This includes a monthly get -together between September and April. The social programme has included activities such as darts, skittles, illustrated talks and quizzes. There is also a Christmas lunch, annual dinner, visits and walking holidays both at home and abroad.

Safety is a key feature of all Llanelli Ramblers’ walks and the following equipment is considered essential: a good pair of walking boots, a small rucksack, waterproof jacket, warm fleece, hat, gloves, food and a warm drink.

If you think that Llanelli Ramblers is for you, why not pop along for two or three walks before deciding whether you will join the Ramblers Association. Simply go to www.llanelliramblers.org.uk choose a suitable walk and turn up at Llanelli Leisure Centre at the time shown.

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Shock in Carmarthenshire as it’s named as one of the top locations for most reckless young drivers in UK

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CARMARTHENSHIRE has landed some unwanted publicity after being named as home to some of the most reckless young drivers in the UK.

According to comprehensive analysis by Adrian Flux, the county is one of the areas with the speediest teenagers on the road. On average 87.1% of FluxScore users there will receive a serious warning about their speeding compared to less than one in five in Conwy (17%).

The warnings are triggered by a black box that sits in the driver’s car to monitor their performance in the hope of improving safety and saving them money.

“This gamification style approach has helped sensible drivers save up to 60% for year-long safe driving upon renewal,” said Scott Goodliffe at Adrian Flux, one of the UK’s largest specialist motor insurance brokers.

“Unfortunately, some users are less attentive or cautious and their behaviour is a cause for concern because it leaves them more likely to make a claim or hurt themselves or others.

“It’s disappointing when alerts have to be sent but we’re proud that they are helping to change behaviour behind the wheel. We already know FluxScore is reducing the number of speeders across the board by 70% and hopefully this analysis will help address the small number who negatively impact these already impressive figures slightly.”

There are also considerable concerns about how quickly youngsters are travelling in Rhondda Cynon Taf with the area also being named and shamed in the top 10. It’s a much better picture in Conwy though with youngsters there being rated amongst the most careful drivers in the UK.

Adrian Flux’s self-fitting black box sits on the inside of the windscreen and tracks journeys. It helps reward safe driving by providing daily updates on the FluxScore app to show how the previous 24 hours’ driving has affected a driver’s renewal premium.

FluxScore sends alerts to drivers who it deems as driving dangerously or above the speed limit. The findings focus on Alert 2s, which are considered serious speeding events and take into account other factors such as the type of road. If a driver receives three Alert 2s, this will result in their policy being suspended.

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Local specialist contractors needed for countryside works

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CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is seeking local specialist countryside contractors for work on Public Rights of Way and conservation sites throughout the county.

Businesses in Carmarthenshire are being encouraged to tender for the countywide framework, which is for two years, starting in September with an option to extend for a further two years.

The work will include the management of nature reserves, mitigation for development and government funded habitat projects on sites with challenging conditions, ecological constraints, wet land and difficult access.

Examples of the work include path maintenance, installation of countryside furniture (stiles and gates), mowing overgrown fields, chainsaw and strimmer work, excavator work, woodland management, fencing and tree planting.

A proven track record and a good understanding of working in the rural and natural environment and knowledge of conservation is essential, as is an understanding of the way that the land changes in challenging weather conditions.

Applicants will need to make available vehicle inspection documents and maintenance records, certificates of operator competency (in relation to plant hire with operatives), health and safety policy and relevant insurance documents.

Any suppliers interested in tendering for this work need to be registered on the National Procurement Portal Sell2Wales website, where they can express their interest and receive further information.

This is a free online service and allows businesses to promote their organisation not only to the council but to other Welsh public sector bodies, and to receive notifications about contract opportunities suitable to their field of work.

The council also encourages businesses to register on the Business Wales Business Directory – a free resource where businesses can advertise their services.

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Police appeal for information after vehicle collides with two pedestrians

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POLICE say they are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision which occurred on College Street, Newcastle Emlyn just after 4pm on Monday 20th June.

A black coloured Honda CRV vehicle collided with two people on the pedestrian crossing.

A 70-year-old female sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital.

A 50-year-old female was taken to hospital by ambulance with what are described as minor injuries

The 64 year old female driver of the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has information that could help officers with their investigation, or anyone who was driving in the area at the time and has dashcam footage, is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20220620-283.”

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