The District of St Brides Minor takes its name from St Brides or Sant Ffraid, an Irish saint mainly of legend (although there are seventeen churches dedicated to her) whose 14th/15th century Church stands on a slight rise on the east of the river Ogmore or Ogwr, three miles north of Bridgend orPenybont Ar Ogwr and opposite to the village of Aberkenfig, on the other side of the river.

Largely following the east side of the River, to the north, the villages which make up St Brides are to be found. They are principally Sarn & Bryncethin, which are postal addresses but there are also more localised areas, such as Bryncoch, Bryncwils, Canola, Cefn Hirgoed and the Cymdda. The population of St Brides Minor is less than six thousand but several new housing developments are bringing about steady growth.

Sarn is the main shopping area of St Brides Minor, with a medium sized supermarket, a post office, chemist, cafe and several hairdressers. Bryncethin has a small general store, and a knitting & sewing shop. The Masons Arms Hotel & Restaurant is situated in Bryncethin on Blackmill Road a short distance from Royal Oak on Bridgend Road, together with the Sarn & Bryncwils Social Club, on Heol Canola, Sarn. Other Community Facilities in Sarn include the Tyn Y Coed Surgery (above) and the Life Long Learning Centre, which provides a fully equipped Library & IT Centre.




Mrs Ann C. Harris, Clerk & RFO
St Brides Minor Community Council, Sarn Life Long Learning Centre, Merfield Close
Sarn Bridgend CF32 9SW
Telephone: 07949451690