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Grangetown News The news from your local community


The newspaper for all Grangetown residents Established 1978

Summer 2016

Established 1978

Published by Grangetown Community Action


Frustration over our streets’ vanishing waste receptacles IF you think you’ve lost a litter bin in your Grangetown street over the past couple of years, you’re not imagining it.

A dozen bins have been taken away in recent years. The fate of the bins which disappeared has led to some head-scratching. Where did they go? Grangetown Community Action became aware of litter bins being taken away from some streets and asked residents on Facebook and Twitter if they had noticed any disappearing from their immediate neighbourhood. A street-by-street survey, followed by a comparison of street view photos on Google Maps, confirmed 12 litter bins have been removed. We also plotted a map showing where the bins are - and where they have been removed since 2008. Those to go are: • Four from Paget Street • Three from Holmesdale Street • Two each in Court Road and the Taff Embankment • One from Clive Street That leaves around 48 left, not counting 52 in local parks. We also submitted a Freedom of Information request to Cardiff Council, asking how many bins Grangetown streets still had, compared to other council wards.

The council, however, told us it did not hold litter bin information on a ward- by-ward basis. In 2014, the council held a review into the 1,677 litter bins looked after by the city’s street cleaning team. It looked at moving bins “to improve efficiency and coverage” within wards and to make sure they were in the most appropriate sites. But the loss of bins in their streets has annoyed residents, with some having been taken from outside shops. It comes as residents’ frustrations have grown at the amount of litter and fly-tipping in the area in recent months, despite the efforts of voluntary group Keep Grangetown Tidy, set up at the start of last year. Councillors have also raised litter issue, as well as asking how many bins have gone, with a view to getting them reinstated and complaining about overflowing bins not being emptied. Coun Lynda Thorne admitted her frustration and said: “You, like me, might feel really angry about the litter and rubbish which is on our streets. “I’m working in liaison with Grangetown Community Action to identify areas that need litter bins, places where there are none and where we believe there are problems. “I have also asked the council to provide me with the street cleansing and bin emptying


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Before and after—a litter bin was taken away from outside this shop routine. There are many reasons our streets our get dirty and it’s not all down to the council. “Although the majority of us care and do our best, there is a small minority who present their refuse incorrectly.” Continued on page 2

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48 estimated street litter bins 12 litter bins removed or relocated 52 bins in Grangetown parks/open spaces 1,677 of city’s 2,359 bins looked after by the street cleansing team A spokesperson for Cardiff City Council said: “Where bins are removed but are reusable, they are re-distributed on a needs basis. Where bins are not fit for refurbishment or reuse the components are broken down and the plastic sent for recycling along with broken wheeled bins and the metal recycled along with the large metal wheeled bins unsuitable for reuse/ refurbishment.”

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Litter frustration mounts


ELCOME TO this new-look design for Grangetown’s long-running community newspaper.

The 12-page colour tabloid is a change to the magazinestyle format which Grangetown Community Action has produced since 1978. There are a few reasons. Firstly, the cost. Producing 6,400 copies on glossy paper is expensive. But being able to do it on newsprint makes it more sustainable. We’re lucky to have great support from our advertisers, including local businesses and organisations—but we will now be able to include far more articles, larger photos and more varied features than in the old format. So the balance between adverts and articles will be better. With the support of the Cardiff University Gateway Project and Community Journalism department, we’ve had two very successful public sessions which brought together a fantastic team of new, local contributors—a mix of residents and some students. We hope you enjoy reading the results of their efforts. Look out for our next meeting at the Grangetown Hub as we’d welcome more ideas, volunteers to write, take photos and those with any Adobe InDesign experience would be more than welcome also! News updates in the meantime will appear on our websites: and and @grangecardiff Chris Lomax, chair Grangetown Community Action

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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. Publisher Grangetown Community Action Editorial production Bruce Porteous, Catherine Norton, Steve Duffy Writers Ciron Gruffydd, Azul Maité, Sean Kisby, Zena Mabbs, Shelley Pascual Monika Gozdziewska, Courtney Taylor, Huw Williams, Deimante Auksoriute, Khalid Ayanleh Photographs Sean Kisby, Azul Maité and Monika Gozdziewska Advertising Ashley Lister Email: Printed by: Media Wales Thanks to: Emma Meese and Hannah Scarborough at the Centre for Community Journalism, Cardiff University for their assistance. Advertising rates: 1/8 page - £30; 1/4 page - £55; 1/2 page - £100 One full page - £180. Email: Editorial meeting: for volunteers and contributors is on Thursday 12th May, 6pm at Grangetown Hub. Newcomers welcome!

Some of your comments “The bin has gone from Jubilee Street/Court Road for over a year now! We need more bins as north Grangetown has a dreadful problem with litter. Litter enforcement needs to come out too! Some people just chuck rubbish on floor constantly”—Ceri “I have carried rubbish home from town through the embankment to my house as I haven’t passed one bin. It’s disgusting, no wonder there’s so much litter around”— Annette

Continued from Page 1 “There are some who just throw there cans, wrapping paper and empty fast food containers onto our streets,” added Mrs Thorne. Dave King from Keep Grangetown Tidy said: “Although we have now undertaken some 15 events in Grangetown, there remains a real issue with fly tipping and litter. “I’m very pleased that with a restructuring of the cleansing and street cleaning teams in Cardiff Council we have a dedicated lead person with whom we can contact and take things forward. They are also very committed to working with the community to improve the situation. “One area in particular we need to address is the number and location of litter bins. We know the number has reduced and we need to reverse that but also ensure they are in the right places. “Lots, therefore, for us to do and we need more people to help either at the litter picks or behind the scenes. Please get in touch!” Keep Grangetown Tidy recently welcomed two members of the street cleaning team on a litter pick. They have been promised two bins for a seated area in Corporation Road and by the Ferry Road flyover - when the bins become available. The council has two enforcement officers in Grangetown daily and officials have now agreed to a Keep Grangetown Tidy campaign after meeting local councillors in the area late last month. Mrs Thorne also wants shops and schools to be involved, while residents and volunteers could be encouraged in each street to help tackle litter, with offers of time back rewards. Cardiff Council said it was happy to work with Grangetown Community Action to identify areas that need additional litter bins. “Over the years, litter bins have only been removed if they have become damaged and replacements haven’t been in stock,” said a spokesman. “Although litter bins in public areas are important, both education and enforcement are also essential, as we continue in our aim to bring about a cultural change in the attitude towards litter. “In many other countries, people instinctively put any rubbish they generate in their pocket, as they go about their everyday business and either dispose it in a bin when one is available or alternatively bring it home or to work and recycle/dispose of it there. In these countries, It is unthinkable to throw litter on the ground.”

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“I noticed there isn’t any bin on the right hand side of Corporation Road from the corner fish shop right up to the Buzz corner. There used to be one on the lamp post but it was never emptied and then disappeared!”—Christine

Keep Grangetown Tidy litterpicks Sat 28th May –

Merches Gardens (all 9.45am)

Sat 26th June – Holmesdale Street

Sat 23rd July – Stafford Road

Sat 20th August – Taff Embankment

Sun 18th Sept –

Channel View Road

@TidyGrangetown and search for Keep Grangetown Tidy on Facebook Gloves, pickers and bags are provided. If you see any fly-tipping or excessive litter, report it to the C2C team at Cardiff Council on 02920 872087 (872878 in Welsh) or online at

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The ‘locals’ local pub’ By Ciron Gruffydd

RUNNING Grangetown’s last remaining pub can be a challenge at times, but it’s that connection with the community which enables The Cornwall to continue serving the area, according to its landlady. Research by The Campaign for Real Ale last year revealed that 1.8 pubs a week were closing in south Wales alone. Across the UK, the number of pubs has fallen from 69,000 in 1980 to less than 50,000 in June 2015. At the turn of the 20th Century, there were 10 pubs in Grangetown. Since The Grange closed its doors for the last time in December, there’s now only one. Nicola Smailes has worked in the pub trade for two decades. After working in The Grange and then as a landlord at the Victoria Park in Canton, she moved back to Grangetown and set up shop at The Cornwall nine years ago this April. “I decided to come back to Grangetown because I like the people and I wanted to come back,” said Nicola. “The Grange closure is a sign

‘Being aware’ - Nicola Smailes of the times today. I’ve been in the pub trade 20 years and from the few first to the last couple years; there’s been a massive difference. People don’t have as much money to spend in little communities now as they used to and there have been a lot of lows. “But having said that, there’s always been a good stability in The Cornwall for the landlords and it’s about keeping it the locals’ local pub. With that sentiment in mind, Nicola and The Cornwall team do a lot to help charity work in the area,

Last one standing : The Cornwall first opened its doors in 1894, after hundreds of new homes were built in the area and it brought a clamour for a pub. Illegal drinking dens had sprawled in nearby streets as the working man looked for the source of a pint or two! Whether it’s raising money to take local pensioners for a yearly day trip, holding events by the Welsh Refugee Council or helping local families, their good work extends much further than the four walls of the

establishment. “We try to,” explains Nicola. “It’s important to help out and putting something back. It’s what makes a community, really.” Over the past few years as

well, many Welsh speakers who have moved in Grangetown have also made the pub their spiritual home - from acclaimed historian, the late John Davies, to the crowd who try their luck in the Welsh language quiz nights. “We’ve got a strong local base in the bar and a good Welsh following in Grangetown,” said Nicola. “We try to cater for everyone, from the Welsh language quiz, which works very well, to some music or karaoke on a Friday. It’s two different bars in one place here at some times.” And with its location between two of Cardiff’s main sporting palaces and a new music venue just opened around the corner, the future’s looking bright for The Cornwall pub. As Nicola explained: “We’re right between Cardiff City Stadium and the Principality Stadium - and with the Tramshed close by, new developments in the area are helping us. “It’s about being aware of what’s going on and doing our best to welcome customers – old and new - into our pub.”

Bowls Pavilion community garden in full swing COMMUNITY Gateway in association with Grow Cardiff, Eggseeds, the Grange Pavilion Project and Grangetown Community Action have been working hard to create a community garden in the grounds of the Grange Bowls Pavilion. Four sessions have taken place and, with the help of local residents and school children, raised beds have been constructed and painted and a variety of different vegetables and flowers have been planted inside them. Once the garden is established, the aim is to engage other groups from within the community and the University to create after-school gardening clubs and a research garden linked to a honey bee project. The emphasis for the project is to establish a core group of local volunteers that will be able to continue with the work and plant, maintain and love the garden. Community Gateway would love to hear from any residents or partners interested in getting involved with the garden. For more information or to get involved please contact or call 029 20 870456

For more about all the projects see: Follow on Twitter: @CommunityGtwy

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Welsh medium school progress THE preparations for the opening of the first Welsh medium school to serve Grangetown and Butetown are progressing. Parents of would-be pupils were invited for an open morning last month and the council has written to all parents in the city with children about to start school. Ysgol Hamadryad will open a starter class in the annexe of Ninian Park Primary School in September, while the new 420-pupil school is built in the grounds of Hamadryad hospital. A temporary governing body is also recruiting the first head teacher. The governors have issued a mission statement for the new school, saying they wanted a “happy, ambitious and inclusive learning community”. Huw Williams, one of the governors and a member of the campaign group for the Welsh medium school, said: “Any parents wishing to apply— regardless of where their children are due

to go—are able to get in touch with the council for a form to be returned to school admissions” he said. It has been a long process, with many obstacles along the way, not least finding a suitable site. The Ymgyrch TAG campaign group thanked parents and supporters for helping realise the “dream”. “Even though things haven’t gone our way every time, we’ve done something special for the Welsh language, which is beyond just ensuring we have a Welsh school for our own children,” said a spokesman. “We look forward to welcoming the class of 2016 and working towards a school for the entire community.”

Cafe conversation GRANGETOWN Philosophy Cafe is a new monthly get-together for people who want to chew over some of life’s bigger questions. The project, part of the Community Gateway programme, has been meeting in cafes and Grange Bowls Pavilion so far. In the first outing, people grappled with the question of ‘What makes a good citizen?’ while enjoying the hospitality of Ice Cream Passion. March’s session at Delikatesy Mis cafe discussed ‘What makes the good life?’. Dr Huw Williams, the philosopherin-residence who works for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol at Cardiff University, said it was “a varied and lively debate that took the discussion from Greece to Vienna to Grangetown to Italy and back to Grangetown again.” Amongst the issues that came up in discussion was how we deal with those

who have divisive and often dangerous ideas of the good life and to what extent we can all share in a similar view of the “good”. The group discussed how as individuals we can balance our needs (and what was referred to at one point as our ‘inner chimp’!) to ensure we have a happy and fulfilling existence. Moseem Suleman and Chris Young, both of whom took part in the first exploratory sessions last autumn, agreed it was the best meeting yet. In Chris’s words, “it was a great philosophy cafe, with plenty of food for thought!”. Ani Saunders, who went along for the first time, described it as a “delightful”’ way to spend the morning, and noted that “as a society, we just don’t discuss enough”. Keep an eye out for further details of the forthcoming sessions. All welcome!

Love Grangetown - project progress a year on Residents had a chance to find out more about some of the community projects under way in a Love Grangetown event in Grange Gardens last month.

Workshops were held in the morning for those involved in the last Love Grangetown session, while the afternoon was opened out for all residents to come along and ask questions, sign up for involvement and also learn about some of the interesting research programmes involving the University out in the community.

A marquee was set up in the grounds of the old Grange Bowls Pavilion, with residents, students and project teams meeting up over tea and cake. There was plenty for children to do too during a sunny afternoon and to cool everyone down, a crew from South Wales Fire and Rescue demonstrated some hose power outside! The projects revolve around nine themes, identified by residents as key priorities for Grangetown. These themes are: Shop and Work Locally, Safe Grangetown, Road Respect, Healthy Grangetown, Friendly Communities, Provision for Young People, Communication without Barriers, Community Meeting

Places and Clean Streets/Green Spaces. In the past 12 months, collaborations between many different community partners and staff and students of Cardiff University have taken place to launch successful projects. Community Gateway is helping to bring forward the expertise within the university to help local groups and residents develop their projects and tap into specialist help.

For more information or to get involved please contact or call 029 20 870456

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Victorian nobility that lies behind the street names of Grangetown Have you ever wondered about the origins of the street names of Grangetown? Quite a few can be traced to the Windsor-Clive family, the owners of the original Grange and the estate on which many homes were built in Victorian times. Zena Mabbs of Grangetown Local History Society looks at a few of them.

HEWELL STREET A small part of the old street survives but the houses are long gone. The name comes from the grand house belonging to Baroness Harriet Windsor (1797–1869). She lived at Hewell Grange, which is near Bromsgrove in Worcestershire—there is a Hewell Road in that area too. The property was sold to pay for death duties and is now a prison. Baroness Harriet Windsor

KNOLE STREET This was named after the house near Sevenoaks in Kent where the Earl of Amherst died. Now partly owned by the National Trust, it has a room for every day of the year, considerably larger than the terraced homes that were once in the street named after it! BRADFORD STREET Orlando Charles Bridgeman, 3rd Earl of Bradford (1819–1898), was another investor in Grangetown. His name appears on the leases of houses in Kent Street and Oakley Street, which are lodged with the Glamorgan Archives. Before he became the 3rd Earl, he was Viscount Newport. His sister married Robert Windsor-Clive, son of Baroness Windsor. Their home was at Weston Park, which was gifted to the nation in 1981.

ST FAGANS STREET The 1st Earl of Plymouth, Robert George Windsor-Clive (1857– 1923) was Baroness Windsor’s grandson and he lived at St Fagan’s Castle, which was donated to the Museum of Wales in 1947.

PAGET STREET The Countess of Plymouth—wife of the Earl—was Alberta Victoria Paget (1863–1944), who invested in Grangetown. She was president of the Glamorgan branch of the Red Cross and a Dame of Grace of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem. She supported the wartime hospital at St Fagans. AMHERST STREET The Right Honourable Lord William Amherst, 1st Earl of Amherst (1773–1857), was the step-father of Baroness Windsor and also invested in the Grangetown building programme. He had a fairly disastrous period as governor-general of India, including a costly war.

The Countess of Plymouth, Alberta Paget

Top: Lord William Amherst, first Earl of Amherst Bottom: Orlando Bridgeman, Earl of Bradford

The history society meets at the Grangetown Hub at 2pm on the first Friday of each month, except when it falls on a bank holiday. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Teas and coffee are available. Visit our web sites at and www. Email enquiries may be made at Telephone enquiries can be made by calling 02920 345962. Grangetown Local History Society Doug Knight, chairman; Ray Noyes, secretary

New homes for Clive Street lane? Plans for 116 new homes behind Clive Street lane are expected to go before councillors in the next few weeks. The proposals involve taking down the disused railway embankment and removing tonnes of spoil. Preparation work has already started, while a colony of slow worms have been moved to a new habitat at Cosmeston Park and Lake. Pegasus is behind plans for the homes on the Network Rail land, which will also need a house and garage to be demolished. The development would back onto the Ikea car park at one end and the boundary of Clive Lane at the other—an area which has become a target for flytippers.

Rhian Lees, project director for Pegasus Developments told us: “If planning permission is granted, work will begin on removing the top 4m of ground, to create a level development plateau. This process is expected to last around 12 months and will generate around 30 loads per day. “Access to the site will be taken from the existing gates at Ferry Road and a ‘left in left out’ system will be in place.” The proposals involve 49 houses and six apartment blocks involving 67 flats. The development will involve some private housing and others rented in a tie-up with Wales and West Housing Association. But there have been some local objections over privacy and traffic issues.

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Tastes of Europe, old and new, to Inma’s Delicatessen (Mediterranean/Spanish)

Inma and husband Tony Edwards have been running their delicatessen on Penarth Road for more than a quarter of a century. The business is one of the first to become part of the facelift for shops in the area. By Deimante Auksoriute, Khalid Ayanleh and Azul Maite met them. Photos: Azul Maite

The business seemed always good with customers, we were busy all the time. What can you offer? Tony: Homemade food such as baguettes, lasagne, chicken curry, meatballs, paella, cakes and a variety of different foods from all over the world to choose from. Our speciality is our garlic chicken baguette which is a food that originates from Inma’s mother’s recipe. It has become what we’re most well-known for and is our most popular amongst our customers in Grangetown. Tell me how did you meet your wife? Tony: We met during when she moved from Spain to work as an au pair for a family in Penarth. I come from the Penarth area, so we met there—which is a long story. We have three girls and four grandchildren and they all live in Penarth.

Tell us about the business? Tony: The business started 27 years ago and was called Inma’s Continental Store. We started as a delicatessen mostly selling bits from all over the world, however as we found the lead market for homemade food was spaghetti, rolls and that sort of thing and that is the direction we took as supermarkets have killed all the little shops over the years. The business was a little slow due to the road closure and works around [for the regeneration scheme last year] but generally there are many happy customers coming over the years and so we are doing quite well. How did the business develop over the years? Tony: Prior to Inma’s I had a power tools business next door, however due to the recession in 1987 the business closed down. However, what we found during that time that the food business was a profitable market. A couple of years later we started ‘Inma’s Continental Store’ with deli food products and later we started doing a lot more take-away food as lasagne, meatballs, chicken curry etc.

come here. We get people from all around the world but main customers are local residents. It’s a very cultured and varied kind of custom we get.’ Do you get a chance to get involved in the community? Tony: No, not really. That’s the problem as me and my wife are always running the business from 9 to 6 o’clock every day. This is a family business and my wife cooks here full time. We have only one employee that works here every day. We are always busy here. It’s difficult to get involved into community events but we do wish to be if we had the time to be. What’s your aim? Tony: It’s not about winning awards, it’s about making our customers happy and producing good quality homemade food and that’s what we are doing. A lot of cafés

What type of customers do you get? Tony: We have a very metropolitan and culturally diverse range of customers. In hand with that, we have customers who have been coming here for many, many years. Our usual customers are local people and people who come to Grangetown for work. On

and restaurants are driven for awards but the greatest award for us is bringing the customers in and them enjoying what we have to offer. occasion we get people who still come after 26 years; we get people coming from five years to 50 years old. A lot of people, who come now, came in as the kids with their parents, and now they are coming with their own kids, third generations even now just starting to

Your Grangetown councillors Ashley Govier 0785 4443561

Lynda Thorne

What do you think about Grangetown? Inma: I think Grangetown is lovely. It’s walking distance to the city; you don’t need a taxi, you can drink as much as you want and walk home and save money. I would love to live in Grangetown because it’s such a lovely place and the people are lovely too. There’s a strong metropolitan and community-based feel here, it’s nice. Are you pleased about the regeneration? Inma: Yes, very pleased. It has been great for trade. More people are venturing out here now to see what is here as the whole area was quite rundown and it now looks much better. 029 20 345679 0758 1163342

Chris Lomax 029 20 345679 0758 1163342

If you have any issues or if you would just like a chat, then why not come along to one of our open surgeries? These are held at: Channel View multi-storey flats, first Wednesday in the month (6pm-8pm) Grangetown Hub, every other Saturday (10.30am-11.30am) on 7th and 21st May; 4th and 18th June; 2nd and 16th July etc

We have had more of a cross section of people coming in and it has improved trade, and of course we now have double glazing so it’s warmer inside! Inma’s Delicatessen, 152 Penarth Rd, Grangetown CF11 6NJ Tel: 029 2038 8303

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tempt your adventurous palates Polish Delicatessen/Delikatesy MIS

Marcin Gozdziewski first opened his Polish shop nearly 10 years ago in Penarth Road with his wife as a family business. It grew in size as the Polish population grew and now they have expanded in nearby Clare Road.

Why did you set up? Marcin: There was a growing Polish community and only one Polish Shop already opened in Roath, Cardiff to serve all of us, so quite a journey to get some Polish products and I already missed some of the familiar tastes. I previously thought about opening shop but had no experience although was really keen on getting new knowledge and setting something on my own so I thought why not give it a go?

What is your vision for the place? Since opening I thought about quality and convenience and this is my motto. I wish my clients to have best products and service we could possibly provide. The premises on Penarth Road suddenly became too small so we started to look for a bigger place. Following my motto I always thought I’d like to deliver comfortable shopping so you can shop and then relax after. That’s why we have relocated to 172–174 Clare Road when the former Enterprise Centre became available. And that’s why after opening Delicatessen we followed up with the Coffee Shop Upstairs. What is so special about Polish bread? Well I personally think Polish bread is exceptional and you can find it in all sort of different flavours. Its nice and moist inside and has a good crust outside. The bakers in Poland always try to be very creative and coming up with decent variety of baked goods on the market, including sourdough bread, white bread, crescent rolls, baguettes, challah bread, bread loaves

and rolls, light and dark, wheat, rye, mixed, wholegrain, made from rare grains such as spelt wheat and amaranth, common, select, sweetened, with added seeds, fruits or honey, or sprinkled with them. There are also regional products like bagels and also bread for special occasions like harvest festivals and weddings. The baking industry has its very long tradition, where recipes have been improved from generation to generation. Some bakeries use recipes that can be up to 300 years old and the tastiest are based on sourdough starters. Poland is also one of few countries that still use rye flour to make bread, which has grander nourishing value than wheat flour. What’s your best seller? Dumplings or simply Pierogi in Polish, we have different flavours and all are really popular. Also cured meats and cakes are selling very well. Our cakes are really nice and if you simply want to try small piece before you buy whole big cake all for yourself and take it home, you can always pop Upstairs and have it with a coffee. What would you recommend? I have my own favourites but I think it’s all up to personal taste, I think all cakes are well worth trying and as I said you don’t have to go away with a whole cake!

Cardiff Bay Rotary Club Cardiff Bay Rotarians continue to be busy in supporting projects in the Grangetown, Butetown and Riverside areas. In recent months, they’ve been involved in buying general groceries and seasonal treats for families who are being helped by the charity Home-Start BGR. The families are mainly single parents with at least one child under aged 5 deemed to be vulnerable.

Tell us about the new developments Coffee shop Upstairs is a newly opened community coffee shop and was the first one in Grangetown. The idea was to create a friendly atmosphere where you can have a cup of coffee or tea followed by cake or maybe a sandwich and relax for a while. There is Wi-Fi access and we are happy to host any kind of event or meeting, simply let us know what you are up to. All customers are welcome; you don’t have to shop downstairs to get a coffee. Currently we are working on adding some more food to already existing offer of hot baguettes, toasties and sandwiches. Also we are thinking of holding social events in the future. Polish Delicatessen MIS, Coffee Shop Upstairs, 172–174 Clare Road, Grangetown, Cardiff CF11 6JR Telephone 02920 251004, 02920 345720 Opening hours: Mon–Sat 8am-10pm; Sun 9am-9pm We’ll be featuring more Grangetown businesses in our next edition. Let us know what you’d recommend! Rotarians also contribute towards the travel expenses of the volunteers who deliver the service and donate clothes and toys to the charity shop in Loudoun Square. The Grange Gardens Pavilion Project is another focus, with funds towards the staging of the successful winter fayre and involvement with the garden there. Rotaractors also joined the Keep Grangetown Tidy litterpick in north Grangetown and hope to make it a regular commitment.

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The Ebenezer Church in Corporation Road, Grangetown has been serving the community for over 116 years. We have good news to tell. This news has changed lives for more years than Ebenezer has been open. It is good news for everyone, whatever your background may be. It’s good news for everyone, whatever your background may be. But it is also news that people often assume they’ve heard when in reality they haven’t. We would love to share this news with you. On a Sunday we meet together in our Family Service at 11.30am, a mixture of all ages. Monday evening is our ‘Prayer Time’ at 7.15pm.

The Church on your doorstep


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Wednesday morning at 10.30am is the very popular informal Coffee Morning, where twenty to thirty men and women enjoy coffee, a chat, a sing and a ‘thought for the day.’ Thursday morning at 9.30am is filled with the excitement of Parents and Toddlers as they play and talk to each other. This is followed at 1pm with an English Class for Ladies, for our friends from all over the world who are now living in Grangetown. Friday is the time for the Kids’ Club at 6pm, for reception to year 6: Fun, games and Bible stories and the Youth Club at 7.30pm on the first Friday of each month, for years 7 to 11.

We read in the Bible in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 about LOVE If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them, and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth but didn’t love others, I would only be making noise. If I had the gift of prophecy and knew all about what was going to happen in the future, knew everything, about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would it do? Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be nothing at all without love. If I gave everything I have to poor people, and if I were burned alive for preaching the Gospel, but didn’t love others, it would be of no value whatever. Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not bear grudges and will hardly ever notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him. All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an

end, but loves goes on forever. Someday, prophecy and speaking in unknown languages, and special knowledge—these gifts will disappear. Now we know so little, even with our special gifts, and the preaching of those most gifted is still so poor. But when we have been made perfect and complete, then the need for these inadequate special gifts will come to an end, and they will disappear. It’s like this: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I became a man, my thoughts grew far beyond those of my childhood. And now I have put away the childish things. In the same way, we can see and understand only a little about God now, as if we were peering at his reflection in a poor mirror; but someday we’re going to see him in his completeness, face to face. Now all that I know is hazy and blurred, but then I will see everything clearly, just as clearly as God sees into my heart right now.

There are three things that remain—faith, hope and love—and the greatest of these things is LOVE.

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Tramshed gets on the right track

Words and photos: Sean Kisby


ARDIFF’S LATEST music and entertainment venue, Tramshed, on Grangetown’s Pendyris Street, is proving popular but still has some way to go before all of its facilities are completed. A 1,000-capacity performance space (and bar) opened at the end of October 2015 and has hosted a wide range of music acts, a darts tournament and, in February, Cardiff’s first vintage clothing kilo sale which saw hundreds of people queuing to get in despite the bad weather.

The remainder of the substantial Grade II listed building was still covered with scaffolding and being re-roofed as Grangetown News went to press. It is eventually expected to be tranformed into a mixed-use arts venue containing an art gallery, dance studios, a café, shop, offices and 30 first floor split-level live/work units. A small 40-seat cinema run by film company Curzon is expected to be the next part of the complex to open for business, located above the main entrance with a programme of niche films. The entire building has already been advertised for sale as a leasehold block with an asking price of £4.2 million. The venue is operated by The MJR Group, who also manage The Globe in Roath as well as similar entertainment venues in Bristol, Southampton and Reading. Many more big name entertainers are booked to appear at Tramshed for the remainder of 2016, as well as particpation in the UK’s Festival of Voice in June and a Vegan Food Festival in September. Full listings can be viewed on their website

The Wonder Stuff—just one of the acts to pack out Tramshed in its first few months. Sell-out nights have included The Charlatans, Public Enemy and John Cooper Clarke. Forthcoming acts booked include Public Image Ltd, seven nights for the Festival of Voice, ranging from gospel, rap to Jamie Woon and Scritti Politti/Alexis Taylor. Indie bands heading this way include Low and the Wedding Present.

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Packed festival week ahead

This year’s Grangetown Festival will run in the middle of June, climaxing in the Fête and Carnival day in Grange Gardens on Saturday 18th June.

Like last year, more live music is being planned as well as other show events. The fête has been a constant for nearly 40 years and has been an annual fixture in Grange Gardens since 2001.

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FESTIVAL CALENDAR: Saturday 11th June – Teddy Bear’s Picnic (Grangetown Hub, time to be confirmed) Sunday 12th – Cream Tea and Outdoor Service (St Paul’s Church, 3pm) Tuesday 14th – Community Litter-pick (time and location to be confirmed by Keep Grangetown Tidy) Wednesday 15th – Primary Schools’ Sports Day (Sevenoaks Park, Virgil Street, 2pm)

Thanks to the efforts of volun-teers from Cardiff University, we hope to have a few new ideas and surprises for this year’s event.

Thursday 16th – Lord Mayor’s Charity Quiz, (The Cornwall pub, 8pm - raffle and prizes, all welcome)

Anyone who wants a stall or to volunteer contact

Saturday 18th – Fete / Carnival, Grange Gardens (open from 1pm, stalls, refreshments, displays, live music)

Friday 17th – Community picnic with music followed by Iftar (Grange Gardens, 5.30pm, and 9pm)

More details nearer the time on

Your Neighbourhood Policing Team for Grangetown would like to invite you to the following PACT meetings: THURSDAY 26TH MAY 2016 7pm – St Paul’s Church Hall WEDNESDAY 6TH JULY 2016 7pm – Channel View Leisure Centre THURSDAY 18TH AUGUST 2016 7pm – Cornwall Street Baptist Church Hall

Green area gives nursery youngsters new space for some ‘free range learning’ A new ‘green area’ for the children of Cylch Meithrin Grangetown a’r Bae to play and learn in is due to start being built in the coming months. A grant from the Big Lottery has been awarded to Cylch Meithrin Grangetown a’r Bae to improve the children’s outdoor play area and the space will include seating, a place for the children to grow their own vegetables and a bug hotel. As part of the project a Cardiff-based artist will be working with the children to help make a mosaic which will be set into the seating area. This will be run as a workshop activity for the children, based on an educational theme linked to language, play and the natural environment. After the area has been completed local green experts

from ‘Free range learning’ will be brought in to help support associated educational activities. Please contact Johana Hartwig – Cylch Meithrin a’r Bae Grants Officer for further details:

Velindre boost Grangetown Muslim Cultural Centre has been raising funds for Velindre Cancer Research. The centre, which has been based in Clydach Street since 2006, provides for the religious, educational and cultural needs of the local Muslim community. It also does work with the elderly. Secretary Tariq Awan thanked donors after £824 in cash - a fantastic amount - was collected after Friday prayers, following a visit by the Lord Mayor.

Once upon a time

Inside Out

Grangetown Book Club has started back monthly meetings at Grangetown Hub.

Community Gateway has organised a free screening for Disney/Pixar animation Inside Out (PG), as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Places for children and adults for Saturday 21st May (10am) must be booked in advance and a bus is being put on. See @CommunityGtwy

They’re being held every first Tuesday of the month at 6.30pm in the community room. The book selection is being publicised on the Grangetown website and copies are available to borrow from the library.

PACT warning over taxi journey refusals A Grangetown councillor has warned taxi drivers who refuse fares to the area because they think the journey is too short risk being forced off the road. Councillor Chris Lomax told Grangetown PACT meeting in March that cabbies could not “pick and choose”which fares to take. It follows the suspension of five Hackney drivers’ licences. Mr Lomax said a total of 95 were reported to city licensing bosses after an experiment using “mystery passengers” during the World Cup. There had been complaints in Grangetown about drivers refusing fares because it was not considered far enough away. Drivers cannot refuse a fare unless there is a reasonable excuse— such as the passenger being genuinely drunk or threatening. Anyone having a problem is asked to note the taxi’s licence number or registration plate and contact uk or call 029 20871651. Meanwhile, the April meeting of PACT set tackling drug-dealing in north Grangetown as its priority. Community police asked residents to be vigilant and report suspicious vehicles or descriptions of suspicious people to 101. Waymarkers - extra patrols - are in place already in Pentre Gardens and Windsor Quay where problems have also been reported. There were also complaints about lorry deliveries and parking on double yellow lines in Clare Road. Police are holding regular Cuppa With A Copper sessions on Tuesdays at 11am in the Grangetown Hub for those who want to raise issues face-to-face.

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Sowing the seeds of community pride By Azul Maite A LOCAL charity has joined the Friends of Pentre Gardens group to transform a park which had “become a dog toilet” into an attractive welcoming area. The first session was held on a crisp and sunny Saturday in March; another after Easter. One resident, Inge Hanson, said Pentre Gardens a few years ago was nothing more than “a big trash can”, strewn with rubbish and neglected. It wasn’t a place anyone thought they could enjoy and use. Inge and a group of neighbours formed Friends of Pentre Gardens and started holding children’s play sessions, with help from Re-create, the play services association in Cardiff and the Vale. The park was cleaned up and the residents took over the duties of opening and closing the park from the council.

Cardiff’s parks department has taken notice of their efforts and cut all the bushes, planted extra plants and their next steps are to re-do all the benches and the paths. For this specific project, Grow Cardiff and Cardiff University have received a grant to help the Friends draw up a professional plan with the help of a landscape architect. In consultation with the community, a brief has been drawn up on what people want to see there.

The grant also provides them with practical help to complete the work. Axel and Yin, qualified selfemployed gardeners under contract to Grow Cardiff, were on hand to bring the brief to life. According to Yin they were pleasantly surprised to find the soil was free-draining sandy loam as opposed to clay, which would have made the job more difficult. The plants were chosen with the park’s three trees in mind. Shade-loving plants such as bluebells, vinca minor, hebe,

hellebore, heuchera, sarcococca and tellima now feature. Friends of Pentre Gardens are working with Renata Harmsworth from St Patrick’s Primary School, whose pupils first planted yellowcrocuses two years ago as part of its lunchhour gardening club. Renata said: “It’s great as it involves the children, gives them a sense of pride and they’re living back to the community”

Pupils have gone on to plant white and purple crocuses, three new trees and the daffodils that can be seen today in the park. As well as learning practical gardening skills they’ve also got a sense of their local area—and will tell off anyone they see destroying the plants!

To get involved with the project you can follow Friends of Pentre Gardens on Facebook or email:

Vaughan Gething AM If you need to contact me or would like a surgery appointment... Address: National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay CF99 1NA Telephone: 029 20 898 283 Fax: 029 20 898 284 E-mail: Vaughan.Gething@Assembly.Wales

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Coach cures couch potatoes By Shelley Pascual Grangetown fitness enthusiast Daniel Allsopp has been training newbie runners to run a 5k out of his passion for active, healthy lifestyles. The five-week programme costs nothing apart from a £10 donation to charity.

DANIEL’S TOP TIPS 1. Buy decent running trainers: Stores like Asics in Bridgend McArthur Glen will perform tests to show what running trainer is suitable for you. 2. Fuel up and be hydrated before a run and recovery: its important to do this. Ideally eat something light around 90 mins or have a protein shake 60 minutes before you set off. For hydration, drink plenty of water throughout the day (2–3 litres). Have a sip before you set off and take some with you (personally I don’t take water with me whilst running , but I ensure I have water ready when I’m finished). After your run it’s vital to get protein and carbs back into your body within 45 mins–1hr; the easiest and best way is by drinking a recovery shake

Daniel was inspired to launch the Couch to 5k programme when parents at his son’s school started asking him questions about losing weight and getting fit last year. Since then, he has trained four Couch to 5k groups. The participants in Daniel’s third group had never run before, yet they completed their 5k run after five weeks of training in record time. Daniel insists that by committing to the program, one will feel better and see results. He also admits, however, that lack of commitment from some of the runners can be an issue. “I think it’s important for people to at least try and get fit so they can feel better about themselves, meet new people and enjoy life,” Daniel says. He explains that he trains runners for free as he feels it helps people get started. “Even if they don’t participate in any further sessions, they have at least tried and it hasn’t cost them anything albeit a donation to charity,” Daniel says. Participants in Daniel’s Couch to 5k program have donated to charities such as Cardiff City FC Foundation, Dreams and Wishes and Help for Heroes. Just over three years ago, Daniel himself was overweight at 98 kilograms. His diet was poor and he didn’t exercise. Today, he is 20 kilograms lighter. Daniel says: “I’m in the best shape in my life and I just want people to have a taste of how having a more active lifestyle can be beneficial.” If there’s demand for it, Daniel says he might consider continuing the program and training new groups later in the spring.

Training sessions are usually held on Mondays and Thursdays at 7.30pm at Cardiff International Pool. Contact Daniel via Couch to 5k Cardiff on Facebook.

Moor places to run

3. Warm up, warm down and stretch: a warm up should take around 5 minutes and can be anything. A 5 minute walk then going into a run is perfect. For warm down I go into a walk for around 5 minutes. Stretching must be done to relax your muscles and helps prevent injury. 4. Clothing: Ensure your clothing is light wearing and ideally reflective (even in summer) to be save you need to been seen. 5. Music: I cannot run without music, depending on the run I’m doing I usually let my music play on random. When I do a half marathon, 10k or 5k race I make structured playlist. Be sure you can hear outside traffic, you need to be safe and to hear your surroundings. 6. Injuries: Simple really: never run on an injury and never run through one. 7: Medical: As with all exercises if on medication or have a medical condition it’s best to seek advice from your GP before you start .

Grangetown has been chosen for the second parkrun within Cardiff. The run around the Grangemoor Park area started towards the end of last year and gives Grangetown and Bay area residents the chance to take part in a 5km run—just you against the clock. You don’t need to be fast, everyone runs for their own enjoyment so please come along and join in whatever your pace! Runs take place every Saturday at 09.00 in Grangemoor Park close to Asda and Ikea.

By Courtney Taylor It costs nothing to join in—and yes, it’s free! But runners are asked to register before your first run and you only ever have to register once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode. If you forget it, don’t worry, you can still run but you won’t get a recorded time. Grangemoor parkrun is entirely organised by volunteers from the community. You don’t need to be a runner to join us. So if you’re interested please email You can also follow @grangemrparkrun on Twitter Volunteers are encouraged to register as well as your support will be recognised. Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Ikea Cardiff, so please come and join us.

More details can be found at

Ready for the new season? We’d love to feature news of how your sports team is getting on when the new season starts—whether it’s football, rugby, baseball or a team or individual sport which needs more coverage. Send us your details, match reports and photos to We’ll also happily feature Grangetown sports clubs and teams on our website and © Grangetown Community Action 2016

Grangetown News  

Community newspaper from Grangetown in Cardiff (Summer 2016)

Grangetown News  

Community newspaper from Grangetown in Cardiff (Summer 2016)