SHORTLISTED FOR COMMUNITY NEWS AWARD 2019 - WALES MEDIA AWARDS

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 at least twice a year 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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Residents challenge Bottleworks flats plan

Residents have not given up hope that controversial plans to build flats on the Taff Embankment will be rejected by councillors this week.

Developers Rightacres want to build 74 flats on the old Track 2000 site on the junction with Penarth Road.

Local houses dwarfed by #Rightacres track2000development. 4 Rooftop terraces/Juliet balconies on apartments will cause significant noise and light pollution for surrounding residents. Apartments are rentals and many likely to be used by airbnb . Please stop this @cardiffcouncil pic.twitter.com/9VgT94xrR6

— PentreGardensCF11 (@pentregardens17) June 2, 2019

The Bottleworks proposals face 200 objections from local residents but planning officials have recommended that Wednesday's planning committee give the go ahead.

Ward councillors Ashley Lister, Lynda Thorne, local MP Stephen Doughty and AMs Vaughan Gething and Neil McEvoy have also all objected, claiming that the proposals are too overbearing and out of character compared to the Edwardian properties in the neighbourhood, while adding to traffic.

Cardiff Civic Society also objected, calling it "unsympathetic" and "retrograde".

Some residents in Pentre Gardens fear a loss of sunlight - and dispute technical findings from the developers - claiming it will overshadow their gardens. But the planning report said "on balance" the development would not cause significant loss.

One local resident Liz Herbert said she was "shocked and saddened" by the recommendation to go ahead and believed developers Rightacres - responsible for much of the latest city centre developments - appeared to be like a "right arm" of the council and that this would set a future precedent for similar projects.

"It is very worrying that proposals containing huge anomalies and at such a detriment to our local environment and the residents of the area are allowed to go unchecked," she added.

But she hoped councillors, who had seen for themselves the neighbourhood at a site meeting, would still vote against.

Dozens of residents have objected to what the Rightacres have called a "stepping stone" development. This phrase itself has caused some alarm in the area, with residents fearing it will be the start of an attempt to change the nature of housing developments beyond the Taff.

Resident Judy Davies said: "This development does not belong in a residential area. We are not the city centre and are clearly divided by the river. A whole community is against this - I hope the community will be heard."

Another long-standing Grangetown resident Val Hill added: "I ask whether members of the planning committee would like such a large development overlooking their properties and back gardens?"

The report also reveals that the council wanted £1.1m as a contribution to social housing - but the developers challenged this as making the project unviable and now only £30,000 has been agreed. This has also led to a scornful reaction from residents, who are also angry that a freedom of information request for details of correspondence between planners and the developer was dismissed.

The plans have been changed slightly - with a reduction in height of three quarters of a metre. But these have been dismissed by residents as making no difference - one compared it to the size "of a child's tiny umbrella".

The planning recommendation said because the design steps down at different points it is less than double the height of nearby homes and doesn’t count as a tall building in the council’s planning guidance.

"The scale of the building and the architectural choice of a ‘traditional’ masonry warehouse aesthetic responds positively to the local character and context and the open riverside setting, and is considered acceptable,” said the report.

Rightacres have insisted their proposals are sympathetic and responding to market demands from people who want to live in the Grangetown area.

Community turns out for festival

There was a fantastic turn-out at Grange Gardens for the annual Grangetown Festival fete day and carnival.

The weather turned out better than many had anticpated for much of the afternoon, as hundreds enjoyed activities, live music, rides and a record-number of stalls.

The event - which has been organised by Grangetown Community Action since 1978 - reflects the diverse neighbourhood and is enjoyed by all ages.

This year's fancy dress parade saw schools following a space theme, to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing next month. Techniquest and Cardiff University's astronomy department also put on science activities.

There was also an open mic slot in the bandstand, while performers included local bands Art Bandini, Spring To Life and grime artists BWritten and Sonny Double.

Grangetown Youth Forum were presented with the annual Joan Gallagher award for contributions to the community by Stephen Doughty MP.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped on the day, those stall-holders who supported the event and Lynne Thomas of Cardiff University's Community Gateway.

More photos on the Grangetown Community Action page

Day-by-day

Wednesday 19th June: The Josh Heaton trio at The Hideout, Waiting Room, Tramshed, £4. Monthly jazz evening, promising melodic, fresh renditions of beautiful old tunes - the best jazz and blues classics, stylishly recounted by these up-and-coming local musicians, led by sax player Heaton.

Thursday 20th June:Neighbourhood Watch Week in Grangetown- a chance to meet organisers on – Channel View Leisure 10am-12pm and then at Ikea off Ferry Rd, 2pm-4pm.

Saturday 22nd June: Summer Fayre, St Paul's Church, 12.30pm-3pm. Stalls, cakes, games, face-painting, bouncy castle etc. Admission by lucky programme, 50p.

Growing Street Talk workshop, Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Merches Place, 10am-12.30pm. Everything herbs - learn about how to grow herbs - plus free plant.

Saturday 6th July: Summer Fayre, Ysgol Hamadryad, Butetown, 12pm-3pm. Fun family day with tombola, face-painting, cakes, fairground games.

Wednesday 24th July: Pub Quiz in aid of Grange Pavilion appeal, The Grange pub, 8pm start. Raffle. And some questions with a space/lunar theme, to mark the 50th anniversary of man landing on The Moon...to round off the Grangetown Festival.

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


Live events at Tramshed - including 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.

Grangetown litter King gets MBE

An environmental campaigner from Grangetown who admits litter is his "obsession" has been awarded the MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Dave King, 56, was instrumental in setting up the Keep Grangetown Tidy group, but is also a mainstay of the Cardiff Rivers Group and has also set up the Men in Sheds project at the Dusty Forge in Ely.


Dave (left) on a recent litter pick

The citation for his award praises "dedication and obvious passion," which has proved an inspiration for countless others.

Dave told Grangetown News: "I am very, very grateful to those who took the time and effort to nominate me for this award. It was totally unexpected. No-one achieves anything on their own and this is most certainly true of me. I am passionate about both the environment and community engagement and action but wouldn't be able to do anything without the huge support in particular of Glynis my wife and of friends in Cardiff Rivers Group, Keep Wales Tidy, Keep Grangetown Tidy and Cardiff Council."

Dave was praised in the nomination for being seen as a role model for his peers.

Dave added: "So to everyone giving up their time to volunteer - our efforts do get recognised and we are making a real positive difference. To those who haven't taken that step do get involved, step up, tackle that issue dear to your heart and make that difference! You won't regret it.

This will be a popular award for anyone who knows or has dealt with Dave - and no-one can doubt his passion but also that he's a lovely guy to spend any time with.

The dedicated Cardiff City fan, who has been known to arrange the Tidy Grangetown litter picks not to clash with Bluebirds games (!), is normally seen in his natural environment in wellies and up to his knees in the rivers Taff or Ely, or sizing some sheet metal abandoned in a Grangetown side alley. At least he can now look forward to at least one visit to Palace and not return empty handed.

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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