Rogerstone Grassroots 10/11/18

New Church…. Victory Church is a fast-growing 250-member church from Cwmbran a team from the church has set out to bring the same passionate experience that has seen the church grow to Rogerstone. They meet every Sunday at 6pm in The Rivermead Centre. You don’t need an invite, come as you are and wear what you like, Last night, they Remembered World War 1, with a special visit from a current serving Lieutenant Colonel. This Sunday, Matthew Murray will be sharing his incredible life-story of how he was rescued in the face of severe illness. The kids’ team will be there to host your children and to ensure they have a great time. If you’ve never been to church, or you stopped a long time ago? Maybe ‘Victory’  is an opportunity to hang out with some great people, connect with new friends and rediscover why billions of people worldwide, class faith in Jesus as central to their existence. For six months, each Sunday a free-will offering will be taken, which will be given to local charities here in Rogerstone, Clyde Thomas, the lead Minister at Victory Church told me ‘We want to champion amazing people who are already doing great work here in the community. If you have recommendations, please let us know! Check out  website for more details of upcoming events or message us on Facebook’.

Church Hall Meeting, Wednesday… At the last Ward meeting a representative from the church was unable to attend however we were ask to read out the following statement with regards to our Church Hall ‘The Parish was instructed to close St John’s Hall in August 2017 for safety reasons.  No decision has been made regarding the future of the hall and the process has been open and transparent. The latest survey report, commissioned by the Diocese and carried out by an independent surveyor, is available on the parish website. In that report, all options are considered to sustain community activities. We are holding a public meeting to explore these options in more detail with the community on 14th November at 7.30pm in St John’s Church. The report estimates the cost of repair at £320,000 and the surveyor will be available at the public meeting on the 14th November to provide further information if necessary. The parish does not have sufficient funds to repair this building and the maximum grant available from the Diocese is only £5000.The Diocese is happy to continue working with the parish to identify possible external sources of grant funding, but the project will need considerable investment from the local community both in terms of help with the grant applications and community fund-raising.  Link to report   


Volunteers join Tech Club… Tech Club Newport, which runs at the Rivermead Centre  have welcomed Two New Volunteers to help support their younger members each week. Lillie Smith is volunteering as part of her Doef (Duke of Edinburgh ) Project together with Kieran Richards who was recently voted Gavo Award Winning Young Volunteer . Tech Club Newport Chair Moira Hookings received The Gavo Highly Commended Volunteer Award and  also The Rogerstone Community Carers Award 2018 for her committed volunteering duties. Our Tech club is currently in The Asda Store Duffryn Newport Green Token Project .If you would like to support Tech Club please could use your Green Tokens to vote by popping your token in Blue Box in the foyer. Mum Sarah Lewis who attends club with her daughter has created a Tech Club website which is still in the process of being updated. Tech club also welcomed Iain a special guest from Story Works recently who introduced a New VR Dentist App for its members to trial and to help in the development of the App . The Young people at Tech Club sometimes experience difficulty coping with social situations so the team make sure they provide an environment where they can cope and have fun. If you would like to know more about Tech Club please email


Youth Voice…When I’m out and about in Rogerstone, on a ward walks or meeting with neighbours its always interesting to listen to the views of our younger neighbours, youths these days  seem to be facing increasing challenges and often tell me they feel frustrated that they have no way to influence their own world. The Welsh Youth Parliament aims to give young people a platform so their voices are heard. Anyone between 11 and 18 can register and find out more here:


Meet The Dragons on Saturday…. Kip McGrath is now open at the Warehouse (Faith Church) on The Wern Industrial Estate in Rogerstone.  The centre is the first of its kind in Newport and has already met with an overwhelming response. To commemorate the occasion, centre director Shelley Sloan will be hosting a grand opening event this Saturday 17th November. She will be joined by Warren Ryan, world-class confidence coach and international speaker, who will be delivering an opening speech at 11 am.  Kip McGrath Newport West are also proud community partners of Dragons Rugby. On the day, there will be photo opportunities with the Dragons mascot Rodney as well as a player appearance. Every adult guest will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets for the Dragons home game against the Ospreys on 30th December and children will receive a Kip goody bag, on a first-come, first-served, basis. Admission is free and refreshments will be on offer throughout the day. There will also be the chance to sample some of the educational software which Kip has to offer.  It looks certain to be a great day for the whole family. Come along if you can – hope to see you there.

Primary matters… I’ve recently been in touch with our brilliant Primary School PTA’s in Rogerstone to find out what they got going on for the term leading up to Christmas and discovered  Jubilee Park PTA has been chosen for the next round of the Co-op Local Community Fund. The team are raising funds to buy a PA System and they need your help! If you are a member of the Co-op please select the PTA as your cause and 1% of your spend on selected own brand products and services will go towards the fund.  If you are not a member then why not sign up online at

It’s beginning to feel a lot like…meanwhile parents at Highcross are getting ready for the annual High Cross Primary School Christmas Fayre which takes place on Saturday 1st December 2018 between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. There are a number of local businesses who are attending with a variety of different stalls. There will be fun games to play and the School Choir will be performing. There’ll also be a  ‘Hunt The Elf’  and lots of seasonal  refreshments for you to buy. There’s also a fantastic Grand raffle prize draw with lots of great prizes to be won. As always all funds raised goes towards the School and the team at Highcross do an incredible job supporting the school,  If you’d like to have a stall then there are still a few places left you can contact the School on  01633 895472 or E mail to find out more. Michelle The Chair of the PTA told me ‘We really appreciate the support of our community  and look forward to seeing you all on the Day’


Rogerstone Primary gets into the spirit…Christmas is again arriving in style at Rogerstone Primary School this year with the many fab festive activities that the PTA are delivering/funding. The fun begins on 22nd November 6pm till 8pm, with a Christmas Craft Fayre at the school – free entry and a plethora of gorgeous stalls to peruse! Everybody welcome. There’s also  a Christmas Coach Trip to Cheltenham on 24 November lined up for a bit of Christmas shopping – seats just £11 each and there are still a few available, so please email for your space. The panto is also coming to Rogerstone! Well, to the school on 14th December, for all year groups, the fab  PTA bring the panto to school – oh yes they do! And the kids just love it, As if all that wasn’t enough festive fun the PTA will be holding the usual Christmas Fete for the children in the last week of term, as well as a very special Grotto event on the last day of term, where a certain jolly fellow in a lovely red suit will be visiting…..shhhhh, I’m told it’s a surprise.


Feeling Festive… There’s a definite festive feel to this week’s column and it’s been great catching  up with our brilliant PTA’s who do so many incredible  things supporting our schools and putting a smile on our kids’ faces, here’s another festive date for your diaries on Thursday 6th December Rogerstone Community Council will hold its annual Carol Service at St John’s Church from 7.30pm, I always see this as the official start to Christmas in Rogerstone and it’s always good seeing our community coming together and remembering the real message of Christmas, hope to see you there.


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