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Memories of the village

What a glorious and successful village fete

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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An email from Buffalo, USA (17 June 2019)

Note: Walter and his wife were researching a relative, David Williams, who was born in St Hilary in 1815 and died in 1874 – Monica Dennis provided some information.
We had planned our trip to England, Wales and Paris for more than a year but at the last we added a stop in St. Hillary. As it turned out is was a highlight of the entire trip. We just loved the village and surrounding area.
In hindsight, I wish we would have spent a few days there or more. We don’t know if or when we could return. But ...never say never! Wales is such a beautiful country! We enjoyed every place we visited and the people are so yourself!
We live in western New York state south of Buffalo in the countryside near the Village of Springville. Our landscape is beautiful with rolling hills and farmland quite similar to yours.
I have three children all grown and seven grandchildren. Ameilyah is my 9 year old granddaughter, who would love a penpal , if you happen to know someone maybe we could hook them up!
Walter Black

Young enterprise bake sale raises £65 (12 May 2019)

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Many thanks to everyone who supported our local children’s initiative which was held in the telephone box on Sunday 12 May.

The telephone box was turned into a pop up bakery where the children sold cakes that they had made with the help of their parents. The children were thrilled that they had so many customers and made £65. In addition to that, they learnt skills in customer care, food hygiene and money handling. It was an extremely successful event – so much so that they would like to do it every week!


St. Hilary Telephone Box Easter Challenge for Children (April 2019)

For 4 days only: Good Friday 19 April to Easter Monday 22 April
1. Take one envelope with the correct date on it
2. Inside the envelope will be a clue to a place in St. Hilary where you will find a chocolate egg for you to eat
3. If you find the secret location, please take one egg only (so others may enjoy the egg hunt)
4. If there are no envelopes, please enjoy an Easter treat from the red shelves

St Hilary Playgroup: 1989-1991

The St Hilary Playgroup, set up by Monica Dennis and Jenny Labaton, opened on Monday 11 September 1989 after a hectic summer planning and preparing for the big day. Many fundraising events had been held in order to raise money for equipment and many toys were also donated by friends.

Below are some photographs - and click here to see the wonderful scrapbook that is hosted on the People's Collection Wales website.

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The children who attended were from the village and further afield. From the village there was Claire Dennis (Ffynnon Wen), Martha Steadman (Church Cottage) Freddy Hitchcock (Ochiltree), Jonathan Wells (Sefton House) and Duncan Stead (Sefton House).


Traffic and road issues in the village (April-December 2018)

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At the January 2018 Forum meeting, the issue of problems with traffic and poor road conditions was raised.

As a result, the Forum prepared a report which was made available to villagers.  It was then sent in April 2018 to the Operational Manager for Highways and Engineering at the Vale of Glamorgan Borough Council for comment and response.

We received the 1st response, which was about safety, in June 2018.  As the response did not cover issues like the condition of the roads and signage, we asked for a further response.  Despite several reminders, we did not hear anything so we raised a complaint which was escalated to stage 2 in December 2018. We eventually received a 2nd response in January 2019 which was about white line markings.  As that did not cover all the points, we raised a further complaint.  We received a 3rd and final response in February 2019.

Unfortunately, the only outcome are new road markings and two small brown bi-lingual signs thanking people for not dropping litter.

The paperwork is too detailed and voluminous to put on the website, but you are most welcome to have an electronic copy.  There are 11 files and a mixture of pdfs and Word files.  Please let me know if you would like to see them.

Terry ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


Charity Fundraising events in St Hilary Village Hall

St Hilary Scrapbook copy  Members of Cowbridge Stitch & Bitch (S&B) have been great supporters of the village hall in past years when they have run various fundraising events there. This page gives an account of some of them and others. 

Indian Afternoon Tea raises money to train a midwife in India! (January 2019)

The afternoon tea was held to support a charity in Hyderabad where Caroline Neudegg’s daughter, Kate, is working.
13 January was the day that St Hilary Village Hall was transformed into a little corner of India where visitors to the village enjoyed afternoon tea with a difference. Instead of a traditional afternoon tea they were treated to flavoursome morsels of Indian food followed by cakes flavoured with the fruits and spices of Southern India. 
A special printed menu was on each table to whet people's appetite.... onion bhajis, vegetable pakoras, beetroot and paneer kebabs, coronation chicken and mango sandwiches and samosas. Plus, lots of yummy cakes.
Everything was home made even the jam, mango chutney and the raita! Tasters of the India teas – roadside ginger chai and turmeric tea – were also winners. 
The event was supported by friends and neighbours who, through their generosity, helped to raise £1,100 for the Promise charity. The money is sufficient to train a midwife in India for 2 years.
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