Rogerstone Grassroots 20/07/18

I’m Bored…. Is something parents and carers might be hearing a lot now that the kids are off school, so this week has I’m in holiday mode myself, I thought I’d round up some ideas to keep the kids busy over the holidays, first up is ‘Sport in the Park’ which is back and coming to Rogerstone, the team tell me it’s going to be bigger and better than ever, Organisers Newport Live will be at our Rogerstone Welfare Ground on Thursday 9 August, Beechwood Park on Thursday 16 August and Newport International Sports Village on Thursday 23 August between 11am until 4pm. With over 15 different sports and physical activities for all the family to try, including face painting and bouncy castles, you are guaranteed to have a fun day out. For the latest updates check out: and follow their Facebook page:

Summer Fun on our Doorstep… We often forget that there’s so much to do and see around our great City, come rain or shine, for example, when was the last time you visited Newport Museum and Art Gallery? You can rediscover Newport through fascinating displays of archaeology, art, natural sciences and local history. Discover the ‘fairy’ doors throughout the Museum, and don’t miss the children’s area in the Art Gallery. And, its Free Entry. Or what about Newport Transporter Bridge ? our grand old lady is still operating after 112 years, Wednesday to Sunday. Climb to the high level walkway, ride across on the gondola and visit the engine house. Day tickets just £2-£3. Family fun day: Bank Holiday Monday 27 August. Meanwhile why not mix up your visit to Fourteen Locks Canal Centre this summer with the events such as British Nordic walking, the Summer Fayre, or learning to paint, There are forest schools, walks and trails throughout the holidays and plenty of refreshments available in the café, Free entry, charge for some events. Or, get active and enjoy Newport’s ornamental parks and walk or cycle the miles of cycle trails and footpaths in and around the city, including the Wales Coast Path and many other local and circular trails, for regular updates of ‘what’s on’ over the holidays visit and

More Free Family Fun..… Big Pit and National Roman Legion Museum are again offering FREE summer days out! Experience the thrill of the world famous Underground Tour at Big Pit and travel 300ft down with an ex miner, listen to the stories and join in with the ‘banter’. Visit our interactive galleries and Pithead Baths exhibition to find out what life was like for the thousands of men and their families who worked at the coal face. Children must be one metre tall to go underground. Check out our web pages for special family activities over the summer holidays. Step back in time at the National Roman Legion Museum and join us for a Roman Summer, 23 July- 31 August. Chat to a Roman soldier in the Barrack Room about what life was like in the army or even try your hand at some archery. The Museum will be closing on 2nd September until autumn 2019 for some essential roof maintenance, so make sure you pay us a visit over the summer before we close for a while! For more information, visit

Lodge Fete….The brilliant Tregwilym Lodge Care Home based in the heart of our community as asked me to invite neighbours along to their summer fete on the 11th August 12 non till 4pm. There’ll be refreshments, cakes, raffles, stall and a bouncy castle for the kids and, breaking news! Elvis? Will be in the house, there’ll also be a brilliant brass band and the Mayor is popping in. If you have any unwanted items, in good quality for the stalls, pop them into staff, or, if you’d like items collected call 01633 869100 and the team will do all they can to help.

Underwater Wonders… There’s a fun packed summer holiday for all the family to enjoy at Newport Wetlands, starting with Underwater Wonders, exploring the weird and wonderful creatures that lurk in the ponds and making sand sculptures of the creatures you might find. Then there’s two weeks of Messy fun With The Mesolithic! Newport Museum will be on hand with loads of Prehistoric Stone Age Fun Activities, including making pots, a scavenger hunt, a ‘dino dig,’ casting footprints and fossils, building mud huts and more. In their bird themed week the team are very excited to hear that Ebwy Vale Owl Sanctuary who will be visiting the reserve with their owls, What a hoot you’ll have on 13 and 17th August, and for the rest of the week there’ll be lots of owl related activities. Over the final two weeks of the school holidays there’s a pollinator party, and slithering snakes. If you feel a bit more adventurous there’s also a Big Wild Sleepout on Aug 25th, packed with bat, moth and star related activities. The weekly activities have two sessions daily from 10.30am – 12.00pm or from 2pm – 3.30pm £4.40 for RSPB members and £ 5.50 for non-members, Monday – Thursday. Fridays are toddler days and the session is from 10.30am – 11.45am. For more details about these events, call us on 01633 636363 or visit us at

BBQ time…. Nothing beats a BBQ with friends and family during the summer and it’s great to see people using the stations at our Welfare Grounds, which are available to enjoy during the school holidays, the stations, which have been purposely built, are located in shade close to the beautiful wooded areas overlooking the ‘trim trail’ outdoor fitness equipment and playing fields, not too far for the refurbished tennis courts, for more information on using the stations see the wardens at the Welfare or give our Community Council a call on 01633 893350 or mail Don’t forget to ‘shop local’ and, maybe pick up your barbequing essentials from our independent traders, they simply taste better, don’t they.

Keep in Touch….As I mentioned earlier, I’m on holidays for a few days this week, but my personal ‘pop up’ request surgeries continue upon my return from sunny Bream on the weekend, this means, regular surgeries, will be held any place, any time, convenient to you, as ever, if you prefer a chat, you can call me anytime on 07778 279235, I will return calls when I’m away but, maybe will not have a regular signal, thanks to all who’ve been in touch and attended the surgeries recently – we may not have got all the answers and conclusion we would have liked, but by listening and working together we’ve helped to move some things forward, ward meeting are planned for 24 October 2018 at Rogerstone Primary school and 20 February 2019 –Jubilee Park school (pending).

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