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 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

 

Saturday 29th April: Charity coffee morning, St Paul's community hall, 10.30am. This month in aid of the Friends of St Paul's Primary School.

Sunday 30th April: Family Fun Gardening Workshop, Grange Pavilion, 12pm-2pm. Hosted by Eggseeds and Community Gateway. A chance to learn how to learn to sow and grow plants.

Monday 1st May: May Day Pensioners' Lunch, St Paul's Community Hall, 12pm-1.30pm. Hosted by Grangetown Community Action - food and entertainment.

Dementia Cafe, St Paul's Community Hall, from 1.30pm, after May Day Lunch. Drop-in for carers, families and people with dementia.

Thursday 4th May - It's local elections day. Please remember to vote - you have three local councillors to elect for the Grangetown ward for Cardiff County Council and 15 candidates to chose from.

Friday 5th May: Grangetown Local History Society, Grangetown Hub, 2pm-4pm.

Cook @ Church, St Paul's community hall, 5.30pm-7.30pm. A chance for children aged 10 and 11 to learn how to cook, £1. First Friday of every month.

Saturday 6th May: Keep Grangetown Tidy litterpick, meet Campbell Drive off Windsor Quay, 9.45am.

Monday 8th May: Grangetown Street Market Project, Grangetown Hyb, Havelock Place, 6.30pm. Fancy helping launch an occasional street market in Grangetown? A volunteers group has been set up to organise a seasonal world foods and crafts market, starting on July 22nd. Part of the Love Grangetown, Shop Grangetown shop local campaign. www.lovegrangetown.biz

Saturday 13th May: Love Grangetown 2017, Grange Pavilion, 2pm-7pm. 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 - as well as awards and live music from 4pm. More details here

Wednesday 17th May: Pub Quiz in aid of Friends of Cardiff Dogs, The Grange, Penarth Road, 8pm. Fund-raiser in aid of Cardiff Dogs Home - four-legged friends also welcome! Plus raffle.

Monday 5th June: Grangetown Local Business Forum, Tramshed Tech, Pendyris Street, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Newly-elected local councillors have been invited to answer questions on local business issues. Pop along on the night - or email: grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk.

Tuesday 6th June: Grangetown PACT, Grangetown Hub, Havelock Place, 7pm.A chance for residents to set policing priorities and raise issues with community police and councillor.

Sunday 11th-Saturday 17th June: Grangetown Festival Week - Carnival Day is on Saturday 17th at Grange Gardens.



The Cinema at Tramshed - click here for listings and to buy tickets online. Showing in coming week: Bunch of Kunst (Sleaford Mods documentary), Mulholland Drive and Taxi Driver


Live events at Tramshed - include Tinariwen, Alabama 3, The Unthanks, Eddi Reader, Hot 8 Brass Band and Snarky Puppy. 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.

Candidates line up for Grangetown election battle

The final days of the fight to be elected as Grangetown ward councillors on Cardiff Council in May 4th's election is under way.

Altogether, 15 candidates are battling for the three councillor posts in Grangtown, including full party slates from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Plaid Cymru.There are also two Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates and a Green Party candidate.

More details here - including Q&As with the candidates.


Parking concerns over flats plan in Penarth Road

Councillors have deferred a decision on plans to build flats on the site of a long-established Grangetown wallpaper and decorating store.

FA Jones in Penarth Road has now closed after more than 65 years, with the sons of founder Frederick Jones retiring. A closing down sale took place in March and the early part of April, with the property having being on the market for some months.

Developers J G Hale Construction want to build 19 one and two-bedroomed flats – and a ground floor shop. There would be 14 one-bedroomed “affordable” flats and five two-bedroomed flats on three floors, including two flats for disabled people, if it gets the go ahead.

The development for Taff Housing would also make use of a rear coach house.

But the proposals do not include parking places, with the developers saying public transport is nearby and it was in an "inherently excellent sustainable location." They said that the "zero parking provision" principle was accepted in discussions with planning officials.

However, this was criticised at the planning committee, with ward councillor Lynda Thorne saying local residents in Penarth Road and Thomas Street were worried about losing street parking spaces. "There are concerns from people in that area - it's a large application with no parking," she told the committee, in an objection. "This is a large number of flats with only two disabled parking bays. Everyone assumes because it's social housing people won't have cars - that's a wrong assumption". She also said people assumed that the flats' residents would work in the city centre and could rely on public transport but she said people also worked in other areas.

Councillors on the committee also expressed concerns about lack of parking and "urban cramming". They initially rejected the plan but then deferred it to be considered after the elections. Councillor Tariq Awan has also contacted the agents wanting clarification of the current and proposed car parking situation.

The store had been extended over the years and one part of the existing building is Victorian with quite distinctive window arches.

The Neath-based developers say in their planning document: "Although the existing building on the corner of North Street with Penarth Road is recognised as having some quality and architectural merit, there is nothing on site that it is considered of sufficient quality to require its retention, thus it is considered that total demolition and rebuilding of the site is appropriate."


Plans for Channel View estate improvements

A housing improvement project has been put forward to council planners for the Channel View estate.


The work would be on the side of Channel View Road, opposite the tower block

There will be improvements to courtyards, new planting areas and an extra 31 parking bays - for residents who lose them when the nearby Marl playing fields are used at weekends - and improvements of existing ones. Parking spaces will increase by more than a third, as set out in the plans.

Gullies will also be closed to cut down on anti-social behaviour, while a "kissing gate" will replace anti-motorbike barriers, which also make it difficult for people with wheelchairs, motorised scooters and child buggies to get through.

There will also be improvements to the front boundary walls and fences of homes and pathways; open space will be turned into a communal garden.

The work is being proposed for the side of Channel View Road closest to the park, from the Beecher Avenue junction to the council homes at the end of the cul-de-sac. The other side of the road, which includes the flats is not affected, although the outside of the tower block is already set to be renovated in a separate development.

Prostitution operation hailed a success

A two-month operation to try to tackle problems around prostitution has been hailed a success by police.

They joined forces with agencies in Grangetown - and two neighbouring areas - where sex working has become a nuisance for local residents.

Issues have been raised regularly by residents at numerous PACT meetings, especially in the Taff Embankment and Pentre Gardens areas in recent months.

Operation Grey Neptune focused on Grangetown, Cardiff Bay and Splott and managed to reach 13 women, aiming at breaking the cycle of prostitution which can be the result of personal problems or circumstances. Support included access to help with drug addiction, health and housing.

In the last year, police have received 131 complaints about prostitution in the three areas.

Nici Evans, partnership development manager for Cardiff Partnership Board, said the approach was to help the women overcome problems in their lives and avoid them becoming criminalised.

"In Cardiff, many women have been referred onto the pathway and have received the appropriate support and management," she said. "This is a unique way of marrying enforcement with harm reduction and keeping both residents and women safe."

During the operation, three men were also dealt with for soliciting.

Pc Alex Bourner said: “This operation was a success - it is vital that sex workers are given the support they need to break their cycle of offending. Prostitution not only puts those who practice it in situations of serious risk, but it also has a detrimental impact upon those who live their lives in full view of where it goes on. We have received many complaints from residents about crime and anti-social behaviour which effects the quality of life of the community."


Bid to open restaurant in old bank

The owners of a former bank in the centre of Grangetown will be allowed to turn it into a restaurant or take-away.

The NatWest branch in Clare Road has been empty since it closed two years ago but the property agents have been struggling to let it as a business premises, although they say there has been interest from restaurant owners.

The downstairs of the building is designated for financial or office-related business only at the moment so agents Varco Consultants on behalf of the owners applied for a change of use to Cardiff Council planners, so it can be sold or rented out.

The ground floor has been offered at a rent of £13,000 per year but the whole building is also available to buy outright - including the old bank vault in the cellar.

But Nicholas Merola, who owns the long-established Merola's Italian Restaurant next door, submitted an objection. "I believe that the proposed development will be a direct disadvantage to our business as well as the local area," he said. "Currently, there are far too many takeaway establishments in the area.

"Business within Grangetown, but especially Clare Road, currently suffer with regards to lack of parking for customers, by adding another eating establishment this will add a crippling effect to the occurring issue."

Nevertheless, the change of use was approved - although with the condition it can only be a restaurant, coffee shop, cafe or take-away - and not a pub or bar. It will also not be allowed to open after 11.30pm. Parking issues have been raised by local businesses, including at the new Grangetown Business Forum. However, the number of empty shops - including the supermarket on the corner - has also been a concern.


Survey as Grange Pavilion boosted by £50,000 development money

Hopes of a revamp for Grange Bowls Pavilion have been boosted by a £50,000 development grant by the Big Lottery Fund.

The 1960s building has already been repaired and given a makeover and become a well-used community facility over the last year.

But there are hopes of an extension and a redevelopment - which could run to around £1m - if a case can be made for making a real feature of the building, set in the Victorian park.

As part of the next stage, local residents are being asked to take part in a survey. This has been printed in the new edition of Grangetown News and it can also be filled in online here.

The Pavilion has already been used by numerous groups, while a cafe is due to open soon. The bid is being supported by Community Gateway, a local residents' group and Grangetown Community Action, with the backing of local politicians.

Can you help with street market project?

Volunteers who would like to help organise Grangetown's first street market are being asked to join a new project.

Enterprise students have helped formulate ideas as part of the Love Grangetown, Shop Grangetown local business project - and these were presented on Monday 3rd April to residents, who have now set up a volunteers group to plan and organise the seasonal market.

The occasional street market is being developed to help boost the local shopping district and is being planned for Saturday 22nd July.

There has already been discussions with those behind the weekly Riverside food market in terms of advice and renting equipment. One of the ideas is for a seasonal pop-up market on the theme of World Food and Crafts, to make Grangetown’s distinctive from other street markets in the city.

Potential sites have been identified off Clare Road and seed funding is in place.

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 and crafts-people as possible to hire stalls.

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 group is on Monday 8th May at Grangetown Hub (6.30pm). If interested in helping, email grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk

See the project website on www.lovegrangetown.biz There are also plans for a Grangetown Business Forum Q&A with newly-elected councillors, pencilled in for 5th June.

 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.

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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