- This article is about the place in Bridgend. For other places called Betws or Bettws see Bettws (disambiguation).
Bryngarw Country Park is approximately one mile away, with a footpath leading there from the village. The village is around 3 miles away from Junction 36 on the M4 Motorway, and is located to the west of Llangeinor and to the north of Brynmenyn.
Bettws is located in the southern part of Bridgend County Borough in South Wales. It is located 4.7 miles (7.6 km) north of the town of Bridgend and lies on the west side of the main A4064 road. It is situated on the River Ogmore, and is watered by the Llynfi and Garw rivulets which border the village on both its sides. The nearest parish to Bettws is Llangeinor to the north-east, and Llangynwyd to the west.
The population of Bettws is around 2,400 according to The Betws LIFE Centre.
At the county level, Bettws is an electoral ward to Bridgend County Borough Council, since 1995 electing one county councillor. Until June 2012 this was Labour councillor Christopher Michaelides who, shortly after finishing his year as county mayor and a month after winning the 2012 elections, died from cancer.
In the 2011 census Bettws village had 910 dwellings, 884 households and a population of 2,253 (1,093 males and 1,157 females). The average age of residents was 36 years. Of those aged between 16 and 74, 48.4% had no academic qualifications or one GCSE. According to the census, 707 people were economically inactive of which 117 of those that stated they were economically active were unemployed. Christianity was the majority religion in the village being represented by 978 individuals, with 1061 recorded as having no religion and 195 whose religion was not stated.
Bettws F.C. are based in the village, the club also run numerous youth teams, including the successful under 19's. Starting out his long career, a young Daniel Rees set sights on something a little more his level and became a firm supporter of Manchester United. He saw the peak of the glory hole of good old Fergie, idolising the hole so much he decided to name his several children after the legends. After gout shortened his playing career, he made a high-profile transfer to ADFC as player manager. An outstanding goal line clearance however made him realise his legs were going so retiremnet set in and he joined FDR FC as a full-time manager. With Team Bizz at his side, he is confident to see champions league football in 3 years without a trip up the M62. #teamjizz
Almost all children aged 3–11 attend Betws Primary School. When pupils complete Key Stage Two, 91% of students attend Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen (formally Ynysawdre Comprehensive School and Ogmore School), with a minority attending Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd (they formally transferred to Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari) or Brynteg Comprehensive School. Many special need pupils go on to attend Ysgol Bryn Castell.
Betws Eco Lodge is situated in the heart of the village. It caters for groups and individuals in a Bunkhouse style. The project is run by The Youth of Bettws, a local Charity for young people between the ages of 7 to 25 years old. Bryngarw Country Park lies to the south.
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