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News, events and regular activities

Calendar of events

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.


Cut, clear and clean group (3Cs): 10am, Wednesday, 7 March

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The next outing is at 10am on Wednesday, 7 March. 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 us know and we’ll put it on the work schedule.
(10am every 1st Wednesday of the month - normally!)

Drop in coffee morning: 10.30 Wednesday, 7 March

St Hilary Village Hall
Drop in for coffee/tea, cake and a chat
10.30am to 12 noon
Every 1st Wednesday of the month



Advance notice / hosts needed: Safari Supper Saturday, 19 May

This is advance notice of this year's Safari Supper which takes place on Saturday, 19 May.
More details in due course. 
If you are able to host (starters, main course or dessert) please contact Ewa Thomas on 771728 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Yoga - Monday evenings

Mondays at 6pm in the village hall (except when there's whist).
First class on Monday, 8 January.
Contact Ann Culverwell on 07855 448356 for more information.

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: 4 April

The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 4 April.  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.

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, 11 January in Llanfair School.
2 November 2017
5.3 It was reported that the St Hilary Village Hall Trustees have indicated that they will approve the Community Council’s request for the proposed new notice board and a letter of formal agreement will follow in due course.
6. Councillor Llewellyn reported residents’ concerns at the practice of race horses being exercised on the St Hilary Downs. As well as being dangerous to walkers and dog owners, the ground is being ‘churned’ up and damaged.
11 The Adoption of the BT Telephone Kiosk in St Hilary. The Clerk advised that the 90 day consultation is ongoing and will close during December. It was reported that the Trustees of the Village Hall had received a request for a defibrillator to be installed on the wall of the Village Hall. It will be housed inside a box to match the new notice board. The Trustees have given their permission for this proposal.
5 October 2017
8.3 New Notice Board at St Hilary. The Clerk had obtained a quotation from Greenbarnes Ltd to purchase a new notice board to replace the one attached to the outside wall of St Hilary Village Hall and to match the one recently purchased by St Hilary Village Forum. The cost of the notice board would be £1,136.27 (net figure of £946.89 plus VAT of £189.38 which can be reclaimed by the Community Council).
It was resolved that the board should be headed up in both English and Welsh and read as ‘Cyngor Cymuned Llanfair Community Council’. Prior to the order being placed, permission should be obtained for a new notice board to be erected on the outside wall of the Village Hall from the Trustees who are responsible for the building.
8.4 St Hilary Village Forum.  The Clerk circulated a copy of an e-mail which she had received from a member of the St Hilary Village Forum which explained the workings and set-up of the Forum. Members agreed that clearly there is a Village Forum in existence (despite the denial by a member of the public at September’s meeting), but it does not appear to be a properly constituted body.
11 The Adoption of the BT Telephone Kiosk in St Hilary.  The Clerk advised that the form to start the adoption process whilst not lengthy to complete, had given problems as it needed the address of the kiosk exactly as it is stated inside the kiosk. Despite many attempts to fill that section in, eventually the Clerk drove to the kiosk to copy  down the exact wording and noted that St Hilary was spelt incorrectly with two ‘l’s. The adoption is now subject to a 90 day consultation period as the kiosk is a ‘listed’ building.
Click here for the full minutes on Community Council website. Click on the link below for the minutes of previous meetings.

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

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

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

Telephone:  01446 773298

The Bush Quiz: 18 February

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The Quiz continues!!!
Sunday, 18 February
8pm start.  £1 per person
Theme: Children's TV
Higher or Lower: c£60
Click on read more for previous winners
(1st and 2nd Sundays - Sept to April)

St David's Supper: Saturday, 3 March

Village Hall
7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
3 course supper + bar
Tickets £15 from Ewa Thomas   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 771728
This is a popular event - please book your tickets as soon as possible

St Hilary Bake Off, Saturday 14 July

Advance notice
Village Bake Off and children's activities.
Adults, young adults and children's competitions
Who will win the Star Baker apron?
Who can bake a pie or cake that will be talked about for months?
Lots of homemade pies and cakes to eat.
Bring your children, grandchildren and parents

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.

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.

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



St Hilary News is a new monthly publication that will be delivered to every house in the village and surrounding hamlets. In it, we hope to share village news, local information and to keep everyone up to date with what’s coming up.

Publication of the newsletter has been made possible by a grant from Creative Rural Communities which will fund the first 12 months’ production. The newsletter is being managed by Liz Loch on behalf of St Hilary Forum.

Click here for the latest edition or here to see the newsletter archive.


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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