Rogerstone Grassroots 12/07/18

It’s coming home, to Rogerstone…The brilliant Rogerstone AFC  have a new manager this year as Conor Jones had to step down due to work commitments,  Dean Taylor has taken over, Dean as a great amount of experience under his belt and I’m sure he’ll build on the  work done by Conor over the last few seasons. Rhys Jones continues to oversee the second team and Daniel Sims has taken over the third team. Training as started and I’m told the sessions have already  attracted a few very good players but the guys are  always looking for more team mates to come forward. Training is on Wednesday evenings 6.30-8.30pm and Saturday afternoons 12.30-2.30pm (unless there’s a match). Tiny Rebel, Moorland Mayfair and McCanns Rock n Ale Bar are all back on board for sponsorship this year, thanks guys,  but our team are always on the looking for new sponsors, With this in mind there’s  a sponsorship raffle running which is just  £15 per ticket and gives you a chance to win £450 worth of sponsorship, this initiative was very popular last year so the guys are hoping for more of the same this year, so, if you run a business in Rogerstone get your ticket now and be in with a chance of winning, also, don’t forget! The Lucky Four Lotto is up and running again, tickets are available for £1 and the Jackpot is currently over £900, you can stay in touch with Rogerstone AFC by mailing socials: Rogerstone AFC – Facebook, RogerstoneAfc – Twitter


Grassroots footie.…. Rogerstone AFC have also linked up with Rogerstone Rangers creating  a under 18’s squad this year this is great for grassroots football and the infamous Conor Jones is coming out of a short lived retirement to manage the team, thanks Conor, training is  every Thursday 7-9pm at  Rogerstone School and there are some  fixtures coming up,  New players more than welcome.


Bake Sale week..… This week Sparkle are asking neighbours in Rogerstone and supporters from across Wales to hold a  ‘Bake Sale’, this is a  new initiative to raise awareness of the work that they do at the Serennu Children’s Centre in Rogerstone. As a charity they work with over 300 children each week providing specialist leisure activities for children and young people with disabilities and/or developmental difficulties in a unique multi-purpose building. Their work within the community benefits over 1500 individuals each year, including siblings and parents/carers of children and young people with disabilities. So how can you support them? This week, from today the 16th to Friday 20th July 2018 why not  host a ‘Bake Sale’ at your place of work, bringing together the whole office. Why not make it a competition, you may just discover the next Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood.

The benefits for you include:

– Supporting your local charity

– Bringing your office together

– Raising awareness of the work at Sparkle

If you would like more information and marketing material please contact Seren Harbon (Fundraising and Events Officer) by emailing and use the hashtag #BeAStar when sharing your photos.


Sparkling family day out… Join Sparkle for their annual Summer Fete Sunday 29th July 11am – 4pm, Serennu Children’s Centre. Meet the staff and enjoy a wide range of activities for the whole family including a magician, bbq and a fantastic raffle! Sparkle supports over 1500 individuals each year including siblings and parents/carers of children and young people with disabilities and/or developmental difficulties living in Newport, South Torfaen and South Monmouthshire. Without the support of the local community the charity would not be able to provide specialist activity sessions including swimming lessons, after school clubs and sibling support groups Join Sparkle for a day of summer fun and learn more about their work at the Serennu Children’s Centre.


Festival Time…  Rogerstone Primary School are proud to hold their 3rd annual ‘Roggiefest’ this Thursday  18 July 2018, within the school grounds. What started as a ‘one off’ festival turned into a MASSIVE success, and the pupils (and staff and parents!!!) are always keen to hold it again! This year the  focus will be  on the arts. The pupils have been working towards putting on fabulous performances for their chosen theme. Along with that, there’ll be fairground rides, many sporting activities, a plethora of international food stalls, some fabulous organisations visiting, and the PTA will hold their summer fete in conjunction with the day, so, make a date for this fabulous family day out and help support this brilliant PTA and school, hope to see you there?


The Mystery of the missing lollipop….It all started about 5 months ago, with a series of mails and  calls from concerned parents and carers, where has the ‘school crossing patrol’  or, as we used to say, lollipop person gone from the front entrance of Highcross Primary? After a bit of asking around it transpired that the previous patrol person had stepped down, needless to say, I’d like to say a big thank you for looking after our kids. Then the plot began to thicken with a series of enquiries to our council asking when the replacement would be recruited, I received several vague replies, eventually  receiving a mail saying the council were carry out a ‘study’ into whether a crossing person was needed, well, this did send hares racing so I kept up the pressure asking regularly for the outcome of the study, all to no avail. As you may imagine my frustration was reaching boiling point so I requested the issue be on the agenda at the recent ward meeting, a representative of the council who attended was given a update which said, the replacement crossing patrol had been agreed, but, no one had applied for the job, this totally contradicted the information previously given and, whilst I was questioning the council official a member of the audience looked up the position on the council website, guess what? It wasn’t there?! The plot was indeed thickening. The next day I again asked for clarification copying in a senior council officer, days passed by, what was going on? so, I broke protocol, naughty me, and contacted the department head direct, receiving (2 days later) the following reply: ‘In response to your enquiry , I can confirm the current position , in that approval has been given to replace the position at High Cross school and we are currently going through the formal HR processes to get a business case signed off and the job advertised accordingly. There has been some delay due an exceptionally high workload in the section but we are progressing the matter as quickly as possible. The post will be advertised via the councils jobs page and via the school directly’ I do despair sometimes but the mystery of the missing lollipop has, hopefully  been solved, needless to say, I’ll be doing all I can to promote the vacancy over the summer holidays so we can get someone in place for the new school term, thanks to all who raised the issue.


Make a Splash this weekend….Newport’s FREE family street theatre festival The Big Splash is back this weekend, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd  and my friends at Newport Live and the Riverfront have asked me to invite Rogerstone neighbours along,  Returning to our city centre the weekend will be jam-packed with dare-devil acts, immersive experiences and plenty of laughs, as over fifty performances pop up in six main zones and one micro zone across the city centre to create one gigantic outdoor stage. With a festival line-up featuring over twenty performing companies from across the UK, you can expect everything from slapstick sketches to surreal storytelling, as well as dance, live music and hilarious walkabouts. Be transported to new worlds with Thrill Laboratory’s VR Playground, get involved in an outdoor visual art piece with Newport’s own Mr and Mrs Clark, laugh ‘til your bellies ache with the madcap Le Navet Bête, and be awestruck by giant kangaroos as Roo’d bounce through the city centre! The Riverfront Theatre will be the main festival hub, offering a wide range of free workshops and activities across the weekend. Meanwhile, most Big Splash performances will take place across five other locations: Friars Walk, Kingsway Shopping Centre, the Newport NOW zone along Commercial Street, the River Walkway zone between The Riverfront and the University, and a smaller performance zone at Horton’s Coffee House, on the other side of the pedestrian bridge. So roll up, roll up, and get ready for a city centre street theatre extravaganza as Big Splash starts your summer in style. Big Splash returns for its 8th year thanks to the combined funding of Newport Live, the Arts Council of Wales and Newport City Council, and sponsorship from Friars Walk, Kingsway Centre, Newport NOW and Western Power Distribution. PS. Keep an eye out for Newport Live’s Sport in the Park events in August which, is coming to Rogerstone Welfare Grounds on the 9th August.

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