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.

Action demanded on street drug dealing

Frustrated residents have demanded CCTV and a crackdown on drug dealers in Grangetown.

At a busy meeting of PACT, with community police and all three ward councillors on Tuesday night, groups of residents spoke of their lives being made a misery by street-dealing, right outside their homes.

One of a dozen Ferndale Street residents present at the meeting said: "They never even take a day off - it's happening from 10 in the morning, I can see it from my window. They are the same group, looking out and handing over drugs."

Residents in the Oakley Place and Court Road areas also spoke of "constant" drug dealing. One resident spoke of a "sub culture" which had been present for years but also of people coming in from outside to trade; another spoke of two men being spotted, bare chested, injecting drugs in the street.

One resident brought a bag of empty laughing gas cannisters, collected from her street. Keep Grangetown Tidy have also reported litter from the cannisters as being a continuing issue. Although not illegal, it is being used by youths creating anti-social behaviour.

The meeting was also told of annoyance from street drinking in Corporation Road and Clare Road/Court Road, people under the influence of Spice - including homeless people moving into Grangetown. Another resident spotted men who abandoned cycles, to inject drugs by the Embankment that morning.

Councillors told the meeting they wanted CCTV but resources were limited and police needed evidence to build a case. Residents were urged to report any suspicions, descriptions of suspected dealers and their vehicles to 101, so the pieces of the jigsaw could be built across Grangetown to build a case for action. But there were frustrations also about the 101 service being poor, and lack of communication about what drugs officers were doing, especially in tackling street dealing.

Litter action plan

Meanwhile, councillors say they have lobbied council leaders to make Grangetown a pilot action area to tackle litter and fly-tipping, with more bins and a better waste management programme.

Councillor Lynda Thorne said "Grangetown was not like other areas," with its proximity to the Principality and Cardiff City stadiums and city centre and the numbers walking through the area and the commuting bringing particular pressures.

She also wanted to tackle those landlords and letting agencies who were irresponsible in their waste management. The turnover and diversity of tenants in the private rented sector - which makes up about a quarter of homes in Grangetown - was an issue in getting the message across. Some residents at the PACT meeting urged the council to adopt a tougher enforcement policy.

Regular events:

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

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.


SUMMER CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES:

Mondays: Games and Puzzles/Story time, 2pm-3pm; RSPB workshop (Aug 13th, 2pm-4pm), (Aug 27th, closed), Grangetown Hub

Tuesdays: Amser Stori, Grangetown Hub, 10am-10.30am.

Wednesdays: Mischief Makers Club, Grangetown Hub, 2pm-3pm

Thursdays: Junior Storytime, 2.30pm-3pm; Table tennis, 4pm-5pm; Royal Navy session (12pm-3pm, Aug 23rd), Grangetown Hub

Fridays: Lego Club, 3pm-4pm; No Fit State Circus Workshop (Fri 3 August, 12pm-2pm), Firing Line Museum session (Aug 24th, 10am-4pm), Grangetown Hub

Saturdays: Colouring and crafts, 3.30pm-4.30pm, Grangetown Hub.

Day-by-day

Wednesday 8th August: Family Fun Day, Grangetown Pavilion, 12pm-3pm. Free activities, sposnored by Taff Housing.

Sunday 12th August: Ponder and a Pint, The Grange pub, 6pm. Informal and social discussion group, led by Fr David Morris of St Paul's. This month's topic: Is there life after death?

Saturday 18th August: Keep Grangetown Tidy, 10am. Monthly volunteer litter-pick - meet at Sevenoaks Parks. All welcome, you can also earn time credits!

Sunday 26th August: Amateur Beer Festival/End of Summer party, The Grange pub. Home brewers are competing for their ale to win a £100 prize - and be brewed by Crafty Devil to go behind the bar, 2pm-4pm. Followed by BBQ and bands all weekend.

Friday 14th September: Charity dinner in aid of British Heart Foundation and in memory of Chris Lomax (ex-Grangetown councillor), Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff. Dinner, raffle plus DJ. Tickets £35. Contact: nicolaallen13@gmail.com for details


The Cinema at Tramshed - showing The Song Remains The Same. A new cinema programme is starting, 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 Gomez, Pussy Riot, Ride, Nick Mulvey, Jason Byrne, The Orb 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.

Grangetown poems earn top Eisteddfod honour


Catrin Dafydd is also a novelist and works as a writer for Pobol y Cwm

Verses set in Grangetown have won the top poetry honour - the Crown - at the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay.

Writer Catryn Dafydd was inspired by the "mixed" Welshness of Grangetown - and created a community of characters set in local streets - from Cambridge Street to Pentre Gardens - in her poetry.

She was praised for her tender writing but also a tongue-in-cheek style for the poem Jentriffiecshyn set in the recently re-opened Grange pub, which is popular with Welsh speakers. The judges said: "This is a timely and appealingly hopeful collection by a poet who is an eloquent interpreter for our capital city's lively and mixed Welshness."

As well as writing five novels, Ms Dafydd also set up Bragdy'r Beirdd evenings in Cardiff with other young poets a few years back.

You can read the poems online on the Eisteddfod website here

Summer edition of Grangetown News is out in 40th year

The Summer edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper has been published - in what will be the publication's 40th year.

A contributors/volunteers meeting was organised for Saturday 7th April.

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:

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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