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Photograph of older people enjoying a Christmas dinner organised by Grangetown Community Concern. The photograph is dated by Glamorgan Archives as 1980s-1990s. The date of the dinner was moved from Christmas Day to Boxing Day in 1994, to give volunteers a chance to have Christmas with their families. At the centre of the photograph is Joan Gallagher, who was a prominent member of Grangetown Community Concern (GCC) since it started in 1977 until her death at the age of 85, in September 2010. Joan's many years of dedication to Grangetown were rewarded with an MBE in 2004. She also served as a Labour councillor in Cardiff for 12 years - both with Cardiff City Council and South Glamorgan County Council before local government reorganisation. She was also dedicated to the scout movement both in Cardiff and Scotland, a family tradition which was inherited by her daughter Christine, who is also administrator at GCC. Joan was treasurer of the 13th Cardiff Scout troop and was also involved in other organisations, including the local food co-op.

Grange Community News is a community newspaper produced by Grangetown Community Concern. Grangetown Community Concern is a voluntary group, partly funded by the council but almost entirely run by volunteers. It was established in 1977 and is a registered charity. The group was set up as an umbrella group for other voluntary organisations to provide and encourage services for all age groups, with a particular focus on older people. The group organises the week-long Grangetown Festival in June. It also organised lunches and trips for older people, and produced a quarterly local newspaper. The organisation has awarded community cups to children from the local primary schools who have shown community spirit and has also arranged an annual carol service. The group was renamed Grangetown Community Action in 2014.

Glamorgan Archives, D1070/52
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