Congratulations to the R&M WWI Committee and the many organisations and friends who have knitted over 7000 poppies in preparation for this year’s Centenary Remembrance Sunday. The display on the tower of Christ Church, notably when lit at night, and the spread around the War Memorial in Heol Isaf, are quite remarkable. Well worth visiting in their own right, and do come along to the Commemoration Service itself which starts about 10:25 at the War Memorial on Sunday, 11th November.
Have you ever wondered how those bits of plastic and other items get trapped in the branches high above the Taff? Here is your answer in pictures as the effect of ‘Storm Callum’ is seen from both the bridge over the Taff and around the hydroelectric scheme.
As a matter of interest, the turbines were not running as the fall in the river across the weir was insufficient to drive them.
There is much sadness at the closure of our local Spar. This has been run by the Butler family for 26 years, during which time they have provided great service for the community – keeping the shop open in all weathers and meeting local needs. We pass on our community’s thanks to them and all the staff, and offer our best wishes for the future. On a more positive note, it is good to be able to welcome the opening of the Radyr Tap, a local pub in Radyr after a gap of 15 years. We wish them well in this new endeavour.
The Launch of the Penrhys Pilgrimage began from Llandaff Cathedral on 30 September, when a walk of the first stretch of the Pilgrimage took place to launch the re-creation of the Penrhys Pilgrimage Walk.
The Penrhys Pilgrimage used to go through Radyr which is why there is a Pilgrims Close, a Stella Maris and several other streets in Clos Parc Radyr with names that link to the old route. The route is being re-created to make it an enjoyable walk for ordinary walkers and the aim is to have it way marked by 2020. It will still be going through Radyr, but not quite the same route as it used to take before it heads out to Pentyrch.
Radyr Golf club held their Finals Day competitions on Sunday, 9th September with 15 winners receiving their trophies. Many of these winners live in the village. You might spot them from the photograph.
Following last week’s outstanding A level results, Radyr Comp have now achieved a magnificent 79% 5A*-C including Maths and English in the GCSE results published this morning.
Congratulations all round.
The school’s press realeae can be see here.
Congratulations to all A-level students at Radyr Comprehensive School, and especially to those whose outstanding achievements have produced the school’s best ever results this year.
In year thirteen, 38 students achieved at least three A grades, with 20 students achieving at least four A grades and six students achieving at least five A grades.
The overall provisional percentage figures are as follows:
- A*A % – 52% (up 16%)
- A*B % – 75 % (up 10%)
- A*C % – 90 % (up 4%)
- A*D % – 97 % (up 2%)
- A*E % – 100 % (up 1%)
Congratulations are also due to year twelve students who matched last year’s record-breaking results at AS-level.
The school’s press release can be seen here.
The final review meeting of the 2018 May Festival was held on Thursday, 12th July. At the meeting, David Silver, Chair of the Radyr & Morganstown Association (and Chair of the Festival Committee) presented Cheryl George (Community Fundraiser South East Wales for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru) with a cheque for £24,500. This is the sum raised by the whole community of Radyr & Morganstown over the whole year, including the Festival. The money was raised from many sources including the local schools and events arranged by the newly formed R&M Alzheimer’s Group (Chair Mark Richards).
This is by far the largest amount raised so far on behalf of the Association’s nominated charity. Cheryl George expressed her heartfelt thanks to the Association for choosing Alzheimer’s Society Cymru for 2017/18 and to the R&M Community for both raising such a fantastic sum and for raising the awareness of people suffering from all form of dementia. She was delighted to note that the R&M Alzheimer’s Group will continue to raise funds in coming years.
On 24 June, around 40 people took part in the 2018 charity walk from Cardiff Castle to Christ Church, Radyr to raise funds for Tenovus. Many other Tenovus supporters were also welcomed and all enjoyed a perfect Sunday afternoon.
A delicious strawberry tea was provided in the New School Rooms by members of the R&M Tenovus group – many thanks to all concerned!
The sad passing of Colin Pugh on 8th April gives us the opportunity to reflect on the importance of the Garden Centre in our village. Colin’s father, Sydney Pugh started Wenallt Nurseries in Rhwbina in the late 1940s; Colin joined the business after leaving agricultural college in the early 1950s. He decided to expand the business, which had been a wholesale fruit and vegetable garden gate business, to a shop. In the 1960s he sold the shop and moved the business to Morganstown for a fresh start.
The new one acre site operated a market garden and pottery. By the 1970s it had further grown adding bedding plants, hanging baskets and garden fertilizers. It was at a time when householders were taking more interest in their gardens and were looking for a source for decorative garden plants.
The business became known as the Ty Nant Nurseries and was a very popular meeting point for local people. Colin’s wife, Winnie, gave up her nursing job to join him in the business to administer and help with the buying. It was at this time that Colin started to import shrubs and plants from Holland.
In the 1980s his two sons, Graham and Ian, joined the business bringing in new ideas and setting up links with local schools and the community. The centre began its expansion with the purchase of additional land to create a patio business and show site. The car park was expanded helping to increase the number of visitors and sales. By 1995 a number of concessionary operators were encouraged to set up businesses and today there are a number suppliers of clothing, aquatics, pet services, farm shop, window blinds, café, and a heating company alongside an enlarged garden centre.
Today the centre is a hive of activity with a unique shopping experience supporting the enlarged community, as well as local and national charities. Pugh’s has been a major supporter of the Radyr and Morganstown Festival from its inception in 1988. Many of these qualities were first established by Colin with his ability to communicate and understand the needs of his customers. We look forward to working with the present and next generation of the family, wishing them every success in their business, which so many of our community value.
Cllr Rod McKerlich
Congratulations and best wishes to County Councillor Rod McKerlich, who has been elected Deputy Lord Mayor for the municipal year 2018/19. His formal installation takes place in May.
Cllr. McKerlich explains:
The role of The Deputy Lord Mayor is to assist the Lord Mayor in carrying out civic duties which are extensive. The Lord Mayor receives a large number of invitations which could not be fulfilled by a single person and also takes the chair in monthly Council meetings, which can go on for several hours; if the Lord Mayor is unavailable or wants to divide the chairing of a long meeting, the deputy takes over.
The 8 March 2018 issue of Dysg, the Welsh Government’s Education Newsletter, has used the Bryn Deri video to publicise the introduction of its new curriculum. This is what it says:
The report was made by Year 5 pupils from Bryn Deri Primary School in Cardiff who won a ‘Pupil Parliament’ competition with LitFilmFest and A Tale Unfolds.
Pupils researched, scripted and filmed a news report about the proposed curriculum changes in Wales, using various technologies. Kirsty Williams A.M., Cabinet Secretary for Education in Wales, helped their research by visiting the school to answer questions.
The pupils’ prize was a day’s professional filming of their winning news report, an experience they thoroughly enjoyed, as you can tell.
With thanks to the pupils of Bryn Deri Primary School and Mark Eldridge, the Y5 class teacher who supported them with their project.
Here’s a link to the outstanding Bryn Deri video.
The Met Office issued a ‘red warning of wind and snow’ affecting the R&M area from 15:00 on 1 March until 02:00 on the following day. This is the first time that a weather warning of this level of severity has been issued for the area.
The full text reads:
“A spell of heavy snow and blizzard conditions is expected. The snow will be accompanied by very strong easterly winds leading to severe drifting. Some places could also see significant ice build up due to freezing rain from later on Thursday evening, most likely in the south of the area.
A red warning means you should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather. Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely. You must avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.”
Click here for the full picture, sourced from the Met Office app. This is what happened when Storm Emma met the Beast from the East and R&M had 25cm of snow, the largest snowfall since January 1982.
This Wednesday (21st), Radyr Parish Music Group’s latest show, Me and My Girl, opens at the Bishop of Llandaff High School. It’s a wonderfully funny show featuring familiar songs including ‘The Lambeth Walk’, ‘The Sun has got his hat on’, and ‘Leaning on a Lamppost’.
A large group turned out to support the Alzheimer’s Society Cymru Beetle Drive on Saturday, 27th January. A good time was had by all and over £850 was raised for the cause. Cheryl George, the Community Fund raiser for the Society, won the event and received a bottle of bubbly and a certificate.
As you pass along Heol isaf you will see that the War Memorial is covered in scaffolding. We have asked who is doing what and have been told that, as part of a regular inspection programme of War Memorials, some key works were highlighted as being required. CADW and the War Memorial Trust approved the bid for funding and work has just begun
The work will include a general clean of the memorial using a warm/steam method and all the defective mortar will be raked out by hand and re-pointed with lime mortar. The bronze statue and sculpture will then be cleaned and the lettering restored. It is not clear whether the lettering was originally of lead or of black lime mortar so some research will need to be done first. All the pathways will be cleaned and repaired.
The work will take a little while as further funding will need to be agreed as the work progresses, however the intention is for the work to be completed in plenty of time for the 100 year anniversary of the end of WW1.
This year’s Christmas Tree lighting ceremony took place on Friday 8th December. It followed our traditional format with trees, supplied by the Community Council, in three locations. A change this year was that a brass quintet had been hired to play in Morganstown prior to the lighting of the tree there at 6:00pm. The tree in Lychgate Gardens was also lit at 6:00pm where pupils from both Radyr and Bryn Deri Primary Schools sang carols conducted by Peter Esswood. Then on to the tree in Windsor Gardens where the choirs and the brass band joined forces to sing more carols whilst that tree was lit around 6:45pm.
We then all crossed to Station Road where the trees (provided by the R&M Association) above the shops (many of them open late) were shining brightly and colourful stalls had been set up selling all sorts of goodies. The Association was busy at the barbeque and also at the mulled wine stall, a beautiful aroma arising from both in the chilly air. Ladies from Radyr & Morganstown WI were also dispensing teas and coffees to ward off the chill. Attendance was high despite the chilly conditions and there was a bit of a hush to allow Aled Powys Williams, Classical Brit Award Winner and former member of Only Men Aloud to turn on the main Station Road lights. The Festival Queen and her attendants were there to lend a hand. He announced the arrival of Santa and then treated the crowds to a few carols of his own. On cue, the snow began to fall…
A great evening was had by all. Many thanks to Aled Powys Williams for switching on the lights in Station Road and the Primary School choirs for entertaining us. Thanks go to Chris Dale for providing the music, Peter Esswood for leading the choirs, St John’s Ambulance for looking after us, the police for making sure everyone behaved themselves, and to all the many helpers who made the evening such a success, especially those who were out in freezing conditions for six hours setting everything up and putting everything away after everyone else had gone home!
We should mention that the Association’s Charity for the year, Alzheimer’s Society Cymru, were well represented with a busy stall and bucket collectors. We know they raised a good amount of money and many of the stallholders made contributions as well. We have also heard that the Radyr Comprehensive School sixth form team enterprise has raised an amazing £1530.55 for the Charity. Well done and congratulations to everyone.
Three recently retired R&M Community Councillors have planted a Liquidambar tree in Windsor Gardens. This is to recognise their service over a number of years. According to the RHS “Liquidambar are deciduous trees grown for their alternate, maple-like leaves which take on brilliant and long-lasting autumn colour”.
Councillor Helen Lloyd Jones writes:
It’s always difficult to find a good way to publicly express one’s thanks to retiring community councillors. But when, the management plan for Windsor Gardens recommended planting an ornamental tree, fellow councillors felt it would be good to ask the recently retired community councillors to plant a Liquidamber tree in Windsor Gardens. Hopefully it will grow into a stunningly beautiful tree that we can all enjoy.
The photo shows retired councillors Mike Diment, Sue McKerlich and Chris St Leger immediately after they planted the tree. Our thanks go to Jim Goodwin, Chair of Radyr Woods Wardens who made sure the planting went smoothly.
At the start of National Tree Week 2017, Radyr & Morganstown Community Council started what may become a long standing tradition. They planted a Chair’s Oak in Radyr Woods. The decision was taken when Councillor Tyrone Davies was Chair of the Community Council, which is why he was the first to plant a Chair’s Oak.
Thanks go to Jim Goodwin, Chair of Radyr Woods Wardens who organised the event. The tree planted was a Sessile Oak. Who knows, it may live longer than another famous Sessile Oak from Chirk in North Wales, which was reputed to be 1200 years old.
Radyr Woods Wardens are always pleased to welcome new volunteers, and there are still some fluorescent jackets available.
First started in October 1957, Radyr and Morganstown W.I. proudly celebrated their Diamond Anniversary with a wonderful, fun evening. Some of the members dug deep into their closets and dressed in 50’s attire, whilst others wore as much ‘bling’ as possible. The committee presented everyone with a ‘diamond’ tiara which they wore with style.
Everyone enjoyed a tasty buffet and most of us had a few glasses of wine to celebrate! We feasted on a beautiful cake, kindly made by Jane Parry and decorated by Anne MacLarg.
Entertainment was provided by the fantastic Porthcawl Ukulele Band who soon had most of us dancing the night away. It was certainly a memorable night!