Llangynwyd Middle Community Council consists of 12 Members who are elected every four years, and represent Cwmfelin and Pontrhydycyff Wards.
There are 736 Community and Town Councils in Wales, representing local government at grass roots level. There are approximately 8000 Community and Town Councillors who represent the interests of the community they serve. They serve their communities by promoting and improving the quality of life in their locality through a range of statutory powers and duties.
The Councillors are elected by the people, or in some cases co-opted to represent the Wards, they ensure that the Community Council operate in the best interests of the people in their community. Councillors represent the needs of the residents, policies, services and encourage participation in community life. They have a role in providing the voice of the citizen in the development and delivery of public services in Wales.
Llangynwyd Middle Community Council employs two members of staff, the Clerk of the Council and Park Warden.
The first Church at Llangynwyd was constructed in the sixth century and dedicated to Celtic saint Cynwyd.
St Cynwyd's Church has an impressive bell tower overlooking the parish and has has many 'makeovers' in its 1500 existence.
Once the church was a significent port of call for pilgrims as they made their way to Penrhys. Additionally, the holy rood that once stood in the church was believed to have healing properties and much visited. Such was the rood's fame it even had poems dedicated to its sacred healing powers. The rood was taken away and destroyed under the Puritanical laws introduced by Oliver Cromwell.
An idyllic church in an idyllic setting, it is a popular place of worship.
The Maid of Cefn Ydfa is a truly tragic love story, based on the ill-fated romance between lowly workman and bard Wil Hopcyn and Ann Thomas (1704 - 27) the Maid of Cefn Ydfa.
Because of the differences in social status, Ann was forced to stop seeing Wil Hopcyn and made to marry local solicitor Anthony Maddocks.
Unable to marry the love of his life, Wil Hopcyn left the district and penned the renowned, beautifully sweeping and haunting melody - Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn to show his love for her. Ann, on the other hand, became increasingly unhappy and this acute unhappiness became detrimental to her health.
Will returned to his birthplace and discovered Ann was mortally ill, as she pined for her one true love. They were finally permitted to see each other and, after a short embrace, Ann died in Wil's arms.
The mansion of Cefn Ydfa in Llangynwyd is now in ruins.
The ancient tradition of Mari Llwyd (The Grey Mare) dates back to pre-Christianity and ushers in the New Year.
The 'Mari'is a horse's skull draped in a white sheet with flowers and ribbons.
It used to be paraded from house to house in the village on New Year's Eve, in search of conviviality and frivolity. A knock on the door of a home will be quickly followed by a bout of good natured verbal jousting, as the Mari Llwyd party seek to gain entry and the householder seeks to repel them, in the hope of keeping their stocks of food and drink intact.
Today, Y Fari Llwyd is ably led by Gwyn 'The Post' Evans, who took up the mantle from his father Cynwyd. He and his dedicated band of merry men, visit hostelries up and down the Llynfi valley as well as Llangynwyd.
Today, when the Mari Llwyd party gain entry to a premises, generous patrons of each hostelry give donations to charitable causes.