Community Council

Representing the Wards of

Northop and Sychdyn

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Northop Community Councillors

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 Alan Watkin

Chris Ruddle

 Rob Mackey

Pauline Lawton-Hughes


Northop is an historic village standing on the intersection of ancient roads between Mold, Flint and Connah’s Quay and the route from Chester to Holyhead.

It boasts a wide range of heritage buildings including the church, Plymouth House, two historic pubs. The heritage trail and accompanying leaflet gives an insight into these buildings.

The village has a range of community activities including: -

Northop 2000 – a community group whose aim is to maintain and improve the environment of the village.

Northop Heritage Group (part of Northop 2000) – looks at the historical significance of the village had set up the Heritage Trail and Mail Route exhibition

Best Kept Village Group (Again part of Northop 2000) prepares for and enters Flintshire best Kept Village. Were outright winners of both the Large Village and Senior Citizens sections in 2013

Edith Bankes Memorial Hall – donated by the Bankes Family in 1933, this listed building provides facility for community groups.

Ysgol Owen Jones, Northop with their own nature area and Forest School

Northop Cricket Club

Northop Silver Band – nationally famous award winning band

Northop Presents – Drama Group stages successful pantomime every year in the village

Toddler Group in the Edith Bankes Memorial Hall.


Sychdyn (or Soughton in English) is a vibrant and well situated village just to the north of Mold with easy access to the A55. It’s surrounded by pleasant open countryside with lovely views and an excellent network of public rights of way.

Soughton Hall – built originally as a bishop’s palace in 1714 and now a hotel - is perhaps its finest building.

A section of Wat’s Dyke, the ancient earthwork, is particularly well preserved near Soughton Farm.

The community is centred on the village school, a thriving post office and convenience store, a busy village hall and the local pub. It’s also within walking distance of Theatr Clwyd.


Its range of community activities include:-


Memorial Hall – dating from 1910 and a great facility for community groups 

Sychdyn Primary School

Coronation Children’s Play Area – a popular facility opposite the school originally donated by the Bankes family

Sychdyn 2012 – a community group recently formed to improve the environment of the village

Sychdyn Crown Green Bowls Club – established in 1924

Sychdyn Football Club

Introduction to Northop

Community Council

The Council serves a population of 3,050 (2011 Census data) residing in and around the villages of Northop and Sychdyn.  There are 13 members of the Council, seven of whom represent the Sychdyn electoral ward and six represent the Northop electoral ward.  The Community Council meets on the second Monday of each month (except August when there is a recess) at the Edith Bankes Memorial Hall commencing at 7.00pm.  Members of the public are able to attend the Council meetings.  

The Community Council:  

What are Community Councils?

Community Councils are the most local tier of statutory representation. They bridge the gap between local authorities and communities, and help to make public bodies aware of the opinions and needs of the communities they represent.

Their primary purpose is to ascertain and express the views of the community to the local authority and other public bodies. Community Councils also involve themselves in a wide range of other activities including fundraising, organising community events, undertaking environmental and educational projects and much more. There are currently 38 Community Councils in Flintshire, all of which are composed of elected or co-opted volunteers from the community.

Linda Deane

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John Carlin

Chairman of Northop Community Council 2019/20

Marion Bateman


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Ward:  Sychdyn

Jarred Livesey

Alison Brebner

Paul Ashley

Linda Scott

Rachel Hayward

Jo Millar

Ward:  Sychdyn