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Current news - click on the left for archived news and memories of the village

Some TLC for the village

It was the inaugural meeting of the St Hilary Cut, Clear and Clean Group (the 3Cs) today. We had a wonderful morning clearing the tomb in the churchyard, cutting back the plant growth on a few road signs so we could clean them and doing a bit of litter picking up the lane to the A48 (building on the marvellous ongoing work of the ladies who walk). We also cleared the grit bin. The photos show before, during and after the clearance. And a special mention for the 2 little helpers who have helped to create (yes, create – not clear) a path from the iron bench to the Downs which now means that the view from the bench is wonderful.
The next outing is at 10am on Wednesday, 8 November. 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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Carols on the Green: 6pm Tuesday, 19 December

carolsinging The St Hilary NSPCC 'Carols on the Green' will be held on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 at 6pm. More details to follow.

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 socities.

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


Advance notice - 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.
Booking details in due course.

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 a month in arrears, as they are only put on the website when they have been approved at the following meeting)

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 Clubrolls 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

The Bush Sunday Quiz: 5 November

It continues - the Bush Sunday Quiz!!!
Sunday, 5 November
8pm start.  £1 per person
Theme: Bonfire Night!
Higher or Lower: c£85
Click on read more for previous winners

Supporting the Cowbridge WW1 commemorations

Can you sew?
Would you like to help to make a quilt to remember?
Click on the read more link below for more information.

NSPCC coach trip to Bath: Sunday, 3 December

The St Hilary NSPCC committee is organising a pre-Christmas coach trip to Bath on Sunday, 3 December.  Coach leaves Cowbridge at 8.30am with a pick-up at Culverhouse Cross at 8.45am, and leaves Bath at 4.30pm.  Please contact Ewa Thomas on 771728 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you would like a ticket (£15).

Village Forum

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This Village Forum is currently focused on doing "things".
The main actions being followed up are:
- review of upkeep of benches and general maintenance of the Clump
- adoption of the telephone box
- updating the village noticeboard
- clearance of the Clump track
- plant sale and produce market
- sign cleaning and vegetation clearing

Click here for the current position on the activities of the four task and finish groups that have been following up the actions from the Village Forum meetings to date.  The next Forum meeting will be held when it is clear what needs to be done about the adoption of the BT telephone box - most likely in early 2018.


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.

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