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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.

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 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,

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Crackdown on Grangetown waste offenders

Enforcement officers at Cardiff council have been cracking down on dumped bags and waste put out at the wrong time in Grangetown.

Dozens of residents have been prosecuted and more than 120 have been threatened with enforcement action in Grangetown.

Latest figures, given to local councillors, show between January and May, 96 fixed penalty notices were issued - costing householders and businesses more than £12,600.


Some of the persistent problems in Durham Street

Also more than 300 education letters, explaining how to put out waste correctly, have also been sent.

The action has also led to 121 warnings issued.

Meanwhile, 85 prosecutions in Grangetown have taken place over the past year.

It follows a tide of complaints from residents - especially about hot-spots in certain streets and concerning repeat offenders. Many have taken to social media to post regular images of the mess.

"We are aware of the pressures which are on the waste services which cover Grangetown, as well as those across the city," said councillors Ashley Lister, Lynda Thorne and Abdul Sattar.

"This is mainly due to a minority of residents who choose to present their waste incorrectly. This often leads to bags splitting open and large items being left on the street."

They added that they had asked officers to attend hotspots and had regularly reported incidents, which had led to the increased level of enforcement.

"We would urge residents to report any incidents using C2C, the Cardiff council app or contacting us as your local councillors." they added.

Day-by-day

Saturday 21st September: Keep Grangetown Tidy litter-pick, meet Grangemoor Park/Cardiff Retail Park car-park, 10am-11.30pm. All welcome to join in, equipment, gloves and bags provided.

Thursday 26th September: Open Evening, Fitzalan High School, 4pm-6.30pm.

Saturday 28th September: Wild Thing/Tramshed Studio supper club with yoga, 5pm-10pm. Yoga on the theme abundance in colloboration between the Clare Road vegan cafe and yoga studio, starting with yoga at Tramshed Studio in Pendyris Street and then ending with food.

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


Live events at Tramshed - including White Denim, Ash. 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; 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:

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 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.

FOOTBALL: Bowen wins thriller late for Grange

Penalty pain for Grange

Grange Albion 2-2 Trebanog, FA Wales Trophy
(Trebanog won 4-2 on penalties AET)

Match coverage by Tom Sargent

Grange Albion fell cruelly in a penalty shoot-out against their South Wales Alliance contemporaries Trebanog, in the second round of FA Wales Trophy at Coronation Park.

Read more of the match report here

Tramshed office/flats plans scaled back

The height of a proposed controversial office block and flats development next to the Tramshed venue has been cut back in size.


Latest artist impression of the new development - which the developers say will "sit less obtrusively" behind the original building and not dominate the Edwardian facade.

Two storeys have now been removed from the T2 proposals, after concerns from residents and discussions with planning officials.

But the owners of the popular Tramshed venue are still unhappy that building work and the finished development would disrupt its operations - warning that its future could be under threat if the development is built in its car park. The plans by the developers behind the original Tramshed project were originally put forward 18 months ago - and the company running the 1,000-capacity venue in Pendyris Street reaffirmed their opposition over access issues saying that the proposals "literally in our backyard" are a "significant danger".


This is how it was to look before two storeys were removed.

"Our concerns have failed to be addressed and if planning permission is granted it will unfortunately make the Tramshed venue unviable and unable to operate and could potentially cause the venue to close," it says in its objection letter.


A drawing of how the new building might look next to the old one from Pendyris Street

The 16 work-live and apartments - down from 28 - and 3,000 square feet of office and business space (scaled back from 7,500 sq ft) would be built above a ground floor entrance and loading bay - with the application saying tour trucks using the Tramshed venue would be able to reverse in to unload.

A petition and objection letters from residents have also been forwarded ahead of the future planning meeting, while local councillors have already said the new building would be out of keeping with the area and also a threat to the heritage Edwardian frontage of the original building.

Grangetown News autumn editition deadline

The next edition of Grangetown News is being prepared.

The winter edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper was published in December 2019 and a deadline of 6th September has been set for editorial and adverts for the autumn 2020 edition.

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 - we need people for some streets in north Grangetown and also Paget Street 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 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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