Fantastic amount raised for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru

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.

Alzheimer’s Group join in the acceptance of the cheque.


Tenovus Walk 2018

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!



Colin W. C. Pugh 1932 – 2018

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.



Deputy Lord Mayor

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.

Pupil Parliament win for Bryn Deri

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.

Red Weather Warning

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.




RPMG’s “Me and My Girl”

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’.

The show revolves around an unapologetically unrefined cockney gentleman named Bill who learns that he is the 14th heir to the Earl of Hareford. However, he will only receive his inheritance if Sir John and the Duchess approve of him. The Duchess feels that with a little help and instruction, Bill will be suitable to inherit the title – and the money. However, she insists that Bill break up with his cockney girlfriend, Sally. Bill refuses to accept the title if he cannot keep Sally as his girl…
The show will be performed at the Bishop of Llandaff High School from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th February at 7:30pm.
Tickets £12 (Concessions Wed/Thurs £10) from Maggie on 029 2084 2995, or from

Beetle Drive

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.

What is happening at the War Memorial?

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.

Christmas Tree Lighting 2017

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.

Retiring Councillors plant tree in Windsor Gardens

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.

Cllr T Davies plants Chair’s Oak in Radyr Woods

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.

Diamond Anniversary for R&M WI

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 50s 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!

Christmas arrives early at Christ Church!

Next month the Parish of Radyr will be holding its first ever Christmas Tree festival, over the weekend 1st – 3rd  December.

Schools, clubs and organisations have been hard at work each decorating a Christmas tree to represent their work. It is designed to be a celebration of our community life, a showcase for the many and varied activities that flourish here.  The associated picture shows Janet Rabeiro, Carol Bowring and Audrey Brierley, of the Radyr Library Knitting and Crochet Group, putting the finishing touches to their tree.

The trees will all go on display in Christ Church for people to ‘come and see’ – Christ Church will be open on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December 10am-6pm, and on Sunday 3rd 1:30-4pm.

Entrance is free, and there will be information about the organisations whose trees are on display for those who would like to find out more about what goes on here in Radyr, Morganstown and Danescourt.  Welcomers from the church will be offering teas and coffees.

The festival will culminate in a carol service on Sunday 3rd December at 6pm, with singing led by the parish choir and the service led by members of the different groups in Christ Church, St John’s and Radyr Methodist Church.  It will be followed by refreshments in the hall.

We hope to have a full church – and we will be inviting people to be generous in making their donations on the collection plate.  All proceeds will be given to 1FamilyCardiff, a project to enable a group of local churches to be recognised as community sponsors who will resettle a refugee family from Syria in the local area.

There will be more information about this project available in church during the festival, or you can read about it on our web

Remembrance Parade 2017

The 2017 Remembrance Parade was attended by many local residents. It was really pleasing to see so many schoolchildren from our community present. Wreaths were laid on behalf of the Queen, Cardiff Council, The Community Council, The Radyr and Morganstown Association, military groups and local societies and schools.

The  wreath laying was followed by a service at Christ Church and then by a parade. We are not sure how many residents realise that each year we get a letter from Buckingham Palace thanking us for writing to the queen and for taking part in the Commemoration Services.


A number of young children enjoyed knocking on neighbour’s doors dressed in traditional halloween costumes  – quite frightening – especially this one!


Treforgan WI Charity Fashion Show

The Treforgan WI Charity Fashion Show was enjoyed by several other local WI’s and friends in Morganstown Village Hall on Thursday 5th October.  Ladies from Treforgan WI showed off the beautiful clothes provided by Samantha B of Ewenny.  They hope to have raised a good sum of money to be shared by the R & M Association Charity for the year (Alzheimer’s Cymru) and the Salt Peter Trust.

A trip to Ewenny is recommended for any lady!

Radyr Tennis – Ladies 1st team are victorious!

On Sunday 17th September, the ladies 1st team at Radyr Tennis Club took on their biggest challenge yet – competing in the Division 1 play-offs against Swansea. A win at this event could secure a place in the Premier League, an achievement not yet reached by a ladies team at RLTC in recent memory.

To get themselves in position for this exciting opportunity, the team fought hard in the summer league, playing with determination and tenacity to secure their win in Division 1, with plenty of close battles, skillful play and, not forgetting, winning shots!

The main players in the squad during the summer league were Zoe Hunter, Teresa Evans, Zara Cottle, Caroline Lai, Helen Quick, Rachel Evans and Dawn Hodnett. Liz Zyjewski , Lianne Booth and Chloe Taverner also stepped up as substitutes when required.

On the morning of the play-offs, Zoe, Helen, Teresa, Zara, Caroline and Helen met at the Radyr clubhouse for a pre-match team talk – everyone was feeling a bit nervous, a bit excited and very determined.
The first round of matches got underway on the tiger turf courts at Radyr and after the first three rubbers, Radyr were in a comfortable postion with a 3-0 lead. They were feeling confident, but wary of thinking that a win was definitely on the cards.

The team remained focused and the second round of matches proved as successful as the first. After several hours of competitve tennis against the Swansea ladies, Radyr secured their victory in some style with a 6-0 clean sweep.
This is a fantastic result for Radyr Ladies 1 and means they have achieved back to back promotions having only been promoted to Division 1 last year. So let’s give a huge congratulations to the team and wish them every success in the Premier League in 2018.

Well done ladies!

Grand Slam on the tennis courts at Radyr LTC

The Ladies Doubles Finalists

On Saturday 11th July, Radyr Lawn Tennis Club hosted the finals of its annual Open Tournament.  The weather was glorious and the Tiger Turf courts looked immaculate, basking in the sunshine, thanks to the effort of groundsman, Jim Goodwin.

All in all, it was a great team effort with local volunteers from the club helping to organise the tournament, tending the bar and playing the important role of umpire for the hotly contested matches.

The matches themselves provided great entertainment for the supporting crowd with family and friends cheering on the finalists in high sporting spirits.  There were men’s, women’s and mixed finals, and plate events for competitors knocked out in their first rounds, giving everyone a chance to play more tennis.  It was great to see such a range of competitors with players from all age groups making it through to the finals.

We were all rather impressed with Teresa Evans who managed to secure a triple crown Grand Slam for the second year in a row by winning the ladies singles, the ladies doubles with Zara Cottle (wearing her lucky Wimbledon socks), and the mixed doubles with Dave Bono.  It was a really good performance by Teresa and not an easy achievement.  She was properly stretched by Caroline Lai in the singles, just winning by 7 games to 5 in the third set.  There was another close encounter in the mixed doubles, and youngsters Ellen Ambler and Meg Smith fought a hard battle in the ladies doubles too.

The men’s singles title was won by head coach Drew Lumb, who normally enters to provide club members with a challenge.  This year his opponent in the final was excellent junior player Nick Lai who put Drew under considerable pressure, taking the first set and only finally faltering towards the end of the third.  Drew also took the men’s doubles title with his skilful partner Nick Smith.

It was an excellent day for everyone who attended the finals matches, with the club’s traditional afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes being taken on the lawn.  The event was topped off with the trophy presentations and a party in the evening.

Anyone for tennis?

The Mens Doubles Finalists

Radyr LTC is running summer tennis camps during the school holidays – fun sports activities for children.

Visit for more details.

Radyr and Morganstown Association United Against Dementia

David Silver and Nick Hawkins, Chair and Secretary of the RMA, recently met Cheryl George, Regional Community Fundraising Manager for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru.  They agreed the following News Release:

The Radyr and Morganstown Association has been in existence since 1987 and was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2015.  The Association selects a charity to support and work with each year on events throughout the year in the run up to a two-week May Festival. In the coming year the RMA will be uniting with Alzheimer’s society Cymru to raise awareness and funds for those living with dementia.

David Silver, RMA Chairman, said, “The Radyr and Morganstown Association is delighted to be working with Alzheimer’s society Cymru over the next twelve months.  The RMA was set up to make our Community a great place to live and work and we aim to interact with all sectors and ages.  We are only too aware how dementia affects families as well as individuals.  We will raise money for the Charity but, more importantly, we will work with Alzheimer’s society Cymru to help set up an on-going local support group to which people can turn in the future.”

Cheryl George Regional Community Fundraising Manager, at Alzheimer’s Society Cymru said:

“Dementia doesn’t care who you are; it could affect us all. It’s set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes, and so many people are facing it alone.  Alzheimer’s Society Cymru is here for anyone affected by dementia. The charity carries out vital research as well as providing information and support to make sure people don’t feel that way and they know where to go for support.

“We are so excited to be working with the Association over the next twelve months and hope raise both funds and awareness that will make a difference in this community and across Wales. There are lots of events planned from the Christmas lights switch on through to the Festival celebrations next May. We are also looking to form a volunteer fundraising group over the course of the year. This will start with an open information session on 2nd September in the Old Church Rooms in Radyr”

If you would like to hear more about getting involved in the local fundraising group then please contact Cheryl George 07484510012 or email

Over 3,700 people have dementia in Cardiff.  Alzheimer’s Society Cymru is here for anyone affected by dementia. The charity provides information and support, to find out more call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or visit

David and Nick show their support