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 every four months 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,

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'Unique experience' at first Grangetown pop-up restaurant

For one night only, Cornwall Street church hall is being transformed into a pop-up restaurant next Friday night for Grangetown's first pop-up restaurant. It's £30 a head for the three-courses but hurry if you want to book, as the word is getting around fast! We asked Branwen Llewellyn about the new venture.

Tell us who's behind it? Our names are Tomos and Branwen, and we are brother and sister originally from a small village near Bala in North Wales, but who have made Grangetown our home. I've lived here for five years, and Tomos for two. Tomos is a chef by trade, and although I have an office job, I think it's fair to say that any time spent away from my desk and not sleeping is time spent thinking about food. Tomos is very much the same, and approached me one day with the suggestion of organising a pop-up restaurant, and here we are, a week away from the big night!

What can people expect on the night - are you dressing the place up or will it be all about the food and the atmosphere? People can expect a great meal served in a friendly and open atmosphere. We enjoy home cooking, and we hope that both the meal and the atmosphere will reflect that, whilst still giving our guests a special and unique experience.

Pop-up restaurants have happened elsewhere but this is a first for Grangetown - how do you think the place is changing? Cardiff is fast becoming a 'foodie' city. Grangetown has a wealth of restaurants, take-aways and food stores, and this pop-up is just one small add-on to what is already a vibrant food scene. New initiatives are coming to Grangetown all the time, and our hope is that the Porthi pop-up restaurant will become a regular event for the Grangetown community.

What are you favourite foodie places in the city? There may be too many to mention as we love everything from Pizza Pronto to Milkwood, from Bar 44 to Vegetarian Food Studio, from Bangkok Cafe to Mezza Luna. And Canna Deli, of course, where Tomos is the chef!

What would you like to do after this one? We're concentrating on getting the first Porthi event under our belts before thinking about the next, but in the meantime would welcome any suggestions for future menus - what would you like to see at the next Porthi pop-up? Let us know via the email address (below)

How many tables are available and how do people book? We're actually very near capacity now for this first pop-up, but anyone interested can contact us on porthiporthi@gmail.com

Day-by-day

Sunday 14th October: Harvest Festival Service in Welsh, St Paul's Church, 3.30pm. Thanksgiving service for Welsh-speakers and learners with Rev Dyfrig Lloyd.

Ponder and a Pint, The Grange pub, 6.30pm. Monthly discussion group led by Fr David Morris of St Paul's on topical and religious questions. This time: Mary. Attitudes concerning Mary vary in different Christian traditions and she is revered in Islam. So who was this teenage girl who became the most famous woman in human history and why do some celebrate her more than others?

Friday 19th October: Pop-up restaurant, taking over Cornwall Street baptist church hall, 7.30pm. £30 per head, three courses. More details and email porthiporthi@gmail.com

Saturday 20th October: Keep Grangetown Tidy monthly litter-pick, 10am - meet by Ystrad Street/Taff Embankment. All welcome

Monday 22nd October: Fund-raising concert in aid of Grange Pavilion, Cornwall Street baptist church hall, 7.15pm, £5 donation suggested. Hosted by Grangetown Community Choir and featuring guest performances from the Oasis Music Group, the WorldSong choir and the Cobblers Awl clog-dancers.

Saturday 27th October: Black Cat Day - Fund-raising event for Cardiff and Vale Cat Protection, Grange Pavilion, 1.30pm-5pm. Tea, cakes and black cat goods, in aid of re-homing black cats - who are the unluckiest, when it comes to finding new owners.

Saturday 10th November: Autumn/Christmas Fayre, hosted by 13th Cardiff St Paul's Scout group, Bayden Scout Hall, Ferry Road, 12pm-4pm.

Sunday 11th November: Remembrance Service, Grange Gardens war memorial, 10.45am. Marking exactly 100 years since the end of World War One, a chance to remember the 430 men and women from Grangetown who died in the conflict, and others who died in conflicts since. A multi-faith event.

Saturday 1st December: Grangetown World Market and Grangetown Shop Local Day, 11am onwards. Details to follow. Interested stalls contact grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk

Wednesday 5th December: Carers Connect drop-in, Grangetown Hub, Havelock Place, 10am-12pm. A chance to discuss carers' issues with members of the council's adult care services team.


The Cinema at Tramshed - showing Hurricane (15) and Final Score (15). A new cinema programme is starting, 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 From The Jam, Nick Mulvey , Jason Byrne, Paul Young, Gwenno (Swn), The Orb, Toots And The Maytals. click here for details.

Regular events:

Mondays: Friends and Neighbours (FAN) group at Grangetown Hyb, 9.30am to 10.30am and 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 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.

Residents worried about Track 2000 flats plans

Residents were urged to keep emotions out of their opposition to proposals to build 86 flats on the site of the soon-to-be-demolished Track 2000 site off Penarth Road.

Developers Rightacres - who are already building the Capital Quarter and are due to start work on the old Brain's brewery in the city centre - bought the old warehouse after it closed earlier this year.

More than 70 Taff Mead residents packed a meeting at the Samaj Centre Monday, attended by two local councillors, with many expressing unhappiness at the proposed height of the flats.

Rightacres - who have put out the proposals for a pre-planning consultation - want to build 86 flats, up to seven storeys at its tallest.

Bottleworks Wharf - named after a bottle works which was once on the site - would involve 50 one-bedroom and 36 two bedroom private rented flats. The developers say it would continue "ongoing regeneration" and provide a "much needed housing option in a highly sustainable location close to the city centre."

A 12-storey block of apartments had originally been suggested but this is thought to have been an opening bargaining position which was reduced after initial consultation with council officials and also concerns from local residents.

But residents are still unhappy about the scale of the development and loss of privacy - particularly with gardens from Pentre Gardens backing onto the site. The development would still be five-storeys at its lowest point rising to a height of 19.5m. But the pre-planning submission claims although the design is higher than the old Track 2000 - it is further away from existing homes.

At the meeting, Councillor Lynda Thorne said it was important for residents to focus on planning grounds to their objections and not let emotions get in the way.

She said it was unlikely the proposal could be defeated on the issue of parking - given current guidelines - but there were other objections such as the height of the proposed building and for the design to be more in keeping with homes around it.

Some residents said the development marked a "tipping point" for Grangetown, with worries about overcrowding. Others pointed to other flat developments - like the old Inn on the River - which were smaller in scale and more sympathetically designed.

There was also some derision for the attempt to design a warehouse look and call it a "wharf."


A packed meeting - residents had to be moved to a bigger room and it was still standing room only.

Before the plans eventually go to the council committee, residents will take up an offer from the developer of a contribution towards hiring an independent planning expert. A site meeting is also expected to be held before any decision is taken.

Reaction from local residents so far includes:

  • "It's just too big."
  • "The area is already saturated with traffic at most times of the day."
  • "Although the looks of the designs are quite nice, this design is not suited to this particular area and will be clashing with the existing architecture of surrounding streets. There is no need for high buildings in the area, it will look out of place and will make the area lose even more sunlight;"
  • "The proposed building just doesn't fit with the look of the area and the cynic in my wonders if this is just a money-making exercise with no thought for the current residents."

The developers will be arguing that in scale it will be a "mirror image" of the Unity student flats which were built 10 years ago on the site of the old Avana Bakery in Pendyris Street, a quarter of a mile away. Residents were reminded at the meeting that the student development was reduced in size after objections. They are worried this will have more visual impact - and also signal a step-change in the size of developments crossing over into Grangetown.

The development would include 41 parking spaces - 20 within a basement - and 90 cycle stands. Residents are worried though that the parking access will be via Pentre Gardens and are worried it will create congestion. Councillors will ask for highways officials to take a close look at the likely impact.

Rightacres in their consultation document say: "Importantly the development of this site will illustrate that development does not stop at the river bridge as it crosses into Grangetown and whilst this development is modest in scale compared with the Brewery Quarter and Central Square developments, it makes a stepping stone in scale between these and the traditional housing stock of Grangetown."


This shows the original design for the height of the flats, next to the current proposal

The site has attracted issues around prostitution and anti-social behaviour over a long period and many residents are keen to something built on the site - it is not the principle but the scale of what's proposed which is the problem.

Residents have until October 3rd to give their views before the plans are submitted formally. Full details of this are on the project website.

Winter edition of Grangetown News now being planned in 40th year

The winter edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper is being planned for publication in November - in what will be the publication's 40th year.

A contributors/volunteers meeting will be organised soon.

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 to our Summer edition - and also to our volunteer deliverers. If you can help deliver - we need people for Penarth Road and a few streets 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 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

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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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