Rogerstone Grassroots 07/03/2019

50th Anniversary….. Trinity Methodist Church in Glasllwch Lane, will be holding a special service on Sunday 24th March at 10.30a.m., celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its opening in March 1969.The guest preacher will be Rev Loraine Mellor who was president of the Methodist Conference between 1917 and 1918. This service will round off a year of anniversary celebrations which started in March 1968 ( the 50th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone). everyone is welcome to join the congregation at the service of celebration especially if you have memories of Trinity being built, or you were married at Trinity, or perhaps christened there, or have worshipped there at any time. If you would like to know more about Trinity “today”, including details of the next “Messy Church” event on 6th April, the website is


Easter Bingo…. On Friday 22nd March 2019 at 5:00 pm High Cross Primary School will host its Easter Bingo event in the School Hall. Entry is £2:00 per Adult and £1:00 per Child. This includes a free raffle ticket. There are some fantastic prizes to be won and some dates for your diaries on  Saturday 6th July 2019 between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm the School will host its annual Summer Fayre. This popular event sees our Community come together and there’s lots planned, including School stalls and there will also be stalls from local businesses who will be selling their fantastic products. All of the money raised by the PTA’s events goes towards fundraising for this awesome School. If there are any groups or Clubs who would like to perform on the day in the display area or if there are any local businesses who would like to attend then get in touch,  You can ring the School on  01633 895472. E Mail


Volunteers needed…A Newport homeless charity is extending its vital night shelter service into the summer months – and it needs volunteers from Rogerstone and Newport  for the project. Eden Gate is a city centre-based charity with a Christian ethos that works in Newport and the surrounding areas helping people who find themselves homeless, or who have drug or alcohol issues or other life-controlling problems. The charity has worked for several years with local churches to provide a night shelter during the winter months, providing emergency accommodation, a hot meal, a warm bed for the night and a breakfast for people aged over 18 who find themselves in need. Now Night Shelter Plus is to extend the scheme between April and November, ensuring there is emergency night-time provision for rough sleepers and others in need all year round. Eden Gate operations manager Marc Hepton said: “We are looking for volunteers who can spare between three and 10 hours weekly or fortnightly depending on their availability. “This is a fantastic opportunity to engage in voluntary work that makes a real difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our city. “Although we are a Christian charity, you don’t have to be a Christian to volunteer with us.”

Volunteers would work across the following hours:

  • Evening shift: 6pm-10pm
  • Overnight shift: 10pm-6am
  • Morning shift: 6am-9am

Volunteers provide a warm and friendly welcome to all guests. Other duties include setting up tables, chairs and blow-up beds; checking toilets for cleanliness, soap and towels; and serving tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Mr Hepton said: “Our volunteers are expected to interact with night shelter users without being intrusive or offering advice. The night shelter provides a place of safety – if guests need advice then we ask our volunteers to direct them to Eden Gate staff.

“We are looking for people who are kind, compassionate and caring with a genuine interest in the work we do. “The charity is holding a recruitment evening for volunteers on Monday, March 18, from 7pm at its Hill Street offices. Potential volunteers should email a sign-up sheet. More information is available at

Happy Birthday Techclub… Tech Club Newport which is based in Rogerstone has just celebrated their 3rd year, congratulations to all involved, Tech Club Group Support Liz  recently secured £5000 funding from the Health Trust and this has helped provide equipment, including a Residential Break to Llangrannog as well as Venue hire . The Committee as asked me to extend their thanks to  Jackie Community Champion at Asda for her continued support and donations of Beverages and snacks ,also to Customer support in the Green Token Project . Tech Club were awarded 1st Prize of £500 recently. Tech Club will be raising Autism Awareness and fund raising at Tesco Risca – Asda Duffryn and Morrisons Rogerstone during National Autism Awareness Month, why not pop in and say Hello?
Moira ( Tech Club Chair) and Committee would also  like to Thank everyone who has supported Tech Club , and all our Parents, Volunteers and Young People who attend and  look forward to catching up at the weekly club. Tech Club is for Young People 16 plus with an ASD diagnosis, and unable to access mainstream clubs. The young people have lots of fun in a considerate and supportive environment each week and Tech Club provides routine and continuity .The club are currently at capacity due to limited equipment however there is a waiting list .If you would like further information – please email


Easter is Coming….Lent is now well underway so I  asked  Rev Mark Thomas, Pastor at Bethesda Baptist Church, Rogerstone, to remind us why this time of the year is so important, Mark wrote ‘Easter is the most significant religious day in the Christian calendar. Easter Sunday – also known as Resurrection Sunday – is a happy day for Christians, as they believe that Jesus rose from the dead, and that this resurrection symbolises that death is not the end. The week previously to this is known as Holy Week and it contains Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Jesus’s resurrection was on the third day after his crucifixion by the Romans. This was discovered on the Sunday after his death, when Mary Magdalene visited his tomb and found that not only had the stone that had sealed the tomb been moved aside, but that the body of Jesus was gone. Jesus was seen later that day by Mary and other disciples, and for 40 days by many others. Many people will go to Church for a special Easter sermon, for that reason the folks at Bethesda Baptist Church and Cefn Wood Baptist Church would like to invite you to their Easter Services. Whether you are new to Church or a regular attender, you will be made very welcome at any or all of our services. This year Easter Sunday falls on the 21st April. We will be holding services at Bethesda and Cefn Wood Baptist Churches at 11am and 6pm.We will also be holding a Good Friday service at Bethesda at 7.30pm’


Register to vote …., In case you hadn’t noticed, the leaflets might have been a giveaway a by-election for the Newport West parliamentary seat will take place on Thursday 4 April, The Newport West constituency is made up of Rogerstone, Allt-yr-yn, Bettws, Caerleon, Gaer, Graig, Malpas, Langstone, Llanwern, Marshfield, Pillgwenlly, Shaftesbury, Stow Hill and Tredegar Park wards. Only those on the electoral register by 19 March will be eligible to vote. For those who are not on the register, it is a quick and simple process which requires a date of birth and national insurance number. Find out more and register at a Other important deadlines include 20 March for applications for new postal and proxy postal votes and 27 March for new proxy votes, excluding emergencies. To request paper registration forms or to make an appointment to submit nominations contact the electoral registration office – telephone 01633 656656 or email

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