In 1980 the late Mrs Olwen Lewis BEM and Mrs Dilys Need set up The Housebound and Handicap Club. Mrs Lewis was, at that time, Commandant for the Red Cross so she approached them for help with setting up this project. As she was also involved with the Meals on Wheels Scheme she, along with Eva Messenger and Red Cross volunteers started to deliver meals to disabled in the area. The meals were cooked at the hospital (as they are still today), collected by the volunteers and then delivered around town. As Olwen was also involved with the YFC they presented a car to the Club for distributing the meals. Mrs Need's mother also donated £100 to the Club.
At one of the meetings it was agreed that a Luncheon Club be set up so that people could come along and have a meal with company and socialise. the original venue was the Catholic Church Hall in College View.
In 1998 the link with The Red Cross ended and the Club was taken over by Carmarthenshire County Council and social Services. Mary Jackson took over the organisation of the club being a member of the WRVS.
In 2001 the club moved to Dolau Bran; a new sheltered accommodation complex that has a community hall.
In 2010 CCC's involvement ceased as did Social Services and the use of a minibus. Mary was able to gain support from WRVS and Anthony Wathan of Towy Taxis provided transport for meal delivery. Llandovery Rotary Club donated a monthly ongoing fee and other organisations also donated finance to ensure that this worthy club keeps going.
Please contact Mary or Margaret if you can help in anyway or are interested in joining this club that provides a welcome outing and meal to many.