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Wales is home to unhappy marriages



Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 15.00.01A RECENT POLL when the vast majority of happily married couples meet, and that Wales is home to one of the highest percentages of unhappy spouses.

It was also exposed that those who met their future spouses in November were more likely to class their marriage as an unhappy one.

The survey was conducted by diamond jewellery brand Vashi, as part of their ongoing research into British relationships.

The 2,944 anonymous married Britons who took part in the survey had been married to their partner for at least three years, and the people taking part were from an equal spread of all of the 12 different UK regions.

Initially, respondents were asked “How happy is your marriage?” They were told to give a score from one to ten, with ten being the happiest they could possibly be. The average answer to this question was six out of 10.

It was found that couples in Wales and the South West were the unhappiest, with the average answer recorded being a measly three out of 10.

The next question the respondents were asked was to state that month of the year in which they met their partner.

The team at Vashi analysed the responses of all those who stated that their marriage was a ten on the happiness scale, and found that an overwhelming 34% met their significant other in the month of March. The team then considered the couples on the other end of the spectrum, who scored their marriage as an unhappy one out of 10, and found that the most common meeting month for unhappily married couples was November, with a score of 19%.

Vashi Dominguez, of www., said of the survey findings: “Every marriage is the fruition of a different journey, with unique triumphs, challenges and lessons learned along the way.

“Having said that, we have uncovered some very interesting trends in our quest to find the recipe to success, with those in the North being shining examples of happy marriages and those in the South West, Wales and London typically falling behind.

“These scores reflect that a happy marriage is not made overnight; it’s an ever-evolving and changing process and a true labour of love.”

In addition to meeting in March, the survey identified further secrets to successful marriages and higher happiness ratings from further questions in the polls.

61% of people with the happiest marriages were found to have known each other for 60 months or more at the time of getting engaged, whilst 43% of least happy spouses were found to have known each other for a short 12-23 months.

Interestingly, the least happy married couples were most likely to have met at work (17%), and the happiest were most likely to have met on dating apps or dating websites (19%).

Mr Dominguez continued: “March is well upon us and this survey has led us to wonder about how many new acquaintances have been made this month. According to these results, they could blossom into the next wave of happily married couples!

“We can see why March has been crowned the month of love; the sun has started to shine again, spring is certainly in the air and it’s a perfect time of year for new beginnings.”

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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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