Rogerstone Grassroots 25/10/18

V Award Wins…. Rogerstone owned businesses scooped a record breaking 10 Awards at the recent V Award Ceremony held at The Neon in Clarence Place, at a time when the traditional local is under threat it was great to see the TA in Rogerstone win the award for best casual dining in recognition of their home cooked food and great family service, well done to Carol and Catherine. Boobaloo Boutique won Fashion Retailer of the Year whilst The Coffee Mill scooped a new award for best coffee/tea and the all-important cake which are all freshly baked by Jordane , while both these businesses are based in Risca they’re proudly owned by Rogerstone neighbours as was the winner of best outside catering/food vendor – Welsh Ice Cream Trike, fish and chip shop went to Rogerstone very own Pye Corner – who now offer some great vegan options, Our resident multi award winning photographer Nick Murray picked up the award for ‘Wedding Photographer of the year’ Nick said on the night ‘since winning my first V Award a few years ago I’ve been lucky enough to be nominated for, and to have won several other awards, but, the V’s are special, they’re very much the ‘People of Newports Awards and its great all the money raised at the V’s goes to charity’ our local takeaway ‘Chinatown’ picked up the best Chinese takeaway. Fitness Club of the year went to Evolve Fit who hold regular classes in Rogerstone and throughout Newport and the converted Beauty Salon title went to Bliss Beauty and to cap off a winning night for Rogerstone entrepreneur Matt Ellis a founding partner of the hugely successful Parc Pantry and Rogerstone resident won both breakfast and Coffee Shop of the year, this year’s night really did turn out to be the greatest V’s ever, raising over £5000 for St Davids Hospice Care.

Meet The Dragons…. Kip McGrath is now open at the Warehouse (Faith Church) on The Wern Industrial Estate in Rogerstone. The centre is the first of its kind in Newport and has already met with an overwhelming response. To commemorate the occasion, centre director Shelley Sloan will be hosting a grand opening event on Saturday 17th November. She will be joined by Warren Ryan, world-class confidence coach and international speaker, who will be delivering an opening speech at 11 am. Kip McGrath Newport West are also proud community partners of Dragons Rugby. On the day, there will be photo opportunities with the Dragons mascot Rodney as well as a player appearance. Every adult guest will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets for the Dragons home game against the Ospreys on 30th December and children will receive a Kip goody bag, on a first-come, first-served, basis. Admission is free and refreshments will be on offer throughout the day. There will also be the chance to sample some of the educational software which Kip has to offer. It looks certain to be a great day for the whole family. Come along if you can – hope to see you there.

Lest we Forget… The programme below has been agreed for Remembrance Sunday in Rogerstone on the 11th of November. Last year there were many comments on social media impressed with the Poppys in Risca, I made a note and at the last RCC meeting Suggested the idea which colleagues on Council unanimously approved, it’s so heart-warming to now see the Poppy’s lining the route we take on Remembrance Day, thanks to the neighbours who suggested the idea and to Steve and the team from the Welfare for putting them up.

10.15 am:
Assemble at Rogerstone Library (Tregwilym Road).
10.35 am:
Observe Remembrance at the Village War Memorial. The Chairperson of the Community Council and representatives of the Royal British Legion will place wreaths. Representatives of Uniformed Organisations invited to attend (within the Library Building).
Parade assembles in Tregwilym Road, Parade to ST JOHN’S CHURCH, led by the Scout Band, Royal British Legion representative, and Rogerstone Community Council.
Arrive at St. John’s Church where wreaths will be placed in the Garden of Remembrance. Observe two-minute silence.
Service of Remembrance inside ST JOHN’S CHURCH. Rogerstone Band will be playing inside the church.
Parade to Tydu Community Hall, via Tregwilym Road, led by the Scout Band. Salute taken by the Chairperson of Rogerstone Community Council.
Parade disperses at Tydu Community Hall – complimentary refreshments available in Tydu Community Hall.
This very Special Sunday is observed by most local authorities throughout the country, I’m always proud that we told our own community service in Rogerstone I sincerely hope that our community will make a special effort and all areas, from Cefn Wood to Jubilee Park will turn out.

Church Hall… At last weeks Ward meeting a representative from the church was unable to attend however we were ask to read out the following statement with regards to our Church Hall ‘The Parish was instructed to close St John’s Hall in August 2017 for safety reasons. No decision has been made regarding the future of the hall and the process has been open and transparent. The latest survey report, commissioned by the Diocese and carried out by an independent surveyor, is available on the parish website. In that report, all options are considered to sustain community activities. We are holding a public meeting to explore these options in more detail with the community on 14th November at 7.30pm in St John’s Church.
The report estimates the cost of repair at £320,000 and the surveyor will be available at the public meeting on the 14th November to provide further information if necessary. The parish does not have sufficient funds to repair this building and the maximum grant available from the Diocese is only £5000.The Diocese is happy to continue working with the parish to identify possible external sources of grant funding, but the project will need considerable investment from the local community both in terms of help with the grant applications and community fund-raising. Link to report

Join the Panel….. Rogerstone Community Council has set up an independent Citizens Panel to consider community projects suggested by residents of Rogerstone. The Panel then prioritise and recommend to Council, which of the suggested projects should progress. There is currently a vacancy for one Citizens Panel member, and this position is open to applications from residents of Rogerstone. If you are interested in joining the Citizens Panel, please write or email the Clerk to the Council, giving brief details and any background information by the 11th December. Colin Atyeo Clerk to the Council, Tydu Community Hall Welfare Grounds, Tregwilym Road, Rogerstone, Newport, NP10 9EQ 01633 546696

Go Wild in our Countryside… Rewild Play is a local non-profit organisation is hosting its first free Spooky Forest School this Wednesday 31st October at Ty-Du Welfare Grounds. Tickets sold out fast. There are over 100 children attending the event throughout the day. It is a great opportunity for our local community to come together and appreciate being outside in Nature which has so many benefits for both their physical and mental health. Activities have not been announced yet for the session as they are under wraps! On Saturday 22nd December Rewild Play again will be providing a Christmas Forest Session at the same location. This event is open to all children in the Rogerstone Ward. This has kindly been sponsored by Rogerstone Community Council after I proposed at full council that places be made available, thanks to other councillors for supporting the idea, Sessions will run throughout the day and Rewild Play is asking for children to be nominated to attend, the requirements are to reside in Rogerstone Ward and that maybe they’ve had a tough year, have overcome some difficulties at home or in school, or just deserve a treat. All nominations to be received by 5th November by email to

Remember, Remember….Tredegar Park Golf Club are holding their ever popular annual fireworks night on Sunday 4th November, gates opening at 6 pm. Entry is by ticket only with a cost of £15 per car, these are available from the Clubhouse. The fireworks show will be provided by the fantastic Pendragon Fireworks and Pyrotechnics and will be starting their display at 7 pm. A variety of hot food and drinks will be available to purchase including chips, burgers, pizza and hot dogs along with a full bar serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. All proceeds from this event go to Tredegar Park Golf Club and will be used in the advancements of the junior section, the course and improving the facilities to make everyone’s visit to this fantastic venue even more enjoyable, the team really hope our community have a great time and look forward to seeing you soon! For more information about the fireworks night please call 01633 894433.

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