Llandysul a’r Fro includes Llandysul and the
adjacent villages. There are no precise limits to the Fro (territory).
The number of inhabitants involved is more or less the same as in
Plogonnec. Llandysul is localised in
, on the river Teifi, in
about 16 miles from
miles from Aberystwyth. Llandysul means llan (church or enclosure) of Tysul
flows beside Llandysul, is the border between Ceredigion and
Carmarthenshire. The choice of this border has a special relevant as it
places Llandysul in Ceredigion and across the bridge Pont-Tyweli in
Carmarthenshire even though these two villages function as one. There are
about 1300 inhabitants in Llandysul and Pont-Tyweli together.
The community council and the county council run the
public life. The population elects the councillors for 4 years, each of them
representing a specific area. The county council is more powerful than the
community council and has the responsibility for the vast majority of the
finance. The county council is responsible for town planning, social
services, health, tourism, education, sport, and public transport… The
community council is responsible for minor problems of every day life:
lighting in the streets, floral decoration of the villages etc.
In Llandysul there is a leisure centre, a
swimming-pool, halls, a library with free access to Internet, sport fields,
a canoeing centre etc. There are also banks, medical centres, solicitors’
offices, pharmacies, veterinary centres, estate agency, fire station, police
Llandysul is surrounded by smaller
villages and is the biggest town in the immediate area. Even though it is in
a rural area, there is some employment. There are number of shops selling
toys, furniture, bric-a-brac, clothes. There are also garages, grocers,
butchers, bakers, public houses, hotels and restaurants…
In addition to these, there is also the Tregroes
Waffles’ factory in Pont-Tyweli. This Dutch biscuit is now famous all over
. The factory employs about fifteen people.
The Gwasg Gomer printers employ about forty people. It
was founded by John David Lewis in 1892 and is famous all over
and produces many publications in both Welsh and
English. It has just moved to a large new site on the outskirts of
Another business is in the process of being established
in Llandysul, a harp making centre, Telynau Teifi Cyf. Allan Shiers has been
making concert harps and Celtic harps for 30 years, the last ten in Capel
Dewi. He hopes to pass on his skills as a harp maker by virtue of this
centre, where it is projected 8 local people will be employed. The
production should be launched in May 2005. This has been established using
money from Objective 1.
In the field of education, the primary school in
Llandysul (about 150 pupils) has close relationship with the three others
primary schools in adjacent villages: Capel Dewi (30 pupils), Pont-Sian (56
pupils), Tregroes (24 pupils). The secondary school in Llandysul, Ysgol
Dyffryn Teifi (about 600 young people) is a Welsh-medium school. Newcastle
Emlyn, which is ten miles away, has an English-medium secondary school
(about 800 young people).
Pont Sian primary
Dyffryn Teifi school
Many tourists visit Llandysul a’r Fro. Most come from
other parts of
to take advantage of the countryside, coastline,
beaches and sea (the nearest about 10 miles away). Hotels, Bed and Breakfast
and other accommodations welcome them.
View on Llandysul