The Community Council's Lunch Club welcomed a distinguished guest to its most recent meeting.
George Edwards was editor of the South Wales Evening Post, having enjoyed a career in journalism spanning 44 years.
Mr Edwards was the club's after-luch speaker on 5 June.
When he was 12, George wrote to the football writer of his local evening paper, the Derby Evening Telegraph, and told him his ambition was to have his job some day. He received an eight-page reply giving advice and on July 28, 1958, at the age of 16, George left school and joined the Telegraph as a trainee reporter.
He remembered his first wage as being £3.2s.6d a week for duties which included standing outside churches taking names for funeral reports.
In 1963 George decided to become a freelance in the Peak District and in August that year he won his scoop interview and a handshake with John F Kennedy who had called in to see his sister’s grave at Chatsworth Park after a presidential visit to Manchester.
The world’s press was not told of the visit, but George and his freelance colleague found out about it and were the only journalists present when JFK’s helicopter landed at Chatsworth. The story went round the world, three months before the president’s assassination.
George also spoke about his friendship with Brian Clough; how his first editor refused his first ever expenses claim (for three-pence) on the basis that he was young enough to run to cover stories, rather than take a bus - and how one reader tried to claim £4m from the South Wales Evening Post for the use of a picture of his daughter.
George was just one of many speakers we have welcomed to the lunch club. If you want to join us for lunch, you will find a warm welcome, good company - and some excellent, nutritious food.
You can read more about the lunch club here.
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!
Radyr and Morganstown Community Council has offered Radyr Cricket Club a grant of up to £13,000 to help with the construction of a new pavilion. Award of the grant will depend on the club managing to raise the rest of the £130,000 required for the project.
Here's an extract from a letter we received from the club, following our offer of a grant. It's great to see that the club has already raised £90,000:
Dear Councillor Vaughan,
Attached you will find a Funding Brochure which will in the next few days be issued to all members, parents/guardians of the juniors and Vice Presidents. The content speaks for itself, though it is worth noting, that the front cover shows father and son Clegg opening the batting for the 2nd X1, whilst wife/mother Emma sits on the main Management Board and daughter/sister Jess is one of the club's sixteen Wales internationals. A truly family club.
The funding is progressing well and so far almost £90,000 has been committed with a number of individuals pledging their support in the last few days. The club has been encouraged to apply to Sport Wales and another fund overseen by Cricket Wales. An application will shortly be made to the ECB for an interest free loan which if successful will mean the club will have reached the necessary critical mass to allow the project to commence. I'm extremely optimistic about this as it is a fund run by the individual who is overseeing the project/grant on behalf of Cricket Wales.
With regards the management of the project, two sub committees have been formed, one dealing with the funding and the second the actual building works. The former group have produced the above mentioned brochure and written to a great many individuals and companies to get the funding message out to as many people as possible. Whilst the latter group have prepared various work packages and prepared the necessary working drawings. Progress is seen on a daily basis and I have no doubt that by this time next year the project will be complete and ready for its official launch.
Radyr Cricket Club - Chairman
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