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Festival set for myths and legends theme


A flashback to the 2017 parade.

Grangetown Festival this year will be taking place over the whole of the month of June.

The highlight as usual will be the annual Carnival Day in Grange Gardens on Saturday 16th June. This year the parade theme will be myths and legends! That leaves plenty to the imagination, whether you want to dress up as characters from fairy tales, Harry Potter, Game Of Thrones or the Mabinogion! As usual, we expect mums and dads and teachers will be joining pupils from our local schools for the parade.

We have craft stalls, and already confirmed are stands from the Eisteddfod 2018, Ysgol Hamadryad PTA, RSPB and Cylch Meithrin Grangetown.

There will also be activities in the park and Pavilion and a chance to try out VR to see what the new development at the pavilion will look like.

Meanwhile, the festival month kicked off with a well-attended Community Iftar on Friday 7th June in the Grange Pavilion. This was the sunset breaking of the Ramadhan fast, which the whole community was invited to join - it was a lovely chance to socialise and eat, with food being provided thanks to a fantastic response from local businesses. On a continuing theme of coming together, an interfaith and community declaration of working together and understanding and respect will be made at 3pm in Grange Gardens on Sunday 10th June.

A sports day is also being organised for Wednesday 20th June at Sevenoaks Park, while The Grange pub quiz on Wednesday 27th June (8pm) will be raising money for Grangetown Community Action, which organises the festival and other projects in the area. Look for the #GrangeFest18 hashtag.

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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.


Day-by-day

Grangetown Festival: Events across June.

Sunday 10th June: Interfaith and Community declaration event (Grange Gardens, 3pm) #GrangeFest18

Ponder with a Pint, The Grange pub, 6pm. Fr David Morris leads a group to discuss issues around religion and personal life, while enjoying a pint. Second Sunday of the month. This month: The resurrection.

Saturday 16th June: Carnival Day and Parade, Grange Gardens, 12pm-5pm. Stalls, activities, a chance to get together. Parade theme this year is myths and legends. #GrangeFest18

Tuesday 19th June: Smartlife workshop to learn how to create audio and video content on your mobile phone. Grange Pavilion, 3pm and 6pm. Free workshop for #AdultLearnersWeek - book online here. You will need to bring your own smartphone with you. For more information, email hello@bengomedia.com.

Wednesday 20th June: School Sports Day, Sevenoaks Park, PM. #GrangeFest18

Thursday 21st June: Smartlife workshop to learn how to create audio and video content on your mobile phone. Grange Pavilion, 9.30am and 12.30pm. Free workshop for #AdultLearnersWeek - book online here. You will need to bring your own smartphone with you. For more information, email hello@bengomedia.com.

Saturday 23rd June: Keep Grangetown Tidy litterpick, 10am. All welcome - meet Ferndale St. Look out for the Cardiff Rivers' truck. Gloves and litter-pickers provided.

Light 'til Late garden party, The Grange pub, live music from 2pm until late with Bella + Gareth/Tomos Lewis/The Busker/Stephen Russell/The Marc Davies Band, plus opening of pizza oven in the garden.

Sunday 24th June: Big Lunch hosted by Friends of Pentre Gardens, Pentre Gardens, 12pm-3pm.

Wednesday 27th June: Charity pub quiz, The Grange. The usual weekly quiz but with money being raised for Grangetown Community Action and its various projects. #GrangeFest18

Saturday 30th June: Charity coffee morning, St Paul's community hall, Paget St, 10.30am-12pm. This month in aid of Cardiff Women's Aid.

Charity darts evening, The Grange. In aid of Cardiff Dogs Home.

Tuesday 3rd July: First Times: Story-telling, The Grange pub, 8pm. Come along to share your stories and anecdotes on the theme of "first times". Local people, a lifetime of stories. Also poetry.

Monday 9th July: Grangetown Community Choir picnic, Grange Pavilion grounds, 6pm. Other music groups/choirs welcome to join in - and everyone is welcome to bring a picnic or food and enjoy the event and join in with the singing!

Saturday 28th July: Grangetown World Market, St Patrick’s RC School carpark, 11am–3pm. Crafts, food, streetfood, activities. St Dyfrig and St Samson’s Summer Fete, 11am-1pm.

Tuesday 7th August: Grangetown PACT, Grangetown Hub, 7pm.


The Cinema at Tramshed - showing Deadpool 2 and Purple Rain. 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 PiL and free entry for World Cup games on the big screen. 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.

Tramshed soothe residents late night fears

And lollipops to help in making sure any problems stay licked...


Police and councillors also attended the residents meeting

Tramshed management have met local residents to ease fears about a new late licence which will allow them to open until 3am for 20 events a year.

Worries over noise and disturbance to local residents, and an increase in incidents of crime and disorder were put forward as objections by local ward councillors and police. But the city's licensing sub committee granted the application to allow the limited number of DJ/club events.

Since then the venue in Pendyris Street has met residents, mostly living in the Taff Mead area, to discuss concerns.

They outlined measures they were taking to stop problems - including a designated pick-up spot for taxis away from residential streets, organised dispersal and a look at queuing away from the street.

They will also hand out lollipops to people leaving the event nights - as a subtle and sweet way of keeping them quiet! "It's a way of reducing the noise, it sounds a bit crazy but it has been shown to already work [elsewhere]," said Tramshed director of operations Ben Newby.

The venue will be allowed to open for 20 DJ-only events - providing the bar closes at 2.30am. There are also conditions relating to police being given 21 days notice of each events and security staff having to wear eight body cameras.

The first event will be on Saturday 22nd September.

But Mr Newby said the venue had no intention of becoming a nightclub, saying it remained committed to putting on a mixture of events. As well as a continuation of live gigs, there would be comedy, a Crazy Cat Fest in July for cat-lovers, the forthcoming Welsh Book Awards and it had also been booked for private events like weddings.

"We've never wanted Tramshed to become a nightclub - it's a multi-event space," he told residents, who have been given contact details to report any issues if they crop up.

A new team is also in place running the venue - the general manager has been there a year, with the cinema programme starting up again recently under new operators. There are also plans to look at the kitchen re-opening eventually, after the Waiting Room stopped doing food.

Residents were also asked to inquire about using the bar areas during downtime for community groups and meetings, after hopes of a community room in another part of the development failed to materialise.

A ponder with a pint

A Grangetown vicar is offering the chance to discuss some of life’s big questions – at the local.

Father David Morris is organising monthly “Ponder With A Pint” evenings on Sundays at The Grange pub.

As well as parishoners, he hopes to attract the curious from other faiths or not faith at all. “Many people think they know what the church believes about certain issues, but in reality a church can contain many varied views and opinions on a particular matter,” said Fr David.

He wants the group meetings to be informal and sociable, with those taking part agreeing to listen and respect all those taking part.

Future topics are set to include religion and science; gender and sexuality and its place in the church.

It is aimed at myth-busting and perhaps reach people who would normally not think about going to church.

Fr David has chosen the Resurrection as the topic for the first group – on Sunday 10th June (6pm).

“Belief in the Resurrection often challenges believers as well as non believers, because it’s difficult to get our heads round the idea that someone could come back from the dead,” he said.

“We’ll discuss if or how we can evidence this claim and whether a belief in the Resurrection is essential in being follower of Jesus”.

Fr David wants to explore issues which people might be affected by collectively or individually.

“Discussion and dialogue helps us to consider different opinions while being respectful of difference – it can help us to understand one another better,” he said.

“At the end of the day we all face difficult life decisions and grapple with challenging questions on a daily basis, that often have no black and white answers and often lead to more questions, so grappling with those questions together can be a helpful process.”

There’s no shortage of chat usually at The Grange, recently winner of the CAMRA Cardiff Pub of the Year title for 2018.

The pub is also organising its own story-telling evening on 3rd July (8pm), where people are being asked for anecdotes and stories around the theme "first times".

For his sessions, Fr David wants the tone to fit in with the pub’s ambience. “Our conversations will be in a relaxed environment while enjoying our favourite bevvies!” said the Church-in-Wales vicar.

“Unfortunately the drinks are not on the church, but the conversation is!”

Play and planting at the heart of community

The residents group Friends of Pentre Gardens came together seven years ago in 2011, with an aim to help make our local neighbourhood safe and welcoming.

We work together with our community to organise play and planting sessions in the gardens for local children and their families. Over the past years we have worked hard to improve the gardens, working with Cardiff Parks Department and the local police. This has included planting a large number of trees and spring bulbs as well as litter picks.

Our free play sessions are always popular with children especially in the Summer holidays. We offer a broad range of arts and crafts activities with lots of games too. All our play sessions are run by qualified, experienced and enthusiastic staff, they are also fully inclusive. We also organise bigger events at specific times of the year such as The Big Lunch, Playday and Halloween.

Last July, we were thrilled to be successful in being granted three years funding from BBC Children in Need to continue and develop our project. We have been busy planning lots of exciting activities for the coming months, all we need now is good weather! Hope to see you at one of our sessions soon, all dates are listed on our flyer above.

For more information and to get in touch visit our Facebook page Friends of Pentre Gardens and we are also on Twitter @PentreGdns

Joanna Chittenden, chair.

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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