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 6,500 local homes every four months for 40 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,

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Plans for flats on riverside Track 2000 site

Residents have been raising concerns over proposals to build 86 flats on the site of the soon-to-be-demolished Track 2000 site off Penarth Road.

Developers Rightacres - who are already building the Capital Quarter and are due to start work on the old Brain's brewery in the city centre - bought the old warehouse after it closed earlier this year.

There had been original plans to have an 12-storey block of apartments but these were reduced after initial consultation with council officials and also concerns from local resdidents.

Bottleworks Wharf - named after a bottle works which was once on the site - would involve 50 one-bedroom and 36 two bedroom private rented flats. The developers say it would continue "ongoing regeneration" and provide a "much needed housing option in a highly sustainable location close to the city centre."

Residents are already planning a petition and sending in comments. Some Taff Mead residents are unhappy about the scale of the development and loss of privacy - particularly with gardens from Pentre Gardens backing onto the site. The development is smaller in height than the original designs which were shown to residents - but the building would still be up to seven storeys high in places and five-storey at a minimum - rising to a height of 19.5m. But the pre-planning submission claims although the design is higher than the old Track 2000 - it is further away from existing homes.

Reaction from local residents so far includes:

  • "It's just too big."
  • "The area is already saturated with traffic at most times of the day."
  • "Although the looks of the designs are quite nice, this design is not suited to this particular area and will be clashing with the existing architecture of surrounding streets. There is no need for high buildings in the area, it will look out of place and will make the area lose even more sunlight;"
  • "The proposed building just doesn't fit with the look of the area and the cynic in my wonders if this is just a money-making exercise with no thought for the current residents."

The developers will be arguing that in scale it will be a "mirror image" of the Unity student flats which were built 10 years ago on the site of the old Avana Bakery in Pendyris Street, a quarter of a mile away.

The development would have a warehouse-style look, a roof terrace and include 41 parking spaces - 20 within a basement - and 90 cycle stands. Residents are worried though that the parking access will be via Pentre Gardens and are worried it will create congestion.

Rightacres in their consultation document say: "Importantly the development of this site will illustrate that development does not stop at the river bridge as it crosses into Grangetown and whilst this development is modest in scale compared with the Brewery Quarter and Central Square developments, it makes a stepping stone in scale between these and the traditional housing stock of Grangetown."


This shows the original design for the height of the flats, next to the current proposal

The site has attracted issues around prostitution over a long period so the developers say residential use will "arrest" this anti-social behaviour.

Residents have until October 3rd to give their views before the plans are submitted formally. Taff Mead residents say they plan to hold a public meeting with local councillors in the near future - details will follow here. Full details of this are on the project website.

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.

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.


Day-by-day

Thursday 27th September: Grange for a Laugh comedy night, The Grange pub, 7.30pm, free. With Chris Chopping, Josh Elton, Eleri Morgan, Coral Halliwell, Calum Stewart and Mike Powell.

Saturday 29th September: Fun Day in aid of Back to School project, Grange Pavilion, 1pm-5pm, free entry. Stalls, face painting, bouncy castle and hot and cold food.

Tuesday 2nd October: Grangetown PACT, 7pm, Grangetown Hub. Raise crime and anti-social behaviour concerns with councillors and community police. All welcome

Saturday 6th October: Keep Grangetown Tidy/Keep Riverside Tidy litter-pick, 10am - meet by Nos Da hostel/hotel on Fitzhamon Embankment. Joint litter-pick between the two groups of volunteers. All welcome

Wedneasday 10th October: Carers Connect drop-in, Grangetown Hub, Havelock Place, 2pm-4pm. A chance to discuss carers' issues with members of the council's adult care services team.

Saturday 20th October: Keep Grangetown Tidy monthly litter-pick, 10am - meet by Ystrad Street/Taff Embankment. All welcome

Saturday 27th October: Fund-raising event for Cardiff and Vale Cat Protection, Grange Pavilion, 2pm-5pm.

Saturday 10th November: Autumn/Christmas Fayre, hosted by 13th Cardiff St Paul's Scout group, Bayden Scout Hall, Ferry Road, 12pm-4pm.

Saturday 1st December: Grangetown World Market and Grangetown Shop Local Day, 11am onwards. Details to follow. Interested stalls contact grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk

Wedneasday 5th December: Carers Connect drop-in, Grangetown Hub, Havelock Place, 10am-12pm. A chance to discuss carers' issues with members of the council's adult care services team.


The Cinema at Tramshed - showing Hurricane (15) and Final Score (15). A new cinema programme is starting, showing some of the best arthouse and classic films, alongside special presentations. click here for listings and to buy tickets online.


Live events at Tramshed - including From The Jam, Nick Mulvey , Jason Byrne, Paul Young, Gwenno (Swn), The Orb, Toots And The Maytals. 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.

£285,000 fund-raising target towards £2m Pavilion revamp

Local residents are being asked to help crowd-fund towards the project to transform Grange Pavilion into a community venue.

The Big Lottery Fund awarded £1m under its Community Asset Transfer 2 programme to go towards refurbishing and extending the current building to provide a multi-purpose facility - including café, office and meeting spaces. But the local community also has to raise funds toward the project - and an online donation page has been set up, with a £285,000 eventual target set.

A first £1,000 target has been set for the middle of October. In addition, £281 was raised by a quiz at The Grange pub. It is five years since local residents started talking about using the empty 1960s bowls pavilion as a community venue.

Work is expected to start within a few weeks and take about a year. The old park keeper's hut is also set to be converted into a temporary space and office during the duration of the project.

Vote for planters project!

Grangetown residents are being urged to vote online to support funding for the Stockland Street Planters project.

It has been being shortlisted for the 2018 Grassroots Giving awards - but relies on public votes. The project has already created colourful planters to brighten up the area.

"The Stockland Street Community Planters bring the local community together and provide a splash of colour in our neighbourhood," says lead volunteer Fiona McAllister. "We're helping local people of all ages learn new skills and make new friends by getting involved with gardening and planting. We're also helping foster a sense of pride in the community of Grangetown and an awareness of the natural environment."

If you can help, please go the link here


Grangetown poems earn top Eisteddfod honour


Catrin Dafydd is also a novelist and works as a writer for Pobol y Cwm

Verses set in Grangetown have won the top poetry honour - the Crown - at the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay.

Writer Catryn Dafydd was inspired by the "mixed" Welshness of Grangetown - and created a community of characters set in local streets - from Cambridge Street to Pentre Gardens - in her poetry.

She was praised for her tender writing but also a tongue-in-cheek style for the poem Jentriffiecshyn set in the recently re-opened Grange pub, which is popular with Welsh speakers. The judges said: "This is a timely and appealingly hopeful collection by a poet who is an eloquent interpreter for our capital city's lively and mixed Welshness."

As well as writing five novels, Ms Dafydd also set up Bragdy'r Beirdd evenings in Cardiff with other young poets a few years back.

You can read the poems online on the Eisteddfod website here

Winter edition of Grangetown News now being planned in 40th year

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

A contributors/volunteers meeting will be organised soon.

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. 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 to our Summer edition - and also to our volunteer deliverers. If you can help deliver - we need people for Penarth Road and a few streets 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:

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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