Update from Rogerstone
Community Council By-Election… I can exclusively reveal, that, residents in the West of Rogerstone, will be able to vote in a By Election for Rogerstone Community Council, in the coming weeks, a election, as been called, by the required 10 ‘West’ residents, the vacancy came about, after the sad passing of Cllr Bill Palmer. I understand there’s still time for residents wishing to stand to ‘put their hat in the ring’, if you’d like further information, on becoming a Community Councillor and standing in this election, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, I invite all candidates to send me a small bio, and, I’ll do my best to publish it, over the next few weeks, good luck to all those who decide to stand.
Jubilee Park/Alcan site… locals will notice that work as began on ‘Jubilee Park’, The development will see a raft of community and economic benefits including:
- · A number of new homes for the area, including affordable housing and over 55 provision
- · A new primary school
- · A substantial contribution towards secondary education
- · A new local centre and community facilities
- · A significant level of new public open space within the site
- · Off-site highway improvements and a public transport contribution
The site owners, Walters, are keen to continue good relations with our community, and, Andrew Pope, has been appointed, to oversee the work, if you have any concerns, you can find Andrew at Mandrake House, or, give him a call on 07880 032216, I can also confirm that the road sign to ‘Aluminium Works’ will be replaced shortly, Walters have also agreed to put up new signage, instructing traffic visiting the site, to avoid the village area.
Bethesda Field…LLanmoor Homes purchased the field earlier this year, and have the planning permission to build 22 homes, I’ve met with them a few times, and, have to say, they’ve done all they can, so far, to keep residents informed, via leaflets and social media. Residents are now invited to review the reserved matters application as recently submitted to the City Council, the exhibition will be held on 17th October, 3pm till 8pm at Tydu Community Hall, at The Welfare Grounds, you’ll be able on view the proposed layout, landscaping, street scenes and, house types.
Advance notice, Remembrance Sunday… following the closure of the Rogerstone Branch of the Royal British Legion, regrettably the usual Parade will not take place, The service for Remembrance Sunday will still be held, at St John’s Church, Wern Terrace, however. At 10.55am Wreaths will be placed in the garden of Remembrance at St John’s Church, and a 2 minute silence will be observed. The service of Remembrance will take place inside St John’s at approximately 11.05am.
The chairman of the Community Council has made arrangements for organisations, groups and individuals to meet (and park) at Tydu Community Hall from 10am, where refreshments will be served prior to walking to the Church, for further info, contact the Community Council on 01633 893350.
City Councillors…Your Rogerstone City Councillors, hold their next monthly surgery on 26th October, Rivermead Centre, 10am to 12 noon, if however, you’d like to raise a issue, prior to then you can contact Sally Mlewa on 01633 452602, or Tom Bond on 07880 742886, or, myself, Chris Evans on 07778 279235.
Nick Ireland has been selected as Labour’s candidate in the forthcoming Rogerstone Community Council by-election.
Nick is regional co-ordinator with the USDAW union and has lived in Afon Village for 9 years with his family. His children went to Rogerstone Primary and Bassaleg schools.
He seeks to represent your views on the Community Council, and he will be out meeting you and listening to your priorities over the coming weeks.
The by-election follows the sad passing of the very respected Cllr Bill Palmer.
EXCLUSIVE FREE SCREENING OF NEW BEE FILM at Rogerstone Library
After the success of its recent open/family day, and the establishment of Newport first ‘bee garden’, Newport Friends of the Earth and Newport Libraries will host a screening of More Than Honey, the new documentary by Oscar-nominated Markus Imhoof, in support of the Bee Cause campaign, at our local Library.
The multi-award winning film tells a provocative yet touching tale of what might happen if our bees became extinct. It takes an in-depth look at honeybee colonies, examining what’s behind the current bee crisis and why we rely on bees for so many things.s
“…filled with gorgeous cinematography and fascinating details about bees’ complex behaviour and anatomy” Washington Post.
The screening at Rogerstone Library, on Wednesday 9th October is part of Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause Campaign, helping save Britain’s bees. Local City Councillor Chris Evans will attend the event and said : ‘I’m really pleased to help host the screening of this important film, in Rogerstone, recently, our community worked together, to establish Newport’s first, purpose built, bee garden, at Rogerstone library, so, this screening is very fitting, I opening invite or community, and, the people of Newport to come along, and, watch this thought provoking film, you’ll be assured of a friendly, Rogerstone welcome’.
In recent years many species of British bee have been declining, placing our food supply and economy under threat. Research by Friends of the Earth shows that without bees, it would cost the UK at least £1.8 billion every year to hand-pollinate our crops.
The Bee Cause Campaign has already secured Welsh Government action in drawing up a new Action Plan for Pollinators in Wales, the first of its kind in the UK. To support this campaign and find out what else you can do, join The Bee Cause at www.foe.co.uk/bees.
Find out more about the free screening of More Than Honey by contacting John Boon at Rogerstone Library.
Bleddyn Lake from Newport Friends of the Earth said: “”We are really pleased to be able to show More Than Honey to raise awareness of the plight of bees. Everyone in Newport can do their bit for bees. Even a small number of wildflowers or herbs in a window-box can provide food for bees and help them thrive.”
John Boon, Library Manager at Rogerstone Library said: “This showing demonstrates Newport Libraries’ ongoing commitment to work with the community in ways that have not been done before. I believe this project demonstrates the importance of libraries to attract audiences and to work with communities to establish themselves within that community”.
Thornhill Way -bag it, bin it!… Residents on Thornhill Way, have recently complained about dog fouling in the area, in response, Council officers have leafleted the entire area and signs have been put up, warning of large fines, for those caught, the City Council are taking a zero tolerance attitude to irresponsible dog owners, and, I’m informed, the area will be monitored closely over coming months, with patrols etc, to avoid a big fine, the message is clear, bag it, and, bin it! In Rogerstone.
Rogerstone Art Group…there’s a exhibition, and sale, by Rogerstone Art Group, on Saturday 19th October, 10am to 4pm, at the TyDu Community Hall, admission is free, with a free raffle to win a print by Welsh artist Howard Jones, there’ll also be demonstrations throughout the day, with light refreshments served, why not pop along, and, support the arts, in, Rogerstone.
Charity Night…Rogerstone Charity, group 99, who work to give kids with learning difficulties, disabilities, and other challenges, a annual holiday, are holding a fund raiser charity night on Friday 4th October, 730pm, with ‘The Elastic Band’ at Rogerstone and Bassaleg Social Club, this promises to be a great night out, for a very worthy cause, and, with tickets priced at just £10, including a yummy buffet, its great value, all proceeds raised will go to the charity, for more information, go to www.hcptgroup99.com,
And finally, City Councillors, hold their monthly surgery on 26th October, Rivermead Centre Afon Village, 10am till 12 noon, however, if you need to get in touch before then, you can contact Sally Mlewa on 01633 452602, Tom Bond on 07880 742886 and, Chris Evans on 07778 279235.
Update from Rogerstone
Bee Garden: Thanks to all the volunteers who turned out, to help establish Rogerstone’s, and, possibly Newport’s, first, Bee Garden recently, (see picture) the day was a great community effort, and, our bee garden, situated at Rogerstone Library, should be in full bloom, for next summer, the team of volunteers were joined by City Councillors, Tom, Chris and Sally, as well as the ‘roots charity’, big thanks also to Steve, head grounds man at The Welfare, who, made the work easier by getting a local company to donate a rotavator for the day, and huge thanks to new local store, What!, who donated plants and seeds, I’m sure the garden will be ‘blooming marvellous’ and attract many bee’s during summer 2014.
Roots: As I just mentioned, ‘Roots ‘part of the vision 21 charity, helped out on the recent Bee garden project, and, did a really great job, the charity helps adults with learning difficulties experience a working environment, taking on gardening projects and the like, local organiser and Roggie man Mike told me the group, would love to take on more work, in Rogerstone, and, are available, at excellent rates, to hire, for all types of garden maintenance, grass cutting, hedge cutting, weeding, patio cleaning etc, why not get ‘Roots’ give your garden the once over, in time for winter? Tel: 07841 565924 for more information.
Serennu Children’s Centre: do you have a child with a disability, or development difficulty? If so, when not get in touch with our Serennu Centre? They’ve recently launched new swimming sessions, the first, every Monday, are between 1.30 -2pm, and 2 -2.30pm, and are aimed at parents and toddlers, the next, is a family swim session, every Saturday, 12 -12.30, 12.30 to 1pm, all these swim sessions are priced at just £2.50, and, are a great way, to meet other families, and, have fun! Tel: 01633 748093 for more info, and, details of other activities.
Ballet and drama Classes at the Ty Du: Do you have a potential ballet star, actor or actress in the family? Chance2dance are offering ballet and drama classes, at the Ty-Du Hall,’ ballet expressions’ aimed at parents and toddlers, is a ballet/drama class every Monday, 9.30am, whilst, youngsters, from 6 upwards, can put their acting skills to the test, every Thursday, 4.15 onwards, for 3 year old upwards, there’s also, ballet, every Friday, at 4.15, why not give these classes a try? First lesson, is.. free! tel, chance2dance 0n 07722 731324 for more information.
Ty-Du Community Hall and Welfare Grounds: The Welfare grounds as enjoyed a great summer, with, I’m told, record visitor numbers, thanks, in part, I’m sure, to the free tennis and golf that was made available by community Councillors, during the summer, it was great to see, families, youngsters and pensioners enjoying ‘The Welfare’ with BBQ’S, kids birthday picnics and even fitness classes, all being held in our stunning green, outdoor space, as Autumn firming set in, remember, the Ty-Du Hall, is available to hire, for any event, at, very reasonable rates, so, if you’re planning a Halloween, birthday or anniversary Party, or, even a Christmas celebration, why not book, the Ty –Du? For more information contact email@example.com, or telephone 01633 893350, the Welfare Grounds are also stunning in Autumn, why not wrap up, and, enjoy a family autumn walk, down the Welfare?
Neighbourhood Committee and surgeries: The next ‘neighbourhood Committee’, is tomorrow, from 7.30 to finish, at High Cross Primary School, these meeting are a great opportunity for you to ask, Police, Council Officers, Newport City Homes, and, Councillors, questions, direct. Your City Councillors have also announced their Autumn and Winter monthly Surgeries 28th September, St John’s Church Hall, 26th October, Rivermead Centre and, 30th November, Cefn Wood, this will be a ‘pop up’ surgery, outside shops, Chinatown, all surgeries are from 10am till 12 noon, even if you don’t have a concern, Tom, Chris and Sally would be interested to listen to any ideas you may have, for Rogerstone, or the wider Newport, so, why not pop along? See you then.