Llanfairfechan

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Llanfairfechan
Llanfairfechan1.jpg
A view over Llanfairfechan
Llanfairfechan is located in Conwy
Llanfairfechan
Llanfairfechan
Llanfairfechan shown within Conwy
Population 3,637 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SH683747
Community
  • Llanfairfechan
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LLANFAIRFECHAN
Postcode district LL33
Dialling code 01248
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
UK
Wales
Conwy
Coordinates: 53°15′11″N 3°58′23″W / 53.253°N 3.973°W / 53.253; -3.973

Llanfairfechan ("Little St Mary's Parish") is a town and community in the Conwy County Borough, Wales. It is known as a seaside resort and had a population at the 2001 Census of 3,755,[2] reducing to 3,637 at the 2011 Census. The history of the area dates back to at least Roman times, as demonstrated by the discovery of a large second century milestone, that is now preserved in the British Museum.[3]

Political boundary[edit]

It was in Gwynedd from 1972 to 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. For electoral purposes, the community of Llanfairfechan consists of three electoral wards, Bryn, Lafan and Pandy.

Transport connections[edit]

The town lies on the north coast on the route of the A55 road, between Penmaenmawr and Bangor. It has a railway station on the North Wales Coast Line.

Local interest and trivia[edit]

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. It is also not far from Aber Falls.

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.

Llanfairfechan was judged North Wales Calor Village of the Year for 2009 in the competition run by Calor Gas UK[4]

The earlier Llanfairfechan Golf Club (now defunct) was founded in 1909. This club continued until the early 1950s.[5]

The town is also referred to as 'The Double LA' or the 'TDLA' for short.

Welsh language[edit]

According to the 2011 Census, 45.3% of the population of the town can speak the Welsh language.[6] The two schools situated in Llanfairfechan, Ysgol Pant-y-Rhedyn and Ysgol Babanod Llanfairfechan, are categorized as being predominantly English-medium schools but with significant use of Welsh.[7][8]

Town twinning[edit]

Over the weekend of 2–4 June 2011, the process of town twinning between Llanfairfechan and Pleumeleuc was completed. A number of events were held over the weekend, including trips to local attractions and guided tours around Llanfairfechan itself.[9]

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- to 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  2. ^ 2001 Census: Llanfairfechan, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 19 March 2009 
  3. ^ British Museum Highlights [1]
  4. ^ "Llanfairfechan crowned N.Wales finest village". Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  5. ^ “Llanfairfechan Golf Club”, “Golf’s Missing Links”.
  6. ^ "Community Council Profiles - Llanfairfechan" (PDF). Snowdonia National Park. Snowdonia National Park. 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Ysgol Babanod Llanfairfechan". My Local School. Welsh Government. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Ysgol Babanod Llanfairfechan". My Local School. Welsh Government. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "Programme of events for town twinning visit". Retrieved 23 June 2011. 

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