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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.


Lest We Forget

The newly adopted St Hilary telephone box is being used to commemorate the centenary of the First World War with information about those from the village who lost their lives and those who returned to rebuild their lives following the traumas they had experienced. There is also information about one of the houses in the village being used as an auxiliary hospital where wounded soldiers came to convalesce. The display is finished off with garlands of felt red poppies each side of the door.
If anyone has information to share about that period of St Hilary village life please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

History of New Beaupre House

New Beaupre House is a two-storey, double pile late Georgian house, with later mid 19th century wings to the southeast and northwest ends. The house was built in the 1820s for Daniel Jones a lawyer and philanthropist of Llantwit Major, who founded the Cardiff Royal Infirmary. It is a Grade II listed building.  BeaupreHospital

Drop in coffee morning: 10.30 Wednesday, 7 November

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



Celebration of Winter's Eve: Sunday, 2 December

A very special event is being planned for Sunday, 2 December

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 As part of the festive marketplace, which will take place in the Hall between 4.30pm and 6pm, we’re looking for 5 minute performances – singing, poetry, recital, acting, juggling, instrumental, acrobats, fire eaters, etc.
(NB we already have several performers signed up already)

Do you have any skills in any of those areas? If so, you can participate as an individual, a duet or maybe even a “Family Von Trapp” style performance?!
If you think you can contribute, please contact me on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

There is also limited space available for the sale of local produce and/crafts – please get in touch if you have something to offer


Village Hall AGM: Sunday, 4 November

Come and support your hard working committee members at the Village Hall AGM on Sunday, 4 November. 
Doors open 12 noon, meeting starts at 12.30 pm.
To put items on the agenda contact Ewa Thomas on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 01446 771728

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, 4 October (Llanfair School) and Thursday, 1 November (St Hilary Village Hall).
5 July 2018

Item 13.1: The Community Council had received a ‘Thank You’ card from Mrs Caroline Neudegg in recognition of the adoption of the BT Kiosk in St Hilary and advising that the telephony equipment had now been removed and the kiosk has been painted. The Village Residents and Village Forum are delighted to have the kiosk as a village facility and thanked the Clerk and the Council for carrying out the legal formalities.

Item 13.4: Members discussed the continuing issue of HGV’s getting ‘stuck’ in St Hilary Village.

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.

Foraging Pays Off at Successful St. Hilary Produce Market

The 3rd St. Hilary Produce Market, on a wonderfully sunny Sunday 7th October, was very well attended: by villagers, passing walkers, people from Cowbridge, Cardiff and surrounding villages. The afternoon raised over £550, for village projects, including funding of our popular Newsletter for 2019.
A wide variety of locally sourced ingredients where turned into jams, chutneys, crumbles, pies, cakes and soup. Every item of food was either foraged locally (blackberries, watercress, apples, nuts etc.) and / or made by St. Hilary villagers. 
A popular attraction at the event was the opportunity to press apples (of which St. Hilary has an abundance). Many bottles of delicious fresh juice were consumed, taken home and enjoyed.
Teas, coffee and cakes were served whilst people happily chatted with their neighbours, making the whole event a lovely community gathering.
A big thank you goes to everyone who made items for sale; helped with running the event and to those who came and bought!
Caroline Neudegg

Cowbridge Community Commemorative Quilt: 30 October

The Cowbridge Community Commemorative Quilt, which several villagers have been involved with, has now been completed and will be on show from 2pm-4pm in the Lesser Hall, Cowbridge Town Hall on 30 October before being hung in Ty Hafan Shop Window, Cowbridge from 31 October - 15 November.

Please share our invitation with anyone that you think might be interested in joining us at the Lesser Hall.

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

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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!)

The Bush Quiz: 4 November

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 Sunday, 4 November
8pm start.  £2 per person
Theme: tbc
Higher or Lower: restarts
Click on read more for previous winners
(1st and 2nd Sundays - Sept to April)

Locals' Christmas meal at the Bush: Thursday, 6 December

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The Bush's Christmas meal for villagers, locals and regulars will be held on Thursday, 6 December.

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.

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.

October 2018 

September 2018

July 2018

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March 2018 

February 2018

January 2018


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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