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.

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

Friday 24th November: Winter Community Fayre, Grangetown Hub, 3.30pm-5.30pm. Face painting, magic show, refreshments, cake decorating, jobs fair.

Saturday 25th November: Charity Coffee Morning, St Paul's community hall, 10.30am. This month in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Culture Cafe, Hideout Cafe, Grange Pavilion, 4.30pm-6pm. Focus of this session: Come and hear the stories of Syrian refugees.

Thursday 30th November: Memorial service to celebrate St Paul's Primary School teacher Linda Barrett's life, St Paul's Church, 4pm. Past and present pupils and parents welcome to attend and anyone with memories or tributes, please email stpaulsprm@cardiff.gov.uk. "News of the sudden and untimely death of Mrs Barrett, a much loved and long serving member of staff at St Paul's School, has left our school and Church family feeling shocked and devastated, as well as the wider community. As a dedicated member of staff she touched the lives of thousands of children, with her infectious enthusiasm and zest for life."

Saturday 2nd December: Grangetown World Market, St Patrick's RC School car-park, off Havelock Place, 11am-3pm. Around 20 stalls - crafts, gifts, hot and cold food, plus music. See article below and www.lovegrangetown.biz for line-up

St Paul's Christmas Fayre, Community Hall, Paget Street, 12.30pm-3pm. Stalls, Santa and more.

Saturday 9th December: Christmas party, St Samson's church hall, Friends of Pentre Gardens, 2pm-5pm.

Saturday 16th December: Keep Grangetown Tidy litter-pick, meet Taff Terrace, 9.45am.

Winter Fayre, Grange Pavilion, Stalls and activities.

Friday 5th January: Grangetown Local History Society, Glamorgan Archives, Leckwith, 2pm. Note change of location for 2018.

Thursday 11th January: Grangetown Community Action AGM, Grange Pavilion, 7pm. All welcome and new committee members and volunteers.

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


The Cinema at Tramshed - click here for listings and to buy tickets online. Films include Death of Stalin and Edward Scissorhands


Live events at Tramshed - include The Undertones, Welsh Book Of The Year, Jason Byrne, Lau, The Oyster Band, Shalamar, Eliza Carthy 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.

Winter market line-up confirmed

A second Grangetown street market is being arranged in the run-up to Christmas.


Ameow Designs - which is returning to the winter Grangetown Market. Photo courtesy: Keith Hursthouse.

The latest Grangetown World Market - with more stalls - will be taking place in St Patrick's school car park on Saturday 2nd December (11am-3pm).

There was a fantastic response to the first trial event in July. Most of the unseasonal downpours stayed away for the event, which has been developed to help boost the local shopping district and was held a short walk from Clare Road/Penarth Road.

There was a good attendance and also a positive reaction to the mix of craft, food and clothing stalls.

Many of the stalls who attended last time have already said they will be along again - there is now a reserve list for those still interested in being a stand-by.

Stalls confirmed so far, include:

There will also be stalls by St Patrick's PTA with a Christmas photo booth, Grangetown World Market's own stall with our own branded tote bags for sale and badge-making, and a fund-raising stall by the Eisteddfod 2018 committee.

See the full project website on www.lovegrangetown.biz to find out more.

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.

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 soon

The Winter edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper will be out very soon.

Copies are 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 (of the Spring edition) above.

Now called Grangetown News, the first edition of the new-look 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 can help deliver - we need people for Penarth Road and some streets 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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