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News, events and regular activities

Click here or the menu link on the left for the listing of village events for the next 12 months.  Please email asap if you are planning an event so we can add it to the calendar.  You can also put it on Facebook (St Hilary Chit Chat) and on the Cowbridge Hub.


Locals' Christmas meal at the Bush - Thursday, 14 December

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The Bush is hosting the Christmas meal for villagers, locals and regulars on Thursday, 14 December.

Carols on the Green: 6.30pm Tuesday, 19 December

The NSPCC Committee would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported our fund-raising events this year. We therefore invite you to join us in singing carols. accompanied by a brass quintet from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. To encourage the festive spirit and help your vocal cords we will also be serving mulled wine and mince pies. Knowing the unpredictability of the Welsh climate, if the evening is damp we will gather in the church. Join us if you can.

Cut, clear and clean group (3Cs): 10am, Wednesday, 3 January

The next outing is at 10am on Wednesday, 3 January. Everybody is welcome to join us – meet at the tree outside the rear door of the village hall. If you have suggestions for what needs to be done, let me know and we’ll put it on the work schedule. 

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NSPCC Valentines Day Coffee Morning: 10.30am, Tuesday 13 February

The NSPCC group is holding a coffee morning from 10.30am on Tuesday, 13 February in the Village Hall - all welcome.
It's a day early because Wednesday the 14th is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent - not a good day for those who will be trying to give up cakes and sweets!

Patrick's polytunnel blog

Patrick Whelan is writing a blog about his polytunnel
Click here to read what he has to say

Village Hall Committee meeting: 15 January

The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Monday, 15 January.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please contact Ewa Thomas on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 01446 771728.
Click on the link below for minutes of the Committee.

St Hilary Village Choir

rw-choir1 The St Hilary Choir is well established, but always has space for new members (especially tenors and basses).  It rehearses on Tuesday evenings.  The repertoire includes hymns, folk songs, light classics and songs from musicals.  Chris Mowat, the Choirmaster, can be contacted on 01446 771601.

Riverside Market Garden (near Coed Hills)

Riverside Market Garden is a 5 acre community owned organic market garden located 200 yards past Coed Hills Artspace entrance on Llantrithyd Road, and supplies organic produce via a vegbox scheme and at local farmers' markets. Vegboxes are available  to pick up from the field on a Wednesday, or have home delivered. Volunteers and visitors are also welcome by prior arrangement. Contact Debbie Leigh on 07889 846526, email  admin@riversidemarketgarden, or visit our website

Fresh free-range eggs for sale

Fresh free-range eggs for sale.
£3 a dozen.
From Jane Williams at Stable Cottage.
Pop in or phone 774040 or 07773 729267 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Fabric Painting: 1st Thursday of every month

There is an informal Cutting Edge fabric painting day in the Village Hall on the 1st Thursday of every month, between 10am and 4pm.
You are welcome to bring your fabric dyes, acrylic inks, crayons, stencils, screens, to experiment, or, if you have a piece of work in mind that you want to get started on, this is your opportunity!
The cost is £5 which covers the room hire, tea, coffee and biscuits. You will need to bring your own lunch.
To book a place email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sunday service


There is a service every
Sunday at 11am

Everybody welcome


St Hilary walking guides

We are pleased (and slightly relieved!) to announce the 9th (and final) walking guide - St Hilary South - which is a circular 11.1 miles, 4.2 hours walk from the village to Llanblethian, Llandough, St Mary Church, Flemingstone and Llanbethery.
Click here to download the guide as a pdf and click on the read more link below to access details of all 9 walks.

The Bush Festive Quiz: 17 December

It's the Festive Special!!!
Sunday, 17 December
8pm start.  £1 per person
Theme: Christmas, of course!
Higher or Lower: restarts
Click on read more for previous winners

Village Carol Service: Sunday, 17 December

Village Carol Service
6.30pm at St Hilary Church
Sunday, 17 December
Followed by seasonal refreshments in the Village Hall

Village Logo Design Competition!

At the initial meeting of the St Hilary Forum an idea was put forward that the St Hilary community should have a logo.  As the Forum's gestation period is over, we're now ready to run a competition for a logo which will be available to use for village activities, social media and virtually any material connected with the village.

It's an exciting chance for all you artists to create a design and to get the glory of your design being the emblem of the village and its community.
There are 2 categories:
1. Residents of school age (ie children)
2. Everybody else (ie adults and toddlers)
The closing date is Tuesday, 2 January 2018.

St Hilary Forum meeting: 7pm Tuesday, 16 January

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The Forum has been busy this year doing "things". This has included:
- adoption of the telephone box
- updating the village noticeboard
plant sale and produce market
- sign cleaning, litter picking & vegetation clearing
We are holding the annual St Hilary Village Forum at 7pm on Tuesday, 16 January. The meeting will include:
- judging of the VILLAGE LOGO competition
- free buffet and glass of wine
- guest speaker
- finding out what you'd like in 2018
- update of activities, including the phone box
Click here for more details of the Forum.

Village Hall available to hire

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The Village Hall is an important facility for the village.
Without the Hall, the village would not be able to hold annual events such as the St David's Day supper, the village lunch and the harvest supper. It would also be difficult to hold village-wide activities, including the bake-off, the fete and other celebrations like the Queen's jubilee and royal wedding.

The Hall is available to hire for parties, regular and one-off meetings and clubs and societies.

All the money from fees go towards maintaining the Hall and its upkeep.
Click here for details about the facilities and how to book.


St Hilary Chit Chat on Facebook

A Facebook group has been set up (St Hilary Chit Chat) so that anyone who lives or is connected with St Hilary can let everybody know what's going on, share a bit of gossip and let off steam. Anyone (with a connection with the village) can join as a member and that will then enable you or them to start a discussion, make comments and share photos of what’s happening in and around St Hilary.  Please suggest members and/or encourage them to join.
 This is a summary of the social media we have and their main purpose:
 Web: ( static information - news and events, news archives and the social history of the village
  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it : ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for general communication and events and news updates
 Twitter: (@sthilarycc)  for event reminders and the occasional news item
 Facebook: for photos, gossip, ongoing activity and rants
 We are reducing leaflet drops, so only those villagers who are not connected digitally will be the only ones to get paper updates. 
If you know of anyone who might like to get email news, but doesn’t, please let us know.

Llanfair Community Council Minutes


The matters relating to St Hilary that were discussed at the last but one Community Council meeting are below. 
(Note: the minutes are normally up to two months in arrears, as they are only put on the website when they have been approved at the following meeting)
The next meeting is at 7pm on Thursday, 7 December in St Hilary Village Hall.

7 September 2017

To consider the Adoption of the BT Telephone Box in St Hilary.
Proposed by Councillor Llewellyn, seconded by Councillor Teague that the Community Council adopts the BT Telephone Kiosk on the proviso that there is a named liaison contact to represent the Community with regard to its maintenance and any other details.  Resolved as proposed.  The Clerk and Councillors expressed their disappointment at the hostility experienced by them, at both this meeting and particularly at the informal open discussion in August held with the St Hilary Community, at the hand of a small number of the residents.

The Clerk will chase the company requested to provide a quotation for a new notice board for St Hilary.

Letter from Mrs J Davies, resident of St Hilary, expressing concern at the large vehicles negotiating the narrow roads through the village. Mrs Davies is suggesting a ‘Through Traffic’ sign on the ‘triangle’ entering the village from the A48 with a left facing arrow and a similar sign on the entry to the village from the St Athan Road direction. Members discussed the letter and agreed that it should be forwarded to the Highways Department at the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the Vale Councillors for their consideration.

Click here for the full minutes on Community Council website. Click on the link below for the minutes of previous meetings.


Free Guided Walks: The Vale and South Wales

-  1 hour to all day
 -  Any day of the week
 -  Free
 -  Small donations to village funds appreciated
 -  Contact Terry Dennis
        This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 07977 492926
 -  Advance booking best but short notice is OK
 Click on read more for information

Household items and furniture wanted

Lynn and Bruce Rankine are looking for donations of good quality household items and furniture for the Storehouse project, which is run by Cardiff Vineyard Church - providing household items and furniture free of charge to people to needy people in Cardiff.  Please contact Lynn or Bruce on 01446 775717 if you have items which you think might be suitable or would like further information about the project.  Donations will be collected. Click on this link for details of the Storehouse Project and the read more link below for details of what they can collect.

Home Library Service

homelibrary For readers who are unable to get to the library to choose their books and don’t have anyone to come to the library for them the Vale Libraries have a Free Home Library Service, delivered by volunteers who bring a big bag of books or talking books chosen from the stock at their nearest library. Readers are generally visited once a month and can be issued with up to ten items which are stamped for four weeks. Books can also be reserved online. Please contact Andrea Griffiths, Community Outreach Officer on 01446 725381 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Bush Inn Cycle Club

The Bush Inn Cycle Club rolls out for a testing ride most Saturdays at 7.30am and for a more gentle ride on Sundays at 9am.  There's also occasional sportives... and the odd pint or two!  New members of all grades are always welcome.  For more information pop into the Bush and ask for Andy or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or follow on Twitter @bushinncycle.

Monthly Monday whist evenings

St Hilary Church whist evening and raffle
First Monday of every month
7.30 pm, St Hilary Village Hall
Entry £1 - all welcome

St Hilary Women's Institute


St Hilary Women's Institute (WI) meets at 7 pm every 2nd Tuesday of the month in the village hall
Telephone:  01446 773298  


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