Rogerstone Grassroots 23/09/2018

Three Years of Tech Support… A group doing great work in Rogerstone supporting youngsters is our ‘Tech Club Newport’ which is celebrating its third year, the group which as picked up some community and volunteering awards recently  has been successful with sourcing funding  for its Projects from Rogerstone Community panel/Post Office Common Unity / Tesco Groundwork Bags Of Help Risca/ Greggs Foundation/Co Op/ Perkin Elmer and Follow Your Dreams Charity Who have helped provide New TV’s for the clubs Gamers as well as helping provide a laptop and Computer. Club organisers told me “We would like to also thank Luke Pearce @Newports Rocky for their Very Generous Donation to Tech Club from the David ‘Bomber’ Pearce Legacy Fund. At Tech Club we are a group of mums (and Dads) with children who have Autism. We understand what our Youngsters of Tech club need and many of the obstacles they face because our own children have similar experiences. We support Students and young people with Autism to help them socialise and improve their confidence and build friendships in a safe environment . Our Young people at Tech Club experience difficulty coping with social situations so we make sure we provide an environment where they can cope and have fun’  If you would like to know more about Tech Club or Volunteer why not get in touch,  If you’re upgrading your TVs or Consoles please consider donating to our ‘Tech Club’ they  can arrange collection, for info and to donate


Weekend of Memories… In 1968 the foundation stone was laid, and Trinity Church was officially opened in 1969. As they look back over the last 50 years of “serving God in the community“ a number of events have been arranged. Whilst the building of the church was being completed the congregation was based in Glasllwch Primary School, so it was very fitting that all the children and staff, and the year 6 parents came to Trinity over the summer for the year 6 leavers concert. During the last 50 years many local families have had links with Trinity and the Church hope that these may be renewed as they extend an open invitation to their forthcoming events. If you have had connections with Trinity in the past and would like to share in our “Memories Weekend” you would be most welcome. On Saturday 29th September starting at 3pm there will be a display of photos and memorabilia from the last 50 years – everybody is welcome to come along and share their own memories. At there will be a special tea with an opportunity to share those memories. (So that they know how many people to cater for please ring 01633 221671 to book your place for tea.) If you can’t make it on Saturday then a warm welcome awaits you on Sunday 30th September at 10.30a.m. when there’ll be a service giving thanks for the last 50 years and on Saturday 13th October there will be  another event celebrating 50 years at Trinity this will be a concert of light music given by the Adams Chorale. The choir meet regularly at Trinity for their rehearsals and the church are delighted that they are taking part in our year of celebrations. The concert starts at 7.30p.m. and tickets, which are £6, are available by contacting 01633 894781, happy 50th to all at Trinity, here’s to the next 50 years.


New Ballet…Rogerstone’s Award-winning Ballet Cymru’s newest production A Child’s Christmas, Poems and Tiger Eggs by Dylan Thomas will be narrated live by Welsh icon Cerys Matthews with performances at the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler’s Wells in London on the 3rd and 4th of November, The Riverfront Theatre in Newport on the 9th and 10th of November 2018 (tickets available at box office 01633 656757 or online and at Pontio in Bangor on the 1st of December. Ballet Cymru presents a timeless interpretation of the Dylan Thomas classic A Child’s Christmas In Wales with music by Mason Neely and Wales’ own icon, Cerys Matthews. Step into the imagination of a genius and follow us on a journey through snow, cats and melancholy. The Welsh poet Dylan Thomas recorded A Child Christmas in Wales in 1952, based on earlier works written for BBC Radio. The work is an anecdotal reminiscence of a Christmas from the viewpoint of a young boy, portraying a nostalgic and simpler time. It is one of Thomas’s most popular works. Featuring choreography by Creative Wales Award winner Darius James and Amy Doughty, and evocative, eloquent costumes, Ballet Cymru bring to life this masterpiece using the company’s unique blend of classical technique and storytelling. This ballet promises to be very special indeed, as the company previously collaborated with Cerys Matthews for the critically acclaimed production TIR, and created their immensely popular and unique ballet based on Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas in 2008, featuring a narrator speaking the text within the movement of the dancers.


Faith at the Warehouse….Two years ago, a disused warehouse unit tucked away at the end of an industrial estate in Rogerstone was slowly falling into disrepair. Without a tenant since 2004, when Avana Bakeries decided it no longer required the space, the Trebor Bassett Building was one of thousands of similar buildings across south Wales lying empty as the needs of modern-day manufacturers have changed. However, the story took a different turn last year when a little-known church group decided to rent the building. In the beginning, it provided a place for Faith Church to meet on a Sunday morning, but as time went on a few of the group realised that there was a bigger opportunity to transform the building into a community hub – to create a multi-use facility for the people in Rogerstone and Newport. Fast-forward 12 months and the community hub is thriving. Faith Church has bought the building and re-branded it as The Warehouse (very apt). It is now home to a full-time fitness studio, a music school and weekly classes in dog-training and martial arts. When the 1stRogerstone brownies were told that their old hall was unsafe, they were able to move their meetings to The Warehouse, joining 10 other organisations that use the building regularly. The latest addition is Evolution Dance , a new ‘hip-hop’ dance academy for primary school children run by two A-Level students from Bassaleg School. The Warehouse is also home to Newport charity Storfa, which provides essential living materials to people in need and has already helped more than 40 families this year. Faith church recently refurbished the upstairs into office units for rent and, in July, opened a 40-seat conference and meeting room that is available for both community groups and local business to hire. All profits from hiring the space are ploughed back into the building or other projects that are run at The Warehouse . However, Mike Taylor, who heads up the project, admits that they still have a long way to go and there are lots of improvements they’d like to make to the building as soon as the funds are available. It is also great to see, as often happens in south Wales, that the community is stepping up to help too. The Warehouse has recently been gifted £10,000 by a local business to set up a community coffee shop that will give vulnerable young people the opportunity to gain baristas kills and valuable work experience. With Brains Brewery offering to provide kitchen equipment and the local Tiny Tots franchise donating a set of soft play equipment, it is hoped that the coffee shop will open by November.


Help our homeless… It’s Newport Nightshelter’s 10th Birthday this year and the team have asked me to let Rogerstone neighbours know that  registration to volunteer at this year’s winter project is now open, They’re looking for volunteers to help the team deliver this year’s Winter Night-shelter project at their  partnering churches in Newport between November and March. Interested? To apply:   More information:

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