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Memories of the village

Search the St Hilary website
Click here to go direct to the page – it’s also on the home screen menu half-way down on the left underneath - The People and the Place

If, for example, if you wanted to see pictures of the Royal Wedding celebrations key in “wedding”, “India” for the Indian afternoon teas, “telephone” to see what the phone box has been used for, and so on. (Hint: it is better to put in a short search word rather than a phrase.)



£660 raised for Valleys Kids

A message from Ewa
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On 19 January St Hilary Hall was transformed into the Ritz during the Blitz for an afternoon tea with a difference.  It was themed around WW2, and focused on women’s significant role during the war,. Not only did they keep the family together in turbulent times they worked in various settings such as Bletchley Park, the Land Army, nursing, Women’s Institute, munitions factories and even put themselves in danger working as spies.
 
The Afternoon Tea brought guests together to enjoy each other’s company whilst fundraising for a very worthwhile cause – the charity Valleys Kids.

And through the generosity of those attending an amazing £660 was raised.

A very big thank you to those who supported the event, either by helping to make the tea, enjoying it or contributing wartime memorabilia to decorate the hall. Your support is very much appreciated.

Best wishes, Eva Thomas

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Best kept village 1990

In 1990, as part of the St Hilary 900 celebrations, the village entered and won the Vale of Glamorgan Best Kept Village Competion.
Click on this link to read some documents such as letters, meeting notes and Plans for No Man's Land.
 
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Search the St Hilary website
Click here to go direct to the page – it’s also on the home screen menu half-way down on the left underneath - The People and the Place

If, for example, if you wanted to see pictures of the Royal Wedding celebrations key in “wedding”, “India” for the Indian afternoon teas, “telephone” to see what the phone box has been used for, and so on. (Hint: it is better to put in a short search word rather than a phrase.)

 

2018 - a year in the life of the telephone box

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Following the adoption of the telephone box in 2018 local residents took over its maintenance and care.
 
Initially, it was cleaned and given a sparkly coat of telephone box red paint.
Then suggestions were made for its use, which included:
 • Housing a defibrillator • Book exchange • Art gallery 
• Magazine swap • Five minute Welsh lessons
 And much more!
Click on this link to find out what actually happened!
 

St Hilary Telephone Box of Christmas delights is back!!! (2019)

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Villagers braved the rain this week to watch the lights being switched on in the St Hilary telephone box. For the second year running Santa and his Elves dropped by to decorate the box for Christmas and the popular Santa’s Pantry and Elf Exchange are the main features. Santa’s Pantry is for the children and the Elf Exchange is for the little people. Each shelf contains a gift that visitors are welcome to take - but if they do they must leave another gift else in its place.
Visitors can also drop donations in the box for the Vale Food Bank over the next couple of weeks. 
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Telephone Box Xmas lights switch on (28 November 2019)

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 Join us on Thursday 28 November at 4.30pm when we will be switching on the lights at the St Hilary Telephone Box to launch the Christmas box of delights.

Santa and his Elves have been busy preparing the box for your enjoyment and look forward to welcoming visitors, young and old, throughout December.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

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

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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.
 

Winter's Eve 2019 - 3.30pm-10pm, Sunday 8 December

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Click on read more for the narrative of Winter's Eve
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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)

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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.
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Bollywood night: (3 October 2019)

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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 www.ljplayingsurfaces.co.uk) 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

Caroline

For those of you on Facebook, here’s the link to the album on St Hilary Community: facebook.com/groups/sthilary/photos/?filter=albums and click on the read more link below for a short report on the fete which was submitted to the Gem:

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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.
 
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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 friendly...like 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
 

Abracadabra! We now know where the village hall is!

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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
  
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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).

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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. 
 
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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. 
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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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St Hilary 2000 - The millennium celebrations

On 17 January 1997 a committee was established to plan village millennium celebrations.
 
Members of the committee were
  • Michael Kemp (formerly Village Farm)
  • Jenny Lord (formerly Gardd y Gegin)
  • Jeannie Griffiths (formerly Little Hall Cottage)
  • Mary Llewellyn
  • Hilary Pollock
  • Guy Morton
  • Jill Williams
  • Caroline Neudegg
  • Carolyn Lyons
  • Fiona Curteis
  • Bill Clay
  • Lorraine Ravey (formerly  Lansdowne)
  • Tony Ramsden (formerly New House)
At this meeting it was reported that there was £700 in the St Hilary 900 account and it was agreed that this money should be used to maintain the group. It was also reported that No Man’s land – later named the ‘Pump Garden’ was the responsibility of the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
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Theatre in St Hilary: ‘Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime (31 January 2019)

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A New Venture is Happening in St. Hilary Village Hall - Live Theatre on Thursday 31st January at 7:30
 
Come and see  Rocket Theatre perform ‘Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime,’ a play by Oscar Wilde (supported by the Arts Council of Wales)
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Helping families in need and the homeless (January 2019)

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

The inaugural Village Celebration of Winter's Eve took place on Sunday, 2 December 2018.
 
Events started in the Church with children's activities that included:
- Willow wand making
- Crafts
- Garland making
- Games
- Series of animated seasonal films
 
After the children's activities in the church, the children had a sunset wassail from the Church, making a grand entrance in the hall.
There was a series of performance in the Hall by children and adults of the village. These included an acoustic guitar set, songs, cornet, fantasy reading, a flash mob, flute, musical dance routine, poems and a soliloquy. Mulled wine, mulled cider, tea, coffee, mince pies, cakes and seasonal crafts were also available.
 
Finally, many of us went over to the Bush for a winter warming curry and a Winter's Eve Quiz.
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Our Telephone Box of Delights (December 2018)

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Our newly adopted telephone box has been transformed by Santa's elves for the festive period – and needs to be seen to be believed! 
 
The front door panels have interesting information about Christmas traditions – from Christmas pudding to the adorable – or not - humble sprout!
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And inside there is some festive fun for all the family with Santa’s Pantry and the Elf Exchange.
 
Santa’s Pantry is for the grown-ups with recipes donated by friends and neighbours along with a treat on the shelf that you can help yourself to if it takes your fancy. However, if you take the item you have to replace it with something else – food or non-food/bought or homemade.
 
The Elf Exchange is for village children. Again there is item on the shelf that you are welcome to take but only if you replace it with something else. It can be food or non-food/bought or homemade.
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Oh, and if you have a favourite recipe that you would like to share leave it in the box and the Elves will make some copies.
 
So it’s time to head off there now and take a peek – don’t miss out!
 
Santa and his happy band of elves would like to wish you a very
MERRY & MISCHEVIOUS CHRISTMAS!
 

St Hilary Telephone Box for Remembrance Day (2 November 2018)

The Dyeing to Paint group that meets in St Hilary Village Hall took time out yesterday to view the display, in the village telephone box, which some of them had had a hand in creating. The felt poppies cascading down the box had been made by members for the group’s WW1 quilt project. The quilts were displayed in Cowbridge shops in 2015 and 2016 and the Senedd in 2017.
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A substantial amount of the poppies also feature in the beautiful display that is currently outside Cowbridge Town Hall.
 
As well as the compliments received from the group there have been a number  of positive comments received from both villagers and visitors:
 
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“What a lovely job of using the Telephone Kiosk to mark the WW1 Centenary. I think that was a very inspired and brilliant idea!”
 
“Thank you so much for turning the telephone box into such a thought provoking and evocative memorial. Beautifully done”
 
“Wonderful that those who returned from the war have been acknowledged as well as those who lost their lives”
There is still time to view the telephone box display – It will be in place until 15 November.
 

Lest We Forget (11 November 2018)

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The newly adopted St Hilary telephone box is being used to commemorate the centenary of the First World War with information about those from the village who lost their lives and those who returned to rebuild their lives following the traumas they had experienced. There is also information about one of the houses in the village being used as an auxiliary hospital where wounded soldiers came to convalesce. The display is finished off with garlands of felt red poppies each side of the door.
If anyone has information to share about that period of St Hilary village life please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

Foraging Pays Off at Successful St. Hilary Produce Market (7 October 2018)

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The 3rd St. Hilary Produce Market, on a wonderfully sunny Sunday 7th October, was very well attended: by villagers, passing walkers, people from Cowbridge, Cardiff and surrounding villages. The afternoon raised over £550, for village projects, including funding of our popular Newsletter for 2019.
A wide variety of locally sourced ingredients where turned into jams, chutneys, crumbles, pies, cakes and soup. Every item of food was either foraged locally (blackberries, watercress, apples, nuts etc.) and / or made by St. Hilary villagers. 
A popular attraction at the event was the opportunity to press apples (of which St. Hilary has an abundance). Many bottles of delicious fresh juice were consumed, taken home and enjoyed.
Teas, coffee and cakes were served whilst people happily chatted with their neighbours, making the whole event a lovely community gathering.
A big thank you goes to everyone who made items for sale; helped with running the event and to those who came and bought!
 
Caroline Neudegg
 

History of New Beaupre House

 
New Beaupre House is a two-storey, double pile late Georgian house, with later mid 19th century wings to the southeast and northwest ends. The house was built in the 1820s for Daniel Jones a lawyer and philanthropist of Llantwit Major, who founded the Cardiff Royal Infirmary. It is a Grade II listed building.  BeaupreHospital
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The Story of Elgiva and Alan Thomas

Elgiva & Alan Thomas lived in Morawelon, St Hilary

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Elgiva’s Story

I attended Cowbridge Girls High School in the 1930s. There were boarders as well as day girls, with the boarders sleeping in the ‘upstairs section’ next to the matron’s room. The headmistress had her office and sitting room downstairs.

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Thank you from David Ravey (August 2018)

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I would like to thank all the villagers who came to Manor Cottage on 2nd August to say goodbye and wish me all the best for the future. It was quite emotional and a great surprise to see so many people. A week has past and I am settling in with my sister, Dorothy, until I can find a place of my own. Thirty-one years in "Lansdowne" and St Hilary will always have a special place in my memories.
 
Thanks and best wishes to all in St Hilary.
 
David Ravey
 

The Church is now in full view (6 June 2018)

The 3Cs group had a good day on Wednesday,6 June 2018 improving the view of the church from the centre of the village:

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Telephone box update (May 2018)

The telephone box is looking good. A few more hours and it will be a glorious bright red all the way round.
A special thank you to Mark Squires of Roadcraft Safety Products Ltd, Banwell, who generously donated the paint system.
And John Davies of Glamorgan White Lining.

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Caroline Williams (c1820-1899)

Caroline Williams (c1821-1899) of St Hilary
Born Caroline Gould, Compton, Dorsetshire

In the 1841 census Caroline Gould appears as a 15-year-old servant in the household of Robert and Ester Tucker at Hindford (Hendford), Yeovil, Somerset. Robert is given as 70 and his wife as 55 with no occupation specified. (Note that adult ages were rounded up to the nearest 5 years in that census - also note that Ancestry.com have transcribed their names as Robert and Ester Justin, but this does not tally with any other records). The other servants were Mary Abbott (30) and Mary Goulding (40). All are listed as being born in Somerset except Robert Tucker and Caroline.

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The start of the telephone box transformation!

The restoration has begun! There is much more to do though. Caroline will post some dates (weather permitting) so others can come along and get involved in giving some TLC to our telephone kiosk.

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1913 Sale of the St Hilary Estate

St Hilary Estate Auction Details
From Messrs Stephenson & Alexander

The document states that the St Hilary Estate of 575 acres, which included farms, residential properties, licensed premises, cottages, small holdings and accommodation land would be offered for sale by auction on Thursday 13 November 1913

General remarks about the village in the sale document

The St Hilary estate is one of the most compact and charming little estates in the County of Glamorgan, is freehold, extending over an area of 575 acres, within a ring fence.

It is situated on high ground, on a sunny southern slope, well wooded with beautiful views extending to the sea, which is plainly visible, and includes well farmed compact attractive holdings and sound homesteads and good tenants, picturesque thatched cottages, the village inn and the old commodious Manor House with ample accommodation, with the Manorial and grazing rights, the whole lying in and surrounding the quaint old world village of St Hilary, with all its quiet picturesque and historical associations, in the centre of the fertile Vale of Glamorgan, enjoying all the beauty of rural surroundings and yet possessing considerable frontage to the main Turnpike road, which in the old coaching days connected Milford with London and which today is still the main road to the west.

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The Story of the Bush Inn (21 March 2019)

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Whilst exploring the rich social tapestry of St Hilary we have come across quite a bit of information about the Bush Inn.
 
The current tenants, Liz and Andy, have run the Bush since 2010 . They took over a newly renovated building as it had been destroyed by fire in 2009.  However, through various documents we have found and conversations with villagers we can track back the history of our historic inn to previous owners and tenants (and its locals!).
 
 The Bush Inn is a Grade II listed inn which dates to the 16th century, and has a thatched roof, thick stone walls, low oak beams, flagstone floors, old pews, a stone spiral staircase, and an inglenook fireplace. 

Iolo Morganwg was known to have visited the pub. The pub is reputedly haunted by the ghost of Ianto Ffranc, a highwayman of some notoriety in Glamorgan. One day he was charged by the authorities and hid in a cave about 200 yards from the inn (down the lane towards New Beaupre). He was caught and found guilty and hung from the gallows. His ghost has been reported to cross the main bar, with a stern look on his face.

 
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Daffodils Blooming on No Man’s Land (April 2018)

The daffodils that were planted in Autumn 2017 on No Man’s Land are finally blooming! Many thanks to those who donated and helped plant the bulbs. And, a huge thank you to the Vale Council for mowing around them!

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This photograph posted on Facebook generated a number of comments from former residents.

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Bill Strong in the “Trouble Spots of the World”

Those attending the annual meeting of St Hilary Forum in January 2018 were treated to a wonderful talk by Bill Strong about his illustrious military career.

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After eschewing a lucrative career in finance and resisting the allure of a life as a jazz drummer, Bill embarked on a journey that took him and Angela to Aden (part of modern Yemen), Oman, Saudi Arabia, Northern Ireland and Borneo.
 
Eventually he was responsible for the mobilisation of 46,000 troops, being 3rd in command of the Headquarters during the 1st Gulf War.
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Fish'n'Chips and Mr and Mrs raises £350 (27 November 2017)

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 A massive thank you to the Village Hall Committee and to those who helped on the evening or supplied delicious puddings. And a special thank you to the Mr and Mrs couples and those who compered and provided the quizzes.
The evening provided lots of laughter and made £350 towards the care of the hall. It also did an equally good job in keeping community spirit alive across and between different groups in our village.
 

Some more TLC for the village (9 November 2017)

It was the 2nd meeting of the St Hilary Cut, Clear and Clean Group (the 3Cs) on Wednesday. We had another wonderful morning clearing the lychgate and other areas in the village The photos show before and after the clearance. A big thank you to Charlie, Cheryl, Liz, Pete, Terry and Tim.
 
The next outing is at 10am on Wednesday, 6 December. 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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25 August 2017 - a day in the life of St Hilary

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It was an early start today with Caroline and Monica planting daffodil bulbs on No Man's Land. Around 200 have been planted so far - all generously donated by villagers.
 
After a coffee it was off to do a leaflet drop around the village to make locals aware of the Produce Market which is being held on 8 October. Early, you might say but we need surplus fruit and veg to make the produce that we intend to sell.

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The bench on the Downs

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This iron bench on the path up to St Hilary Downs has been rediscovered.  The inscription on the seat reads:
“This seat was given by Mrs Thomas Allen of 42 Connaught Square London in commemoration of the coronation of King George V 1911."
 
According the history documented on the St Hilary website Mrs Thomas Allen was the grandmother of Elgiva Ackland Allen. Click on this link to read more about the Ackland Allen family.
 
Thank you to Jane and Charles Williams from Stable Cottage, St Hilary for clearing the path to the bench. We can now enjoy the view!
 

Roger Ian Thomas (February 2017)

We have been contacted by Diane Evans from Cardiff about Roger Ian Thomas. He has sadly passed away at the age of 74. He used to come to St Hilary every Christmas to spend the day with a family in the village. But Diane does not know who he visited. If you can help, please contact me and I'll put you in touch.

 

Queen’s golden jubilee celebrations (June 2002)

Always up for a social event the villagers celebrated the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in June 2002 with a luncheon picnic on the green outside the Crescent. The bunting was raised and everyone raised a glass (or two!) to the Queen.
 To mark the occasion an extra bank holiday was announced for Monday 3 June 2002. 
 And the Palace issued 50 Facts about the Golden Jubilee 50 facts about the Queen's Golden Jubilee
(higher resolution photos are on the St Hilary Chit Chat Facebook page)
 
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A day in the life of St Hilary (24 November 2016)

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Today Caroline Neudegg and I took a stroll around the village to drop off leaflets about the festive coffee morning on Tuesday 6 December and at the same time we sought villagers views about adopting the village telephone box for community use.
 
It is surprising how the village always looks so quiet yet beneath the tranquillity it is buzzing with activity and at one point we wondered whether there was a secret code heralding our arrival as doors opened well before we reached the bell! 
 
Click on read more for the full story.
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A Ride for Dave raises over £1,000 (6 November 2016)

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Following the annual Ride for Dave in October, over £1,000 has been raised for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma medical research unit at UHW.
 
Nearly 50 cyclists took part and friends and colleagues of David came along to give encouragement and moral support. Andy and Liz at the Bush were incredibly generous once again, feeding the riders before they set off and when they returned. Heartfelt thanks to all who took part and gave so generously.
 
Sue & Bill
 

Don't drive too fast (11 October 2016)

Here's a reminder to all of us from Heather and Colin not to drive too fast on our country lanes.
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A car going down to the care home at the farm was travelling very fast and just managed to knock our wall down as you can see.
Very luckily no one was hurt.
 

Produce market success (October 2016)

produceday sm The St Hilary Produce market held on Sunday was an enormous success. Jams, chutneys and pickles were purchased to enjoy later or for gifts. The cakes, pies and crumbles went down well and many stopped by for a tea and coffee so that they could enjoy the home-made cakes. Cartons of soup were available for the first time this year, which were very popular.
Many children and adults had a go at making their own apple juice with the fruit press. There was lots of variety which helped to generate £535 for village funds to help progress various projects – e.g. the proposed adoption of the village telephone box, a new village notice board, improvements to the track to the Clump and, of course, next year's Bake Off.

We would to thank everyone who supported the event either by contributing fruit and vegetables, making chutneys and jams, baking, helping on the day or dropping in to buy produce. We couldn't have done it without you!

Caroline, Liz and Monica
 

A message from Lucy Griffin (July 2016)

Hi, my name is Lucy Griffin and I lived  with my family at New Beaupre House from 1954 until 1967. I am trying to find my childhood friends who lived at Erw Vain house just outside the village. There were 4 daughters Wanda, Juliet, Michelle and Carey, believed to have moved to Buckinghamshire.  They always had lots of animals. I would love to hear from them or anyone else that knew me. I still hold St Hilary in my heart and visit when am in Wales, hoping to find some old friends.

Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you can help.  Click on read more below to see the response(s).

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St Hilary is used again as a film location (July 2016)

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St Hilary Lead Mines

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Click on the read more link below to read an article from a 1956 South Wales Caving magazine which is all about the St Hilary Lead Mines. There are also 2 hand drawn maps of the mines to go with the article: map 1 / map 2
 
Many thanks to Chris at the Coach House, New Beaupre for providing the information. If anyone else has information to share about the village please 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
 
(Note: the mines are on private property and are very dangerous)
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The Secret Gardens of St Hilary (July 2016)

It's a bit cold for summer, but only a few weeks ago there was glorious sunshine which drew everyone into their gardens.

And, there are some stunning gardens in the village. This is one we recently came across – overflowing with colour and hidden away from public view!! Can you guess whose garden it is?

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There are more pictures on St Hilary Chit Chat (FB): http://tinyurl.com/gu4xp9v

If you would like to share your garden with others you can either send photos …. or we are happy to visit to take some for you.

 

And the tree came down (7 June 2016)

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The large beech tree outside Ochiltree Cottage came down on 7 & 8 June. It kept the villagers entertained. 
 
There is a collection of photographs on the St Hilary Chit Chat Facebook group page.  They include 4 amazing aerial shots taken by Ewart Schofield from the top of the carne.
 
If you are a member of the Chit Chat group, you can add photos yourself.  Otherwise, please email them.
 

St Hilary Bake Off results (11 June 2016)

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A big, very big, thank you to everybody who contributed to make Saturday such a success: bakers, helpers, games organisers, Bush, villagers, guests and the children.
 
Details of the winners and a photo album are on
the St Hilary Chit Chat group page on Facebook.
 

Christine Frederick's memories of the village

Our grandparents were Evan and Florence Frederick who used to live in Rose Cottage behind the Bush. Our father , Stanley used to keep his motorcycle in the Bush garage which was on the left hand side - now the snug when he was courting my mother, Elvira (known as Vera). I have photos of my grandparents and me as a baby outside Rose Cottage which I loved. I remember my grandparents moving to 1 Church Crescent, with all the villagers helping them move their belongings, must have been in 1954/55. My father and his brother John were bell ringers in the Church, and apparently there is a photo of them with Kenny Vaughan in the church tower. Our grandfather, Evan (also known as Ianto) was a gardener in the"big houses" in the village such as Erw Fain, the Manor, Mrs Shaw's , and Kninkin which I adored. His garden was spectacular and people used to come from miles around to see it. He also bred Norwich or Norfolk terriers. My brother, Neil and our Dad used to live with my grandparents, Evan and Florence, do longish periods when our mother was frequently in hospital , having ear operations, and we see it as our second home.

 

Anyone know Lynda Evans? (March 2016)

Here’s a message from Norma Aldridge

This is a bit of a long shot! My friend and I have been trying to locate someone we were in school with and haven't seen for many years. Her name was Lynda Evans and her father kept The Bush Inn and then The Star in Troes. Would you know anyone who is still in contact with Lynda's sisters? The last time we saw Lynda was after she was married and living in The Forest of Dean. Unfortunately, we can't remember her married name!
Thank you. 

 Please contact us if you can help.  Click the Read More link for two interesting and useful responses.
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A Ride for Dave raises over £2,000 (October 2015)

ridefordave2015 Following the annual Ride for Dave in October, over £2,000 has been raised for research into blood cancer, £350 from the collection buckets in the Bush and the rest from individual donations and sponsorship. This brings the total raised in the past three years to over £10,000. Many thanks to  everyone who has taken part, made a donation, provided sponsorship and or supported the event in any way.

Sue Evans
 

A lucky escape: (15 November 2015)

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St Hilary Foraging Market raises £310! (30 September 2015)

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It was such a lovely sunny morning on Wednesday 30 September we decided to hold the St Hilary Foragers Market outside the village hall. And, whilst it was a bit chilly in the shade it certainly brought the locals out to buy the home made produce.
 
The market proved to be a great success as we raised £312 for Village Hall funds!
  
We are already talking about running it again next year!
  
Click on read more below to see everybody who contributed.
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Ivy celebrates 100 years!!! (28 September 2015)

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A memorable occasion - Ivy Sayce (Rae Kitchen's mother) is 100 on Monday, 28 September  -  if you want to pop in on the day, you'd be made very welcome.
Ivy was born on the 28th September 1915 in the military hospital in Portsmouth. Shortly after her birth her parents moved to Cardiff where she was brought up. She married Raymond and they lived in Cardiff until 1972 when they moved to St. Hilary Post Office, eventually converting the workshops in the garden into a bungalow where she now lives.
Although Ivy has problems with her eyesight and hearing she still enjoys cooking herself tasty meals and pottering around the house. She was still driving when 92 and misses her outings to Cowbridge very much.
 

Celebrating the Centenary of the WI (16 September 2015)

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To celebrate the Centenary Year of the Women's Institute, St Hilary WI planted an acer tree in the St Hilary Pump Garden / No Man's Land on 16th September 2015 - the date in 1915 that the first WI was founded in Llanfair PG.  Members gathered for a ceremonial planting, complete with commemoration plaque.  A celebratory toast then took place in The Bush!!
 
Click on read more for additional photos and names.
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The Story of the Bruce Family of The Grange (26 June 2015)

West of St Hilary Church is the 1875 vicarage, now known as the Grange, currently owned by Isobelle and Peter Lowe. Previously, it was the home of Sir Gerald Trevor Knight Bruce who was a solicitor in the firm of Morgan Bruce & Nicholas.  Click on the read more link below to read about how his son set a world mountainerring record when he made an attempt to climb Mount Everest and his link with the Village Hall.

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Dedication of the St Hilary 2000 Community Jubilee Bell (20 March 2015)

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20 March 1999 was the day that the new bell was dedicated to St Hilary Church and the existing bells were re-dedicated. 

The ‘St Hilary 2000’ community association gave the bell and funded the restoration of the existing bells. 

Click on read more below for all the details.

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Bill & Gill Clay’s Story of St Hilary Village Life (16 June 2016)

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Bill Clay has lived in the village since 1938 and Gill moved to the village when she married Bil in 1968.  
 
Click on the read more link below to read their wonderful story of living in the village.
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St Hilary (and the Bush) is number 1 again! (17 May 2015)

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Wales Online has rated the Bush as number 1 in its list of brilliant Welsh food pubs where you can enjoy a decent pint and a great meal.  Congratulations to Liz and Andy!
 

The Queen's Silver Jubilee Celebrations (1977)

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Phil Dobson's story

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Water Aid is the Winner in Iolo's Big Bash (23 April 2015)

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for some personal thoughts
from Caroline and Tim on
Iolo's Big Bash that raised
£000s for WaterAid.
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The day the army came calling! (20 April 2015)

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An army tanker blocked a road in the village on Friday, 17 April for more than three hours.  It made the BBC news and newspapers when Monica tweeted this picture saying "So much for SatNav. Tanker currently stuck in lane by Manor Cottage, St Hilary."
Here's the link to the BBC news article. 
 

The History of the Clump (4 April 2015)

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Here's the story of the Clump (or more accurately Bryn Owain, meaning Owain's Hill), including the battle of Stalling Down, which was part of was part of the Glyndwr Rising, the Beacon ceremonies, gory executions and fireworks!
 
Click on the read more link below for all the details.
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St Hilary - 5th best place to live in the UK (10 March 2015)

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We have always known that St Hilary is a great place - but now it's fact.
 
According to the Times, St Hilary is the best village to live in the UK, number 5 in the best places to live in the UK and the best in Wales. (Though the paper seems to have missed a zero off the average house price.)
 
And we also made WalesOnLine.  Well deserved fame!
 

Ackland-Allen and Giles family of the Manor House and Manor Piece

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Here is some information about the Ackland-Allen family, former residents of the Manor House. The Ackland-Allens were related to Elizabeth Giles, formerly of Manor Piece.  And there's a connection to the broadcaster, David Dimbleby.
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The Story of St Hilary WI (21 February 2015)

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Here's the history of St Hilary WI which was written to celebrate its Golden Jubilee – from its inception in 1932 to 1982.
 
It provides a fascinating insight into life in the 30s and beyond and the wide variety of activities – particularly the charitable work during the war. Click on read more below.
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Glamorgan Hunt in St Hilary (2 December 2014)

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On Tuesday 2 December 2014 the Glamorgan Hunt congregated outside the Bush. And were treated to mulled wine and nibbles  before setting off across the fields!
 

X Factor auditions at the Bush (10 December 2014)

The X Factor auditions coincided with the Village Christmas meal at the Bush on 10 December.  The judges' parting remarks were "don't call us, we'll call you". (Click on the read more link to gain more insight into what happened).
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St Hilary's taste of the Raj: Saturday, 17 January

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The Dennis' and the Neudeggs held a taste of the Raj in the Village Hall on Saturday 17 January 2015
You can read a full report of the night by clicking "read more" below
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Villagers' Stories

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Monica and Caroline are developing an archive of villagers' memories of the village. Click on Memories of the village in the current news menu on the left for all the stories in a "home page" format.  Or click here or Village archives under the "The People and the Place" heading in the menu on the left to see a list of all the articles to date.
 
If you would like to contribute, but have not been contacted please get in touch with
Monica: 07811 159800 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
or
Caroline: 07967 976076 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
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St Hilary 900 (26 November 2014)

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This is the remarkable and memorable
story of the wide range of activities and
events that the villagers held in 1990 to
celebrate the 900th anniversary of the church.
 
Here's a link to the commemorative
programme which includes a list of the 
residents of the village in 1990.
Also see the St Hilary 900 collection on the
People's Collection Wales website.
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Ochiltree (formerly Wendy Cottage)

Ochiltree is a house that is situated in the centre of the village at the start of the lane that leads up to St Hilary Down.

Previous owners, Bill and Angela Strong, informed us that the property was formerly called Wendy Cottage.   Click on read more below for the letter and other information.

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St Hilary's Treasures (12 November 2014)

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An interesting document emerged from the Village Memories day held in the Village Hall on 4 November.  Between 2002 and 2007, the Vale Council prepared an inventory of local treasures (buildings not artefacts!).  Most of the Llanfair treasures were in St Hilary.  If you click on this link you can access a short version on this web site.  To reduce the file size we have taken out the treasures from other villages and some background information.  If you would like to see the full version, please click here to access the document on the Vale Council website (c5mb).
 

Caroline Arnold's (nee Vaughan) Story

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My mother and father, Ken and Edith Vaughan and I moved into 3 Hall Cottages in St Hilary in 1950. I was 2 years old. We moved from the Hunt Stables in Llandough, St Mary Church.
 
Click on the read more link below for the full story
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Memories of the village (4 November 2014)

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On Tuesday 4 November villagers are invited to enjoy tea and cakes in the village hall between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.
However, there is a catch! We want to gather villagers' memories of living in the village as well as share what we have already discovered.
What better way to spend the afternoon gossiping about the past and sharing photos of interest – we would like to scan any photos or documents to enrich the conversations. And if you have any documents that you think might be of interest bring them along.
 

An Olympic athlete in the village

Here's a bit of village history:
On 27 July 1952 Mel Barnet, who was the landlord of the Bush Inn, represented Great Britain in the Heavyweight Lightweight Weightlifting event at the Olympic Games in Helsinki. It was the first time that this event was included in the Olympic programme (Source: XV Olympiad Helsinki 1952. Publication from the Olympic Museum)

Click on the link below to see the list of his podium finishes in major championships:

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Graham and Rae's story

Here is the 3rd in Monica's archive of villagers' memories of the village - see below for Mary and Ralph and Sian's stories.
 
villageframing Graham and Rae Kitchen moved to the village 47 years ago from Cardiff. Rae is originally from Cardiff and Graham is from Bolton. As a chartered civil engineer, Graham worked for the Glamorgan River Authority. Before moving to the Old Post Office, they built and developed several of the houses in the village - and they frequented The Bush. Click on the read more button below to read their full story.
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Mary and Ralph's story

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Ralph was born in Fishweir Farm in St Mary Church, which has the highest roof in Glamorgan.  He moved into Village Farm, now occupied by the Lewis family, in November 1946.
Mary is from Fonmon. Her father was a builder and undertaker – W. James and Son. They also had a wheelwright shop.
They met when they were 16 on Fontygary beach.
Don’t ask me how we met there because he doesn’t like the beach, but I lived on the beach”.
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Sian's Story

siankeenhouse Sian’s home  Gweled-y-Glyn has always been in the family. The picture shows the house before the extension was built on the side.
Her house, and the one next door were built around 1912 by Sir Gerald Bruce who resided in the Grange . Sian’s grandfather initially worked as the Groom to Sir Gerald and then became his chauffeur.
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A message from Debbie Piedmont

Debbie Piedmont is trying to find information about her relatives.
 
Her 1st cousin twice removed was John Edwards Denbury who was born Oct- Dec 1875. 
His parents were John & Martha Denbury, her twice removed great aunt and uncle.
His brother, Francis and his wife Mary, had 4 children, 3 of whom were born in St. Hilary:
1: Lilian Mary Denbury  born 1892
2: John Stephen Denbury born 1893 or 1894?
3: Francis Harold Denbury born 1895
Hannah J Denbury  and Morgan Denbury lived in St. Hilary according to the 1881 census,  Hannah was 8 and Morgan 10
 
If you have any information which will help Debbie in finding living descendants of the Denbury family please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will put you in touch.
 

Cycle ride for Dave raises £3,270

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Here is a a photograph of the presentation of the cheque for £3,270 to the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Fund by David's friends and colleagues..
Sue and Bill thank all the sponsors and everyone who contributed and/or supported the event in one way or another.  A particular thanks to Andy and Liz at the Bush who opened early and provided refreshments for the participants - Andy did the ride himself and brought his cycling club with him.
 
A similar event  is being planned for 11 October, with a longer ride for serious cyclists and a shorter, gentler one one for the less experienced. More details will follow in due course.  Anyone with a bike will be very welcome to take part.
 

A message from Maurice Francis

For many years I have been researching Santo Tomas Internment Camp, Manila and those civilians interned there by the Japanese from 1942 to 1945. One was Patricia Nora Crump who appears to have been there with no parents and was then aged around 15. Her UK address was given as "The Grange", St. Hilary, Cowbridge. I am wondering if anyone locally has any knowledge of her or her Family. I do hope you can find time to reply.
 
Kind Regards

Maurice Francis
 
Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you have information.
 

Best kept village

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The Best Kept Village Competition in the Vale of Glamorgan was established in 1953 as part of the Vale’s celebrations for the Queen's Coronation. 
The competition was started by local businessman and philanthropist, D C Jones. He donated a superb gilded silver cup for the competition, to be presented each year to the winning village. The cup is still presented annually, but has become simply a silver cup since zealous cleaning by the villages each year has removed all the external gold gilding!
St Hilary won the best kept village competition in 1959, 1962 and 1990.
 
Click on "read more" below for all the details.
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Congratulations to Jeannie on her 90th (13 October 2013)

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Jeannie Griffiths celebrated her
90th birthday on 13 October.
 
Click here for more photos of Jeannie
and those who joined her on her special day.
 
(Thanks to Oscar and David for the photos)
 

Congratulations to Muriel and John

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Muriel and John Coggins celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on 3 September.
 
Congratulations to both of them for this very special occasion from everybody in the village.
 

Bush Boules 2013 Champions (August 2013)

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Face painting Senior Champion Ray
with fellow finalist Sandra
Junior Champion Pippa
with felow finalist Tom
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1927 Directory of St Hilary

1927DirectorySmall Oscar has provided a copy of an extract from a directory of St Hilary from around 1927.  Click here for a readable version. (You will probably need to use the zoom in function in your photo manager programme to read all the text.) Some points of interest raised by Oscar are that:
  • although there were 150 residents, only the gentry and farmers are listed
  • Ackland-Allen at the manor was probably Miss Giles’ uncle
  • Rev Crocket at the vicarage (now the Old Vicarage) was still vicar in the 1960s
  • the farmers included two Misses!
  • Col Bruce at the Grange employed people in village, including Maude Jenkins and members of the Cross family
 

St Hilary 900 Commemorative Programme

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Whilst going through some old files we found a commemorative programme for St Hilary 900.
 
Pages 3 & 4 have a list of the residents of the village in 1990 - it's bound to bring back memories for those who lived in the village at the time.
 
Click here for a low resolution pdf file (700kb) - contact us directly if you would like us to email a higher resolution copy (4mb).
 
Also see the St Hilary 900 collection on the People's Collection Wales website.
 

Cheese and wine at Coed Hills (June 2013)

Gill & Bill's kind hospitality was memorable on a sunny summer Sunday

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The St Hilary Waterway (December 2012)

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St Hilary - A History

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The Howes in the 1600s

familytree I am researching my family tree and I have managed to take one branch of my family, the Howes, back to the late 1600s. As far as I can see all the Howes in St Hilary at that time were related and I was wondering if anyone can offer any further information about this family or life in St Hilary at that time.

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Greetings from Estonia

Hi
I used to live in St Hilary for much of my childhood life, with my parents Tony and Chris Ramsden, and my sister Stephanie living in the "New House".

I live in Estonia now(!), and saw the links that brought me to this website. Wonderful history and pictures, which definitely make me feel very emotional. 

Greetings from Northern Europe!
James Ramsden

 

Fun at the Beastly Bush on Halloween (31 October 2011)

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Bush Boules Champion (28 August 2011)

Congratulations to our Spike for winning the inaugral Bush Boules Bash on August Bank Holiday Monday.  Thanks also to Andy and Liz for putting it all together.  As you can see from the photo, the boules pitch was multi-functional!  Click on the read more link for more photos.
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Memories of the 1970s

We bought Dan y Bryn next to the Bush from Mel Barnett in 1972.  He had a bar built into the lounge but my mother had it taken out, much to my father's disappointment!  Yes he was a world weightlifter as you say.

Jane Pope used to live where Mary and Ralph Thomas live now.  Her mother used to work in the Flamingo Transport cafe, which is now Loch Fyne, and they used to drive a general store van around the village selling stuff.  Jane worked in the back and her mother drove!

I have got great memories of the village from the 1970s.  I was very lucky to grow up there!

All the best
Rob (Price)

 

BBC filming in St Hilary (May 2011)

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman began filimng the second series of Sherlock in St Hilary on 16 May.  The village will be the setting for The Hound of Baskervilles which will be shown later this year. bbcsherlock
Photos of the filming will follow soon

 

 

Weightlifting history

I have just been in St Hilary with my wife.  Her family ran The Bush Inn in the 1960s and I loved the village. My father in law is buried here.  His name is Mel Barnet, and he took part in the weightlifting competition at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki.  I hope to come back soon.
 
Best regards.

Pedro Mateus

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Greetings from New Zealand

Hello all St Hilarians!
 
I would just like to wish the villagers a very happy and successful Right Royal Occasion for Friday 29th!  I think it is a fabulous idea and great to bring back the village sprit. I have fond memories of St Hilary and of winning the village carnival in June 1977  (Silver Jubilee year) dressed as the Queen (I was only 10) and my aunt lent me her Corgi to finish off the outfit!
The Pope family lived in St Hilary for many generations and many now rest quietly in the churchyard.  No doubt many will be thanking you for giving the village its heart back.  St Hilary will always be "home" to me no matter where in world I am.
Have a fabulous day.  I hope to see some photos on the web site.
 
Best wishes
 
Jane
Jane Edwards (nee Pope), Papamoa Beach, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

 

Easter Egg Hunt (23 April 2011)

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Eggciting fun for all the family!!
The Easter egg hunt, face painting and games hosted by the Bush Inn were a great success - and the weather was fantastic as well!

 

Bush Babes win the quiz! (March 2011)

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There was a major upset at the legendary Bush quiz on Sunday, 20 March.  The Bush Babes deservedly took first place, beating Tim's Team and the pre-quiz favourites, The Bush Massive, into 3rd place. Only 2 points separated the top three teams - the closest quiz to date.  Pictured above are Kath, Katie and Tor receiving their winnings from the quizmaster, Terry.(Note: the next quiz is on Sunday, 3 April)

 

Royal Wedding Celebrations: (29 April 2011)

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The villagers held a right royal celebration on Friday, 29 April. 
The higlights included, a champagne breakfast at the Bush Inn, activities on the Green,  tug o'war, village choir, village group photograph, promise auction, music and entertainment
About £4,000 was raised for church funds.
Click on the read more link below to access photos and videos of the day.

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Royal Jubilee Celebrations (3 & 4 June 2012)

royaljubilee The villagers are celebrating the royal jubilee over the June bank holiday weekend. The highlights include a BBQ on the Green, the village choir, children's games and activities, village group photograph, lighting of a beacon on St Hilary Down, children's fancy dress competition, music and entertainment.

Click on the read more link below for all the details including the timetable of events:

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Charity quiz raises £1,300 (August 2013)

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The charity quiz held at the Bush on Sunday, 11 August raised over £1,300 for Prostrate Cymru.
 
Thank you to everybody who attended, all those who donated raffle prizes, 8 short planks for donating their winnings, Gary for his silent bid and Liz and Andy for organising and hosting the event.
 

Bush opening a success!

After nearly a year, a few false dawns and numerous rumours the Bush reopened its doors on Wednesday, 5 August. It was great to see so many villagers and regulars there. 
It has been hectic but Liz and Andy and all the staff have coped well.  There's a real buzz about the place.  Click on the link to Photo Gallery in the menu on the left or here to see photographs of the opening night.
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Thanks to Spike for the animation
Andy and Liz (and their families and friends) have re-established the Bush as a special place.  There have already been extensive compliments about the decor and the food.
There's a link to the Bush website in the menu on the left (or click on this link).
If you want to make a booking, the telephone number is 01446 776888 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 

Scary, scary night! (31 October 2009)

Halloween 2009 was really scary!
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Serious fire at The Bush

The Bush caught fiire at around 4pm today, Friday 18 September

Click the link on the left for more photographs
This is the link to the BBC Wales newsclip: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/8264636.stm 

 

St Hilary on TV (27 September 2010)

Rory McGrath ("They think it's all over") and Paddy McGuiness ("Phoenix Nights") were at the Bush on 26 August 2009 filming the second series of "Rory and Paddy's Even Greater British Adventure".  The programme was shown on Channel 5 at 9pm on Monday, 27 September.
 

Elgiva celebrates 90 years (June 2009)

Elgiva Thomas, a long-time former resident of the village, celebrated her 90th birthday in June.
 
The event was celebrated by St Hilary WI - Elgiva has been a member for 73 years!
 

Village lunch success (3 July 2011)

The annual Village Sunday Lunch organised by St Hilary Church which was held on Sunday 3 July was a great success.  Lots of thanks to everybody who helped - with special thank yous to Gill and Mary.  The day was marked by the presentation of the final cheque representing the nearly £4,000 that was raised for the church on the Royal Wedding Day celebration.
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Village lunch success (22 July 2012)

The annual Village Sunday Lunch organised by St Hilary Church which was held on Sunday 22 July was a great success.  Lots of thanks to everybody who helped and all who attended.  The weather was kind and everybody enjoyed the food and the day. 
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Elizabethan Lamb Stew Recipe (February 2010)

  The St David's Day Supper on Saturday, 27 February 2010 was a great success.  The Elizabethan Lamb Stew was a winner - click on the read more icon below for the ingredients and instructions. 
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Snowtime Photos (February 2009)

 
The recent snowfall has provided a photofest!  Examples are available by clicking on "About the Website" - bottom left on the menu and then on the Snowtime menu item that will appear or by clicking on this link to Snowtime 
Email your photos to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   (Any photos - snow or otherwise)
 

St Hilary Church Report 2007

It has been a very positive year for St. Hilary Church. The fabric of the church is in good order and plans are in place for on-going maintenance during the year. Two new collection plates were made for us by Richard Haines, Holy Cross Organist, which we are exceptionally pleased with. Our grateful thanks to Richard for his kindness and excellent work. 

The Building Fund is now in place to begin the restoration of the west window and vestry, and to bring water into the church. 

Fund raising was not only successful but also very enjoyable; Harvest Supper, Church Luncheon and the Pilgrimage Talk. 

Two “All Parish” services were held in St. Hilary in the past year; both were well attended, and it was very heartening to see our church full. Many thanks to Sandra Williams our Organist, Chris Mowatt, and the choir for their hard work.  

The flower decorations in church were greatly admired; thank you very much to our very talented ladies for their hard work and beautiful displays. Coffee and tea served after our services proves to be more and more popular – thank you to the ladies for their hard work every Sunday.  

Our church is always kept immaculate, clean inside and out, and it is good to know that many people in the village put in hard work to keep it looking cared for.  

Again St. Hilary proved a popular place for weddings, and there were many comments about the beautiful building and its friendly atmosphere. 

A large ash tree was removed from the wall between the church and Church Cottage; the roots were damaging the cottage foundations and the west wall of the churchyard, also its branches damaging the cottage roof, The east wall of the churchyard has been repaired with a much improved appearance, and it is hoped to bring the other walls up to this standard in the near future. 

Let us all now move forward in 2008 to continue our work.

 

St Hilary: most expensive place in Wales (15 November 2008)

The Western Mail has today [15 November 2008] named St Hilary as the most expensive place to buy a home in Wales.  It reported that:

Llantrithyd Road, which winds through St Hilary, is the nation’s most expensive residential street, with each property carrying an average price tag of more than £750,000.

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St Hilary: one of the most expensive places to live in Wales

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The Western Mail has named St Hilary as one of the most expensive places to buy a home in Wales.  It is based on an analysis by Lloyds Bank of Land Registry transactions between January 2008 and October 2013, which show that the average price of a house in the village was £555,000.