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.

Residents oppose flats plan

Fifty residents in the Taff Mead area of Grangetown have signed a petition, opposed to a conversion of a property into a house of multiple occupation.

The end of terrace in Dinas Street is already made up of three self-contained flats and a studio flat but the owners want to convert it further - increasing the number of bedrooms from five to seven.

As well as the petition, there are also 18 objections, with claims of a loss of family housing, parking issues and "a further erosion of community spirit and cohesion". The issue has also been raised by residents at an earlier Grangetown PACT meeting.

But the council's planning committee on Thursday has been recommended to allow it - as there are no other similar developments in the immediate area and they can allow up to 10% of housing to be of this type in a Grangetown neighbourhood as part of a threshold. Officials have dismissed 14 different reasons for objecting to it.

If it goes ahead, the council will impose restrictions on the hours the building work can take place and also conditions relating to obscure glass for a window overlooking properties.

 

Regular events:

Mondays: Friends and Neighbours (FAN) group at Grangetown Hyb, 9.30am to 10.30am and 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.

Grangetown Book Club, Grangetown Hub, 6pm First Tuesday of each month, December's book - The Commitments by Roddy Doyle.

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.

Baby massage and baby yoga group, Grangetown Hyb, 1pm. Includes Welsh vocab and songs, suitable for babies under nine months. Email: rhian.arwel@meithrin.cymru. Six weeks from start of February.

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 Taster and Beginners courses, Channel View leisure centre, 7pm-9pm. Introduction to Welsh - particularly aimed at parents with children at Welsh-medium school. From October/November 2017 until July and October 2018. Cost £177, intalments possible.

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

Thursdays: The Great Brains Speed Quiz, The Cornwall pub, 8pm. First Thursday of every month. Prizes.

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

Grangetown FAN group, Salvation Army - Women only. Starting at 10am with an English language class then 11am for a FAN meeting. Fluent English speakers welcome too!

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

Sundays: Last Sunday of the month - Repair Cafe, Hideout Cafe, Grange Pavilion, Grange Gardens, 12pm-4pm. Volunteers fix things that would otherwise be thrown away. In doing so, they help save the environment, share skills with people that need things fixed, and meet like-minded people. We are looking for local residents who can repair or fix: Clothing/textiles, bicycles, electrical appliances, furniture/woden objects, toys, PCs /laptops. Contact: Moss 07907489346 or Joe 07868206627 if you can lend a hand.


Day-by-day

Saturday 21st April: Keep Grangetown Tidy litterpick, 9.45am. All welcome - meet Merches Gardens off Clare Road, look out for the Cardiff Rivers' truck. Gloves and litter-pickers provided.

Monday 23rd April-Sat 28th: Grangetown Career and Role Model Week, Grange Pavilion, Grange Gardens, 4pm-7pm (Wednesday 3pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-1pm). Careers advice, interview/CV coaching, plus details of careers in biosciences, law, computers, business, healthcare sciences, architecture and business.

Saturday 28th April: Love Grangetown, Grange Pavilion, Grange Gardens, 2pm-6pm. Activities, crafts, music - find out about Grangetown community projects - and put forward ideas and suggestions.

Sunday 29th April: Repair Cafe, Hideout Cafe, Grange Pavilion, Grange Gardens, 12pm-4pm. Monthly repair cafe - Repair Café volunteers fix things that would otherwise be thrown away. In doing so, they help save the environment, share skills with people that need things fixed, and meet like-minded people. We are looking for local residents who can repair or fix: Clothing/textiles, bicycles, electrical appliances, furniture/woden objects, toys, PCs /laptops

Saturday 5th May: GoTri Duathlon, Grange Gardens, Running and cycling event for eight to 18-year-olds. More details and free online entry here

Wednesday 16th May: Charity quiz in aid of Friends of the Dogs, The Grange pub, Penarth Rd, 8pm start.

Tuesday 5th June: Grangetown PACT, Grangetown Hub, 7pm. More details of PACT meetings and local crime initiatives on our crime and police page

Grangetown Festival: Events across June, including Community Iftha (June 7th) Carnival Day with a parade theme this year of myths and legends (16th, in Grange Gardens) and charity pub quiz (June 27th, The Grange).


The Cinema at Tramshed - apart from some specialist screenings, the cinema programme seems to be in a hiatus at the moment. click here for listings and to buy tickets online.


Live events at Tramshed - including Embrace, Buzzcocks, Sham 69, the Welsh Vegan Festival , Twin Atlantic, The Skids 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.

Business map takes to the streets

Grangetown's first independent business map has hit the streets, aimed at promoting some of the best of the area's best shops and services.

More than 21 local businesses signed up for the map - which is a distinctive shade of yellow, containing details of some of our best-loved and also newest local high street names and delivered in a funky and fully bilingual way.

Designed by the team behind the Get Lost In Cardiff arcades map and produced by Grangetown local business forum, the idea is to showcase the best of independent businesses - and making it available in the shops themselves so they can cross-promote each other.

Lynne Thomas, Community Gateway project manager, who has helped support the idea along with Grangetown Community Action, is pictured delivering the map to businesses in Cardiff Bay.

Rather than just producing a throw-away leaflet or flyer, the map is fold-away and can be kept in a drawer or bag. It has been given the Grangetown Shop Local branding, which has also been used in the Grangetown World Market and tote bags.

An online version of the map is being produced for download and details of the businesses are included in a directory on the www.lovegrangetown.biz website.


Cheers! The Grange is voted best city pub

The Grange pub has celebrated a successful year after its re-opening by winning the title of Cardiff's best pub.

The prestigious award for the quality of its beer was announced by the city branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

The pub in Penarth Road - which had been shut for 18 months - was given a major refurbishment and a new lease of life by its new owners, after being bought from Brain's.

As well as a great make-over, the pub - now a free house - has also quickly won support of customers old and new with its choice of craft beers and great food.

In its first year it has employed 15 people, served over 4,000 Sunday roasts and featured some of the best brews from south and west Wales. It has also hosted popular weekly quizzes and held charity events, quickly establishing its reputation as a community local after years of the old pub being neglected and run down.

The Grange's sister pub The Lansdowne in Canton, which won the 2017 award, was runner-up. CAMRA members - who vote for the best pub after visiting dozens across the city - will be presenting the award next Thursday evening.

Dai Dearden, manager at The Grange, said: "We are absolutely over the moon to have received recognition by CAMRA in our first year. A lot of hard work has gone into restoring The Grange and this is credit to our brilliant staff and customers.

"We want The Grange to be a family friendly, real locals’ pub which offers quality beer and food. So far, the community in Grangetown have responded really positively and we are already seeing a lot of return and loyal custom."

Brian Francis, CAMRA Cardiff said: “The Grange has been turnaround from a rundown pub with a limited selection of beers to an independent, inspired pub that champions real ales. They stood out as winners this year as this is a great achievement in just one year of business. It is clear they are keen real ale people."

Tramshed late licence allowed


Police said they have been attending in recent months at "high risk events" to prevent disorder

Tramshed is to be allowed to open until 3am for 20 events a year, despite objections from local councillors and South Wales Police.

Worries over noise and disturbance to local residents, and an increase in incidents of crime and disorder were put forward but the proposal for the late licence for limited weekend events was allowed.

The venue in Pendyris Street - ahead of a three-hour licensing committee on Friday - agreed to a meeting with residents and councillors next month to dicuss concerns.

It will be allowed to open for 20 DJ-only events - providing the bar closes at 2.30am. There are also conditions relating to police being given 21 days notice of each events and security staff having to wear eight body cameras.

Police brought video evidence alongside a list of issues they had dealt with in recent months to the committee.

It included the road having to be shut after people spilled out into the road after a gig by grime star Fredo. Other CCTV footage showed fights at two other events - including a head-butting.

Chief Inspector Joe Jones in his submission to Cardiff Council's licensing sub-committee said recently the venue has had to have more "significant police support" and attendance to prevent disorder.

"With the extension of hours, South Wales Police there will be an increase of further incidents of crime and disorder at the premises and in the immediate vicinity," he added.

He also said he believed there would be a "significant number of intoxicated customers" leaving the venue in Pendyris Street to go into the local residential area, with a likelihood of noise and disruption.

 Police said a recent event which finished after 10pm needed a temporary road closure to ensure the safety of people leaving, while they also have to collect up glass bottles left by people queuing.

Meanwhile, Councillor Ashley Lister, objecting on behalf of the three local councillors, said: "We do not feel it would be fair to expect residents to tolerate evironmental and noise pollution for 25 occasions a year until 3am when the issues are already existing at earlier closing times."

After the meeting he said: "The committee are very concerned about the impact on residents and have asked the Tramshed to do all they can to mitigate it."

Tramshed's lawyer told the committee that there had been 10 criminal incidents at the venue in the six months to the end of March - which covered 144 gigs. There had also been no issues in the 34 DJ nights so far.

"These will be different events," he said. "You might have 1,000 people through the door but you won't have 1,000 people arriving at the same time and leaving at the same time.

@grangecardiff thanks for sharing. @cardiffcouncil please don't approve this! Think about the impact upon the poor #Grangetown residents! https://t.co/71UU4nIwpQ

— Tariq Awan (@TariqAwan1757) March 26, 2018

I hope this gets rejected by councillors https://t.co/Xwwruiy06z

— Ashley Govier (@AshleyGovier) March 26, 2018

It’s a residential area and while I love the Tramshed and think it’s great for Grangetown I don’t think 3 am close would be good for the community

— Natalie (@notaylott) March 26, 2018

Police put forward more stringent security measures they want the venue to take in a submission to the licensing sub-committee.

Tramshed director of operations Ben Newby, of operators the MJR Group, had also put forward a series of steps they would take to prevent problems, including liaison with police and councillors.

But one Taff Mead resident said: "I personally think this could negatively impact the community, particularly because of the noise caused by people leaving the Tramshed - possibly loitering in the area beyond 3am, and of course cabs picking up passengers and drivers starting their cars, slamming doors, and driving off - all at 3am!"

The venue in recent months has been promoting more DJ/club night events, not just live bands on the regular programme. Events normally finish by 11pm or 1am at weekends.

Spring edition of Grangetown News being planned in 40th year

The Spring edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper is being planned - with a publication planned for May - in what will be the publication's 40th year.

A contributors/volunteers meeting has been organised for Saturday 7th April, 4pm-6pm, when you can drop into the Grange Pavilion with Hideout Cafe, to discuss ideas, offer suggestions for stories and features or just find out how you might be able to help.

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

Now called Grangetown News, the first edition of the new-look 16-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 can help deliver - we need people for Penarth Road and a few treets in north Grangetown who can spare half an hour- 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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