Rogerstone Grassroots 04/10/18

50TH Celebration…. The members of Trinity Church, in Glasllwch Lane are celebrating the church’s 50th anniversary and recently remembering the last 5 decades at a special memories weekend. Hundreds of photographs were displayed, stimulating lots of chat, along the lines of, “do you remember that?” Special things were remembered about each decade – the building of the church in the late 60’s, the growth of the youth club and “Sunday School” in the 70’s and the building of a Marley Fabricated hall to accommodate youth activities. In the 80’s a number of pantomimes and musicals were performed, involving everyone, many good laughs and happy times to reminisce about. Moving into the 90’s there was the major project of replacing the fabricated hall with a new purpose built hall, and linking this to the main church building. A great deal of fundraising went into achieving this, and since its opening in 1997 it has been well used by many community groups. The newly formed banner group was responsible for creating a 12 panelled banner illustrating 2,000 years of Christianity to mark the millennium in the year 2000, another special time for sharing memories. In more recent years, the worship area has been refurbished, the pews replaced by comfortable chairs, to match the new carpet and curtains creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for everyone. The anniversary celebration weekend was not just about looking back, but in looking forward too. A particular new venture, is “Messy Church” which is currently enjoyed by a growing number of families participating in activities on a Saturday afternoon between 5 and 6.30pm. The date for next Messy Church is 17th November, and all are welcome. The afternoon of memories concluded with 70 people, including a number of friends who had had links with Trinity in the past decades, sitting down to high tea which was enjoyed by all. Trinity’s next Anniversary event will be a Concert given by the Adams Chorale at7.30p.m on Saturday 13th October. Tickets £6. Tel: 01633 894781. Happy Birthday to all at Trinity from the community you serve.


Thinking of adopting? .… I caught up with the  South East Wales Adoption Service recently to learn about their work ahead of National Adoption week which runs from the 15th October to 21st October, the service is run on behalf of all our local councils,  in our discussions they told me about the work they do and that  they’re  currently recruiting adopters for children and sibling groups of all ages. They are encouraging anyone who has ever thought about adoption to contact them for a friendly and informal discussion on what’s involved in the adoption process. You can get in touch  Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm on 01495 355766 to speak to one of the friendly social workers. Alternatively, you can attend one of the information events the next is on November 3rd. These events are informal with the opportunity to ask any question you might have about adoption.  However, they require all attendees to register their interest by calling 01495 355766 or emailing more information, visit:


Time to Apply… As one of your local Councillors the biggest issue I deal with is parents and carers unable to get their children into local schools and by local I mean schools in Rogerstone. one of the things that parents and carers can do to ease the upset of not getting a place in the school of your choice is to apply for a place in plenty of time, with this in mind I’ve received the following information to share with carers and parents. To apply for a September 2019 school place visit (see relevant dates below)It is very important that you make your application by the relevant closing date and that you express at least 3 different preferences. Please note: you will be afforded priority to your catchment school if you express it as a preference, however, there is no guarantee of admission to any school you have requested. Secondary school Applications can be made online from 1 October 2018 – 30 November 2018. This is for children born between September 2007 and August 2008. Decisions will be issued on 1 March 2019. Reception Applications can be made online from 5 November 2018 – 14 January 2019. This is for children born between September 2014 and August 2015. Decisions will be issued on 16 April 2019. Please contact the School Admissions Team if you have any questions’ 01633 656656,  Needless to say, I will always do my best to represent children who don’t get a place and will continue to lobby for Rogerstone school places for Rogerstone Children.


All in the MIND… I recently attended a fundraiser for Newport Mind after being made aware of their work by from a neighbour in Rogerstone, she told about the excellent work they do in our community, at the fundraiser I spoke with their Sustainability and Growth Manager David Hopkins who shared with me what the charity does, David explained ‘When living with a mental health problem, it can be very difficult to talk about what’s on your mind. Despite around 1 in 4 people in Wales experiencing a mental health problem each year, sometimes it can be hard to find someone supportive to talk to. Living with a mental health problem can have a huge impact on everyday life, making things that others might take for granted a bit more difficult. Sometimes going to the shops, concentrating on a newspaper or doing the housework can seem impossible when living with a mental health condition. That’s why charities like Newport Mind are so important right now. Newport Mind is your local mental health charity, providing easy-to-access services such as counselling, information and advice, supported housing, creative therapies, wellbeing groups and self-management courses. Helping more than 2,500 people each year, they provide a safe space where people can discuss mental health openly, and receive support to live more independent lives’ it’s good that we are more able now to talk about mental health issues but it’s important to remember Newport Mind is a registered charity and relies on donations to provide support. If you would like to make a donation or find out more about volunteering for Newport Mind, visit or call 01633 258741.


Get a Job…. Newport City Council are holding a jobs fair this Thursday 11th October between 10am and 2pm in Newport Centre and they’ve asked me to ask Rogerstone neighbours along, Hundreds of jobs will be on offer again at the event which is organised by the council’s Work Based Learning Academy in partnership with Jobcentre Plus. A range of businesses will be looking for new recruits, including Admiral, Wagamama’s, Tesco, RF Brookes, Lidl Distribution, Finsbury Foods, Q Care, Subway and many more at the event in Kingsway. Councillor Gail Giles, Newport City Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, said: “This follows an extremely successful similar event in Pill in the summer and our previous annual events in the city centre”. Companies seeking to recruit new staff want to come to the council’s jobs fairs because they attract a high quality of candidates. It also features training providers who can help people who want to improve their skills or retrain for a new career. Hundreds of jobs will be on offer at our jobs fair at Newport Centre on 11 Oct, between 10am and 2pm.


Have your say….The agenda is being set for the next  Ward Meeting  on 24th October 7pm Rogerstone Primary School, to explain, I’ve put forward the requests of neighbours for agenda items but, at the time of going to press officers at the Civic who deal with organising ward meeting were still firming up invitees, but  the meeting will hopefully open with a Police report then I’ve requested the following items; Junction 28 Update, information for plans for our Church Hall, Streetscene – Ward Report – Streetscene is the biggest council department and looks after highways, buildings, green spaces etc so its important they are there as neighbours have raised various questions on social media recently which concerns streetscene like a zebra crossing on Tregwilym Road from Jubilee Park,  I’ve also asked for Wastesavers to explain their role and recycling in our City. The meeting will close with a Q & A to Councillors (one to one) I really do hope invitees except our invitations, keep a eye out on my social media for the finalised agenda, Ward meetings really are a great opportunity for Rogerstone neighbours to ask Police, Council Officers etc  questions direct, and are non-political so, very much an opportunity for you to ‘have your say’ and get answers to the issues that matter to you and our community. My  personal  ‘pop up’ request surgeries continue  throughout the autumn, this  means, regular surgeries, will be held  any place, any time, convenient to you, as ever, if you prefer a chat, you can call me anytime on 07778 279235. thanks to all who’ve been in touch and attended the surgeries recently –  we may not have got all the answers and conclusion we would have liked, but by listening and working together we’ve helped to move some things forward, other wards meeting are planned for the new year.

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