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UK General Election 2024


The UK General Election will be held on Thursday 4 July 2024. This will include election of our representative for the Cardiff West Constituency in the UK Parliament.

In order to help voters decide who to vote for, the RMA have organised a hybrid hustings event for Monday 24 June 2024 starting at 19.30. You can either attend on-site at the Old Church Rooms or online via Zoom.

Our long-standing Member of Parliament, Kevin Brennan MP is stepping down in this election. He will be replaced by a new representatives for the re-shaped Cardiff West Constituency following the reduction in the number of Welsh Constituencies recommended by the Boundary Commission.

Update (27/06/2024)

The 5 (of 9) Candidates who attended* were:

  • Alex Barros-Curtis (Labour)
  • James Hamblin (Conservative)
  • Keira Marsall (Plaid Cymru)
  • Neil McEvoy (Propel)
  • John Urquhart (Independent)

We apologise that, due to technical difficulties on the night, the video quality is not what we had intended. Whilst we have captured candidates audio for the whole evening there is also a short portion where the cameras cut out all together. Also, during the meeting a decision was taken to permit questions from the floor after candidates final speeches. This was not an expected part of the format. Where these are not picked up by our microphones, we have attempted to overlay summaries of the questions asked but they are only interpretations as best the Zoom operator could achieve in real-time.

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*All candidates on the ballot paper for Cardiff West were invited to this non-selective hustings. Those listed above are the candidates who have responded positively to this invitation.

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.

Voter ID

Voters who want to vote in person at a polling station must take photographic ID. The list of allowable ID is on the Electoral Commission’s Voter ID pages

Voters without one of the listed types of photo ID can apply for a voter authority certificate (VAC). The Electoral Commission’s Applying for a Voter Authority Certificate pages explains how to apply.

Have you registered to vote?

Finally, a reminder that Tuesday 18 June 2024 is 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 – 


Thank you for the 2024 Festival

Radyr & Morganstown Festival 2024. Text on coloured blocks

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make the Radyr and Morganstown Festival 2024 such a successful event.

We are pleased to announce that, whilst we are still waiting for final totals to come in, we can already confirm over £8,000 has been raised for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru.

The year of support for Alzheimers Society Cymru by the RMA now continues until December so there is still time to support at the Halloween event, Christmas Lights across Radyr and Morganstown, Santa’s visit on his sleigh or any of the individual coffee mornings and other events being put on by the local committee this year.

A summary of all events held this year is available on the Festival website at:

Radyr and Morganstown Festival 2024

Who can I vote for on 2 May?


Thursday 2 May will see polling for the Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) across the UK, including the PCC for South Wales which covers Radyr & Morganstown. For the first time voters in our Wards will need to show ID at the polling station for this election.

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 and where your local polling station is.

Don’t forget your ID

Voters in Wales need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.

This applies to:

  • UK parliamentary elections, including general elections, by-elections and recall petitions
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Read more on accepted forms of photo ID on the Electoral Commission Website

Have you registered to vote?

Finally, a reminder that to vote you must be registered. The last date to register to vote in the PCC elections was Tuesday 16 April 2024. However, with a UK General Election on the horizon, if you have not yet registered to vote and are otherwise eligible it is quick and easy either online or by post – 

Garden Waste Collections to restart

Following the Winter suspension and Industrial Action by Unite the Union over Pay, Terms and Conditions for refuse workers, Cardiff Council have now announced that Garden Waste Collections will re-start across Cardiff from Tuesday 2 April 2024.

Radyr & Morganstown will see a fortnightly collection cycle of green, Garden Waste, bins from Tuesday 2 April 2024. This will be the alternate weeks to those for collection of black bins containing general waste and the blue glass bin. Recycling in either the new blue/red separated sacks or the green mixed waste bags continues on a weekly cycle and we hope this becomes more reliably on the published days now that the Industrial Action period has come to an end.

From the Council’s A-Z of Recycling on Garden Waste.

You can put small branches and twigs, leaves, grass cuttings and flowers in your garden waste.

Garden waste is collected in either re-usable garden waste sacks or green wheelie bins. You may need to register for garden waste collections if you do not have a bin or sack at your property.

Please do not place items such as bark, wood chippings, soil or rubble in your garden waste.

If you have moved into a property that does not have a green wheelie bin, or if you need to replace a lost or stolen bin, please contact C2C on 029 2087 2087.

Funeral Notice: Mrs Joan Webley

Purple flowers in graveyard

Joan passed peacefully away at her home in Radyr, Cardiff, on Tuesday 13 February 2024, at the age of 100.

Joan was deputy head of Radyr Comprehensive School for many years and she will be sadly missed by her family, former colleagues and her many friends.

Mrs Webley was a 100 years old and a prominent member of the Radyr community for years. As well as deputy head at Radyr School, she was an enthusiastic member of the local Labour Party and a volunteer at the Museum. We think that a number of her friends in Radyr would like to pay tribute to her at her funeral on 22 February and wanted to make sure that the date is communicated to a large audience.

The funeral service will be held on Friday 22 March 2024 in the Wenallt chapel, Thornhill Crematorium at 11am. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Cancer Aid at Green Willow Funerals.

Community Council seeks Clerk

Powdered wig and fountain pen on notebook

The Radyr & Morganstown Community Council are looking for a new Clerk.

This is a Part Time role of 23 hours per week, working primarily from the Community Council Offices at the Old Church Rooms in Radyr but with some home working allowed, subject to the needs of the Council and 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 their 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.

Closing date for applications: Monday 18 March 2024

Full details available from the Community Council website

The 2024 Festival is coming

Radyr & Morganstown Festival 2024. Text on coloured blocks

The Festival Committee have been busy preparing for the Radyr & Morganstown Festival 2024 which will be the 37th time that this annual Festival will run in the first two weeks of May.

Whilst the full programme will come out in the April edition of the Radyr Chain and the Box Office open shortly after to get those hot tickets, we wanted to share some of the highlights of what is planned so that you can get those dates into your diaries.

A message from David Silver, Festival Chair.

This year our selected charity is Alzheimer’s Society Cymru. They were last our charity in 2018 and have a thriving local group of volunteers. Many local people or their families have
been affected by Alzheimer’s or related diseases, so please support the Festival and the charity and buy lots of events tickets and draw tickets. All proceeds from the raffle go directly to the charity and there will a book of tickets included with the Festival programme in the Radyr Chain as well as draw tickets being available at all Festival events.

As usual, the Festival extends over two weeks and three weekends. Full details of all events will be found shortly on our Festival website, and in the printed programmes in the April edition of the Chain. Regular updates can be found on our Facebook Page @RadyrAndMorganstownHub and also on X (Twitter) @RMHub.

This year’s theme is “Magical Moments”. This recognises the magical memories we hope to make across the community as we get together for our annual Festival as well as the memories and magical moments that can be preserved through the research work of Alzheimer’s Society Cymru.

There is a packed and varied programme, some of the highlights include:

  • Fete on the afternoon of Saturday 4 May in the grounds of Radyr Primary School
  • Opening concert organised by Cardiff West Rotary also on the opening Saturday 4 May featuring Castell Coch Choral Society
  • The Science with a Pint night was a successful new event last year, and this is being repeated this year on Friday 10 May, but moved to the Old Church Rooms and obviously covering different topics.
  • Wine and Cheese evening hosted by Tom Pinder of the Welsh Cheese Company based in Taffs Well on Wednesday 15 May which sold out so quickly last year, with many people unable to get tickets.
  • Jazz night is now back in the programme on Friday 17 May as are our normal Friday lunchtime concerts.
  • Dog show, Vintage Tractors & Family Games competes with our Vintage Afternoon Tea for your attention on the afternoon of Saturday 18 May.
  • The final event on the evening of Sunday 19 May will be a concert, at Christ Church, organized by the Alzheimer’s Society, where all the proceeds go to charity.

Please do put the dates in your diary, come along to as many events as possible and bring your friends and neighbours with you.

We look forward to seeing you all at the events.

Youth Club started at Radyr Hub

Young people around the table

A new Youth Club started at Radyr Hub on Monday 5 February 2024.

All those aged 11 to 16 are welcome on Mondays 6.00 until 8.30pm and on Thursdays 3.00 until 7.00pm, excluding school holidays where other activities will hopefully be put on.

The Youth Club is being delivered by the Cardiff Council Youth Services in conjunction with Radyr & Morganstown Community Council.

Craft around the tableSteve and a young person on a games console

Cardiff Youth Service also continue working in the Radyr and Morganstown area with their street based team delivering Youth work to young people around the community either on foot or based in their branded white van. You may see Youth Workers in the village or in the parks. Youth Workers are all qualified either locally or nationally and hold current DBS certificates issued by the local authority. Workers will also have branded uniforms on that say Cardiff Youth Service and ID badges.The Youth Workers’ role is to engage young people they see in the area and offer them opportunities to get involved in activities, projects and programmes.

Updates to recycling collections

Row of 3 new style recycling bags

A number of recycling changes come in across Radyr & Morganstown on Tuesday 20 February.

Those areas that were on green single use bags for mixed recycling will be transitioning to the segregated blue and red cloth bags. Red bags for metals and plastics (now including tetra pack style packaging), Blue bags for paper and cardboard.

For those who have been involved in the various trials you will already have a blue caddy for your glass bottles and jars. The council advise that only 40% of residents put their blue caddy out each week. Based on the data collected during the pilot, and to ensure the new service is as efficient and cost-effective as possible, these caddies will now only be collected once every two weeks.

From 19 February 2024, blue glass caddies will be collected every two weeks, on the same day as your black wheelie bin.

Brown caddies for food waste will continue to be collected weekly for all houses.

If you require further collection bags, or have not received yours and your neighbours have then further/replacement items can be ordered from the Cardiff Council website.

Concert for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru

In aid of Alzheimer's Society Cymru

The RMA’s year of support for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru kicked off with a bang as the Radyr and Morganstown Alzheimer’s Society Volunteer Fundraising Group organised an opening concert by Cardiff Arms Park Male Voice Choir, compered by Frank Hennessy on Saturday 14 January at Christ Church, Radyr.

Alzheimer’s Society Cymru will now continue as the RMA’s charity throughout 2024 including the May Festival and Christmas Lights events amongst other smaller occasions through they year.

Alzheimer’s Society Cymru has a vision for a world where dementia no longer devastates lives. They seek to make one of the UK’s biggest killers less frightening, giving help to everyone living with dementia today, and hope for the future.

Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer.

One in three people born in the UK today will develop dementia in their lifetime. Yet it isn’t the priority it should be. There are currently estimated to be 900,000 people in the UK with dementia. Many undiagnosed and facing the realities of their condition sometimes alone.

Dementia devastates lives, but it’s not an inevitable part of getting old. We can do something about it. Funding new research means we can find life-changing treatments and cures. We can work with local and national government to deliver lasting change. And we can continue to help people living with dementia from day one. But we can’t do this without your support.

Arrangements for the May Festival are well underway and local residents will receive the printed brochure in the April edition of the Chain but details of individual events may start to appear on the Festival website sooner.

You don’t have to wait for further events to start, you can donate to Alzheimer’s Society and start adding to our total today –

Concert for Alzheimers



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RMA raises £11,060 for BHF Cymru

As many of you will know the Radyr & Morganstown Association (RMA) changed the dates of their annual charity to change at the end of each calendar year rather than during the Summer Holidays. Charities will still be supported for 12 months each but we will start in the Spring with an introduction to the charity, support them through our May Festival and then end our year of support with the Christmas Lights across Radyr & Morganstown and other Christmas related events.

Last year – 2023 – the chosen charity was the British Heart Foundation Cymru and we are happy to announce that the RMA raised a grand total of £11,060 for the charity.

A message of thanks from Carys, the BHF Cymru Fundraising Manager for South East Wales who we have been working with in 2023:

(N.B. drafted before our final contributions were added to the tally)

I’m writing to celebrate and pass on our heartfelt thanks for the support throughout 2023 with the community events and activities. We’re delighted to share a certificate for the total sum of £10,800 raised through the partnership for BHF Cymru and would like to say again how grateful we were of the opportunity to engage the community in Radyr and build our presence as a charity locally.

Donations like these have played a part in every breakthrough we’ve made over the last 60 years and will continue to do so. They have helped to power pioneering research that has given us machines that can restart hearts, the ability to fix arteries in tiny babies, devices to correct heartbeats, the power to give someone a heart they weren’t born with, and so much more! We have brought about some of the greatest breakthroughs in medical history – including pacemakers, heart transplants and statins for lowering cholesterol. But we couldn’t do this without public support and there are around 7.1 million people in the UK living with the daily burden of heart & circulatory issues that are waiting for the next breakthrough.

Your generosity will help us to fight for every heartbeat and bring us closer to the day when we’ve beaten heart disease for good.

Today, the world’s best scientists are turning ideas the once seemed like science fiction into treatments and cures, making advances in vital research into heart and circulatory diseases like heart attacks, stroke and vascular dementia, and the risk factors that can cause them, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. And your support to continue this innovative work will have a significant impact on many families across the UK and, in fact, the world.

Thank you once again for supporting us in the fight for every heartbeat.

Your sincerely

Carys Jenkins

Fundraising Manager, South East Wales

How to dispose of your Christmas Tree responsibly

Cartoon christmas tree and baubles

The RMA Web Team encourage all residents to act responsibly and safely when looking to dispose of any real trees this year.

Following the news that the Industrial Action by refuse collecting workers across Cardiff was to restart from 28 December 2023, Cardiff Council have announced a number of reductions in planned services including that they will no longer be providing the Christmas Tree collection services for real Trees that had been advertised before Christmas leaving those who had purchased a tree on the basis that this service would be available stuck.

There are a variety of options for disposal of trees but one that has come to the attention of the Web Team is that is being provided by Tree Rex on behalf of the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity.

In aid of Noah's ArkBack by popular demand, for its 3rd consecutive year! The Tree Rex Ltd. Charity Christmas Tree Collection 23/24, in aid of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital.

Our collection will start on Wednesday 3rd January 2024. We will collect ALL unwanted and spent real Christmas tree’s regardless of size in exchange for a donation to this great cause. In 2020 we noticed our streets littered with finished with tree’s and a massive spike in fly tipping.  The Tree Rex Ltd team decided in 2021 to volunteer their time to come to you, raising well over £4,000 already. All the trees collected will be processed on the move through our road towable wood chipper and turned into a re usable bio-mass by product.

All we ask in exchange please, is a minimum donation of £3 per home. This is processed by the collection form on our website, linking to Paypal. We are unable to accept cash donation for pre planned collections. If you catch our teams during their rounds, they will be carrying Noah’s Ark donation pots for cash transaction. Please give as generously as you are able too, especially for substantial sized trees. We will be collecting real trees ONLY of ANY size (we’ve got the tools to handle this). No wreaths due to the wire / fixings within it. All trees must be completely stripped of all decorations and materials.

Book a collection today on the Tree Rex website

The Tree Rex Christmas Tree Shredder.

As the Council are not offering a free service this year we expect Tree Rex will be in demand so please get your requests in early to secure a spot on their route.

The alternative provided by Cardiff Council is:

You can bring your Christmas trees to us at Heath Park on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 January 2024 between 10am and 4pm. You do not need to book an appointment to drop off your Christmas tree.

You can also take your Christmas tree to your local recycling centre throughout January without having to make an appointment. However if you are taking other items, you will need to book an appointment for your visit.

Your tree will need to be brought loose. We cannot accept any netting, sacks or bags. You must remove all decorations from the tree before dropping it off.

However you get rid of your tree this year, please ensure it is done responsibly and not dumped illegally.

OVO Bikes no longer available in Cardiff

Using the nextbike app

From the start of 2024 OVO Bikes will no longer be available to hire across Cardiff. We understand that the stands across the city, including the one in Station Road, will be removed during the course of the year.

This short term bike hire service which was previously known as NextBikes have suffered many instances of vandalism which has caused an increase in the service provider’s costs and a deterioration of service as insufficient bikes were available to service demand. This was particularly noticed as the station provided in Radyr had been reported as rarely had any bikes available for use.

Cardiff Council are currently undertaking an assessment of possible future models for short term hires which it may implement in the future.

Christmas greetings from the British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation have been the RMA’s chosen charity throughout 2023.

We thank everyone for their donations at events throughout the year. The final tally for the year is still being counted but we are pleased to say we collected over £400 during Santa’s recent visit to Radyr and Morganstown on his sleigh.

If you would still like to give something there is time to do so through our Just Giving page.

Give to the British Heart Foundation

Carys, our local communuity fundraiser at BHF Cymru, shares this Christmas message.

Wishing you a very merry festive break and good health, happiness, and success in 2024!

Thank you for all you’ve done to support the BHF and our life-saving work in Wales.

Your time, effort and donations are truly appreciated and means we can continue to fund critical, world-class research and give those living with heart conditions a gift that could save their life.

Your contribution this year has helped to give people like Neena, who was just 27 when she had a heart attack, a “gift that keeps on living”.

It’s the gift that we all value – the gift that can’t be unwrapped and that has no price tag – the gift of more time with the people we love.

You can read more about Neena’s story here:

Neena’s story | Support the BHF this Christmas – BHF


Thank you again for your support.

Have a wonderful Christmas!


Carys and team BHF Cymru

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Play Area in Parc Radur now Open!

Santa on the slide

After a long wait Santa paid an additional visit to Parc Radur to officially open the new Play Area in time for Christmas 2023. On Friday 8 December Santa was joined by Chair of the Community Council and our local County Councillors for Radyr and Morganstown to cut the ribbon and have a quick go on the equipment alongside some of the smaller local residents.

It is hard to believe that this is finally complete after first discussing the partnership between the Radyr & Morganstown Community Council, Cardiff Council, the Clos Parc Radur Management Committee and Redrow Homes to deliver improvements to the children’s playground at Drovers Way in January 2019.

After extensive works to resolve the drainage problems in the area the equipment, which was partly funded by a Crowdfunding campaign supported by local residents, has finally been fitted.

The new equipment features swings, a bouncing mat, an accessible carousel, spinners, a multi-unit slide, spring toys and other imaginative play elements.

Whilst it has been a long wait we hope that the play equipment will now be put to good use by the local residents and survive through all the strongest Radyr weather as it will no longer be damaged by the overflowing culvert.

See more of the history of the project on our dedicated page.

How much would you pay for policing?

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Did you know that your Police & Crime Commissioner is responsible for setting the South Wales Police budget and deciding what further funds need to be raised from the additional charge on council tax?

This is called the police ‘precept’ and accounts for nearly one half of South Wales Police’s funding – the rest comes from the Government. In setting the precept, the Commissioner consults with the local electorate – you.

Here’s your opportunity to have a say about how much you pay…

The ‘Our Police, Our Community’ survey has now been launched.

It would be great if you could take part because your feedback will help the Commissioner decide what the South Wales public will pay for policing in 2024/25.

It takes just a couple of minutes to complete and it closes on Monday, 18 December.

Click here to have your say

Would you prefer a paper copy of the survey to complete? That’s no problem get in touch by email, phone or post.

E-mail: | Phone: 01656 869 366 | Post: South Wales Police & Crime Commissioner, Police Headquarters, Cowbridge Road, Bridgend, CF31 3SU.

Remembrance Sunday 2023

Wreaths being laid on Radyr War Memorial

Thank you to all who braved the weather this morning (Sunday 12 November 2023) at Radyr War Memorial. If you couldn’t make it, you can still watch this (and the service in Christ Church that followed) on the Garth Ministry Area’s YouTube Channel

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