Rogerstone Grassroots 10/04/2021

Anyone For Cricket? …. Although Covid restrictions prevented any winter nets  Rogerstone Welfare Cricket Club have had a very busy  winter.  The Glamorgan and Wales Cricket Museum had discussions with our local cricket club  after they  queried a match report from 1876.    As a result the hardworking researchers at the museum requested  details of the clubs history and our village heritage.  This resulted in the club being  placed in the “Featured Clubs” section of the museum. One of only 5 clubs in Wales and with a more detailed history than any of the other clubs.
This history can be accessed via the link:   you can find the information  in sections and at the bottom of each section is a link to the next section, it makes for fascinating reading and shows our cricket club has been a vital part of our community for generations. Planning for the 2021 season  has also been extensive  with a huge effort on sponsorship which will enable the club to greatly enhance their  facilities. The Club has also formed a partnership with Feed Newport which is great news and compliments the work club members did during lockdowns helping support the most vulnerable in our community. The  club has also attracted more players than for many years at Senior level, The club is also booming at youth level at all three hardball age groups and is considering an u17s team. Also after year’s absence we see the return of All Stars in the 5 to  8 age group and the start of the new Dynamo’s program 8 to 11 year old soft ball cricket and also Uo’s cricket. The former is already sold out with the latter close to sold out. At all levels  except All Stars and Dynamos the club are changing to Coloured clothing in the club’s colour but also with a shirt design recognising the clubs heritage. After all our community has been through during the past year its great to see our cricket club bouncing back, celebrating its history, helping in our communities and looking forward to better days.


Register To Vote….. The deadline to  register to vote in the forthcoming Senedd/Welsh Government elections  is midnight on 19th April, 2021, just a week away, and for the first time in Wales 16 and 17 year olds can vote and I would encourage all to get involved and have their say, the link to register is – applicants will need their full name, address (including post code), date of birth and National Insurance Number (or give a valid reason why they have not been issued one).


Jamie’s Story….Well known Rogerstone local Kim Harry-Young has published her first book Jamie’s Story under the pen-name Kim Harry. It’s a gritty coming-of-age drama that was inspired by her own experience of growing up on a council estate in Newport combined with her years entertaining the patrons of Newport’s nightlife. The book has reached the Number 1 Best Seller position in three categories on Amazon and is putting Rogerstone and Newport on the map with its worldwide readers. Kim Harry-Young was born and bred in Newport,  She has paused her career path from being a DJ, singer and musician, well known amongst our local LGBTQ community to concentrate on her love of writing full time. In 2018 she gained a BA Honours degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. She has several poems published in anthologies, but Jamie’s Story is her first published novel. Amazon readers have commented that the book reflects on how tough life can be and how with guts and determination anyone can succeed. Also, that It shows the harsh realities of alcoholism, homophobia, and domestic violence giving hope that everybody deserves to be happy and get what they want out of life. Kim  lives with her wife of twenty years and their two children in our community and I’ve know her for many years, if you love a good read get your copy of Jamie’s story now from Amazons bookstore, link below.

Shop Local, Eat (outdoors)  Local…Today sees the opening of non-essential retail in Wales and I don’t blame you for wanting to hit the shops which  I know we’ll all do safely. When you are getting some retail therapy please remember, if you can afford it to try and support our independent traders, I keep in touch with our small businesses and I know many have had a tough time with the various lockdowns, the High Streets we’ll be visiting will be different places as we emerge from our winter in isolation, some retailers we know have sadly  gone or will be going, so, lets ‘support our traders’ shop local/eat local means more now than ever before.

Listening……As one of your City and Community Councillors I believe its important to stay in touch and be available to listen whatever the circumstances and I’ve had a good  response to my virtual  ‘pop up’ request and telephone surgeries throughout the winnter lockdown thanks to all who’ve been in touch as I reported recently my regular  surgeries have been  adapted to include both ‘zoom’ ‘teams’ and ‘facetime’ meetings this means my regular surgeries can now  be held safely  on line  any place, any time, convenient to you, simply drop me a direct  message via my facebook or twitter to arrange a convenient time ( search ‘Chris P Evans’ on facebook and follow @chrispevans1 on twitter)  as always if you prefer a chat, you can call me on 07778 279235. As lockdown eases If you’d now like to meet in person whilst observing safe social distancing, mask wearing etc  we can now do so  by prior arrangement at  my revamped street ‘pop up’ surgeries, get in touch to arrange.

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