Rogerstone Grassroots 05/09/2018

Community Summer … It’s was enjoyable to spend the last Sunday of summer in Rogerstone, or at least the last Sunday before the kids went back to school at the Heritage Day organised by colleagues from Rogerstone Community Council the event had some compelling themes celebrating votes for woman the formation of the RAF and reflecting on 100 years since the end of World War One, the displays were fascinating viewing and there was a lots for families to do and get involved with, it was great seeing kids using their imagination when playing with cardboard boxes, well done to all involved in the organising all your hard work was a credit to our community the day finished with the presentation of the inaugural Rogerstone Community Awards, the idea being to Celebrate the best of Rogerstone, the winners were:

Sporting achievement – Mark Goodfellow

Carer – Moira Hookings

Charity Fundraiser- Russell Newton

Working with children- Steve Norton

Community Champion- Derek Picken

Young person- Sophie Skinner

Community Champion- Sandra Thomas

Congratulations to all. From school fetes to care Home open days and our churches anniversary celebration event, sports – like the amazing summer of cricket at our Welfare Grounds and days out like ‘Rock the Lock’ at Fourteen Locks there’s been so much to do and see over the summer in Rogerstone, thank you to all the organisers, volunteers and helpers who made these events real occasions and so special the truth is we achieve so much more working together and have far more in common than anything that might divide us, you’ve done us proud and made the summer of 2018 so memorable, thank you.


Autumn  at our Wetlands…. With the kids back at school and the nights beginning to draw in there’s still a lot happening at Newport Wetlands this over the autumnal months to blow away the blues and to get us out and about discovering and enjoying our environment, they’re currently saying farewell not only to the fantastic summer weather, but also to our summer migrant birds.  They are busy stocking up on food before their long journey back to their winter grounds, which can be as far away as Africa. Our Wetlands  will then be hoping to see the arrival of some winter migrants, such as shoveler, pochard and wigeon. There’s lots of heritage as well as wildlife to discover at Newport Wetlands.  Join them for a 125 Year Celebration of East Usk Lighthouse Walk with a talk on  Wednesday 19 September from 10.30am – 12.30pm – You’ll find out why the lighthouse on stilts, even though you can’t see them, and how the lighthouse is linked to the inventor of the Aga! They’ll  also be Unlocking the History and Archaeology of the Gwent Levels on Saturday 29 September 10am – 4pm with some Stone Age Stags, Rowdy Romans and Moody Monks…. there will be lots happening to tell the story of how the Gwent Levels were created. The team have asked me to invite Rogerstone neighbours to  Come along and meet the people who helped shape this unique landscape, learn some ‘Levels Lingo’ and get to grips with some of the artefacts pulled from the Severn mud.  You can chat to many of the different history groups from across the Gwent Levels and discover the valuable work and research they do, which continues to keep local history alive.   There will be activities for all the family plus demonstrations, displays, guided walks, talks and you can find out how to get involved with many of the projects being delivered by the Living Levels programme.  This is also part of the CADW Open Doors month.


Cops on Bikes…On Friday 31st August 25 Gwent Police officers took to their bikes to travel from Newport Central Police Station to Brecon & back in support of Rogerstone based charity HCPT Group 99. HCPT Group 99 take children from the Newport & surrounding area with special needs or physical or cognitive conditions on holiday to France. They are all volunteers who pay their own fares & raise money for these children though fundraising events such as this & it looks as if the cyclists will exceed their target of £2500 for HCPT Group 99 getting closer to £3000. If you would like to make a donation, please go to: . They also have a short video of their work that can be viewed & they are always happy for a few more ‘Likes’ on their Facebook page at:


Rebel Coffee… From 9am-12pm on Friday 28th September the Tiny Rebel Brewery Bar will be taking part in the Macmillan Cancer Research ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. Why not take along your own bakes to donate for the Tiny Rebel team to sell to help raise funds for Macmillan, there’ll also be some treats from Tiny Rebels very own Karen Ash on offer, remember, all proceeds from the sale will go to Macmillan Cancer Research so make a date for a Rebel Coffee Morning.


Beat the Chill… My friend Paul Murphy’s been in touch, Paul who works at a Rogerstone Primary  is also one of the driving forces behind ‘Pride in Pill’ who regular readers of the Argus will know do some great work, Paul told me all about Wrap Up Newport Who are collecting old, unwanted coats and giving them to charities that support the homeless, refugees, children living in poverty and people fleeing domestic violence (to name a few) he’s asked me to ask neighbours in Rogerstone to think about hosting  a collection Whether  it’s at your school, place of work, place of worship, favourite club, local store, or your neighbourhood,

Here’s how to host a collection:

  1. Assemble your team – ask your friends, family and colleagues to get involved and spread the word.
  2. Collect the coats – they take all kinds – so long as they’re clean and in good condition, They launch on the 12th November 2018, but feel free to choose your own start date, the earlier the better before the chill sets in.
  3. Send the coats – either in-person or via post:

PIP Community Hub

192 commercial road



NP20 2PP

The team are situated next door to Irish club, Paul added ‘Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun! Use the #WrapUpNewport on social media and celebrate your own #HandsOnHeroes!


Listening….It’s been good meeting neighbours over the summer at my ‘pop up’ request surgeries which will continue over the autumn months, 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  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, the next  ward meeting is planned for 24 October 2018 at Rogerstone Primary school if you’d like a item considered for the agenda get in touch on the contact details at the top of this column and I’ll put your suggestion forward for us.

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