Bettws y Crwyn is a parish in a deeply rural area in South Shropshire, with a population under 200. Despite  the scattered nature of the dwellings in the area, it is a vibrant community with good, if informal, communications, and an excellent record of co-operation. It is a caring community which is supportive of local events.

The pages on this site reflect the interests of the community, and act as a central information site.

It is a website that will grow as people feed information to the editor.  If you have a business that you would like include in the ‘Services and Businesses’ pages or information you would like to share,  please leave a response.

New posts will appear on the “Newsflashes and Coming events” page – click on this in the sidebar under the Home tab.

If organisers of events inform Valerie Whately as soon as an event has been arranged I will do my best to place it there as soon as possible.

Records of older announcements and events that have taken place are moved to  the Archive pages.

Please remember that a web site is as good as the information received. If no information is received – it does not get updated, so please help by sending news and updated info.

Below is a calendar of events taking place in and around Bettws y Crwyn. It is maintained by Mark Bolton. Please let him know of any events you would like included. email: bettws@markbolton.com. It would be helpful if you send those emails to me too. That way whichever of us reads it first can update the calendar. My email address is valerie.whately@btinternet.com

Many thanks to Mark for taking this on.

Email Notifications

If you wish to know each time a new announcement is made on this website please “subscribe” (no money involved!) by clicking the link on the right and filling in the details.

Tea Towels

100% cotton tea towels with a picture of St Mary’s Church, Bettws-y-Crwyn, are available to buy at the very reasonable price of £3.50 each or 3 for £10. They can be bought from Judy Powell: 01547 510367 or email dogshade@btopenworld.com

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

We are required to publish information concerning safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. Information is available by clicking in the link below

Safeguarding WEbsite Info


Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at the Community Centre, Newcastle at 7.30pm .There is usually a plant stall, a raffle and always refreshments.New members and visitors always welcome,  membership is £15 per year. Visitors £3.00 per meeting.


Lucie Pickard 640737, Gill Binks 640216

Stan Wild 640241 Carol Gurney 640163, Angela Busfield 640822

(For enquiries about the programme please phone Carol or Angela)

Please look at the blog on the History page, where an Australian family is looking for ancestors who lived here in the 18th and 19th centuries

Click here to see a demonstration of the defibrillator

Please email me at valerie.whately@btinternet.com if you have any announcements you would like posted. Each page, of course, has a blog section that you can add to directly.

This site is listed in the Encyclopaedia of Great Britain and we can be found in the entry for Bettws y Crwyn

This site is listed in the British Towns and Villages Encyclopaedia of Great Britain and we can be found in the entry for Bettws y Crwyn

25 Responses to Home

  1. Julie Peter says:

    Can any body tell me where the parish records are held, I had a relation living at Dteycully. Bettws Y Crwyn in about 1799

  2. Julie Peter says:

    Just wondered if any body can tell me where I can find the parish records, had a relation living at Dreycullydd Bettws y Crwyn about 1799

  3. Ray Little says:

    Hello: You don’t know me. My name is Ray Little and I am trying to trace someone whose name is mentioned on your website. Is there an email address at which I could write privately please and explain more.My email address is below.

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  5. quabbs says:

    Hi Mark. Only just noticed this. Usually I get notifications of new blogs, but this one slipped through!
    Broadband issues are continually being raised at Local Joint Council meetings, where the county, BT and other providers are often in attendance. I constantly fill in surveys on this subject, and am fairly vociferous at meetings. I’ll let you know when the next meeting is – it would be good if you came along to add tho the outcry!

  6. Mark Bolton says:

    Could we put a plug on here for the Connecting Shropshire http://connectingshropshire.co.uk/ site, supporting demand for faster internet in the Parish. Completing their new 5 minute survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SBDR is easy and doesn’t commit the respondent to anything – but may help to encourage broadband providers to improve provision.

  7. quabbs says:

    Hello Subscribers

    I have made quite a few changes to the website. Please look at it – especially the new Newsflashes and Coming Events page.

    If you are not already a subscriber – why not become one? That way you can keep in touch with things that are going on.

    By ticking the boxes below you can get notifications of new posts.

  8. Lisa Gilby says:

    Thanks to Val and everyone who was involved in organising the Music Hall event. Was a really fun evening!

  9. quabbs says:

    Hello subscribers
    Music Hall on Saturday –
    Hope you can come.
    Remember to bring your own wine.
    Contributions of finger food- particularly cakes and tarts are very welcome.
    Also Raffle prizes

  10. wendy lambourne says:

    Yes – I’m reading it at last Val! Thanks for your email, did you send a copy to Fenella? I am wondering if we will have time to get this together, bit doubtful. I haven’t looked at the sketch yet. I will ring Fenella.

    Top hats – apparently Pam and Bev supplied the two used at the last Bettws do. Don’t know how they got hold of them.

    Good site Val
    Wendy Cwm House

  11. Warm welcome to Lisa Gilby at Castlegate Farm. Please feel welcome to pop down to Moor Hall Farmhouse ….you will be most welcome.
    Regards Bobby
    ….good quiz last night Val and good to see you all

    • Lisa Gilby says:

      Hi Bobby,

      lovely to meet you on Saturday – I’m in a sea of mud and trenches right now but would you like to pop up for a coffee next week?


  12. Have at last got to look at the website…….will try and do so more often now and get some news posted as well.

  13. quabbs says:

    Hello All

    I am looking for a couple of top hats to use on the Music Hall Evening.
    Are there any out there that I could borrow please?

  14. quabbs says:

    message from Gill Binks:


    The second in a series of talks.
    An informal presentation and discussion on
    The pros and cons of Photovoltaic and Solar Panels
    with Ben Whittle (Southern Solar Ltd)

    Please come along to consider more sustainable ways of living and working in south-west Shropshire.
    Thursday 18th November
    7.30 pm
    Clun Methodist Church
    Refreshments available.

    Please telephone Bob Cunning 01588 640789 or Elisabeth Newman 01588 640776 for more information:

  15. quabbs says:

    Is there anyone out there who reads these pages?
    Go on ……give me a bit of encouragement.
    Let me know if you read them – either here or on valerie.whately@btinternet.com.

  16. Jane Christie says:

    Party for air ambulance was a great success if rather chilly. we raised over £2500 on the night and with money coming in from companies I have pestered , we will have over £3500 to share between. Midland Air Ambulance, County Air Ambulance and First Responders. thank you everyone from the Upper Clun Valley. Final amounts will be published.

  17. quabbs says:

    Thanks Jane. So good to get a response.This is exactly how I want the website to be used. I have linked your party to the NEWSFLASH link above.

    Has anyone else out there got anything I can add?

  18. Jane Christie says:

    Great idea Val and Fenella

    Everybody remember Air Ambulance party at Blackmountain Farm on 19th June.!!!!

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