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.

 

Regular events:

Mondays: Friends and Neighbours (FAN) group at Grange Pavilion, 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: Greener Grangetown drop-in, Grangetown Hub, 12.30pm-1.30pm. Want to speak to somebody about #GreenerGrangetown construction? Monthly drop-in surgeries - first Wednesdays - 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 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.

Fridays: 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

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


Day-by-day

Saturday 27th January: Charity Coffee Morning, St Paul's Community Hall, 10.30am. This month the chosen charity is Velindre Cancer Centre, in memory of teacher Linda Barrett.

Culture Cafe, Hideout Cafe, Grange Pavilion,Grange Gardens, 4.30pm-6pm. Why not come along to the next Culture Cafe - the next Cafe is all about the young people of Cardiff! Everyone is welcome to talk and socialise, along with the best coffees, tea and cake.

Sunday 28th January: Repair Cafe, Hideout Cafe, Grange Pavilion, Grange Gardens, 12pm-4pm. First monthly repair cafe - Repair Café 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

Friday 2nd February: Grangetown Local History Society, Glamorgan Archives, Leckwith, 2pm. Note change of location for 2018.

Tuesday 6th February: Grangetown PACT, Grangetown Hub, 7pm.

Saturday 17th February: Keep Grangetown Tidy litterpick, 9.45am. All welcome - meet Stafford Road, look out for the Cardiff Rivers' truck. Gloves and litter-pickers provided.

Saturday 10th March: Grangetown World Market, St Paul's RC Primary School carpark, off Havelock Place/Lucknow Street, 11am-3pm. Crafts, indie designers, fashions, street food. Contact grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk to book a stall.


The Cinema at Tramshed - click here for listings and to buy tickets online. Films include The Prince of Nothingwood


Live events at Tramshed - include The Cribs, Jake Mitchell, Marmozets, The Sherlocks, Magnum, Trainspotting Live! 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.

Repair cafe is on hand to help

If you're in a fix - and have something which needs mending - a monthly repair cafe is opening in Grangetown next weekend.

Grangetown Repair Cafe will be meeting on the last Sunday of each month (starting January 28th, 12pm-4pm) at The Hideout Cafe in the Grange Pavilion in Grange Gardens.

Volunteers will try to fix things that you would otherwise throw away. This could include broken electricals, torn clothing, broken jewellery, wobbly tables, slow computers and so on.

"We'll try to fix anything," said Joe O'Mahoney, who is one of those behind Cardiff Repair Cafe, which started in Cathays last year. "We can't do major repairs or alterations on clothes, but will do a free MOT on your bike."

To make it work, volunteers who are handy (e.g. electrics, IT, woodwork, or generalists) or simply want to get involved in helping, are also needed. Contact: Moss 07907489346 or Joe 07868206627 if you can lend a hand.

The idea started in Amsterdam and aims to encourage recycling and up-cycling - stopping stuff being dumped that could have a longer life.

There is no charge for the repairs but people are asked to make a contribution towards the project - and you can also buy coffee, tea and cake at the cafe while you wait.


Eventually, 130 new trees will be planted. Photo: NRW

Greener Grangetown taking shape

The first 30 trees have been planted as the Greener Grangetown project is starting to take shape at long last.

The project in streets off the Taff Embankment is expected to be completed in the spring - although it has frustrated residents for the time it has taken and issues around parking.

You can read a longer version of our story in Grangetown News here.


Boxing club gets go ahead for permanent home

A new permanent home for the Prince of Wales boxing club is being planned near Channel View.

The club has been looking to secure its own gym for several years - and now plans for a purpose-built facility have gone forward to Cardiff Council and have been given the go ahead under delegated powers.

It will include a 16ft boxing ring and a classroom and be built on a disused area between the leisure centre and nursery school. 

The club has members of all ages, from children to seniors in boxing, and others use it for keep fit and boxer-cise, from Grangetown and surrounding areas.

"At the moment we are having a season out to concentrate on the future of the club and the building process," said head coach Joe Feal.

"We were decanted from our original home six years ago - which we had used since 1969 - and then we had a temporary base at the Grangetown Boys and Girls Club. We then had to vacate these premises.

"We now have the breakthrough we needed to secure our own gym which have been looking for, for a very long time."

The club hopes to be up and running within a year, in good time for its 50th anniversary.

The new gym would be on a 50-year lease from Cardiff Council. 

The classroom would be available for Grangetown Nursery School as a meeting or training room, as well as for community use. 

The Prince of Wales ABC's long history includes Welsh champions and Commonwealth Games medallists.


Pavilion plans move to next stage

Grangetown Pavilion could be transformed into a community venue in a corner of Grange Gardens, if plans come to fruition.

It is five years since local residents started talking about using the empty 1960s bowls pavilion as a communiy meeting space and cafe.

Since then, thanks to a tie-up with the Cardiff University Community Gateway project, the work of local people and Grangetown Community Action, the building has been given a new lease of life and a £40,000 revamp.

But the existing building is still affected by damp and poor insultation. There is hope of completely transforming the site, with a development which could cost upwards of £1m. Plans have now gone forward to Cardiff Council, with the hope of securing lottery funding in the new year. Residents have been involved in the discussions about the designs, thanks to virtual reality technology presentations at drop-in sessions.

A further consultation has now been launched involving Cardiff Council - and residents have until 3rd January to comment.

The plans include:

“All of this is only the beginning, and we still have a long way to go to secure all the funding and to get this up and running as a community-led facility,” said Mhairi McVicar, project lead for Community Gateway.

“If successful, a community management board, which has started to form, will take on a 99 year lease under a community asset transfer [from Cardiff Council], with handover support from Cardiff University.

“We still need your help, and the project is still very much open to anyone who would like to get involved.”

The Hideout Cafe opened in the existing pavilion over the summer, offering cake, ice creams and coffee, as well as training opportunities for local youngsters.

In addition to hosting regular classes and community organisations, there are hopes of expanding its range of regular events, including a creative writing group. There is also potential for music, comedy and other small-scale performance. Meanwhile, the pavilion project is looking for expertise and volunteers who can help with facilities management, landscaping, business development, legal services, finances, fund-raising, PR and marketing, as well those happy helping at pop-up events and activities.

The Pavilion project has already had support from Cardiff Bay Rotary Club, Ikea, Cardiff and Vale College and Cardiff Council’s neighbourhood partnership. Jemma White, of the Pavilion trustrees group, said: “We are very excited to see the plans for Grange Pavilion move forward.

Not only will an upgraded Pavilion provide space for community activities for residents, it will help build a united, welcoming and resilient community, making Grangetown an even better place to live and work.”

The design statement adds that the proposal wants to "encourage and create a thriving core community hub" that is open and caters for all members of the community.

Residents can comment on the plans on the Cardiff Council website’s planning section.


Tariq joins Cricket Wales board to help encourage diversity

Grangetown resident, former councillor and cricket fan Tariq Awan has become the first Asian to be elected onto the board of Cricket Wales.

Mr Awan has been presented with an appreciation award by Cardiff Central Cricket Club - the club which he helped set up - in recognition of the achievement and his commitment to sharing his skills and expertise.

He will serve as an independent director for the next three years and help the organisation reach out to diverse sections of Welsh communities. The award was presented by Cricket Wales chief executive Peter Hybart.

Sohail Rauf, chairman of Cardiff Central CC added that as a club "we are very proud at the successful appointment" of Mr Awan to Cricket Wales's board and wished him all the best in his new role. Other VIP guests included Councillors Ashley Lister and Dilwar Ali.

It was part of an end of season presentation night for Cardiff Central Cricket Club (formerly called Welsh Asian CC). It was founded in 1984 by players from Grangetown, Riverside and Canton. Mr Awan, the club’s development officer, explained that from its humble beginning with two teams the Cardiff Central CC has now transformed into three senior teams and four junior teams.


Junior team members at the presentation night.

Two female volunteers have completed training as coaches and the club is now well on its way to introducing its first girls team to cater for the growing demand and promote recreational cricket among the younger female population.

Mr Awan said that two players, who started their cricket with Cardiff Central CC, are now part of the Glamorgan's cricket academy. He said the club was "well known and respected by Cricket Wales and Glamorgan County CC".


Winter edition of Grangetown News out

The Winter edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper is out.

Copies are distributed to 6,500 homes, shops and businesses. It will also be available in Grangetown Hub, local shops 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 Penarth Road and a few treets in north Grangetown 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 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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