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: 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 one on July 3rd will include St Paul's school choir. The cafe will be 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.

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.

Yoga, St Paul's community hall, 6.30pm-7.30pm. Weekly class for all abilities, £7 drop in or £30 for all six weeks. Email: madammoustache@yahoo.co.uk

Wednesdays: Greener Grangetown drop-in, Grangetown Hub, 12.30pm-1.30pm. Want to speak to somebody about #GreenerGrangetown construction? Weekly drop-in surgeries 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


Day-by-day

Sunday 2nd July: Charity Darts Tournament in aid of Friends of Cardiff Dogs, The Grange pub (from 5pm); £3 entry each, knockout tournament. Pre-register - and you can also get your own walk-out music. All proceeds to dogs home.

Wednesday 5th July: Do you feel safe in Grangetown workshop? Grange Pavilion, 6pm-8pm. A chance to discuss everyday crimes and issues such as littering, fly tipping, theft and vandalism in an informal setting. Organised by Cardiff University, all welcome.

Friday 7th July: Grangetown Local History Society, Grangetown Hub, 2pm-4pm.

Saturday 8th July: Keep Grangetown Tidy litterpick, meet Clydach Street, 9.45am.

Art Tour and Workshop, hosted by Artshell and artists Lowri Davies and John Abell, with Grangetown Local History Society, 1pm-4pm, free. Meet Grangetown Hub, Havelock Place. Explore local public art off Clare Road and Penarth Road, with notes on local history, followed by artworkshops.

Thursday 13th July: Grangetown Community Action, Grange Pavilion, 7pm. Committee meeting; all welcome.

Saturday 15th July: Summer Fayre, St Paul's Community Hall, 12.30pm-3pm, 50p admission and lucky programme. Stalls, bouncy castle, face painting, cakes, refreshments.

Summer Reading Challenge, Grangetown Hub (Library), 1pm-4pm. A chance for children to sign up for an Animal Agents reading challenge and activities for the summer, also arts and crafts, balloon-making and other activities.

Sunday 16th July: Stockland Street Party, 2pm A chance to share food, decorate the street, win a prize for best house front.

Saturday 22nd July: Grangetown World Market, crafts/world food/vintage. First seasonal street market - stalls and craft activities - Lucknow Street area. The aim is to encourage as many local food producers, clothes and crafts-people as possible to hire stalls. An application form can be downloaded here.


The Cinema at Tramshed - click here for listings and to buy tickets online. Films include Stockholm My Love, In The Corner Of The World, My Life As A Courgette.


Live events at Tramshed - include Gogol Bordello, Mavis Staples and Horace Andy 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.

Workshop looks at everyday Grangetown crime impact - as local cases spike at six year high

"Do you feel safe in Grangetown" is the title of an interactive workshop next Wednesday evening, asking local people what they feel about crime and day-to-day anti-social annoyances and behaviour.

The event at the Grange Bowls Pavilion (6pm-8pm, July 5th) aims to be quite informal but the focus group will aim to put ideas together which can help develop the next local community safety week.

It comes as the latest available crime statistics available show recorded crime in Grangetown is running at a six-and-a-half year high. There were 293 crimes recorded locally in April - that's around 10 a day. This is the highest number recorded since October 2011 and the second highest month in available records on the police mapping website.

A quarter of these were incidents of anti-social behaviour, followed by violence or sexual offences (around two a day) and damage or arson - which has seen the biggest spike, 38 incidents. There were 23 incidents of vehicle crime and 10 bike thefts in the month. There were also 25 incidents of shop-lifting, including five on the retail park, which sometimes accounts for a jump in the figures.

This is a 42% increase on the crimes reported for the same month in 2016, or around 30% more than April 2015.

Over the year to April, there were 662 crimes of anti-social behaviour reported. Drug offences recorded were one a week. Just over 8% of all crimes reported ended up in court.

Meanwhile, it is five months since the last Grangetown PACT meeting was held - with postponements blamed on the recent local and general elections and the requirements of purdah. Public servants like police are kept away from events which might put them in a position of political or electoral controversy. The next PACT is due to take place on August 1st at Grangetown Hub.

The crime workshop is being organised by Cardiff University's Crime and Security Research Institute, Community Gateway and Grangetown Community Action.

One of the organisers said: "It will explore where everyday crimes such as littering, fly tipping, theft and vandalism take place in Grangetown. It’s also an opportunity to think about how these crimes impact those living and working in the area. Small crimes such as fly tipping can really change how people feel about their community."

Can you join Grangetown World Market?

There are still a few spaces left for stall-holders interested in taking part in Grangetown's first street market.

The occasional street market - called Grangetown World Market - is being developed to help boost the local shopping district and the first is going ahead on Saturday 22nd July. The aim is to have a different vibe to other street markets in the city, with an emphasis on street and world food, crafts and vintage clothing.

The successful social enterprise Riverside food market is helping with advice and renting equipment.

The location will be held in Lucknow Street and St Patrick's School carpark behind Grangetown Hub, with a temporary carpark for traders in the nearby health centre carpark. There will be a mix of world and local food, crafts, craft activities and for the first event, a marching band and musicians. Some stalls are still available - £40 for hot food, £20 other.


Download the stall application form by clicking the image above.

A volunteer group of local residents is running the market, with the help of the Community Gateway project and Grangetown Community Action. There are no plans for a weekly market – but to concentrate on making a success of an occasional event. The aim is to encourage as many local food producers, clothes and crafts-people as possible to hire stalls. An application form can be downloaded here.

The idea for the street market is part of the new Love Grangetown, Shop Grangetown local business project, which has already started a local business forum and is working on a independent business map as a promotion tool later in the year.

In a survey by Cardiff Business School students last summer, 78% of residents and two thirds of shop owners backed the idea of an occasional street market. Grangetown Community Action, which is supporting the wider shop local project, said: ”There was a lot of enthusiasm for the idea – and we want to to help bring more residents out into the shopping district and boost the whole area.” The next meeting of the volunteers group is on Monday 10th July (6.30pm) at Grangetown Hub. If interested in helping or having a stall, email grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk

See the Grangetown World Market Facebook page or the full project website on www.lovegrangetown.biz

 The hope is for Love Grangetown, Shop Grangetown eventually to promote the best of the area’s independent stores and also organise a “shop local” campaign.


Channel View tower re-cladding on hold

Plans to re-clad Channel View tower block have been put on hold - for a city-wide independent review into safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in London.

Proposals had been agreed late last year to refurbish the 16-storey 1970s tower block - with the new cladding a central feature.

According to the developers the rainscreen cladding system proposed would be made of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) but with a mineral-filled core "providing fire protection".

The planning report last autumn said it would “create a rustic look to the building, that compliments the colour scheme that was used at Windsor Quay.”

Local councillor Lynda Thorne, who is also cabinet member for housing, issued a statement to all tenants on Monday, in which she said: "Your safety is our upmost concern and in order to satisfy any doubts you may have, we will be engaging an independent firm of consultants to review the integrity of cladding systems. No new cladding will be used on high rise blocks until a full review has been completed and a further consultation has taken place."

She also outlined current safety measures and fire advice and stated that cladding work in the early 1990s on several blocks had been with fire-retardant materials, different to the ones used in London.

Mrs Thorne said although there were no particular issues with the Channel View project it would be wrong to proceed without further investigation.

The review involves nine tower blocks across Cardiff but Channel View is the only high-rise in Grangetown. There is no time scale for how long the investigation will take.


Aerial photos - altogether 60,000 m3 will be remmoved from the back of Clive Street. Click on images for full size.

Railway embankment removal on track

Thousands of tonnes of earth from a Victorian railway embankment have already been moved by developers - as these drone images show.

Contractors Cuddy have so far removed 40,000 cubic metres of spoil - two thirds of what will need to be removed from the site at the back of Clive Street lane to make way for a new housing development.

Developers Pegasus, who are using an entrance opposite York Place for the lorries to take the muckshift away, said it had meant minimal disruption to the local roads.

"We are on target for an August completion of the site clearance works with fencing works to secure the reduced level site starting within the next weeks," said Adrian Hancock, Pegasus director.

'Selfless servant' gets community award

Halimah Islam, who has been running a homework club for local children for the last 19 years, has been given the annual Joan Gallagher memorial award for her contribution to the local community.

Mrs Islam has been running the Saturday elementary school called Al-islah (meaning "guidance") for three hours per week as a volunteer. It started in portable buildings before moving to Channel View and more recently has been operating from the Grange Pavilion.

The idea behind the club was to build up the confidence of local BME community children offering them cultural studies through the medium of arts, crafts, books and social interaction in informal class settings.

As it progressed, Al-Islah organisers realised that children also needed assistance to improve their basic literacy and numeracy skills to catch up with national standards, so additional volunteers were recruited to offer children the support they needed.

At its peak, up to 85 children have attended.

The nomination for the award called her a "true community champion," who had "selflessly served" Grangetown. It added: "Mrs Islam has been an incredible asset and a symbol of inspiration for the women of the BME community who are often very difficult to engage with. She has been offering her time, skills, dedication and often paying money from her own pocket to purchase the learning materials, when certain parents find it difficult to pay the minimal fee. She has taught and inspired all my three children to gain the cultural awareness and the confidence to do well at school."

The award was presented at Grangetown Festival by Cardiff South and Penarth AM Vaughan Gething to Mrs Islam, accompanied by her sister, who also helps with the club.

It is made annually in memory of Joan Gallagher MBE, who served the local community for many decades, including as secretary of Grangetown Community Concern, the local Scouts and as a councillor.

Festival fun in the sun


Children all afternoon hand-printed onto huge Grangetown letters.

Grangetown's annual festival week and carnival celebrated the 40th anniversary of the organisation which puts it on in fine style.

Grangetown Community Action, which was founded in 1977, marked the occasion with a 1970s theme to the fancy dress parade by local schools before the carnival day in Grange Gardens on a hot, sunny day.

The event was bigger and even better this year with 40 stalls, events, a bouncy castle, kids' go-karting and live music from the bandstand from The Pitchforks.

There was also pottery, yoga, while children helped hand-paint a Hollywood-style Grangetown sign. It was also well supported by local organisations, charities and crafts stalls, while South Glamorgan Fire and Rescue brought a fire engine.

Food stalls include burgers, falafel, nachos, pancakes and ice cream - including a busy afternoon for the new Hideout cafe in the Pavilion. There was a terrific turnout and the organisation, huge efforts and team-work by Cardiff University student volunteers was superb.

Meanwhile, after the event in the park ended, the fun continued with the opening of the beer garden at The Grange pub with an "after party."

Some pictures of the day...

More photos here and click on the images above for larger versions

Late night opening given go-ahead

A Grangetown restaurant is being allowed to open until 2am every night - despite opposition.

The Village in Penarth Road opened earlier this year in what used to be the old Purple Mint Indian restaurant.

The African restaurant business had a licence to serve alcohol until midnight - and 11.30pm on Sundays.

In her application to vary its licence - which was granted by the council's licensing sub-committee - owner Safia Aguh agreed to meet all conditions - including from police to install CCTV, noise prevention measures and to discourage drunk or disorderly behaviour in the area.

South Wales Police also insisted on a condition that the licence would only be granted if it continues to operate as a restaurant.

But local councillors Lynda Thorne, Abdul Sattar and Ashley Lister had "strongly opposed" the extension of hours, believing playing music until 2am would create a disturbance to residents.

Mrs Thorne said: "Although Penarth Road has lots of shops there are many flats above those shops and houses opposite."

Mr Lister said he believed the noise generated would be "unreasonable to expect residents to tolerate on a daily basis, particularly in the early hours of the morning."

New pavilion cafe opens

Grange Gardens has its first cafe - just in time for summer!

The Hideout in the refurbished Bowls Pavilion will be serving tea, coffee, ice creams, milk-shakesand cakes. It is the icing on the cake, almost literally, after the pavilion was given a £40,000 make-over last year.

The cafe is being run by local businessman and community activist Moseem Suleman, who runs Ice Cream Passion in Clare Road. The Hideout will also give experience to local young people, who will be serving there.

The pavilion is part of an ongoing project by local residents, Grangetown Community Action and Cardiff University's Community Gateway programme which is looking to take over ownership of the building, and with lottery funding is hoping for a major refurbishment.

The Hideout will be open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday; and 12pm-6pm on Sunday. Follow: @thehideout_ggp


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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