Cardiff Chronicle #8: the story of VCS volunteering

Alice Campion from VCS Cymru’s Chronicle Project meets Robert Davies – the Founder of VCS – and hears about what inspired him to set up the Charity in 1964 following a summer ‘Work Camp’ in Cardiff’s Tiger Bay. Robert is joined by Laurence Kahn (one of the first VCS Volunteers); Mary Newman MBE (long-term Trustee & current Chair of VCS); John Drysdale (Volunteer Co-ordinator in the 70s) & Martin Pollard (Chief Executive of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs) to reminisce about the early days of a Charity which has been now been opening doors to volunteering in Cardiff for over half a century.

This is an edited version of a programme broadcast on Radio Cardiff on Tuesday 28th February 2017.
Produced by VCS Cymru.

Cardiff Chronicle #7: the Story of Cardiff’s cinemas

Alice Campion from VCS Cymru’s Chronicle Project hears about the history of Cardiff’s cinema from four people with different perspectives:- John Robinson has been working in cinemas since he left school in the 70s (and his Father was Manager at the Capitol in the 30s) – he now runs a Facebook page ‘Welsh Cinema History in Photos’; Ceri Stennett ran several cinema’s in South Wales & the West in the 80s & 90s with his entertainer father (Stan); Elfed Salmon was a projectionist for much of his career; and Colin James worked ‘front of house’ in the Capitol during the 60s and is now a volunteer usher at the Chapter Arts Centre cinema
This is an edited version of a programme broadcast on Radio Cardiff on Tuesday 21st February 2017
Produced by VCS Cymru.

Cardiff Chronicle #6: The Story of Cardiff City FC

The story of how Cardiff City Football Club started and grew, and its crowing glory in winning the FA Cup 90 years ago in 1927 – the only time the cup has left England. Local historian Ceri Stennett is co-ordinating an exhibition of the historic win at the Cardiff Story Museum in the Spring, and he is joined by Dave Collins – Editor of Welsh Football magaizine and Richard Shepherd – official historian on Cardiff FC (and internet match commentator) on the 6th edition of Radio Cardiff’s local history programme, presented by Alice Campion from the VCS Chronicle project.

This is an edited version of a programme broadcast on Radio Cardiff on Tuesday 14th February 2017
Produced by VCS Cymru

Cardiff Chronicle #5: Iconic Buildings of the Coal Boom

The impact of the ‘coal boom’ on Cardiff’s architecture is the topic for this weeks’ edition of Radio Cardiff’s local history programme presented by Alice Campion from the VCS Chronicle project. Ian Hill – Director of campaign group ‘Save The Coal Exchange’. Neil MC Sinclair – author, historian of Tiger Bay & raconteur; and Juliet Davies – Senior Lecturer at the Welsh School of Architecture join Alice to tell the stories of some of the Cities most iconic buildings.

Listen back to an edited version of the programme broadcast on Radio Cardiff on Tuesday 7th February 2016
Produced by VCS Cymru.

Cardiff Chronicle #4: The History of Cardiff’s Hospitals

The story of Cardiff’s Hospitals is the topic for this weeks’ edition of Radio Cardiff’s local history programme presented by Alice Campion from the VCS Chronicle project. Gwawr Faulconbridge, Vice Chair of Whitchurch Hospital Historical Society tells Alice about Cardiff’s main psychiatric hospital; Rhian Phillips from Glamorgan Archives discusses the work to chart the history of Ely Hospital which accommodated people wit a learning disability; and two former Hospital Managers – Keith Moger and Keith Botcher reminisce about their careers including work in the Hamadryad Hospital, St Davids and the building of the University Hospital of Wales at the Heath in the early 1970s.

This is an edited version of a programme broadcast on Radio Cardiff on Tuesday 31st January 2016
Produced by VCS Cymru.

Cardiff Chronicle #3: The Story of Charles Street & digitising history

The fascinating story of community action in Charles Street, and VCS Chronicle’s work in digitizing photographs & documents are the 2 themes the second edition of Radio Cardiff’s new local history programme, Alice Campion from the VCS Cymru Chronicle team meets volunteers Mike Hawkins and Kayleigh Williams; and Antionette Lorraine talks about her days volunteering at R.I.B.(Rights Information Bureau) which operated from 58 Charles Street in the late 60’s and early 1970s.

This is an edited version of a programme broadcast on Radio Cardiff on Tuesday 24th January 2016

Produced by VCS Cymru.

Cardiff Chronicle #2: Entertainment


Entertainment is the theme for the second edition of our new local history programme, Radio Cardiff Chronicle. Alice Campion from the VCS Cymru Chronicle team meets Geoff Lake from amateur dramatics society The Cardiff Players Theatre which this year celebrates its 90th year; and meets two local writers – Nicky Delgado and Viv Wellington – to talk about the pubs, clubs and nightlife of Tiger Bay.

This is an edited version of a programme broadcast live on Radio Cardiff on Tuesday 17th January 2016.
Produced by VCS Cymru.

Cardiff Chronicle #1: the First Word War

The First World War is the theme for the first edition of Radio Cardiff’s new local history programme,

Alice Campion from the VCS Cymru Chronicle team meets Grangetown resident Helen Joy who has researched her own family history during the period; Paul McDonald, musician and Cardiff-born academic talks about how the war affected ordinary people and tells Alice about his album, ‘1914’; and Rachel Silverson, Curator of the Firing Line Museum at Cardiff Castle talks about what they do to inform people about the experiences of Cardiffians who served in the trenches.

This is an edited version of a programme broadcast live on Radio Cardiff on Tuesday 10th January 2017.

Plans shaping up for VCS 50th Anniversary Week

We’ll be celebrating our 50th anniversary in June with a week long exhibition at The Cardiff Story (The Old Library) in The Hayes 2nd – 6th of June.

On Monday 2nd June we have a lunchtime launch event featuring the wonderful Tenovus ‘Sing With Us’ Choir’ and special musical guests with a 1960’s theme to remember our early days as Britain’s very first Volunteer Bureau.

We’ll also be welcoming Julie Morgan AM; Alun Micheal PCC; Peter Tyndall (Ombudsman) and VCS founder Robert Davies.

…..and we’ll be giving out  ‘Golden Volunteer’  long service certificates to volunteers nominated by some of our 350+ registered organisations.

The exhibition continues on Tuesday with photographs & memorabilia on display. Our own team of VCS Senior Volunteers Champions – led by the wonderful Lesley –  will be on hand  to act as guides.  On Tuesday our musical soundtrack will be from the 1970’s, on Wednesday its the 80’s, Thursday 90’s and we come up to date on the Friday with a special focus on Youth Volunteering.

On Wednesday 4th we’ll be launching our new project funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation which will be supporting people with criminal convictions (& their families) into volunteering opportunities.

On Friday 6th June we end the week with our finale event – again taking place at lunchtime. This time the focus is on Young People and we’ll have live music from bands & performers from with some of our member organisations, including the Cathays Youth & Community Centre who are kindly helping us with the PA during the week.

Our confirmed guests on Friday include Jenny Willott MP; Stephen Doughty MP; Vaughan Gething AM; Jenny Rathbone AM and we’ll again be joined by VCS founder Robert Davies.

Luke Jones has been working tirelessly to organise this, and he is still very keen to hear from people who have been involved with VCS over the past half century who would like to get in touch to share their memories. Luke’s email is luke.j@vcsvardiff.org.uk or phone 029 2022 7625.

Our story is very much the story of the charities and organisations that use volunteers in Cardiff, and we are welcoming all these to join us to help tell their story too – so if you are with an organisation that has not yet got involved, and you have some memorabilia that you’d like us to include please get in touch with Luke over the next week.

We are also looking for nomination’s for long service volunteering certificates which will be presented on the Monday event, there is still a week to get in touch with your organisations nominee. This is not a competition, but an opportunity to recognise the dedication and commitment of long term volunteering.

VCS at The Cardiff Story will be open to the public from 10am – 4pm from Monday 2nd June to Friday 6th June. The Volunteer Centre will be running from the exhibition during the whole week and so our Brunel House drop-in will be closed for that period.

 

 

 

 

    

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