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- This article is about the place in Bridgend. For other places called Betws or Bettws see Bettws (disambiguation).
Bettws //, also spelled 'Betws', is a small ex-mining and farming village in the South Wales Valleys in the county borough of Bridgend, Wales. The population of Bettws is around 2,400 according to The Betws LIFE Centre.
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) south 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 Llangonoyd to the west.
At the national level Bettws is in the Welsh parliamentary constituency of Ogmore, for which Chris Elmore (Labour) has been MP since 2016. In the constituency's by-election of 2016, Elmore won 12,383 votes (52.6%), giving him a majority of 8,575; the United Kingdom Independence Party won 3,808 votes (16.2%) and the Plaid Cymru party won 3,683 (15.7%), while the Conserative Party and the Liberal Democrats each won fewer than 3,000 votes, the Conservative Party performed better of the two. In the Welsh Assembly Bettws is in the constituency of Bridgend for which Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, has been the Assembly Member since 1999. For European elections Tythegston is in the Wales constituency.
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.
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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Media related to Bettws, Bridgend at Wikimedia Commons