Now, for some unfortunate news...
Although we live in a great part of Cardiff, with a great community, we are visited sometimes by acts of ugly vandalism. The latest incidents happened on the night of 14 November, when the nurse and soldier silhouettes in Windsor Gardens, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One were destroyed, leaving razor sharp edges on the remains.
It is hard to believe that the persons responsible gave any thought to what they were doing. During the war, over 700,000 British soldiers were killed, defending our way of life. Some of those soldiers came from Radyr and Morganstown. Some of their families live here to this day. The level of disrespect was sick and disgraceful.
At the same time, lights and candles displayed to celebrate Diwali were smashed and destroyed - showing huge disrespect to our much-loved Hindu, Jain and Sikh friends. Again, we utterly condemn this moronic act.
We encourage anyone who knows anything about these incidents to contact the police on 101. If you feel nervous about doing so, why not talk to someone else first?
We cannot, and will not, live with ugly acts of vandalism in our community. Although the vandals may live outside Radyr and Morganstown, if anyone involved is reading this article, please know that we hope you are found - and that the sentence for criminal damage includes community orders, which can include up to 300 hours of unpaid work - whilst being supervised by the Probation Service for twelve months. Any subsequent criminal record has to be disclosed to employers, potential employers and in applications for places in University.
Our community should not have to tolerate this kind of behaviour.
Our Christmas celebrations...
Radyr and Morganstown Community Council has great pleasure in announcing to its residents our plans for a “Festive and Safe” Christmas festival and celebrations.
For obvious reasons, we have been unable to organise some of our usual activities, but RMCC has been flexible and innovative in our approach to Christmas during these strange times.
Over the next few weeks there will be announcements on this site as we “Countdown to Christmas”. These will outline the activities that will be available for the whole Community. Please, therefore, save this site as one of your favourites and drop in regularly to see what will be happening - and when.
In the meantime, here is a flavour of what to expect throughout the month of December. Watch this space for more details. We really hope you enjoy!
Our Christmas trees and Station Road lights will be lit early this year to help generate a festive spirit.
Santa will tour our community to admire our Christmas lights - and join the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress to launch Christmas and officially switch on the lights in Station Road. Look out for more details.
A tour of the Community by Disney Characters. After being so popular during lockdown, Mickey and Minnie will return as Mr and Mrs Claus, along with their friends, to visit us for Christmas. Watch out for the date and route details.
Who has the best decorations on the outside of their house? Enter our competition for the most festive house decorations and there will be a prize for the winners.
All this and more!! Keep watching our site for details and we hope you have a safe and festive Christmas!
New Christmas Competition!
Following a difficult year - and with the cancellation of so many Christmas events, Radyr and Morganstown Community Council has decided to bring some festive cheer to our community, by organising a Christmas Competition.
On offer is £100 worth of prizes for the houses which our judges decide are the best decorated houses in Radyr and Morganstown. Obviously, this will involve mainly outdoor decorations only!
If you would like to enter the competition, simply send up to three photographs of your house to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries should reach us by 18 December.
We will draw up a shortlist of homes, which our judging panel will view 'from the road'. They will do so whilst safely socially distanced - and only if Welsh Government rules in place at the time will allow them to do so. If they are unable to view the houses, we will judge the competion on the basis of the photographs.
The winning house will receive a £50 prize; the second best will receive £30 - and the third best will receive £20.
The judges will all be members of the Community Council's Christmas Working Group (which has also been busy arranging improvements to our festive street lighting).
They judges will be looking for:
With the house owners' consent, we would like to post a picture of the winning houses on our website.
As with all competitions, the judges decision will be final!
No prizes will be awarded to any of the Council's staff or councillors.
We hope this small, fun event, will help us all get into the Christmas spirt!
New traffic lights
The new traffic lights at the junction of Heol Isaf and Llantrisant Road have been switched on.
This brings to an end (we hope) more than two years of roadworks at this site.
Now we'll have to wait and see how the lights affect traffic flow at this junction. Let us know how they affect your daily journeys.
Hopefully, it will be green for go!
We commemorate Remembrance Sunday
This morning our Chair laid a wreath on behalf of the Community Council to commemorate British service members who have died in wars and other military conflicts since the onset of World War One.
With Wales still being in Lockdown, Remembrance Sunday this year is very different. In past years we have witnessed a large turnout around the War Memorial in Heol Isaf, followed by a service in Christ Church. However, with gatherings forbidden and churches closed, neither is possible today. Even so, online services will be held - details of which can be found here.
For the Fallen
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Grants to help vulnerable people
Western Power Distribution has grants available to support initiatives such as projects offering food and clothing parcels and hot meals, as well as gifts and support to vulnerable children, adults and the elderly over the winter holidays.
The ‘In This Together - Community Matters Fund’ offers grants up to £1,500 to local authorities, parish councils, charities and community groups.
You can read more about the grant here.
Remembrance Sunday services
We are pleased to publish this announcement by the Radyr and Morganstown Association about Remembrance Sunday services:
With Wales still being in Lockdown, Remembrance Sunday this year – on 8th November – will be very different. For many years we have witnessed a large turnout around the War Memorial in Heol Isaf, followed by a service in Christ Church. However, with gatherings forbidden and churches closed, neither is possible. Instead, there will be a brief service at the War Memorial starting around 10:45am, conducted by local Ministers Rev’d Vicki Burrows and Rev’d Judith Holliman. Please do not attend this service. It will be broadcast live via YouTube and everyone is encouraged to join in that way. Details of the service and the YouTube link can be found on the Community Website.
For those who would like to join in a service on Sunday, Rev’d Vicki will be conducting a Remembrance Sunday Eucharist Service via Zoom starting at 09:30. Details can be found on the Parish website.
In addition, the Rev’d Judith Holliman, of Radyr Methodist Church, will be conducting a Zoom service at 6pm which will be 'Remembering With Poetry'. If you would like to attend this service, please e-maol Rev's Judith. for the for the Zoom link: email@example.com
Upgrading the Valleys Line
Residents will know that Transport for Wales is undertaking a major project to upgrade and electrify the Valleys Line.
You can follow a link to the part of their website which discusses the project: click here.
It includes information about overhead line electrification and piling (to instal the foundations for the gantries that will support the electric cables). The website explains that the piling will happen at night, so that TfW can can carry on running their rail services during the day. There is also a frequently asked questions section.
We will let you know if we receive any more details about this work - especially any work that will affect residents in Radyr and Morganstown.