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Become a Girlguiding Volunteer

Here in Radyr and Morganstown, we’re fortunate to have a thriving Guiding movement offering girls between the ages of 5 and 18 the opportunity to make friends, have fun and learn exciting new skills.

Our Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Ranger units are run by an amazing group of volunteers and we are looking for enthusiastic new leaders and helpers to join them.

We currently have more than 130 girls on waiting lists for our units. Could you help to give these girls the experience of Guiding that we know they’ll enjoy?

You’ll be joining a friendly, welcoming organisation in a role that comprises fun, and a huge sense of reward. And all that, in just a spare few hours per week!

No experience is necessary, and all training and resources are provided, together with mentoring and support along the way.

If you’re interested Please contact our Division Commissioner, Judith Turnbull (

County Councillor Reports

Are you interested in what your County Councillors are doing to represent you? Read their latest reports.

Student Artwork in Radyr Woods

If you go down to the (Radyr) Woods you’re in for a big surprise!

New displays have been installed featuring artwork by students of Radyr Comprehensive School.

Our quick snaps of the new boards really don’t do them justice, take a wander into the woods on a fine day to see these artworks at their best.

Letter of thanks from Aryan’s family

The following letter of thanks has been sent on behalf of Aryan’s family to be share with the community.

On behalf of Aryan’s family, we wish to thank you all for your kind words, condolences, flowers and the support you all gave and showed, which has gone above and beyond what we would have imagined.

To see the number of families who lined the roads braving the rain, vehicles coming to a standstill as the funeral procession drove past, during Aryan’s final journey from his home in Danescourt, and going past his former primary school, then passing his comprehensive school in Radyr was truly unbelievable, and very emotional and wish to thank you all for this.

The congregation gathering at Thornhill Crematorium, was yet again unbelievable, with families and friends of Aryan, who had come to pay their last respects. We would like to thank you all for making arrangements to travel there.  We wish to say a very big thank you to his friends who bravely took the decision to carry Aryan into the chapel at a short request. The tears of sorrow we saw from the start and during the service was completely overwhelming.

The speeches from Aryan’s primary school  headteacher Mrs Judith Davies and  from Mr Williams of Radyr Comprehensive captured the essence of Aryan so well, and we wish to thank you very much for this, and hope that your dedication will continue to inspire children to become who they want to be in the future, and to give any support your pupils need during this difficult time.

Special thanks to the South Wales Police that also attended Aryan’s service, and for the incredible work and dedication they put in to serve the public.  We also appreciate the ongoing support we are receiving from Detective Constables Natasha Monkley, Tom Slocombe and Bob Chambers.

We wish to thank Coles Funeral Directors for arranging the service within a short time, their professionalism, respecting and honouring how Aryan’s final journey would be conducted was impeccable, even accommodating certain things at the family’s request on the spur of the moment wasn’t any trouble for them, which we truly appreciated.

Finally, to all of Aryan’s friends, we thank you for being part of his short life, do not despair, do not blame anyone, his time here was short, cherish the memories you have of him, inspire yourself to become the person you want to be in life and make your family proud, as this is what Aryan would have wanted you to do.

Aryan’s parents Jitu and Hina, would have very much wanted to thank those who attended Aryans farewell service personally, but due to a medical episode, the service was cut short and this was not possible, but we as family thank you all personally for being with us in saying goodbye to Aryan.

We witnessed your emotions, we witnessed your tears, we witnessed your sorrow, we witnessed your love, we witnessed your support, we undisputedly witnessed that we were not alone, and wish to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Thank you again for all your kind support.

Support continues to be available to anyone affected by this tragic incident from the Garth Ministry Area through Christ Church, Radyr.

South Wales Police along with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service reiterate their message to respect the water, stay safe and spot the dangers. Whatever your activity and your ability, the water can always catch you out. It’s easy to underestimate its power.

Aryan Ghoniya – Tragic river drowning

Sadly Aryan, a Year 8 pupil at Radyr Comprehensive, drowned in the River Taff this week while playing with his friends.

A representative of his family gave this statement:

“The family is devastated by the tragic loss of Aryan but we are touched by the way the community, including the Police and Emergency services have been trying to support us.

Aryan was our “Little Professor”, brilliant at Maths, an all rounder academically with a loving warm personality.

There will never be a day when we will not miss him. He will be in our hearts for ever.”

With help from many quarters, Windsor Gardens is now flying the Welsh and Indian flag at half-mast as a mark of respect and one of the trees has become a focus for tributes.

The family have taken comfort from the wave of love and sympathy shown them by the community and want to let you all know, it has helped them keep going through this harrowing period of time.


Rev’d Steve Wilson, Ministry area lead for the Garth Ministry Area which covers Radyr and Morganstown said:

“Our church family are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of 13 year old Aryan and extend our sincere condolences to Aryan’s family and friends, as well as to staff and pupils at Radyr Comprehensive School and Danescourt Primary school. We will be remembering Aryan in our prayers at services over the weekend.

Both Christ Church, on Heol Isaf in Radyr, and St John’s Church, on Rachel Close in Danescourt, will be open for private prayer from approximately 09.00 until 16.00 on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June and anyone is welcome to use the church during that time for quiet reflection or prayer.”

The Ministry Team can be contacted on 07791 097 435 (Rev’d Steve Willson) or 07734 248 869 (Rev’d Belinda Huxtable).

The message from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service around river safety remains:

Jubilee Street Parties

Is your street holding a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee? Let us know so that we can build a full picture of the roads closed across Radyr & Morganstown at various times this weekend.


  • Maes y Briallu, 14.00 to 18.00


  • Ravensbrook, end of Cul-de-sac near numbers 4-9, 11.00 to 19.00


  • Bryn Derwen between the Radyr Guides Centre and the turning for Cae’r Graig is closed on Saturday between 15.00 and 19.00


  • Pentwyn from its junction with Caer Graig to its junction of Blaen y Coed between 12:00 and 20:00

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting and Design a Crown Competition

Details are now being confirmed for the events in Radyr & Morganstown over the double Bank Holiday Weekend at the beginning of June to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Beacon Lighting Event

In the Grounds of Radyr Comprehensive School on Thursday 2 June 2022, 18.00 to 22.20

An event for all the family. Starting at 18.00 with Children’s entertainment and the judging of the Design a Crown competition (see below).

From 19.00 there will be live music from the Melingriffith Brass Band and the Porthcawl Ukulele Band – bring you picnic and enjoy the entertainment. The RMA Bar and BBQs will also be open throughout the evening. 21.45 we join sites across the UK in lighting the Jubilee Beacon before at 22.00 a fabulous Fireworks display. 22.20 Close

Whilst there will be limited parking on-site we ask that those who are able walk to the site to minimise traffic and allow those with access needs to use the available parking.

Design a Crown Competition

As part of the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations there will be a crown making competition. Design and make a crown out of recycled materials to be judged on Thursday 2 June at the Jubilee Beacon Lighting event.

Three categories:

  • Nursery and Reception
  • Year 1-3
  • Year 4-6

Prizes for 1st and 2nd place will include a book token and the opportunity to plant a tree in Radyr & Morganstown as part of the Jubilee Canopy

Start collecting materials and get designing.


Over £5,000 raised for Headway Cardiff and South East Wales

Thank you to everyone who attended and assisted with the events of the Radyr & Morganstown Festival over the past two weeks.
We announced at the Closing Concert last night an interim total of £5,000 for our Festival Charity Headway Cardiff & South East Wales with more money still coming in and to be counted we expect this total to rise further over the coming weeks.

For a flavour of what went on across the Fortnight and to see our highlight photos visit the Festival Website –



Change to Llantrisant Road Roadworks

First we have the temporary lights which have been on Llantrisant Road this week which we now have confirmation they will remain over the weekend and for Monday to allow the work by Western Power Distribution to be completed.

  • Saturday; 0800 start, lights to remain out overnight (manned 0800 to 1900)
  • Sunday: works recommence at 0900. Switch back of the lights at 18.00/19.00  (manned 0800 to 1900)
  • Monday: temporary lights 0930 to 1500 for works to be completed.

Whilst this work was initially denied by Plasdwr to be anything to do with their development this has since been clarified as enabling works by Western Power rather than directly by a Plasdwr contractor and so the Plasdwr engagement teams were not able to alert residents to the works in advance.

ClosParc Radur junction with Llantrisant Road

The following notice has been published by the Plasdwr team this afternoon (Friday 13 May) relating to the works a little further out on Llantrisant Road.

Next week, there will be a change to the traffic management arrangements on Clos Parc Radur and Llantrisant Road.

Temporary, three-way lights will be installed on the Clos Parc Radur and Llantrisant Road junction to allow out contractors to safely carry out essential gas diversion works.

Although our contractors always endeavour to carry out works during off-peak times, these lights will need to be in operation during peak times on some days next week. This is to avoid any interruption to gas flow for residents while they’re switched over to the new supply, but we do recognise this will result in some inevitable traffic congestion. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.

The lights will be in place throughout next week with anticipated operating hours as follows:

  • Monday 16 May: 7am – 6pm
  • Tuesday 17 May: 9:30am – 3pm
  • Wednesday 18 May: 9:30am – 3pm
  • Thursday 19 May: 7am – 6pm
  • Friday 20 May: 7am – 6pm

We will return to the current, temporary junction arrangement after this.

Our contractors have also been working to install water utilities on Clos Parc Radur with two-way traffic management in place. These lights will be removed this evening and will be re-installed on Thursday 19th May for two days to finalise these works.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience these works are causing for local residents; as always, our contractors are working hard to complete them as quickly as possible.

Congratulations to our two new County Councillors


Congratulations to our two new County Councillors:

  • Calum Davies (Welsh Conservative Party) and
  • Helen Lloyd Jones (Welsh Labour)

who have been elected to represent the Radyr & Morganstown Ward on the Cardiff County Council.

The official results can be seen on the Cardiff Council website.

Photo of Helen (L) and Calum (R) together on the stage at the announcement of the election results.

Shortly after the declaration Calum said:

“I am delighted to be elected onto Cardiff Council to represent this beautiful part of the city. I worked hard to win this seat and will continue to do so in the name of residents to deliver on the priorities we discussed during the campaign from opposing more excessive development, fixing our parks, and restoring bus routes. Thanks to everyone who voted for me and all those who engaged positively over the last six months. I look forward to meeting more people in the ward and encourage residents to get in touch with anything we can help with.”

Community Council Elections

The Community Council elections were also scheduled for 5 May. However, these seat were all elected unopposed.

Radyr North Ward

  • Huw Onllwyn Jones
  • David Suthers
  • Ralph Vaughan
  • Martin Williams (Plaid Cymru, Green Party, Common Ground)

Radyr South Ward

  • Tyrone Davies
  • Michelle Lenton-Johnson
  • Helen Lloyd Jones
  • Vina Patel

Morganstown Ward

  • Julia Charles
  • Allan Cook
  • David Silver

As there is still a vacancy in the Morganstown Ward we understand that the Community Council will begin the Co-option process to fill this vacancy in due course.


#RMFestival2022 Programmes now available

The printed programmes for the 2022 Radyr & Morganstown Festival are now making their way around Radyr & Morganstown in the April edition of the Radyr Chain. Full details of all events are also now published on the Festival Website –

Also included in you copy of the Chain is your first book of Raffle Tickets. There are a fabulous array of prizes on offer, many donated by local businesses. Completed ticket stubs, and payment, can be returned to the Festival Box Office in the Little Flower Den on Heol Isaf who can also provide tickets to the key events in this year’s packed schedule of events.

The Queen’s Plantinum Jubilee

Diary Marker 📅 Thursday 2 June 📅

The Radyr & Morganstown Platinum Jubilee Committee (with members from the RMA and the Community Council) have been meeting to arrange events for the Jubilee Weekend.

Beacon Lighting and Family Fun Evening with fireworks

Among their exciting plans is participation in the UK Wide Beacon Lighting with an event in the grounds of Radyr Comprehensive School on the evening of Thursday 2 June 2022.

The evening will start around 18.30 with a crown making competition and entertainment specifically for the younger residents. Through the evening come and enjoy your picnic with support of the RMA BBQ and Bar open – or simply bring your own. Live music and entertainment all evening from local acts until the Beacon is lit at 21:45 and then the Fireworks display can begin!

Keep the date free, more details to follow. #HM70 #PlatinumJubilee

Street Parties – The Big Lunch

Have you considered holding a Street Party to get your neighbours together over the Jubilee Weekend.

The Eden Project Communities are holding their annual Big Lunch during the Jubilee Weekend and encouraging everyone to get involved.

Find out more and download an information pack –

Are you ready for the local elections?


The local council elections including the representatives to the Primary Council and our Community Council will be held on Thursday 5 May 2022.

The official Notice of Election has been published on the Cardiff Council website.

In order to help voters decide who to vote for in the County Council elections, the RMA have organised a hybrid hustings event for Monday 25 April 2022 starting at 19.30. You can either attend on-site at the Old Church Rooms or online via Zoom (UPDATE: Video of event now available on the RMA YouTube Channel).

Send your questions through in advance to and our moderator will then pose these questions to your candidates. Tune in to watch the candidates answers live – or watch again afterwards.

Our long-standing County Councillor, Cllr Rod McKerlich, is stepping down in this election. He will be replaced by 2 new representatives on the County Council for the Radyr & Morganstown Ward following the increase in councillors to reflect the increased population in our Ward.

There are also the 12 seats on the Community Council to be filled and these are all up for nomination & election this May (UPDATE: Due to a low number of nominations, the Community Council Seats have been filled uncontested).

Who can I vote for and Where do I vote?

The Democracy Club aims to provide accurate, non-partisan information on every election and candidate across the UK. Their widget, below, offers free impartial information about who is standing in our area.

Have you registered to vote?

Finally, a reminder that Thursday 14 April is also the last possible date to register to vote in these elections.

If you have not yet registered, it is quick and easy either online or by post – 


Canvassing from Wales Air Ambulance Lottery

Air Ambulance Logo

A notice passed on from our Neighbourhood policing team:

The Welsh Air Ambulance will be canvassing Pentyrch, Radyr and Taffs Well (CF15 postcodes) area between the 28th February and 6th March 2022.

The canvassers are recruiting new members to join the weekly Wales Air Ambulance Lottery. They will not be collecting any cash or taking any donations. The new members they sign up agree to play/join via direct debit or cheque.

The canvassers will be dressed in some or all of the uniform listed, red jackets with Wales Air Ambulance logo displayed front left breast, red Wales Air Ambulance branded fleeces and red polo shirts with Wales Air Ambulance displayed front left breast and carry picture ID cards.

The canvassers usually operate Monday – Friday between the hours of 10am and 8pm and occasionally at weekends.

This will be legitimate canvassing and there will be no need to contact 101 regarding cold calling. If residents do not want to participate they can refuse and any residents with cold calling stickers can point to these and the canvassers should move on.

You can read more about the Wales Air Ambulance lottery on their website –

Are you registered to vote?


5 May 2022 will see elections for both the principal council (Cardiff County Council) and the Radyr & Morganstown Community Council.

To be able to vote in an election in Wales, you need to be registered to vote. Registering to vote is quick and easy.

It makes sure you’re able to use your voice on election day, to decide who you want making decisions that affect your part of Wales.

Register online

You need to be 14 or over to register to vote in Senedd and local elections in Wales.

You’ll be asked for your National Insurance number, but you can still register if you don’t have one.

Register to vote

Voters have until 14 April 2022 to register in order to be eligible to vote in the May 2022 elections.

Apply for a Postal Vote

Not going to be around on polling day? One option is to apply for a Postal Vote.

Apply for a postal vote

Once you’ve added your details, post it to your local Electoral Registration Office.

Visit to find your local office.

Further information

To find out which elections you can vote in visit the Electoral Commission website:

Welcome to your vote

Foodbank Collection

Cardiff Foodbank Logo

A very big thank you for the many generous donations of food received in November which resulted in two cars full of food weighing 240 kg being delivered to the Cardiff Foodbank warehouse ahead of Christmas.

Members of Radyr Methodist Church are collecting donations for the Foodbank again. Please place any donations of food in the boxes which will be outside each of the following addresses between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February 2022:

  • 30 Pentwyn, Radyr CF15 8RE;
  • 20 Walnut Tree Close, Radyr CF15 8SX; and
  • 13 Heol Roald Dahl, Radyr CF15 8GT.

The foodbank particularly need –

  • JARS OF COFFEE (110G-250G)

Rising prices for goods and energy will continue to impact many families over the coming months. Please consider giving generously to avoid people going hungry. Thank you.

Radyr’s last remaining green space under threat

Cardiff Council are revising their Local Development Plan (LDP) and the proposals could very possibly lead to the loss of all the fields between Pant Tawel Lane and Rhydlafar.

Stage 2 of the Replacement LDP “Strategic Options” is out for consultation until 8 February 2022 and seeks residents’ views on options to increase the currently proposed numbers of jobs and houses in Cardiff. Any of the options could include adding the green spaces off Pant Tawel Lane to the ‘candidate site register’ for future development.

The recently formed Radyr and Morganstown Local Development Group, made up of concerned residents, have submitted a response to Cardiff Council challenging the justification for any increase in the current predicted housing requirements.

Please see the group’s webpage for more information and their response to Cardiff Council. Please also consider making YOUR views known by responding to the Consultation.

The Radyr and Morganstown Association (RMA) have dedicated their next meeting to discussion around the Revised Local Development Plan, what it means for the local community and how you can get involved..

Cardiff Council adopted the current LDP (which brought in Plasdwr) in 2016. They are now working on developing a revised LDP which will cover the period 2026-36. A number of potential development sites in and around Radyr & Morganstown are being considered in the new plan. The RMA is very concerned at what is being proposed and will be opposing the inclusion of these sites.

The meeting will be addressed by members of the RMA, the newly formed Radyr and Morganstown Local Development Group, the Radyr & Morganstown Community Council and the North West Cardiff Group.

RMA meetings are open to all. Come along to be briefed on what is happening and how everyone can get involved.

We hope the meeting will be held in the Old Church Rooms starting at 7:30pm on 21 February 2022, a Zoom link will also be available for those unable to attend in person.

Pilot scheme for segregated recycling

Four thousand homes across Cardiff to take part in a pilot scheme to test ways in which recycling rates across the city might be improved – and 1,000 of these are in Radyr and Morganstown.

The scheme is part of a review of waste collections in Wales’ capital designed to hit Welsh Government recycling targets by 2025 and to make Cardiff one of the greenest and cleanest cities in the UK.

Since this announcement was made by Cardiff Council earlier in December, your Web Team have been seeking some answers to the burning questions about this pilot scheme.

The following is based on the answers we have been able to get to your questions through County Councillor Rod McKerlich and the Team at Cardiff Council responsible for the recycling pilots.

Why is a new scheme required?

Cardiff is currently the leading, major regional city in the UK for recycling. On average since 2018, 58% of waste produced in the city is recycled or composted. However, Welsh Government has tasked Cardiff with increasing this rate to 64% as quickly as possible and to 70% by 2025.

Although co-mingled recycling – placing all recyclable items into the green bags as we do now – is easy to do, the levels of contamination have proven to be too high despite various education programmes. Right now, when we look at the total amount of non-recyclable waste processed, 8% is made up of rejects from our recycling collection and process. The industry average is 2%. Analysis carried out in 2019/20 identified 10,000 tonnes of recycling were lost due to contamination. This alone could have increased our recycling rate by 3%.

What are the objectives of the new scheme?

The objectives of the pilot scheme are:

  • To measure how much recycling is collected and determine the number of vehicles that would be required if the pilot was expanded citywide;
  • To assess the levels of contamination received via the three-stream pilot, in comparison with the current co-mingled waste collection;
  • To understand residents’ views on using reusable bags;
  • To understand any impact on street cleanliness in pilot areas;
  • To assess the size of the collection rounds and the time it will take to separate different materials against the current system; and
  • To identify the resources required and costs involved to expand the pilot citywide.

How do I know if I am involved in the pilot?

All properties included in the pilot will receive a letter from the council in early December, followed by a detailed leaflet on what they need to do and the reusable sacks will then be delivered between 10 and 24 January 2022. These pilot will then begin from 24 January 2021 with waste continuing to be collected on the usual day (Tuesdays in R&M) but using the new collection methods.

Specifically in Radyr & Morganstown there will be around 1,000 properties which will be some, but not all, of the properties that were previously involved in the Blue bin pilot for the segregated recycling of glass items.

What should residents do if they have more recycling than the new containers can hold?

Additional reusable bags and caddies will be available on request. However, the reusable sacks do hold a large volume of materials, and the recycling will be split across 3 containers. As such, we will be encouraging residents to give the scheme a try before deciding whether they need an additional sack or caddy.

Customer feedback is important to us, we will be consulting those on the trial in March, once residents have been using the scheme for some time. In the meantime, the web page referenced in the letter to residents ( provides details regarding how residents can provide feedback.

With regards to cardboard, we ask that this is folded and placed in your sacks wherever possible (it is important to try to keep cardboard dry to enable it to be recycled). Exceptionally large pieces of cardboard should either be broken down or taken to a HWRC, but crews will be instructed to take cardboard from alongside bags as they do at present.

Shredded paper can be placed loose within the blue sack.

How can I give feedback on the pilot?

The Council will ask for feedback on the trial in March, but it is likely to continue beyond this date. If successful, it will take some time to roll out city-wide. It is not possible to give definitive dates at this time.

Customer feedback is important to us, as such we will be issuing new, improved blue caddies. We did consult residents regarding the glass trial, and found that the shape of the previous caddy allowed water to enter it. Also, some residents found that one caddy was insufficient for a fortnightly collection. As such, we will be issuing a new design caddy and collecting caddies weekly. Old caddies can be used for surplus glass, repurposed as desired or recycled in the plastics skip at your local HWRC . Additional caddies will also be available if you still have surplus glass.

For those involved in the pilot, there will be a public survey for you to share your views about how the pilot works for you. This will be open in March once you have been using the scheme for some time.

When we asked about the ability for those not directly involved in the pilot to give their views about how the scheme was working and how it affected those surrounding the pilot area we were told:

You can also feedback by contacting C2C 029 2087 2087 or by using the online contact form.

Merry Christmas to all

Merry Christmas to all from the RMA Web Team.

We hope you enjoyed Santa’s visit on 10 December. Thank you to Santa and his elves for a busy night travelling around the whole village. The bucket collections raised £416.34. If you still wish to give, then you can do so through our JustGiving page for Heaway Cardiff & South East Wales.

We understand that, at the time of writing, there is still time to enter the Radyr & Morganstown Community Council’s Christmas Lights Competition.

The Christmas Activity page also lists all of the Church Services planned at Radyr Methodist Church and Christ Church, Radyr over the festive season.


RMCC Seeks new Senior Clerk – Paid Opportunity

Radyr & Morganstown Community Council is looking to appoint a self-motivated and well-organised individual who will be able to bring experience to the position of Senior Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.

This is a part-time post of 23 hours per week, working from the Community Council office at the Old Church Rooms (Radyr) with some regular evening meetings.

The main duties of the post require attendance at all meetings of the Council, preparing agendas, taking minutes, dealing with all correspondence, actioning the council’s decisions, keeping parts of our website up to date and acting as the Council’s responsible financial officer maintaining all financial records. The role will also involve liaison with the council’s Consultant Accountant regarding financial matters and supervising the work of the Assistant Clerk.

The deadline for applications is now Monday 20 December 2021

View the full Job Advert, including details of how to apply and contact information:

For further information, please contact the Assistant Clerk at