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Conference on the ‘dark side of the soul’



shutterstock_396069805THE NEED to ‘flee from oneself’ is the theme of a conference organised by Cynnal later this month in the Halliwell Theatre at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen.

The speakers will examine negative behaviours and consider how churches can respond and help. They will look at people’s sense of aloneness, hopelessness, lack of meaning, prejudice, hatred and intolerance.

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, is endorsing the event which takes place at Carmarthen on October 26.

He said: “It is all too easy in today’s hectic world to ‘flee from ourselves’. We move from task to task, activity to activity, on autopilot and are in danger of sleepwalking our way to the grave. Christ warned that we live in poverty if we do not know ourselves. This conference is a chance to highlight such spiritual impoverishment and challenge each other to dwell with ourselves.”

Wynford Ellis Owen, chief executive of Living Room Cardiff and organiser of the seminar, said: “The conference will raise the question of whether the church needs to consider how it can offer recovery and provide guidance. Addiction, in its many manifestations, provides too easy and elusive an answer to this spiritual poverty.

“I believe that it’s one of life’s important lessons which we have yet to learn. By not embracing and accepting the dark side of our souls – we consider some aspects of ourselves to be bad and sinful, rather than accepting them as part of what it means to be human and reconciling them with ourselves – we arm them with a negative force which then strengthens their power over us.”

The speakers include Canon Aled Edwards, Elfed Ap Nefydd Roberts, Sean Loughlin, Denzil John, Aled Jones Williams, Karen Owen and Catrin Williams.

They will consider question such as:

· Is this a blessing and an opportunity for the church to offer love, atonement and forgiveness in an age which has turned its back on religion?

· Is it an opportunity for the churches to respond to those who are searching for an answer to a spiritual problem?

· How can the churches achieve this in a practical way?

Anyone wishing to attend should contact the Living Room Cardiff on 029 2049 3895 to register or send an e-mail to

Recovery Sunday

Meanwhile, churches across Wales will be praying for people battling against addiction on Recovery Sunday on October 30.

This will be the fifth Recovery Sunday organised by the Living Room Cardiff to pray for those trapped in addiction to alcohol, other drugs and harmful behaviours.

The service is based on the theme that “brokenness is a factor in everyone’s lives”. You can download the service from the Living Room Cardiff.

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Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened



ON MONDAY, November 28, Cllr Rob Evans, Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council, unveiled a specially designed plaque to commemorate the official opening of the brand new Carmarthenshire Archives building.

The official opening was attended by year 6 pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, along with their Headteacher Mr Dylan Evans, who designed the plaque by compiling various artwork and sketches that are housed at the Archives.

Established in 1959, Carmarthenshire Archives is the local authority archive service for the County of Carmarthenshire and the new building is located at St Peter’s Street, Carmarthen. 

The service is home to our extensive collection of historic documents that date from the 13th century to the present day. The collection includes archives, maps, books, photographs, videos and sound recordings. It is the Archives’ mission to preserve and make its documents available for general study and research.

Admission to Carmarthenshire Archives is free and open to anyone who wishes to use the Council’s records. Most of its services are free, but we do charge for some extra services and help.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Cllr Gareth John commented:

“Congratulations to the pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, they have designed an excellent and appropriate plaque that is inspired by the treasure troves of our archives. It was wonderful to welcome them to the official opening so that they can see their work take pride of place at a building that holds great significance to us in Carmarthenshire. 

“This is a brand new and modern building that is fit to keep and protect our county’s most precious historical documents. 

“But of course, these documents are meant to be viewed and studied by school children, students, academics and anybody who has an interest in Carmarthenshire’s rich history; and this excellent facility provides the perfect space for people to come and view these treasures.”

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities



WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands



OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at:, by emailing or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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