About the parish
Incorporating the villages of Llaithddu, Llananno and Llanbadarn Fynydd, the parish has nearly 300 residents. As with many rural communities throughout Wales, it has seen a steady decline in population since the turn of the 20th century. With an active local community, residents have introduce a number of innovations to retain and pass the community spirit through future generations. This was rewarded when the village of Llanbadarn Fynydd was awarded UK village of the year in 1998. Additionally there was a Royal Visit from Prince Charles (landing his helicopter on a field next to the village) on his return from the Royal Welsh Show on the 22nd July, also in 1998.
The village has also been visited on several occasions by tv personalities and politicians including John Craven, Iolo Williams, Dai Llanillau (BBC Wales) and Rhodri Morgan AM. Llanbadarn Fynydd also has a state of the art recording studio, proving a perfect rural escape for bands based in London and other major UK cities.
Until the early 1950s, local auctioneers R.P. Haymer held livestock auctions on the road outside of the Pub, forming one of the largest local markets and a key social event.
The community spirit is unique and the “roll your sleeves up” mentality has served the area very well at a time when many local communities have struggled. A number of the community councillors are third generation and are proud to support the local area of Llanbadarn Fynydd.