Rogerstone Grassroots 11/03/2021

Welfare Grounds Community Garden ‘The Glade’…. Wild about Rogerstone are continuing to set up the community garden at the Welfare Grounds. The locations for fruit trees and beds for fruit bushes have been marked out and dug over ready for planting in the next few weeks, and the ‘bee-friendly’ beds have been marked out ready for turf removal. There has been a lot of activity in the background getting in the right equipment, ordering raised beds and benches and liaising with local schools on how they might use the space. Wild About Rogerstone told me ‘ We are hoping the raised beds will be in place by the beginning of April in time to plant out plug plants and sow seeds in situ’. The proposed artwork for the wildlife mural has been drafted and committee members have enjoyed choosing native species to be included. The mural features a kingfisher and otter, as these are known to occur on the nearby River Ebbw, with the remainder representing a typical woodland glade to reflect the project name. The container has been pressure-washed ready for painting and local artist Andy O’Rourke hopes to start on the background soon. The group are now ordering the seeds and plants for the garden and will be working out a programme for how these can be looked after over the summer by volunteers. If you would like to get involved in maintaining the garden, please contact Sarah at Wild about Rogerstone on the email below. Please email us at or keep an eye out for volunteer days on our Facebook group or the garden page The Glade Community Garden | Facebook The work Wild About Rogerstone have done is for me one of the best things to have emerged during lockdown, well done to all involved.


River Route… As regular readers will know I’ve been lobbying hard with colleagues trying to get improvements made to the  ‘Welfare River Route’ and would once again urge everyone to point out this route for improvement during the Active Travel Plan consultation, in parrel to the long term improvements I’d like to see, I’ve also been lobbying for a short/medium term fix, particularly to some of the muddy areas which are almost unpassable in the wet weather and from a recent correspondence I can confirm: ‘Regarding the river bank route – we will be looking to carry out some improvements to the very muddy section connecting the housing development (Jubilee Park) and green footbridge over the river to the welfare ground path in the coming financial year. We also plan to look into the feasibility of the full river route this year so that we get the process going on that, with the potential to then submit bids for developing it next year’ so some positive progress. During lockdowns I’ve seen so many neighbours enjoy this route and also get frustrated with mess it sometimes gets in, if you’d like to see long term improvements, please say so by taking part in the consultation, go to:


News from Sparkle… Our local children’s charity ‘sparkle’ have appointed a new Corporate Fundraiser Verity Cadwallader, who I recently caught up with , Verity told me ‘It’s been a tough year for us all, but the team here at Sparkle are very proud to have continued offering our services to families when they needed it most.  We’re delighted that we’ve now been able to resume face to face delivery of our services, as we really missed seeing our children and young people, and we know they missed us too.  Verity continued ‘ We’re extremely lucky that thanks to our amazing supporters, our services have gone from strength to strength, and we’re in the process of building a brand new Rebound Therapy Centre at Serennu Children’s Centre in Rogerstone. Rebound Therapy is a specific model of trampoline therapy which uses a full-sized trampoline to provide opportunities for movement, therapeutic exercise and recreation for people with additional needs. In addition to this extension, we’re pleased to have launched new leisure activities for children and young people in the North of Gwent. These new activities will provide children with a range of valuable childhood leisure experiences that they would not otherwise be able to access within mainstream community clubs and groups. We would not have been able to do this without the support of our communities and so we’d like to say a huge thank you to those individuals, families, businesses and organisations who have supported us through one of the toughest times we have experienced’ Its good to see that Sparkle have been able to continue and develop their services supporting children, carers and families at our Serennu Children’s Centre, if you run or work for a business that maybe looking for a charity to support in the new financial year, why get involved with Sparkle? For more info contact Verity on 01633 748125

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Listening…… My  regular surgeries continue into spring and  have been adapted to include ‘team’  ‘zoom’ and ‘facetime’ meetings, thanks to all who’ve recently taken the time to get involved and raise concerns,  this means my surgeries can now  be held safely  on line  any place, any time, convenient to you, simply drop me a direct  message via my facebook, text or twitter to arrange a convenient time ( search ‘Chris P Evans’ on facebook and follow @chrispevans1 on twitter) has we begin the easing of restrictions this week  please stay safe Rogerstone and continue to fellow the guidance by coming together we’ve made great progress, we’ll l  get through this like the one community we spoke of before the pandemic, remember  if you  need  a chat or just someone to listen you can call me anytime  on 07778 279235.

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