Rogerstone Grassroots 21/09/20

Slice of old normality…… Unprecedented, who would have thought…., like something out of a novel…Phrases I think we have all heard repeated in the last six months.  We are all craving a little slice of our old normality and at the Fourteen Locks Centre & Café, this is something the team are trying to deliver to us.  During this difficult time, sadly the Monmouthshire Brecon & Abergavenny Canal Trust who run & maintain the centre have suffered greatly, as many charities have.  The trust relies on donations to run & maintain the facilities, being almost totally reliant on volunteers, so is currently unable to open the doors seven days a week.   I recently caught up with Christine Birch who runs the café, Christine told me ‘we have been able to offer a takeaway service for those coming up to enjoy the beauty & wildlife of the canal.  Moving into Autumn, we are aiming to be able to open the café for indoor seating every day and measures are being put in place to ensure our customers and staffs’ continued safety in this respect.  For me, Autumn brings soup season – we make all our own soups and we are looking forward to bringing you some new flavours this year, like Beetroot, Ginger & Coconut and a tasty Sweet Potato Korma soup’ Why not use this beautiful changing season to enjoy a walk along our canal and reward yourself with some comfort food at the end….  The café team  look forward to welcoming you, With limited indoor seating, to secure your table, contact the café  on 07957 142959 to book.


St Johns Crescent …..I’ve  heard several rumours recently about the ‘ old care facility’ located on the corner of Oak road and St Johns Crescent, so, I reached out to the lands owners Newport City Homes to find out directly what their plans for the land were, for clarity, here’s their complete reply to my enquiry ‘Thank you for your patience while I liaised with the right teams in relation to your questions asked. I have spoken with our Development Manager David Cox in relation to the site known as the ‘old care facility’, which is the site located on the corner of Oak road and St Johns Crescent. David has informed me that the site was cleared several years ago, but unfortunately we currently have no information on this in the development files as it was pre-dated the current team. At the moment there are a couple of cabins on site which are being used by the maintenance contractor for improvement works to the housing in the area which are temporary. Our Capital works team have confirmed that the contracting company AP Waters are currently carrying out upgrade works to the garages in Oak Road & Thornbury Park and are using the cabins as a welfare facility/site storage. The cabins should be removed by November when all the upgrade works have been complete. In principle NCH will want to build much needed new homes on the land  however at the moment other sites are taking priority as Social Housing Grant is limited in Newport. When that process starts, we will of course keep you informed and in the meantime Laura Palfrey (Development Partnership Co-Ordinator) can keep you up to date of our development plans and aspirations in your Ward and Newport’ Regular readers will know I’ve always supported affordable and accessible social housing in Rogerstone for hard working families and for our children and grand children to potentially be able to afford to live and have raise their own families  in Rogerstone, I will of course update neighbours on any plans as they emerge and insist on a full and open consultation.


MORRISONS ROGERSTONE COMMUNITY….. So, what a busy and productive first week Rachel has had in her new role as Morrisons Rogerstone Community Champion, so far she’s:


  1. Provided 8 local schools including Rogerstone Primary, Jubilee Park and Mount Pleasant a staff room package of tea, coffee, biscuits, sugar, long life milk and chocolates
  2. Set up the bookcase on the shop floor by the Community Board, with pre-loved books all sanitized and wrapped individually to raise money for Clic Sargent, along with freshly made bright pink bags of sweets
  3. Prepared and donated indoor plants to Jubilee Park Nursery
  4. Provided cleaning products to two of our Scout/Guiding groups, Rogerstone 1st and Newport 28th
  5. Visited the wonderful charity Sparkle, based at Serennu in Rogerstone and learned so much about what they do for children and young people with a disability and/or developmental difficulties and their families.


Rachel will be holding a fund raising day during the month of October alongside Sparkle, up at the Morrisons Store, to promote the charity and raise some much needed funds. Well done Rachel and thank you for all your doing to support our community in these most troubling of times its certainly onward and upward for our #morrisonsrogerstonecommunity, . Rachel can be emailed at: and letters can also be posted or dropped into our Morrison’s store.


Planning a Party? Are you planning a party? Maybe for Halloween, a birthday or drinks at home in Rogerstone? If there’s more than six adults and your guests are not from your extended household – please DON’T – you will be breaking Welsh Government regulations and could be fined. Lets keep Rogerstone and Newport Safe, together.

Listening……  As  I reported recently my regular  surgeries have been adapted to include both ‘zoom’ and ‘facetime’ meetings this means my regular surgeries can now  be held safely  on line  any place, any time, convenient to you, simply drop me a direct  message via my facebook or twitter to arrange a convenient time ( search ‘Chris P Evans’ on facebook and follow @chrispevans1 on twitter)  as always  if you prefer a chat, you can call me on 07778 279235.

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