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:

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.

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.

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. Start of weekly quizzes.

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 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


Tuesday 21st March: Restore Our Rivers project launch and litter-pick, Grangemoor Park, 10am-12pm. Keep Cardiff Tidy event - meeting at car park at end of Dunleavy Drive.

Creative Tech Cafe, Grange Bowls Pavilion with Fab Lab, 4pm to 6pm. Art Shell hosting first of series of weekly drop in sessions aiming to give local young people aged 9-17 the opportunity to work with industry standard machinery and technology in a creative way, for fun and to learn new creative tech skills, boost employability and enhance CV's. The workshops range from working with electronics and engineering, 3D printing, new forms of print making, code writing and sound.

 

Thursday 23rd March: Keep Grangetown Tidy Fly-tipping Consultation, Grange Bowls Pavilion, Grange Gardens, 6.30pm. Have your say on possible new powers to tackle fly-tipping. Are you fed up with the situation? Public consultation event.

Saturday 25th March: Tanya Muneera Williams, Tramshed Tech, 12.30pm-2.45pm ( £3 admission). Insight into her work as one-half of Poetic Pilgrimage, a British Muslim female hip-hop and spoken word duo.

Monday 27th March: Grangetown Local Business Forum, Tramshed Tech, Pendyris Street, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Cashflow is the topic this evening, with a free workshop. All local businesses, shop keepers and tradespeople are welcome to join Grangetown's third local business forum meeting - a chance to network, discuss issues of mutual interest and concern, get business advice/ training and work towards #LoveGrangetown/Shop Local goals and improved independent retailing and trading. Hosted by business mentor Rob Firth, Grangetown Community Action, Community Gateway with support of Tramshed Tech. Pop along on the night - or email: grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk.

Thursday 30th March: Soundscape Party, Grange Bowls Pavilion, Grange Gardens, 7pm-9pm. Help us fashion dance music from the everyday street sounds of Grangetown!

Monday 3rd April: Grangetown Community Social and Support Group, Grange Bowls Pavilion, 10am. Group for those supporting people with mental illness. A chance to meet and also get advice from Hafal family support team. The group meets on the first Monday of the month.

Dementia Cafe, St Paul's Community Hall, 1.30pm-3pm. Monthly drop-in for anyone affected by dementia. Hosted by Alzheimer's Society and Dementia Care. 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.

Grangetown Street Market Project, Grange Bowls Pavilion, 6.30pm. Fancy helping launch an occasional street market in Grangetown? Volunteers needed who want to get involved with ideas and to help organise a seasonal world foods and crafts market, starting this summer. Part of the Love Grangetown, Shop Grangetown shop local campaign. www.lovegrangetown.biz

Friday 7th April: Grangetown Local History Society, Grangetown Hub, 2pm-4pm.

Cook @ Church, St Paul's community hall, 5.30pm-7.30pm. A chance for children aged 10 and 11 to learn how to cook, £1. First Friday of every month.

Sunday 9th April: Keep Grangetown Tidy litterpick, meet Merches Gardens, 9.45am.

The Grange Pub 1857-2017 with Grangetown Local History Society, The Grange pub, 7.30pm. To mark the re-opening of the pub - and its 160th anniversary - a chance to learn about its history and some of the stories of the people who've run it.

 Thursday 13th April: Grangetown Community Action committee meeting, Grange Pavilion, 7pm.

 

Monday 1st May: May Day Pensioners' Lunch, St Paul's Community Hall. Hosted by Grangetown Community Action - food and entertainment.

Saturday 13th May: Love Grangetown 2017, Grange Pavilion. Annual consultation as part of the Community Gateway programme with a chance to give feedback and find out about more projects. Stalls, themed activities, tea and cake and plenty of opportunities to share opinions.



The Cinema at Tramshed - click here for listings and to buy tickets online. Showing in coming week: Logan, Don't Take Me Home and The Love Witch


Live events at Tramshed - include Mallory Knox, Bear's Den, Courtney Pine/Omar. 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.

US ban teacher joins Grangetown anti-racism rally

A Welsh secondary school teacher, who was taken off a plane and banned from entering the United States while on a school trip, spoke at an anti-racism rally in Grangetown next weekend.

Juhel Miah, 25, from Neath, had been due to fly to New York but was taken off a plane in Iceland. Mr Miah, whose family's ethnic background is Bangladeshi, said he was made to feel like a criminal because of his Muslim religion.

Mr Miah joined politicians and union officials speaking at the rally, attended by hundreds of people in Grange Gardens on Saturday 18th March followed by a march to mark UN Anti Racism Day.

Other speakers included Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru leader, Labour MPs Jo Stevens and Stephen Doughty, Pippa Bartolotti (Welsh Green Party), Sue Lent (deputy leader of Cardiff Council) and Cardiff Central AM Jenny Rathbone.

The Grange pub re-opens

The Grange pub has re-opened after a major refurbishment under its new ownership.

The pub, which closed more than a year ago, has been bought by the Porro Group, who already successfully re-opened The Lansdowne pub in Canton, with a formula of changing craft beers, good food and events such as quizzes and occasional music.

Lovely to meet you all!! pic.twitter.com/vVLIDdWQ1f

— The Grange Pub (@PubGrange) March 10, 2017

New landlord Dai Dearden has moved across from The Lansdowne to take over the reins. The pub finally opened its doors in time for the Wales v Ireland Six Nations rugby international. It aims to start serving food on Wednesday, although the menu will be limited as things start off. As promised, there was a range of real ales, with the six craft beers including Dr Grangelove - a specially-brewed one-off for the pub by Crafty Devil, who on the same day opened their new brewery off Ninian Park Road.

First impressions from locals were very positive. There are wooden floors, leather seats, a tasteful nod to the pub's original features - the current building dates from 1892, although the original Grange Hotel opened in the 1850s.

The first weekly quiz night will start on Wednesday (8.30pm).

One of the new owners, Cerys Furlong, told Grangetown News at the start of the project that The Grange is a "beautiful pub - and we want to restore it to its former glory."

"We definitely see a bright future for Grangetown - it's vibrant, multi-cultural and multi-lingual. It's a fantastic place to live and hopefully a place to socialise close to home too when we are open."

A history of the Grange pub has been compiled by Grangetown Local History Society, which will be presented at a Grange Pub 1857-2017 history evening at the pub on Sunday 9th April (7.30pm)- marking the 160th anniversary of the pub first opening.

You can already follow The Grange on Facebook and on Twitter @PubGrange

Hip hop poet holds workshop

Rapper, poet and writer Tanya Muneera Williams will be holding a workshop in Grangetown to talk about her work later this month.

The event at Tramshed Tech on Saturday 25th March (12.30pm-2.45pm, £3 admission) will give an insight into her work as one-half of Poetic Pilgrimage, a British Muslim female hip-hop and spoken word duo

Muneera was born in Bristol but now based in London but her spoken word, rhyme and music on social issues and global politics has taken her all over Europe, America and Africa.

She will be leading a two-hour session that introduces her music, her influences and how she came to be a Hijabi in Hip-Hop. She will share a brief history of the duo and their mission to create progressive hip hop music - the backdrop for a message of peace, unity and freedom.

20mph limits within two years

Grangetown's residential streets are to get 20mph speed limits within two years.

Work on the first phase of streets in Saltmead/North Grangetown and Taff Mead will start in the next financial year, starting next month. The remaining part of the district will be done during 2018/19.

Cardiff Council released the map showing the timetable for the work in different areas of the city, following trials in Cathays.

Councillor Ramesh Patel, cabinet member for transport, said the primary routes would remain 30mph limits but residential streets would all be 20mph.

"This scheme will have a host of benefits by improving public safety, improving the liveability of our streets, reducing the attractiveness of using residential streets as short cuts for drivers as well as encouraging walking and cycling," he said.

"This will provide continuity for drivers as well as cyclists and walkers using these areas."

Business forum looks at 'cashflow' next

Grangetown's first business forum has been launched, as part of a wider campaign to encourage more shopping in local independent stores.

The second meeting on Monday 27th February saw a free session on "marketing on a shoestring" - led by business coach/mentor Rob Firth. There was a chance to pick up tips on building customer loyalty for shops, local enterprises and home-based businesses. The next meet-up on Monday 27th March at Tramshed Tech (6.30pm) will deal with cashflow.

The launch evening saw a range of Grangetown businesses, shop keepers and tradespeople get together at Tramshed Tech in Pendyris Street for an evening which involved digital training, networking - and discussions about what people wanted from the forum.

Those coming along included established businesses with more than 30 years experience to new shops which had only opened a few months before. There were also businesses operating from home and also members of Grangetown's youth forum who were interested in learning about setting up enterprises.

There was a presentation on the essentials for small businesses thinking of getting online by Google Digital Garage, which is offering free digital/tech training in an adjoining space in the Tramshed building until the end of March.

In the future, the forum might consider Q&A sessions with local councillors, council leaders and City Region chiefs, while there will be a chance to tap in to experts and speakers from Cardiff Business School.

The forum idea is being put forward by Grangetown Community Action, with the support of Cardiff University's Community Gateway programme. It is part of a #LoveGrangetown/Shop Grangetown project.

The forum was facilitated by business mentor and coach Rob Firth - a Grangetown resident - who has offered his expertise to the project. A further boost came from Tramshed Tech - the newly-opened creative/tech hub in the far end of the Tramshed building - which has kindly offered the venue for initial meetings.

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. A website LoveGrangetown.biz is being set up to showcase some of the best examples of local indies - while also creating an online directory.

"We had a very positive first meeting, with lots of ideas shared and at the end, there were already businesses networking and swapping numbers," said Steve Duffy, who is project lead for Grangetown Community Action.

"There was a real focus on the positives from business working more closely together, promoting themselves better but many of them live here too and it shone through how committed they are to improving the community they are so much an important part of."

Dr Eleri Rosier of Cardiff University, who has involved marketing students in research in the early days of the project, said: "It’s fantastic to see the work both undergraduate and post graduate students at Cardiff Business School have been working on since 2015 come to fruition with the launch of the very first Business Forum in Grangetown.

"Feedback from my students suggest that they love working on a "live" project rather than on a purely theoretical academic piece of work and they have also commented that they feel more connected to the city in which they are studying by working on the Grangetown projects."

"One of the great up and coming areas". Nice job on @MadeInCardiffTV all who featured on the #LoveGrangetown #ShopGrangetown project ??? pic.twitter.com/6hdMrwzZpz

— Grangetown community (@grangecardiff) January 26, 2017

As a first step, post-graduate marketing students from Cardiff Business School surveyed shoppers and business owners to get some opinions.

They found:

The survey of more than 150 shoppers and businesses also highlighted concerns about parking and traffic congestion, and litter in the area.

Cashflow is the topic for the next forum. Businesses interested in attending on Monday 27th March (6.30pm-8.30pm at Tramshed Tech) can pop along on the night – or email: grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk or communitygateway@cardiff.ac.uk.

 A separate project group is being set up to work on the street market idea for the summer. A meeting for volunteers or any resident interested in helping has been arranged for Monday 3rd April at 6.30pm at Grange Gardens Bowls Pavilion.


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. Copies will also be available in Grangetown Hub and you will be able to view an online copy soon. The winter edition is 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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