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Town Council


Llanwrtyd Wells Town Council is responsible for the town plus the village of Abergwesyn.

Other villages in the neighborhood are represented by either Treflys or Llangammarch Community Councils.

Llanwrtyd Wells Town Council has eleven councillors including a Mayor and Deputy Mayor who are elected at its Annual General Meeting in May.

The Council meets in the Memorial Institute on the third Wednesday of each month except August. Members of the community are welcome to attend as observers.

Election of councillors takes place every five years. From time to time a vacancy may occur when a councillor resigns from his/her position. Residents are welcome to apply for co-option to fill this vacancy.

The Town Council is a proactive body of independent councillors who have the needs of the town at heart.

Over recent years the Council has fought hard to save the town’s medical centre, post office and library.

Although unsuccessful in resisting the national trend of bank closures the Council nevertheless saved the ATM in the centre of the town.

When Powys County Council decided to close the town’s public toilets the Town Council agreed to take them over and received funding from the Welsh Government in 2016 to improve the facilities.

The Town Council owns the recreational field known as Dolwen Field (See Sports and Recreation/Dolwen Field).

In 2012 the Council received funding to renovate the pavilion. At the same time a group of young mothers in the town obtained a grant to improve and expand the children’s play area.

The Town Council is proud of its twinning links with Mériel in France and Česky Krumlov in the Czech Republic (See Heritage and Culture/Twinning Association).

The mayoral chain’s first gold link was presented to the Town Council in 1985 by Czech pupils wishing to express their appreciation for their time spent in Llanwrtyd Wells as evacuated children during the Second World War.

More information about the work of the Town Council can be found in its website.

Victoria Hall


The Victoria Hall was originally built in 1887 and has been serving the community as a village hall ever since.

The premises are licensed for plays, films, live music and so on, and for the sale/supply of alcohol between 10.00 hrs and 01.00 hrs from Monday to Sunday.

It’s also used for meetings, conferences and fundraising events such as coffee mornings.

Activities

Clubs and organisations using the building include the Gardening Club and Merched y Bont, who hold their monthly meetings in the large hall, and the Sewing and Handicraft Group who meet weekly in the small room.

Tap dance and exercise classes are regularly held too.

The Victoria Hall Committee produces the monthly Grapevine bulletin, with reports and news of what’s on in the town and advertisements by local businesses.

Facilities

The building has been recently enlarged to include a small meeting room with serving hatch to a well-fitted kitchen, and a well-equipped gym arranged in two rooms, each with toilet and shower.

The entrance porch leads into the main hall with a fixed stage, pull-down screen and a seating capacity for 200.

Further details can be found on its website.

Ysgol Dôlafon

Ysgol Dôlafon is an English stream primary school based in the heart of Llanwrtyd Wells.

Its goal is to provide the children in our school with the best possible education in an enjoyable environment.

We have realistic, yet challenging expectations, and we seek to foster every child’s academic, sporting, creative and artistic talents.

To achieve this we have a broad and balanced curriculum supported by an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities.

Ysgol Dôlafon has very close links with the local community. We aim to work in partnership with our families to seek ways in which we can further enhance the children’s education, so that every child receives the best possible start to their education.

The school also shares the Bromsgrove Hall and the town’s library with the community.

The hall was built at the same time as the school in 1990 and named after Bromsgrove School, whose pupils were evacuated to Llanwrtyd during the 2nd World War.

Friends Association

Ysgol Dôlafon has a ‘Friends of the School’ Association that provides a vital contribution to the fundraising efforts that enable the school to buy many of the extra resources that it needs.

Some of these fundraising events are: the Real Ale Wobble event – providing refreshments and marshalling: Easter Bingo: School Fete: Man vs. Horse Marathon event – providing a cake stall.

We are always grateful for help from parents and others in the community.

Please contact the school if you wish to offer your help. Tel: 01591 610326; office@dolafon.powys.sch.uk.

Llanwrtyd Community Transport logoCommunity Transport and Events Recycling

Llanwrtyd Community Transport provides a daily shoppa bus services each week and a day trip each month.

Its initial aim was to provide transport for all members of the communities of Llanwrtyd Wells and the surrounding district because public transport is somewhat limited in the area.

Volunteer drivers using their own vehicles can be booked to take people to medical appointments etc.

Drop-ins (10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays) are held at the Community Centre based at Llanwrtyd Station, which has high speed broadband and printing facilities and can be hired for meetings, seminars and family gatherings.

It also runs a community garden in Cilmery.

It is a voluntary ‘not for profit’ organisation operating since 2002. To become self-funding the company is registered as a professional dealer/broker of controlled waste for events such as The Royal Welsh Showground.

We turn recycled glass into sharp free cullet in sizes from 250 micron dust to 10mm for sale. This has many uses, such as for landscaping, and, when mixed with concrete or resin, for the manufacture of home and garden ornaments.

Contact us at comtrans@btconnect.com or on 01982 552727/551295.

Places of Worship


Weekly church services are held at 11 a.m. in St. James’ Church (Llanwrtyd Wells) and at 9.30 a.m. in Eglwys Oen Duw (a short distance up the road from Beulah towards Abergwesyn).

Services alternate between Holy Communion and Morning Worship.

Services are also held at 9.30 a.m. every second week in St. Cadmarch Church in Llangammarch Wells.

These three churches belong to the Irfon and Wye Ministry Area, which holds a combined service in one of its 11 churches on the fifth Sunday of a month.

The three churches remain open and can be visited on each day of the week.

St. David’s Church

St. David’s Church (See Things to do/Heritage and Culture/St David’s Church), situated about a mile up the road to Abergwesyn, and affectionately known as the ’Old Parish Church’, is a popular visitor attraction.

It has served the community since around the twelfth century. The church is now only occasionally used for services but is a popular venue for weddings and funerals.

Of the three former protestant chapels, the Congregational Chapel is now the Heritage and Arts Centre; the Bethesda Methodist Chapel awaits renovation as a future music and concert centre.

The Well

The part of the former Zion Baptist Chapel adjacent to the car park behind the Neuadd Arms that remained following demolition of the rest of the building several years ago is now named ‘The Well’.

It holds contemporary worship and praise at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Sunday of each month.

The Well’s congregation believes that God has called it to reach out to those without faith or those curious about Christian faith.

Its mission is, through the renewal and revival of a refurbished chapel, to establish The Well as a place for refreshing those in the community in need and who may be lonely or depressed.

Its vision is to provide a caring structure for those seeking God through diversity in worship. By doing so it is enabling the gifts of the Spirit to establish God’s kingdom.

Regular social and fund raising events are held during the year to keep our churches alive. New attendees, as well as visitors to the area, are made very welcome.

Fire Station

Llanwrtyd Wells Fire Station provides a fire and medical response service to the communities of Llanwrtyd Wells, Beulah, Garth, Llanafan Fawr, Llangammarch Wells and the surrounding rural area, which contains large areas of forestry.

The Station averages around 130 calls a year.

The station’s single story two-bay building situated next to Ysgol Dôlafon was opened in 1963.

The station is not permanently manned but relies on a crew of on-call fire fighters who are alerted using pagers.

These fire fighters hold a variety of jobs ranging from positions in the building trade to guesthouse proprietors.

They meet at the station on Tuesday evenings from 19.00 – 21.00 hrs to follow a training plan that enables the crew to keep up its operational competency.

In 2018 the Fire Station’s 12-member crew received the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service Award for the ‘Best Station of the Year’.

We also attend risk critical training and assessment courses.

The station owns a Volvo rescue pump for fire and rescue incidents, with the main risk being the A and B road networks around the area, and a Volvo 4×4 suv co-responder vehicle which assists the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust with medical incidents.

The Volvo was purchased in 2018 with major contributions from the very generous local communities in raising money towards the cost of the vehicle.

Interested in becoming an on-call fire fighter? We will be happy to receive a phone call (01591 610731) on a Tuesday evening.

Local villages

There are five villages or hamlets within the vicinity of Llanwrtyd Wells. All have connections with life in the town.

Llangammarch Wells

This village, four miles to the east of Llanwrtyd Wells, is the smallest of the four former spa towns in our Heart of Wales.

Llangammarch hosts a post office and small store and the Alexander Community Hall where regular activities including line dancing, yoga, whist, coffee mornings and meetings of the Llangammarch History Society take place (www.llangammarch.wales).

The hall was bought by residents in the early 2000s and later reopened in 2010 having obtained a refurbishment grant from the Welsh Government.

A virtual tour of the history of properties in the village researched by the Llangammarch History Society provides a fascinating overview of the layout of the village and its properties.

Llangammarch Wells is a popular venue for fishing with several miles of river containing trout, chub, grayling and late season salmon.

Day and season tickets are available from the Cammarch and Lake Country House hotels. Various artists live in the area and can be found on www.irfonvaa.co.uk.

Beulah

Four miles north east of Llanwrtyd Wells and lying on the Afon Cammarch, this village benefits from a pub (The Trout Inn), a shop and petrol service station.

An annual music festival is held in October with concerts in the beautiful Victorian church of Eglwys Oen Duw (Church of the Lamb of God) and the Reading Room.

The church holds weekly services and the Reading Room hosts the Young Farmers Club, the Thursday Social Club (See Social organisations/Thursday clubs) and the local choir.

Regular fundraising events are held in the Reading Room, and The Trout Inn hosts a popular fortnightly quiz during the winter months.

​​Cefn Gorwydd

A short distance south east of Llanwrtyd lies the hamlet of Cefn Gorwydd. As the name suggests (cefn) it is situated on a ridge on the old coaching road above the Irfon and Dulas rivers.

There are several old houses dotted amongst more recently built houses. The beautiful Gosen Chapel (1743) is listed amongst buildings cited in zone 9 of Llangammarch History Society’s website (www.llangammarchhistory.co.uk).

Tirabad

To the south west of Cefn Gorwydd lies the village of Tirabad (meaning the ‘House of the Abbot’).

A few old houses around the edge of the village were present when the area belonged to Strata Florida Abbey near Tregaron.

The village expanded in the early 1950s with the building of houses, a school, post office and shop for forestry workers.

The church of St David’s (1726) is not accessible at present as the building needs repair.

Hermon Chapel on the outskirts of the village, now converted to a residential dwelling, was built in 1862.

Tirabad was one of the places where William Williams (Pantycelin) preached when he was curate for Theophilus Evans from 1740 to1743.

In the Crychan Forest on the edge of the village there is an outdoor pursuit centre run by three schools in Berkshire.

Abergwesyn

Some six miles north of Llanwrtyd, the hamlet of Abergwesyn lies at the foot of the Cambrian Mountains surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in Wales.

Situated in the valley where the River Gwesyn meets the River Irfon, it once housed a pub, school and two churches plus a chapel. Now only thirteen dwellings remain, the pub is a farmhouse and the school is the village hall.

This is the centre of the community with a weekly table tennis club and other events throughout the year, including film nights, quiz events and an annual BBQ.