A view over Llanfairfechan
Llanfairfechan shown within Conwy
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Llanfairfechan ("Little St Mary's Parish") is a town and community in the Conwy County Borough, Wales. It lies on the north coast on the route of the A55 road, between Penmaenmawr and Bangor. It previously was in Gwynedd (1972–1996) and prior to that was in Caernarfonshire. For ceremonial and electoral boundary purposes it was transferred from the preserved county of Gwynedd to that of Clwyd in 2003. It is known as a seaside resort and had a population at the 2001 Census of 3,755. It has a railway station on the North Wales Coast Line. For electoral purposes, the community of Llanfairfechan consists of three electoral wards, Bryn, Lafan and Pandy.
Morfa Madryn, the salt marsh area immediately west of the town on the shore of Traeth Lafan, is a local authority-managed nature reserve of outstanding beauty and a favourite haunt of bird watchers. The site is home to cormorants and shags. The rare Little Egret can also be spotted.
Llanfairfechan is also home to Bryn y Neuadd, a learning disability hospital, a mental health unit (Carreg Fawr) and a medium-secure unit (Tŷ Llywelyn). The site, Bryn Y Neuadd, is also home to the control centres for both the Emergency and Non-Emergency Ambulance services for the north.
It is not far from Aber Falls.
The earlier Llanfairfechan Golf Club (now defunct) was founded in 1909. This club continued until the early 1950s.
According to the 2001 Census, 50.4% of the population of the town can speak the Welsh language. This is far above the national average of 20.8%. The age group with the highest percentage of Welsh speakers is the 10–14 year olds, where 70% can speak the language fluently, with more having some knowledge of the language.
Llanfairfechan has two schools, in both of which the language of instruction is English.
Over the weekend of 2–4 June 2011, the process of town twinning between Llanfairfechan and Pleumeleuc was formally completed. A number of events were held over the weekend, including trips to local attractions and guided tours around Llanfairfechan itself.
Twenty-five Llanfairfechan youngsters visited Pleumeleuc in Brittany between the 7–9 April 2012, following the visit to Llanfairfechan of Les Pleumeleucoises in 2011. The party of 13–17 year-olds represented the town's young football teams, with their coaches and other adults making a party of 49 in total, they were welcomed on 7 April 2012 by Pleumeleuc families.
Media related to Llanfairfechan at Wikimedia Commons
- A Vision of Britain Through Time
- British Listed Buildings
- Llanfairfechan's Community Web Portal
- Office for National Statistics