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

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

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.

Welsh Pub Talk, The Cornwall, 5.30pm-6.30pm. Conversational Welsh aimed at the learner who wants to practise talking about everyday things over a pint!

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.

Monday 27th February: Grangetown Local Business Forum, Tramshed Tech, Pendyris Street, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Marketing on a Shoestring is the topic this evening. All local businesses, shop keepers and tradespeople are welcome to join Grangetown's second local business forum meeting - a chance to network, discuss issues of mutual interest and concern, get business advice/ training and work towards #LoveGrangetown/Shop Local goals and improved independent retailing and trading. Hosted by business mentor Rob Firth, Grangetown Community Action, Community Gateway with support of Tramshed Tech. Pop along on the night - or email: grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk.

Friday 3rd March: The Solitary Bee Exhibition, Grange Pavilion, Grange Gardens, 11am-1pm. Stiwdio Art Project presents a show and discussions based on a three-month art project around the theme of the solitary bee, linked to the Cardiff University's Creating a Bee Friendly City project and the pollinator garden at the Grange Pavilion.

Grangetown Local History Society, Grangetown Hub, 2pm-4pm.

Saturday 4th March: Keep Grangetown Tidy litter-pick, meet Stafford Road, 9.45am. All welcome to join in.

Sunday 5th March: Vintage Pay and Weigh clothes event, Tramshed, 10am to 5pm. £15 per kilo for vintage clothing.

Monday 6th March: Grangetown Community Social and Support Group, Grange Bowls Pavilion, 10am. Group for those supporting people with mental illness. A chance to meet and also get advice from Hafal family support team. The group will then meet on the first Monday of the month.

Saturday 18th March: Anti-racism march/rally, starting Grange Gardens, 11am. A Stand Up To Racism demonstration as part of UN Anti-Racism Day

Saturday 13th May: Love Grangetown 2017, Grange Pavilion. Annual consultation as part of the Community Gateway programme with a chance to give feedback and find out about more projects. Stalls, themed activities, tea and cake and plenty of opportunities to share opinions.



The Cinema at Tramshed - click here for listings and to buy tickets online. Showing in coming week: Arrival, Moonlight, La La Land, Don't Take Me Home, and Goodfellas


Live events at Tramshed - include Stornoway, Black Star Riders, Stiff Little Fingers, Peter Hook. 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.

The Grange pub close to re-opening. Excited yet?

These are the latest photos of work inside The Grange pub, as it heads closer to re-opening under its new ownership.

The pub, which closed more than a year ago, has been bought by the Porro Group, who already successfully re-opened The Lansdowne pub in Canton, with a formula of changing craft beers, good food and events such as quizzes and occasional music.


Photos of the new seating going in - click on them for larger images

New landlord Dai Dearden is moving across from The Lansdowne to take over the reins, and sent us these photos to let you all know about how the progress is looking. As for the opening date - well it's look out over the next week or so!

As you can see, there are wooden floors, leather seats, a tasteful nod to the pub's original features - the current building dates from 1892, although the original Grange Hotel opened in the 1850s.


Nearly there now - the taps have been added!

One of the new owners, Cerys Furlong, told Grangetown News at the start of the project that The Grange is a "beautiful pub - and we want to restore it to its former glory."

"We definitely see a bright future for Grangetown - it's vibrant, multi-cultural and multi-lingual. It's a fantastic place to live and hopefully a place to socialise close to home too when we are open."

A history of the Grange pub is also being compiled by Grangetown Local History Society, which it is hoped will be presented at the pub in due course. You can see above how the pub looks now - waiting for its new signs - and see how it used to be!

You can already follow The Grange on Facebook and on Twitter @PubGrange

Business forum looks at 'marketing on a shoestring'

Grangetown's first business forum has been launched, as part of a wider campaign to encourage more shopping in local independent stores.

The second meeting on Monday 27th February (6.30pm-8.30pm) will see a free session on "marketing on a shoestring" - led by business coach/mentor Rob Firth. There will be a chance to pick up tips for shops, local enterprises and home-based businesses. We will also be looking at how the forum and Shop Local campaign might develop.

The launch evening saw a range of Grangetown businesses, shop keepers and tradespeople get together at Tramshed Tech in Pendyris Street for an evening which involved digital training, networking - and discussions about what people wanted from the forum.

Those coming along included established businesses with more than 30 years experience to new shops which had only opened a few months before. There were also businesses operating from home and also members of Grangetown's youth forum who were interested in learning about setting up enterprises.

There was a presentation on the essentials for small businesses thinking of getting online by Google Digital Garage, which is offering free digital/tech training in an adjoining space in the Tramshed building until the end of March.

In the future, the forum might consider Q&A sessions with local councillors, council leaders and City Region chiefs, while there will be a chance to tap in to experts and speakers from Cardiff Business School.

The forum idea is being put forward by Grangetown Community Action, with the support of Cardiff University's Community Gateway programme. It is part of a #LoveGrangetown/Shop Grangetown project.

The forum was facilitated by business mentor and coach Rob Firth - a Grangetown resident - who has offered his expertise to the project. A further boost came from Tramshed Tech - the newly-opened creative/tech hub in the far end of the Tramshed building - which has kindly offered the venue for initial meetings.

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. A website LoveGrangetown.biz is being set up to showcase some of the best examples of local indies - while also creating an online directory.

"We had a very positive first meeting, with lots of ideas shared and at the end, there were already businesses networking and swapping numbers," said Steve Duffy, who is project lead for Grangetown Community Action.

"There was a real focus on the positives from business working more closely together, promoting themselves better but many of them live here too and it shone through how committed they are to improving the community they are so much an important part of."

Dr Eleri Rosier of Cardiff University, who has involved marketing students in research in the early days of the project, said: "It’s fantastic to see the work both undergraduate and post graduate students at Cardiff Business School have been working on since 2015 come to fruition with the launch of the very first Business Forum in Grangetown.

"Feedback from my students suggest that they love working on a "live" project rather than on a purely theoretical academic piece of work and they have also commented that they feel more connected to the city in which they are studying by working on the Grangetown projects."

"One of the great up and coming areas". Nice job on @MadeInCardiffTV all who featured on the #LoveGrangetown #ShopGrangetown project ??? pic.twitter.com/6hdMrwzZpz

— Grangetown community (@grangecardiff) January 26, 2017

As a first step, post-graduate marketing students from Cardiff Business School surveyed shoppers and business owners to get some opinions.

They found:

The survey of more than 150 shoppers and businesses also highlighted concerns about parking and traffic congestion, and litter in the area.

Marketing on a shoestring is the topic for the next forum. Businesses interested in attending on Monday 27th February (6.30pm-8.30pm at Tramshed Tech) can pop along on the night – or email: grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk or communitygateway@cardiff.ac.uk.

 A separate project group of volunteers will be set up soon to work on the street market idea for later this year.


School consults on nursery unit

St Paul's Church in Wales Primary School is consulting on plans to build a nursery unit for 32 children on its site.

Public meetings were arranged, with the governors saying it would be an "eco-nursery" for children from the age of three and also include provision for a skills centre which could have wider community benefits.

As for the effect on other local schools, the consultation document says: "Whilst the proposal would increase the number of nursery places available in the local area it is not expected that the number of pupils on roll at others schools would be affected as the number of children in the Grangetown area would still exceed the number of places available."

The nursery entrance would be in Clive Street, while the proposals say most children would walk to the nursery and it would not add to traffic congestion.

Local people were invited to drop in to the school to discuss the proposals with governors and staff at two sessions in February.

They can also give their views by downloading the consultation document here and posting responses back to the school by March 13th or emailing stpaulsprm@cardiff.gov.uk.

The outcome of the formal consultation - which also includes the diocese and other organisations - will decide whether the school's governors then proceed to the next stage.

Spring edition of Grangetown News out in March

The next edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper will be out in March.

The winter edition was distributed to 6,500 homes, shops and businesses. Copies are also still available in Grangetown Hub and you can view an online copy 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 This has now been reserved for Spring 2017

  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 next edition will be 16 pages and we hope it will be ready for delivery by early to mid March. 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 Splott St Mellons Tongwynlais Whitchurch/Llandaff North

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