Rogerstone Grassroots 10/12/18

Christmas Cheer… My friends from the V Award Winning Restaurant of the Year, The Gate, have asked me to remind you that there are still a few places remaining for a very special Christmas celebration their hosting tomorrow owner Gareth said ‘At Christmas, many elderly people are lonely and don’t have anyone who they can spend Christmas with. They may not be able to go out much and are stuck at home all alone. That is why we are hosting a free special Christmas lunch for pensioners who may have no family to visit or don’t go out very often, and we’d love to welcome people from Rogerstone and all over Newport’ The lunch will be served at 3pm – 5:30pm on Tuesday 11th December 2018 at The Gate in Llanfrechfa. So if you know of a elderly neighbour, relative or friend that would like to go please call the team between 9am – 5pm on (01633) 400297 for more info, well done to Gareth, Heather, Cameron and the team for spreading a little bit of Christmas magic.

 

Time to Apply for 2019… As one of your local Councillors the biggest issue I deal with is parents and carers unable to get their children into local schools and by local I mean schools in Rogerstone. one of the things that parents and carers can do to ease the upset of not getting a place in the school of their choice is to apply for a place in plenty of time, with this in mind I’ve received the following information to share with carers and parents. To apply for a September 2019 school place visit www.newport.gov.uk/schooladmissions (see relevant dates below)It is very important that you make your application by the relevant closing date and that you express at least 3 different preferences. Please note: you will be afforded priority to your catchment school if you express it as a preference, however, there is no guarantee of admission to any school you have requested. Admission to nursery,The closing date for applications was 14 September 2018,Decisions will be issued 30 November 2018 for on-time applications. Make a late application by visiting;http://www.newport.gov.uk/en/Schools-Education/Schools/Apply-for-a-place/Admission-to-nursery.aspx.Secondary school,The closing date for applications was 30 November 2018, Decisions will be issued 01 March 2019 for on-time applications, Make a late application by visiting; http://www.newport.gov.uk/en/Schools-Education/Schools/Apply-for-a-place/Admission-to-secondary-school.aspx Reception Applications can be made online from 5 November 2018 – 14 January 2019. This is for children born between September 2014 and August 2015. Decisions will be issued on 16 April 2019. Please contact the School Admissions Team if you have any questions’ 01633 656656 Email school.admissions@newport.gov.uk  Needless to say, I will always do my best to represent children who don’t get a place and will continue to lobby for Rogerstone school places for Rogerstone Children.

 

Rogerstone Royal British Legion….. Wasn’t this years Remembrance Day service in Rogerstone something really special and a fitting memorial to those that made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might live in peace and be free, Much of the Remembrance Day organisation was done by my friend Russell Newton who I caught up with recently, Russell told me ‘As you know Royal British Legion Rogerstone has been lying dormant for the past 5 years. Sadly Mr Palmer who was the former Chairman passed away in 2013 and later the Royal British Legion at the Redwood Club closed its doors due to the building being not fit for purpose, however recently on the request of the Rogerstone Veteran community, a decision was made to try to establish the Royal British Legion in Rogerstone again’ A meeting was held on 2nd December at The Rogerstone and Bassaleg Social Club and was well attended  by Former Members, Veterans and supporters a Royal British Legion Delegate also attended together with Serving and former serving members of the Armed Forces, Merchant Navy Association, National Service. Russell continued ‘at the meeting we discussed many points of interest but it became apparent that there is a need for a Royal British Legion to be re-establish its  links within the Rogerstone community.  Rogerstone and Bassaleg Social Club have graciously requested that the Rogerstone Royal British Legion use their facilities even offering us the use of one of the clubs meeting room, which we have accepted and would like to thank them for their support. We still have some way to go but in 2019 Rogerstone RBL would like to try to re-establish its links with the Rogerstone Community, Serving Members of the Armed Forces and its Veterans and openly invite people to attend. The next meeting Rogerstone and Bassaleg Social Club January 2019 TBC and will be promulgated of the Facebook page Rogerstone Royal British Legion. See the Rogerstone Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal facebook page for updates or mail RBLRogerstone@outlook.com telephone 07796 547491

 

A Christmas message from Bethesda… Bethesda Baptist Church Rogerstone, was formed in 1742 when those early local Christians met in a converted barn. At the time Rogerstone was little more than a collection of farm cottages. How things have changed! The Church has served our community from the same site for 276 years from those humble beginnings to the present day when Rogerstone is a suburb of the City of Newport. Bethesda is in fact one Church with two buildings, the second building being Cefn Wood Baptist Church, Ebenezer Drive, Cefn Wood. Bethesda is first and foremost a place of worship but also serves our community and the surrounding areas in many ways. The present building is a delightful modern building with excellent facilities many of which are used by local schools and other organisations. There are many activities taking place at the Church. Quite obviously, on Sundays there are two services, at 11am there is a family service when quite large numbers attend, including many young families with children and babies. There is a creche for babies and a Sunday school for children and teenagers, then at 6pm there is an evening service. Both services last about one hour. These services are very relaxed and a great welcome awaits all who attend. Tea and coffee is served at the end of both services During the week there are many activities: Monday: 1pm Mums and Toddlers, 7.30pm Linx a group for ladies (Twice a month). Tuesday: Fellowship lunch for the community. Wednesday:10am Mums and Toddlers, 1pm Mums and Toddlers, 7.30pm Prayer and Bible study. Wednesday or Thursday: once a month, R.O.M.E.O. Retired Older Men Eating Out (visit different venue each month for lunch). Thursday: 2.30pm Ladies fellowship. Friday: 5pm Sparks for children aged 3 to 5 years, 6.30pm Ignite for children aged 5 to 11 years, 7.45pm Blaze for young people aged 11 to 18 years. Saturday: Once a month Dads and Toddlers. Bethesda is well attended, but there is always room for more. The Church welcomes everyone in Rogerstone to join with them in the run up to Christmas at any of the following times and dates to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Sunday 23rd December, 11am Family Nativity, 6pm a carol service. Monday 24th (Christmas Eve): 5pm Christingle Service,  11.30pm Midnight Carol Service. Christmas Day 10.30am Christmas Morning Celebration for all the family. Cefn Wood Baptist Church: Sunday 23rd December 11am Family Carol Service. 6 pm Carols by Candlelight. Anyone wishing to attend any of the Church Services for the first time may wish to approach one of the Welcome Team (wearing yellow high visibility jackets) in one of the car parks at the Church and they will give all the help needed. The Church is situated on Cefn Road opposite Tesco. The two Pastors of the Church, Rev. Mark Thomas, Rev. Hugh Stephens and all Members of Bethesda wish everyone in Rogerstone, A very Happy Christmas.

 

Christmas Day magic….The Truth is not everyone has someone to share Christmas Day with,  Also, our four-legged friends don’t quite understand our reticence to venture out of doors after a hearty Christmas lunch.  Well, Jan and Paul Walsh who as recently taken over The Tea Rooms at Belle Vue Park which is very popular with Rogerstone neighbours, want to help they’d also like to say thank you to the loyal Cotyledon Market customers and their new friends in Belle Vue Park so Jan and Paul are extending  a warm welcome to all who’d like to drop by the Tea Room on Christmas Day.  Come and warm yourself, show off that Christmas jumper and sample free mince pies, refreshments and mulled wine, The Tea Rooms will open between 1.00pm and 5.00pm.

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