Rogerstone Grassroots 20/12/18

We’ll never forget…..looking back on 2018 this year’s Remembrance Day service in Rogerstone really was something 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 earlier this month at The Rogerstone and Bassaleg Social Club which 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 will be at  Rogerstone and Bassaleg Social Club in  January 2019 date/time TBC See the Rogerstone Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal facebook page for updates or mail RBLRogerstone@outlook.comtelephone 07796 547491 for more details – and, some great news to end 2018 and ring in the new year, this year’s Poppy Appeal by Rogerstone British Legion raised an incredible £13850.35, well done to all.


Volunteer, ’19 Newport Half… The Admiral City of Newport Half Marathon attracts thousands of runners and their families to the City Centre on the first Sunday in March every year. The event is a huge success in that it raises vital funding for hospice care and it raises the profile of our City.

Events such as this couldn’t happen without an army of wonderful volunteers but  Why do people volunteer?  Mostly it’s for some or all of the following reasons:-

  • Give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life, either directly or indirectly
  • Make a difference to the lives of others
  • Feel valued and part of a team
  • Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
  • Gain confidence and self-esteem
  • Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • A chance to socialise
  • Getting to know the local community.


If these benefits appeal to you – St David’s Hospice Care would love to hear from you. Volunteer roles available include: Welcome Hosts, Baggage management, Marshalling along the route and on the Water Stations, providing Music and entertainment – and helping at the Finish Line. Contact St David’s Hospice care for more information or to sign up: or call 01633 851051.



Find Funding In the New Year… Every year our  Community Council considers applications for financial assistance from local non-profit making organisations and groups (these are called ‘section 137/financial assistance payments) and the deadline for this year’s applications is fast approaching- for forms and further information email please remember a full set of accounts should accompany your applications, it’ll be great to see some new and varied applications this year, as well as some of the regular applicants who do great work in Rogerstone, so, don’t forget to get your groups application in asap.



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 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; 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; 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  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.



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 over Christmas at any of the following times and dates to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Monday 24th (Christmas Eve): 5pm Christingle Service,  11.30pm Midnight Carol Service. Christmas Day 10.30am Christmas Morning Celebration for all the family.  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.


Merry Christmas Rogerstone…It’s been great meeting so many neighbours this year and as one of your City and Community Councillors I’ll be continuing my ‘pop up’ request surgeries early in 2019, which means, regular surgeries, any place, any time, convenient to you. All you have to do, is get in touch, and, suggest a location, and I’ll be happy to turn up, It could be at your church group, or OAP meeting, sports club or mothers and toddlers group, I’ll also be available 7 days a week, over the Christmas holidays for home visits, as well as street and telephone surgeries, full contact details can be found at or call me on 07778 279235, I’d also like to ask, if you can, to please try to call on an elderly neighbour and/or someone alone over the holidays, just to simply say hi, there’s nothing worse than being alone at Christmas whatever your age  lets show some real community spirit and help spread some seasonal joy and good will. It really is a honour and a privilege to represent my neighbours in Rogerstone and 2018 as certainly been an interesting year for me personally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support and to those who have been critical I promise to listen to your feedback, the truth is we may not always agree but I’ll always admit when I’m wrong and try to do all I can to listen and represent your views and concerns, Merry Christmas Rogerstone and best wishes for 2019.

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