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Living in Llanfechain: the local area guide
Llanfechain is a tiny village located in the picturesque Cain Valley at the northern end of the Welsh county of Powys. Llanfechain could be just what you are looking for if you are considering relocating somewhere quiet, or even if you just want a holiday bolt hole you can retreat to every now and then.
The village is an incredibly tight-knit community, but there is no need to be intimidated – as visitors and newcomers will find that the residents are all incredibly friendly and welcoming.
Llanfechain is home to a number of historical buildings, all of which add to the charm of this quaint little village. Arguably the most prominent of all historical buildings in Llanfechain is St Garmon’s parish church – which was built in Norman times. Today, it still retains a number of its original features, as well as a few additions picked up throughout its almost 1,000 year lifespan. It is currently a Grade 2 listed historical building.
The Census of 2011 revealed that there were 465 people living in Llanfechain at the time. Rather unusually, this figure means that in the 10 years since the previous Census was conducted (2001), the population of Llanfechain has shrunk by 56 people.
The 465 residents currently living in Llanfechain are divided up into roughly 230 different households. As you would expect in a small village where space is abundant, the majority of these households are fully-detached properties.
Home ownership figures are rather impressive in Llanfechain. The 2011 Census revealed that around 50% of households are owned outright, while an additional 22% own their home with some form of loan or mortgage.
Parents of primary school aged children will only have one school to choose from. The village school is known as Llanfechain Church in Wales School – or, alternatively, Ysgol Llanfechain – and is currently attended by roughly 35 children between the ages of 4 and 11.
The school offers children large open space, and a school ethos that focuses on family and community values. While most of the children who attend the school each day are from the village itself, there are a small number of students who come in from the surrounding villages of Llanfyllin, Llanyblodwel and Llansantffraid.
Unfortunately, teenage students will have to travel elsewhere in order to attend school, as Llanfechain does not have a secondary level school of its own. The nearest secondary institute to the village is Llanfyllin High School – which is a 10-minute drive away from Llanfechain.
There are presently 851 students enrolled at Llanfyllin between the ages of 11 and 18. In terms of student performance, the school performs relatively well on a national level. 97% achieve the Level 3 threshold – which is equivalent to two A -Levels. The national average for achieving the Level 3 threshold is 96%.
There is a reason behind why 91% of households in Llanfechain own at least one car – public transport in the village is almost non-existent. There is no train station in village, and bus services are incredibly limited - but don’t let that scare you off!
Travelling to the south-west, the 72, 72A and 74 buses are able to take commuters as far as Llanfyllin. Heading in the opposite direction towards the north-east, the 72 and 72A buses travel to Oswestry, while the 74 bus carries on to Ford and Shrewsbury.
However, if you do decide to relocate here, a car will come in handy as the A490, A483, B4391 and B4393 are situated nearby, and allow motorists to access much of the region with ease.
Amenities and shopping
Newcomers to Llanfechain will quickly find that the Llanfechain Community Shop is a hub of the community. The store has no paid employees, and is run by members of the public on a voluntary basis. Here you will be able to purchase general grocery items such as milk, bread, meat, newspapers and fruit and vegetables.
Those who are looking for a drink after a day’s work will find just what they are looking for at the Plas-yn-Dinas pub. Operating out of a 17th century, half-timbered building, Plas-yn-Dinas offers up great food and drink, as well as a welcoming homely feel. The building is also a Grade 2 listed building!"
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