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,

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.

 

Fitzalan school plans moving closer

This is what the new Fitzalan High School could look like - with hopes it could be open for the start of the 2022 academic year.

Councillors are looking at the proposals at the moment, which would see new buildings and sports facilities built opposite the existing school, close to the Cardiff Athletics Stadium.

The old school buildings would be demolished once the new development, off Lawrenny Avenue, is ready to move into and the site is expected to be turned into an open space.

There has already been a consultation exercise but the final details and designs, including the planning application, are still to be finalised.

As well as a larger sixth form, the proposals include a new swimming pool, games areas and 3G football and rugby pitches, which would be available for the whole community.

The project was looked at by a srutiny committee this week and is expected to go to the council's cabinet later this month for a decision to move forward.

The school has set out what it hopes will be an "inspirational learning environment" for 1,500 pupils. The assistant head said: "We are incredibly excited at the prospect of a new Fitzalan being developed across from our existing facility. We hope that this new school will provide an inspirational environment for our pupils for generations to come. It has been great to already witness the enthusiasm and positivity that the announcement has created and seeing the pupils already engage with the process has been fantastic."

Some pupils in a survey have expressed worries about journey times, traffic and pedestrian crossings to get to the new buildings, while local residents have raised issues of noise, loss of privacy, light pollution and the potential for a negative impact on house prices.

Day-by-day

Monday 21st January: Wellbeing Fayre, Grangetown Hyb, Havelock Place, 1pm-5pm. Local organisations including Cardiff and Vale Credit Union, RSPB Cymru, Ramblers Association, Money Advice Service, Into Work.

Wednesday 23rd January: Service for Christian Unity, St Dyfrig and St Samsons, Pentre Gardens, 7.30pm.

Grangetown Community Action committee meeting, Grangetown Hyb, 7.15pm. Saturday 26th January: Growing Street Talk workshop, St. Sampson & St. Dyfrig Church Hall, 10am-12.30pm. Funky Front Gardens' workshop will explore what's involved in making the best use of your front garden with lots of ideas for jazzing up this useful space. We would like you to bring along photos and sketches of your front garden to share with others.

Charity coffee morning, St Paul's community hall, 10.30am. This month in aid of the UK Sepsis Trust.

Tenant Champion Training, Taff Housing, Alexandra House, Cowbridge Rd, Canton, 10.30am-12pm. Free training to learn about tenants rights and how to become a tenants' champion. opendoors@taipawb.org to register.

Tuesday 5th February: Grangetown PACT, Grangetown Hyb, Havelock Place, 7pm. A chance to discuss policing, crime and council-related issues with community police and councillor.

Sunday 17th February: Keep Grangetown Tidy monthly litter-pick, 10am - meet in Grange Gardens. All welcome.


The Cinema at Tramshed - A new cinema programme has started, 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 Gilles Peterson, Hot 8 Brass Band. click here for details.

Regular events:

Mondays: Friends and Neighbours (FAN) group at Grangetown Hyb, 9.30am to 10.30am 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 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.

Historic day for new Welsh school

Ysgol Hamadryad - the first Welsh medium school for Grangetown pupils - has finally opened in January.

The new building, overlooking Hamadryad Park, just across the River Taff in Butetown, has been taking shape for more than a year. The first pupils with head teacher Rhian Carbis started in temporary accommodation at the Ninian Park school site until the new facilities were ready.

The school's journey has been a long one, and not without its obstacles, as there was a long, drawn-out process in finding a suitable site. Campaigners fought for the school to finally be built.

Mrs Carbis was presented with the keys to the school’s new building by contractors Morgan Sindall before the Christmas break in December – on time and on budget.

Dog walkers and football players alike would have seen the Welsh medium school taking shape at the north end of Hamadryad Park in Butetown for many months.

The school, which will take pupils from Grangetown and Butetown, has been funded as part of the 21st Century Schools scheme by the Welsh Government.

It will become a focal point for community activities. In time, 420 pupils will be housed at the school. It will also offer nursery provision – with places available for entry in both January and April 2019.

It also aims to be one of the most sustainable schools in Cardiff – with pupils walking, scooting or biking to the school – and there’s plenty of bike and scooter storage on site.

There’s also a ‘Tren Traed’ – literally a "foot train", where parents can drop children at the Havannah St car park and join staff on the walk to school.

Once they arrive, one of the features of the playground is the Ysgol Hamadryad Boat (see above). This is a climbing frame in the shape of a boat – celebrating the history of the site as the location for the Hamadryad hospital ship.

Ysgol Hamadryad will serve as a community school for both Grangetown and Butetown. The school already has more than 100 pupils and celebrates the fact that there are 17 different languages spoken by parents and children.


Winter edition of Grangetown News out

The winter edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper is out - in what is the publication's 40th year.

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 - 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 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 for volunteer deliverers - if you can deliver the paper to your street (which in many cases should take a few minutes), let us know.
  • Let us know if you are a local shop or business happy to stock copies of the free paper. It will be available too from Grangetown Library and Hub. The last edition was also available in The Cornwall, Inmas and the Polish supermarket, Clarence Hardware and the Pumphouse antiques off Penarth Rd. Email grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk
  • If you'd like to contribute, if you have an ideas, or would like to get involved in writing, photos or production (those with knowledge of InDesign software would be particularly welcome!), we have started planning then next edition - due out in the New Year.
  • You can also email us on grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk or feedback on Facebook (Grangetown Community Action) or Twitter @grangecardiff

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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