With Christmas over - it's time to say goodbye to our Christmas trees.
And there's a convenient way to do so, which will see your tree recycled and composted by Cardiff Council.
All you need to do is to leave your tree outside your house for collection on Monday, 11 January. Be sure to remove all the decorations first!
You can also leave your green, garden waste wheelie-bin outside for collection on 11 January.
The results are in!
Our first ever Christmas lights competition drew a healthy number of entries - and our judges had some fun discussing the merits of each one - and agreeing who should win.
And the winners are:
First prize of £50: this goes to Jason Fowler of Clos Ysgallen in Morganstown. Congratulations Jason, for a display which the judges found to be full of colour and fun - a delight for children of all ages - and a perfect antidote to the gloom and doom we've all suffered during 2020. A cheque for £50 will be winging its way to Jason!
The second prize of £30 goes to Gill Clarke of St Philbert's Street in Radyr. 'Gill's display was enchanting' said the judges 'A mix of magical reindeer, candy-lights and a window full of colourful Christmas scenes'.
The third prize of £20 goes to Stanley Thomas, of Green Place, Radyr. 'Stanley's clever use of his topiary bushes and elegant, discrete Christmas lighting ticked all the boxes for Christmas sophistication' was the judges' view of this prize-winning display.
Do you agree with our judges? Do you think your display was better?! Do you like seeing Radyr and Morganstown lit-up for Christmas?
We certainly do! So we are planning to arrange another Christmas lights competition next year - with more big prizes! So why not begin planning your 2021 display now! Let's make Radyr and Morganstown the Christmas capital of Wales!
Look out for next year's invitation to compete. And a very Merry Christmas to all of our great readers and residents!
Have you decorated your house?
Does it look good?
Want to win £50?
Send a picture of your house to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win a prize in our brand new competition!
Because of the wet weather, we'll give you until Monday to enter - so those of you putting up your decorations this weekend will have a chance to win.
Let's brighten up Radyr and Morganstown! Let's banish those Covid blues!
And remember, if you're not in it - you can't win it!
Last night's Mickey Mouse walkabout was a huge success!
Thanks to Mickey and his good friends (Minnie, Olaf and Elsa), children throughout much of Radyr enjoyed some festive fun - bringing joy and happiness to all in these dark, dreary and depressing times.
And there's more! Tomorrow night (Saturday 19 December), Mickey and his friends will be touring the rest of Radyr - and Morganstown. You can see his schedule below.
Mickey said that the children in Radyr were 'brilliant'.
'Possibly the best children in the world!' he said 'So I will ask Father Christmas to bring them all some really nice presents'
So, children of Morganstown, be sure to give Mickey and his friends a great welcome - so he can put in a good word for you, too!
Avid readers will remember that Mickey Mouse paid us a visit during the early days of the first lockdown.
Well...the good news is that Mickey is back!
Radyr and Morganstown Community Council is delighted to bring you this event - and Mickey will be walking and dancing through the streets of Radyr this evening (17 December) - with his long-time friend, Minnie Mouse and special guests, Olaf and Elsa (from the Frozen films).
We are so excited about this - and we can't wait to wave to Mickey and his friends as they bring a good dose of festive cheer to all of us in Radyr.
But what about Morganstown?
Good question! Mickey and his friends will be visiting Morganstown on Sunday. More details to follow. And, to be fair to Mickey and his friends, walking through Radyr and Morganstown on the same night would be too much to ask. After all, he's 92 years old!
So be sure to look out for Mickey (you'll hear his music before you see him).
Here's his schedule:
Residents may wish to know about the Christmas services organised this year by the Parish of Radyr.
Clearly things will be very different this year because of the Covid pandemic. Even so, there will be much to enjoy, as you can see from the Parish's programme, here.
Don't forget to enter our competition!
£50 prize available! Entries by 18 December.
More details here!
On Friday evening, 4 December, Santa visited Radyr and Morganstown in his impressive, colourful sleigh.
His visit was thoroughly enjoyed by all who saw him, as he made his way through our streets, playing some lovely festive music.
He had time to stop at Station Road, to help the Lord Mayor, Cllr Rod McKerlich - and the Lady Mayoress, Sue McKerlich - with the official ceremony to switch on our Christmas lights.
'Everything went very well' said Santa 'The children were very well behaved - and it made me very happy to see their smiling faces as I passed by, on my way to the North Pole, where I will have a busy couple of weeks making the final preparations for Christmas. I will, of course, return late on Christmas Eve, with presents for all. Even though I'm supposed to be on a diet, I would still appreciate the occasional mince pie and, of course, a carrot for Rudolph, my red-nosed reindeer.'
Santa was very grateful to the Community Council for organising his sleigh, the Christmas trees and the Christmas lights. He also thanked the Radyr and Morganstown Association for the trees on the shops on Station Road - and for organising the ceremony.
He also thanked Radyr Garage for offering to help deliver the sleigh to Radyr:
'The guys at the garage were excellent' he added 'They offered to transport my sleigh to Radyr, free of charge! I didn't need them to do so in the end, but I did have a problem with the sleigh's Magical Anti-gravity Capacitors, and they replaced them in no time. I would definitely use them again!'
Cardiff Council is looking to consult on a new Local Development Plan next year (around May).
The Local Development Plan will set out Cardiff Council's proposals for future development and use of land in its area. The Plasdwr development, for example, was agreed as part of the existing LDP - so it's important that we have our say in the development of the next LDP. It could result in another Plasdwr on our doorstep.
We are looking for members of our community with planning expertise - and who have an interest in our environment, our community - and how Radyr and Morganstown and the surrounding areas might develop over the next ten years.
If that's you, would you like to help us as we tackle the LDP process? There will be lots of issues to consider, but it's important for us to assemble a team able to build a case to ensure that Radyr and Morganstown gets the best possible deal from the next LDP.
If you would like to help, on a voluntary basis, or know someone who could help, please contact our clerk.
...You better not cry
You better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town!
Yes...it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
As we mentioned before, Santa will be touring Radyr and Morganstown this Friday evening, bringing festive joy and Christmas greetings to all who live here, especially our younger residents. All of us at Radyr and Morganstown Community Council are delighted to bring you this event. We have given Machen Round table a donation of £300 for the use of Santa's sleigh - that money will support one of the good causes that the Round Table group works with.
Santa's sleigh will be broadcasting some of our favourite Christmas songs, so you should be able to hear him coming!
Santa has kindly sent us his proposed route. Here it is (please note that the timings are approximate):
Heol Syr Lewis
Maes y Gwair
Heol y Cwm
Heol y Crofft
Ty Nant Inn
Main Road, Morganstown
Hazel Tree Close
Fisher Hill Way
The War Memorial
Heol Roald Dahl
St Philbert Street
Clos Park Radyr
In the meantime, here's Mariah Carey to get you all in the mood!