Church Village

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Church Village
Old Carnegie Library, Church Village.jpg
Old Carnegie Library, Church Village
Church Village is located in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Church Village
Church Village
Location within Rhondda Cynon Taf
Population5,021 (2011 Ward)[1]
Community
Principal area
Ceremonial county
  • Mid Glamorgan
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPONTYPRIDD
Postcode districtCF38
Dialling code01443
PoliceSouth Wales
FireSouth Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
UK
Wales
Rhondda Cynon Taf
51°34′12″N 3°19′18″W / 51.569920°N 3.321605°W / 51.569920; -3.321605Coordinates: 51°34′12″N 3°19′18″W / 51.569920°N 3.321605°W / 51.569920; -3.321605

Church Village (Welsh: Pentre'r Eglwys) is a large village in the historic parish and community of Llantwit Fardre, located within the Taff Ely district of the County Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf in Wales. The village is centrally located being around 4 miles from the local principal towns of Llantrisant to the southwest and Pontypridd to the north and is situated around 10 miles northwest of Cardiff city centre.

History[edit]

Historically the village was known as Cross Inn and fell within the traditional county of Glamorgan.

Church Village itself does not share the extent of industrial mining heritage of much of the rest of the county and largely comprises new and recent build housing. It is a rapidly growing urban area, today almost a town rather than a village, being much sought after to live in due to its proximity to Cardiff and Pontyclun. Church Village is also commonly used to refer to the whole CF38 postcode area of Pontypridd, comprising the adjoining principal settlements of – Beddau, Efail Isaf, Llantwit Fardre, Ton-teg, Tyn-y-Nant and Upper Church Village.

Church village was served by Church Village railway station on the Llantrisant and Taff Vale Junction Railway until 1964.

Costain, under contract from Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council constructed a bypass to reduce traffic congestion on the A473, Pontypridd to Bridgend (Welsh: Penybont) road, from Cross Inn, near Llantrisant, to Tonteg via Efail Isaf. The Church Village bypass, which is built as a single carriageway, with crawler and overtaking lanes around roundabouts opened in September 2010.[2][3]

The village is home to Clare E Potter, a Welsh poet who directed The Wall and the Mirror, an episode of New Voices from Wales.

Education[edit]

Church Village is the site of one of the newest school sites in Wales, which is called Gartholwg Community Campus. This initiative houses a primary school – Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Garth Olwg, a secondary schoolYsgol Gyfun Garth Olwg, a pre-school nursery, a community library, Lifelong Learning Centre and a Youth centre.

Health[edit]

Church Village was the site of the East Glamorgan Hospital, an ageing World War II hospital replaced in 2000 by the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in nearby Ynysmaerdy.

Religion[edit]

There are three Christian churches in the area, St. Illtud's, the Parish church, Capel Y Bedyddwyr Cymraeg Salem (Salem Welsh Baptist Chapel, with English and Welsh services) and Bethel Baptist Chapel. All three churches have a strong and healthy relationship between them which is constantly developing. The Parish church of St. Illtyd's has been serving the community for hundreds of years, but Salem and Bethel have developed in the last 100 years. Bethel was formed owing to schism, wishing for English services compared to the, then, complete Welsh Salem which was already established in the area.[clarification needed] However, in the last 50 years Salem adopted an evening English service and is enjoying a morning family service under the current Pastor. Salem Chapel is widely known as the chapel (and resting place) of former Deacon and Arweinydd y gan, John Hughes, who wrote the famous hymn tune Cwm Rhondda (Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah).

Governance[edit]

Church Village is also the name of an electoral ward to Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. It forms the immediate area around Church Village and Upper Church Village.[4] The ward elects one county councillor.[5] A 2018 review of electoral arrangements would see an increase in the number of councillors to two (and a realignment of the east boundary), effective from the 2022 council elections.[6]

Church Village is also a community ward for Llantwit Fardre Community Council, electing four of the twelve community councillors.[7]

Climate[edit]

Area is characterized by equable climates with few extremes of temperature and ample precipitation in all months. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfb". (Marine West Coast Climate).[8]

Climate data for Church Village
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7
(45)
7
(45)
9
(48)
11
(52)
16
(61)
18
(64)
20
(68)
20
(68)
16
(61)
13
(55)
9
(48)
6
(43)
13
(55)
Average low °C (°F) 3
(37)
2
(36)
4
(39)
4
(39)
8
(46)
10
(50)
13
(55)
12
(54)
9
(48)
7
(45)
5
(41)
3
(37)
7
(45)
Average precipitation days 21 17 19 17 11 14 14 14 16 16 19 18 196
Source: Weatherbase [9]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Church Village Bypass – Web Online". Church Village Bypass website. Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC, Costain and the Welsh Assembly Government. 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-04-175. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "WalesOnline – News – South Wales Valleys – Pontypridd & Llantrisant – Safety worries discounted as bypass work begins". Wayne Nowaczyk, Pontypridd Observer. Media Wales Ltd. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 17 April 2009.
  4. ^ "Election maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  5. ^ "The County Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taff (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1998". Legislation.gov.uk. 23 November 1998. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  6. ^ Anthony Lewis (30 August 2018). "The number of electoral council wards in Rhondda Cynon Taf could be cut for 2022 election". Wales Online. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Council Members". Llantwit Fardre Community Council. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  8. ^ Climate Summary
  9. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013. Retrieved on June 20, 2013.