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Bethel, Gwynedd

Bethel is a village in Gwynedd, Wales. It lies east of Caernarfon on the B4366 road. Bethel Primary School is located in the village. The population of the village is roughly around 1,000 people. The population of Bethel electoral ward was measured in the 2011 Census, and found to be 1,395.[1]

Ysgol Gynradd Bethel

Ysgol Gynradd Bethel is the main serving primary school for most children from Bethel and nearby surrounding areas. The school educates children aged between 3-11 years old.

Welsh is the primary language spoken in class and outside the school and English speaking pupils are encouraged to learn Welsh.

The school has c. 160 pupils as of writing.

Ysgol Gynradd Bethel was previously named Bethel British School and was located on a different site. The old school was opened on 11 April 1864 with 71 pupils. In October 1881 the school was reopened, with the current name.


Bethel Juniors Football Club is one of the most successful junior clubs in North Wales, producing many players who go on to play at Academy level. In the 2009/10 season, the under 16s became only the second Gwyrfai League team to win the North Wales Coast F.A. Cup, beating Towyn Rangers in the final 2-1 at Denbigh Town F.C.

Notable people from Bethel

  • W.J. Gruffydd - Bardd, llenor, gwleidydd ac academydd pwysig o'r 20fed ganrif
  • Berwyn Jones, Ifan Jams, Dewi Foulkes, Sion Garth - members of the Welsh funk band Derwyddon Dr Gonzo
  • Elan, Marged and Gwilym Rhys - sibling members of folk band Plu (Gwilym is also lead singer and guitarist in Y Bandana)
  • Selwyn Iolen - Archdruid for the National Eisteddfod (2005-2008)
  • 2008-2011 Oliver Newton was the first black president of Bethel, however abdicated due to rumours of an inappropriate relationship with Gavin Bennett.


  1. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 14 May 2015. 

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