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Advance notice / hosts needed: Safari Supper: Saturday, 6 June

This is advance notice of this year's Safari Supper which takes place on Saturday, 6 June.
 
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  
 

Lorries in the village

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Yet another huge lorry trying to negotiate our lane this morning. What is the point of having a sign to deter them at this point when they are certainly going to get stuck? Surely, we need the sign at the top of the lane at the A48 junction as well to stop them coming down in the first place?
 
Many thanks to Jackie Griffin at the Community Council for her prompt response. She is sending the photos to Vale Highways Department and sharing them at this week's community council meeting. 

If you see a large lorry trying to negotiate the village and can take a photo, please send it to us and we will pass it on.

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Valuation Day, Village Hall, 10-1 Tuesday, 4 February

A representative from Peter Francis will look at your antiques and collectibles and provide a valuation based on auction prices. It is then up to you whether you wish to consign them for sale or not. Basically, like The Antiques Roadshow but on a much smaller scale!
 
You can just turn up, but appointments are preferred: 01267 233456 / 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

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Christmas tree collection date

Thursday 16 January – real Christmas tree collection
[NB: unlimited black bags on Thursday, 9 January]

 

Happy Christmas

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A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everybody!

 

Choral Evensong for Remembrance Sunday: 10 November

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St Hilary Church, 6.30pm
Specially selected music sung by the St Hilary Choir.
Spend a restful hour as part of the congregation and leave refreshed and enriched.
It is for the whole village and not just the regular congregation and so it is hoped that as many as possible will be there.
 

Christmas wreath making: 7pm, 26 November 2019

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A special evening of entertainment at Coed: Wednesday, 27 November

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Join Coed in St Hilary, for an evening of entertainment with special guests Pembrokeshire Fire Spinners (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvr6E0CK73o) performing an outstanding show ahead of a delicious street style feast by Coed event caterers Chefs Dan and Jon.
Be entertained by their very own magician and relax to the sultry jazz tones of Tiger Town Swing.Licensed bar serving local craft beers from Rob Ilford and Ciders from local Vale Cider company.
 
With the log fire roaring, fairy lights twinkling and live music playing enjoy the relaxed vibe in the ambience of a beautiful rural venue.
 
The event is on Wednesday, 27 November from 5pm until late...tickets are limited and just £15 per head and available from  https://www.coedweddings.co.uk/events-at-coed
 

Scout Christmas Post

As in previous years Cardiff and The Vale Scouts are offering a reliable local Christmas post service. Stamps are 30p and will be available from 1 November 2019. The last posting date is Monday 2 December to give time for sorting before deliveries by our 'postmen' which should take place between Saturday 7 December and Sunday 15 December.

In 2018 1st Cowbridge Scout Group raised over £2,700 from the post all of which goes for the benefit of the boys and girls who attend Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in Cowbridge.

Please address your cards carefully and completely and to post them ONLY in the Scout post boxes. All thesales outlets and post boxes have full details of the areas covered which you can see by clicking on the read more link below.

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Advance notice: St David's Supper - Friday, 6 March 2020

Village Hall
7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
3 course supper + bar
More details in due course
 

Silent movie events: 28 September

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Harvest Thanksgiving Supper (11 October 2019)

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
 

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.
 

St Hilary NSPCC Jazz Night at The Roundhouse - Saturday July 20th from 6.30pm

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St Hilary Foragers Produce Market: Sunday, 13 October

Keep the date free and bring your friends and family to the St Hilary Forager’s Produce Market - Sunday 13 October 2019 12noon - 3pm. We have been busy making jams, jellies, chutneys, piccalilli, pickled balsamic shallots, pesto and much more from all the lovely fruits and vegetables that have either been foraged or donated by friends and neighbours. On the day we will also have savoury pies, cakes and crumbles and there will be tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes on offer. Plus, we will have the apple press to make lovely fresh juice. Vale Cider are joining us again and Creative Militia - selling wax wraps, seed cards and lots of other goodies. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
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Church Family Lunch (9 June 2019)

Bookings are now being taken for St Hilary Church's Family Lunch at 12.30pm for 1pm on Sunday 9 June. All are welcome.  It will be held in the village hall and on the green.
 
Tickets, £15 for adults and £5 for children under 14 (infants under 3 are free), are available from John Williams 774105, Gill Harris (Sorrento) 07714 961182, Mary Llewellyn 07800 974527 or church members.
 

Village Fete (29 June 2019)

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Village Hall AGM: 12.30pm (17 November 2019)

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
 

Globetrotters Gallery in the Phone Box

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Valleys Kids Coffee Morning: 10.30am, Thursday 13 June

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St Hilary Village Hall from 10.30 – midday
 
A fundraising event for local South Wales charity Valley's Kids - which supports children in the most deprived valleys of the Rhondda.
 
If you could bake a cake or provide a raffle prize for this event contact Ewa Thomas (771728) but most of all we look forward to seeing you there! 
 

Safari Supper (18 May 2019)

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Plant bring and share in the telephone box (April 2019)

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Magazine swap in the phone box

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Collecting for the Village Fete

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Telephone Box Children's Bake Sale (12 May 2019)

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Advance Notice Church Family Lunch (9 June 2019)

St Hilary Church's annual family lunch will take place at 12.30pm on Sunday 9 June. All are welcome.  It will be held in the village hall and on the green.
 
More details in due course.
 

Advance Notice: Harvest Thanksgiving Supper (11 October 2019)

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The Harvest Supper is scheduled for Friday, 11 October.
 
More details in due course.
 

Fairy Godmother Cleaner

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Gill Clay has a Fairy Godmother who comes each week and in three hours of wand-waving transforms her home to what it should be.  She also transforms the Barn.  She would love the chance to work the same magic for more homes in St Hilary.
 
 She will do anything, loves spring cleaning, doesn’t mind messy jobs and is thoughtful and delightful.
 
 If you are interested please  ring Lynn on 07927741140 or contact Gill on 773443 or 07989 332 048 
 

The Bush Easter Egg Hunt (Saturday 20 April 2019)

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The Easter Bunny is back and ready to hop into the garden of The Bush Inn, St Hilary from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday 20 April - Easter Saturday. There will be gazillions of eggs and chocolate treats to find, games and face painting. It's the 9th Easter Egg hunt and each year it gets bigger and better.
 

St Hilary Litter Pick (Friday 19 April 2019)

Spring Clean Cymru comes to St Hilary, working with the "ladies who walk" and litter pick on a regular basis
For more info contact Liz Loch on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
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Reflections for Lent (March 2019)

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You are invited to join Lynn & Bruce Rankine on Wednesday evenings at Hendre in the run up to Easter - the first meeting is at 7.30pm on 6 March.
 
If you plan to come, or would like further details, please ring them on 01446 775717 or 07810 045717
 

Cake Sale in aid of Type 1 Diabetes Research (16 February 2019)

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We're raising money for JDRF who fund research into the treatment, prevention and cure of Type 1 Diabetes. JDRF have helped our family since our eldest son was diagnosed at age 6 just over a year ago. Their work will undoubtedly lead to positive developments in our son's lifetime for the way he deals with this chronic condition. We hope he'll benefit from a cure too.
 
To date we've raised over £800.
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We hope a cake sale in St Hilary will be a way of boosting this - but also as residents of Robin Hill, an opportunity for us to chat to neighbours, friends and family.
Everyone's welcome - Cakes to buy and take away or to have with tea or coffee!
And, if you'd like to donate any cakes, we'll be setting up from 11am.
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Nia Pugh (Robin Hill)
 

Fete planning meeting (6 March 2019)

Open to everybody
 
Our Village Fete is on Saturday 29 June
 
Please try to bring a friend or neighbour along to this initial gathering, to widen our base of helpers. We are very friendly!  If you have any questions or suggestions, before 6 March, please e-mail Caroline on   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Agenda:
1. Stalls
2. Food: lunch - afternoon - evening
3. Attractions and activities (not stalls: opening, music, demos, storytelling, etc
4. Advertising
5. Getting helpers
6. Date of next meeting: (May)
 
NB: Date for your diary
Sign making/ painting session - village hall - Sunday 22nd June
 
Please send this meeting invitation to anyone who might be interested in getting on board.
 

St David's Supper (Saturday, 2 March 2019)

Village Hall
7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
3 course supper + bar
More details in due course
 

Advance notice: Village Fete (29 June 2019)

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Planning is underway for the Village Fete on Saturday, 29 June - more details in due course.
Please contact Beth,  Liz L, Caroline, Nancy, Bruce or Ewa if you have any suggestions and/or would like to help.

 

Indian Afternoon Tea (13 January 2019)

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Course: The Phases of Ediculture (7 January 2019)

Evening classes at Coed Hills Rural Artspace starting on 7 January, 7pm - 9pm.
 
Join Stephen Watts to explore the phases of ediculture.
 
See www.ediculture.org/courses for more information.
 
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Carols on the Green (20 December 2018)

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’.
 

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

 
The Winter’s Eve programme is now finalised (all subject of course to change!).
 
The acts which will be performing in the village hall from 4.30pm to 6pm include:
- Acoustic guitar duet
- Cornet
- Drama
- Family choir
- Fantasy reading
- A surprise
- Flute
- Musical duet
- Musical dance routine
- Peace poem
- Performance poems
- Soliloquy
If you would like to take part please let us know and we’ll add you to the list.
 
Mulled wine, mulled cider, tea, coffee, mince pies, cakes and seasonal crafts will be available in the village hall.
 
Children’s activities, which will be taking place in the church from about 3pm to 4pm, include:
- Willow wand making
- Crafts
- Garland making
- Games
In the church, also from 3pm to 4pm, will be a series of animated seasonal films which will be shown on a loop:
- Blue Christmas
- Krampus
- Mother Christmas
- The Christmas Cat
 
 After the children’s activities in the church, the children will have a sunset wassail from the church, making a grand entrance in the hall about 4.15pm. (This will be weather dependent).
 
The day's activities will close with a winter warming curry (6.30pm) and a Winter's Eve quiz (8pm) at the Bush Inn.
 
The net proceeds from the event will be distributed equally amongst the village based community organisations.
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NSPCC shopping trip: Wednesday, 28 November

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Village Hall AGM (4 November 2018)

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
 

Village Carol Service (Sunday, 16 December 2018)

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

Christmas wreaths available to order (November 2018)

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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 Carol Service: Sunday, 22 December

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Village Carol Service
 
6.30pm at St Hilary Church
Sunday, 22 December
 
Followed by seasonal refreshments in the Village Hall
 

Celebrating Zimbabwean Culture: (7 & 8 October)

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Cowbridge Community Commemorative Quilt (30 October 2018)

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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An Apple iPhone has been found near the Village Hall.
Please get in touch if it’s yours or you know who might have lost it.
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St Hilary NSPCC afternoon tea at Slade Farm: (6 September 2018)

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Support the St Hilary NSPCC by coming to afternoon tea at Slade Farm, Southerndown on Thursday 6th September from 2.30pm to 5pm.
Tickets £10 per person obtainable from The Baytree, Cowbridge, Jean Mowat 01446 771 601 or any committee member. Enjoy a guided tour of this very special garden.
 

Locals' Christmas meal at the Bus (Thursday, 6 December 2018)

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

Open meeting to generate ideas for the use of the Church: (11 September 2018)

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The members of St Hilary Church are holding a meeting in the church at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 11 September. The purpose of the meeting, which is open to everyone in the village, is to gather your ideas for what you would to see happen in the church besides regular services.  Current suggestions include a crèche and morning coffee facilities where people can meet just for a chat, etc. It will not be a religious meeting.

This is the start of the church becoming a Community asset rather than just being used for services attended mainly by members of the church.

Light refreshments will be served - tea / coffee and biscuits.

The Church would like as many people as possible to attend because, as it moves forward, it wants to ensure that any changes made within the church are beneficial to everyone in St. Hilary not just church members.  If you can't make the meeting, but would like to contribute please contact John Williams by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 07894 048515.

 

Produce Market: (7 October 2018)

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3Cs: 1 August 2018

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A celebration of Zimbabwean Culture at Coed Hills (August 2018)

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St Hilary Year of the Sea Bake Off, Pirate Party & Fun Day (14 July 2018)

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Click here for full details of the Bake Off including categories, how to enter,criteria, etc.

 

Ceramics and jewellery and honey at Coed (May 2019)

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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Safari Supper (19 May 2018)

Bookings are now being taken for the Safari Supper on Saturday, 19 May.
 
Tickets (£25 per head) go quickly for this popular event and booking closes on 11 May, so contact Ewa Thomas as soon as possible on 771728 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you would like to attend. (Hosts for mains and deserts are still welcome).
 

I, Iolo by Gareth Thomas - book launch (30 April 2018)

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Quiz and curry (Friday, 25 May 2018)

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St Hilary Church invites you to a Quiz and Curry Night in the Village Hall
7.30pm Friday 25 May
More details in due course
 

Cancellation of the St David’s Day Supper (8 March 2018)

“Following the unavoidable cancellation of the St David’s Day Supper, we would like to update all those who were planning to attend. 

As you can appreciate this event, apart from being one of the social highlights of village life, is a significant fund raiser which helps us to maintain the village hall.  Those of you who have been out and about recently will probably have noticed the skip outside the hall which was used by the builder carrying out the ongoing repairs to the hall.  You may also be aware that over the past 2 years we have had to spend a significant amount of money to repair the floors in the toilets.

 We have managed to sell most of the food, both prepared and fresh, to villagers at cost price – some frozen casserole deliveries are outstanding, please contact Caroline Neudegg on 07967 976076 for information.

 If you would like have your ticket money for the event refunded, please contact Ewa Thomas on 01446 771728 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 .  If you would like to make a donation to village hall funds, please let Ewa know.  To date, no ticket money has been paid into the bank.

 Thank you for your understanding and support.

 Ewa, Liz, Caroline and Bruce (the Social Committee)”

 

Save a life training (19 April 2018)

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St John Ambulance (Cowbridge Division) will be providing a free "Save a Life" training session in the village hall at 7pm on Thursday, 19 April. This will complement and reinforce the training delivered when the defibrillator was installed. Contact Liz Loch 01446 624351 or 07747 688219.
 

St David's Day Supper and Church Service - CANCELLED (2 March 2018)

A message from Ewa and Liz 
It is with great regret that the Village Hall Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel tomorrow night's St David’s Day Supper (Saturday, 3 March).
As you will appreciate, the safety and welfare of attendees is the most important consideration.
Further information will follow.
 
Also, there’s no Church Service tomorrow (Sunday) because of the adverse weather.
 
 

The Bush Easter Egg Hunt (31 March 2018)

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The Easter Bunny is back and ready to hop into the garden of The Bush Inn, St Hilary on Saturday 31st March - Easter Saturday. There will be gazillions of eggs and chocolate treats to find, colouring competitions and face painting by the amazing Victoria Davis. It's the 8th Easter Egg hunt and each year it gets bigger and better.
 

Art Exhibition "Bliss of Wildness" Sunday 28th January

Visiting International Artist in Residence, Daphne Cazalet, has an exhibition in Coed Hills Barn Gallery at 3pm on Sunday 28 January.
The subject is Welsh Wild Flowers with Medicinal Uses.
Accompanied by Emma and Gemini on the Violin.
Free entry. The Artist will be delighted to welcome you.
 

Village Hall Committee meeting: 29 April

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The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held at 5.45pm on Wednesday, 29 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 for the last year.
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St David's Supper (Saturday, 3 March 2018)

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
 

Advance notice / hosts needed: Safari Supper Saturday (19 May 2018)

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  
 

Village Carol Service (17 December 2017)

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Village Carol Service
 
6.30pm at St Hilary Church
Sunday, 17 December
 
Followed by seasonal refreshments in the Village Hall
 

NSPCC Valentines Day Coffee Morning (13 February 2018)

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The NSPCC group is holding a coffee morning from 10.30am on Tuesday, 13 February in the Village Hall - all welcome.
 
It's a day early because Wednesday the 14th is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent - not a good day for those who will be trying to give up cakes and sweets!
 

Carols on the Green: (19 December 2017)

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The NSPCC Committee would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported our fund-raising events this year. We therefore invite you to join us in singing carols. accompanied by a brass quintet from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. To encourage the festive spirit and help your vocal cords we will also be serving mulled wine and mince pies. Knowing the unpredictability of the Welsh climate, if the evening is damp we will gather in the church. Join us if you can.
 

Defibrillator in place - more training (30 November 2017)

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Drop in coffee morning - Wednesday, 6 December

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St Hilary Forum meeting: (27 January 2019)

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We are holding the annual St Hilary Village Forum from 2.30pm to 4pm on Sunday, 27 January.
The meeting will include:
- finding out what you'd like to happen or to be addressed in 2019
- update of activities
The guest speaker is Paul Whatmough, a Ranger from the Glamorgan Heritage Centre at Southerndown/Dunraven.
 
He has outstanding knowledge of wildlife and conservation and trees and will give a presentation and answer questions 

about how to support wildlife and conservation and trees in the village.

He will also be delighted to explain to the children of the village how they can attract more birds/wild animals to their gardens, etc.

Finally, Paul will provide advice on how best to manage the undergrowth and perimeter of The Clump, which the 3C group will be focussing on in 2019.
 
Click here for more details of the Forum.
 

St Hilary Logo Design Competition! (16 January 2018)

  
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At the initial meeting of the St Hilary Forum an idea was put forward that the St Hilary community should have a logo.  As the Forum's gestation period is over, we're now ready to run a competition for a logo which will be available to use for village activities, social media and virtually any material connected with the village.

It's an exciting chance for all you artists to create a design and to get the glory of your design being the emblem of the village and its community.
There are 2 categories:
1. Children: Residents or their children or their grandchildren of school age
2. Adults: Everybody else, including those who work in the village
 
The closing date is Friday, 12 January 2018.
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Key found (6 November 2017)

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This key has been found on the road near the church lychgate.
If it's your, please contact Simon Lait or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

Defibrillator training and coffee morning: Wednesday, 15 November

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Defibrillator training and coffee morning
10am, St Hilary Village Hall
Wednesday, 15 November

Click here for more information about defibrillators
 

Fish and Chips and the St Hilary Mr & Mrs Show (25 November 2017)

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Some TLC for the village

It was the inaugural meeting of the St Hilary Cut, Clear and Clean Group (the 3Cs) today. We had a wonderful morning clearing the tomb in the churchyard, cutting back the plant growth on a few road signs so we could clean them and doing a bit of litter picking up the lane to the A48 (building on the marvellous ongoing work of the ladies who walk). We also cleared the grit bin. The photos show before, during and after the clearance. And a special mention for the 2 little helpers who have helped to create (yes, create – not clear) a path from the iron bench to the Downs which now means that the view from the bench is wonderful.
 
The next outing is at 10am on Wednesday, 8 November. 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 me know and we’ll put it on the work schedule.
 
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Villagers take on the Gherkin Challenge for the NSPCC (October 2017)

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On Sunday 22 October, Hilary Drew, Isobel Drew and Corrie Pitman will be participating in the NSPCC 'Gherkin Challenge' where they will be climbing 38 floors, 180 meters and 1,037 steps!! Please sponsor them and help make a difference to children's lives.
 

Produce Market (8 October 2017)

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Supporting the Cowbridge WW1 commemorations (August 2017)

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Can you sew?
 
Would you like to help to make a quilt to remember?
 
Click on the read more link below for more information.
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Help to create a splash of colour in the Spring (August 2017)

plantingbulbs We're off! Having purchased some daffodil bulbs at the Vale show this week we planted them in No Man's Land by the church. However, to ensure we have a wonderful display in the spring we need more. So.....if anyone is willing to donate a bag or two we would love to hear from you. Many thanks to Charles Bithell and Caroline Neudegg and her grandchildren for their help.

Monica

 

Do you want to save St Hilary’s listed red telephone box? (17 August 2017)

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Our red telephone box is at risk. Since 2009 the telephone has been out of use and BT has not been maintaining the box. It is in a state of slow decline and could be removed – reports from around the UK suggest that up to 1 in 3 telephone boxes are at risk of removal. The Village Forum has been developing plans to adopt the box for £1 and to use the box for the village community – ideas include a defibrillator station and a magazine exchange (these are common uses across the UK) and several other uses. 

If this plan is to progress, then the actual adoptor of the box would most likely be the “Llanfair Community Council”, being a constituted body. The council has called a public meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday, 17 August in St Hilary Village Hall. The council has set this date so that the members can discuss the matter at its September meeting.

If you can attend and make your views known, about whether or not the box should be adopted on behalf of the village, that’s great.  And if so, any ideas for what it could be used for.But if you can’t make it, please let us know what you views are by either This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or calling me on 07967 976 076 as soon as possible.

Click on the read more link for details about the adoption scheme and the process to date.

Caroline Neudegg, Village Forum Lead   
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Locals' Christmas meal at the Bush (14 December 2017)

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The Bush is hosting the Christmas meal for villagers, locals and regulars on Thursday, 14 December.
 

Village Fete (15 July 2017)

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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.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.336627823425322&type=1 
(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.

 
 

Village Fete: (15 July 2017)

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Cowbridge Music Festival (September 2017)

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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.
 

St Hilary summer plant sale raises over £350 (June 2017)

Despite the appalling rain we managed to hold our plant sale today in the garden at Ffynnon Wen. And, we were thrilled that villagers and friends were not put off by the weather as we had a steady stream of visitors throughout the morning. Lashings of tea and coffee and mountains of home made cakes were enjoyed in the conservatory and BBQ lodge whilst the rain gave the plants more than a good watering!. Many thanks to everyone who ventured out to give their support and to help raise £356 for the village.
 
 Shirley and Jess garden - small  MD Liz Caroline plants front - small
 Deedi and Gloria - small  Claire and Isobele Lowe - small
 Cheryl and girls - small  Bruce - small
 

Church Village Sunday Lunch (2 July 2017)

Bookings are now being taken for St Hilary Church's annual village lunch at 1pm on Sunday 2 July. All are welcome.  It will be held in the village hall and on the green.
 
Tickets, £12.50 for adults and £5 for children under 14 (infants under 3 are free), are available from Gill Harris (Sorrento) 07714 961182 and Mary Llewellyn 07800 974527 or church members.
 

Safari Supper (Saturday, 24 June 2017)

Bookings are now being taken for the Safari Supper on Saturday, 24 June.
 
Tickets (£25 per head) go quickly for this popular event and bookings close on 16 June, so contact Ewa Thomas as soon as possible on 771728 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you would like to attend.
 

Advance notice - Raising funds for the village hall (25 November 2017)

A food and fun evening 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.
 

Patrick's polytunnel blog

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Patrick Whelan is writing a blog about his polytunnel
 
Click here to read what he has to say
 

Intuitive plant medicine courses at Coed Hills (June 2017)

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

Village Hall AGM: (15 October 2017)

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
 

St Hilary Produce Market (8 October 2017)

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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 by:
-   d
onating 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

 

Village Forum update (June 2017)

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This Village Forum is currently focused on doing "things".
The main actions being followed up are:
- review of upkeep of benches and general maintenance of the Clump
- adoption of the telephone box
- updating the village noticeboard
- clearance of the Clump track
- plant sale and produce market
- sign cleaning and vegetation clearing

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 Forum meeting will be held when it is clear what needs to be done about the adoption of the BT telephone box - most likely in early 2018.

 

Defibrillator presentation (Sunday 24 September 2017)

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A defibrillator presentation / demonstration is being held on Sunday 24 September at 12 noon in the Village Hall.
St Hilary can be the site for a community defibrillator thanks to a grant from the Welsh Ambulance Service who will subsidise the purchase of the equipment. However, the village needs to collect at least £500 towards this facility.
 
Training will be provided to interested villagers by the Welsh Ambulance Service.
 
The location for the defibrillator has yet to be confirmed, with the Village Hall, the Lychgate and the Phone Box all being considered.
 
Click on the read more link below for more information.
Read more...
 

Golf Course War Machine - a one act play (Friday, 17 February 2017)

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Village Hall
Two performances: 6.15 and 8.15. Tickets £10 from the Bush Inn.
Featuring Melanie Stevens, formerly of the Bush Inn.
 

Village Hall open for business again (January 2017)

The work in the Village Hall is complete and it is now fully functional again.

 

Harvest Thanksgiving Supper (21 September 2018)

The Harvest Supper will be held on Friday, 21 September at 8pm in the Village Hall following the 7pm service in the church.
 
More details in due course.
 

St Hilary Chit Chat on Facebook

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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: (www.sthilary.org.uk) 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 Bake Off (14 July 2018)

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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
 

Fresh free-range eggs for sale

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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  
 

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 .
 

Church window dedication service (12 January 2014)

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There is a service in the church at 6.30pm on Sunday, 12 January to rededicate the restored west window and to thank the village and all others involved for their help and support.
The service, which will be conducted by the Archbishop of Wales, the Most Reverend Dr. Barry Morgan, will be followed by refreshments in the Village Hall.
All Welcome
 

Stepping stones coming to the village!

steppingstones The use of the £500 donated by Hartswood Films for the filming of the BBC's Sherlock was discussed at the meeting in the Village Hall on Sunday, 27 November.  After generating ideas and a discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of each of the ideas a vote was taken.  The clear preference was to spend the money on improving access to the Downs behind the Crescent, which often gets muddy and waterlogged. 
 

Household items and furniture wanted

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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.
Read more...
 

Sherlock airs on 8 January 2012

bbcsherlock Well its seems that the village will have its 90 minutes of fame!
The Hounds of the Baskerville episode, which was filmed in the village over the summer, airs on Sunday, 8 January 2012.
 

Bush to re-open on 5 August 2010

 

bush1 At last the news that many have been waiting for.  The Bush reopens on Thursday, 5 August.  Liz and Andy will be inviting locals to pop in to say hello before then.
 

Bush update (28 May 2010)

bushfire100505inside The owners are a married couple, Liz Silva and Andy Hooker (no jokes please, he’s heard them all!).  Liz is from Cowbridge and, therefore, knows the local area and community well.  Andy, is a chef, and has been involved in running  and owning successful community pubs for 20 years.  Their keenness and enthusiasm to restore the Bush to its former glory is plain to see.

The answer to the question that everyone asks – when is it opening? – is that the current plan is they will be handed the keys on Monday, 21 June.  And they hope to open about a week later.  But please bear in mind that there is a lot for them to organise, so these dates should be treated as tentative.  They will be living at the Bush and appreciate the importance of community.

There are no major structural changes to the building, but central heating has been installed and the restaurant now has a vaulted ceiling.  The theme will be rustic, with none of the uniformity of tables of the previous tenancy.

Andy has a reputation for good quality food, specialising in grills, fish and pastries – especially wellingtons (not the rubber sort) and pies, including game and pheasant as well as the favourites.  He hopes to source as much as the produce locally as possible.

Finally, most importantly, Bass will be available!

Liz would like to write a short history of the Bush, so if you have any information about past landlords, events and gossip, can you please contact her by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

St Hilary to feature in TV series (August 2009)

Rory McGrath ("They think it's all over") and Paddy McGuiness ("Phoenix Nights") were at the Bush on 26 August filming the second series of "Rory and Paddy's Great British Adventure".  The programme will be shown on Channel 5 in October.
 

"Get rid of ugly posts" (June 2009)

Residents say that new marker posts on the village green are unsightly and must go.  Some go further and say that they are a safety hazard.
Click on the "read more" link below for more information
Read more...
 

Village hall transformed (June 2009)

A grant of £48,267 from the Assembly's Community Facilities and Activities Programme has transformed the Village Hall.  The renovation work included re-roofing the kitchen and toilets, damp proffing, new internal walls, replastering and redecoration.  The hall plays an important role in developing the community spirit of the village.