Rogerstone Grassroots 10/05/2021

Lets Do This Rogerstone Primary….In my last column I caught up with our Primary schools  PTA’s to find out what they’ll been up to, unfortunately tec issues and deadline meant I left out the brilliant Rogerstone Primary PTA, so I caught up with chair Kristy Fox Smith to find out what the PTA have been up to,  Kristy began with a big  ‘Wow’ continuing  ‘what a strange academic year this has been, Having to find new and inventive ways to continue with day to day routines, after they have been shaken up more than James Bond’s Martini, it  has definitely been a unique experience! Everyone at the Rogerstone PTA would just like to say a huge WELL DONE to everyone, children, parents, teachers, grandparents, childminders, doctors & nurses (to name but a few) for battling this craziness and reaching this moment, you should all be extremely proud of yourselves’  So what’s in store for the PTA  now? With only a few months to go until another academic year comes to a close  and year 6’s move on to the next chapter in their educational story, Kirsty said ‘They have had a rocky year, as have all year groups across the country and they deserve to leave our fabulous schools with amazing memories. Therefore, our PTAs need to kick start their creative, fundraising brains to plan a grand (yet covid  responsible) farewell’ so, what’s the plan I pushed ? Kristy finished saying ‘Only time (& lots of ZOOM meetings) will tell’ Whatever the team behind the legendary ‘Roggiefest’  come up with I think we can guarantee it’ll be something special. If you’d  like to help the Pta  by donating, giving ideas or your time please feel free to message them  via our Facebook group or email:rogerstonepta@outlook.com. As Kirsty says ‘Lets do this’.

Super power trail announced… Half term fun at Fourteen Locks. Saturday 29th May – Sunday 6th June. 10am – 3.30pm.After the roaring success of their Superhero trail over the recent bank holiday Fourteen Locks  are following up with an Animal Superpowers Trail. Two trails will be  available on the day, devised by a qualified teacher. Catering for ages between 3 years and 9 years old.  Only £2.50 per child, NO BOOKING REQUIRED. Just turn up between 10am – 3.30pm. The trail will be outside along the canal towpath. Everyone gets a small prize upon completion. Its good to see the kids activities back at Fourteen Locks.

 

Fourteen Locks circular walk….Please be aware that the path between the two reservoirs is closed to facilitate work. In the outside display boards is an alternative route back along the tow path. Or, please pop in and speak to volunteers about other walks in the area. Work will be staring around the fourteen locks path on Monday 10th May. The car park gates continue to get locked at 5pm every evening. New stock has arrived in the  gift shop from local arts, crafts and handmade goods. The gift shop is now open from 10am – 4pm Wednesday through to Sunday.

 

Route 66 For Sparkle….. Partners at TSB branches in Newport, Cwmbran and Cardiff have come together in possibly their most difficult charity challenge yet! Throughout the month of April the 30 staff across the 3 branches have collectively walked the distance of Route 66 in an attempt to raise funds for the Rogerstone based charity Sparkle Appeal – Route 66 is 3940 Kilometres long, and stretches from Chicago to California … I bet it’s taken some walking! Like TSB Sparkle are passionate about helping the local community in Newport thrive. Based at the Serennu Children’s Centre in Rogerstone, the guiding principal for Sparkle is to ensure that children and young people with a disability and/or developmental difficulty are fully supported to participate in valued childhood experiences, and have access to the same range of opportunities, life experiences and activities or services as any other child. Any money raised for Sparkle goes directly to helping the children and young people and their families. Bethan Rogers Charity Champion at TSB in Newport told me: “Sparkle appeal is a vital part of our local community and we’re really proud to have them as our Local Charity Partner. Our teams in South Wales have been working hard and putting in a lot of time and dedication to make this event a success.  It is fantastic to know the difference that our efforts will make.” TSB’s sole focus is to serve local people and businesses which, in turn, helps fuel local economies across Britain.  Instead of having a centrally chosen Charity of the Year, Partners working at TSB are empowered to support a local cause that shares the Bank’s passion for helping local communities thrive. They’re hoping this challenge will make at least £1000 for Sparkle – they await final figures! Well done and thanks to all involved.

 

Listening… Things are opening up and there’s certainly a feeling of optimism in the air, remember, if you have a Rogerstone  issue you think I could help with  or even an idea to benefit our community  you can get in touch anytime, contact details above, as life gets a little busier you can also call me anytime on 07778 279235 for one of my  telephone surgeries, during the pandemic i think we all learnt a lot about ourselves,  let’s hope the ‘new normal’ is a little kinder, that we continue to look out for each other, work together  and remember to  appreciate all we have around us one things for certain, Rogerstone as its faults but its certainly the best part of Newport to live in.

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