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Memories of the village

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.

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.

Theatre in St Hilary: ‘Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime (31 January 2019)

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)

Helping families in need and the homeless (January 2019)

telephoneboxHygiene1901sm The St Hilary Christmas telephone box of delights has been dismantled and transformed yet again! It is now a drop off point for the Hygiene Bank.- a charity that collects donations of toiletries for families and individuals in need. So, knowing how generous villagers are we look forward to receiving plenty of donations! Toiletries, which could include unwanted Christmas gifts, must be new, unopened and in date. As an example, they could include shower cream, toothpaste and toothbrushes, sanitary pads, nappies, cotton wool balls, deodorant, shaving cream, soap, washing powder etc. Drop your donations in the yellow box inside the telephone box.

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.

Our Telephone Box of Delights (December 2018)

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!
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.
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
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