RMA General Meetings

The Radyr & Morganstown Association holds regular “General Meetings” open to all of its members.

These meetings usually have a talk of interest to local residents as well as covering important local issues. Meeting details are sent to all Members of the RMA on a regular basis.

All individuals living or working in the area and all local groups are eligible for membership. Anyone wishing to join us should contact the Association’s secretary (rma@radyr.org.uk). There is no membership subscription – it’s free.

22 November 2021 – Kat Jones talks about the RMA’s latest sponsored Charity, Headway Cardiff and South East Wales

Kat is the Fundraising & Communications Manager for Headway Cardiff & South East Wales, which helps people affected by acquired brain injury to rebuild their lives. Acquired Brain Injury can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time. Lives can be changed in an instant. Headway Cardiff & South East Wales supports individuals with Acquired Brain Injury to regain their independence and help their families, friends and carers adapt to a new way of life. They offer social groups, life skills sessions, counselling, an Information & Outreach service and an Independence & Wellbeing Centre, all based at Rookwood Hospital.

The Association is proud and delighted to have chosen this Charity for its next round of fundraising, which will start at the Christmas lighting event on 3rd December 2021 and run through the May Festival until Summer 2022.

Do come along to this talk to hear about the Charity’s work and also hear about local events and activities now that we are increasingly out of ‘Lockdown’.

The meeting will be held on Zoom and advance registration is required.

Register now for this event

 

16 August 2021 – Ruth Marks talks on the topic ‘Volunteering makes a world of difference’

Radyr resident Ruth Marks is Chief Executive of Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), the national membership body for voluntary organisations in Wales. An experienced charity sector activist and leader, she has led RNIB Cymru and Chwarae Teg and an independent review into health regulation in Wales.

Ruth was the first Older People’s Commissioner in the world establishing the independent office and used her statutory powers to review health care for older people; producing the report “Dignified Care”.  She was awarded the MBE in 2007 for services to welfare to work.

In outlining the thought behind her talk, she said:

People who volunteer in the community do so for a variety of reasons. I look forward to sharing some of the opportunities and challenges faced by volunteers and charities. Join us for this session where you might share your experience – or be inspired to volunteer yourself.”

So do come along to this talk if you are already involved in any voluntary activity, you think you might be at some time in the future, you want something to happen in the community but don’t know how to go about it, or you would just like to get out and meet new people. Everyone has something to offer and volunteering can actually be fun!

The meeting on Monday 16th August 2021 started at 19.30. Despite recent announcements on the relaxation of Covid restrictions we think it is too early to go back to meeting in person as a large group so this meeting was held on Zoom.

Watch this session on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQNYbjy4tI4

28 June 2021 – Ian Ogden talks about LionAid, a charity that is confronting Africa’s lion crisis

Lions are the top predator in ecosystems. Lose lions and lose ecosystem stability and function. Lions are already extinct in 25 African nations and clinging to survival in a further 10 in small and scattered populations.

This means that only 14 African countries have lions today. To lose the lion in Africa would be considered as another in our long list of failures to keep natural populations of large predators alive. Conservationists say most natural populations of lions will be gone in the next ten to twenty years – hunted, poisoned, speared, trapped, slaughtered. If things don’t change. LionAid are working to make things really change. In the past 50 years existing approaches to lion conservation have allowed 185,000 lions to become bleached bones or tanned skins. This is why LionAid are taking a different approach with new ideas and new ways to protect and conserve the remaining 15,000 lions.

In an exciting illustrated talk, Ian (who has travelled widely) sets out what LionAid does, why we should care and how we can all help.

The meeting on Monday 28 June 2021, starting at 19.30 also covered the usual update on Association and local matters.

Watch on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0UAly_kGV0

12 April 2021 – RMA AGM 2021

The 2021 AGM for the Radyr & Morganstown Association (RMA) was held via Zoom on Monday 12 April 2021, starting at 7.30pm.

We were not able to hold an AGM last year (although we did circulate and get approval of our 2019 accounts) so this is an opportunity for all to get back involved with what we have been doing and what we plan to do.

Agenda and Papers for this meeting have been circulated to the Association membership in advance of the meeting.

24 March – Transport for Wales Briefing on the South Wales Metro

This was a special meeting at which Transport for Wales (TfW) gave an update on the South Wales Metro, Morganstown Compounds and Bridge at Gelynis Farm. This is a topic which has generated a lot of discussion within the R&M Community so we are delighted that they have offered to run this session to tell you what is going on, what is planned, and answer any questions that you may have.

A number of questions were posed in advance of the meeting and set over to the team for them to answer as well as having some time during the session for questions from those present.

Please note that this is a special one-off, single topic meeting and we will not be issuing minutes.  However, the meeting was recorded and can now be watched through the RMA YouTube channel. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91OrV1nLLY8

1 March 2021 – “The Living Taff – Mark your Spot”

Simon Bradwick, one of the leaders of the ‘Living Taff project’, spoke about this project and shared some of the enthusiasm for telling the living stories that follow our local river at the RMA General Meeting on Monday 1 March 2021 at 7:30pm via Zoom. 

Since the river has not often been celebrated, we are looking to develop an archive of stories to show what it has done to inspire and we are keen that this includes the stories of the people of Radyr & Morganstown and how we have interacted with our river.

The meeting also covered other local topics including an update on plans for the 2021 R&M Festival(s) in May and September and local planning matters.

Watch on YouTube – https://youtu.be/Wjy2-fjJq3k

1 February 2021 – Professor Smail talks at RMA Meeting on Epidemics, Public Health and COVID

We were doubly privileged and delighted to welcome another Radyr resident, Emeritus Professor Simon Smail, CBE, as the speaker at our meeting, via Zoom, on Monday, 1 February 2021.  Professor Smail has had a most distinguished career including a period as Vice-Chairman of the Public Health Wales NHS Trust, Vice-Chairman of Leonard Cheshire Disability and (some years ago) being the ‘Radio Doctor’ for Radio Wales and presenting some health TV programmes on Channel 4. He is therefore superbly placed to talk to us about the current virus, how it has been dealt with, and where it is going – all within the context of previous challenges such as Spanish Flu and AIDS.

His talk is titled ‘Epidemics, Public Health and COVID’.  Given the current uplift in concern over the pandemic and the increase in restrictions, this is a talk not to be missed.

The meeting also covered other local topics including developing thoughts on the 2021 Radyr & Morganstown May Festival.

Read the Minutes of the February 2021 meeting

Watch on YouTube – https://youtu.be/Fm0QDmm4N7g

16 November 2020 – Transport for Wales

The RMA General Meeting, held over Zoom, on Monday 16 November 2020 was very well attended by all measures (physical or virtual). That was because of the concern being expressed by local residents over the major work that will be conducted in around the Mound Field and Gelynis Farm over the next few years.  Members may already have seen the report of the meeting in the draft minutes – we were hoping to be able to share a recording of the meeting as well but unfortunately technical difficulties have prevented that.

For further background, TFW have provided us with a copy of the presentation they gave. They also provided a copy of the draft site plan. Do have a look at those documents to read in conjunction with the minutes.  We also asked TFW where we could find more information about the Metro. They said they were working on a more comprehensive area of the website which will cover Radyr in specific detail but, for now, they suggested the following links: https://trc.cymru/south-wales-metro and https://trc.cymru/metro-faqs.

As soon as the Web Team receive further information we will share it through https://radyr.org.uk

5 October 2020 – Jamie Grundy talks about “90 Minutes of Freedom”

Jamie Grundy, talked to the RMA about his book ‘’90 Minutes of Freedom’. Jamie, who only recently moved from Radyr, may be best known to us as a main driver towards the establishment of ‘The Radyr Tap’. He has run numerous community projects and has worked with serving prisoners on several projects in all six of the Welsh male prisons. His book is about the only prisoner football team in Wales in HMP Prescoed. It was a year-long project that he says taught him a great deal about writing, being an author and the world of self-publishing.

This session also included some local updates and the agreement of the Treasurer’s report for the Association Accounts for 2019.

This meeting was held via Zoom on Monday 5 October 2020.

Watch on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya8o8Hk9RYM

10 August 2020 – Ron Eccles on COVID-19: The great pandemic

Local resident Emeritus Professor Ron Eccles of Cardiff University gave a talk to the Association followed by a Q&A Sesssion on the subject “COVID-19 – The great pandemic”.

As the lockdown is easing but restrictions are still in place the RMA are trialling holding some of our sessions online via Zoom to allow us to continue our work of making Radyr and Morganstown a great place in which to live and work.

This session was only open to RMA Members but his presentation can now be viewed through the RMA YouTube Channel – https://youtu.be/g_QopNPvfKI

Minutes of previous meetings

You can view the minutes of the Radyr and Morganstown Association meetings from the list below.

List of Meetings