A collection of news stories affecting our community during 2023. 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.

Please 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.

Shropshire Star 26th March 2024

Canal walk raises more than £18k for Hope House


Manchester Evening News 25th March 2024

Staggering number of pubs cut hours and days in fight for survival as industry in crisis


The Mirror 25th March 2024

Crisis-hit pubs are shutting at 8pm in survival strategy against costs and home boozers


MSN 23rd March 2024

Alstom plans to launch new passenger rail service in UK 23rd March 2024

Best friends step out for Hope House Llangollen Canal Walk to raise money


Leader Live 22nd March 2024

Cefn: 'Moonbakes' bakery improves customer accessibility


Bdaily News 21st March 2024

Business lecturer takes the plunge for swimming charity


Rail Tech 19th March 2024

Welcome to Wrexham says new operator Alstom


BBC 19th March 2024

Canal restoration boosted with government cash


Leader Live 18th March 2024

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct reopens after 'major health check'


Leader Live 18th March 2024

MP's excitement over plans for new Wrexham-London rail service

Shropshire Star 18th March 2024

More than £250,000 funding unlocks next phase of canal works to restore section which was levelled 60 years ago


Wales on Line 16th March 2024

Swimmers told to avoid two Welsh beaches as investigation launched


Boarder Counties Advertiser 16th March 2024

MP supports plans for rail link between Gobowen and London


News From Wales 15th March 2024

Popular sightseeing bus service returns to the Dee Valley


Shropshire Star 15th March 2024

Best friends taking on fundraiser for 'lifeline' charity

The Sun 15th March 2024

ON TRACK The new train service set to launch in the UK next year – with routes to England’s prettiest towns


Travel and Tour World 15th March 2024

Alstom Breaks New Ground with First-Ever Passenger Train Service in the UK


Express & Star 15th March 2024

Chamber welcomes more trains to London


My London 15th March 2024

New trains between London and North Wales proposed after 13 years of no direct services


Economy Class & Beyond 15th March 2024

A new operator proposes a rail route between Wrexham and London


The Standard 15th March 2024

New train services planned between London Euston and North Wales

Shropshire Star 15th March 2024

County MPs back new train service linking Shropshire to London


Nation Cymru 14th March 2024

New rail services planned between London and Wrexham


Boarder Counties Advertiser 14th March 2024

Shropshire: Gobowen on 2025 Wrexham to London rail line


Alstom 14th March 2024

Alstom plans to operate its own passenger train service in the UK for the first time


Rail Advent 14th March 2024

Plans unveiled to run new direct Wrexham to London trains


Leader Live 14th March 2024

Wrexham: Concerns over possible changes to bin collections 14th March 2024

Claim ‘vexatious complaint’ prompted 4 month councillor police probe – Labour fire back at ‘shallow versions of Trump & Kim Jong Un’


Wrexham Council News 13th March 2024

Maximum fine for Wrexham company


Wales on Line 12th March 2024

Huge spring tides cause flooding in Cardiff, Newport and on rivers and the coast - live updates


Leader Live 9th March 2024

Wrexham: Moonbakes business described as 'out of this world'


Wrexham Council News 8th March 2024

New workplace recycling regulations begin next month – here’s what you need to know


Business Wales 8th March 2024

New law on workplace recycling


News From Wales 7th March 2024

Waste management giant preparing thousands of customers for landmark shift in recycling laws


North Wales Pioneer 5th March 2024

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct: Conservationist on BBC's Countryfile


News From Wales 5th March 2024

Discover the Dee Valley with guided ranger walks 4th March

Newbridge: “details of the permanent repair is now almost finalised”


BNN Breaking 3rd March 2024

Reviving a Marvel: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Undergoes Major Inspection Ahead of 220th Year


Daily Post 3rd March 2024

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct paying price for popularity as 'urgent' appeal launched for three months of repairs


Wales on Line 3rd March 2024

Welsh landmark closed for maintenance with warning of more to come


BNN Breaking 28th February 2024

Support Hope House in Spring Canal Walk: Trek Llangollen for Children's Hospices 28th February 2024           

Hundreds already signed up for popular Hope House's Llangollen Canal Walk -


Shropshire Star February 27th 2024

Next step is being taken to create Wales' fourth National Park


Shropshire Star 25th February 2024

Axing of Shrewsbury-to-London train is latest example of our capital link being messed up


North Wales Chronicle 24th February 2024

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct to feature on BBC's Countryfile


North Wales Pioneer 23rd February 2024

LOOK: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct essential maintenance work


Rail Advent 26th February 2024

Cancelled: Steam locomotive 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley to visit Shropshire this Tuesday

Daily Post 24th February 2024

Billion-pound rail plan for North Wales is ‘unprecedented’ but no timetable yet


Leader Live 23rd February 2024

Secretary of State meets North Wales leaders over £1bn plans


Denbighshire Free Press 24th February 2024

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct to feature on BBC's Countryfile


Denbighshire Free Press 23rd February 2024

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct essential maintenance work


Shropshire Star 23rd February 2024

Billion-pound rail plan for North Wales is ‘unprecedented’, says minister


Leader Live 22nd February 2024

David Metcalfe speaks on suspension from Cefn Council


BBC 22 February 2024

Countryfile: Pontcysyllte Canal


BBC 21st February 2024

Direct rail service to London to end


Express & Star 20th February 2024

Work for new railway station begins


Boarder Counties Advertizer 20th February 2024

Shropshire: Oswestry's Hope House walk at Llangollen Canal


BNN Breaking 16th February 2024

Unity in Charity: Local Heroes Rally for Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith


Leader Live 16th February 2024

North Wales boxers get ready for Welsh novice championships


Shropshire Star 16th February 2024

Hundreds of people have signed up for a charity canal walk


Leader Live 15th February 2024

Cefn councillor David Metcalfe suspended for four months


Nation Cymru 14th February 2024

Road repair hope following three year wait


Leader Live 13th February 2024

'Plan for increased use of public transport is fundamentally flawed'


Daily Post 12th February 2024

27 best and worst places to live in North Wales shows big divide in one county, and our community, Acrefair & Cefn Mawr is rated near the bottom.


Leader Live 10th February 2024

Michael Gove to detail plans to boost housebuilding on urban brownfield sites


Shropshire Star 9th February 2024

Roads and rail hit as Shropshire goes on flood alert once more


Shropshire Star 8th February 2024

Steps-free access planned for railway station between Shrewsbury and Wrexham


Wrexham Council News 7th February 2024

Have Your Say on How we Manage Flooding


Shropshire Star 6th February 2024

Volunteers look back on great year for Montgomery Canal


Shropshire Star 5th February 2024

TV historian Dan Snow reveals documentary plan for world heritage site and 'one of my favourite places'


Leader Live 4th February 2024

Looking back - Ysgol Min y Ddôl in Cefn Mawr, Wrexham


Shropshire Star 3rd February 2024

Most endangered mammal in Britain making a re-appearance in canal


The leader Live 3rd February 2024

Past and future success of hall in Cefn Mawr, Wrexham


Leader Live 2nd February 2024

Dan Snow visits Pontcysyllte Aqueduct for 'History Hit TV'


Dredging Today 2nd February 2024

Llangollen Canal dredging project complete

Wrexham Council News 1st February 2024

Wrexham’s Sweet Chestnut through to the European Tree of the Year


Country Times 1st February 2024

Powys: Water voles could return to Montgomery Canal


Leader Live 31st January 2024

Wrexham: Grandma raising money for her 99th birthday


The Swansea Herald 31st January 2024

Swansea’s first ever one planet development planning approved


Business News Wales 31st January 2024

£1.1M Funding Announced for North East Wales Decarbonisation Plan


Time Out 30th January 2024

A brand-new rail route could soon launch between London and the Midlands

Shropshire Star 29th January 2024

Company plans for new Shropshire to London rail service


Wales on Line 28th January 2024

Disposable vapes to be banned in Wales


World Atlas 28th January 2024

9 Most Underrated Towns In Wales


Boarder Counties Advertiser 26th January 2024

Newbridge Road: A483 traffic chaos sparks repair questions


Daily Post 26th January 2024

Town centre 'bedlam' will remain in A483 gridlock unless council 'pulls finger out'


The National 25th January 2024



Leader Live 25th January 2024

Newbridge Road: Traffic chaos sparks questions over repairs 23rd January 2024

Exclusive: Further EA failings


The National 24th January 2024

Funding urged for Network Rail’s congested Wrexham to Bidston line


Wales Farmer 21st January 2024

Decision on turkey-breeding unit plan near Denbigh on hold 21st January 2024

A full criminal investigation into those responsible for the Post Office Scandal, please sign this petition.


Rail Advent 21st January 2024

Steam locomotive 70000 Britannia to pass through Wrexham and Shrewsbury this Monday

The Leader Live 18th January 2024

Wrexham: Decarbonisation project to slow down amid pressures


Leader Live 17th January 2024

PICTURES: Declan Swans gig in memory of Bailey Jones


About Manchester 16th January 2024

Top 7 Easter canal boat holidays for 2024


Leader Live 16th January 2024

Wrexham: Declan Swans' tribute show to the late Bailey Jones


North Wales Pioneer 14th January 2024

Readers views: North Wales' most mispronounced place names


Irish Post 13th January 2024

Unlocking canal bliss — holidaying aboard a narrowboat


Leader Live 13th January 2024

Climate change the focus of Wrexham Xplore! exhibition


Wales on Line 13th January 2024

Residents stunned as Welsh river turns bright orange


Leader Live 12th January 2024

Wrexham: Declan Swans to play gig in memory of Bailey Jones


The National Wales11th January 2024



The National for Wales 6th January 2024



Daily Mail 6th January 2024

Park strife! Fury over plans for new UK national park as locals call it a 'crazy' idea that could see house prices soar by £100k and cause planning chaos for their homes


Leader Live 5th January 2024

Johnstown: Residents call for landfill site to be shut down


Leader Live 3rd January 2024

Speed camera locations in North Wales for January 2024


Boarder Counties Advertiser 2nd January 2024

Two-month closure for Pontcysyllte aqueduct and towpath


Leader Live 3rd January 2024

Bikes in action in muddy motocross in 1980's Acrefair


Leader Live 3rd January 2024

Cefn Mawr playgroup wins regional award for achievements

Shropshire Star 2nd January 2024

Historic aqueduct part of canal stretch, closed for two months.