The benefice comprises the three rural parishes of Bettws Cedewain, Tregynon and Llanwyddelan in Montgomeryshire. The Gospel of Christ has been celebrated here for nearly 1500 years. You will be very welcome to join our friendly, informal services, to receive communion, or to take part in our active Christian mission to these village communities.
The Benefice of Betws Cedewain and Tregynon and Llanwyddelan
About the church
The present church may be the eighth building of its kind on the site, according to the present priest-in-charge, Rev. Terence Bryan. Is it by Poundley and Walker, the architects of St. Mary’s, Abbey Cwmhir in Radnsorshire? It certainly occupies a wonderful hillside site, looking south and east towards the Severn Valley, and down towards its charming timber-framed lich-gate, which was dedicated in the 1930’s. Like all the parishes in the united benefice, the church has a celtic patron saint.
The church occupies an ancient site, almost certainly the site of the prayer house established here by St. Beuno in the sixth century. The oldest part of the present building is the impressive sixteenth century tower at the wset end. The remainder of the church was rebuilt by the noted Architect W E Nesfield in 1868. It provides a fascinating insight into the type of country church advocated by the so-called Tractarian wing of the Anglican church during the C19th. There is good stained glass, fine statuary and the encaustic tiles beloved by the Victorians.
- First Sunday
- 11.00 Morning Prayer
- Second Sunday
- 11.00 Holy Eucharist
- Third Sunday
- 11.00 Family Service – Children are especially welcome to attend. Coffee and biscuits are served afterwards around the font.
- Fourth Sunday
- 11.00 Family Eucharist – sometimes this service reflects the strong heritage this area has with the old Celtic church
- Fifth Sunday
- Services alternate with those at the other two parish churches within the benefice – Tregynon and Llanwyddelan [see other pages].
The church has the only pre-Reformation monumental brass in the old county of Montgomeryshire.
There is no public transport to Bettws on Sundays.