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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.

This voluntary project - in connection with Grangetown Community Action - is the free, independent, 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.

Custody for student after Nazi graffiti in Grangetown park

A racist student has been given a custodial sentence for a string of offences, including daubing swastikas and slogans in Grange Gardens.

Elliott Richards-Good, who was 18 at the time, was caught after he daubed a Swastika on the Senedd building in Cardiff Bay the following day, but was tracked down after being caught on CCTV on his bike.

Officers from the Wales Extremism Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU) tracked him down and also found incriminating material, including paint and gloves, at his family home in Cheltenham.

He had also filmed himself committing some offences - but did not erase the footage.

Richards-Good sprayed paint onto a park keeper's hut and the nearby Grangetown Conservative Club, ahead of an anti-racism march which was due to start from the park in March 2018.

He was sent to a young offenders' institution for 16 months at Cardiff Crown Court after admitting a string of offences, which began weeks after he began studying history at Cardiff University.

Richards-Good was also given a five-year criminal behaviour order after admitting stirring up racial hatred, racially aggravated criminal damage, possession of material likely to stir up racial hatred, and possession of material likely to stir up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.

Det Supt Noel Harris, head of WECTU, said: "Tackling extremism in all its forms is a priority for WECTU and South Wales Police and this case demonstrates that we are committed to working together to both prevent and detect it.

"Cardiff is a welcoming and vibrant multicultural city and Richards-Good’s abhorrent views and actions rightly caused great concern amongst the local community."

Supt Harris said Richards-Good was actively recruiting others to join the far-right System Resistance Network. He added that the network were tech-savvy and went to great lengths to avoid detection by the authorities.

"Unfortunately for him, he didn’t follow his own advice and it was his own footage and material which helped convict him," he added.

"Our communities are our eyes and ears and anyone with concerns about someone’s beliefs or behaviour is urged to report it. No report is a waste of our time; please trust your instincts and tell us if something doesn’t feel right."

The judge, sentencing him, said: "You describe yourself as a fascist, and demonstrate very little insight into the reaction you have caused."

Councillor Ash Lister praised the police and council for their prompt response at the time. "I was so proud of the Grangetown reaction - this wasn’t a message from our communities and it damn sure won’t be tolerated by our communities," he added.

Concerns and suspicions can be reported to South Wales Police via 101, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Twist as Bottleworks flats plans scrapped

The controversial Bottleworks flats development on the Taff Embankment is not now going ahead - after the developers sold the site to a housing association.

Developers Rightacres had been given planning permission for 74 flats on the old Track 2000 site on the junction with Penarth Road.

But no work had started on the site - which has become something of a lake in recent months. Then it emerged this week that the site had been sold to a so far unnamed housing association.

The Bottleworks proposals had faced 140 objections and a petition from local residents.

But the planning committee backed the development, even though some councillors expressed concern about the size of the development and also queried why Rightacres would not be paying a contribution towards social housing. Councillor Sean Driscoll said although he liked the design, the scale of the plans were more suited to the Brain's development on the other side of the River Taff.

Ward councillors Ashley Lister and Lynda Thorne had both objected about the height of the development.

Cardiff Civic Society also objected, calling it "unsympathetic" and "retrograde".

Rightacres this week cited "community sensitivity" in their decision not to proceed, after receiving an offer from a housing association.

Pentre Gardens residents, who had been "shocked and saddened" at the original decision are now waiting to see what new plans emerge. Local councillors have been assured it will bring "much needed social housing" to the area.


Day-by-day

Saturday 7th December: Keep Grangetown Tidy litter-pick, meet 10am, outside Tramshed Studio (there will also be a yoga session afterwards for volunteers, for just £5!), Pendyris Street. Look out for the Cardiff Rivers maroon truck. All welcome to join in, equipment, gloves and bags provided.

Site Visit at Grange Pavilion for residents/groups -10am-12pm. Need to book in advance, places strictly limited. Email: Sophey@grangepavilion.wales

West Pizza at Lufkin, The Bank, Clare Road. Official opening, pizza, cake and DJs Daf Griffiths and Dave Norton.

Sunday 8th December: Make - Made In Wales/Christmas Maker Market at Lufkins, 183 Clare Road, 11am-7pm. Weekly Christmas crafts - and coffee of course - until 15th December.

Winter Fair, Ysgol Hamadryad, 11am-2pm. Games, craft stalls, tombola, face painting and much more. All welcome.

Carols at The Grange, Grange pub, Penarth Road, 7pm-8pm. Carols, led by members of the Grace Church.

Monday 9th December: Grange Pavilion AGM, Tramshed Studio, Pendyris Street, 5.30pm-7pm. A chance to hear about progress in the project and ask members of the community trust board questions, ahead of the opening at the end of March 2020.

Wednesday 11th December: Winter Wreath Workshop, Wild Thing Cafe, Clare Road, 6.30pm. Create a traditional wreath with Lisja from @withflowers. £45 per person including refreshments. Book online at www.thewildflowerstudio.uk.

Pub Quiz in aid of Grange Pavilion, Grange pub, Penarth Road, 8pm. You can also buy Christmas raffle tickets.

Saturday 18th January 2020: Keep Grangetown Tidy litter-pick, meet 10am, outside Grangetown Hyb, Havelock Place. Look out for the Cardiff Rivers maroon truck. All welcome to join in, equipment, gloves and bags provided.

The Cinema at Tramshed - Watch for future programme. click here for listings and to buy tickets online.


Live events at Tramshed - including Hawkwind. 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

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.

Cardiff Morris, 8pm-10pm, Lyndon Social Club, Clare Road. Welsh Morris dancing club, open to new new dancers and musicians. Long-established group has been meeting weekly for practice sessions in Grangetown for the last two years. New members of any age, gender or ability are welcome to turn up to any practice or contact bagman @ cardiffmorris.org. Sessions are free to join. The practice season runs September to May. During summer months we dance out on Tuesdays in pubs across the city and at weekend folk festivals.

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 Local History Society, first Friday of the month, 2pm, Glamorgan Archives, Leckwith Close, Leckwith, by Cardiff City Stadium. Free, a chance to share stories, memories, work on project, talks. See www.grangetownhistory.co.uk.

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

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.

Street of 29 shops says final farewell

It is the end of an era in Court Road, with the demolition of its last corner shop and the end of a story going back 125 years.

Kan and Uma Kanthabalan were the last incumbents of Mas and Co on the junction with Jubilee Street, which closed in July - and finally saw the building disappear this week to make way for a flats development.

"We’ve had some very nice customers and made friends over the last 17 years,” said Uma. “Even the people we banned – who we allowed back!"

Before many people had their own transport and home delivery meant not Amazon but a horse and cart, most Grangetown streets had a variety of shops.

This shop’s history goes back to widow Elizabeth Kerman, the first owner when most houses in Court Road were built in 1894. Hundreds of people were moving into the Saltmead area, as north Grangetown was called, to work in the docks, on the railway and trams and helping to build the new terraced houses sprawling across the booming town.

This Cardiff street directory from 1897 shows Elizabeth Kerman’s shop on the corner with Stoughton Street. Court Road was still unfinished at this point and so the shop is No 52 - it was later re-numbered No 58. There was another grocer’s shop on the opposite corner too. Neighbours were a chemist and a fishmonger. Stoughton Street was renamed Jubilee Street in 1935. Residents petitioned the council to change the name, after silver jubilee celebrations for King George V.

In 1927, when Mabel Hackman was running the grocery, there were an incredible 29 traders in Court Road alone. Mabel’s neighbour was Edward French’s furniture shop on the opposite corner, while there were two fish and chip shops, two tobacconists and newsagents, two butchers and a jeweller. A refreshment rooms stood on the corner of Clare Road.

Albert Axford, a former Navy man, ran the shop in the 1950s and into the 1960s.

But where does the name Mas & Co come from? Apparently, a previous owner was asked to keep the name of the business when they took it over – and it’s been like that ever since.It’s believed it may be made up from the initials of Sajawal Khan and his wife Mary, who took over the shop in the mid 1960s.

Kan and Uma, Sri Lankan by background, came to Cardiff 30 years ago and took over the shop in 2002. Their business motto was “Honest, respectful and friendly”.

Going, going - gone. The demolition of the shop in November.

There were a few tears on the final day, while customers brought flowers, chocolates and good wishes.

The couple had always tried to move with the times – increasing the range of wine and more recently giving the shop lay-out a revamp and adding a coffee machine.

But the change in shopping habits – with supermakets Asda, Morrison, Aldi and Lidl within a short drive, as well as late-opening Tesco and One Stop convenience stores within walking distance, meant competition for local independent shops has been fierce.

It became street’s last surviving store after the closure of a cycle shop in the early 1990s.

The couple – who live nearby – also wanted to put their health first. "“I’m really sad we’re closing, but if anything happened to one of us, we wouldn’t be able to carry on," said Uma.

"We’ve had old people who used to come here to buy sweets when they were kids,” said Kan. Three flats will be built on the site.

This is an updated article to the one which is in the latest Grangetown News

The Grange darts team aims high after beating rivals The Lansdowne

By Tom Sargent

The Grange darts team were formed in 2017 and have just started their third season in the Cardiff and Whitchurch Darts league.

The pub team are currently playing in Divsion 1, the second level of a three-tier league.

You can follow their fortunes on their new web page here and also on Twitter @grangedarts

We hope to bring you more monthly updates from your local darts team thoroughout the year. Any interested players can come to matches (meet at The Grange pub) around 7.30pm on Monday nights or on Sunday afternoons around 5pm when there is usually a practice game.

Grange crushed at Baglan

Baglan Dragons 6-1 Grange Albion

Match coverage by Tom Sargent

Grange Albion made the long trip to Swansea Bay where they faced Baglan Dragons in a long awaited return to SWAL Premier Division action last the weekend.

Baglan are going great guns in both league and cup competitions this year and they didn't relent against the Albions on Saturday.

Read more of the match report here

Toy shop is latest indie shop venture

The latest in a new string of independent shops has opened, giving a boost to the main Grangetown shopping district.

The Honeycomb is a toy and children’s book shop in Clare Road.

Owner Maia Banks, who has a background in education, wants to go beyond just opening a business and, perhaps with a cue from the nearby Wild Thing cafe, wants to forge strong links with the neighbourhood she’s become a part of.

"My desire to start this toy shop has grown out of a want to engage with the local Grangetown community,” she told Grangetown News.

Read more on our local businesses page

Grangetown News autumn edition out

The autumn edition of Grangetown News is out!

It includes news on the progress of the £1.6m Grange Pavilion, including an exclusive first interview with the newly-appointed manager.

We have features on one long-running shop that has closed - and a new business which has opened. A look behind the scenes at Grange Albion football club - and we will be also catching up (if we can!) with the folks involved with Run Grangetown.

There is also a special farewell message from Grangetown vicar Father David Morris.

There is now an online version here - and we are appealing for volunteer deliverers, especially for streets in North Grangetown and off North Clive Street.

Please email grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk or go to our Trello board to register an interest in delivering.

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.

Grangetown News was 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. Can we take this opportunity of thanking all our readers, contributors, volunteer deliverers and advertisers for all their help and support over the years.

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. In March 2019, it was shortlisted in the community news category in the Wales Media Awards.

Thanks for all those who have contributed and advertised - and also to our volunteer deliverers. If you can help deliver - 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 editions are 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:

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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