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 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!

ClocsFit, Grangetown Hyb, 6pm-7pm, £5, for 16 or over. Fitness with clog dancing - footwear provided. See @clocsfit

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: 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

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 21st October: Community Fun Day and Health Fair, Channel View Leisure Centre, 12pm-4pm. Competitions, children's activities, health checks, flu jabs, stalls and more.

Charity dinner in memory of Chris Lomax, Mercure Hotel, Newport Road. In aid of Diabetes Cymru. Tickets £40 each. Email: nicolallen13@gmail.com


Monday 23rd-Friday 27th October: Grangetown Community Safety Week, various venues, see above. Events will include: Cuppa with a copper (Tues, 2.30pm, Asda); home safety visits from SW Fire and police (all week); Neighbourhood Watch meeting; Bike maintenance and cycle safety training; 'Don't drink and drown' - water safety; Free first aid training by St John Cymru Wales (Tues, 6pm-8pm, Grange Pavilion); Safety talks in schools by S Wales Police; Paws on Patrol (Tues, 4pm-6pm, The Marl); Bike checks (Thurs, 3pm-5.30, Taff Embankment nr Pendyris St); Substance misuse talks and information.


Tuesday 24th October: Cardiff Bay Rotary showcase event. The Waterguard, Harbour Drive, Cardiff Bay, CF14 4PA, 12.30pm-7pm. Drop in and find out how to get involved in the club's activities and fund-raising. Club members will be on hand to chat over a cup of coffee about Rotary in general and the Cardiff Bay club in particular. It has ome exciting ideas about the development of new Clubs and new approaches to Rotary.

Wednesday 25th October: Love Where You Live Champion launch and litter-pick, Grangetown Hub, 10am-11am.

Saturday 28th October: Charity coffee morning, St Paul's community hall, 10.30am. Monthly fund-raiser for a good cause - this time Ty Hafan.

Monday 30th October: Grangetown World Market volunteers meeting, Grange Pavilion, Grange Gardens, 6.30pm. If you want to help organise the winter street market - scheduled for December - volunteers needed!

Tuesday 31st October: Halloween Party, St Samson's church hall, Friends of Pentre Gardens, 2pm-5pm.

Halloween Film Night, The Grange pub, 6pm and 9pm. Regulars pick their favourite chillers for the witching hour. Will it be Ghostbusters and Psycho?

Thursday 2nd November: Play Session, St Samson's church hall, Friends of Pentre Gardens, 2pm-5pm.

Friday 3rd November: Grangetown Local History Society, Grangetown Hub, 2pm.

Saturday 4th November: Community firework display, St Paul's school yard, 6.30pm, £5 adults, £3 children (must be accompanied by adult), £14 families. Organised by St Paul's church but at the school because of its growing popularity.

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

Sunday 12th November: Remembrance Sunday service, Grange Gardens, 10.45am. This year remembering 100th anniversary of the Battle of Ypres and Passchendaele.

Saturday 18th November: Keep Grangetown Tidy litter-pick, meet Clive Street, 9.45am.

Saturday 2nd December: Grangetown World Market, St Patrick's RC School car-park, off Havelock Place, 10am-3pm.

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


The Cinema at Tramshed - click here for listings and to buy tickets online. Films include Boy and IT plus Vertigo and Mother


Live events at Tramshed - include Into The Ark, J Hus, W.A.S.P., 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.

Grangetown cricketer joining Young England Lions tour


Prem and his parents meet Vaughan Gething AM. With Cardiff CCC coach Kevin Lyons.

Promising Grangetown cricketer Prem Sisodiya is joining up with the England Under 19 squad to tour South Africa next month.

The left-arm spinner and batsman has been a regular with Cardiff Cricket Club, who have taken the South Wales Premier title and Welsh Cup twice in recent seasons, and is a Glamorgan develoment player, where he was Academy Player of the Year last season.

Prem, who lives in north Grangetown, said: "Cricket has been a really big part of my life from a young age and I am really looking forward to travelling to South Africa next month and having the honour to play for the Under 19s.”

He is a former pupil at two schools known for their sporting excellence - Whitchurch High School and Clifton College and has been playing for Cardiff since the age of nine.

Cardiff club coach Kevin Lyons said: "He has worked methodically for 10 years, and been a credit to family and Cardiff CC plus all the teams in which he has played. South Africa shall be a real experience and learning process for him and may he continue to improve his all round game and remember why he first started out all those years ago, to enjoy the game."

Keen cricket fan and Cardiff South and Penarth AM Vaughan Gething welcomed Prem and his parents Pab and Lux to a reception at the Assembly to wish him well. "As a former amateur cricketer and current cricket fan myself, I have a particular appreciation for his outstanding achievements," said Mr Gething. "He is a credit to Grangetown and Cardiff. I look forward to watching his cricketing career develop in the coming years”.

The winter tour involves a Tri-Series against South Africa and Namibia. Ahead is the potential opportunity to be picked for the ICC Under-19s World Cup in New Zealand in the new year.

Flats plans rejected again


Artist impression of what the development would look like from Clive Street.

Plans to build flats on the site of a bed warehouse in Grangetown - which have been either refused or withdrawn four times in the last 12 years - have been rejected again.

Councillors had been recommended to turn down the latest proposals - just over a year after an appeal against the refusal of the previous plan was rejected.

The development put forward was for 18 mostly one-bedroom flats built on the junction with Ferry Road and South Clive Street. A auto body parts workshop next door was again one of the objectors to the plans for the Windor Buildings.

Officials say it would mean "poor quality of living environment" and "outlook" and lack of space at the front and privacy for new residents moving into the social housing complex. There are also concerns over three lime trees, which would overhang the three-storey flats.

Councillor Frank Jacobsen on the planning committee said the only thing going for it was it was close to Ikea for people carrying furniture back; but Councillor Iona Gordon called the architect's plan "commendable" for a "virtually impossible site". But others said it would cram too many flats into a small space with concern about dark corridors into the flats and privacy issues for the resident in the ground floor flat. Councillor Michael Jones-Pritchard said: "Affordable housing occupants need just as good accommodation, amenity space and suroundings as people who buy their own."

The plans came from a Cardiff property developer but Taff Housing was understood to be standing by if the development got the go ahead. The developer says it would contribute "to the provision of high-quality affordable housing" and a "high quality living environment".

Local residents also objected to the plans which went before the city's planning committee. One commented: "It appears that no material changes to this application have been made, and I am starting to find the repeated submission of the same plans vexatious to say the least."

Second market sets a date

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


Queen Niche's stall with designer Nelly Adam. 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 (10am).

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 but there is room for more. Any stall holders interested are asked to email grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk or download a booking form - this is for craft/clothing/cold food and this for hot food.

See the full project website on www.lovegrangetown.biz to find out more. There is a volunteers meeting on Monday 30th October (6.30pm) at the Grange Pavilion.


Stores urged to join litter fight


The litter pick included Grangemoor Park, above the retail park, now a nature reserve on reclaimed land on what used to ironically be one of the city's biggest landfill sites for household waste.

 Retailers on Grangetown's retail park have been urged to join the campaign to cut litter.

The Keep Grangetown Tidy group collected 16 bags of litter during a litter pick in Grangemoor Park and on the verges of the Cardiff Bay Retail Park off Ferry Road on Saturday.

Afterwards, Councillor Ashley Lister, chair of Grangetown Community Action - a regular on the litter picks - wrote a letter which he is delivering to all businesses.

"We recognise that we cannot tackle this issue alone and litter-picking is just one element of the solution to the problem," he wrote. "Which is why we need businesses like yourself to help us promote the importance of recycling and disposing waste correctly, as well as the Love Where You Live campaign."

Litter discarded on the grounds of the retail park and on the nearby trail included a fair number of plastic cups from Costa and Macdonalds, as well as burger cartons, presumably thrown from vehicles.

Councillor Lister is also hoping to spread the word to businesses across Grangetown, with Clare Road and Penarth Road suffering similar litter issues.


Ashley Lister on Saturday's monthly volunteer litter pick, which netted 16 bags of rubbish.

Details of the next Grangetown litterpicks will be announced soon. The group can be found on Facebook or @TidyGrangetown


Greener Grangetown - what's the latest?

If you've travelled through Grangetown in recent months you can't fail to have noticed all the works going on on the streets next to the Taff Embankment. But what's the latest?

The Greener Grangetown project is a partnership between Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Natural Resources Wales and the council, which aims to manage better surface and waste water from paths and roads. It will plant trees and green spaces in streets which will better absorb the water. At the moment, the excess rainwater is pumped eight miles out to sea, but soon it will be diverted into the River Taff by an underground pipe in each street after being "cleaned" by the trees, plants, soil and shrubbery above ground.

But it has led to disruption for residents, who have raised parking issues amongst other things. We asked the Greener Grangetown project team a few questions about progress.

What stage of progress are we at - what has been completed?

GG: We have completed most of the work in Blaenclydach St, Ferndale St, Coedcae St, Bargoed St and Aber St. The four new surface water outfalls have been installed in the River Taff and work has begun on the large rain gardens in Cymmer and Clydach St.  

What's to come now (from end of summer) and are you on time to finish?

  GG: The next two streets to be worked on are Llanbradach St and Abercynon St, as well as works in Taff Embankment. We shall also be starting tree and vegetation planting in the completed rain gardens this Autumn, where we hope to involve local residents in the planting. The footpaths in the project area shall be repaired/re-surfaced during the Autumn Winter period, as well as new signage and some amended street lighting. The new resident parking areas will also be phased in.

There was concern when it started from some residents about how parking would be affected - also see story below - how has this been working out?

  GG: It has been challenging managing local parking during construction, as we always want to prioritise for local residents. We have endeavoured to achieve this by giving out project car window stickers to enable the Contractor to prioritise local cars and by allowing certain streets to use the nearby ‘pay & display’ spaces for free, during construction. We’d like to thank local residents for their patience and understanding during this time.

Cyclists have also been asking about what the embankment will be like for them afterwards - are you hopeful this will slow traffic down?

GG: We believe that once the Taff Embankment works are complete, there will be less congestion and slower vehicle speeds. This will make both cycling and walking safer and more pleasurable.

 What sort of questions have residents been asking in recent weeks?

 GG: The biggest concerns relate to parking, both in terms of the increasing growth in commuter parking and the access to resident parking for the community. We continue to consult with residents on this issue, on a regular basis.

 What has been happening with trees along the embankment?

GG: The trees along the embankment are staying (along with most of the trees in the adjoining streets), with a special recycled rubber material being used around their trunks, to enhance permeability and oxygen for the roots. The footpath is also being widened and raised, to ensure that the roots are no longer a trip hazard.

 Have the designs changed at all since work has started?

GG: There have been some minor changes to rain garden locations, in order to maximise all available parking space in the streets.

Winter edition of Grangetown News being planned

The Winter edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper is being planned with a deadline of November 1st.

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 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, you can attend our drop-in at Grangetown Hub on 16th October (6pm-7pm) or 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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