If you go to Nat West Bank in Carmarthen, you might meet Sara across the counter. She's the No.1 cashier there and, while she spends most of her time face-to-face with customers, she is also a Personal Banker, and she occcasionally disappears into her small private office somewhere among the back rooms.
Sara's ancestors were Llangadog farmers - Morgan Pen-y-Banc in the west and Davies Glansevin Mill in the east - and, while she isn't in farming herself, she has been very active with the Llangadog Young Farmers Club. It was with YFC in 2016 that she was one of a team of three performers that won top prizes. Together they performed special monologues “When We Were Young” (set in wartime) in YFC competitions in Wales, and they went on to represent Wales in the National final in Blackpool where Sara was crowned ”Best Actor” in the whole of the YFC in the UK.
At home she sits with her King Charles spaniel “Polly” on her lap and happily and modestly recounts the highlights of her life. It could fill many pages but we need to be brief. Throughout her education she was a bit of a star at maths and IT and, after spells at school in Llangadog and at Pantycelyn in Llandovery, she had three years at Reading University studying ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and then another year there as a Mentor providing support for students in the Engineering Department who had learning difficulties. Although she could have continued doing that she decided to come back home to Llangadog.. She joined Nat West and worked in Llandovery, Ammanford and Llandeilo before moving to the local main branch in Carmarthen.
Athletics is one of her passions and, with training in the gym to help her to be super fit, she competes in duathlon (running and cycling) and triathlon (swimming as well). But very much the biggest “other-thing” in her busy life is music. At school she learned on violin, viola, recorder and piano, eventually concentrating on the piano, achieving all the top grades. Now she plays a lot at home - her absolutely favourite piece is Chopin's Polonaise in C minor - but also in public on the organs in Providence Chapel and occasionally St Cadog's church, and she is the accompanist for the Dinefwr Male Voice choir. They have a busy next few months with many performances including several in local hospitals and care homes during the run-up to Christmas.
And one day you might be lucky enough to enjoy a slice or two of one of her delicious home-baked cakes. Be advised - never turn down the opportunity.
Baker, banker, actor, athlete, dog lover and musician, some of the facets of Sara's life here.