Wales Blog Awards Winner 2014

Fantastic Four

That’s a fantastic four years of RoathCardiff.net, that is!

We’ve had even more support from you all during the last year: we’ve increased our Twitter following to more than 11,500; and now have over 1000 likes on Facebook – thank you everyone!

It’s been a busy year in Roath – best area in Cardiff – once again, with plenty of events, activities and campaigns all run by you lovely residents and lovers of Roath.

Made in Roath and Made in Spring (enhanced this year by the MiR Solstice Weekend event) are the bedrock of Roath events, along with the Great Roath Bake Off, both going from strength to strength. There was a second great Christmas event hosted by the Wellfield Road Traders (Wellfield Winter Festival), attracting visitors from all over the city, and from further afield (as did Made in Roath and the Bake Off); and also the second year of the Shelley Gardens Food Festival. New this year was the Pedal Powered Film Fest, which was also a hit with the Roath crowd.

Our First World War project Roath Remembers is now in its second year, and last year’s exhibition at Albany Primary School, partly facilitated by us via our grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, was a huge success, and led to the school winning first prize in the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative – well done all the children and teachers who made this wonderful project happen.

We’re looking forward to this year’s exhibition at Albany Primary during Made in Roath 2015 on 17th October – do come along and see how the school functioned as a military hospital between 1914-1919.

There was also a General Election in 2015, the first since we began Roathcardiff. We asked for answers from crowdsourced questions on Twitter from all the candidates, and had a great response – thanks again to all the candidates who took part, and for your questions. The election resulted in Cardiff Central gaining a new Labour MP, Jo Stevens, and we congratulate her.

Local democracy is important to us, and we want to encourage you to have your say. We found out during the bin/waste change period that a really small number of you had been consulted. Let us know your concerns! We’re here to help get your voices heard.

There’s obviously been a huge issue in Roath (Plasnewydd and Penylan in particular, but also Adamsdown and Cathays) regarding the changes to the rubbish collections, and the enforcement of new bins/bags and collection days.

Whilst we were kindly invited by Cardiff Council to their launch event for the new waste arrangements, we felt that to reflect the many and varied concerns of local residents, as demonstrated on Twitter and Facebook, we were not able to support them in their plans. However we do hope that everyone will try and comply, to make Roath a better place to live; and to Keep Roath Tidy. This is a great initiative by local residents that has resulted in more litter bins being placed in the central areas of Roath, working with Cardiff Council.

We as a community site were fortunate enough to be shortlisted in the Wales Media Awards Community Outlet of the Year category in early 2015. Although we didn’t win, we were super chuffed to speak to host and news legend Huw Edwards, who delighted us with his memories of living in Mackintosh Place as a student, and giving us this interview about hyperlocal and community websites.

Why and how is Roath such an amazing place? To quote the wonderful Huw Edwards (totally out of context, and from the BBC Patagonia video on YouTube):

‘It’s almost impossible to believe that such a place exists.’ (Please forgive us Huw, and the BBC!)

We like to think it’s the diversity, the community, the frequently changing yet stability of the area, and the artistic and creative minds of the people who live here, who make it such a wonderful place to live.

As ever, we rely on you to tell us your stories and let us know about your events. Please get in touch with anything you’d like us to mention here, and don’t forget we love it when we receive your own posts to publish on RoathCardiff! There are some tips here, but just drop us a line via our contact form if you’d like some advice.

Here’s looking forward to our fifth year!

Geraldine, Matt and Nicole #weareroathcardiff

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