This is a community website for Grangetown in Cardiff, highlighting people, business, community activities, local news and things to do in the area and linking other websites and blogs.

We live locally; this is a voluntary project - in connection with Grangetown Community Action - free and independent. We are the online presence of the long-running Grangetown News community paper, which has been distributed to 6,000 local homes every four months for more than 35 years. E-mail us on grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk if you'd like to help, are local or would like to send any contributions for inclusion, or wish to advertise. Also if you'd like to be included FREE in our DIRECTORY,

You can also follow us on Twitter @grangecardiff and look for Grangetown Community Action on Facebook. We have a growing number of followers and are keen to encourage a social network to promote Grangetown community events, activities, issues, businesses and organisations.

 


Click above for poster of Keep Grangetown Tidy litter-picks for the next few months

Regular events:

Mondays: Friends and Neighbours (FAN) group at Grange Pavilion, 11am to 12pm; Dementia Cafe, St Paul's Community Hall, first Monday of the month, 1.30pm-3pm. Monthly drop-in for anyone affected by dementia. Hosted by Alzheimer's Society and Dementia Care. The cafe is run by volunteers and has been supported by funds raised in memory of the late Brenda Griffiths, a lovely lady who latterly suffered from dementia.

Grangetown Community Choir, Cornwall St church hall, 7.30pm-9.30pm. All weclome, relaxed, harmonious environment. £70 for term, from 18th September, payment options available. Email paulinedown7@gmail.com

Tuesdays: Exercise for Beginners, Grangetown Health Centre, 10.30am–11.30am. Weekly sessions to improve your mobility/flexibility and get advice on simple exercise routines that you can do at home.
Beatball Kids - for girls, Channel View Leisure Centre, 4pm-5pm (£1 per week, girls aged 7-11 only) Mixing fitness, dance and football

Grangetown Running Club, meets Channel View 6.15pm warm-up for 6.30pm start. Friendly and easy-paced group, ideal for beginners. Cost £1. Meets weekly.

9th Cardiff Brownies and Guides, St Samson's church hall, Pentre Gardens, 6-7.30pm. For girls aged 7-10, 10 to 14.

Wednesdays: Greener Grangetown drop-in, Grangetown Hub, 12.30pm-1.30pm. Want to speak to somebody about #GreenerGrangetown construction? Monthly drop-in surgeries - first Wednesdays - with the project team.

Cardiff Dance Stars - Ballet and Lyrical Dance, ages 4-6, 4pm; Modern and Lyrical Dance, ages 7-12, 5pm - at Grangetown Hub, Havelock Place. Qualified dance classes for children, www.cardiffdancestars.weebly.com

Welsh Pub Talk, The Cornwall, 5.45pm-6.45pm. Conversational Welsh aimed at the learner who wants to practise talking about everyday things over a pint!

Pub Quiz, The Grange Pub, 8.30pm. Weekly quizzes, with a different quiz-master every week.

Fridays: Walking around the Bay, meet Channel View Leisure Centre, 9.30am. Weekly, hourly sessions - come for an easy-paced walk around the Bay and a cuppa afterwards. Free – all welcome. Organised by Communities First. Tel: 02920 378161.

Grangetown Food Bank, Grangetown Baptist Church, Clive Street, 12pm-2pm. Weekly foodbank, organised by Cardiff Foodbank

Grangetown Afterschool Club/Full Circle Education, Grange Pavilion, Grange Gardens, 3.30pm-5pm. Brand new girls club, perfect for girls who love arts and crafts, games, music, photography, sports and making friends. If you would like any more information, please email: Nikki@FullCircleEducation.org

Cardiff Dance Stars - Acro and Gymnastic Dance, ages 5-12, 4.15pm; at Grangetown Hub, Havelock Place. Qualified dance classes for children, www.cardiffdancestars.weebly.com

Cook At Church, St Paul's Community Hall, 5.30pm-7.30pm - first Friday of month. For children aged 10 and 11 to learn cooking skills and have fun


Day-by-day

Saturday 23rd September: Culture Cafe, Hideout Cafe, Grange Pavilion, 4.30pm-6pm. A chance to get to know and learn about Grangetown's Polish community. All welcome for a chat with coffee and cake.

Saturday 30th September: Charity coffee morning, St Paul's community hall, 10.30am. Tea, coffee and cake in aid of Macmillan - this month in conjunction with World's Biggest Coffee Morning.

Tuesday 3rd October: Grangetown PACT, Grangetown Hub, 7pm.

Friday 6th October: Grangetown Local History Society, Grangetown Hub, 2pm.

Saturday 7th October: Keep Grangetown Tidy litterpick, Grangemoor Park and Ely trail, meet retail park carpark, 9.45am.

Saturday 21st October: Community Fun Day and Health Fair, Channel View Leisure Centre, 12pm-4pm. Competitions, children's activities, health checks, flu jabs, stalls and more.

Charity dinner in memory of Chris Lomax, Mercure Hotel, Newport Road. In aid of Diabetes Cymru. Tickets £40 each. Email: nicolallen13@gmail.com


The Cinema at Tramshed - click here for listings and to buy tickets online. Films include A Ghost Story and Close Encounters plus Gary Numan: Android In La La Land inc Q&A with director.


Live events at Tramshed - include Songhoy Blues, Jethro (sold out), Gary Numan (sold out), JP Cooper. click here for details.

Email your local events to grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk. For regular events, meetings and classes - including a listing for Grangetown Library Hub - see our directory.

Catholic priest dies suddenly

The parish priest of St Patrick's RC church has died suddenly.

Polish-born Father Bogdan Wera had been taken ill whilst on holiday and spent a short time in hospital before returning home, where he died on Saturday 9th September.

He was also a member of the Polish Mission serving the Polish Community in South Wales.

Father David Morris of St Paul's also paid tribute. "We extend our deepest sympathy and love to our brothers and sisters at St Patrick's RC Church," he said. "Please pray for the repose of Fr Bogdan's soul and for all his parishioners at this difficult time."


Temple celebrates 35 years


The temple was lit up, while a firework display concluded the celebrations on Wednesday evening. Photo: Grangetown Plaid.

Grangetown's Hindu community has been celebrating the 35th anniversary of its temple in Merches Gardens.

The Shree Swaminarayan temple was opened in 1982, the first of its kind in Wales, and has been the focal point for spiritual, cultural and social activities for different generations since.

The celebrations also marked 10 years of the Central Shrine. An assembly was held with guests including local MP Stephen Doughty, local councillors, members of other political parties and other organisations, including police and emergency services.

A traditional Indian street food festival and fantastic firework display followed on Wednesday evening.

On Saturday, a Hindu Mela took place at the Swalec Stadium.


On-fire Dragons storm to title

The Bay Dragons cricket team - which features a large number of Grangetown players - has won its division in its first season in the South East Wales Cricket League.

Playing home matches at Blackweir, the Dragons topped Division Nine with six wins and only two defeats. A six-wicket loss at Mountain Ash 2nds was not enough to deny them the title on the final day.

Chairman and captain Syed Abbas said there were plans to run a second XI next season - and a local fitness project.

Syed said: "Following the success this year, the club is starting a community project aimed at creating sports opportunities for Grangetown residents. We call it, “Get Fit – Play Cricket”.

"Due to our growth plans, we are looking to create a 2nd XI team as well as create a youth infrastructure, so there will be plenty of opportunities for anyone who fancies playing.  We are also looking for volunteers, who just want to come and watch cricket  or help out with scoring, umpiring, match day support.

We can arrange free of cost training for them as well."

The Dragons also thanked their supporters, Grangetown News and sponsors Hussain Jewellers of Clare Road.

Greener Grangetown - what's the latest?

If you've travelled through Grangetown in recent months you can't fail to have noticed all the works going on on the streets next to the Taff Embankment. But what's the latest?

The Greener Grangetown project is a partnership between Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Natural Resources Wales and the council, which aims to manage better surface and waste water from paths and roads. It will plant trees and green spaces in streets which will better absorb the water. At the moment, the excess rainwater is pumped eight miles out to sea, but soon it will be diverted into the River Taff by an underground pipe in each street after being "cleaned" by the trees, plants, soil and shrubbery above ground.

But it has led to disruption for residents, who have raised parking issues amongst other things. We asked the Greener Grangetown project team a few questions about progress.

What stage of progress are we at - what has been completed?

GG: We have completed most of the work in Blaenclydach St, Ferndale St, Coedcae St, Bargoed St and Aber St. The four new surface water outfalls have been installed in the River Taff and work has begun on the large rain gardens in Cymmer and Clydach St.  

What's to come now (from end of summer) and are you on time to finish?

  GG: The next two streets to be worked on are Llanbradach St and Abercynon St, as well as works in Taff Embankment. We shall also be starting tree and vegetation planting in the completed rain gardens this Autumn, where we hope to involve local residents in the planting. The footpaths in the project area shall be repaired/re-surfaced during the Autumn Winter period, as well as new signage and some amended street lighting. The new resident parking areas will also be phased in.

There was concern when it started from some residents about how parking would be affected - also see story below - how has this been working out?

  GG: It has been challenging managing local parking during construction, as we always want to prioritise for local residents. We have endeavoured to achieve this by giving out project car window stickers to enable the Contractor to prioritise local cars and by allowing certain streets to use the nearby ‘pay & display’ spaces for free, during construction. We’d like to thank local residents for their patience and understanding during this time.

Cyclists have also been asking about what the embankment will be like for them afterwards - are you hopeful this will slow traffic down?

GG: We believe that once the Taff Embankment works are complete, there will be less congestion and slower vehicle speeds. This will make both cycling and walking safer and more pleasurable.

 What sort of questions have residents been asking in recent weeks?

 GG: The biggest concerns relate to parking, both in terms of the increasing growth in commuter parking and the access to resident parking for the community. We continue to consult with residents on this issue, on a regular basis.

 What has been happening with trees along the embankment?

GG: The trees along the embankment are staying (along with most of the trees in the adjoining streets), with a special recycled rubber material being used around their trunks, to enhance permeability and oxygen for the roots. The footpath is also being widened and raised, to ensure that the roots are no longer a trip hazard.

 Have the designs changed at all since work has started?

GG: There have been some minor changes to rain garden locations, in order to maximise all available parking space in the streets.

 

Greener Grangetown: Petitions push for more residents' parking off embankment


Roads are being resurfaced and streets re-profiled.

People living in streets off the Taff Embankment have started petitions to increase the number of residents' parking places - after unhappiness at being squeezed during the ongoing Greener Grangetown work.

Around 40 residents packed into a "drop in" consultation with the project team, while in a separate room at Grangetown Hub, Councillor Lynda Thorne talked to more residents about the issues.

Disgruntled residents spoke about parking disappearing during the ongoing engineering and road works, which will bring in the new eco-friendly drainage system, as well as new plants, better cycleways and new road surfaces.

But some residents spoke of "mayhem" from parking pressures from commuters, on top of losing their own spaces; some have even received parking tickets, although there is a promise these would be rescinded.


Standing room only in the Hub cafe for the meeting

The petitions from residents in Ferndale, Coedcae and Llanbradach Streets among others formally request an increase in residents-only spaces from 50% to 75%. This is possible if the majority in each street back them and then apply for permits.

Ian Titherington of the Greener Grangetown project told residents that some streets, like Ferndale, were more dense for housing than others in the area. The project has pledged that 50% residents parking will already be guaranteed for 12 streets covered by the project.


Road resurfacing has been continuing as the project progresses and (right) how the Embankment will look.

Mr Titherington said the streets were residential, built in the 1890s and what was being designed along the Embankment was to fit in with that and not as "rat runs for commuters". One resident spoke of rows breaking out as lorries and vehicles tried to cut down Llanbradach Street off Corporation Road to avoid the work.

Council officials said anyone not a resident who parked in the area while work was being done risked being towed away.

There was also an issue last week with yellow lines being painted in a part of Ferndale Street (above) after resurfacing where they hadn't before; these are now set to be removed.

The rolling programme sees work start in Abercynon Street this week, which is set to last three months.

Further drop-ins will be held on the first Wednesday of the month (6pm at the Hub).


Paulo's charity peak adventure

A Grangetown man has started to walk 500 miles and tackle the Three Peaks (Snowdon, Scafell and Ben Nevis) to raise money for Marie Curie hospice care. Paulo Brockway is also posting video to his Facebook page showing some of his endeavours and the scenery he encounters.

His walk, which will take in other peaks on the way, is expected to take four to six weeks. It started out in Merthyr at the start of last week. Paulo has set a target for £1,100. "I have decided to attempt this challenge, not only to raise money for a very deserving charity like Marie Curie, but it's also a personal journey for myself," he said. "I feel it's the right time for me to give something back to society, I have taken enough in the past, redemption is a must!"

You can contribute via his JustGiving page here.

Serving up the past

Thanks to Jeff Barkley, who has given us a glimpse of Grange Gardens from more than 50 years ago. Grangetown Local History has been donated copies of photos of Jeff's grandfather Fred Lewis, who during the 1940s, 50s and early 60s worked as a gardener in Grange Gardens and for many years maintained and was in charge of the bowling green there. He lived in Clare Road where Jeff was also brought up. Mr Lewis died in 1972. Anyone who knows who the tennis players might be - let us know! You can read more about Grange Gardens history here.

Market makes its mark

Grangetown residents are being thanked for supporting the area's first street market on Saturday 22nd July.


Queen Niche's stall with designer Nelly Adam. Photo courtesy: Keith Hursthouse.

Most of the unseasonal downpours stayed away for the event – named Grangetown World Market – which has been developed to help boost the local shopping district and was held a short walk from Clare Road/Penarth Road.

There was a good attendance and also a positive reaction to the mix of craft, food and clothing stalls, using the St Patrick’s school and Hub car parks.

Those stalls attending included two new local clothing brands Vibe Attire and One Unity and designer Queen Niche. There are hopes of holding another one in the run-up to Christmas.

See the full project website on www.lovegrangetown.biz to find out more

 


Tramshed plans four-storey flats and office block

Plans for offices and 19 apartments have been put forward by The Tramshed developers.

The block - four-storeys at its highest point - would be built on land immediately behind the existing venue off Clare Road.

The design is by Ellis Williams Architects, who were behind the original refurbishment. It would be developed so the ground floor would include an access tunnel for the venue and for the lane along the rear of the Tramshed.

The apartments on the upper floors would be "live-work" units; the same concept that already operates in the main building. The first floor would be office space for small businesses.

.No parking provision is provided and the transport plan assumes most people using the offices will use public transport or walk, while those visiting can use the pay-and-display in Pendyris Street.

It will come as a surprise to local residents, with no mention of this phase of the development coming up during consultation during the original development over 2014/15.

The idea however has been an open secret for months, certainly since the official opening of the building last year.

Because the facade of the Tramshed is Grade II listed, the architects say they have been at pains to come up with the design that is sensitive - and the building - which would back onto the exisiting building - would be a feature in its own right. "The final proposals will be developed with a separate and distinct architectural language, so as not to dilute or mimic the Tramshed, but so that the new building is read separately in it’s own right," they say in the design statement.

The building will be part part four storeys, with the height thought "appropriate" as it is along the railway line and close to buildings like the Unity student flats.

The biggest concern for neighbouring residents is likely to be parking pressures, given the lack of provision in the development and already the squeeze from commuter parking from the "creeping" city centre. One Court Road resident complained to us already this week about issues and dissatisfaction with the levels of residents' permit parking available.

The Tramshed development has been evolving. The venue has been a success over more than 18 months and residents have been won over how well run it is. The cafe-bar has just re-launched its menu again and the cinema has been open since Christmas. Tramshed Tech at the far end has been another success as a "plug-in" business space. This weekend, the dance/yoga/fitness studio in the middle is due to open its doors.

But this is for an additional building, not a refurbishment of an existing, empty one, so the local reaction is uncertain.

The plans for this latest phase have gone to Cardiff Council and will be open for comments.


Spring edition of Grangetown News out

The Spring edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper is out.

Copies will be distributed to 6,500 homes, shops and businesses. It will also be available in Grangetown Hub, local shops and pubs and you can view an online version above.

Now called Grangetown News, the first edition of the 12-page full-colour tabloid newspaper came out in May 2016. Published by Grangetown Community Action, it has been a quarterly magazine format since 1978. With the help of the Community Gateway team and the university's Community Journalism department, a lively group of residents and students met to produce ideas for the summer edition.

Thanks for all those who have contributed and advertised - and also to our volunteer deliverers. If you would like to contribute to the Autumn edition in 2017, you can email grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk

Should you have a local news story or would like to tell the community about your organisation or school then our paper is a perfect way of reaching people!you are a local business/organisation who would like to advertise to the local community our paper is an ideal place to place an advert.

 Our rates are listed below:
  1/8 page - £40
1/4 page - £70
1/2 page - £110
1 full page - £200
1 full back page - £250

  The Grangetown News is still printed 100% in COLOUR, but is printed in a tabloid format, making your articles and adverts larger than ever! This is a pilot project which will hopefully allow us to increase readership through spreading more positive, local news stories. The latest edition is 16 pages. All articles submitted should be in a Word document (or jpeg for images / designed adverts - All images to be supplied high-quality 600dpi, colour pictures converted to CMYK) and sent to grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk.

If you would like to discuss advertising in the Grangetown News, please feel free to contact grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk, or call Ashley on 07572875804.

As well as more local news stories, there are features on local businesses and also sport. The paper has also been designed by Grangetown residents. Online versions of the features - with more photos - will also be put up later on this website But it's not too late if you want to get involved:

We are looking to develop Nextdoor "private" online community social networks in Grangetown. This is a way of residents and neighbours in parts of Grangetown sharing news, recommendations, tips, offers of help, trade small items or alert streets to crime, lost pets or specific local issues. It's also a way of getting to know your neighbours! It's free to join - for people in North Grangetown, which includes Saltmead, the streets off Cornwall Street, Court Road, Clare Road and Taff Mead (north of Penarth Road) go to this link here - being set up by Steve.

There are also groups starting for South Grangetown being set up by Ali and west/Bay area of Grangetown by John- go here, when you register with your postcode, it will take you to the appropriate group. It has also recently migrated a lot of new members from the former Streetlife forum.

City guides: Cardiff Council BIG Cardiff Cardiffians (history/photos) Cardiff city map Cardiff Pubs Real Cardiff
Media: BBC Wales News Wales Online The Cardiffian (Student journalism newspaper) Buzz magazine Local links: Butetown, Riverside, Grangetown Communities First
Grangetown Local History Society The Grangetown Flickr Group
Misc links and interesting city blogs: Anecdotal City Cardiff Third Sector Council Peter Finch We Are Cardiff Brew Wales Pint of 45 (Cardiff pub blog)
Other Cardiff community websites: Cathays Danescourt Lisvane Pobol Caerdydd Radyr Roath Rumney Splott St Mellons Tongwynlais Whitchurch/Llandaff North

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