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

Village Fete: Saturday, 15 July

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What an amazing success! Fun, fun, fun, and rain, rain, rain!

A huge thanks to everyone who helped out and pitched in. What a truly community event it turned out to be.

Between us we managed to raise approximately £1,000 for the care and repair of our little old village hall.

Thanks to: every stall holder; to all the bakers for the delicious cakes; the team who served up teas and coffees and big respect to the marquee construction and deconstruction crew.  Thanks to the fabulous storytellers who enthralled the younger children, and to the Coed Hills Community for so much input and delicious food etc. Thanks to Simon and the pony Misty for doing rides in the rain! Thanks to the amazing team who ploughed on with children's races in the rain. Hugely enjoyable - look at the photos on Facebook if you don't believe how much fun the whole afternoon was. 
(and feel free to add photos and videos if you are a member of St Hilary Chit Chat)

Everyone who we asked for help - delivered! From loaning marques and tents to delivering hay bales. A big thanks to the Bush Pub (the best pub in the Vale) for sponsoring the Face Painting and hosting hilarious karaoke. So many items were donated and so much time given generously. To the family and friends of the organisers - thanks for running stalls and showing support. Lastly but by no means least....... thanks to the Ukulele ensemble who cheered us up by playing and singing in the rain and getting the fete underway - you are all stars!! 'Bring me Sunshine' was an ironic favourite.

So all-in-all a great success thanks to so many of you and the Village Hall Committee.


Cowbridge Music Festival: 8-23 September

The programme has been announced for the eighth Cowbridge Music Festival which takes place from 8 to 23 September. There are thirteen concerts, including a world-famous vocal group, four chamber music concerts, Jamie Smith's Mabon featuring our own Iolo Whelan, two jazz concerts, a song recital and one of the UK's top brass ensembles. Two afternoon concerts, a Family Concert and five days of schools outreach. Tickets go on sale on 1 July.

Village Hall AGM: Sunday, 15 October

Come and support your hard working committee members at the Village Hall AGM on Sunday, 15 October. 
Doors open 12 noon, meeting starts at 12.15 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

Village Forum: 18 September

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This Village Forum is the opportunity to meet your fellow villagers informally to discuss village things.
The main actions being followed up are:
- review of upkeep of benches and general maintenance of the Clump
- adoption of the telephone box
- village noticeboard
- clearance of the Clump track
- explore possibility of litter bin (via Llanfair CC)
- disseminate information about tree saplings

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 meeting is scheduled for 8pm on Monday, 18 September in the Hall.


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: 20 September

The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 20 September.  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.

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.

St Hilary Produce Market: Sunday, 8 October

fruitforaging  St Hilary Foragers Need You!
On Sunday 8 October we will, once again, be holding the St Hilary produce market in the village hall.
It has proved to be a popular event and one that many villagers contribute to in one way or another by:
  •  donating surplus home grown fruit and vegetables
  • making chutneys, cakes, puddings, jams, soups, apple juice, etc from the donated fruit
  • buying the produce

Last year we gathered apples, blackberries, crab apples, plums, marrows, rhubarb, leeks, potatoes, etc. - all gathered from the village and used to make some tasty produce to sell - and as a result raised a substantial amount of money for village funds.

So, this is advance notice that we will be on the hunt for anything surplus to your requirements. Please contact Monica or Caroline - see below.

Best wishes

Monica Dennis (07811 159 800 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) & Caroline Neudegg (07967 976 076 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Advance notice - Raising funds for the village hall: Saturday, 25 November

A Promise Auction and food event is being planned for Saturday, 25 November to raise funds for the village hall.
More details in due course - for now, just put the date in your diary.

Intuitive plant medicine courses at Coed Hills

4-day all inclusive residential courses at Coed Hills on intuitive plant medicine:
9-13 June and 1-5 September
Click here for details

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 Community Council meeting (the last two meetings as the minutes were put on the web site in June) are below. There were no matters of note from the AGM.

11 May 2017
The adoption of the BT Telephone Box in St Hilary. Councillor Hawkins advised that there has been a further ‘St Hilary Village Forum Meeting’ and suggested that a representative is invited to present their proposals with regard to the BT Telephone Box prior to the next meeting.  Councillor Hawkins will contact a member of the forum to make an arrangement.

The use of the Council projector - decision pending.

6 April 2017
The installation of a defibrillator in St Hilary. Apparently it is the intention to ask the Community Council to donate funds towards the purchase. Members did point out that the other villages in Llanfair are also interesting in providing defibrillators so consideration must be given to each village.

A Village Notice Board. The Village Forum had asked the residents of Church Crescent for their views on a freestanding notice board being sited on the Village Green; the residents were not in favour of this proposal. The Village Forum is now considering the notice boards on the Village Hall. Councillor Shaw advised that they are in the ownership of the Community Council. The Village Forum has not approached the Community Council to advice of their intentions or proposals.

Two benches on St Hilary Down. Councillor Shaw advised that one of the benches has been repaired, although it is not known who has carried out the repair. The other bench basically needs a coat of paint.

Click here for the full minutes on Community Council website. Click on the "Read more" 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

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