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,

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Festival set for myths and legends theme


A flashback to the 2017 parade.

Grangetown Festival this year will be taking place over the whole of the month of June.

The highlight as usual will be the annual Carnival Day in Grange Gardens on Saturday 16th June. This year the parade theme will be myths and legends! That leaves plenty to the imagination, whether you want to dress up as characters from fairy tales, Harry Potter, Game Of Thrones or the Mabinogion! As usual, we expect mums and dads and teachers will be joining pupils from our local schools for the parade.

There is still time to book stalls. Email grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk or download a form here. The cost is £15 for charities, Grangetown residents or groups, or £25 for private entities. We have craft stalls, and already confirmed are stands from the Eisteddfod 2018, Ysgol Hamadryad PTA, RSPB and Cylch Meithrin Grangetown.

There will also be activities in the park and Pavilion and a chance to try out VR to see what the new development at the pavilion will look like.

Meanwhile, the festival month will kick off with a Community Iftha on Friday 7th June (9pm approx) in the Grange Pavilion. This is the sunset breaking of the Ramadhan fast, which the whole community is invited to join - a chance to socialise and eat, with food being provided by local business. On a continuing theme of coming together, an interfaith and community declaration of working together and understanding and respect will be made at 3pm in Grange Gardens on Sunday 10th June.

A sports day is also being organised for the middle of the week, while The Grange pub quiz on Wednesday 27th June (8pm) will be raising money for Grangetown Community Action, which organises the festival and other projects in the area.

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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 26th May: Charity Whitsun Walk, 2pm, meet outside St Samson's Church, Pentre Gardens. All welcome - a walk between the different churches of Grangetown and the city centre, raising money for Velindre cancer centre. Organised by Churches Together.

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 - see above, including Community Iftha (Fri June 7th), Interfaith and Community declaration event (Sun 10th); School Sports Day; Carnival Day with a parade theme this year of myths and legends (16th, in Grange Gardens) and charity pub quiz (June 27th, The Grange).

Saturday 23rd June: Keep Grangetown Tidy litterpick, 10am. All welcome - meet Ferndale St. Look out for the Cardiff Rivers' truck. Gloves and litter-pickers provided.


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 Buzzcocks, Sham 69, the Welsh Vegan Festival , Twin Atlantic, The Skids, Psychedelic Furs, PiL 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.

Flats plan goes ahead despite opposition

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

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 were 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.

Local resident Catherine Burnett told councillors there had been issues since the property was first converted into flats in 2004 and it had been an "eyesore" until recently, when work started on the house.

Owner Lauren Wakely said she only bought the house last August and "completely understood the concerns" of residents and had been introducing herself to people living on the street to explain her intentions and alleviate some of their concerns. "It's imperative on heritage streets like Dinas Street to keep that community feeling to keep improving the area," Ms Wakely said.

The property was being renovated because it had been in a "desperate state" when she bought it and she wanted to attract high quality, professional tenants.

Officials said there are no other similar HMOs 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.

Councillor Ashley Lister raised the issue of parking and said having seven residents in there would exacerbate problems in the area, while he also questioned the number of tenants being proposed for the size of the property.

He also said the register of HMOs did not reflect his own experience of coming across similar properties in the area recently, which were not listed on it.

But the council's planning committee on Thursday voted to allow it. 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.

Overflowing bins are just too much

Keep Grangetown Tidy have raised the issue of overflowing bins in the area, on both streets and in parks.

The volunteer litter-picking group came across a number on their monthly event.

Councillor Lynda Thorne said: "We met with senior officers and cabinet members this week about this very issue as well as parking pressures from city Centre and Bay and special events.

"Agreed Grangetown to be a pilot reviewing both issues and solutions."

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 - were presented with the award on April 12th.

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."

Summer edition of Grangetown News being planned in 40th year

The Summer edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper is being put together - with a publication planned for end of May/start of June - in what will be the publication's 40th year.

A contributors/volunteers meeting was organised for Saturday 7th April.

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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