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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 Community and on the Cowbridge Hub.


Village Carol Service: Sunday, 16 December

Village Carol Service
6.30pm at St Hilary Church
Sunday, 16 December
Followed by seasonal refreshments in the Village Hall

Carols on the Green: 6pm Thursday, 20 December

carolsinging  The St Hilary NSPCC carol singing event, in conjunction with the St Hilary Choir and the brass ensemble from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, will take place on the Green at 6pm on Thursday, 20 December.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be served.

All donations will go to this year’s NSPCC Christmas Appeal ‘ Light for Every Childhood’.

Our Telephone Box of Delights

Our newly adopted telephone box has been transformed by Santa's elves for the festive period – and needs to be seen to be believed! 
The front door panels have interesting information about Christmas traditions – from Christmas pudding to the adorable – or not - humble sprout!
And inside there is some festive fun for all the family with Santa’s Pantry and the Elf Exchange.
Santa’s Pantry is for the grown-ups with recipes donated by friends and neighbours along with a treat on the shelf that you can help yourself to if it takes your fancy. However, if you take the item you have to replace it with something else – food or non-food/bought or homemade.
The Elf Exchange is for village children. Again there is item on the shelf that you are welcome to take but only if you replace it with something else. It can be food or non-food/bought or homemade.
Oh, and if you have a favourite recipe that you would like to share leave it in the box and the Elves will make some copies.
So it’s time to head off there now and take a peek – don’t miss out!
Santa and his happy band of elves would like to wish you a very

Cut, clear and clean group (3Cs): 10am, Wednesday, 2 January

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Every 1st Wednesday of the month. 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!)

Ceramics and jewellery and honey at Coed

Coed Hills Rural Art Space has a new art shop selling beautiful ceramics, jewellery and sculptures from Zimbabwe alongside Coed Hills very own Honey. Well worth a visit and you are welcome to enjoy a walk through the grounds whilst you are there! 

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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.


Village Hall Committee meeting: 16 January

The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held at 5.45pm on Wednesday, 16 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.

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 two meetings are at 7pm on Thursday, 6 December (Llanfair School) and Thursday, 10 January (St Hilary Village Hall).
4 October 2018
Item 5.3: Councillor Shaw was pleased to advise that a double width cut of the verge from the A48 to St Hilary Village had been carried out.

Item 12.3:  Email received from Mrs L Loch, Secretary of St Hilary Village Hall Committee stating the following: “The Secretary of the St Hilary Village Hall Committee has noted that Llanfair Community Council discussed the provision of internet at the Village Hall at their meeting on 7th July and quotes the item from the minutes. Members noted that the Village Hall Committee had not discussed internet provision at their last meeting. However the Members agreed that they would not be in a position to fund the installation of internet but would consider giving funding assistance if an application, accompanied by a copy of the latest accounting information, was received from the Village Hall Committee.

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 .

Sunday service

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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 Christmas Quiz: 16 December

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 It's the Christmas Special!
Sunday, 16 December 
8pm start.  £2 per person
Theme: Hollywood Musicals
Higher or Lower: c£175
Click on read more for previous winners
(1st and 2nd Sundays - Sept to April)

A Village Celebration of Winter's Eve: Sunday, 2 December 2018

The inaugural Village Celebration of Winter's Eve took place on Sunday, 2 December 2018.
Events started in the Church with children's activities that included:
- Willow wand making
- Crafts
- Garland making
- Games
- Series of animated seasonal films
After the children's activities in the church, the children had a sunset wassail from the Church, making a grand entrance in the hall.
There was a series of performance in the Hall by children and adults of the village. These included an acoustic guitar set, songs, cornet, fantasy reading, a flash mob, flute, musical dance routine, poems and a soliloquy. Mulled wine, mulled cider, tea, coffee, mince pies, cakes and seasonal crafts were also available.
Finally, many of us went over to the Bush for a winter warming curry and a Winter's Eve Quiz.

Drop in coffee morning: 10.30 Wednesday, 2 January

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



Course: The Phases of Ediculture

Evening classes at Coed Hills Rural Artspace starting on 7 January, 7pm - 9pm.
Join Stephen Watts to explore the phases of ediculture.
See for more information.

Yoga - Monday evenings

Mondays at 6pm in the village hall (5.45pm on the 1st Monday of the month).
Contact Ann Culverwell on 07855 448356 for more information.

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 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 (2018). The newsletter is being managed by Liz Loch on behalf of St Hilary Forum.

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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  

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

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