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.

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 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

Half term activities - 19th-24th February

Monday 19th February: Play session with Friends of Pentre Gardens, St Samson's church hall, Pentre Gardens, 3pm-5pm.


Wednesday 21st February: Grangetown Community Action, Hideout Cafe, Grange Pavilion, 7pm.

Saturday 24th February: Culture Cafe, Hideout Cafe, Grange Pavilion, 4.30pm-6pm. Monthly chance to meet other members of the community over copy to discuss a topic or to hear from a different voice. This time it's South Wales Police.

Sunday 25th February: Repair Cafe, Hideout Cafe, Grange Pavilion, Grange Gardens, 12pm-4pm. Monthly repair cafe - Repair Café 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

Friday 2nd March: Grangetown Local History Society, Glamorgan Archives, Leckwith, 2pm.

Monday 5th March: Grangetown Local Business Forum - with launch of Grangetown indie business map, Tramshed Tech, Pendyris Street, 6.30pm. If you're a local shop of business, work from home or looking to start an enterpise in Grangetown, you're welcome to come along. A chance to network and find out about support/training.

Saturday 10th March: Grangetown World Market, St Paul's RC Primary School carpark, off Havelock Place/Lucknow Street, 11am-3pm. Crafts, indie designers, fashions, street food. Contact grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk to book a stall.

Saturday 24th March: Keep Grangetown Tidy litterpick, 9.45am. All welcome - meet Jim Driscoll Way (by Channel View leisure centre), look out for the Cardiff Rivers' truck. Gloves and litter-pickers provided.

Tuesday 3rd April: Grangetown PACT, Grangetown Hub, 7pm.

Wednesday 16th May: Charity quiz in aid of Friends of the Dogs, The Grange pub, Penarth Rd, 8pm start.


The Cinema at Tramshed - click here for listings and to buy tickets online. Films include The Prince of Nothingwood


Live events at Tramshed - include The Sherlocks, Magnum, Trainspotting Live! 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.

£1m lottery award for 'dynamic' Pavilion revamp

A project to transform Grangetown Pavilion into a community venue in a corner of Grange Gardens has been awarded £1m in lottery funding.

The money from the Big Lottery Fund's Community Asset Transfer 2 programme will go towards refurbishing and extending the current building to provide a multi-purpose facility - including café, office and meeting spaces. 

It is five years since local residents started talking about using the empty 1960s bowls pavilion as a community venue.

Since then, thanks to a tie-up with the Cardiff University Community Gateway project, the work of local people and Grangetown Community Action, the building has been given a new lease of life and a £40,000 revamp.

But the existing building is still affected by damp and poor insultation. There is hope of completely transforming the site, with a development which could cost upwards of £2m. Plans have already gone forward to Cardiff Council and now the first major funding hurdle has been overcome. Match funding will also needed now for the £1,072,692 award.

Lynne Thomas, project manager for Community Gateway, Cardiff University's engagement programme, said: "We are delighted to have received this grant, which is the culmination of much hard work from everyone involved. The funding will be used to further develop Grange Pavilion into a high quality, dynamic venue that can be used by people of all ages."

Partners in the project include residents' organisations themselves - Grange Pavilion Project (GPP), Grangetown Community Action (GCA), Grange Pavilion CIO - as well as Cardiff Council, owners of the old bowls pavilion and site.

The plans - which include a new building alongside a revamped existing pavilion - have been developed with IBI Group and Dan Benham Architect, and involved consultations by students at the Welsh School of Architecture.

Ms Thomas added: "It will transform the building into a thriving centre that will benefit the people of Grangetown for many years to come. Hundreds of people have helped us get to this exciting point and we are thrilled to be able to move forward with our plans thanks to this grant."

Residents have been involved in the discussions about the designs, thanks to virtual reality technology presentations at drop-in sessions.

Councillor Ashley Lister, chair of Grangetown Community Action, said: "As a lead in Grange Pavilion, GCA is delighted with this news. We are grateful for the enormous amount of time and effort that has already gone into re-engaging the community with this popular venue.

"We would never have reached this stage without the support of the numerous volunteers who have given up their time. The Big Lottery Funding now that means that we can deliver something the community can be proud of. Our next steps will be to obtain additional match funding which will enable us to build a fully-functional community asset with on-site cafe, meeting facilities, and flourishing green space."

The plans include:

 Big Lottery Fund Wales director John Rose, said the programme - which has awarded £5.4m across five projects in Wales on Thursday - was about empowering communities across Wales "to use buildings and land to suit their needs."

It would be helping groups with asset transfer projects and "improving services and facilities for communities in Wales that are sustainable."

Other projects benefiting include turning a 1920's Machine Shop at the Brymbo Steelworks site into a heritage learning centre and £1.1m towards a tourism and community facility in Llandeilo Shire Hall.

Mhairi McVicar, project lead for Community Gateway, said: “If successful, a community management board, which has started to form, will take on a 99 year lease under a community asset transfer [from Cardiff Council], with handover support from Cardiff University.

“We still need your help, and the project is still very much open to anyone who would like to get involved.”

The Hideout Cafe opened in the existing pavilion last summer, offering cake, ice creams and coffee, as well as training opportunities for local youngsters. The kitchen had been refurbished with the help of Ikea.

In addition to hosting regular classes and community organisations, there are hopes of expanding its range of regular events, including a creative writing group. Recently a monthly repair cafe began. There is also potential for music, comedy and other small-scale performance. Meanwhile, the pavilion project is still looking for expertise and volunteers who can help with facilities management, landscaping, business development, legal services, finances, fund-raising, PR and marketing, as well those happy helping at pop-up events and activities. Trustees will be appointed.

The Pavilion project has already had support from Cardiff Bay Rotary Club, Ikea, Cardiff and Vale College and Cardiff Council’s neighbourhood partnership. Other partners include Garfield Weston Foundation and Cardiff and Vale College Jemma White, of the Pavilion trustrees group, said: “We are very excited to see the plans for Grange Pavilion move forward.

Not only will an upgraded Pavilion provide space for community activities for residents, it will help build a united, welcoming and resilient community, making Grangetown an even better place to live and work.”

The design statement adds that the proposal wants to "encourage and create a thriving core community hub" that is open and caters for all members of the community.


Fresh appeal over unsolved attack at Grangetown station in 2002

A £10,000 reward has been posted by Crimestoppers as a fresh appeal has been launched to find the attackers of barman Leon Adams outside Grangetown railway station 16 years ago.

Leon, then 24,was left in a coma for two years after being assaulted and robbed. The attack is believed to have involved three men at around 2.30am on February 14th 2002. It was after Wales had played Argentina at football at the Millennium Stadium and after Leon had finished work at The Cottage pub in St Mary Street.


CCTV from St Mary Street showing Leon about half an hour before the attack in 2002 and on Wednesday, British Transport Police talking to passengers at the station.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark O'Shea of South Wales Police, who launched the new appeal, said: "We believe the answer to this crime is within the community of Grangetown and the community of Cardiff."

Leon, from the Swansea Valley, was found at around 5.10am, lying on the ground at the station entrance in Penarth Road. He had been attacked and had swelling around his face and was covered in blood. He was taken to the University Hospital of Wales for treatment.

Police said he suffered "catastrophic life changing injuries" and is currently living in an assisted living complex near to his family. He uses a wheelchair and has limited use of his right hand and has difficulty in communicating, requiring constant care.

The reward of up to £10,000 is now being offered for information given to Crimestoppers that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the crime.

Ella Rabaiotti, regional manager for Crimestoppers in Wales, said: "This is an incident that has left an innocent man’s quality of life compromised and for what? The sake of a small amount of cash.

"Leon and his family deserve to know who was responsible for this robbery and attack, and I would ask anyone with information from that night, to find it in their heart to contact our charity anonymously and tell us what they know. We won’t judge. Won’t ask any personal details. We’ll just pass on what you know."

If you have any information please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the non-traceable anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

PACT wants to tackle anti-social behaviour in Grange Gardens

Police were asked to make tackling anti-social behaviour in Grange Gardens a Grangetown PACT priority, at the first community police meeting with residents of 2018.

Problems of youth annoyance, drinking and drug taking in the area behind the Pavilion was raised, with local residents complaining of issues in nearby streets too.

Some residents asked about the viability of locking the park or installing lighting as a deterrent. There was also the issue of littering from laughing gas cannisters, which has been an issue in the area for some time.

Meanwhile, traffic and illegal parking in the Clare Road area was also raised. There are already congestion and road safety issues, especially around junctions at Cornwall Street and Pentre Street. Local residents have also complained about the noise from late night traffic hitting the raised crossing off Cornwall Street, with councillors due to hold a site meeting with highways officials.

Residents also raised the long standing issue of prostitution in the Taff Mead and Taff Embankment areas. Police said reports from the public had reduced but some residents said it had increased recently but they had grown tired of reporting it to 101.

Councillor Lynda Thorne also said she was "disappointed" progress had not been made with police chiefs in reviewing the "five-step" process for dealing with sex workers, which currently saw arrests and prosecutions only at the very end of a long chain of interventions. Community police explained that many of the women had very complex social problems and addictions, with referrals to the StreetLife charity as a way of dealing with issues, but denied suggestions that there had been no arrests, with persistent offenders being dealt with and two women from an adjoining area being jailed.

After the meeting, residents from Dinas Street also raised the issue of plans for house to be converted into bedsits for up to seven people. The property is currently split into flats but this would be a house of multiple occupation, which residents believe is unsuitable and out of character with nearby homes. A petition is already circulating in the area.

Repair cafe is on hand to help

If you're in a fix - and have something which needs mending - a monthly repair cafe has started in Grangetown.

Grangetown Repair Cafe will be meeting on the last Sunday of each month (the next one is February 25th, 12pm-4pm) at The Hideout Cafe in the Grange Pavilion in Grange Gardens.

Volunteers will try to fix things that you would otherwise throw away. This could include broken electricals, torn clothing, broken jewellery, wobbly tables, slow computers and so on.

The first was hailed as a big success with 37 items brought along. Among those helping was computer repair specialists PC Express.

"We'll try to fix anything," said Joe O'Mahoney, who is one of those behind Cardiff Repair Cafe, which started in Cathays last year. "We can't do major repairs or alterations on clothes, but will do a free MOT on your bike."

To make it work, volunteers who are handy (e.g. electrics, IT, woodwork, or generalists) or simply want to get involved in helping, are also needed. Contact: Moss 07907489346 or Joe 07868206627 if you can lend a hand.

The idea started in Amsterdam and aims to encourage recycling and up-cycling - stopping stuff being dumped that could have a longer life.

There is no charge for the repairs but people are asked to make a contribution towards the project - and you can also buy coffee, tea and cake at the cafe while you wait.


Eventually, 130 new trees will be planted. Photo: NRW

Greener Grangetown taking shape

The first 30 trees have been planted as the Greener Grangetown project is starting to take shape at long last.

The project in streets off the Taff Embankment is expected to be completed in the spring - although it has frustrated residents for the time it has taken and issues around parking. Community planting sessions also took place in February.

You can read a longer version of our story in Grangetown News here.


Winter edition of Grangetown News out

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

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:

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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