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 June 5th will include a golden oldies singalong. 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

Thursday 25th May: Grangetown Soundscape Party, Bowls Pavilion, Grange Gardens, 7pm-9pm. Music mixed exclusively from everyday street sounds of Grangetown! Free. See website

Saturday 27th May: Charity coffee morning, St Paul's Community Hall, Paget Street, 10.30am. In aid of Grangetown Community Action this month.

Art and heritage walk and talk workshop, Grangetown Hub, Havelock Place, 1pm-4pm. A short walk and talk to encounter some local public art works and learn about some heritage, followed by a workshop with local artists. Hosted by Artshell. All welcome.

Sarcasm (on Static Shock Records), Neurotic Ficion and Disjoy. Transport Club, 59-61 Tudor Street, 7pm, £6.

Sunday 28th August: Chloe and Luke, The Grange pub. Live music with Chloe Cooke and Luke Thomas, evening.

Friday 2nd June: 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.

Saturday 3rd June: The Big Brew Up, Bayden Scout Hall, Ferry Rd, (opp Ikea), 10.30am. Tea and cake in a good cause, SSAFA.

Sunday 4th June: Keep Grangetown Tidy litterpick, meet Jim Driscoll Way near Channel View, 9.45am.

Teddy Bears' Picnic, St Paul's Church, Paget St, 3pm-5pm. Cream teas, bouncy castle, face-painting. Entry, £2 per child, £3.50 cream teas.

Monday 5th June: Grangetown Local Business Forum, Tramshed Tech, Pendyris Street, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Newly-elected local councillors have been invited to answer questions on local business issues. Pop along on the night - or email: grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk.

Saturday 10th-Saturday 17th June: Grangetown Festival Week - Carnival Day is on Saturday 17th at Grange Gardens. Follow: @GrangeFest and see the Facebook page

Festival Events:
Sat 10th: Teddy Bears Picnic and Bilingual Story Time, Grangetown Hub, Havelock Place, 2pm-4pm.

Sun 11th: Outdoor service and cream tea, St Samson's Church, Pentre Gardens, 3pm.

Tues 13th: School Sports Day, Leckwith Stadium (1.30pm).

Fri 16th: Ifthar, Grange Gardens, sundown/9pm. Prayers and food.

Sat 17th: Grangetown Carnival Day. Parade with 70s fancy dress theme from the Hub in Havelock Place at 11.30am. Stalls, entertainment and displays at Grange Gardens, 12pm-7pm. Includes Indian dancing/music, three live bands, sports activities,bouncy castles, assault course, gardening sessions, food court including street food burgers and Welsh Tapas. Stalls from local organisations and face painting


Sunday 2nd July: Charity Darts Tournament in aid of Friends of Cardiff Dogs, The Grange pub (eve); £3 entry each, knockout tournament. All proceeds to dogs home.

Saturday 22nd July: Grangetown World Market, crafts/world food/vintage. First seasonal street market - stalls and craft activities - full details to follow.



The Cinema at Tramshed - click here for listings and to buy tickets online. Films include McLaren and a season of Disney classics for half term.


Live events at Tramshed - include Emma Blackery, Saint Etienne, The Cinematic Orchestra and Cage The Elephant 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.

New pitch fit for Champions!

Grangetown residents prepare for Final disruption and are warned to stay vigilant

A new £100,000 astro-turf pitch has opened in Grangetown - the legacy of the Uefa Champions League Final being played at the Millennium Stadium.

The floodlit maxi-pitch at Grange Gardens will be a long-lasting local benefit to the match between Juventus and Real Madrid - the biggest sporting event to be held in Cardiff on 3rd June.

David Griffiths, president of the Footbaall Association of Wales, which along with organisers Uefa are providing the five-a-side-pitch, said: "The positive impacts of football are powerful and far reaching. Football has the power to directly influence health and wellbeing, crime and social cohesion. An all-weather pitch such as this being donated to Grangetown, gives the local community a top-level sports facility that can be used all year round.

 “I’m confident that such a facility, located equi-distant between the host stadiums of the two finals, will serve to inspire more local youngsters to take up the sport.”.

Meanwhile, local residents are being reminded to expect disruption when road closures and extra security measures are put in place in the lead-up to the final.

Part of Penarth Road - from the Clare Road junction into town - and Taff Embankment and Pendyris Street will be closed for 24 hours around the match.

People living inside the cordon have been advised to take ID with them. Traffic is expected to be heavy and public transport subject to disruption. A planned concert on the Saturday night by St Etienne at Tramshed has been put back 48 hours until the Monday due to logistical issues, although the venue will be showing the match instead on big screens.

Councillor Ashley Lister has spoken to police and said necessary security measures were slowly becoming visible in the run-up to the Saturday final - with events starting with the women's Champions League final on the Thursday evening.

"With over 170,000 additional people in the city, it goes without saying that roads will have to be closed and public transport will become busier," he said.

"There is a large security element to the policing operation which is already being delivered by South Wales Police and their partner agencies across the UK. The level of security being implemented should reassure residents that security is being taken extremely seriously by the authorities.

"Despite the security measures in place, residents should remain vigilant and report any suspicions to South Wales Police on 999 or 101 as appropriate."

For more travel and match weekend information, see the Cardiff 2017 website


Dragons are slaying at start of cricket season

The Bay Dragons cricket team - which features a large contingent of Grangetown-based players - has made a winning start to the season in the South East Wales Cricket League.

Playing home matches at Blackweir, the Dragons have won their first two games of the season before their following game was forfeited to them as their opponents could not raise a full side.

Chairman Syed Abbas said it had been a "fantastic start" which has taken the Dragons to the top of the table in Division Nine, as they prepare to meet Cardiff 4th XI at home on Saturday (starts at 1pm).

The opening match with Mountain Ash 2nd XI saw Avinash Mehrotra top score with 68 as Dragons set a target of 219-9 in their 40 overs. Then Mubashar Tariq starred with the ball to take 4-11 in just five overs, with six of "Bash"'s team-mates taking a wicket a piece as their opponents were bowled out for just 119.

Their next opponents Whitchurch-Heath 4th XI were beaten even more emphatically in a 160-run rout. Man-of-the-match was opener Zub "Zubbers" Iqbal, who hit an unbeaten 63 - including a first wicket partnership of 75- as Dragons made 225-9, boosted by some costly bowling by their opponents.

Only two Whitchurch-Heath batsmen reached double figures as the Dragons attack skittled them out for 65 in only 22 overs.

You can follow more on the Dragons here and their next fixtures are here Anyone who is interested in getting involved, supporting or playing for the club, email baydragons@hotmail.com. We hope to feature updates soon!

Can you join Grangetown World Market?

Volunteers and stall-holders interested in taking part in Grangetown's first street market are being asked to join a new project.

The occasional street market - called Grangetown World Market - is being developed to help boost the local shopping district and is being planned for Saturday 22nd July, with an emphasis on street and world food, crafts and vintage clothing.

There has already been discussions with those behind the weekly Riverside food market in terms of advice and renting equipment. The idea is for a seasonal pop-up market to make Grangetown’s distinctive from other street markets in the city.

Residents in Havelock Place and Durham Street are being contacted, with an application for a temporary road closure. Temporary alternative parking and litter-picking will be arranged as part of the event, while residents will still have access. A drop-in for local residents with questions has been arranged for Grangetown Hub at 6.30pm on Tuesday 30th May.

There are no plans for a weekly market – but to concentrate on making a success of an occasional event. The aim is to encourage as many local food producers, clothes and crafts-people as possible to hire stalls. These will cost £40 for the day - and an application form can be downloaded here.

Enterprise students have helped formulate ideas as part of the Love Grangetown, Shop Grangetown local business project - and these were presented on Monday 3rd April to residents, who have now set up a volunteers group to plan and organise the seasonal market.

In a survey by Cardiff Business School students last summer, 78% of residents and two thirds of shop owners backed the idea of an occasional street market. Grangetown Community Action, which is supporting the wider shop local project, said: ”There was a lot of enthusiasm for the idea – and we want to to help bring more residents out into the shopping district and boost the whole area.” The next meeting of the group is on Tuesday 23rd May at Grange Bowls Pavilion (6.30pm). If interested in helping or having a stall, email grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk

See the project website on www.lovegrangetown.biz There are also plans for a Grangetown Business Forum Q&A with newly-elected councillors, pencilled in for 5th June at Tramshed Tech at 6.30pm.

 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.


Flats plan for Islamic community centre building

There are plans to convert a building which was used as an Islamic community centre into flats.

The proposal is for nine flats over three floors inside the one-time Victorian chapel in Clare Road.

In recent years it has been used by the Rabbaniah charity as a cultural and education centre, including holding classes. It suffered vandalism and damage during a break-in nearly three years ago.

Do you know a community champion?

 Do you know someone who deserves special recognition for the work they do and the difference they make in Grangetown? The Joan Gallagher Award celebrates the contributions of those individuals who go above and beyond in their service to the local community.


 Joan was secretary of Grangetown Community Concern for many years and edited the Grange newspaper.

 The annual award was established in memory of our founding member, Joan Gallagher MBE (1925-2010), who dedicated her life to serving Grangetown.

 Last year it was awarded to community worker Ali Abdi for his contribution to the Cardiff Somali community and also to Moseem Suleman, a local businessman for his support of local activities and initiatives, including Radio Ramadan. Previous winners have been for contributions to Keep Grangetown Tidy, scouting and local history. It could go to a person or people who have made a contribution through their school, business or charity work or for a special sporting or artistic achievement.

 If you wish to nominate someone for this award, you can nominate online here or instead you can, or download the nomination form here and return to Grangetown Community Action, Grangetown Hub, Havelock Place or email details to grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk by 5pm on Friday 2nd June 2017.


Survey as Grange Pavilion boosted by £50,000 development money

Hopes of a revamp for Grange Bowls Pavilion have been boosted by a £50,000 development grant by the Big Lottery Fund.

The 1960s building has already been repaired and given a makeover and become a well-used community facility over the last year.

But there are hopes of an extension and a redevelopment - which could run to around £1m - if a case can be made for making a real feature of the building, set in the Victorian park.

As part of the next stage, local residents are being asked to take part in a survey. This has been printed in the new edition of Grangetown News and it can also be filled in online here. There is also a chance to fill it in at the Love Grangetown community event which will showcase Community Gateway projects at Grange Pavilion on Saturday 13th May from 2pm.

The Pavilion has already been used by numerous groups, while a cafe is due to open soon. The bid is being supported by Community Gateway, a local residents' group and Grangetown Community Action, with the backing of local politicians.

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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