A collection of news stories affecting our community during 2021. As of 2020 we noted our community will be liable to a higher tax burned for HS2 than it would cost to build a much-needed railway station at the centre of our community and the Pontcysyllte WHS. Therefore, we object to HS2, or as we call it, “The Welsh Bypass”. Furthermore, our railway line (Marchers) offers a viable alternative to the main West Coast Line as the former Wrexham & Shropshire Service proved before closure in 2010. We ask, why not use this to alleviate congestion on the main West Coastline, which would literally save billions of pounds.

With the now accepted (2021) cost of HS2 at £106 billion pounds and maybe more confirms the forecast of £1500 taxation for very man, woman and child in the UK. This means that our community numbering 10,000 people will contribute £15 million pounds. A first-rate railway station for Cefn Mawr next to Tesco will only cost around £12 million pounds.

Wales on Line 9th September 2022

King Charles III's address to the nation: Full transcript of King's first speech


Wales on Line 9th September 2022

King Charles confirms Prince William and Kate Middleton will become Prince and Princess of Wales


Wales on Line 9th September 2022

King Charles to visit Wales within days as major preparations begin

Shropshire Star 5th September 2022

Feeling down? Visiting one of our region's canals could be just the pick up you need


Wales on Line 5th September 2022

Sewage discharged into the sea around Wales leading to warnings at beaches


BBC 1st September 2022

Wrexham officially becomes Wales’s seventh city


BII 30th August 2022

Pubs will fail in months without urgent Government support for crushing energy costs 27th August 2022

Local snooker team celebrated for its achievements and 2022 winning streak


Wales on Line 26th August 2022

Energy bills to soar as major Ofgem price cap rise announced - live updates


Wrexham Council News 24th August 2022

Wrexham’s new wellbeing hub to officially open in September


Leader Live 18th August 2022

MP hears all about Cefn Mawr Snooker Club success


Welsh Conservative News 17th August 2022

Clwyd South MP meets with Cefn Mawr Snooker Team


Wales On Line 17th August 2022

Underwater Welsh village re-emerges as reservoir levels drop


Wales on Line 17th August 2022

Sewage has been released into the sea at Welsh beaches after the heatwave


Shropshire Star 17th August 2022

Garden named after 'committed community champion' Angela Bright


Shropshire Star 17th August 2022

MP hears of the success of local snooker club


Wales on Line 15th August 2022

Single-use plastics like cutlery, straws, plates and polystyrene takeaway containers to be banned in Wales


Leader Live 13th August 2022

New book's revealing history of Llangollen


Daily Post 14th August 2022

North Wales border cafe's mouth-watering bap comes at an eyewatering price


The Guardian 12th August 2022

‘Energy bills have overtaken wages’: 280-year-old pub at risk of closure


Leader Live 11th August 2022

Floral motorbike display honours pub landlord, Mill Inn Cefn Maw


Hugh Warwick 11th August 2022

Another small victory, Hedgehogs


Country File 11th August 2022

Best places in the UK to see autumn colours


Wales On Line 10th August 2022

Welsh reservoirs show decreased water levels as extreme heat continues


New Civil Engineer 10th August 2022

£500M Canal & River Trust engineering deal awarded to Kier and J N Bentley


Wrexham Council News 5th August 2022

Council plan annual performance report – how are we doing?


Daily Post 31st July 2022

The 10 best hiking trails in North Wales according to Tripadvisor


The National for Wales 30th July 2022

Cefn Mawr in the spotlight for nostalgic photography show

Leader Live 29th July 2022

Cefn Mawr in the spotlight for nostalgic photography show


Rhyl Journal 25th July 2022

Popular Denbighshire viewing point given new lease of life


Shropshire Star 25th July 2022

Rotary club members take to the water


Leader Live 22nd July 2022

Readers share views on Ruabon roundabout safety concerns 21st July 2022

Clwyd South MP sponsors parliamentary reception to celebrate Canal & River Trust anniversary


Shropshire Star 20th July 2022

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney in trailer for Wrexham AFC documentary 20th July 2022

UNISON and others complain about changes to meat hygiene inspections.


WCBC Agenda & Draft Minutes 20th July 2022

Homes and Environment Scrutiny Committee - Wednesday, 20th July, 2022 2.30 pm


Wrexham Council News 18th July 2022

Progress report on our plans to be carbon zero by 2030 18th July 2022

Councillors to probe progress on WCBC’s decarbonisation plan amid climate emergency


Welsh Conservatives 15th July 2022

Simon Baynes MP sponsors Parliamentary Reception to celebrate the Canal and River Trust's 10th anniversary


The Leader 14th July 2022

Striking mural makeover for Froncysyllte pub

Leader Live 14th July 2022

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct: Green light for plans to redevelop site


Leader Live 13th July 2022

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct named one of marvels of waterways in new poll


Wrexham Council News 5th July 2022



The Independent 4th July 2022

Pubs in England and Wales drop below 40,000 for first time on record


Country Life 25th June 2022

The Shropshire Union Canal: Thomas Telford’s engineering marvel and enduring legacy 23rd June 2022

Plans submitted to create large new solar farm near Wrexham Industrial Estate


Welsh Conservatives 12th June 2022

Clwyd South MP champions UK Culture and Sport


Leader Live 17th June 2022

Boxing trio shine on the international stage


Leader 13th June 2022

Stuntwoman's book set to be turned into movie


The Leader 13th June 2022

Maypole Florist has opened in Cefn Mawr 10th June 2022

Interviews to find Council Chief Officer who will “maximise economic prosperity across the County Borough” 9th June 2022

Council Leader reveals who is responsible for what in Wrexham for the next five years


Nation Cymru 8th June 2022

UK Gov accused of squandering money on levelling up fund which gave most cash to Tory seats in Wales


The Leader 6th June 2022

Neco Williams on 'dream come true' World Cup qualification


Leader Live 6th June 2022

Neco Williams' dad speaks of pride as son qualifies for Qatar 2022 with Wales


Shropshire Star 2nd June 2022

MP praise for up and coming young boxer


The Leader 2nd June 2022

Simon Baynes MP meets Maelor boxing club talent


The Leader 27th May 2022

Plans for more than 30 houses near Acrefair Sports and Social Club


Shropshire Star 17th May 2022

New partnership on track to promote stations and their communities north of Shrewsbury


Business Live 11th May 2022

North Wales commuter road to finally get repaired after storm damage


Nation Cymru 11th May 2022

Welsh Government announces funding to repair storm damaged road in Wrexham 11th May 2022

Wrexham Council awarded £2.8 million to carry out vital Newbridge road repairs


Wrexham Council News 11th May 2022



The National 8th May 2022

Paul Edwards from Pen Y Cae will walk coast-to-coast across America

Wales on Line 6th May 2022

The full results from Wrexham's local elections 2022 as the council remains split


Leader Live 3rd May 2022

Full list of Wrexham polling stations for local election 2022


Leader Live 27th April 2022

North Wales community gardening projects benefit from funding


Leader Live 27th April 2022

Ten councillors already elected in Wrexham and Flintshire local elections


Wrexham Council News 25th April 2022



Shropshire Star 22nd April 2022

£10,000 backing for "leaky dams" solution to canal's silt problem


Wrexham Council News 21st April 2022


“Repairing this road will make a massive difference to people” says Wrexham Council after £2.7m funding boost


Boarder Counties Advertiser 17th April 2022

Oswestry: Plan to help make cycling safer 16th April 2022

Football tournament success for Ysgol Rhiwabon seven-a-side team


Ground Engineering 12th April 2022

Council secures additional £2.8M to repair landslide damaged Welsh road


The Leader 11th April 2022

Wrexham council secure £2.8m package to repair Newbridge Road 8th April 2022

Lights, camera, action for Cefn Mawr primary school pupils


Shropshire Star 8th April 2022

Road shut, B5605, for more than a year might finally be fixed thanks to £2.8 million funding


Daily Post 6th April 2022

Popular Llangollen pub up for sale for £170,000


Shropshire Star 1st April 2022

Shropshire bus routes axed and dozens 'revised' amid falling passenger numbers 1st April 2022

A5 closure ‘could mean chaos’ if A483 closes due to incident or bad weather says MS


Daily Post 31st March 2022

A5 drivers face diversions of up to 28 miles as work to strengthen historic walls nears completion


In Your Area 30th March 2022

Hundreds join popular Llangollen Canal Walk as ramblers raise thousands for charity


Business Wales 29th March 2022

Plans for £6.5 Transformation of Iconic Riverside Hotel in Llangollen


Leader Live 28th March 2022

Ysgol Bryn Alyn, Gwersyllt join litter free campaign


New Civil Engineer 28th March 2022

Network Rail advances plans to restore two abandoned stations on Great Western Mainline


Boarder Counties Advertiser 27th March 2022

Ellesmere: Llangollen Canal repairs boost Lyneal Trust trips


Leader Live 24th March 2022

Number of drivers caught speeding in Wrexham 20mph zone


Leader Live 24th March 2022

WALES v AUSTRIA: Neco Williams - family's pride in the kid from Cefn


50 24th March 2022

3 perfect dog-friendly canal holidays for 2022


Daily Post 20th March 2022

The stunning Llangollen walk that takes in the Horseshoe Falls, railways - and even a museum


The Mirror 18th March 2022

UK canal boat holidays are great for a mates' getaway with pubs and adventures


About Manchester 17th March 2022

Enjoy a day out on the water this Easter 17th March 2022

Council Leader welcomes Fields in Trust partnership agreement and reiterates his group “will not support gypsy and traveller sites in country parks” 14th April 2022

April 5th deadline if you want to be Wrexham’s next councillor


The National.Wales 10th March 2022

Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB: Have your say


Planning Resource 9th March 2022

Council backs planning committee overhaul after PAS probe raises decision-making concerns


Nation Cymru 9th March 2022

First Minister to confirm decision on funding to repair road damaged by a landslide


Shropshire Star 8th March 2022

Canal walk raises £15k for charity 8th March 2022

Hundreds join Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith’s Llangollen Canal Walk


Leader Live 6th March 2022

World War booklets honour Wrexham community's fallen 5th March 2022

Additional training for councillors after critical report into Wrexham’s planning process 4th March 2022

Developers and agents see Wrexham as “an authority that is more difficult to deal with than others in the region” says Planning review


Nation Cymru 3rd March 2022

Government accused of ‘hampering investment’ with river pollution rules 3rdMarch 2022

“Wake up” call on phosphate issue with warning of “massive impact on the economy of Wales if it’s not resolved quickly”


Shropshire Live 2nd March 2022

Shrewsbury business take on hike to raise money for Hope House Children’s Hospices


Leader Live 1st March 2022

Electrical fire closes A5 near Llangollen 1st March 2022

Sponsored heritage walk in aid of Wrexham hospice to return after two year pause


Shropshire Star 28th February 2022

Reopening of road between Chirk and Cefn Mawr moves a step closer

Leader Live 25th February 2022

World Heritage Walk returns to Llangollen


Boarder Counties Advertiser 25th February 2022

Improvement plans worth £15m to begin at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct


Boarder Counties Advertiser 25th February 2022

Wrexham: Measures introduced to combat A483 traffic chaos


Leader Live 25th February 2022

Wrexham: Measures introduced to combat A483 traffic chaos

Wales on Line 25th February 2022

Harrowing Snapchat video shows driver drinking behind the wheel minutes before crashing into wall and killing friend


Nation Cymru 24th February 2022

‘Exciting’ £15m improvement plans for Pontcysyllte Aqueduct set to start this year 24th February 2022

Ten key objectives for the region’s railways as the industry looks to devise 30-year strategic plan


Denbighshire Free Press 21st February 2022

Windblown tree closes Llangollen Canal towpath


Denbighshire Free Press 21st February 2022

Traffic chaos in Llangollen for second time in four days 21st February 2022

Progress on Newbridge as “business case submitted for repair” to Welsh Government


Liverpool Echo 17th February 2022

Angling: L&DAA stock up


Wrexham Council News 17th February 2022


Seminar set to explain potential of heat stored in abandoned coal mines


Leader Live 16th February 2022

Storms Dudley and Eustice: 14-mile diversion on A483 amid Dee Viaduct closure 16th February 2022

Wrexham communities urged to help protect the environment and join Spring Clean Cymru 2022


Wrexham Council News 15th February 2022



The Daily Post 12th February 2022

Inside the creepy North Wales tunnel that some people and dogs are too scared to enter


Shropshire Star 11th February 2022

Minister takes a trip of the Montgomery Canal to see restoration work


In Your Area 11th February 2022

Popular Llangollen Canal charity walk returns after two-year break


The Guardian 10th February 2022

Country diary: The strange tranquillity of an aqueduct


Leader Live 8th February 2022

Wrexham teen to launch Hope House Llangollen Canal Walk


Leader Live 5th February 2022

Increase in E-scooter usage in Wrexham area


BBC News 3rd February 2022

'Levelling up': What does it mean for Wales????


The Leader Live 1st February 2022

Pontcysyllte Chapel Tearoom raises funds for local causes


Leader Live 1st February 2022

Llangollen Canal Walk event returns next month


Wrexham Council News 31st January 2022


Canal Walk in aid of children’s hospices to return in March for the first time in two years


Shropshire Star 28th January 2022

New community garden at Canalside Ellesmere Yard needs volunteers


Shropshire Star 28th January 2022

Montgomery canal's restoration is celebrated in the Welsh Parliament


Whitchurch Herald 28th January 2022

Chance to see inside a drained canal lock near Whitchurch

Denbighshire Free Press 27th January 2022

Llyr Gruffydd MS questions First Minister over North Wales road repairs


Leader Live 27th January 2022

Traffic chaos in villages following road closure on the A483 27th January 2022

Glamping facilities proposed for Chirk caravan site under large extension


Leader Live 26th January 2022

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct currently closed to pedestrians 23rd January 2022

Froncysyllte pupils celebrating win in “Best Window Display’ competition


The Leader 21st January 2022

Hope House’s Llangollen Canal Walk returns after pandemic break


The Planner 21st January 2022

Phosphate problem could still blight North Wales LDPs


Shropshire Star 21st January 2022

Postcode Lottery grant helps Montgomery Canal restoration project


Shropshire Star 21st January 2022

Charity walk to return after two-year break


Leader Liver 20th January 2022

Wrexham Council confident of receiving Newbridge road repair funding


The Leader Live 17th January 2022

The politicians and councillors views on Newbridge Road


Leader Live 17th January 2022

Residents have their say on the handling and impact of Newbridge landslide


Leader Live 17th January 2022

Looking back at a year since the Newbridge Road landslide


Brinkwire 16th January 2022

Britain’s railways are being saved one town at a time through small-scale projects.


Leader Live 14th January 2022

Penycae's first rock festival 'We Are the Cae Music Festival 2022' 14th January 2022

Flintshire and Wrexham council’s raise concerns over delays in approval of their planning blueprints


About Manchester 13th January 2022

Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways by canal boat


Boarder Counties Advertiser 9th January 2022

Chik to Llangollen route called one of the best walks in Britain by ITV


Pet & Business World 7th January 2022  

Puppy trainer in record demand, Pet Trade News & Events from Pet Business World UK


The Leader 6th January 2022

People urged to appeal their benefit cuts in Clwyd South 3rd January 2022

Brother achieves carbon neutral status at Wrexham site as the business accelerates decarbonisation plan. 3rd January 2022

Hope House Children’s Hospices need you to ‘do something incredible’ in 2022

lease note the Cefn & Cefn Mawr covers all the villages at the central section of the Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site consisting of Cefn Mawr (leading commercial centre), Cefn Bychan, Rhosymedre, Plas Madoc, Acrefair, Garth, Trevor, Cysyllte, Froncysyllte, Pentre, and Newbridge. The total population is approximately 10,000 and is the largest community in the WHS corridor outnumbering the combined populations of Chirk and Llangollen. We all live in a 2-mile radius circle of Cefn Mawr village centre and our pub, the Holly Bush Inn.

Please also note that the WIMD is dated 2014 and based on preceding information, in short there is a significant time delay with the above picture and the economic structure of our community has without doubt, deteriorated further than is depicted in this WIMD data.

For an up to date assessment of our communities current status please see:

Cefn Wider Social & Economic Study 2020