Christmas Tree Festival in the Old Library

Did you make it along to our fantastic Christmas Tree Festival which was held in the Old Library from the 15th – 20th December? If you did, we hope you enjoyed yourself; we’ve had some very positive feedback from members of the community, from a very wide cross-section of ages, and it really seems that the people of Rumney want somewhere to be able to meet together, relax, and take the opportunity to learn new skills, which is the wider purpose of The Library Project.

If you weren’t able to join us, here is a brief summery of the event. Rumney Forum decided to arrange the Christmas Tree Festival as a fundraiser for the ongoing need to raise money to turn our now empty branch library into a community cafe with community rooms. The library building will be transformed into a fantastic, vibrant space from which the whole community will benefit. We plan to have a small book library, as well as a “library of things”, from which all sorts of items, such as gardening equipment and DIY tools can be borrowed, hireable spaces for anything from children’s birthday parties to craft courses and skill sharing, as well as computer and tablet banks and other services the library used to offer. All these will be in an informal and comfortable setting, where you can sit with a cup of tea or coffee and cake or a freshly cooked meal or snack made with locally sourced (where possible) ingredients. The coffee shop will also be a place for people to do work experience, or get back into work, and to learn cooking skills.

For the Christmas Tree Festival we offered local community groups and organisations, businesses and individuals the opportunity to bring a Christmas tree to the Old Library and decorate it. The trees would become a small forest and members of the community could come and visit and vote for their favourite tree. The voting was open from Tuesday to Friday from 2-5pm, and on Saturday morning, then the whole event culminated in a family Christmas party, with children’s games and activities, homemade hot food, mince pies and shortbread, and a visit from Father Christmas. The winner of the Christmas tree decorating competition was announced, and we held a raffle to win a hamper of goodies, for which the winner was also announced. Everyone who came really enjoyed themselves and the Rumney Forum trustees were really delighted with the response from the community and the support people gave the Library Project.

Here are some photos of the event, which we hope you enjoy. We plan to make the Christmas Tree Festival even better this year, and we hope that it will be held in a newly refurbished space too!

As you can see, we had some really imaginative entries. Rumney Primary School tree had a school bell on the top, and the Police tree even had a blue flashing light! The first prize of £100 was won by Rumney Youth Club for their snowman tree, but the competition was very tight. Fifth Rumney Brownies, Rumney Primary School and Little People trees were also very popular.

We hope this gives you a good look into our event, and if you were there, that you re-lived it a little, and if you weren’t, that maybe you’d like to get involved next time. Look out for more Rumney Forum events on our Facebook page.


Pop Up Youth Club

RYC and the Cardiff Youth Service are working in partnership to bring you the Pop Up Youth Club in Rumney.

Starting on Wednesday 6th May the Pop Up Youth Club will run for 10 weeks.

5pm to 7pm for age 11 to 13
7pm to 9pm for age 14+

at Rumney Chapel, Brachdy Road, Rumney (next door to Rumney Library)

Rumney Beach

Bank Holiday Monday 4th May
11.00am to 4.00pm

The beach came to Rumney and everyone was invited to join in the fun in the sun.

There was loads to do during the day for the whole family including sand castle building competitions, bouncy castle, actual real live donkey rides, a knobbliest knees competition, candy floss, ice creams, games, BBQ, paddling pools and loads more.

Photos by Ffion Chant

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Nominations Close Today

You have until midnight tonight to make your nominations for the Community Champion Awards. Do you know anyone from the East Cardiff,  Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn area that deserves recognition for making their community a better place to be? Then you should nominate them for an award.

The categories for the awards are:
Good Neighbour Champion
Sports Champion
Schools Champion
Team Champion
Young Person Champion
Uniformed Champion
Public Services Champion
Senior Champion and
Health & Well-being Champion

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5 Days to go!

We think it’s a great idea to celebrate those people in our community that are real Champions, those people who go the extra mile to make a difference.

2014 sees the first ever Community Champion Awards for East Cardiff, Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn. The idea is simple:

1) Think about who you would like to say thank you to, or someone you think deserves recognition for their hard work in the community.

2) Complete the nomination form by clicking on the following link… (it’s really simple we promise!)

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Rumney Forum Meeting

We’d like to invite you to join us for our first ever Rumney Forum meeting.

On Monday 3rd March we’ll be meeting at 6pm in Rumney Methodist Church.

It’s your chance to meet other residents from Rumney, to share ideas and build our community. Plus there’ll be plenty of tea and cake too!

We hope you can make it.

Welcome to the Rumney Forum

The Rumney Forum has been established to create a place for residents and other people with links to Rumney to talk and work together to make Rumney an even better place to be.

We have our first meeting on Monday 3rd March at 6pm in Rumney Methodist Church on Wentloog Road. Why not pop along, grab a cuppa and share what is important to you in your community and what you want to see happen in your area.