Following the commitment shown locally to help fund the new playground at Clos Parc Radur (including money from the community council, from local residents and a crowd-funding campaign), the Chair of the community council has written to the Chair of Cardiff Council asking that he helps ensure that money is found to pay for the essential drainage works required before any new equipment an be installed.
You can read the letter in Welsh, here.
And in English, here.
We will let you know when we hear back from Huw Thomas.
Here's another vibrant and colourful piece of art installed by the pupils of Radyr Comprehensive School at the skatepark on the Mound Field. This is certainly brightening up our community!
This piece - and the others we showed you recently - were done as part of a Creative Collaboration project with the artist known as Unity (you can see more of her work on her millimagic website). The project was funded with an Arts Council Wales grant.
Unity has also coordinated artwork at Tongwynlais Primary School - and a new piece will be painted soon, near Radyr station.
Do you know of any more dark corners that could benefit from some community art treatment? Let us know in the comments box, below!
Frequent users of the Drovers' Way playground will see that the facility is now locked - with the sign shown above making it clear that the playground is closed for maintenance.
What we know at present is that:
In the meantime, local resident Jamie Grundy has launched a crowdfunding campaign to 'fill the final quarter' of the circle. You can read about his campaign here. Over £600 has been raised already - a great example of positive community action.
We will update you after the 12 June meeting.
Local resident Jamie Grundy has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help refurbish the Drovers' Way playground in Clos Parc Radur. Below, he talks about the value of this important site - and his aim to help fill it with new equipment:
"There are many residents of Clos Parc Radyr and further afield who have used the popular children’s playground at Drovers Way.
You can find me there most days with my daughter and my dog, trying to tire them out!
Having witnessed the playground's slow and sad decline over the years I’m doing something about it. I’ve set up a crowd-funding campaign to raise some money to help regenerate it. The playground has been half-empty of equipment for years - and I want to get it filled with new and exciting equipment. We also need to stop mud and water flooding onto the site.
Radyr & Morganstown Community Council and Radyr Park Management Committee have both pledged £5,000 towards the project - with the remaining costs being met by Cardiff Council and the Welsh Government. Redrow Homes are leading on the investigation of the flooding and have promised to fix this problem.
So my crowd-funding campaign is to cover part of the cost only. I’m trying to raise £2500 to buy equipment to 'fill the final quarter' of the playground.
To find out more, or to donate - please go to any of the following websites:
Please pledge what you can, even if it’s only a couple of pounds, because every donation will help a new generation of Radyr children to play in a fun and safe environment for years to come.
The campaign will be running until Sunday 14 July."
We think Jamie's crowdfunding campaign is an excellent idea - so please get behind him and donate whatever you can, to help restore this valuable playground.
Radyr Primary School pupils have been busy planting a new Liquidambar tree at Windsor Gardens to replace one that was vandalised over the Christmas holiday by someone who clearly lacked respect for our community.
The tree had been planted to commemorate work done on behalf of the community by three, long serving community councillors, following their retirement from the council.
The damaged tree was replaced with a larger, more mature tree, with a tree guard installed to protect it.
The picture shows local resident and gardening expert, Jim Goodwin, leading the work of planting the tree. The spade was used by the children to pack soil around the roots - in the hope that the new tree will grow to a good size - and give pleasure to those who visit the park for many years to come.
Also in the picture are some of the school's teachers along with the then council chair, Ralph Vaughan and Cllr Rod McKerlich.
'It was great to see the children taking time out from school to help plant this beautful tree' said Cllr Vaughan. 'They will be able to watch it grow - and enjoy the amazing show of colour that the Liquidambar tree will provide.'
The second photograph shows how the tree could look as it matures.
The Radyr and Morganstown Association has published details about the festival on its website, here.
There's plenty for all to enjoy - so please go along to enjoy yourself and help raise money for this year's good cause, which is Action For Children.
The picture above shows Windsor Gardens prepared for a display of Maypole dancing, to be given by children from Radyr and Bryn Deri primary schools (at 2.00pm on Monday, 6 May). The grass, as you can see, has been cut quite short - and in a circle. No rain is forecast!
And what, exactly, is Maypole dancing? Find out here!
The children's climbing frame was removed from the Drovers' Way playground today, following an assessment by Cardiff Council that it was no longer safe to use. The frame's footings had rusted away, due to constant flooding of the play area.
Radyr and Morganstown Community council has been working hard with Cardiff Council, the Parc Radyr Management Committee and Redrow Homes to prepare for the installation of new equipment. Funding is in place to fill around three-quarters of the play area - with further funds to be sought to fill the remaining area. (Full story here).
However, before any new equipment is installed, work will need to be done to prevent mud and water flooding onto the site (and ruining the new equipment). Redrow Homes are working closely with Cardiff Council to agree on the necessary works. We will continue to press them to do this as quickly as possible, so that this important play area is once again a great place for young children to play and learn.
Radyr and Morganstown Community Council has presented a collection of books about World War One to the schools attended by Radyr and Morganstown schoolchildren, to mark the centenary of the end of the war. Pictured receiving their books are John Hayes, headmaster at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr, along with the school’s head of history, Mrs Anna Foster Evans, and Jayden, one of the pupils who will benefit from having access to the books.
‘We were delighted to receive these amazing books’ said John Hayes ‘They will make a very valuable addition to the school’s library – and we are very grateful to Radyr and Morganstown Community Council for providing us with this kind gift’. ‘It is very important for our young people to learn about the first world war – and its impact on our communities and life across Wales’ added Mrs Evans, ‘These books will help us ensure that this terrible episode in our history is bought vividly to life in our history classes’.
Commenting on the gift, the council’s vice chair, Dr Huw Onllwyn Jones, said ‘We thought it was important to include our schools in the council’s work to remember this hugely significant part of our history – and we were very pleased to be able to offer these books to help with our childrens’ education’.
30 January 2019
Radyr and Morganstown Community Council has been working hard to deliver improvements to the children’s playground at Drovers Way. A partnership has been established, between the Community Council, Cardiff Council, the Clos Parc Radur Management Committee and Redrow Homes.
To date, one swing has been replaced – and over £25k earmarked for further improvements. In addition, Jamie Grundy, a local resident, is developing a crowdfunding campaign to fund the one or two, remaining, unfunded items of equipment. He has already established a twitter feed in relation to the crowd funding. You can follow this at: www.twitter.com/ParkRadyr .
All of this will ensure that, for the first time, the playground circle will be full of equipment, rather than half empty.
Redrow Homes is also considering what work needs to be done to prevent mud and water flowing onto the site – as happens now.
Local residents will have an opportunity to view Cardiff Council’s plans for the playground, as part of Redrow’s Plasdwr drop-in session on Thursday, 7 February at the New Church Rooms (between 4pm and 7pm). Comments and suggestions will be welcomed.
Councillor Huw Onllwyn Jones said ‘We are delighted with progress to date – and hope that plenty of parents and children come to the drop in event on 7 February to give us their views on the proposed new park”.
29 January 2019
Here are Cardiff Council's draft plans for the playground.
Let us know, here, if you have any comments or suggestions to offer.
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