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Cllr Rod McKerlich to be next Lord Mayor of Cardiff

Cllr Rod McKerlich

Congratulations and best wishes to County Councillor Rod McKerlich, who was apppointed Lord Mayor Elect at the (virtual) Cardiff Council meeting on 21st May.  He was appointed as the Deputy Lord Mayor in May 2018.  His wife, Sue, will be Lady Mayoress.

Formal adoption and assumption of the role would normally have taken place at the Council’s AGM, scheduled for 21st May, but the current Coronavirus situation has caused a delay.  His installation has therefore been deferred until the AGM takes place, which is unlikely to occur before late autumn. In compensation, his term of office will run until May 2022.

This is the second time that Radyr and Morganstown have had the honour of our Councillor being made Lord Mayor.  Then Councillor Marion Drake was so appointed in 1998.

We wish Rod and Sue all success in their period of office once it starts.

Hanging Baskets return to Station Road

In a small touch of normality, the hanging baskets were re-installed in Station Road on Thursday, 28th May and the planter in Windsor Garden was also refilled.  Many thanks to the R&M Community Council for arranging it.

With the local restaurants starting to do more business (as take-aways) and the sun continuing to shine, we welcome this further step towards our normal community life.


Photo Competition – How we spent lockdown

Thank you to everyone who entered our “How we spent lockdown” photograph competition. There was a high standard of entry across the board making it a tough decision for our judges.

Congratulation to our top 3 entries, which were:

1. Doctors Mask by Helen Jones

Dr Rhiannon, our daughter in Paediatrics A&E, making the masks not so scary for the children.

2. Bara Brith by Lois Standish

Watching cookery programs on TV and trying out this fabulous Hairy Bikers recipe for Bara Brith.
I wanted to send some virtual love from Wales to friends and family across the globe so I made some heart shape welsh cakes and added the love spoon to this shot, taken in my garden. As a result of posting this picture on Facebook I had so many requests to share the recipe and in return so many photos of friends efforts, I guess that’s the true meaning of photo inspiration.

3. The Gardener by Gina Baynham

Thank you again for all of your entries. As lockdown continues the Web Team are considering what photo challenge we could set next. If you have a suggestion then do let us know.

How we spent lockdown

Don’t forget you can also see the results of our April competition “Spring in Radyr & Morganstown”

Online bookings available at recycling centres

Cardiff’s recycling centres are to re-open for the disposal of limited items, but for safety reasons, residents will have to book a timed appointment.

Bessemer Close Recycling Centre will re-open next Tuesday, 26 May, followed by Lamby Way Recycling Centre on Sunday, 31 May 2020.

An online booking system has been set up and anyone that needs to visit a recycling centre will have to make an appointment. The online booking system will be available for the public to use from 12.30pm on Friday 22 May.

The only items that can be brought to the recycling centres for now are cardboard, wood, garden waste, scrap metal, small electrical items and hard plastic.

To help residents dispose of larger items the council’s bulky waste collection service is also being reinstated from Monday, 1 June.

Full details of the new process and procedures can be seen on the Cardiff Council website –

Detail of temporary recycling centre rules

Bin collections get closer to normal

Recycling and Waste collection patterns will change again from 1 June 2020.

General waste will be collected fortnightly with the first Black bin (general waste) collection for Radyr being on Monday 8 June.

We have had confirmation that the final collection of the current pattern will be on the Bank Holiday Monday (25 May 2020).

Full details can be seen on the Cardiff Council website –


N.B. Whilst Radyr Library is closed green recycling sacks are still available to collect from the Co-op in Station Road or can be ordered directly from Cardiff Council for delivery

Golf Club Reopens

We have received this message from the Golf Club

Several local residents have enjoyed their daily exercise by walking on the Radyr Golf Club course. For the main part they have done this in a considerate manner by tidying up after their dogs and by respecting the greens and bunkers. The golf course will once again be open to golfers as from next Monday 18 May; once again golf balls will be flying around and it is vital that non golfers only walk in the golf course using the permitted footpaths. The club would like to thank those members of the public that have offered kind words in recent days and hope that you will visit us when the clubhouse is fully open.

Radyr Primary and Bryn Deri commemorate VE75

We hope everyone celebrated VE75 in the sunshine, even with the current restrictions.  Do send us some photos of the events (to and we wil publish them.

The joint choirs of Radyr Primary and Bryn Deri Schools put together a special recording of “We’ll Meet Again” for the occasion.  You can see it by following this link. Many thanks and congratulations go to Caroline from Glamorgan Music for putting it together.

Support in our Community

It has now been over a month since Community was formally launched and we have been amazed by the effort that we have seen among residents to support each other across Radyr & Morganstown.

In addition to the hyper local support that is being given as a result of our original postcards, which you can still collect from the Co-op or download to print out if you haven’t introduced yourself to your neighbours yet. We we just wanted to let you know a few of the things that the volunteer group – all of you – has achieved so far:

  • 3D printing of visors for health and care workers’ PPE
  • Knitted hearts to support community wellbeing activities
  • Coordinating and providing support to the Co-op to help with social distancing and deliveries to isolated shoppers
  • Supporting members of the community who are shieldling or having to self-isolate
  • Matching up a front line worker with free accommodation while isolating.

Community now have over 120 volunteers across the village, demonstrating the community spirit that we all know exists throughout Radyr and Morganstown.

Thank you once again for your support.

If you have not yet registered for Community but feel you could help. Follow this link to register and support your local community – Thank You!

Can Community help me?

There are 3 ways of getting in touch with Community:

  • If you have a personal need and have had one (or more) of our postcards through your door then please contact that local volunteer in the first instance using the details on the card;
  • If you have not had a postcard or can’t find it then don’t worry, you can still e-mail or phone 07513 187 930 and one of our volunteer coordinators will match you with a local volunteer;
  • If you have a larger project that you think our volunteers may be interested in assisting with, like some of those mentioned above, drop us an e-mail to and we will do what we can to assist.

If you are aware of a specific need near you that you cannot help with yourself please send us an email to and our volunteer coordinators will work to match volunteers to requests.

Photo Competition – Spring in Radyr & Morganstown

Winner - Blossom Tree

Thank you to everyone who entered our “Spring in Radyr & Morganstown” photograph competition. There was a high standard of entry across the board making it a tough decision for our judges.

Congratulation to our top 3 entries, which were:

1. Blossom Tree by Tim Lewis
2. Daffodil Delights by David Cargill
3. Forget Me Nots by Katherine Walker

We are now setting you a new challenge.  Please send us a photo of ‘how we spent the lockdown’.  As before, send your pictures to from now until 20th May and we will again select the best entries.  (Please note that any pictures must conform to the normal publication restrictions – e.g. if children are shown we need confirmation that permission has been given for the picture to be used.)

Spring in Radyr & Morganstown


Don’t forget our new challenge.  Please send us a photo of ‘how we spent the lockdown’.  Send your pictures to from now until 20th May and we will  select the best entries.  Humour wil be greatly rated.  (Please note that any pictures must conform to the normal publication restrictions – e.g. if children are shown we need confirmation that permission has been given for the picture to be used.)

Prizes of wine for the best entries!

Stay safe whilst you exercise…

Disney Comes to Radyr & Morganstown

After a number of weeks entertaining us with evening walks, Party Wales have now decided to suspend their operation.  Their statement is below.  We would like to thank them for keeping us amused in these difficult times and wish them all success in restarting their business.

There are some pictures of the Disney tour below and the walks even made the BBC News.

Party Wales Goodnight Walk

It is with deep sadness Party Wales will be suspending all future Goodnight Walks for the foreseeable future.

Due to temperatures rising daily it has become very difficult for our characters to be able to perform safely.

We want to take this opportunity to thank every Boy & Girl, Mum & Dad, old and young that took part over the past six weeks. Our characters loved every photo hung in the window, every sign that was created with magic and every cheer you gave to fill our characters with love. We hope you enjoyed the visits.

Our staff our currently undergoing training to prepare for the safe reopening of Party Wales. We are currently working around the clock to ensure we can provide a safe & clean service from June. (Further announcements will be published in due course).

We say goodbye for now and when we can get back out to you we will. The people of Radyr & Morganstown have shown that this is enjoyable by all and we will definitely be back. Until then please stay safe, be kind & stay alert.

From all of us here at Party Wales HQ

Volunteers Required

Who are we? We are a group of local volunteers, with links to local organisations. We want to help our community to be more resilient during the Coronavirus pandemic.

What is our aim? To pool volunteers & resources from within our community – to support local residents, key workers and local organisations.

We all need to stay-at-home and maintain social distance. But we are also being encouraged to support one another, especially vulnerable neighbours. Already, over a quarter of our neighbours are self-isolating, for their safety and ours. Some are not online. Some have no family nearby. But they are all part of our community.

Our community’s greatest asset is our residents, who can provide local support for local people. By being a more resilient and self-supporting community, we can help each other whilst easing the strain on other organisations.

How you can get involved:

  • Household Support: The Community Council has produced ‘Coronavirus postcards’ for residents to post through their neighbour’s doors. The aim is to encourage grass-roots support on every street. The postcards are available from the Co-op, McColl’s and the Pharmacy on Station Road.
  • Wider Community Support: We want residents to register as volunteers, by using our online form (see below). When registering, volunteers can also record any skills or experience they have, which may be of value in delivering community support. Then:
    • As needs, problems and suggestions emerge from the community, we will ask volunteers with appropriate skills, services or contacts to respond.
    • We have connection with most local organisations, including the Community Council, RMA, Churches, Schools, Scouting, etc.
    • We will also be linking up with other organisations, charities and local government bodies that are able to support us.

What next? Now that we have setup our volunteer base, we have also published an email address that residents can use to contact Community (whether they are seeking help or want to suggest new support ideas) –

So what could R&M Community achieve:

  • We could help households that require a lot of support
  • We could provide support for the Health Centre, the Pharmacy, the Co-op and other organisations
  • We could put people of all ages in touch via a pen pal scheme
  • We could organise food parcels for the vulnerable or for key workers
  • Support and encouragement to grow your own veg
  • …. your idea here …..

Please volunteer with Radyr & Morganstown Community. Follow this link to register and support your local community – Thank You!

If you are aware of a specific need near you that you cannot help with yourself please send us an email to and our volunteer coordinators will work to match volunteers to requests.

Radyr Methodist Church finds new home online

Radyr Methodist Church

Radyr Methodist Church have released their new webpages at

As coronavirus has meant the suspension of meetings in a building for worship and social activities does not mean that the work of the church has stopped.

Rev. Judith was keen to speed up the production of the new website for the church to give a home online whilst the doors of the building have to stay closed.

Why not pop over and see what they are doing with their new space online.

Radyr Chain available online

Issue 247 of the Radyr Chain is now available to download.

Due to the current coronavirus restrictions the decision has been taken to release this edition electronically in advance of the paper copies as it is uncertain when/if it will be possible to circulate a hard-copy newspaper to all residents.

This edition has a number of articles specific to the current situation as well as some of the usual local updates.

Don’t forget you can still read back-issues of the Chain in our online Chain archive

Coronavirus thanks

Some local children have come up with a novel way of thanking those people who still have to work to keep everything running.

Let us know if you have any similar activities to report (contact and we will make them up into some form of picture board.  It is lovely to be able to report some good news at this time.

Neighbourhood Watch alert

Latest entry 29 Mar 2020 –  Please stay alert during these interesting times.

In Aberdeen people have been cold called upon and told to self-isolate. They have then be asked if they need anything? Taking their bank cards and using this to withdraw money from bank accounts.

As a result I am keen to awareness raise around letting strangers in. Contacting legitimate organisations who can help. Age Cymru, Care & Repair, WRVS, etc.

26 March 2020

A number of #COVID19 related phishing emails have been reported to Action Fraud. These emails attempt to trick you into opening malicious attachments which could lead to fraudsters stealing your personal information, logins, passwords, or banking details.

Full details of the Radyr & Morganstown Neighbourhood watch can be found on thier pages on this website.

29 March 2020

We have had a report of an elderly female resident in Radyr being the victim of a rogue trader incident today (Sat 28th).

Two males in a white Transit van with livery on the side of ‘Tree Cutting’ or similar wording with green colouring surrounding the wording, has been to the address and removed a small amount of tiles from the roof. They have then attempted to charge a large amount of money to ‘repair’ the tiles. Luckily the female refused to part with any money and contacted her son, who quickly contacted the Police. These males are known to frequent the area and have carried out work for other residents. We ask that at this time, whereby we have a large amount of elderly people in self-isolation, neighbours are vigilant to ‘workman’ back and fore to these addresses. If you are concerned or suspicious of ‘workmen’ who are at addresses of people you believe to be vulnerable, please either check on them or if you are not happy to do so, please ring 101.

Any vehicle registrations/descriptions etc  obtained, please give to the Police.

R&M response to Coronavirus

On Sunday, 15 March, members of the R&M Community Council held an urgent meeting with the RMA and other interested parties to discuss our community response to the Coronavirus crisis.

Clearly, there is a limit to what a community council can do, but we all want to do what we can.

As a first step, we decided to publish postcards to help people look after their neighbours if they’re self-isolating.

They will print our Radyr and Morganstown postcards as quickly as they can – and will keep you updated via this website, the Community Council website, and local social media.

We will let you know where you can pick up a supply of our cards, to distribute to your neighbours. We want to keep this very local – so we will encourage people to take no more than around 20 cards – and post them to people who live nearby. In this way, those who are self-isolating can be confident that they will be dealing with people they can trust.

A short while later, we will set up a system to enable those who haven’t received a card to let us know. We can then try to find volunteers in your area.

In the meantime, the postcard is as shown below (click on it to enlarge).

If you want to crack on with this, you can follow this link to download the card, which you can print out and cut with scissors.  The card includes instructions for use.   Bilingual and Welsh versions are avaiable on the Community Council Website.

Radyr & Morganstown Festival 2020 postponed

The Festival Committee has decided, in the interest of public safety, to postpone the 2020 May Festival. Whilst we are disappointed to have to do this, it feels like the only safe decision to make at this time.

If you have already purchased tickets online for any events these will be refunded shortly.

The Festival Committee are hopeful that some community events will be able to be re-arranged later in the year once the threat from Coronavirus has passed.

We have now decided to postpone the associated prize draw.  We will run it later in the year when things have normalised.  We think this is the best way to maximise income for our nominated Charity, Tenovus Cancer Care.

Aftermath of Storm Dennis

Sticks on the weir as the Taff Floods

Last weekend, the river Taff rose and rose following storm Dennis, breaking its banks in a number of places as it passes through Radyr & Morganstown. Our nearest monitoring station at Upper Boat recorded a record river height of over 5.4m on Sunday morning compared to the previous record of 3.9m in September 2008 and a typical level of 1.4m for this time of year.

Do you have any pictures of Radyr & Morganstown after storm Dennis? Share them with us by e-mail to and we will add them to our online gallery.

The Web-Team have been made of the following service disruptions as a result of storm Dennis. If you are aware of something we haven’t mentioned please drop us an e-mail ( or a message on Facebook (RadyrAndMorganstownHub)

Royal Mail

Update from Royal Mail on Monday (17/02/2020)

Our Cardiff North West Delivery Office is closed following the flooding over the weekend.

Staff have been relocated to our Cardiff North Delivery Office, where they’ll be prioritising the delivery of all Royal Mail Special Delivery and Royal Mail Tracked items for delivery today.

The Customer Service Point at Cardiff North West Delivery Office is closed. Therefore at present, you won’t be able to collect any item of mail for which we’ve left a ‘Something for you’ card prior to the flooding, as these items will need to be recovered from our North West site. We’ll update this page with further details once we know more.

With regard to any items of mail where delivery is attempted today and a ‘Something for you’ card is left, you’ll notice the card will have details for our Cardiff North Delivery Office. This is correct and will be where any items of mail that we’ve attempted to deliver today (Monday 17 February) will be held for collection, until such time our Cardiff North West site is back in operation.

We’re very sorry for any inconvenience caused, we hope to return services in Cardiff North West to normal as quickly as possible.

We will update this item as further information is sent to us. Royal Mail service updates can be seen directly at

Transport for Wales (Trains)

We understand that following some initial disruption train services are now able to run in both directions from Radyr and Taffs Well stations.

No services are able to operate between Pontypridd and Treherbert or Aberycynon and Aberdare. Replacement road transport will operate on these routes.

Latest information can be found at:

Advice from Natural Resources Wales

If you have been or feel you might be affected by flooding, advice is available from Natural Resources Wales on What to do before, during and after a flood.

River Taff in Flood

‘Step Back in Time’ with RMS

This week, Radyr Musical Society take to the stage in Morganstown Village Hall to bring you ‘Step Back in Time’, a musical revue celebrating over 30 years of the society’s past shows. Performed over three evenings, the event showcases popular musicals from the early days of ‘RPMG’, including Oliver, The Mikado, Jesus Christ Superstar and My Fair Lady, through the 1990s to today, with favourites from Kiss Me Kate, Hello Dolly, Pirates of Penzance, Guys and Dolls and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

The Society really needs the support of the local community to be able to continue for the next 30 years… Please come and show your support – you won’t be disappointed!

Tickets for this celebration cost £10 for adults and £8 for concessions, and are available from Sue Thomas on 07544 289 434, or from

The shows start at 7.30pm on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February and again at 6.30pm on Saturday 22 February.
With licensed bar.