The Friends of Bettws Newydd Church main aims are to:
help towards the cost of the preservation of the fabric of the church;
help with the cost of repairs;
help with the maintenance costs and upkeep of the churchyard;
raise funds for the above purposes;
Bettws Newydd is a small village located in the rollingcountryside of Monmouthshire, located approximately 4 miles north of the town of Usk.
The village name of ‘Bettws Newydd’can be explained by understanding the origin and translation of the village name. It is thought that Bettws is a welsh translation of the word Bedhus, which is a Middle English term meaning‘prayer house’.
Newydd in welsh means ‘new’. Together the translation is ‘new prayer house’. The translation of the village name is consistent with the understanding of the original activityfor the site which was an oratory, a place of prayer, understoodt o be founded by Saint Aedan of Ferns.
The community today includes a small settlement of houses forming a village which includes a public house and restaurant, the Black Bear Inn.