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Memories of the village

The Cowbridge Commemorative Quilt on display in St Hilary (November 2019)

The Cowbridge Commemorative Quilt that was made last year to commemorate all those who have died in conflict over the last 100 years, will be hanging in St Hilary Church over the Remembrance weekend – Friday 8 to Monday 11 November 2019.

It was made in 2018 by local members of the community, including residents of St Hilary.

There is a storyboard alongside the quilt which provides information about the making of the quilt and there is a book in which visitors can leave comments or messages of remembrance.

The Narrative of Winter’s Eve: Sunday, 8 December

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The activities begin at 3pm in the Church with films and children’s activities. The films are suitable for adults who can enjoy watching both them and the children having fun. The children’s crafts and games are suitable for all ages, though u4s should have adult supervision.
For those of you who want to generate some heat for Winter’s Eve, Paula is holding a Salsa dance class in the Hall from 3.45pm to 4.15pm.
Weather permitting, at 4.30pm the children will wassail from the Church to the Hall singing songs and carrying lanterns that they will have made earlier.
Mulled alcohol, mince pies and coffee will be available in the Hall.
The performances – which include music, recitals, songs and dance – will begin in the Hall at around 4.45pm.  Currently there are 12 acts in the programme.  If you would like to take part, please let Terry know as soon as possible.
Activities in the Hall will wind down by about 6pm.
The focus will then be on the Bush Inn, where a festive curry will be available from 6.30pm.  (A vegetarian curry will be available.  Please let Terry know in advance if you’d like the vegetarian option as the Bush needs to know).
The final activity will be the Sunday Quiz at 8pm in the Bush which will be a Winter’s Eve Special.  The quiz will finish by 10pm.
The activities in the Church and Hall are free of charge – donations will be welcomed (suggested £5 for adults/£10 for families)
Proceeds will be distributed to the Church, Village Hall and St Hilary Forum (Village Christmas lights, telephone box and 3Cs).

St Hilary Foragers' Produce Market raises £780 for the Church (13 October 2019)

St Hilary Foragers 5th Annual Produce Market on Sunday 13 October was a great success and resulted in us being able to donate £780 to the St Hilary Church Restoration fund.

Volunteers had been foraging and receiving generous offers of fruit and vegetables in the months leading up to the event and using them it to make jams, chutneys, pestos, soups sweet and savoury pies, fruit crumbles, and cakes. As a result there were over 200 jars of delicious products for sale along with the pies, crumbles and cakes, which were soon snapped up by eager visitors.
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And – despite the weather, we welcomed many of our village residents  and a considerable  number of visitors from further afield (e.g. Porthcawl, Penarth etc) We would like to extend a huge thank you to them for their generous support. We are also very grateful to those who offered their own grown fruit and vegetables, or volunteered to bake and make jams, and to those who helped run the event on the day - particularly the stalwarts who braved the weather to operate the apple press and who produced the most delicious fruit juice.
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A rowan tree planted to celebrate the WI (1 October 2019)



The Rugby World Cup comes to St Hilary (October 2019)

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.

Bollywood night: (3 October 2019)



NSPCC jazz evening a success (July 2019)

The Jazz at the Roundhouse raised £1,400. The NSPCC committee thanks everyone for their help and support and for making it such a fun and successful evening.
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What a glorious and successful village fete (July 2019)

Liz and I would like to express our thanks to all you wonderful villagers; friends of the village (Sarah and Mabli Davies) and supporting relatives of villagers for making our 2019 Fete such a great event. Just over £1,000 was raised for the running and maintenance of the village hall. Thanks to those who ran stalls, put up and down marquees, served teas/coffees and cakes, made signs, attended planning meetings and much much more! We had a wonderful team and I think it showed on Saturday 29 June.
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We would particularly like to thank all those who gave bric-a-brac, bottles of wine, gin and everything in between. To those who baked and shopped for items like ice creams. To those who made bunting for the village hall (Monica Dennis) or gave sweets and prizes and loaned equipment for events. To those who loaned PA systems (HRT – Phil Thomas) and even a flat-bed trailer (Paul Llewellyn) – you are all stars.

Also special thanks go to Lewis James (Lewis James Playing Surfaces for the TLC he gave to our village green. He is extremely busy at this time of the year but did a tidy job especially for us!

We may well have forgotten to mention someone but there were so many involved this year! Oh yes – like the Alpaca and Pygmy goat owners. However, we want to say one more time THANK YOU


For those of you on Facebook, here’s the link to the album on St Hilary Community: and click on the read more link below for a short report on the fete which was submitted to the Gem:


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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Church wall restoration - phase 1

Phase 1 of the Church wall restoration completed - the rest of the wall will be tackled in early July. And a big thank you to Clive for all his help.
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