SHORTLISTED FOR COMMUNITY NEWS AWARD 2019 - WALES MEDIA AWARDS

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 at least twice a year 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.

Parking pain outside school

Councillors have asked for traffic enforcement to help crack down on parking issues outside Ninian Park Primary School at peak times.

There have been issues for some time but local residents have taken to posting photos now of cars parked on pavements and double yellow lines in Virgil Street and Sloper Road.

Councillor Ashley Lister said: "Lynda, Abdul and I have asked for traffic enforcement to attend Ninian Park this week during peak times, and attend where possible in the future," he said. "We have also asked for an update on the design of the School Safety Zone which is being drawn up for Ninian Park Primary, so that we can apply for funding to Welsh Government."

Councillors are also meeting with officials to ask for pilot projects in Grangetown to try address the parking issues.

One resident said: "This has been going on here for eight years and nothing changes. Get traffic wardens down here and book the ones who are parking on pavements, zig-zags and yellow lines - they'll think twice. If there was a serious incident, emergency services wouldn't be able to get through."

A parent said: "Every morning and after school, cars don’t care where or how they park, even when the head/teachers go have a word they take no notice as they are straight back the next day doing exactly the same."

Meanwhile, parents and children at Ysgol Hamadryad have been leading the way to cut down on congestion and road safety concerns - the "walking bus" policy means no pupil was driven to school in January, proving it can be done differently!

Grangetown is officially most diverse place in city


The community ifthar last summer in Grangetown.

Grangetown is now the most diverse part of Cardiff, according to new research by Cardiff University.

It has overtaken Butetown to that claim, says a study featured on the BBC Radio Wales programme Eye On Wales.

Richard Gale, a human geographer, analysed the census figures between 2001 and 2011, and found Cardiff’s diversity increased by 8%. One in five people living in the capital in 2011 identified as anything other than "White British".

Grangetown saw the biggest increase. The last census in 2011 showed that it is now home to a quarter of the city’s Pakistani and "Other Black" populations, including a fifth of the city’s Black African population live and an eighth of the Indian population.

Mr Gale said: "It gives it a very special status in terms of wider debates about identity, Welshness and belonging. We need to understand Grangetown as an expression of Wales’s history in terms of identity."

One category that increased significantly in the decade was that of "White Other," which swelled by 1.3%.

Monika (pictured above) runs Polish deli and cafe Delikatesy Mis in Clare Road with her husband. She came to Wales 15 years ago when free movement opened up in Poland.

"I was very young at that time. I always wanted to leave and try new things," she told the programme.

"Because I knew English, it was much easier for me to come to the UK. I’ve always felt welcome. I’ve never felt that people want to send me back home."

Pradyuman Halai, 32, vice secretary of the Shree Swaminarayan temple - the largest Hindu temples in Wales - said: "When you come to a melting pot like Grangetown, you see different people living their lives in a different way. Yet they’re proud that they’re in this country. You’ll see people living aside one another peacefully."

But for some of the older residents of Grangetown, the pace of change has been too fast and dramatic. There's a strong feeling of longing and nostalgia for a Grangetown that's gone.

Younger generations living in the area tend to feel more positive about the diversity in the area. For them, crossing ethnic divides comes more naturally.

Community worker Ali Abdi was born in Grangetown to parents from Somaliland. He now works for Cardiff University as part of the Gateway Project. His job is to build a partnership between the university and the communities in Grangetown, which involves the development of a new community space - Grange Pavilion - in Grange Gardens.

"This space is going to be open to people of all faiths and no faith," he said. "It’s a very exciting time for Grangetown. It’s the up and coming place. In a time where politically there are a lot of people looking for division, we should be looking at what unites us."

You can hear Eye on Wales on BBC Radio Wales on the BBC iPlayer. Thanks to Selma Chalabi.


Day-by-day

Saturday 23rd March: Growing Street Talk workshop, Grangetown Hub, 10am-12.30pm. Make successful cuttings from your own plants, how to compost and look after new plants. Don't forget to book early online to avoid disappointment! Workshops fill up quickly and there are limited spaces. Children are welcome, they don’t need to be booked in but organisers need to know numbers.

Saturday 30th March: Charity coffee morning, St Paul's community hall, Paget Street, 10.30am. This month in aid of City Hospice charity.

Grangetown PACT, Geangetown Hub, 10.30am - a fortnightly chance to meet community police and a local councillor, during weekend surgery.

Saturday 13th April: Keep Grangetown Tidy litter-pick, 10am - meet at Campbell Drive. All welcome to eattend - all equipment provided.

Wednesday 17th April: Grangetown Community Action AGM, Grangetown Hub, 7pm.

Saturday 15th June: Grangetown Festival - Carnival Day, Grange Gardens, 1pm-5pm. The annual fete and parade, this year with a fancy dress parade and activities related to a space theme (marking the 50th anniversary of man landing on The Moon)

The Cinema at Tramshed - A new cinema programme has started, 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 Dodgy, Razorlight, Peter Hook, Black Grape and The Coral. click here for details.

Regular events:

Mondays: Friends and Neighbours (FAN) group at Grangetown Hyb, 9.30am to 10.30am, women-only group at Clare Road Cultural Centre, 33 Clare Rd, 9.30am; and at Ikea, 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:

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 People First, Grangetown Hub Cafe, 1pm-3pm. A chance to meet project worker Dawn over a cuppa in the cafe, chat, make new friends or try new things. Project run by local charity working with people with learning difficulties.

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.


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.

Wake up and smell the coffee - Grangetown is changing

Plans are unveiled for a coffee house in the old Nat West bank in Clare Road. It follows on from a new vegan cafe's successful launch and as The Grange pub marks two years since re-opening as an award-winning independent craft beer and food venue. Is Grangetown becoming the place to be?

Lufkin Coffee, which has an independent coffee shop in Pontcanna, is crowd-funding to open new branches in Grangetown and an old park-keeper's hut in Thompson's Park, Canton. But the Grangetown base will be more besides - including a ceramics store and hot-desking workspace. The fund-raising campaign got off to a great start - with those pledging able to get benefits in return, including a ticket to an exclusive cocktail opening. We asked Frances Lukins, co-founder of the business with husband Dan, what it was all about.

Q: Tell us why you've picked Grangetown and this site in particular?
We think Grangetown has a lot of vibrant activity and people living there will welcome a speciality coffee bar. It's quite diverse and busy and we think our working roasters will fit right in.


The old bank closed three years ago and planning permission was granted for it to be used as a restaurant, coffee shop, cafe or take-away - but not a pub or bar. The building includes an old bank vault in the cellar!

Q What can people expect to see in the old bank?
We like this space because we can fit our 10kg coffee roasting machine in there, along with the many 70kg sacks of coffee that arrive to be roasted. There's a few rooms that we hope to use as workshop space, for cupping the roasted coffee, bagging and labelling, batch brewing and delivery. We'll be excited to get our office space somewhere other than our bedroom, and have a space that all the elements of the coffee process can work alongside one another. We want to make this part of the process that we take care of, visible to the customer. There'll be an open plan coffee bar with communal tables, and booth style seating. We're going with a rough-nd-ready approach with room for bicycles and a setting that welcomes people wanting to work, or people coming for a catch up with friends.

Q You mention the aim to cut single use coffee cup waste. This is a big issue with littering in Grangetown, does this mean all your coffee will be served in re-usable cups?
We serve our in house coffee in ceramic cups made by local potter Micki Schloessingk, and in an attempt to cut down on paper cups we're promoting our reusable camp-style thermo cups that we've partnered with social enterprising company MiiR to bring to our Kickstarter. We're offering 35p off every coffee for customers who purchase and use this cup. We will still have some compostable cups in use, but we will definitely push to not have to use many of them.

Q Explain how the work-space will work? Is this a similar principle to Tramshed Tech or can people just roll up with a laptop for an hour or two? Our coffee cupping space will double up as a bookable office space during the day that seats approximately eight people around a table, for when people want to hold meetings. This will be bookable by the hour with complimentary batch brew coffee on tap. Besides this they'll be room in the cafe for people on laptops wanting to work - and we're in the process of deciding how best to make this work well for people.


Frances and Dan Lukins, founders of Lufkin in 2015 - it originates from the word 'love'

Q Tell us about the coffee - for those who don't know what you do in Pontcanna?
We roast speciality grade Arabica coffee beans, sourced from around the world via our partners Falcon Speciality. It is all grown at high altitudes and we select coffee from single origins, meaning single farms and estates. The green coffee arrives to us in sacks and is roasted each week here in Pontcanna before being designated to espresso, filter or 250g bags for home. We love coffee! We think it's amazing in itself, as it's tropical agriculture really. We roast with precision each batch to ensure we're capturing all of the inherent flavours of each variety of coffee, that comes from an exotic fruit, the coffee cherry. We also think coffee is best paired with life. That's our motto I guess. We find it connects us to people, and passions, and moments that are worth celebrating. It's a ritual for us to have coffee together, and we find it grounds us, helps us to be present in the moment, which I guess we could all use more of these days!

Q Will you also serve any food/snacks too?
Our thing is "coffee + pie", which is a nod to our American roots. We met in San Francisco where Dan grew up, and in America they're pretty good at doing one thing well. I think here in the UK we can cater to everyone, and suddenly the menu gets huge and things get a bit complicated. We've stuck with coffee and pie, as it's simple, and super tasty, and you can put anything in a pie.. maybe? We do apple pie, and cherry pie, and you can add ice cream to that, 'a la mode', but we'll also do some brunchy pies, and branch out a bit into lazy weekend style catering, with a crust.

Q All being well, when do you hope to open - and what are the likely opening hours?
Our aim is to be open as soon as we can, although it's looking like it could be June. We're thinking the coffee bar will be open from 8am until 6pm, but that's not finalised. We'll need to get the roasting machine in and up and running first, not sure yet how we'll get it from Pontcanna to Grangetown, it has wheels, so maybe we'll roll it, ha!

Q What does the Kickstarter involve?
The Kickstarter runs until 31st March with the aim of raising £18,000. We are very excited that we have already surpassed 20% of that fundraising target in just a few days. One of the main Kickstarter rewards is a reusable coffee cup, created in collaboration with MiiR, in our aim to cut single use coffee cup waste.

Lufkin Coffee will be running its crowd-funding campaign until the end of March - details can be found here. You can read a feature about the new Wild Thing vegan cafe on our business page.

Grangetown News nominated for award

Grangetown News has been shortlisted for a community news award in the 2019 Wales Media Awards in what is the publication's 40th year.

The newspaper - with website and social media presence - was chosen by the judges in the community news category, with the ceremony later in March. Can we take this opportunity of thanking all our readers, contributors, volunteer deliverers and advertisers for all their help and support over the years.

Meanwhile, the winter edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper was published in December.

Copies are distributed to 6,500 homes, shops and businesses. It is also be available in Grangetown Hub, local shops, venues 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 some streets in north Grangetown and also Paget Street 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 350dpi, 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 for volunteer deliverers - if you can deliver the paper to your street (which in many cases should take a few minutes), let us know.
  • Let us know if you are a local shop or business happy to stock copies of the free paper. It will be available too from Grangetown Library and Hub. The last edition was also available in The Cornwall, Inmas and the Polish supermarket, Clarence Hardware and the Pumphouse antiques off Penarth Rd. Email grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk
  • If you'd like to contribute, if you have an ideas, or would like to get involved in writing, photos or production (those with knowledge of InDesign software would be particularly welcome!), we have started planning then next edition - due out in the New Year.
  • You can also email us on grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk or feedback on Facebook (Grangetown Community Action) or Twitter @grangecardiff

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

© Grangetown Community Action and webmaster 2019. Last updated March 19th.