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.

 


Click above for poster of Keep Grangetown Tidy litter-picks for the next few months

Regular events:

Mondays: 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 one on July 3rd will include St Paul's school choir. The cafe will be 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.

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.

Yoga, St Paul's community hall, 6.30pm-7.30pm. Weekly class for all abilities, £7 drop in or £30 for all six weeks. Email: madammoustache@yahoo.co.uk

Wednesdays: Greener Grangetown drop-in, Grangetown Hub, 12.30pm-1.30pm. Want to speak to somebody about #GreenerGrangetown construction? Weekly drop-in surgeries 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!

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


Day-by-day

Saturday 22nd July: Grangetown World Market, crafts/world food/clothing, 11am-3pm. First seasonal street market - stalls and craft activities - Lucknow Street area and St Patrick's School car park. The aim is to encourage as many local food producers, clothes and crafts-people as possible to hire stalls.

Friday 28th-Sunday 30th July: St Samson's Church Anniversary Festival, Pentre Gardens. Marking 120th anniversary of the church with mass and BBQ (Friday, 7pm and 8pm); church open with photos, registers, stalls, games, teas (Sat, 11am-5pm) and dedication festival and services (Sunday).

Tuesday 1st August: Grangetown PACT, Grangetown Hub, 7pm.

Friday 4th August: Grangetown Local History Society, meeting Grangetown Hub (Library), Havelock Street, 2pm. Monthly meeting includes an illustrated talk on Penarth Alabaster by Zena Mabbs.

Saturday 5th August: Keep Grangetown Tidy litterpick, meet North Clive Street, 9.45am.


The Cinema at Tramshed - click here for listings and to buy tickets online. Films include Baby Driver and Kedi


Live events at Tramshed - include London African Gospel Choir, Horace Andy and Songhoy Blues 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.

Countdown to Grangetown World Market

Grangetown residents are being asked to support the area's street market – taking place on Saturday 22nd July.

The seasonal event – named Grangetown World Market – is being developed to help boost the local shopping district and will be held a short walk from Clare Road/Penarth Road.

The market will be held off Lucknow Street, using the St Patrick’s school and Grange medical centre carparks, as well as the Grangetown Hub car park between 11am and 3pm.

The theme will be around world food, clothing and crafts. There will also be some music and craft activities.

Those stalls attending include:

 CRAFT ACTIVITIES
We will also have face-painting, and we have a wood carving expert Brian Denman who will be holding wooden mask-making workshops and the chance to take away your handy-work (£5); you will also have the chance to throw pots and have a go at the potter’s wheel with ‘Ave A Go Pottery! (This was a real hit at the Grangetown Festival so we’ve got them back! £3 inc materials)

MUSIC
There will be a grand entrance from Arabic-style drumming and dance group Ommadom – and duo Bella Collins and Gareth Evans providing some acoustic chill-out guitar licks and jazz singing. Music will continue later in the day and into the evening at The Grange pub nearby. Sorted!

CAN YOU HELP? We’re still looking for volunteers who can help on the day. Any time you can spare between 9am and 4pm. Keep Grangetown Tidy have also offered to help in the clean-up afterwards

See the Grangetown World Market Facebook page or the full project website on www.lovegrangetown.biz

 The hope is for Love Grangetown, Shop Grangetown eventually to promote the best of the area’s independent stores and also organise a “shop local” campaign.

 Steve Duffy from Grangetown Community Action said: “We hope the market will draw on the rich and diverse culture in the neighbourhood giving it a distinctive feel.

 “With more than 15 stalls already confirmed, it will be a great community occasion and a chance for local businesses, including new start-ups, to welcome people into the Grangetown shopping district.”

 Bilal Anjum, a Cardiff University student who will be selling his One Unity Clothing brand (pictured left) at the market, said: “My aims are like other start-up brands, to be big as possible in terms of sales and exposure.

  “Grangetown World Market is an important step in this ambition. However, in three years’ time or more I want to be the biggest Arabic inspired brand in the world. I also want to be able to make an impact on charity projects and be able to support local communities too.”    Grangetown World Market has been planned by the University’s Enterprise Team and Cardiff Business School undergraduates with funding from the City Region Exchange project and support from Cardiff Council and Grangetown Hyb.

 Rosie Cripps, Project Manager from Community Gateway said: “Staff and students from across the university have really enjoyed supporting the development of Grangetown World Market.

 “It's been fantastic to work directly with so many Grangetown businesses from young entrepreneurs to Grangetown institutions like Divine Beauty and Clark's pies.  

  “We hope Grangetown World Market will encourage people from across Cardiff and the City Region to experience what Grangetown has to offer and encourage locals to shop locally.”


Tramshed plans four-storey flats and office block

Plans for offices and 19 apartments have been put forward by The Tramshed developers.

The block - four-storeys at its highest point - would be built on land immediately behind the existing venue off Clare Road.

The design is by Ellis Williams Architects, who were behind the original refurbishment. It would be developed so the ground floor would include an access tunnel for the venue and for the lane along the rear of the Tramshed.

The apartments on the upper floors would be "live-work" units; the same concept that already operates in the main building. The first floor would be office space for small businesses.

.No parking provision is provided and the transport plan assumes most people using the offices will use public transport or walk, while those visiting can use the pay-and-display in Pendyris Street.

It will come as a surprise to local residents, with no mention of this phase of the development coming up during consultation during the original development over 2014/15.

The idea however has been an open secret for months, certainly since the official opening of the building last year.

Because the facade of the Tramshed is Grade II listed, the architects say they have been at pains to come up with the design that is sensitive - and the building - which would back onto the exisiting building - would be a feature in its own right. "The final proposals will be developed with a separate and distinct architectural language, so as not to dilute or mimic the Tramshed, but so that the new building is read separately in it’s own right," they say in the design statement.

The building will be part part four storeys, with the height thought "appropriate" as it is along the railway line and close to buildings like the Unity student flats.

The biggest concern for neighbouring residents is likely to be parking pressures, given the lack of provision in the development and already the squeeze from commuter parking from the "creeping" city centre. One Court Road resident complained to us already this week about issues and dissatisfaction with the levels of residents' permit parking available.

The Tramshed development has been evolving. The venue has been a success over more than 18 months and residents have been won over how well run it is. The cafe-bar has just re-launched its menu again and the cinema has been open since Christmas. Tramshed Tech at the far end has been another success as a "plug-in" business space. This weekend, the dance/yoga/fitness studio in the middle is due to open its doors.

But this is for an additional building, not a refurbishment of an existing, empty one, so the local reaction is uncertain.

The plans for this latest phase have gone to Cardiff Council and will be open for comments.


Another litter blitz for Grangetown

Another week-long "deep clean" of Grangetown streets is supposed to be happening this week. Shout out if you see anything!

The litter blitz was due to start in the streets off Cornwall Street before teams turned to the central and southern part of Grangetown later in the week.

Previous operations, in addition to normal street cleaning, has seen fly-tipping and gullies tackled, as well as enforcement teams looking out for poorly presented household waste.

The council has recently appointed a community development coordinator to work with different organisations in the city, including Keep Grangetown Tidy, which does regular voluntary litter-picks.

Two new planters have also been installed in Stockland Street (the Clive Road end) in time for the street party and to help brighten up the street.

New pavilion cafe opens

Grange Gardens has its first cafe - just in time for summer!

The Hideout in the refurbished Bowls Pavilion will be serving tea, coffee, ice creams, milk-shakesand cakes. It is the icing on the cake, almost literally, after the pavilion was given a £40,000 make-over last year.

The cafe is being run by local businessman and community activist Moseem Suleman, who runs Ice Cream Passion in Clare Road. The Hideout will also give experience to local young people, who will be serving there.

The pavilion is part of an ongoing project by local residents, Grangetown Community Action and Cardiff University's Community Gateway programme which is looking to take over ownership of the building, and with lottery funding is hoping for a major refurbishment.

The Hideout will be open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday; and 12pm-6pm on Sunday. Follow: @thehideout_ggp


Spring edition of Grangetown News out

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

Copies will be 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 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 to the Autumn edition in 2017, you can 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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