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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.


The Church is resplendent!

3Cs finished clearing the wall alongside the Church this morning. There's now a lovely view as you walk along the lane to the Bush - should look fantastic when the Church is lit up at Christmas.
Thanks to Cheryl and Charlie for braving the rain and to Paul for the trailer.
October's 3Cs outing is again a week later than normal, Wednesday, 9 October.
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The Bush Sunday Quiz: 22 September

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It continues!
Sunday,  22 September
 £2 per person
Theme: Beyonce
Higher or Lower: c£150
Click on read more for previous winners
(Alternate Sundays - Sept to April)

Cut, clear and clean group (3Cs): 10am, Wednesday, 9 October

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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!)

Globetrotters gallery

The Globetrotters Gallery is now up and running in the St Hilary telephone box so do take a peek when you are passing by. And you can join in the fun. Just take a selfie whilst on holiday and either Facebook or email it to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will hang your photo in the hall of fame - which will be in the box until September. Don’t forget to tell us who is in the photo and where you are.
And the box is now nestling in a beautiful garden lovingly created by Jane and Charles Williams  - what stars they are!
There are plants in the box waiting for a good home – please help yourself
Also the Hygiene Box is still in the box - if you have any donations you can drop them in when you are passing
A huge thank you to those  who have already left items and many thanks for the jam jars which will be recycled for the Produce Market in October
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Village Hall Committee meeting: 11 September

The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held at 5.45pm on Wednesday, 11 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.
Click on the link below for minutes of the Committee.

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 can be up to two months in arrears, as they are put on the website when they have been approved at the following meeting)
The next meetings are (7pm on Thursdays) 4 July at St Hilary Village Hall and 5 September at Llanfair Primary School (note: there is no meeting in August).
4 July 2019
Awaiting minutes
6 June 2019

Item 14.1 Councillor Shaw referred to aircraft flying over St Hilary and requested the previously promised meeting of an Employee of the Airport with the Community Council is sought.

Item 14.2 Reference was made to a ‘street light’ in St Hilary village which is continually on.

Item 14.3 A directional sign in St Hilary is obliterated by the plant growth of a hedge and a request was made for the property owner to be contacted and asked to trim the vegetation.
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 .

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 Rugby World Cup comes to St Hilary

Check out the St Hilary telephone box to see the latest makeover - it has been decorated to cheer on the Welsh team at the Rugby World Cup. And, as well as taking a photo, check out the hall of fame on the side of the box which features past, present and future rugby champions who were educated in Cowbridge.

A message from New Zealand

I just had to send this photo from your village. I was there on 3 September and will most definitely be back. You have the most beautiful place in the world, in my opinion, and I have been to a lot of places. Quintessential British village.
I adore Wales and will be back for Christmas and New Year.
The meal and service at the pub was superb.
Please, please don’t let anything change. You have a little slice of heaven right there.
Regards Vicki (Stace)

Locals' Christmas meal at the Bush: Thursday, 12 December

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The Bush's Christmas meal for villagers, locals and regulars will be held on Thursday, 12 December.

Harvest Thanksgiving Supper - Friday, 11 October

It's time to get your ticket for the Harvest Supper on Friday, 11 October at 8pm in the Village Hall following the 7pm service in the church.
Tickets can be purchased from Gillian Harris at Sorrento: 07714 961 182 or Mary Llewelyn 773421

Drop in coffee morning: 11am Wednesday, 2 October

St Hilary Village Hall
Drop in for coffee/tea, cake and a chat
11am to 12.30pm
Every 1st Wednesday of the month



A lovely message for all the village

This is a photo of myself and my sister-in-law (Mary & Ann Godfrey) in your beautiful little village.
We had come to look around as our husbands' family is from St Hilary, Lazarus Jenkins 1739-1823 married Ann Turbivil 1745-1830, they married about 1777.
Although we didn’t find anything can I just say how welcoming the ladies in the church were, we were invited for tea and had a lovely chat, so not only do you have a very pretty village you have very friendly villagers who it was our privilege to meet, thank you so much. 

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.

Winter's Eve 2019 - Sunday, 8 December

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St Hilary’s Celebration of Winter's Eve is coming back!
More details in due course - for now all you need to do is put the date in your diary (and maybe start practicing)! 


More details in due course - for now all you need to do is put the date in your diary (and maybe start practicing)!


Village Hall AGM: 12.30pm, Sunday 17 November

Come and support your hard working committee members at the Village Hall AGM on Sunday, 17 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

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 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  

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.

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