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.

Border Counties Advertiser 7th February 2023

Wrexham: Clwyd South MS makes final hour plea for A483 improvement


Daily Post 6th February 2023

Vital road closed two years ago 'unlikely' to re-open in 2023


Leader Live 2nd February 2023

Wrexham announces council plan for 2023-2028


Leader Live 2nd February 2023

Maelor boxer Cory is too strong for English champion


Shropshire Star 2nd February 2023

Mother urges people to support Hope House annual canal walk


Denbighshire Free Press 2nd February 2023

Views on Llangollen project can be made before February 12


Leader Live 1st February 2023

School news from classrooms across Wrexham and Flintshire


Wrexham Council News 1st February 2023



Border Counties Advertiser 31st January 2023

Wrexham's transport issues highlighted at the Senedd


The Leader 25th January 2023

Ryan Reynolds' support for Wrexham man walking across America


Boarder Counties Advertizer 25th January 2023

Shropshire: Famous 'Britannia' steam train travelling through Gobowen

Shropshire Star 24th January 2023

Famous steam loco to run through county four times this week - when and where to see it

Shropshire Star 2nd January 2023

Major canal restoration work to begin within days 21st January 2023

How a couple transformed a derelict old bank into a dream home with astounding interiors


Country Life 13th January 2023

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct: Thomas Telford’s ‘ribbon of water in the sky’

Shropshire Star 11th January 2023

Classic steam loco running through Shropshire every day this week - when and where to see it

Boarder Counties Advertiser 11th January 2023

Shropshire: Cambrian Heritage Railway up for reader's choice award

Country Life 13th January 2023

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct: Thomas Telford’s ‘ribbon of water in the sky’


Shropshire Star 11th January 2023

Classic steam loco running through Shropshire every day this week - when and where to see it 8th January 2023

Incredible Penycae man walking 3,000 miles across America for Hope House


Leader Live 8th January 2023

Wrexham named UK city with second highest CO2 per 10k people. Data has suggested that the UK produced over 400 million tonnes of CO2 in 2021, which was a 6.3% increase on the previous year. According to the data Wrexham was named the UK city with the second highest CO2 emissions per population following Newport.

The Leader 7th January 2023

Opportunity for artists across four North Wales counties


Lancashire Post 6th January 2023

£13m project launched to stop North West canals "falling back into dereliction"


Shropshire Live 4th January 2023

Do something amazing in 2023 for Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith children’s hospices


The Leader 3rd January 2023

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct towpath closed for repair works 1st January 2023

Welcome to 2023 !


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.

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