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The local area guide to living in Llanfechain

For those looking to relocate somewhere quiet, you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere quieter than the village of Llanfechain. Llanfechain is tucked away in the Cain Valley, in the northern reaches of the Welsh county of Powys. As you would expect from a village made up of less than 500 people, there is an incredibly strong sense of community, and newcomers will find they are quickly welcomed into the community.

There is evidence to suggest that a settlement has existed in Llanfechain for roughly 1,000 years. The village is home to St Garmon’s church, which was constructed during the Norman era. Impressively, this incredibly old church still retains a number of its original features to this day.

Information about the local residents

As mentioned earlier, Llanfechain is by no means a big town. The Census of 2011 recorded that only 465 people call the village home. Interestingly, this figure actually represents a drop in population since the last Census was conducted in 2001. At this point in time, there were 521 people residing in the village.

Today, these 465 people that call Llanfechain home are separated into just under 230 households. Of these households, an impressive 50% own their homes outright, while a further 22% own their homes with a loan or mortgage. The vast majority of these household spaces are fully detached homes.

Nearby schools

Rather unsurprisingly for such a small village, there is only one school in Llanfechain. Known as Llanfechain Church in Wales Primary School – or Ysgol Llanfechain – the school currently has around 35 children between the ages of 4 and 11 on its roll.

The school was built in 1951, and boasts large ground with plenty of room for outdoor activities. While the majority of children who attend the school come from Llanfechain itself, the school also accepts pupils from the villages in the surrounding area – including Llanfyllin, Llanyblodwel and Llansantffraid.

Teenage students will have to venture into the nearby village of Llanfyllin – which is a 10-minute drive to the west of Llanfechain – in order to attend secondary school.

Llanfyllin High School currently has around 851 pupils between the ages of 11 and 18 on its roll – making it bigger than the entire village of Llanfechain! The school performs well on a national level over all year groups, and 97% of pupils at the sixth form level achieve the Level 3 threshold – which is the equivalent of two A Levels. The national average for such achievement is 96%.

Getting around

Those relocating from a big city will soon find that public transport is incredibly limited in Llanfechain. Unfortunately, the village has no train station of its own and bus services are relatively few and far between.

However, the few bus services that do exist are as follows: heading in a southwesterly direction, the 72, 72A and 74 buses head towards Llanfyllin. Travelling north-east, the 72 and 72A buses head towards Oswestry, while the 74 bus is bound for Ford and Shrewsbury.

The road links make up for the lack of public transport options, with the A490, A483, B4391 and B4393 connecting motorists with much of the surrounding area and further afield.

Local shops

The Llanfechain Community Shop is run by volunteers. Though the shop is rather small, it stocks everything you will require to keep your cupboards full of food. Items for sale include milk, bread, fruit and vegetables, meat, newspapers and more. As the shop relies heavily on volunteers, members of the community are encouraged to do their part to keep the shop open.

The local pub in Llanfechain goes by the name of Plas-yn-Dinas, and is housed within a 17th century, half-timbered building that has Grade 2 protected status. Unsurprisingly, the pub acts as a community hub, so if you are a newcomer to the village a visit to the pub would be well advised!

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