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Autumn 2019

PAVILION PROGRESS Community venue on target for Spring


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p5 Putting fun into run


RANGE PAVILION is on course to open on time in March. The £1.6m community building is rapidly taking shape in Grange Gardens. The venue – which will include community rooms, exhibition space and a cafe – is being built on the site of the park’s old bowls pavilion. The old bowling green is being landscaped and will be an open space. A new manager for the Pavilion, Sophey Mills, started work at the end of September and will be working with local groups to maximise use of the facilities. The Pavilion will be managed by the Grangetown community under a 99-year lease, with support from organisational partners Cardiff University, Cardiff Bay Rotary Club, Taff Housing, RSPB, and Cardiff and Vale College. Other funding has come from the National Lottery’s Community Fund, Garfield Weston

p7 A-stars Foundation, Welsh Government and individuals but with £150,000 left to raise. “It’s amazing to see how far the Pavilion has come on in the space of a few months,” said Councillor Ashley Lister. “Since the Grangetown Festival back in June, the structure has shot up and it’s exciting to see the speed which the project is coming along.” Mr Lister, who is co-chair of Grangetown Community Action and member of the Pavilion’s CIO body, said he was “incredibly proud” of the efforts of those involved in getting us this far “I cannot wait to see what the future brings for this project,” he added. Sophey told Grangetown News she was looking forward to going out into the community to meet local people, and to plan events. “I strongly believe in the benefits of the community running a building together and will be encouraging volunteering opportunities for all,” she said.

The Pavilion will offer three bookable spaces, café, toilets and will be available for private and community hire. There will be an outdoor classroom (nicknamed the Potting Shed) for gardening activities, an allotment for use by Grangetown residents, an orchard, a wildflower meadow full of pollinators and a grassy area for play and relaxation. The official opening is scheduled for March 28th.

Over the autumn, work will continue to make the building water-tight and weather-proofed and the roof, walls and windows should be completed. In the winter, attention will turn to the interior finish and landscaping the grounds. “it’s thrilling to think about the potential for the new building and grounds, especially considering the increase in size and capacity,” said project manager Lynne Thomas, from Community Gateway.

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p15 Wartime memories

Read a full interview with Sophey Mills on page 3

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No laughing matter G

RANGETOWN residents are becoming increasingly frustrated about litter from nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” canisters writes KYNAAT AWAN The small containers are often misused as an illicit substance being first transferred into balloons and then inhaled by users. As well as causing safety problems, residents are becoming tired of the sight of the small metal tubes scattered across pavements and roads. Mohammed Sadique, 44, from Taff Embankment regularly sees these canisters lying around. He said “I’m worried about seeing these canisters in the street, kids could pick them up and cause themselves harm.”

“There is also a big littering issue around the area. The sale of these should be restricted in some way, it’s too easy for people to get access to these.” Laughing gas was made illegal to sell, along with other “legal highs”, in 2016, when the Psychoactive Substances Act was brought in. However it is freely advertised

online for food and beverage use, often for the production of whipping cream. The metal canisters have become a nuisance in Grange Gardens and have been particularly prevalent off Holmesdale Street for a while now. But they are now being found on streets throughout the neighbourhood.

Grangetown News Laura Cross, who lives in Holmesdale Street,said : “The rubbish around the park seems to be getting worse.” Fiona McAllister, of Keep Grangetown Tidy, added: “We come across lots of nitrous oxide canisters and the balloons on litter picks. “We often find them scattered in gutters, where they’ve been thrown from parked cars, or sometimes by park benches.” Grangetown councillor Ashley Lister welcomed recent visits to Grangetown shops to talk to retailers, which included canisters being taken away by police. He said: “We’ want to ensure anyone who is selling them is doing so for the purpose they are intended for, such as coffee machines.”

Who is FAN for? People from of any country and religion (or no religion) who wish to meet in friendship and to talk about our daily lives. What do we do? We meet for an hour and take turns listening to each other’s stories, experiences and views on the weekly conversation topic. There is no charge to attend and you do not need to book a place. So, how does it work? We sit in a circle and talk about a chosen topic. Everyone gets a turn to speak, but if you are feeling shy, you do not have to speak if you don’t want to. We don’t interrupt and listen to the person whose turn it is to speak.

Editorial production Steve Duffy, Bruce Porteous Writers/Contributors Fiona McAllister, Sara Robinson, Joanna Chittenden, Tom Sargent, Steve Austins, Kynaat Awan, Maia Banks, David Morris, Charlotte Brown, Janina Kuczys, Lynne Thomas, Ali Abdi Advertising Ashley Lister Advertising rates 1/8 page – £40 1/4 page – £70 1/2 page – £110 full page – £200

Printed in Wales by Newsquest Thanks to Sarah Hughes and Community Gateway, Colin Greer Editorial meeting for volunteers and contributors – look out on for news. Newcomers welcome! Email Next edition Spring 2020

Bad marks

By Janina Kuczys, development officer

FAN group weekly meetings are a great opportunity to make new friends and meet your neighbours. If you are learning English, they can be a good way to improve your skills in a supportive and friendly environment.

Publisher Grangetown Community Action


Making new friends and breaking barriers FAN (Friends and Neighbours) is a Cardiff based charity that brings people of all ages and backgrounds together in the spirit of friendship.

Grangetown News started in 1978 and is produced by volunteers, all of whom are Grangetown residents. It relies on the support of our local businesses and advertisers.

When everyone has spoken, we close the meeting and then we have an informal chat to get to know each other. It is free to attend a FAN group, we are not affiliated to any particular religion and you do not need to book a place – just turn up! There are now four FAN groups are currently running in Grangetown: IKEA FAN – 11am on Mondays Ferry Rd, Cardiff CF11 OXR Meet in the top floor restaurant. Look out for our table near the windows with the map of the world tablecloth. Grangetown Hyb – 5pm on Wednesdays Havelock Place, CF11 6PA Ebenezer Hall – 11am on Fridays – Starting back on 4th October 208 Corporation Rd, CF11 7AY Salvation Army – Fridays – Women only 10am English Language Class 11am FAN meeting 1 Avondale Rd, CF11 7AY We have other FAN groups all over Cardiff, in Newport, Barry, Bridgend and starting soon in Swansea. Visit our website for further information:

Pig parking by parents dropping off and picking up at Ninian Park Primary School has led to more complaints by residents. The council is consulting on a “school safety zone” for the area. Traffic calming, parking restrictions and a zebra crossing on Virgil Street are part of the proposals. It is claimed they will deliver a “safer pedestrian enviromment.” Local councillors are to ask for more enforcement around peak times in the meantime. There have been issues over a long period but parking on yellow lines and pavements seems to have got worse.

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Meet Pavilion’s new manager

Sophey started work in the last week of September

There’s a new manager for Grange Pavilion – with plenty to do before the building opens next March. We caught up with Sophey Mills. Tell us about yourself, your background and where you’ve come from My name is Sophey and for the past three-and-a-half years I have managed Maes-yCoed Community Centre in the Heath and I have loved every minute of being there. I am thrilled to now be involved with managing the new Grange Pavilion and am looking forward to welcoming everyone to the building (I’m hoping to organise an open morning for residents to visit the site and catch up on the build progress.

Can the community use the building for free? We will offer a percentage of time per week when members of the community who want to deliver an activity that is free of charge and for the benefit of residents can have a room for free. However, it’s crucial that Grange Pavilion becomes financially independent and we can only do this by charging for room hire for the most part and receiving donations / fundraising (please send in your ideas!). Will there be scope for events in the evening – such as music, comedy or spoken word? Yes, we aim for the building to be open as much as possible, including evenings and weekends. Volunteers and trusted clients will be the support for us opening outside of 9am–5pm.

I love sport and grab any opportunity to be active. I am a little bit coffee obsessed so am really looking forward to the launch of the café at the Pavilion! I love spending time with my family, friends and fur babies (dogs and cats!). What will you be doing day-to-day? Day to day I will be connecting with the community, ensuring the building is safe and easy to use, welcoming new and existing customers and making sure that Grange Pavilion is a thriving building for Grangetown. What was your main reason about wanting to come to Grangetown? To get involved in a new and challenging project and to develop on what I achieved at Maes-Y-Coed Community Centre in Grangetown Pavilion. I strongly believe in the benefits of the community running a building together and will be encouraging volunteering opportunities for all. I also spent a lot of time in Grangetown in my youth, visiting family, and have fond memories of the park (I remember that as soon as I got to the gates to Grange Gardens, I was allowed to sprint off into the park!). The building itself seems to be pretty versatile, how many things will be able to be going on at once? We will have three big spaces for hire as well as open access for the community to pop in at any time (when we’re open!), so as much as possible I would say. Every community needs variety and I believe it is what we will achieve by listening to the community needs and trying our best to provide for all. In addition to the three big spaces, we will have a beautiful garden and potting shed, a community-focussed café, accessible toilets and an office with hotdesks for local charities and organisations. What range of activities are you hoping to attract? A variety for all the community and providing for all ages and abilities. Also attracting what the community needs, so only by listening and communicating over the next few months with the community will I know what is needed or wanted. We’re also looking forward to welcoming back all of our previous customers into the new building.

Are there any particular ideas you’re looking to try out? I want to try out as many events as possible that will work for the community; craft fairs, exhibitions, coffee mornings, a wellbeing programme, Halloween parties, table-top sales, Easter Egg hunts, Community Together days, picnics in the garden, bug hunts with RSPB Cymru…the list goes on and on! I can’t wait to get started! There’s room for exhibitions too – and a link up with Techniquest, tell about that? This is super exciting! Techniquest has donated two of their old exhibits to us – one will be placed in the garden and one inside the building for children and adults to interact with (I’m not saying any more than that yet!). How are you looking to get to know local people and groups over the next few weeks/months? I will be pounding the pavements of Grangetown, introducing myself to as many residents, organisations, charities and shop owners as possible. If you are a resident or a shop owner reading this, please get in touch with me as I would love to meet you!

You can contact or call the Community Gateway office on 029 20 870456 (until Sophey gets her own phone in the new building!)

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Grange Albion – your guide in black and white

Tom Sargent, who covers Grange Albion’s matches for our website, gives a potted history of the football club – which has been going nearly 80 years. Why not support your local team? Who are The Albions? Grange Albion were primarily a baseball team with a history dating back to 1906 when they played baseball games on The Marl. Grange Albion excelled at baseball and produced several Welsh internationals, some of whom went on to captain the Welsh team. The football club was formed in 1942 when Stockland Rovers amalgamated with the club. Their first taste of glory came soon afterwards when Albions became the first Cardiff and District League team to win the South Wales and Monmouthshire FA Challenge Cup. The club went on to win many other honours including; three C.W. Bruty Cups, the Cardiff and District Premier and First Division titles, the Lord Ninian Stuart Cup and the Cardiff City Supporters Cup. Their clubhouse on Paget Street was opened in 1970 and it was a long term ambition of the club to open a clubhouse. Their home ground is Coronation Park.

Coronation Park Coronation Park can be found just off Sloper Road next to the bus depot, in the shadows of Cardiff City’s ground. It is a humble home, full of character. A small covered stand sits opposite the dressing rooms and tea bar.

What’s it like supporting Grange Albion? Eventful. There is rarely a game involving the Albion that ends 0–0. The players, who are nearly all from Grangetown, put on a good show. They try to play football the right way and seldom throw the towel in. If you like to combine football with travelling Grange provides opportunity to do that. As members of the South Wales Alliance Premier division their league games can be as far away as Port Talbot to the west, the English border to the east and Brecon to the north. When they play in the national FAW Trophy they even get the odd trip to clubs who play in the north Wales section of the Welsh pyramid.

Next home fixtures • Ely Rangers, Saturday 12th October, 2.30pm • Garw SBGC, Saturday 26th October, 2.30pm

Albion alumni Famous former Albion players include Cardiff City and Wales stars Fred Standfield, Graham Vearncombe, David Giles, Martyn Giles, Billy Lewis and Melvyn Rees. Graham Vearncombe (pictured above) was a member of the Wales squad that reached the 1958 World Cup quarter-finals and he also played for Cardiff City. Martyn Giles played for Cardiff City and Wales U21s. He is currently the assistant manager at Cymru Premier outfit Penybont. Current Wales C manager Mark Jones also played for Grange Albion. He was a cup winning player-manager and captain. He can be regularly found on S4C where he is a co-commentator on the red button.

Supporters can stand anywhere they like along the perimeter fence that runs around the well-kept pitch. It had the odd quirk that the dugouts are on opposite sides of the pitch.

Entry is generally free. Read Tom’s match reports and latest fixture details on or @grangealbion

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Run Grangetown hits the mark

SARA ROBINSON isn’t too worried about the pace when she joins Run Grangetown’s weekly club. It’s for those looking for fun – and fitness


HERE’S NO DOUBT that running is one of the best – and most affordable – forms of exercise there is.

All you need is a pair of trainers, a bottle of water and any old sports gear, and you’re away. Personally, my relationship with running is complicated. I never really want to go for a run. But I know that I’ll feel better when I stumble, breathless and ketchup-coloured, through the front door. Because I always do. Because running is great for you. It’s brilliant for your physical fitness and mental health. It’s also turned out to be unexpectedly good for my social life thanks to Run Grangetown. This friendly, non-competitive group meets every Tuesday at 6.30pm outside Channel View Leisure Centre. It’s a circular run, a maximum 7k – and not even the slowest runner gets left behind. For the small fee of £1 per session (on a pay-as-you-run basis), you can enjoy guided runs with like-minded people, meet new friends and neighbours. You can even get involved in challenges and social events! Despite being apprehensive about turning up that first time (nobody wants to be the new girl, right?), I was welcomed with open arms. We continue to extend that to new members. We’re growing all the time, and we’d love more people to join us.

‘Favourite night’ Nearly 18 months on, I can confidently say that it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. As well as our weekly sessions, which are suitable for all abilities and ages, we enter races together, go for social runs, and spur each other on. We never leave people behind, so your pace doesn’t matter. Run Grangetown is run entirely by committed volunteers, and it’s been lifechanging for me. I run more often, have virtual WhatsApp support when I need encouragement and I’ve made new friends. I’m still very much not a runner. But I’m proud to be a member of Run Grangetown. It’s made Tuesday my new favourite night of the week.

Why not join us?

Pounding the pavements to raise funds for Pavilion • Several members of Run Grangetown are taking part in Race to the Pavilion. The

intention is to raise lots of money for Grange Pavilion by running 365 miles (or a mile a day) in the 12 months leading up to the opening of the new building in Spring 2020. • While some have taken the target in their stride, there is real jeopardy in the air for others who haven’t done nearly enough miles in the first six months of the fundraiser. Expect to see lots of people pounding the streets of Grangetown over the winter months! • Last month, a video posted by Run Grangetown member Moseem Suleman about Race to the Pavilion led to an anonymous £500 donation towards the target. • To donate and help us reach our goal, go to racetothepavilion

For more information see @rungrangetown on Twitter or search ‘Run Grangetown’ on Facebook. The runs take in Grangetown, Penarth, the Bay, Hamadryad Park but always start and end at Channel View.

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Burger chain assists Tidy group


EEP GRANGETOWN TIDY is teaming up with different local groups and businesses to get the message across regarding littering. More than 40 people joined the September litter- pick - which included Nicola, Sima, Mark and Cory, four volunteers from the McDonalds staff at their 24-hour restaurant on the Cardiff Bay Retail Park. Cardiff Rivers Group, Run Grangetown and Severn Partnership also joined the event, which tackled litter on the retail park, Grangemoor Park and areas off Ferry Road. Keep Grangetown Tidy, nearly five years old now, has been getting lots of new volunteers lately.

It’s a great opportunity to make a difference to your neighbourhood, meet your neighbours and get some fresh air. Although it might seem only the tip of a large iceberg, the efforts make an appreciable difference – and help promote anti-littering.

The group has also been on joint litter-picks with Keep Riverside Tidy and in December will be combining litter picking with a yoga session – for those who want a stretch – at Tramshed Studio.

Meanwhile, Cardiff Council is stepping up its waste enforcement activities. Latest figures show between JanTime credits are also available, which means if you uary and May, 96 fixed penalty notices were issued –costvolunteer you can exchange vouchers for cinema and ing Grangetown householders and businesses more than theatre tickets, or family days out or swimming sessions. £12,600. Around 120 warning letters were also issued. There is also a close relationship with Cardiff Council, who pick up the collected bags after each event, while Officials are also looking at improved data-mapping, to target resources at streets which are hot-spots. the group also flags up bulky waste items and flytipping they encounter. See page 11 for list of litter-pick dates and locations

Art to Zoo...


RTISTS AND art lovers alike will be thrilled to hear that on 30–31 May 2020 Grangetown will hosting its own Art Trail.

The Grangetown Art Trail is a two-day celebration of arts and crafts taking place throughout this historic and multicultural suburb in the heart of Cardiff. The trail promises to bring art from Grangetown and beyond out of the gallery and into the community. Local businesses and public buildings will host pop-up galleries where artists can display and sell their work. Guided by an illustrated map, visitors can discover Grangetown in this new creative light. Parks, gated alleys and public spaces in Grangetown will be transformed into artistic animal enclosures. The Art Trail team have been blown away by the enthusiasm and creativity of Grangetown and the surrounding areas. We already have a vibrant and colourful list of participants planning to create their own enclosures including art groups, charities and community organisations. Taking place alongside the trail next May visitors can follow a separate zoo map to discover the new zoological residents in their creatively decorated habitats. This grass-roots initiative is run by local residents Charlotte Brown and Chris House, in partnership with Grangetown Community Gateway. Register your interest to display your work as part of the trail, host a gallery in your local space, create a zoo enclosure or just offer to help. Please email grangetownarttrail@

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Exam success for Fitzalan

Star showing as pupils reap rewards


ITH HARD WORK, comes rewards, as students at Fitzalan High School celebrated their exam results in August.

Thirteen percent of A-level students achieved three or more A*-A grades with eight students achieving four or more A*-As and over 14 students achieving three A*-As. Two brothers from the school who moved to Cardiff from Iran four years ago with very little English, have also done exceptionally well with nine A*s between them. The eldest brother, Amin, has got into Oxford to study physics and his younger brother Mehran has been accepted to study dentistry at Bristol University. Fitzalan staff are again delighted that Year 11 pupils have excelled in all performance indicators. Assistant head Yvonne Roberts-Ablett said: “Our capped 9 measure has exceeded all expectations and modelled outcomes. “The level 2 inclusive measure has also shown significant improvement. “This is a strong validation of the hard work and effort of all staff and pupils with almost 18% securing five or more A*-A grades.” Jess Smith was the highest achiever this year with a fantastic 11A*s & 4 As. The Year 10 results also exceeded expectation and Ms Roberts-Ablett added: “We look forward to another great year with all pupils working hard to achieve their potential. ”

“Well done to all involved!”

This is a strong validation of the hard work and effort of all staff and pupils

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As one door closes The end of a corner shop...

Mas and Co Open all hours – but not any more. It was the end of an era in Court Road, with the closure 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. “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.

We’ve had old people who used to come here to buy sweets when they were kids

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

“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. With the shutters down, it’s been quite a sad sight for those who’ve used it for generations. “We’ve had old people who used to come here to buy sweets when they were kids,” said Kan.

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

The shop will demolished and three flats built, if plans are approved.

The couple – who live nearby – also wanted to put their health first.

Take a last look as soon there will be no sign it was ever there.

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– another opens! ... but a new indie business begins

The Honeycomb Maia Banks is bringing her love of toys – and experience in education and with her own little ones – to opening a toy and children’s book shop to Clare Road. She 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 says.

I’ve been doing pop-ups – now it’s time to start a new chapter opening my shop!

“It’s about creating a fun space to be play and be creative, as well as to support as many local artists and makers as I can.” Mai is American and married a Welshman, living in Cardiff for seven years and in Grangetown for five of those. “I have a three year old daughter and a one year old son and though I’ve always loved toys, being a mama has reintroduced me to the simple joys of toys and playing and just goofing around,” she says. “My working life has often involved kids, from being a preschool teacher to most recently working for the Healthy Schools Team at Cardiff Council as their healthy and sustainable preschool scheme officer. The shop will stock sustainable, inclusive and locally made toys and books, as well as more generic, affordable and more mainstream toys.

A busy summer with pop-ups around the community got The Honeycomb’s name known locally

my shop!”

There will also be some nursery items and an aim at being sustainable and eco friendly but also “affordable and approachable” within the community.

The plans are for a big opening party on Saturday 5th October.

The shop will host a weekly baby group and a story time, as well as regular craft sessions and music events.

Plan Toys; BigJigs; One Dear World (London based); Lottie Dolls; Moluk; Rubbabu; Green Toys; Viking Toys; Green Board Games; Fat Brain Toys; Wheely Bugs; Mwnci (Cardiff based company); Handmade Costume Shop (Cardiff based) Inch Blue Shoes (Welsh made); Little Blue Nest; Childs Play Publishers; Welsh Book Council; Jelly Cat; Living Nature; Max Rocks and Walia Bach (both Welsh made)

“Over the summer, I have been doing a variety of pop-up shops in Grangetown Festival, Ysgol Hamadryad school fair, Cardiff Bay Green Giraffe Nursery, Wild Thing and Lufkin coffee – now it’s time to start a new chapter opening

Toy brands and makers will include:

The Honeycomb,110 Clare Road (next to Kim’s Nails and close to Wild Thing on the corner of Stafford Road), is opening in early October. Tues–Sat, 9am–5pm; Sunday 11am–4pm. Follow Twitter @HoneycombToys

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Prem’s progress

Young Grangetown cricketer Prem Sisodiya turned 21 in September The ex-England Under 19 spinner became the first Cardiff-born Asian to play in the County Championship for Glamorgan since 1921 when he made his debut last year. That match against Derbyshire saw the then 19-year-old take five wickets in the match. Meanwhile, three former Fitzalan High School pupils from Riverside, Umar Malik, Mujahid Illyas and Osama Subhan have graduated tor Glamorgan’s second XI. All are under the watchful eye of Cardiff Cricket Club Coach Kevin Lyons. “Talent often comes to nothing without dedication, and these lads always had heaps of it, which made it a pleasure to

coach them,” said the former Glamorgan batsman. For five years they attended a weekly winter training session that concentrated on discipline, and technical skills in batting, bowling and fielding. “What they’ve achieved is just reward for their hard work and great attitude. I now hope they can progress to a higher level in the game.” Ex-Whitchurch High School pupil Prem broke into the first team for the T20 Blast competition in August against Hampshire and Sussex. Gulfraz Riaz, Chairman of the National Asian Cricket Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see four young Asian cricketers from Cardiff receiving such high recognition for their incredible dedication and commitment.

edge the huge part Kevin Lyons has played in their progress.” Lyons, who has coached England Ashes players Rory Burns and Jack Leach in the past, was invited to the Senedd with Prem (pictured above to the right of the group) and the other lads for a celebratory tea and tour of the building by Cardiff South and Penarth AM Vaughan Gething. All four local players graduated through Cardiff CC’s age groups, and now represent the club in the Welsh Premier League. Mr Gething, a huge cricket fan, said what they had already achieved was fantastic. “I am really proud of them, they are positive role models across a wide range of communities in sport and beyond,” he said.

“I look forward to watching their cricketing careers develop in the “It is also important to acknowl- coming years”.

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Glittering performance from young athletes

Eleven young athletes from the Grangetown and Butetown area came away with an excellent medal haul at the NABC National Indoor Athletics Finals. They brought home a total of 16 medals from competition at the Manchester Indoor Arena. The team won five golds, seven silver medals and four bronzes. Rising star Adam Ibrahim is continuing his rapid improvement at under 17’s winning two gold medals in the high jump and long jump and a silver in the 60m sprint. He also won the coveted athlete of the day cup. Jamie Leigh Sullivan won gold in the under 20’s 60M sprint and was also awarded the under 20’s female athlete of the day trophy. Salah Faleh also took home a clutch of medals, gaining an impressive gold in the under 20’s high jump and silver in the 60m sprint. Nevel Khaireh-Buffong also took home double medals gold and bronze in long jump and shot put at under 13’s. Other noticeable achievements were silver medals for Kelsie (high Jump and shot put), Lucas Ahmed, silver and bronze (high jump and long jump), Hamza Faleh with a silver medal in the under 13 high jump. And there were excellent performances too from Shae Payne, with a bronze in the under 17’s 60m and Marley Mason, with another bronze in the 60m for under 15’s. Steve Khaireh said: “I’m extremely proud of these youngsters’ achievements - we have a great reputation for developing youngsters, and they have done the community proud.”

Betty’s sterling service to four schools – in 47 years! St Patrick’s RC primary school said farewell to a favourite with thousands of the area’s children over the years. Dinner lady Betty Roberts retired just after her 80th birthday after working for an incredible 47 years for the city’s schools catering department. She began catering for the children of Grangetown when her own three children were in Grangetown Primary School, her youngest being just five years of age at the time. From there she worked at

Fitzalan High School's 'Fitz & Chips' as it was known, then before moving onto St Paul's Primary where some of her grandchildren attended. Finally, she worked in the kitchen at St Patrick's where she got to serve her great-grandchildren! Throughout her time in the various schools, she has made some wonderful friends and has some unforgettable memories. “She is known for her priceless personality which many children, now adults, never fail to remember,” said deputy head Debbie Swain, before Betty bowed out.

“Betty’s family know it really does come with a heavy heart to her to say goodbye to it all.” The school staff said they would miss Betty’s larger-thanlife personality at their Christmas parties but also her great sense of fun in dressing up for all occasions! l There was one new face to welcome to the school, with new head teacher Peter Knight succeeding long-serving head Paul Catris. The school held an“Unplugged” eco-day in September – trying to manage without electricity!

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Gardens group’s growing success

Litter-pick dates 2019

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If you want to join in a Tidy Grangetown litter-pick, you’re more than welcome. The group meets at a different location every month, by the Cardiff Rivers truck. Litter-pickers, gloves and bags are provided. It is also suitable for families and social groups. Sat 5 Oct – 10.30am–11.30am Grangetown Hub (part of the Share Cardiff Grangetown Local Action event)

Friends of Pentre Gardens is now in its eighth year of organising community and play events for local children and residents, time certainly flies when you’re having fun!

Sat 19 Oct – 10am–12pm Corporation Road Sun 17 Nov – 10am–12pm The Marl / Channel View Road

We’ve had a great 2019 so far with lots of fun activities, high-lights include our Mayday celebration when we had our very own maypole to dance around and the Big Lunch event. Back in June we had a great day at the space themed Grangetown Festival making rockets and robots, our scrap making skills came in very useful. Then in July St Patrick’s Primary School children came to play in the gardens for their end of term fun activity, they especially loved the paint spinning and parachute games. We also celebrated National Playday in August when everyone enjoyed brilliant activities such as a drumming workshop from Upbeat and Jo from Art Shell’s recycled paper making activity powered by bicycle! Our weekly summer play sessions have been very well attended with some super activities too. We had a willow workshop from

Sat 7 Dec – 10am–12pm Tramshed Studio, Pendyris Street The Christmas litterpick on 7 Dec is a joint event with Tramshed Studio. local artist Helen Malia also a fitness and dance session from Sara McGaughey, both of which were fantastic. We also had a craft session from Grangetown Art Trail to prepare for next year’s Grangetown Zoo! A big thanks to them and all our workshop deliverers. Planting news – some residents and children were asked to help with the new planters on Clare Road and they did a brilliant job planting lots of colourful flowers. They have really brightened up that corner of the gdn. Our Saturday morning Craft Clubs which ran out of St Samson’s Church Hall have also been a big success in the colder months.

We are hoping to run these again in November which we are looking forward to, as well as our annual Halloween and Christmas parties together with more sessions planned for next year. All our play sessions and events are free to attend, we are grateful to be funded by BBC Children in Need. Find Friends of Pentre Gardens on Facebook and Twitter for dates and details of events. Lastly thanks to all our play workers and helpers and all who take part. We hope to see you soon! Joanna Chittenden, Play Development

They will be running a special yoga class (suitable for all levels) from 12.15pm–1.30pm for just £5 for those taking part in the Keep Grangetown Tidy litterpick. Litterpicks are scheduled for a couple of hours but people are free to join in or leave when they want to Follow @TidyGrangetown on Twitter or search for Keep Grangetown Tidy on Facebook

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Staying active in all weathers Free sports activities for youngsters in Grangetown are proving popular – and thanks to the flood-lit astro pitch at Grange Gardens, the dark winter months won’t be a problem. Football coaching is being offered, with the link-up with the university football club Cardiff Met FC Sports. Cardiff City FC’s Foundation is also providing sessions, including girls-only football on Monday evenings. Cricket Wales has also been offering pop-up cricket, while Grangetown Youth Forum is providing multi-sport sessions – and crucially providing volunteering, so we will be seeing more coaches coming through in the future. The facility – a legacy of the Champions League final being hosted in Cardiff in 2017 – was described by Wales football legend Ian Rush as giving local youngsters “the best chance possible” when he opened it. And it seems to be proving that already with a busy programme.


Girls Only Football with Cardiff City FC Foundation 5.30pm–6.30pm. Suitable for ages 10+


Tackling Mental Health Stigma with Football by Cardiff Met FC Sports 1pm–2pm. Suitable for ages 18+ Football Coaching with Cardiff Met FC Academy 6pm–7pm. Suitable for Key Stage 2 (9–11 years old) Football Coaching with Cardiff Met FC Academy 7pm–8pm. Suitable for Key Stage 3 (12–14 years old)


Pop Up Multi Sport Activities with Grange Pavilion Youth Forum 6pm–8pm. Suitable for ages 10+


Football with Cardiff City FC Foundation 5pm–6pm. Suitable for primary school ages Football with Cardiff City FC Foundation 6pm–8pm. Suitable for secondary school ages


Pop Up Cricket with Cricket Wales 2pm–3pm. Suitable for ages 8+

A chance to volunteer Grange Pavilion Youth Forum is regularly present at these sessions and volunteer to make it as accessible as possible for children and young people – if you want to volunteer, improve your CV and help deliver these sessions then get in touch with Ali Abdi at

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Time for sharing An online hub to connect community projects across Cardiff has been set up. links up groups involved in local activities which promote a better local environment, health and knowledge. A Grangetown Community: Local Action event was held at Grangetown Hyb on Saturday 5th October (10am-12.30pm). Share Cardiff is working to map the sharing movement in the city. An online directory of people and projects in the city, including Grangetown. One of the main aims is to create a sustainable city, that put people and planet first.

Cheers! Grangetown vicar departs for pastures new Father David Morris has left his post as vicar of St Paul’s in Grangetown after seven years. He made quite an impact on local people, beyond the parish and oversaw quite a few structural changes with the buildings too. Here he says his farewell, as he starts a new chapter in the Vale of Glamorgan. “As I was coming to the end of my time as Assistant Curate of Merthyr Tydfil, in early 2012 the Archbishop spoke to me about my next post of responsibility. Having spent most of my life in valley and large town communities, I asked if I could go to Cardiff and experience inner city parish ministry. The Archbishop suggested that there were no Cardiff parishes available at that time, but I reminded him that Grangetown would soon have a vacancy and he agreed that I could be the associate priest in the parish that then covered Butetown and Grangetown. I arrived in September 2012 with a wonderful service in a very packed St Paul’s! “Asking to come to Grangetown was one of the best decisions I ever made because I had seven very happy years there.My life has been enriched by living in such a vibrant and diverse community and I was made to feel very much ‘part of the family’ at an early stage. Grangetown has a unique identity and character, and it was a privilege for me to be alongside and minister to all sorts of people at different points in their lives. I want to thank the people of Grangetown and Butetown for helping me feel so at home and for giving me such wonderful memories to treasure. I especially want to thank the members of each of the churches who were an incredible support to me and who really do love Grangetown and have the needs of the community at heart. “I now find myself in a very different context, surrounded by hay bales and livestock in rural Vale of Glamorgan! I’m slowly getting to know the local communities as a parttime vicar and I’m finding my way in my more significant role as Director of Ordinands for the Diocese of Llandaff, which involves overseeing the recruitment and training of new clergy. Leaving Grangetown has been a bit of a wrench, but I know that all I learned and experienced there will be hugely important in my future ministry.”

“We join people, places and projects across Cardiff who are part of the sharing movement – sharing services, products, skills, knowledge and other stuff,” said organisers Sally Hughes and Mike Erskine.

As well as listing events and contacts, the directory also links up websites and social media networks. Email: or go to the website, if you would like to be included.

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Staying Safe in Grangetown


FIFTH Grangetown Safety Week, to coincide with half term, Halloween and the lead-up to Bonfire Night will offer a range of free activities. Grangetown Community Action and Community Gateway are working closely with agencies and local businesses. This year, a range of free activities will be held across Grangetown.

Monday 28th October – 2pm–4pm

Grange Gardens Deliberate Fires, safety around bonfires, handling fireworks, Crimes and Consequences, Go Ride and improve your bike handling skills! Fun and safe introduction to safe cycling. Wearing a helmet, safe cycling practices. Bikes and helmets provided.

Tuesday 29th October – 1pm–4pm

Taff Embankment/Penarth Road Bridge Cycle safe for winter! Free Bike Checks – Motorlegs will offer free bike checks, minor repairs and advice on cycling in the winter.

Wednesday 30th October – 1pm–4pm

Taff Embankment/Penarth Road Bridge Get cycle safe for winter! Free Bike Checks (see above)

Thursday 31st October – 3pm–6pm

Grangetown Hub Life Saving Skills in the Community, with Welsh Ambulance Service for demonstrations and a range of resources for children and adults. How to report crime anonymously with CrimeStoppers UK. Learn about the Fearless scheme and seeking support if you’re a victim of crime with Victim Support

Friday 1st November – 2pm–4pm

Grange Gardens Go Ride and improve your bike handling skills! Fun and safe introduction to safe cycling for young people. Bikes and helmets provided.

Tramshed plans scaled down


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

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.

The application says 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. No date – at the time of going to press – has been given. Meanwhile 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. 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”. “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. 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 – able to reverse in to unload.

New cafe, old cafe

A new cafe/coffee bar is set to open on the ground floor of a new flats block. The Taff Housing development in Penarth Road is being built on the site of the old FA Jones wallpaper store. Meanwhile, the long-awaited re-opening of the much-missed Black and White Cafe is expected very soon too. Finishing touches are being made to the cafe on the corner of Penarth Road and North Clive Street. The whole building has been redeveloped as flats but the revamped cafe – closed for the best part of three years – is nearly ready to re-emerge after a long hiatus.

Residents challenge embankment flats decision Residents have written to the Public Service Ombudsman to complain about the planning process which saw the controversial Bottleworks flats development given the goahead after bitter opposition. Developers Rightacres plan to build 74 flats on the old Track 2000 site on the junction with Penarth Road. But the Friends of Pentre Gardens, who were campaigning against the proposals, claim there was “procedural unfairness”. It claims Cardiff council as a planning authority failed to follow its own guidance andlacked diligence in how it assessed the plans. They also question the relationship between the developer and council, in the number of key building projects it is involved in in the city centre, including Central Square, the bus station and Brains Brewery quarter. It claims in its submission to the ombudsman that it is “difficult not to conclude” there is not a conflict of interest. The site has been cleared although work has not yet started.

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Last orders at club

Autumn diary

Grangetown Conservative Club has closed its doors – just short of its 125th anniversary. The club has been in its current home in Corporation Road, close to Grange Gardens, for more than 110 years. Grangetown Local History Society heard of its imminent demise a few weeks ago, and went along to take a few photographs, as well as receiving some archive material. The original “Grangetown Conservative Workingmens Club” was founded in May 1894, on the corner of Holmesdale Street and Ferry Road. Previously it had been the location for a local rope manufacturers. The association had been set up in the year before – described as a “rallying call for Grangetown working men”, with membership numbers rising in that time from 60 to 300. Subscription back in those first days was four pennies a year and the chairman was Sidney Herbert Nicholls, at the time living in Pentrebane Street. By 1908, it had moved to Corporation Road – its present home. The old building back in Ferry Road was later converted into flats in the early 1930s and then bombed during the war. The club hosted local clubs, as well as parties, regular karaoke and live music.

Saturday 5th October

Share Cardiff, Grangetown Hub, 9am-12.30pm. Free event to help promote and grow the local community. Includes litter-pick event at 10am. Ebenezer Church 120th anniversary celebrations, 11am to 4pm, Ebenezer Church, Corporation Road. Exhibition celebrating history of the church and also a display from Grangetown Local History Society. Free refreshments will be available.

Wednesday 16th October Community Open Day, South Riverside Community Centre, Brunel Street, 12pm-3.30pm.

Monday 28th October– Friday 1st November Grangetown Safety Week, activities include firework and bonfire safety; free cycle checks with Motorlegs, bike skills, Victim Support and life-saving skills (more details on page 14) Julie Biggs, stewardess since 2012 is pictured with committee member Mario Felices and Terry Woodroff, treasurer and acting chairman (left). Top is William Baird, who was steward of the club with his wife Alice in the 1930s and 1940s. Photos: Grangetown Local History Society.

The club is now boarded up, leading to speculation as to what will happen with the building. Its location near the park means it is prime for development.

Merchant Navy Association (Wales) host Remembrance Service at the Seafarers Memorial, Cardiff Bay,11am

Sunday 10th November Remembrance Service, War Memorial, Grange Gardens, 10.45am.

Plea for World War Two stories The Society has already collected numerous stories and accounts of the Blitz, which saw dozens of civilians killed in Grangetown and Riverside in January 1941 alone. It still wants to hear from anyone connected with the Hollyman family, the Jones family of Clydach Street and the Dix family of Holmesdale Street. The aim is to curate an exhibition and publish a book by the end of next year.

Anyone with information or stories can email

This picture shows air raid wardens, somewhere in Grangetown in the early 1940s, as the neighbourhood protected itself as best it could during World War Two. To mark the 80th anniversary of the conflict, Grangetown Local History Society is compiling memories, stories and photos from local people - some who remember the war and others who have information passed down. The project also involves researching details of all the casualties from Grangetown who died between 1939 and 1945 - so far a list of more than 250 service people and civilians. * The Society is keen to hear from anyone from Grangetown related to a casualty * Anyone who was evacuated from Grangetown * Families of prisoners of war or internees * Stories of people who served as an air raid warden, fire warden or in the Home Guard * Families of solidiers, RAF, Navy or Merchant Navy with interesting stories

Saturday 9th November

A website, which already carries details of the Society’s research for the World War One centenary, will be updated. The Society holds monthly meetings at Glamorgan Archives in Leckwith (close to the Cardiff City Stadium) on the first Friday of the month at 2pm. More details of its activities and for an online history of Grangetown, go to

Regular events/activities: First Tuesday of the month – Grangetown Book Club, Grangetown Hub, 6pm. Wednesdays – Pub Quiz at The Grange pub from 8pm Fridays – Grangetown Food Bank, Grangetown Baptist Church, Clive Street, 12pm–2pm. Organised by Cardiff Foodbank 13th Cardiff St Paul’s Scouts, Bayden Scout Hall, Ferry Road (nr. Ikea). Boys and girls welcome – Beavers meet on Thursdays from 5.30pm–6.45pm, Cubs ages 8–10 – Thursdays from 6.15pm, Scouts 10–14, Fridays 6.30pm– 8.30pm. Hall available for hire, email scoutscardiff@btconnect for more events.

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