Rogerstone Grassroots 08/04/2019

Award Winning Performance… Rogerstone’s  award-winning Ballet Cymru will bring back their critically acclaimed and extraordinary adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece Romeo & Juliet, which won Best Large Scale Dance Production at the Wales Theatre Awards in 2014, to The Riverfront Theatre in Newport on the 30th and 31st of May. The production features exciting choreography with intense fighting, passionate duets and universal themes which echo through dramatic and lyrical choreography with a contemporary twist, giving it an urban edge. As in many Ballet Cymru productions, there is a Welsh element to the story. This tragic love story is set in Wales in the near future and the famous ballroom scene features Welsh clog dancing with strong rhythms and stamping movements, which add an extra layer of tension and aggression to the atmosphere. The ballet has exquisite costumes by Georg Meyer-Wiel, who studied at The Royal College of Art and has created costumes for some of the world’s leading companies. Artistic Director Darius James creates a world of danger and excitement with extraordinary video projections, where two young lovers are caught in an age old feud.

Romeo a Juliet is a dynamic and unique collaboration between Ballet Cymru and The Riverfront in Newport. For tickets call 01633 656757 or online at The production will tour around the UK and possibly further afield, To keep up to date with news from our awarding winning Ballet Company news, sign up to the Newsletter on their website. For all the tour dates visit


Recycling for Rogerstone… Need extra boxes or bags for your recycling? The fastest way is to pick them up from The Reuse Centre, Phoenix Park, Telford St NP19 0LW or phone 01633 281 281 and Wastesavers will deliver. Food bags also available from all libraries and some  community centres.


Sparkling day out… Rogerstone based  Sparkle Appeal Children’s Charity are jumping into spring with a family friendly event open to everyone in the local community coping with an additional need. This will be a day full of activities brought in by community groups for children and young people to try out there’ll be everything from Rugby to Ballet, tombola to a cake stall, the idea behind this Family fun day is to show children and young people with an additional need that there are many community groups that they can access. Join the Sparkle Team at the Serennu Children’s Centre on Sunday 28th April between 11-3, no ticket required, contact for more information. It now takes £600,000 a year to run the unique services Sparkle provides. Every penny of this needs to be fundraised, the Sparkle appeal doesn’t receive any government funding or handouts, they rely heavily on local companies, community groups and generous individuals. YOU could really help this local charity by becoming a regular giver and donating a small amount each month, or maybe you own a local company that are looking to support a new charity for the financial year, to find out more contact, together we can ensure that all children sparkle.


What’s on at Fourteen Locks… The Fourteen Locks Canal Centre is now open until 5pm during the summer months, here’s a round up of what we can enjoy and get involved in over the coming weeks: DRAGON AND UNICORN TRAIL From Saturday 13th April until Sunday 28th April join in the family fun with two Dragon and Unicorn trails available. How much do you know about our mythical creatures? For ages 6 and over, follow the questions to Lock 17 to test your knowledge. Or, for ages 1-6, find and collect a Unicorn’s mane. Both trails are devised by a qualified teacher. Only £2.50 per child and everyone wins a small prize. No need to book, just turn up between 10am and 4pm Monday – Saturday, 10am and 3pm on Sunday, open 7 days a week. CHILDREN’S MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP  Monday 15th April. Starts at 10.30 to 12.00pm This interactive, fun session will provide an opportunity for your child to learn techniques to calm their minds. The session is suitable for children aged 7+ and costs £5 each child. No pre booking required, but limited spaces are available. If you need any more information please contact. Rachel on EASTER PEBBLE DECORATING WORKSHOP Newport Pebble Art will be holding an Easter Pebble Decorating Workshop on Easter Monday – 22nd April from 10am – 3pm. Jaime will be on hand to help create something unique and transfer ideas onto your personalised pebble. The workshop is for all ages, costs £3 per person and includes 3 pebbles and sharpie pens to decorate. No need to book, just turn up on the day. A small waiting time may occur if room is full to capacity. LOCAL BLUEBELL WALK April 27th TWMBARLWM RIDGE WALK TO CWMBRAN – May 25th  the team are awaiting a full description of these walks when pre walked by their countryside warden. Walks leave at 9.30am from the centre. There can be tough terrain, uneven paths and involve obstacles to climb including stiles. This time of year, paths can be muddy and overgrown, and most walks will be a minimum of 8 miles. You MUST check the full description on the Fourteen Locks Facebook page or website before attending. You will need a high level of fitness and mobility, with the correct walking equipment. Fourteen Locks countryside walks are always the last Saturday of the month. WELL BEING COFFEE MORNING – Saturday April 27th Would you like to do more to improve your wellbeing? Are you looking to make positive changes? Do you want to experience more positive emotions? Do you want to respond more positively to challenges? Each month will focus on a different topic, this month’s will be dealing with stress. Each session costs just £6.50 which will include refreshments. No need to book, just turn up on the day before the start time at 10am. For further information please email Rachel at ROCK THE LOCK – 2019 This popular music event is back for another year on. Saturday 15th June 11am till 6pm. Acts on the day will be The flying spider revival, No Direction, Oxbowlake, Bryony Sier, Ian Lynn Palmer, Lewis Leighton, Huw James, Ruby Kelly, Broken Karma and Graham James. Although this event is free, donation bucket’s will be positioned around the site to raise money for the Mon and Brecon Canal’s trust. ARTIST’S PAULINE PRICE AND JUDITH JAMES will be the next Artists displaying their work in the canal centre and cafe. The monthly exhibition boards can be booked by sending your work to Boards cost £10 a month to hire and are 8ft x 4 ft in size. They do get booked out quickly, so waiting times will occur. Don’t forget to visit the website social media pages for all up to date information.


Peak fundraiser…Local entrepreneur Kyle Jones company  ‘Moorland Mayfair Wealth Management’ take on the three peaks challenge in aid of the Little Hearts Matter charity. Four local Rogerstone locals, Kyle, Alex Palmer, Alex O’Neill & Raffaele Castaldo, who form a Newport based financial firm are aiming to complete the ‘three peaks challenge’ this August 13th. The challenge includes climbing the highest peaks in Scotland, England & Wales in under 24 hours. The total ascent is 11,178 feet over a distance of 26 miles. The Little Hearts Matter charity is one close to the hearts of those at Moorland Mayfair and Raffaele’s family, having seen first-hand the effects a single ventricle heart condition can have on a loved one. The charity support families on each step of their journey, from initial diagnosis through to treatment and life at home. Moorland Mayfair have set a target to raise £2,000 for Little Hearts Matter and you can send your support messages or donations using the following link – any help you can provide is much appreciated:

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