Rogerstone Grassroots 21/03/2019

Happy Birthday Techclub… Tech Club Newport which is based in Rogerstone has just celebrated their 3rd year, congratulations to all involved, Tech Club Group Support volunteer Liz recently secured £5000 funding from the Health Trust and this has helped provide equipment, including a Residential Break to Llangrannog as well as Venue hire . The Committee as asked me to extend their thanks to  Jackie Community Champion at Asda for her continued support and donations of Beverages and snacks ,also to Customer support for the Green Token Project, Tech Club were awarded 1st Prize of £500 recently. The Club will be raising Awareness for Autism  and fund raising at Tesco Risca – Asda Duffryn and Morrisons Rogerstone during National Autism Awareness Month, why not pop in and say Hello?  Moira ( Tech Club Chair) and the Committee would also  like to Thank everyone who has supported them and say thank you to all the Parents, Volunteers and Young People who attend the club. Tech Club is for Young People 16 plus with an ASD diagnosis who may be unable to access mainstream clubs. The young people have lots of fun in a considerate and supportive environment each week and Tech Club provides routine and continuity .The club is currently at capacity due to limited equipment however there is a waiting list .If you would like further information – please email


Learning….Do you need help improving your spelling, grammar and basic maths? Find out about Newport Council’s community learning essential skills literacy and numeracy classes by calling 01633 656656 or email

Grand Slam fundraiser… This Saturday  30th March seeS  former Grand Slam Captain & Wales International Ryan Jones & my good friend Capital FM Radio Host Polly James  hosting  a fundraising evening at Rogerstone’s Newport Fugitives Athletic Club High Cross to raise funds for 5 year old Scarlett Morris who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, Leukoencephalopathy (Labrune Syndrome), so rare that according to a British medical journal only 50 people worldwide have been diagnosed with the condition since 1996. Shortly after she was born Scarlett suffered from regular seizures & fits & about four years later that she was diagnosed with Leukoencephalopathy. The condition causes a number of restrictive features in a person’s central nervous system, which damages white matter in the brain and ultimately leads to cognitive decline. Scarlett’s parents say they have no idea how long they will have with her & since the diagnosis, Scarlett’s condition has deteriorated rapidly. She can no longer walk, sit up or feed herself but her parents say “What keeps us going is that Scarlett is always smiling,”. The family have been devastated to receive this news and hope to take Scarlett to Disneyworld to create some happy memories with her. Tickets are £30.00 & can be obtained by calling 07813 612340. All funds raised will go towards the family trip & Scarlett’s ongoing care.


Five Stars for takeaway…Our Local multi V Award winning Chinese takeaway, Chinatown as earned a five star hygiene rating well done to Lam and the team.

More to Wastesavers than meets the eye…. There’s been a lot in the press recently about  recycling so I asked Wastesavers to update us on the work their doing Phil writes ‘A while back I gave a talk about recycling to the Rogerstone Women’s Institute. I did the usual stuff about why we collect the way we do, where it all goes, and how it’s actually recycled, but what really seems to excite people is the charity side of our work.  There are two Wastesavers – one is the company that collects your recycling, the other a charity working with people in need in Newport. Any profit from the company goes straight into the charity. The charity uses people’s unwanted items (anything from sofa’s to computers) to help reduce social isolation; create opportunities for people to get back into work, and provide low cost items to people in need. (It also helps the environment). Nowhere illustrates this better than the Tip Shop down on Docks Way. With the stuff you have donated we’ve created two paid jobs and a host of volunteer opportunities. We’re currently selling more than 10,000 items every month – all of them items that would have gone in the skips. Our volunteers (we have 12 regulars down there) vary in ability hugely. For some it’s a pathway back into work (three of our former volunteers now have paid employment); for others it helps reduce social isolation – a reason to get out of the house and interact with people from all walks of life. It’s this mix of positive impacts that caught the eye of other local authorities in Wales. We have another one running in Llantrisant and this summer are contracted to open at least four more at tips in south east Wales. But Newport was the first – the rest of the country is just starting to catch up, for more info Tel: 01633 281 281


Bus service …Rumours have been circulating  that the 1B Newport Transport Bus Service is being withdrawn from the Mount Pleasant Estate in April, As you might imagine this caused great concern for many neighbours particularly in Mount Pleasant who feared the area could  be left with no bus service  in the very near future, I quickly got in touch with my contacts at Newport Bus who replied promptly saying ‘We have no plans to alter the service currently NCC have not informed us of any changes of contract who are duty bound to provide us 4 months’ notice of cancellation’ needless to say I’ll be keeping a eye on this, thanks to Newport Bus for the prompt reply.


eggstra special date for your diary……On Sunday 14 April 2019, Rogerstone Primary PTA will hold their 4th annual Easter Eggstravaganza!  The guys would  love to welcome you to Ty Du Community Hall and grounds for what promises to be another ‘cracking’ event. The usual Great Roggie Bake Off will take place, with a celebrity judge, plus the addition of a great new event; the Great Roggie Doggie Show (like Crufts, but on a smaller/less serious scale!), Easter treasure hunt, arts and crafts and other ‘eggcellent’ activities. Plus some amazing raffle prizes!  A ‘eggstra special’ way to begin the Easter holidays with the family! Bring a picnic, and appetite for cake! The team look forward to seeing you there and  If you would like to enter the Bake-Off or Dog Show, please email .


Got an Event?…..Are you holding a event in Rogerstone over the next few months? Maybe it’s a service for Easter or fundraiser for a great local cause or, you may have some Rogerstone’s news you’d like to with neighbours if so and you’d like it to be featured in this column get in tough on my personal contacts at the top of this column and I’ll be my best to include it.

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