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Pavilion project makes progress

As funding for the £1.6m Grange Pavilion edges towards its target, the community project is advertising for its first manager.


This is a student's vision of the flexible room - showing light along the corridor connecting the different flexible spaces down to the cafe

The full-time post has been funded for an initial three years and as well of developing the programme of events and activities and managing the new building, the successful candidate will be expected to reach out within the local community.

There is a deadline of 16 June to apply for the post - and there is a hope there will be interest from the Grangetown community.

Another £100,000 has to be raised but the work is now able to press ahead to the original designs and specifications, as trustees and supporters continue their fund-raising efforts over the next few months.


This imagines the cafe, as seen from the outdoor space

Councillor Ashley Lister told Grangetown Community Action's AGM that after the demolition of the old bowls pavilion, there was a real confidence that the new community space would be ready to open next January and that with a final push, the goal can be reached.


This imagines the outdoor classroom - within the Pavilion - and how it connects to the "loud room" from the inside (left). It will be mostly used in better weather or school holidays but can be used for different purposes, while the blades filter sunlight to cool you down.

The fund-raising effort - which is part Big Lottery funded - was given a major boost before Christmas, thanks to a £100,000 donation from a charitable organisation.

The Moondance Foundation was set up by the founder and former chief executive of Cardiff-based Admiral insurance Henry Engelhardt and his wife Diane.

It is committed to supporting a variety of good causes, including community development, anti-poverty and education and was contacted by the new community trust, which will eventually run the Pavilion before Christmas.


More drawings and modelling for how the Pavilion may work

Meanwhile, 12 students from the Welsh School of Architecture - along with Grange Pavilion trustees - have been holding conversations around Grangetown to explore how aims for the Pavilion as a "welcoming space for all" can be realised.

Working with Grange Pavilion Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), Cardiff University's Community Gateway project and architect Dan Benham partnering with IBI Group, each conversation was translated into drawings and a model.

This vision aims to bring to life moments in a day in the life of the Grange Pavilion, as it will hopefully look.

The drawings and model will also be on display at the Grangetown Festival on June 15th and conversations will continue to shape the project as construction is underway.

The Pavilion will be managed by the Grangetown community under a 99-year lease, with support from organisational partners Cardiff University, Cardiff Bay Rotary Club, Taff Housing, RSPB, and Cardiff and Vale College. Other funding has come from the National Lottery's Community Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Welsh Government and many more individual donations.

To find out more about the Grange Pavilion or about joining the Grange Pavilion CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation), please contact ThomasL90@cardiff.ac.uk or call 029 20 870456.


Bottleworks flats plan height tweaked as Track 2000 demolished

The controversial plans to build flats on the Taff Embankment have been changed - with a reduction in height of three quarters of a metre.

Developers Rightacres want to build 74 flats on the old Track 2000 site on the junction with Penarth Road. The old warehouse has been demolished, although a local Grangetown artist managed to save the old clock from being thrown out - and The Grange pub have become the first to express an interest in having it as a feature.


The clock from the old Track 2000 building was rescued.

The Bottleworks proposals face strong objections from local residents and councillors as being too overbearing, with some residents in Pentre Gardens claiming it will overshadow their gardens. Cardiff Civic Society also objected, calling it "unsympathetic" and "retrograde".

It is expected to go to a planning meeting in the summer. Dozens of residents have objected, with local campaigners challenging the claims made by the developers over loss of light and privacy.

Day-by-day

Wednesday 29th May: Grangetown All Stars Cricket Centre open day, Grange Gardens, with All Stars For Wales, Cricket Wales, 2.30pm-4pm.

Thursday 30th May: Grangetown World Market in the Evening plus Community Ifthar, 6pm-10.30pm, St Patrick's RC Primary School playground, off Havelock Place/Lucknow Street. Crafts, fashion and designer stalls plus streetfood from 6pm-9pm, then community ifthar at sundown. All inside a marquee - and outside if the weather's fine. Enjoy a lovely community evening during half term, to kick off Grangetown Festival. Stall inquiries - grangetowncardiff"yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 1st June: Lufkins Coffee House opening event with jazz band, Clare Road, 6.30pm, then opening to the public on Sunday 2nd June, 9am.

Thursday 6th June: Storytelling at The Grange pub, 7.30pm. On the theme of "I was there" - all welcome to attend; if you wish to join in, book a spot behind the bar.

Crime and Coffee with Geraint Evans (event in Welsh), Grangetown Hub, 7pm. £3 book here

Saturday 15th June: Grangetown Festival - Carnival Day, Grange Gardens, 1pm-5pm. The annual fete and parade, this year with a fancy dress parade and activities related to a space theme (marking the 50th anniversary of man landing on The Moon)

Keep Grangetown Tidy litter-pick, at Grangetown Festival in Grange Gardens (1pm onwards). All welcome to attend - all equipment provided.

The Cinema at Tramshed - Watch for future programme. click here for listings and to buy tickets online.


Live events at Tramshed - including Shalamar, Eddi Reader, Michael Kiwanuka, The Average White Band, White Denim, Ash. click here for details.

Regular events:

Mondays: Friends and Neighbours (FAN) group at Grangetown Hyb, 9.30am to 10.30am, women-only group at Clare Road Cultural Centre, 33 Clare Rd, 9.30am; and at Ikea, 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:

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 People First, Grangetown Hub Cafe, 1pm-3pm. A chance to meet project worker Dawn over a cuppa in the cafe, chat, make new friends or try new things. Project run by local charity working with people with learning difficulties.

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.

Second Sunday of the month - Ponder with a Pint, The Grange pub, 6pm. Hosted by Fr David Morris of St Paul's Church, a monthly informal discussion group talking about issues and religion-related topics.


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.

Venue says 'not in our backyard' to Tramshed office/flats plans

Owners of the popular Tramshed venue have warned that its future could be under threat, if a controversial office block and flats development is built in its car park.


Artist impression of the new development

The plans by the developers behind the original Tramshed project were originally put forward 18 months ago - and now the company running the 1,000-capacity venue in Pendyris Street have reaffirmed their opposition, saying they can see no change and that the proposals "literally in our backyard" are a "significant danger".

"Our concerns have failed to be addressed and if planning permission is granted it will unfortunately make the Tramshed venue unviable and unable to operate and could potentially cause the venue to close," it says in its objection letter.

The 28 work-live and apartments and 7,500 square feet of office and business space would be built above a ground floor entrance and loading bay - with the application saying tour trucks using the Tramshed venue would be able to reverse in to unload.

A petition and objection letters from residents have also been forwarded, while local councillors have already said the new building would be out of keeping with the area and also a threat to the heritage Edwardian frontage of the original building.

FOOTBALL: Late drama as season ends with stalemate

Grange Albion 1-1 Garw SBGC

Match coverage by Tom Sargent

Grange Albion welcomed Garw of Pontycymmer to Coronation Park on Saturday afternoon for their final home game of the 2018/19 season

With both teams assured a place in next season's South Wales Alliance Premier Division there was nothing much to play for.

The glorious sunshine did not look down on a gloriously entertaining game. Both teams were full of endeavour but lacking quality in the final third.

Simon Gardner had Grange's first chance on 20 minutes as he was threaded through on the left by the busy Aaron Harris. Gardner managed to get a shot off but it was deflected into Tom Lewis' hands in the Garw goal.

Immediately afterwards Ryan Roberts and Luke Mackie combined well to force a good block from Garw's midfielder Rhys Jordan inside the box.

The only other shot in anger during the first half came from captain Christian Churcher whose long range drive went wide of the 'keepers left hand post.

In the second half it was more of the same but Gareth Nott was called into action on 63 minutes when Garw broke into the box and he saved well from 8 yards.

Garw finally broke the deadlock on 85 minutes when Nott came to the edge of his box to clear a long ball over the top. Unable to handle he cleared the ball and was knocked to the ground by the Garw defender.

The referee waved play on as the Albion defence stood still yet again waiting for a decision that never came. The ball fell to Damian Barnard who lobbed Nott as he scrambled back to the line. It was harsh on the Albion.

Two minutes later Grange were back on level terms. The referee awarded a penalty for a trip just inside the box and Churcher fired home from the spot kick to make it 1-1.

Finally the game had come to life as Garw charged straight down the other end feeding Harry Davies on the penalty spot. He turned his defender superbly but couldn't keep his shot down.

Churcher then had space to shoot for a winner in stoppage time but his long range effort went wide of the right upright.

Grange Albion: Gareth Nott, Ryan Roberts, Craig Green, Louis Rodrigues, Ahmed Abdi, Luke Malkie, Christian Churcher (c), Cameron Cummings, Simon Gardner, Kieran Francombe, Aaron Harris Subs: Aladje Sani (Simon Gardner 75'), Lloyd Bowen (Craig Green 85'), Tremaine Puttick (Kieran Francombe 49'), David Avery

Garw SBGC: Tom Lewis, Will Jones, Will Rowlands, Daffyd Owen, Nathan Rose, Corey Jenkins, Zack Edwards, Damian Barnard, Harry Davies, Adam Brimble Subs: Elliott Meritt (Adam Brimsble), Oliver Davies, Lewis Davies, Lewis James, Geraint Gillet )

Man of the Match: Aaron Harris

Pre-season friendlies for 2019/20 will be posted on Twitter (@grangealbion) and this website when they become available. Anyone wishing to become involved with the club can ask for details through Twitter or in the Grange Albion's Social Club on Paget Street in Grangetown.

See more news and coverage of Grange Albion's recent matches on our page here

Wake up and smell the coffee - Grangetown is changing

Plans are unveiled for a coffee house in the old Nat West bank in Clare Road. It follows on from a new vegan cafe's successful launch and as The Grange pub marks two years since re-opening as an award-winning independent craft beer and food venue. Is Grangetown becoming the place to be?

Lufkin Coffee, which has an independent coffee shop in Pontcanna, plans to sign the lease this week to open a new branch in Grangetown and also has plans to transform an old park-keeper's hut in Thompson's Park, Canton into another shop. But the Grangetown base will be more besides - including a ceramics store and hot-desking workspace. The fund-raising campaign has now successfully reached its £18,000 goal - with those pledging able to get benefits in return, including a ticket to an exclusive cocktail opening. We asked Frances Lukins, co-founder of the business with husband Dan, what it was all about.

Q: Tell us why you've picked Grangetown and this site in particular?
We think Grangetown has a lot of vibrant activity and people living there will welcome a speciality coffee bar. It's quite diverse and busy and we think our working roasters will fit right in.


The old bank closed three years ago and planning permission was granted for it to be used as a restaurant, coffee shop, cafe or take-away - but not a pub or bar. The building includes an old bank vault in the cellar!

Q What can people expect to see in the old bank?
We like this space because we can fit our 10kg coffee roasting machine in there, along with the many 70kg sacks of coffee that arrive to be roasted. There's a few rooms that we hope to use as workshop space, for cupping the roasted coffee, bagging and labelling, batch brewing and delivery. We'll be excited to get our office space somewhere other than our bedroom, and have a space that all the elements of the coffee process can work alongside one another. We want to make this part of the process that we take care of, visible to the customer. There'll be an open plan coffee bar with communal tables, and booth style seating. We're going with a rough-nd-ready approach with room for bicycles and a setting that welcomes people wanting to work, or people coming for a catch up with friends.

Q You mention the aim to cut single use coffee cup waste. This is a big issue with littering in Grangetown, does this mean all your coffee will be served in re-usable cups?
We serve our in house coffee in ceramic cups made by local potter Micki Schloessingk, and in an attempt to cut down on paper cups we're promoting our reusable camp-style thermo cups that we've partnered with social enterprising company MiiR to bring to our Kickstarter. We're offering 35p off every coffee for customers who purchase and use this cup. We will still have some compostable cups in use, but we will definitely push to not have to use many of them.

Q Explain how the work-space will work? Is this a similar principle to Tramshed Tech or can people just roll up with a laptop for an hour or two? Our coffee cupping space will double up as a bookable office space during the day that seats approximately eight people around a table, for when people want to hold meetings. This will be bookable by the hour with complimentary batch brew coffee on tap. Besides this they'll be room in the cafe for people on laptops wanting to work - and we're in the process of deciding how best to make this work well for people.


Frances and Dan Lukins, founders of Lufkin in 2015 - it originates from the word 'love'

Q Tell us about the coffee - for those who don't know what you do in Pontcanna?
We roast speciality grade Arabica coffee beans, sourced from around the world via our partners Falcon Speciality. It is all grown at high altitudes and we select coffee from single origins, meaning single farms and estates. The green coffee arrives to us in sacks and is roasted each week here in Pontcanna before being designated to espresso, filter or 250g bags for home. We love coffee! We think it's amazing in itself, as it's tropical agriculture really. We roast with precision each batch to ensure we're capturing all of the inherent flavours of each variety of coffee, that comes from an exotic fruit, the coffee cherry. We also think coffee is best paired with life. That's our motto I guess. We find it connects us to people, and passions, and moments that are worth celebrating. It's a ritual for us to have coffee together, and we find it grounds us, helps us to be present in the moment, which I guess we could all use more of these days!

Q Will you also serve any food/snacks too?
Our thing is "coffee + pie", which is a nod to our American roots. We met in San Francisco where Dan grew up, and in America they're pretty good at doing one thing well. I think here in the UK we can cater to everyone, and suddenly the menu gets huge and things get a bit complicated. We've stuck with coffee and pie, as it's simple, and super tasty, and you can put anything in a pie.. maybe? We do apple pie, and cherry pie, and you can add ice cream to that, 'a la mode', but we'll also do some brunchy pies, and branch out a bit into lazy weekend style catering, with a crust.

Q All being well, when do you hope to open - and what are the likely opening hours?
Our aim is to be open as soon as we can, although it's looking like it could be June. We're thinking the coffee bar will be open from 8am until 6pm, but that's not finalised. We'll need to get the roasting machine in and up and running first, not sure yet how we'll get it from Pontcanna to Grangetown, it has wheels, so maybe we'll roll it, ha!

Lufkin Coffee has now ended its crowd-funding campaign - which was completed successfully. Details can be found here. You can read a feature about the new Wild Thing vegan cafe on our business page.

Grangetown News nominated for award

Grangetown News has been shortlisted for a community news award in the 2019 Wales Media Awards in what is the publication's 40th year.

The newspaper - with website and social media presence - was chosen by the judges in the community news category. Can we take this opportunity of thanking all our readers, contributors, volunteer deliverers and advertisers for all their help and support over the years.

Meanwhile, the winter edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper was published in December and a summer edition is being prepared.

Copies are distributed to 6,500 homes, shops and businesses. It is also be available in Grangetown Hub, local shops, venues 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. In March 2019, it was shortlisted in the community news category in the Wales Media Awards.

Thanks for all those who have contributed and advertised - and also to our volunteer deliverers. If you can help deliver - we need people for some streets in north Grangetown and also Paget Street 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 editions are 16 pages. All articles submitted should be in a Word document (or jpeg for images / designed adverts - All images to be supplied high-quality 350dpi, 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:

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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