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The Parish of Rhosllanerchrugog consists of the villages of Rhosllanerchrugog and Johnstown. It is situated on the B5605 road about 4 miles from the town of Wrexham. It is part of the County of Wrexham Maelor, and is served by both Wrexham County Borough, and Rhos Community Council.

It has a good public transport system both to and from Wrexham, is within easy reach of Chester via the A483 by-pass and also the A55 trunk road. Rhos has easy access to Llangollen, famous for its International Musical Eisteddfod, to many mountain walks, and also to Chirk with its fine castle.

The population of the parish is approximately 8000, comprising of both Welsh (20%) and English speakers.

In past years Rhos was a mining village, but since the closure of the local collieries many new factories have been built on the outskirts of the village, and many of the local miners have found employment in these factories, as well as those on the Wrexham Industrial Estate.

The village is well known for its culture and music, and the local choirs are world famous.

Educationally the village is now served by 3 Primary Schools:-

  1. Ysgol yr Hafod Primary School
  2. Ysgol Hooson (Welsh School)
  3. Ysgol Maes y Mynydd

The vicar visits Maesy Y Mynydd and Ysogol Yr Hafod regularly for Assemblies, both churches are used by the schools for Harvest, Christmas, Easter and end of year services as well as school visits.

Ysgol yr Hafod School Choir are regular visitors and take part in the Harvest Songs of Praise and Carols in the Community at Christmas.  They also hold their Christmas concerts in St Mary's.

In 2008 Ysgol y Wern (Church in Wales Voluntary Aided School) Ponciau & Rhos C.P .school's were amalgamated into one new school (Ysgol Maes y Mynydd) on the present site of Ysgol Hooson.

The new school has not lost its connections with the Church in Rhos as the last vicar visited the school on a regular basis and the church has a presence on the Governing Body.

Schools in the area have church members, who make regular visits to the schools, on the Governing Bodies.

The one High School is Ysgol y Grango which has pupils aged between 11 and 16 years. This is situated on the outskirts of the village and takes pupils from Rhos, Ponciau and Johnstown.

Ysgol Maes y Mynydd and Ysgol Hooson have close connections with St. David's Church, Rhos.

Johnstown Infants and Junior Schools have close connections with St. Mary's Church, Johnstown, and hold various services in the Church.

Rhos has a number of care homes and sheltered accommodation for the elderly residents of the village. The residents of the care homes look forward to receiving communion on occasions .

Rhos had 3 Churches and 19 Chapels (including the Salvation Army). Due to dwindling congregations and the need to find £300,000 for repairs to the fabric of the church, St. John's, which was the main parish church, had to close in 2003; this was on the advice of the then bishop. The English congregation of St. John's joined with St. Mary's and the Welsh congregation joined with Eglwys Dewi Sant/Saint David’s. Both Eglwys Dewi Sant/Saint David’s and St. Mary's meet together to hold bilingual services at various times in the year.

An ecumenical service of Holy Communion is held weekly at Hill Street Chapel, Rhos.

Church services are held on a regular basis as detailed under the 'Services' menu item in this website.

Coffee Mornings, Dances, Quiz Nights, Brunch Specials, etc.

St. Mary's has a church hall adjacent to the church at Johnstown which, as well as being used for various church functions, is also used extensively by various organisations in the village e.g. W.I., guides, brownies whist drives, art class, fencing training, etc, and can also be hired at a small charge

Both churches are in a reasonable state of repair, and are subject to a Quinquennial Inspection. The grounds of each church are looked after by a few dedicated members.

Rhos village itself has been the subject of a renovation scheme, parts of which are still in progress.

Sporting facilities include football and rugby teams, bowling greens, tennis courts (located on the Ponciau Park which include a children's play area). The park has been renovated in the last twelve months with grants from the National Lottery. These facilities can also be found in the park at Johnstown.

The renovated Rhos Miners Institute (or the Stiwt as it is known is Rhos) is now a building that the village can be proud of and holds many concerts, plays etc. to full houses. It also has connections with the churches/chapels in the area, with services being held at various times.