St Hilary Community Website

...because the community matters

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
News archive

Village Logo Design Competition!

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

It's an exciting chance for all you artists to create a design and to get the glory of your design being the emblem of the village and its community.
There are 2 categories:
1. Residents of school age (ie children)
2. Everybody else (ie adults and toddlers)
 
The closing date is Tuesday, 2 January 2018.
Read more...
 

Some more TLC for the village

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.
 
Before

02s 20171108

After

03s 20171108
 

Key found

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

Choral Evensong for Remembrance Sunday 12 November

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

Defibrillator training and coffee morning: Wednesday, 15 November

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

Click here for more information about defibrillators
 

Riverside Market Garden AGM (16 November)

Riverside
St Hilary Village Hall - all welcome.
We'd love St Hilary folks to come along to our AGM and know more about us. The reason we chose the village hall to host it is because we want to have good connection with our nearest village. On the agenda will be a change of name proposal- one that links us more closely with our geographical location!
 

Fish and Chips and Fun including the St Hilary Mr & Mrs Show - 25 November

FishChipFun171125sm

 

Vandalism in the churchyard (14 October 2017)

On Saturday, between 1.30 and 4.30, someone ripped up directories, magazines and the history of church in St Hilary and left it all in a mess in the porch and inside the church.

And in St Mary Church, the defibrillator has been stolen and there has been vandalism of the church porch and graveyard.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously, please contact the police urgently as the crime has been reported.

 

Some TLC for the village

It was the inaugural meeting of the St Hilary Cut, Clear and Clean Group (the 3Cs) today. We had a wonderful morning clearing the tomb in the churchyard, cutting back the plant growth on a few road signs so we could clean them and doing a bit of litter picking up the lane to the A48 (building on the marvellous ongoing work of the ladies who walk). We also cleared the grit bin. The photos show before, during and after the clearance. And a special mention for the 2 little helpers who have helped to create (yes, create – not clear) a path from the iron bench to the Downs which now means that the view from the bench is wonderful.
 
The next outing is at 10am on Wednesday, 8 November. Everybody is welcome to join us – meet at the tree outside the rear door of the village hall. If you have suggestions for what needs to be done, let me know and we’ll put it on the work schedule.
 
Before
After
 

s01 before - Copy

s03 final - Copy

Read more...
 

Villagers take on the Gherkin Challenge for the NSPCC (October 2017)

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

NSPCC coach trip to Bath: Sunday, 3 December

bathbus
The St Hilary NSPCC committee is organising a pre-Christmas coach trip to Bath on Sunday, 3 December.  Coach leaves Cowbridge at 8.30am with a pick-up at Culverhouse Cross at 8.45am, and leaves Bath at 4.30pm.  Please contact Ewa Thomas on 771728 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you would like a ticket (£15).
 

Carols on the Green: 6pm Tuesday, 19 December

carolsinging The St Hilary NSPCC 'Carols on the Green' will be held on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 at 6pm. More details to follow.
 

Produce Market (8 October 2017)

forageposter2017

 

The Bush Sunday Quiz: 19 November

QuizNiteNeedsYou
It continues - the Bush Sunday Quiz!!!
Sunday, 19 November
8pm start.  £1 per person
Theme: The Welsh Language
Higher or Lower: restarts
 
Click on read more for previous winners
Click
 

Advance Notice: Harvest Thanksgiving Supper (29 September 2017)

Advance Notice
 
The Harvest Supper is scheduled for Friday, 29 September.
 
More details in due course.
 

Supporting the Cowbridge WW1 commemorations (August 2017)

poppies
Can you sew?
 
Would you like to help to make a quilt to remember?
 
Click on the read more link below for more information.
Read more...
 

Help to create a splash of colour in the Spring (August 2017)

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

Monica

 

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

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

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

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

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

Caroline Neudegg, Village Forum Lead   
Read more...
 

Advance notice - locals' Christmas meal at the Bush - Thursday, 14 December

xmasmeal 2016
The Bush is hosting the Christmas meal for villagers, locals and regulars on Thursday, 14 December.
 
Booking details in due course.
 

Village Fete (15 July 2017)

Villagers Fete 170715 med
What an amazing success! Fun, fun, fun, and rain, rain, rain!

A huge thanks to everyone who helped out and pitched in. What a truly community event it turned out to be.

Between us we managed to raise approximately £1,000 for the care and repair of our little old village hall.

Thanks to: every stall holder; to all the bakers for the delicious cakes; the team who served up teas and coffees and big respect to the marquee construction and deconstruction crew.  Thanks to the fabulous storytellers who enthralled the younger children, and to the Coed Hills Community for so much input and delicious food etc. Thanks to Simon and the pony Misty for doing rides in the rain! Thanks to the amazing team who ploughed on with children's races in the rain. Hugely enjoyable - look at the photos on Facebook if you don't believe how much fun the whole afternoon was.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.336627823425322&type=1 
(and feel free to add photos and videos if you are a member of St Hilary Chit Chat)

Everyone who we asked for help - delivered! From loaning marques and tents to delivering hay bales. A big thanks to the Bush Pub (the best pub in the Vale) for sponsoring the Face Painting and hosting hilarious karaoke. So many items were donated and so much time given generously. To the family and friends of the organisers - thanks for running stalls and showing support. Lastly but by no means least....... thanks to the Ukulele ensemble who cheered us up by playing and singing in the rain and getting the fete underway - you are all stars!! 'Bring me Sunshine' was an ironic favourite.

So all-in-all a great success thanks to so many of you and the Village Hall Committee.

 
 

Village Fete: (15 July 2017)

villagefete2017

 

Riverside Market open day (6 July 2017)

riversideopenday

 

Cowbridge Music Festival (September 2017)

Mabon
The programme has been announced for the eighth Cowbridge Music Festival which takes place from 8 to 23 September. There are thirteen concerts, including a world-famous vocal group, four chamber music concerts, Jamie Smith's Mabon featuring our own Iolo Whelan, two jazz concerts, a song recital and one of the UK's top brass ensembles. Two afternoon concerts, a Family Concert and five days of schools outreach. Tickets go on sale on 1 July.
 

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

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

Church Village Sunday Lunch (2 July 2017)

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

Safari Supper (Saturday, 24 June 2017)

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

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

A food and fun evening is being planned for Saturday, 25 November to raise funds for the village hall.
 
More details in due course - for now, just put the date in your diary.
 

Patrick's polytunnel blog

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

Intuitive plant medicine courses at Coed Hills (June 2017)

coedhills2
4-day all inclusive residential courses at Coed Hills on intuitive plant medicine:
9-13 June and 1-5 September
 
Click here for details
 

Village Hall AGM: (15 October 2017)

Come and support your hard working committee members at the Village Hall AGM on Sunday, 15 October. 
Doors open 12 noon, meeting starts at 12.15 pm.
 
To put items on the agenda contact Ewa Thomas on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 01446 771728
 

St Hilary Produce Market (8 October 2017)

fruitforaging 
St Hilary Foragers Need You!
On Sunday 8 October we will, once again, be holding the St Hilary produce market in the village hall.
It has proved to be a popular event and one that many villagers contribute to by:
-   d
onating surplus home grown fruit and vegetables
-   making chutneys, cakes, puddings, jams, soups,
    apple juice, etc from the donated fruit
-   buying the produce

Last year we gathered apples, blackberries, crab apples, plums, marrows, rhubarb, leeks, potatoes, etc. - all gathered from the village and used to make some tasty produce to sell - and as a result raised a substantial amount of money for village funds.

So, this is advance notice that we will be on the hunt for anything surplus to your requirements. Please contact Monica or Caroline - see below.

Best wishes

Monica Dennis (07811 159 800 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) & Caroline Neudegg (07967 976 076 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Village Forum update (June 2017)

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

Click here for the current position on the activities of the four task and finish groups that have been following up the actions from the Village Forum meetings to date.  The next Forum meeting will be held when it is clear what needs to be done about the adoption of the BT telephone box - most likely in early 2018.

 

Quiz and curry (5 May 2017)

quizcurry
St Hilary Church invites you to a Quiz and Curry Night in the Village Hall
7.30pm Friday 5 May
Tickets £10 include curry supper from: 
Simon Lait: 07929 575506  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Mary Llewellyn 773421 or
Gill Harris 07714 961 182
 

Potholes (10 April 2017)

This is a request for information from a teacher Llanfair Primary School about potholes in the village. On 12 January she hit a pothole just after turning off the A48 which resulted in £400 of damage to her car. She has since tried to claim for the damage from the Vale of Glamorgan Council which has refused her claim. They say no one has reported any problems with the road and that they inspected the road on 20 December as part of their twice yearly inspections and found no problems. Her reporting of the incident has resulted in the posts being placed in the road. As we know those potholes have been there for a very long time. She is asking if anyone has reported concerns about the road to the council, of anyone hitting the potholes or of any photos of the road taken prior to December? Any information would be gratefully received. Please reply to me and I will pass on the information.
 

The Bush Easter Egg Hunt (15 April 2017)

egghunt   facepaint
Eggciting fun for all the family at the Bush Inn this Easter!!
Easter eggs, face painting, and games!
Free fun for all of the family.
10am to 12pm on Easter Saturday, 15 April
 

Village Hall Committee meeting: 15 January

villagehall1
The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Monday, 15 January.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please contact Ewa Thomas on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 01446 771728.
 
Click on the link below for minutes of the Committee.
Minutes
 

Advance Notice: Village Sunday Lunch (2 July 2017)

St Hilary Church's annual village lunch is being planned for Sunday 2 July (12.30pm for 1pm).
 
More details in due course.
 
 

Advance notice - Village Fete (15 July 2017)

Villagers2011

Planning is underway for the Village Fete on Saturday, 15 July - more details in due course.
There is a meeting on 9 July for stallholders and helpers.
Please contact Beth,  Liz L, Caroline N, Nancy, Bruce or Ewa if you have any suggestions and/or would like to help.

 

St Hilary Summer Plant Sale (8 June 2017)

plantsale2016
Spring is in the air and there is a flurry of activity to revive our gardens ready for those balmy summer days to come! So, following last year's successful event, we are holding another plant sale but this time at Ffynnon Wen (because the hall is a polling station on that day) from 10am to 1pm on Thursday, 8 June.

Teas, coffees and cakes

Bring along your surplus plants for sale plus we have some bedding plants for sale

If you have any queries email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or phone 775186 or 07811 159800

 

Fruit Tree pruning at Coed Hills (4 & 5 March 2017)

Fruit Tree pruning workshops at Coed Hills
10am to 4pm, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March
£30 (£15 unwaged)
Contact Stephen Watts on 07507 578885 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

Church path now open (February 2017)

The Church path between The Bush and Abbotswood, which was closed due to construction work on the Church tower, has now reopened.

 

Wine Tasting Evening in aid of a defibrillator (28 April 2017)

cheesewine

     

defribulator

Raising funds for St Hilary Village Defibrillator
Wine Tasting Evening, with accompanying nibbles!
Friday 28 April at 7pm in the Village Hall
Tickets are £15 from Liz Loch 624351 or 07747 688219.

 

Defibrillator presentation (Sunday 24 September 2017)

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

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

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

St David's Supper: (25 February 2017)

Village Hall
7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
3 course supper + bar
Tickets £15 from Ewa Thomas   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 771728
Closing date for bookings: 20 February
 

Hosts needed: Safari Supper - Saturday, 24 June

This is advance notice of this year's Safari Supper which takes place on Saturday, 24 June.
 
More details in due course. 
If you are able to host (starters, main course or dessert) please contact Ewa Thomas on 771728 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 

Village Hall open for business again (January 2017)

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

 

The Bush Sunday Quiz: 19 March

QuizNiteNeedsYou
It's the last quiz of the season!!!
Sunday, 19 March
8pm start.  £1 per person
Theme: The Smurfs
Higher or Lower: restarts
Next quiz - 17 September
 
Click on read more for previous winners
Read more...
 

Village Carol Service (18 December 2016)

festivecarols
Village Carol Service
 
6.30pm at St Hilary Church
Sunday, 18 December
 
Followed by seasonal refreshments in the Village Hall
 

NSPCC Valentines Day Coffee Morning (14 February 2017)

teaandcakes
The NSPCC group is holding a coffee morning from 10am to 12noon on Tuesday, 14 February in the Village Hall - all welcome.
 

Defibrillator (9 December 2016)

Cowbridge Community First Responders Group has asked if anyone from the village is interested in the possibility of having a public access defibrillator.
If anyone is interested, let me know and I'll facilitate and/or co-ordinate a meeting.
Terry
 

Craft sale and coffee morning raises £700 (8 December 2016)

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported our coffee morning this week and gave so generously.
 
We raised a staggering £700!  You have all helped to make children's lives in India that little brighter by enjoying coffee and cake over a chat with friends and by buying our Christmas crafts. Your support is so very much appreciated!
 
Happy Christmas and New Year!
 
Monica and Terry
 

Private viewings at Coed Hills (10 December 2016)

PVTH  PVLM  
Read more...
 

Feast on local, organic veg this Christmas (28 November 2016)

riversidemarketgarden Enjoy local organic veg this Christmas - guaranteed no food miles and freshly harvested!  Riverside Market Garden (just past Coed Hills) will be supplying organic Christmas Vegboxes on Wednesday 21 December - either for collection from the field or home delivered. Pre order www.riversidemarketgarden.co.uk/buy

Contents
Small (£10.50): Red cabbage, Brussel sprouts  - one stalk, parsnips – 600g , salad bag 150g, celeriac, leeks – 400g
Standard (£13.50): plus 1kg Desiree potatoes and 600g carrots
Large (£16.50): plus 1 kg potatoes, 600g parsnips, 200g salad bag.
Contact Debbie Leigh on 07889 846526 email  admin@riversidemarketgarden, or visit our website www.riversidemarketgarden.co.uk

 

Festive Coffee Morning and Craft Sale (6 December 2016)

mincepies
10am – 12 noon, St Hilary Village Hall
Don’t miss the chance to catch up with friends over coffee and a delicious home-made mince pie and cake
And, at the same time pick up some hand crafted gifts for Santa’s sack!
Proceeds will be donated to the Transform project that works with children who have limited access to education.  Claire Dennis from the village is involved with the project.

transformchildren

 

A Ride for Dave raises over £1,000 (6 November 2016)

ridefordave2015
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
 

Choral Evensong for Remembrance Sunday (13 November 2016)

remembranceday
St Hilary Church, 6.30pm, Sunday 13 November
The service will consist of readings and music including works by Douglas Guest, Elgar and Stanford, sung by the St Hilary Church Choir.
Spend a restful hour as part of the congregation and leave refreshed and enriched.
It is for the whole village and not just the regular congregation and so it is hoped that as many as possible will be there.
 

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.
Vicarage 2 - sm   Vicarage 1 sm
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
 

Locals' Christmas meal at the Bush (15 December 2016)

bush1
The Bush is hosting the Christmas meal for villagers, locals and regulars on Thursday, 15 December.
 
Book a place by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or telephone 01446 776888. Alternatively, you can book at the Bush itself where a booking list is available at the bar.
 

£400,000 raised for Velindre (October 2016)

PTrockies sm
Phil Thomas, together with his brother-in-laws Nick Phillips and Paul Collingridge and many others have ridden the Rockies in aid of Velindre. In September 2014, Phil’s sister-in-law Helen Phillips (wife of Nick) sadly lost her battle with cancer. She left behind two wonderful daughters, her devoted husband and a family who wanted to show their support for Velindre Hospital.
Phil would like to thank everyone who kindly made a donation. If you would like to donate please visit:  https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/philipthomas1
 

Village Hall Committee meeting (21 September 2016)

villagehall1
The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 21 September 2016.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please contact Ewa Thomas on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 01446 771728.
 

Village Hall AGM (27 November 2016)

Come and support your hard working committee members at the Village Hall AGM on Sunday, 27 November. Doors open 12 noon, meeting starts at 12.15 pm.
No bribes needed - but a glass of wine will be provided.
To put items on the agenda contact Ewa Thomas on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 01446 771728  by 13 November.
 

Advance notice - Village Hall food event (19 November 2016)

cheeseandwine
We don't know what it will be, but the Village Hall Social Sub Committee is planning another very exciting event for the evening of Saturday, 19 November themed around food from somewhere.
 
More details in due course.
 

Cycle for Dave (15 October 2016)

The 4th Annual Cycle for Dave is on Saturday, 15 October. The 50 mile sponsored ride is in memory of David Evans of The Granary, St Hilary who died in October 2012 of acute myeloid leukaemia.  It's organised by David's friends and work colleagues together with Andy and Liz of The Bush, in order to raise funds for research to find a cure for blood cancers.   Blood cancers such as leukaemia and lymphoma take the lives of 14,000 people every year (too many of them children and young adults) – more than breast cancer or prostate cancer – yet there is no government funding for research.
If you would like to sponsor the team, sponsorship forms are available in the Bush or on the notice board at the Village Hall.  Alternatively, donations may be made on line at justgiving.
bushcycleteam - med
The ride starts at 10.30am from The Bush, ending there as well for food and drink.  Please come along to wave the cyclists off or welcome them back from 12.30 onwards.
 
 

St Hilary Produce Market: (Sunday, 9 October 2016)

fruitforaging 
Fruit and vegatables foraged from around St Hilary have been turned into delicious jams, chutneys, cakes, crumbles and pies for sale.  Tea and coffee and cake will also be available to consume on the day.
 
Note: If you want to help please phone Monica on 07811 159800 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 

Can you help to keep the churchyard beautiful? (September 2016)!

church1 The churchyard is maintained by volunteers and we need one or two more to join the team. Each volunteer maintains a patch of grass about the size of a small/medium domestic garden and the commitment is about the same - cutting about every two weeks during the growing season. All equipment is provided.  If you can help, contact Simon on 771842, 07929 575506 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 

Advance Notice: Harvest Thanksgiving Supper (30 September 2016)

Advance Notice
 
The Harvest Supper is scheduled for Friday, 30 September.
 
More details in due course.
 

Harvest Thanksgiving Supper (30 September 2016)

It's time to get your ticket for the Harvest Supper on Friday, 30 September at 8pm in the Village Hall following the 7pm service in the church.
 
Tickets are £12.50 per adult. Contact Gillian Harris at Sorrento: 07714 961 182 or Mary Llewelyn 07800 974 527.
 

Harvest Thanksgiving Supper (29 September 2017)

It's time to get your ticket for the Harvest Supper on Friday, 29 September at 8pm in the Village Hall following the 7pm service in the church.
 
Tickets are £12.50 per adult. Contact Gillian Harris at Sorrento: 07714 961 182 or Mary Llewelyn 07800 974 527.
 

Can you help? - The St Hilary Foraging Market (October 2016)

fruitforaging 
In preparation for this year's foraging and produce market we will be collecting surplus fruit (apples, blackberries, etc) and home grown produce over the next few weeks to make jams, chutneys, cakes and pies.
If you have anything to offer and/or would like to help with cooking and baking please phone Monica Dennis on 07811 159800 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
(Note: the Village Produce Market is from 11am to 2pm on Sunday, 9 October)
 

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

Casualty2 Casualty3
Casualty4 Casualty5
 

St Hilary WI update (26 Julyl 2016)

The St. Hilary WI have been enjoying a brilliant range of meetings and activities recently.

WIsummerwalk Four members joined in the Glamorgan WI Summer 6 mile walk on the Mumbles. The weather was perfect and the views and company made it a fabulous walk.
WIsummerball Two members attended the Glamorgan Summer Ball in the Orangery at Margam Park. A delicious 3 course dinner with musical entertainment was enjoyed.
WIroundhouse St. Hilary WI held a social evening on 19 July. The evening was a great success thanks to the wonderful tour of the Celtic Round House – with a talk given by Carys Whelan and the buffet provided by the members.
 

Church Village Sunday Lunch (3 July 2016)

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

Safari Supper (25 June 2016)

Bookings are now being taken for the Safari Supper on Saturday, 25 June. It starts with canapes and a few snifters at Liz and Pete Loch's Glebe at 7pm.
Tickets (£20 per head) go quickly for this popular event and bookings close on 3 June, so contact Ewa Thomas as soon as possible on 771728 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you would like to attend.

 This is a reminder that the Safari Supper starts with canapes and a few snifters at Liz and Pete Loch's Glebe at 7pm on Saturday.

 

And the tree came down (7 June 2016)

treefelling
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 Chit Chat on Facebook

facebooklogo
A Facebook group has been set up (St Hilary Chit Chat) so that anyone who lives or is connected with St Hilary can let everybody know what's going on, share a bit of gossip and let off steam. Anyone (with a connection with the village) can join as a member and that will then enable you or them to start a discussion, make comments and share photos of what’s happening in and around St Hilary.  Please suggest members and/or encourage them to join.
 This is a summary of the social media we have and their main purpose:
 Web: (www.sthilary.org.uk) static information - news and events, news archives and the social history of the village
  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it : ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for general communication and events and news updates
 Twitter: (@sthilarycc)  for event reminders and the occasional news item
 Facebook: for photos, gossip, ongoing activity and rants
 We are reducing leaflet drops, so only those villagers who are not connected digitally will be the only ones to get paper updates. 
If you know of anyone who might like to get email news, but doesn’t, please let us know.
 

St Hilary Bake Off results (11 June 2016)

bakeoffcakes
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.
 

Books for sale in St Hilary Church (June 2016)

Unfortunately due to Health and Safety issues with the Church's Insurance Company we have to get rid of the books we sell in St. Hilary Church.
They are there until Tuesday morning so if anyone would like to browse and buy - paperbacks are 50p and hardbacks £1 - and pick up a bargain, please feel free to do so!

 

Road closure (7 & 8 June 2016)

treeremoval Treework is to take place on Monday at Ochiltree Cottage. The road outside Ochiltree will be closed for two days whilst the large beech tree is removed.  There will be a team of 9 people on site and various machinery including a crane. Disruption will be kept to a minimum. 
 

Advance Notice: Village Sunday Lunch 3 July 2016

St Hilary Church's annual village lunch is being planned for Sunday 3 July (12.30pm for 1pm).
 
More details in due course.
 
 

Notice of Safari Supper: (25 June 2016)

Advance notice:
This year's safari supper is being planned for Saturday, 25 June.
More details in due course
Hosts are needed so do please offer to host if you can (and it will guarantee you a place!)
Contact Ewa Thomas on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 01446 771728 if you can accommodate 8 dinner guests.
 

A family day to celebrate the Queen's Birthday (11 June 2016)

queen90th

   
On the Green
In the Hall
At the Bush
12.00    
 
 Treasure Hunt
2.00  
Tug o'War
 
 
2.30  
Children's Races
 
 
3.00    
Icing competition
BBQ
3.30    
Mad Hatter's Tea Party
 
4.30    
Fancy Dress
 
5.00    
Bake Off begins
 
8.00    
Star Baker award
 
 

Queen's birthday celebration planning (June 2016)

royaljubilee Ideas are emerging for a right royal celebration of the Queen's birthday on Saturday, 11 June.  Initial ideas include games on the village green, face painting and children's activities, a hog roast/BBQ and music.  And of course, the St Hilary Royal Bake Off - see above. The next meeting of the planning forum is at the Bush at 5pm on Wednesday, 18 May. Anyone is welcome to join us.  Full details will be posted here in due course.
 

Litter picking (6 June 2016)

litterpicking Meet at the Village Green at 12 noon
We may have missed the official "Clean for the Queen" weekend in March but there's still time to tidy up the Village before our festivities to celebrate her 90th birthday on June 11th.
Please wear gloves and sensible boots or shoes. If you have a hi-vis cycling or riding jacket, please wear this also. Rubbish sacks will be provided. Safety briefing will take place at 12 noon on the Village Green.
Safety equipment provided by Glamorgan White Lining
 

Plant sale raises a whopping £452 (May 2016)

plantsale2016 We would like to thank all those who supported the village plant sale – everyone who donated, bought plants, manned the tables and served tea. Your generosity helped to raise £452 which will go to village funds to support future events - the first of which is the Royal Bake Off (prizes), Mad Hatter's Tea Party (materials) and Village Day (insurance) on 11 June. And future events and activities identified at the Village Forum.
 

St Hilary Spring Plant Sale (15 May 2016)

plantsale2
Your Chance To Brighten Village Gardens
 12-3, Sunday 15 May

Spring is in the air: days are getting longer, daffodils are beginning to bud.  So we can start thinking about resurrecting our gardens ready for the summer when we will be able to sit in the garden with a glass of wine admiring the fruits of our labours – a pristine and lush green lawn bordered by a beautiful sea of colour and fragrances from the plants that we have nurtured.

So this year, instead of disposing of the excess plants we are asking St Hilary gardeners to pot and donate them to the village plant sale which is being held on Sunday, 15 May between 12 noon and 3pm.  All proceeds will go to village funds.
plantsale
If you would like to help brighten other villagers’ gardens, let us know and we will arrange to collect your plants at a convenient time.
 
Monica: 07811 159 800 /  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

NSPCC coach trip to Bath (Saturday, 26 November 2016)

bathbus The St Hilary NSPCC committee has organised a pre-Christmas coach trip to Bath on Saturday, 26 November - 2 days after the Christmas market opens.  Coach leaves the village at 8.30am with a pick-up at Culverhouse Cross at 8.45, and leaves Bath at 4.30pm.  Please contact Ewa Thomas on 771728 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you would like a ticket (£15).
 

NSPCC Coffee Morning raises £527 (April 2016)

teaandcakes The NSPCC's coffee morning on 14 April was a great success and raised a terrific total of £527.  Many thanks to everybody who provided tremendous support. The money raised will go a long way to help vulnerable children.
 

Andy rides for the NSPCC (June 2016)

NSPCCbike  The Bush Inn's landlord, Andy Hooker, will be cycling the 140 mile Dragon Ride 2016 on Sunday, 5 June. All proceeds go to the NSPCC and donations can be made using this Just Giving link or by sponsorship forms at The Bush.
 
 
 

St Hilary Foraging Market (9 October 2016)

fruitforaging 
Advance notice
The St Hilary Foraging Market is scheduled for Sunday, 9 October.
More details in due course.
 

The Bush Easter Egg Hunt (26 March 2016)

egghunt   facepaint
Eggciting fun for all the family at the Bush Inn this Easter!!
Easter eggs, face painting, and games!
Free fun for all of the family.
10am to 12pm on Easter Saturday, 26 March.
 

Superfast broadband is in the village (April 2016)

superfastbroadband
Superfast broadband is now in the village.
Initial reports are that average speeds of between 20mb and 30mg are being achieved.
Contact your internet service provider (ISP) if you want to upgrade.
 

The Royal Village Bake Off & Mad Hatters Tea Party (11 June 2016)

cake1
Village Bake Off and Mad Hatters Tea Party to celebrate the Queen's Birthday
Children's activities from 2pm, Bake Off from 5pm: Saturday, 11 June
Adults, young adults and children's competitions
Who will win the Star Baker apron?
Who can bake a pie or cake that will be talked about for months?
Lots of homemade pies and cakes to eat.
Bring your children, grandchildren and parents
Click here to download all the details, including how to enter.
 

NSPCC Coffee Morning (14 April 2016)

teaandcakes
The NSPCC group is holding a coffee morning on Thursday, 14 April
 
10.30am in the Village Hall - all welcome
 

NSPCC Pimms and Pudding Party (Postponed)

pimmspudding
The NSPCC group is planning a Pimms and Pudding Party on Saturday evening, 21 May.
 
Put a note in your diaries - more details in due course.
 

St David's Supper (27 February 2016)

Saturday, 27 February
Village Hall
7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
3 course supper + bar
Tickets £12 from Liz Loch  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  / 07747 688219 / 01446 624351
 

Carol singing (22 December 2015)

carolsinging The newly formed NSPCC committee are joining with St Hilary Choir to sing carols in the village on Tuesday, 22 December.  Anyone is welcome to join in, especially children.  We will meet at the church lych gate at 6.15, cruise around the village for an hour or so, and then visit the pub where we hope the punters will be full of good cheer and give generously!  Young children can go home at this point.
 

Carol singing (20 December 2016)

carolsinging
The NSPCC committee is joining with the St Hilary Choir and a brass quintet to sing carols on the village green at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 20 December.  All are welcome to join in, especially children.
 
(If it is raining, the singing will be in the Church)
 

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
 

Be vigiilent (23 November 2015)

neighbourhoodwatch
There has been a reported theft of garden equipment from a property in the village.
 
Villagers are advised to ensure their garden sheds and outbuildings are locked and secured. 
 

A lucky escape: (15 November 2015)

discoveryonside

 

A Quintessential Mediterranean Evening (21 November 2015)

mediterraneanfood
Join us for a dazzling menu including a sparkling array of dishes and experience the wonderful and exciting flavours and cultures of the Mediterranean, without having to cross the channel!
Tickets £15 - bar available
To book or for more information contact: Liz Loch on 624351 or 07747 688219 

 

 

A Ride for Dave (17 October 2015)

rugby
The 3rd annual Ride for Dave, in memory of the late David Evans of The Granary, will take place on Saturday, 17 October at 10am from the Bush Inn. The event has been organised by Dave's friends and family with the generous support of Andy and Liz of The Bush to raise funds for research into the causes and treatment of leukaemia and lymphoma which is being carried out in the specialist centres at UHW and Singleton Hospital. The cyclists will attempt a 50 mile circuit within the Vale and there is a shorter ride for those who would like to take part but are not serious cyclists.
Please come along to wave the cyclists off or welcome them back from 12.30 onwards.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Fund please click here.

 
 

Riverside Market Garden (near Coed Hills)

riversidemarketgarden
Riverside Market Garden is a 5 acre community owned organic market garden located 200 yards past Coed Hills Artspace entrance on Llantrithyd Road, and supplies organic produce via a vegbox scheme and at local farmers' markets. Vegboxes are available  to pick up from the field on a Wednesday, or have home delivered. Volunteers and visitors are also welcome by prior arrangement. Contact Debbie Leigh on 07889 846526, email  admin@riversidemarketgarden, or visit our website www.riversidemarketgarden.co.uk
 
 

Feast on local, organic veg this Christmas! (December 2015)

riversidemarketgarden Christmas Veg Boxes supplied by Riverside Market Garden, St Hilary.
£12 Standard box: 1kg potatoes*, 600g carrots*, 500g onions*, 150g salad leaves, cabbage, 400g leeks, 500g sprouts, 600g parsnips*.
£18 Large box:portion and a half of above items.
Or customise your own box and select from other produce available: beetroot, celeriac, fennel, celery, squash, chard, kale, flat leaf parsley.
 
Pick up from the garden, Llantrithyd Road (just past Coed Hills) Tuesday 22 December, or home delivery can be arranged.
 
To order or for more information contact Debbie via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 07889 846526 www.riversidemarketgarden.co.uk 
*These items are grown on Peepout Organic Farm, Pembs.
 

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

ForagingMarket
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.
Read more...
 

Ivy celebrates 100 years!!! (28 September 2015)

RaeMum100 RaeMum23
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.
 

Sacred Danger Part I at Coed Hills (19 September 2015)

SacredDanger
There's a new addition to the sculpture trail at Coed Hills. Winner of the inaugural 2015 Kim Fielding Award, Uliana Apatina, has developed an installation for her first project in Wales. The project has evolved out of a series of research trips around Wales, networking with the creative communities, and intensive time in the studio and on site.
 
The official opening of the installation at Coed Hills was on Saturday 19 September.  All are welcome at anytime.
 

Harvest Thanksgiving Supper (25 September 2015)

It's time to get your ticket for the Harvest Supper on Friday, 25 September at 8pm in the Village Hall following a 7pm service in the church.
 
This year, by popular request sees a return of the Choir with a short, light hearted  programme.
 
 

St Hilary Fruit Foraging Festival!! (September 2015)

fruitforaging 
You can make use of nature’s free gift of food by taking part in the St Hilary Fruit Foraging Festival!
We are all so dependent on agriculture for the majority of our foods that we forget that we have a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables on our doorsteps  that is sometimes too much for our own personal use. However, there is an opportunity to share some of this with our neighbours.
Rather than see fruits and vegetables wasted why not gather the excess produce from your garden or hedgerows to make and sell scrumptious goodies (apple/blackberry crumble, cakes, chutneys etc).
 
There is also the offer the use of a fruit press so that you can turn your fruit into a healthy juices - or you could make it into cider!   And, whilst you are busy doing all this you could also help raise funds for the village hall.
 
If you grow fruit and vegetables in your garden and often have surplus to what you can use and would like to share it -  we would like to hear from you to let us know what you can offer and when it can be collected.
 
If you don’t have anything to offer but would like to be involved in making cakes, desserts, chutneys etc. to sell at a community foraging market near you soon -  please get in touch.
 
Once we have gauged the level of interest from your response to this email we will be able to work out a time scale to plan the collection of goodies on offer, bake and set a date for a market sale in the village hall.
 
A daft idea? – maybe. But think of all those people who would love to be in such a fortunate position as us – let’s make this happen!
 
Looking forward to hearing from you soon
 
Best wishes
Monica
____________________________
07811 159 800
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
 

St Hilary Foraging Market (Wednesday, 30 September 2015)

fruitforaging  The St Hilary foragers have been out and about in the last few weeks collecting the fruits of the village.

So, on Wednesday 30 September we will be holding a sale of produce (chutney, fruit pies, crumbles etc.) in the village hall between 10.00am and 12 noon.

In the meantime if you have any surplus fruit or vegetables that you would like to donate or would like to make something to sell please contact Monica This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 07811 159800

Proceeds from the sale will be donated to the village hall.

 

Coffee morning raises £635 for Nepal earthquake appeal (26 June 2015)

nepalcoffeemorning
Thanks to all of you who supported the coffee morning that was held at Ffynnon Wen on Friday 26 June. Despite the iffy weather we managed to enjoy coffee and cake in the garden and at the same time raised £635 for the Brick Children School in Nepal. Your generosity will be very much appreciated by those whose lives have been turned upside down in recent weeks following the earthquake. Once again thank you, Monica and Terry Dennis 
If you were unable to make it and would like to make a donation visit the Brick Children School website
 

Solar farm march: Saturday, 27 June

solarfarm A march has been planned to protest against the proposed solar farm on nearby farmland.  It will start from the village at 10.30am on Saturday, 27 June and will end in the High Street in Cowbridge.
 

Solar farm application - chance to comment (26 August 2015)

solarfarm
The planning application for the proposed solar farm village farmland is available to view on-line.
 
Go to http://vogonline.planning-register.co.uk and search for application 2015/00649/FUL.
("Planning search" in the left-hand menu). 
Click the documents tab for all the details.
 
If you want to oppose the application you can do so by clicking "Comment on this application".
Objections must be made by Thursday. 
 

Japanese knotweed (11 June 2015)

japaneseknotweed We’ve been asked to point out that a clump of Japanese knotweed has been spotted growing on the outskirts of the village – on the road down to St Mary Church on the right hand side just before the sign for the village. The Vale Council has been informed and they say they will spray it in the autumn.

Villagers might want to be vigilant and keep an eye on their own gardens and associated verges. Here’s a link to the RHS website with information about Japanese knotweed.  And here's a PCA leaflet.

 

Nepal Earthquake Appeal coffee morning (Friday 26 June 2015)

nepalcoffeemorning
As we are all aware the lives of the people of Nepal has been turned upside down in recent weeks following the earthquakes.
 
So we are holding a coffee morning in our garden – Ffynnon Wen, St Hilary- on Friday 26 June from 10.00am – midday to raise funds for the Brick Children School in Nepal.
 We have plenty of cover should it rain but in the event of a torrent of the stuff the default will be St Hilary Village Hall which is just over the road from us. Everyone is welcome. If you are unable to make it and would like to make a donation visit the Brick Children School website
For more details (including directions) contact Monica by  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or phone 07811 159800
 

St Hilary (and the Bush) is number 1 again! (17 May 2015)

bush1
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!
 

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

iolobigbashgong Click on the read more link
for some personal thoughts
from Caroline and Tim on
Iolo's Big Bash that raised
£000s for WaterAid.
iolobigbashband
Read more...
 

The day the army came calling! (20 April 2015)

armytanker
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. 
 

St Hilary - 5th best place to live in the UK (10 March 2015)

sthilarytimes150308
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!
 

Help for a new paperbox (26 February 2015)

card3lychgatetn
Mary Lewis is hoping that someone who is handy with carpentry can assist her request for a new box for holding the newspapers when delivered to the Lych Gate. She is prepared to pay for the materials herself.

If anyone can help please contact Mary: 773199 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 

Valentine quiz and curry (14 February 2015)

valentinequiz
St Hilary Church invites you to a St Valentine's Day Quiz and Curry Night in the Village Hall: 7pm Saturday 14 Feb
Teams of up to 8 or join a group on the night and bring your own liquid refreshment
Tickets £10 include curry supper and a glass of wine from:
Simon Lait: 771842 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Mary Llewellyn: 07800974527 or
Gill Harris at Sorrento, Cowbridge: 07714961182
 

Merry Christmas

motherchristmas 

Here you go folks! Chris (aka Spike) and his partner Layla have created a shadow puppet video for the festive season! ENJOY!!
http://packofwolves.org/mother-christmas/#.VJUos14gA
(PS Best viewed in full screen)

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

 packofwolves
 

Glamorgan Hunt in St Hilary (2 December 2014)

hunt1412 
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).
bushboysaloud  bushgirlaloud 
bushwhatsappening  bushsimonandgarfunkel 
Read more...
 

St Hilary's taste of the Raj: Saturday, 17 January

indianfood
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
kerala

 

Read more...
 

St Hilary's taste of the Raj (17 January 2015)

indianfood
 Thank you to everyone who attended the Taste of the Raj on Saturday 17 January
kerala
Sufficient funds were raised to upgrade the village website
Click here for the story of how it evolved
   

Any windfall apples need juicing or spare? (October 2014)

apples
Harvest Cowbridge is a community group which is planning apple related activities including mapping fruit trees, volunteer harvesting, re-distributing fruit surpluses and juice pressing.

Members will be at the Cowbridge Farmers' Market on 4 & 18 October with a press, so bring your apples to juice!

Volunteer harvesters, pressers and helpers wanted. No experience necessary.

If anyone in St Hilary has spare apples (windfall or low hanging) available, the Harvest volunteers would love to collect them for use on the community juicing days in October.  Please contact Debbie Leigh on 07890 407670 or Liz Loch on 07747 688219.
 

Memories of the village (4 November 2014)

villagememories
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.
 

St Hilary now has a famous author

bookgareththomas
Gareth Thomas of Manor Cottage has published his first novel: A Welsh Dawn.  Dafydd Wigley chaired the launch in Caernarfon on 20 July. The book is widely available from bookshops, including Cowbridge, and Amazon.
 
The South Wales launch is on 15 September at Cardiff's Pierhead building.  For an invitation or more details, contact Gareth by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 01446 771728. Click read more below for more details and reviews of the book.
Read more...
 

Fantasy Football is back! (August 2014)

fantasyfootball
Keith has set up set up a Bush Inn League in the Premier Fantasy football.
The code to join the league
is 1495627-343766. Register / login at http://fantasy.premierleague.com/
Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.
 

Farewell to Jamie: 3 August

emirates
A message from Rose and Dave
 
As you might know, Jamie has been successful in securing a position with Emirates and leaves for Dubai on August 8th.
We thank everybody for the kind thoughts and many good wishes.  Jamie will miss the village, villagers and Andy & Liz and all she worked with at the Bush. Thank you to all.
 
Liz and Andy are kindly hosting a going away party at the Bush Inn on Sunday 3rd August from 7.30pm and all are welcome to share this evening with us.
 

The facts about fracking: Friday, 8 August

fracking 
A meeting is being held in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Friday, 8 August at which there will be presentations about the facts and science of fracking - Equally suitable for pro-frackers and anti-frackers! There will be some presentations followed by a general discussion. The meeting will end at 9.30pm. 
 
Everybody is welcome - and please pass on the details to anyone who might be interested.
 

Fresh free-range eggs for sale

eggs
Fresh free-range eggs for sale.
£3 a dozen.
From Jane Williams at Stable Cottage.
Pop in or phone 774040 or 07773 729267 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 

Free: Very mature horse manure compost (July 2014)

compost
2-year old horse manure - well decomposed - perfect for fertilizing your garden.
Free to a good home.
 
From Jane Williams at Stable Cottage.
Pop in or phone 774040 or 07773 729267 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 

Fish for sale (7 July 2015)

fish
Geoff the Fish visits the village every Tuesday at around 12.45pm.
You can order as much or as little as you like.
You can select from the van on the day, or you can phone 01446 760594 the day before and your order will be delivered to your house (or a neighbour's) the next day.
 

Cycle ride for Dave raises £3,270

DaveRideCheque
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.
 

Race Night (21 November 2014)

RaceNight1
Race night 7.30pm 21 November
Fish and Chip Supper / Bar
Tickets £7.50 from Liz Loch: 774578 / 07747 688219
Limited to 40 so book early
Proceeds to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Trust
 

Caught in the act! 8.55am (Monday 26 May 2014)

Supplied by a resident who wishes to remain anonymous
 
DogBinBag
 

Wine tasting (7 November 2014)

cheeseandwine
Keep Friday 7 November free
There might be a wine tasting event!
 

Coed Concert Club (25 May 2014)

youngmusicians
After the success of the Easter concert, Coed Hills is excited to be holding another at 3pm on Sunday, 25 May. The concert will be a wonderfully entertaining afternoon, with some amazing talent from young musicians on the cusp of their professional careers in music. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.
 

Coed Fathers Day Concert (15 June 2014)

youngmusicians
After the success of the Easter and May concerts, Coed Hills is excited to be holding a Father's Day special at 3pm on Sunday, 15 June. Early Byrd’s Madrigal Ensemble will feature works by Pergolesi, Dowland, Sweelinck, and Purcell. Tickets including tea and cake (£10 – children free) can be purchased by calling 07877 482922 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 

Riverside Market Garden in St Hilary (May 2014)

riverside
Riverside Market Garden, which has a 5 acre site in St Hilary, has been growing organic veg and providing a box scheme for 4 years. It is a flagship community supported agriculture project. The garden is now offering local people the opportunity to ‘put their money where their mouth is’ and invest in its future. To find out more about donating to Riverside Market Garden follow this link. To find out more about the veg box scheme or restaurant supply contact Michaela: 07889 846526 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it web
 

Home Library Service

homelibrary For readers who are unable to get to the library to choose their books and don’t have anyone to come to the library for them the Vale Libraries have a Free Home Library Service, delivered by volunteers who bring a big bag of books or talking books chosen from the stock at their nearest library. Readers are generally visited once a month and can be issued with up to ten items which are stamped for four weeks. Books can also be reserved online. Please contact Andrea Griffiths, Community Outreach Officer on 01446 725381 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 

Digital Heritage Day (20 March 2014)

digitalheritage

Our Picture the Vale project will be visiting Cowbridge Library on 20 March between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

If you have old photographs of Cowbridge or the surrounding areas come along and share your memories and pictures.

 

For more information contact Cowbridge Library.

 

Litter pick in St Hilary: (16 March 2014)

litterpick
Two young singers, Huw and Will, have volunteered to collect litter from the A48 into the village on Sunday morning. Please support them as they help us to keep our village tidy! They will be working between 10am and 12noon so come out to meet them and put something in their buckets - or make a contribution - see their message below.
 
 
We have been chosen as two of only 80 from across Wales to be part of a choir called Only Kids Aloud which has been invited to sing in a concert in Cape Town celebrating 25 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa.  We are fundraising towards the cost of the trip.   If you would like to sponsor us please follow the link:   http://www.justgiving.com/willandhuwlitterpick
Thank you very much
Huw and Will
 

Help - cat sitter needed for one week (March 2014)

cat
Required for 1 week in the Easter holidays - a cat lover to feed and stroke 2 gorgeous cats. They would need letting in and out of the house and feeding twice a day. If you can help, we will put you in touch. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 

Alun Cairns Surgery: (11 March 2014)

aluncairns
Alun Cairns, the MP for the Vale of Glamorgan, is holding a community surgery at 7pm on Monday, 11 March at the Bush Inn.  You can contact him directly on 01446 403814 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

Coed Hills Forest Garden Project Courses (March 2014)

CoedFGP
The aim of the Coed Hills Forest Garden Project is to educate people about sustainable food production, the importance of biodiversity and habitat creation, which also maintains good levels of productivity. The project has a programme of training courses which can be found on its website.
 

A message from Caroline Arnold (26 January 2014)

Caroline, Mike and family would like to say a big thank you to all family and friends who attended Edith's funeral. A big thank you to Joan and Lorraine for the beautiful flowers in the church. Also a big thank you to the Rev David Boult for such a lovely service. And a very big thank you to Sandra and the St Hilary choir for the special song "We will gather lilacs in the spring again". Also a big thank you Mr Andrew Thomas of Thomas bros funeral directors. And a big thank you to Andy and Liz for the wonderful food at the Bush Inn.
A big thank you to all you lovely people in St Hilary.
 
All  my love, Caroline.
 

Church window dedication service (12 January 2014)

church1
There is a service in the church at 6.30pm on Sunday, 12 January to rededicate the restored west window and to thank the village and all others involved for their help and support.
The service, which will be conducted by the Archbishop of Wales, the Most Reverend Dr. Barry Morgan, will be followed by refreshments in the Village Hall.
All Welcome
 

Glynne is back! (2 January 2014)

getwellsoon
A very welcome message from Glynne:
"I would like to thank all those people from the village who have sent cards, good wishes and phone calls during my somewhat lengthy stay In hospital over Christmas and New Year.It is impossible for me to know, or for Rose to remember,everyone individually, but I am sure you will all know to whom my thanks go."
(Incidentally, please no visits or phone calls for the rest of the week)
 

Festive coffee morning and craft sale (30 November 2013)

stitchandbitch
St Hilary (with Cowbridge) Stich and Bitch Group are holding a festive coffee morning and craft sale
 
11am - 1pm Saturday, 30 November
Cowbridge Lesser Town Hall
 
Christmas cards, crafts, gifts, chocolates, cakes and Valerie chicken products
Proceeds in aid of SOLACE - supporting people in the Vale with dementia and their families
 

Festive coffee morning and craft sale (29 November 2014)

stitchandbitch
St Hilary (with Cowbridge) Stich and Bitch Group's festive coffee morning and craft sale
 
10.30am - 1.30pm Saturday, 29 November
Cowbridge Lesser Town Hall
 
Christmas cards, crafts, gifts, chocolates and cakes
Proceeds in aid the British Heart Foundation
 

Festive coffee morning and craft sale raises £1,024 (December 2014)

stitchandbitch
Good news!
The St Hilary (with Cowbridge) Stich and Bitch Group's festive coffee morning and craft sale on Saturday raised a staggering £1,024 - all of which goes to the British Heart Foundation.
 
A very special thank you to everybody who was involved.
 

Festive coffee morning and craft sale (28 November 2015)

stichnbitchxmas2015
St Hilary (with Cowbridge) Stich and Bitch Group's festive coffee morning and craft sale
 
10.30am - 1.30pm Saturday, 28 November
Cowbridge Lesser Town Hall
 
Christmas cards, crafts, gifts, chocolates and cakes
Proceeds in aid of Llamau Homelessness Charity
 

Donate your children's used shoes (November 2013)

shoes
Lakeside Primary School in Cardiff is collecting children's new and used shoes to send to the children of St Gerard's School in Lesotho, South Africa. You can drop shoes off at the following locations between 16-30 November 2013 - Liquorice Laces, Penny Lane, Cowbridge or between 10 and 12 at Noah's Place at the United Reform Church on Westgate, Cowbridge.
 

The Hound of the Baskervilles returns (November 2013)

The Hound of the Baskervilles has returned and we need Sherlock to help us solve the puzzle.  There is evidence that a hound has learned how to knock over a waste food caddy and a pot of paint.  This time the pooch has left a trail which means he or she could be caught red-handed, or should that be white-pawed?  If you suspect who it is, please let us know and we'll pass on the details.  Anybody seen a white-pawed canine?
tracks1 tracks2 tracks4
 

Congratulations to Jeannie on her 90th (13 October 2013)

jeannie90th
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)
 

A Ride for Dave (9 November 2013)

rugby
A 25 mile bike ride to raise funds for Leukaemia Lymphoma research is being held at 10.30am on Saturday 9th November, starting and finishing at the Bush Inn.
It is not a race but a fun bike ride with anybody welcome to attend. Participants will dressed as rugby players.
 

Advance notice: A Ride for Dave (11 October 2014)

rugby
Another 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.
 
More details in due course.
 

A Ride for Dave (11 October 2014)

rugby
The charity bike ride "40 Miles for Dave" is on Saturday 11 October, starting from the Bush at 10am. The 40 mile rideis for serious cyclists and there is a 10 mile option for the less athletic.

The purpose of the event is to raise money for research into blood cancers and has been organised by friends of David Evans, of the Granary, who died of Leukaemia in October 2012.

Andy from the Bush, who is a keen cyclist, has planned the routes and is generously providing sustenance for the participants.

Even if you do not have a bike, please come along and cheer the riders on their way in the morning or welcome them back around lunchtime.

There are no sponsorship forms but if anyone feels they would like to make a donation, this can be done on line (www.justgiving.com/RideForDave/) and there will be a bucket on the bar in the Bush for spare change.
 

An evening with Terry Waite (19 October 2013)

terrywaite
Cowbridge Rotary has organised a celebrity evening with guest speaker Terry Waite in aid of Emmaus South Wales. Villagers wishing to join the St Hilary party at this event please obtain tickets from  Simon Lait at Morawelon: 771842 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  We already have enough for a minibus so you will be able to attend without having to think about transport to and from the village.
 

UK Fungus Day at Coed Hills (13 October 2013)

fungasday
Coed Hills is hosting an event for UK Fungus Day on 13 October. The day is for all ages. There will be a fungi foray, videos and the opening of the new Fungi Lab.  There will also be the chance to see fungi up close under the microscope and try a taste of edible mushrooms. The event is free, teas and coffees and light snacks will be available from the cafe.
 

Congratulations to Muriel and John

murieljohncoggins
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)

boulesfacepaint boulesraysandra boulespippatom boulesboules
Face painting Senior Champion Ray
with fellow finalist Sandra
Junior Champion Pippa
with felow finalist Tom
Boules competition
 

Home for whiteboards needed! (July 2013)

whiteboard Local poet & entrepreneur Rob Lang is looking for storage space for five large whiteboards and other materials. It needs to be clean (though he'll clean it himself if needs be) and he needs to access it 24/7. Payment for storage commercial premises is not viable at this time. If you can help, please ring Rob on 07891 427887.
 
 

Foodbank in St Hilary Church (July 2013)

foodbank A bright yellow collection box has been set up in the Church for food donations for the Pontyclun Foodbank. The Foodbank supports people who are experiencing financial difficulties with a food parcel containing food for three days. Click on the read more link for suggested donations:
Read more...
 

Consultation on changes to hospital services (June 2013)

hospitalconsultation
Local health boards are consulting about the future of maternity services, neonatal care, inpatient children's service and A&E services in our local hospitals.  There is possibility that if these services are changed people in and around St Hilary might have to travel to Morriston, Cardiff or Merthyr for treatment.
Click the read more link for more information, including how to respond and dates of local meetings.
Read more...
 

Classical Concert at Coed Hills (12 June 2013)

coedcourses
Beethoven, Brahms and Piazzolla
 
Emma Black (Cello) and Susan Bird (Piano)
Coed Hills Rural Art Space
7.30pm, Wednesday 12 June
Tickets on the door: £5 (Children £3)
Raffle in aid of Mothers of Africa
 

Classical Fusion Concert at Coed Hills: Thursday (26 September 2013)

coedcourses
Fusion of Classical and Indian Music
Coed Hills: 6pm, Thursday 26 September 
 
£15 including Indian meal
Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 

Cheese and wine at Coed Hills (June 2013)

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

coedbilljenny coedcroquet coedgillcolin
 

Bush Golf Day (27 June 2013)

golfday
The Bush is holding its annual golf day at Southerndown Golf Club on Thursday, 27 June.
11.30 assemble, 1pm tee-off and 7.30 dinner at the Bush.
Pop into the Bush or see Collin White for more details and to book.
 

Hendrewennol Food Festival (22/23 June 2013)

hendrewennol
Hendrewennol is hosting a food festival this summer with over 30 exhibitors already confirmed for the weekend of June 22/23.
 

Llantrithyd villagers against drilling

fracking
Recently, 64 villagers from Llantrithyd met at Bonvilston Reading Room to object to the proposed plan to drill for gas in Llantrithyd.
Click the read more button below for more information.
Read more...
 

Llantrithyd villagers against drilling (6 June 2013)

fracking
Note: this planned meeting has been cancelled.
The Vale of Glamorgan's Planning Committee will be meet twice on Thursday 6 June to make their decision on the planning application for drilling on the edge of the village of Llantrithyd. At 10.30am members will visit the proposed site on the Bonvilston to Llancadle road, of the exploration borehole. And at 6pm, the members will meet at the Civic Offices at Holton Road, Barry to consider the application. Click on the link to access the Llantrithyd Villagers Against Drilling website and to register your support.

 

Bonvilston open day (15 June 2013)

bonvilston
Bonvilston is holding an open day on Saturday, 15 June
 
Gardens / Quilting / Decorated Church / Plants / Cakes
 
10am to 4pm - Tickets £5 on the day from the Reading Room 
or participating gardens
 

Sticks and stems (5 June 2013)

flower
Cowbridge and District Flower Arrangers Club Presents
"Sticks and Stems"
Demonstration by Elizabeth Gordon
Cowbridge Town Hall 
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
Starts 7.30pm (Doors open 6.30)
Tickets £7 available on the door
 

Seasonal Delights (4 September 2013)

flower
Cowbridge and District Flower Arrangers Club Presents
"Seasonal Delights"
Demonstration by Sandra Snell
Cowbridge Town Hall - Lesser Hall
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Starts 7.30pm
 

Growing weeds course at Coed Hills (May 2013)

coedcourses Click here for details of a 5 part course being held at Coed hills which is about growing, harvesting and preparing common garden weeds, for their nutritional, dietary and medicinal benefits.
 

Anyone lost a beanie hat? (May 2013)

beanniehat
This beanie hat was found on the path to Cowbridge along the footpath to the west of Tyn-y-Caeau.
 
Contact us if it's yours.
 

Anyone know the Crays? (March 2013)

Does anyone know Margaret and Jim Gray (or Cray)?

A card has been received from their friends in Ashstead wishing them well in their new surroundinds, but it’s just addressed to St Hilary without a house name.

 

Reptile identification course (13/14 April 2013)

froginhand A 2 day reptile and amphibian identification course is being held at Coed Hills Rural Art Space on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April. Click here for details.
 

Bush Quiz Cancelled (20 January 2013)

Because of the weather, particularly the risk of further snow and icing tonight, this evening’s quiz is cancelled.

The next quiz will be on Sunday, 3 February

Be prepared for lots of questions about the Eskimos’ (or Inuit–Yupik’s) 50 words for snow!

 

Bush Quiz Cancelled

Because of the weather, particularly the risk of further snow and icing tonight, this evening’s quiz is cancelled.

The next quiz will be on Sunday, 3 February

Be prepared for lots of questions about the Eskimos’ (or Inuit–Yupik’s) 50 words for snow!

 

The St Hilary Waterway (December 2012)

Caroline Monica and Georgie

 

Jubilee photos available (July 2012)

We now have the originals of the 40+ group photos that were taken at the Jubilee celebrations, some of which appeared in the Gem.

Kids_32s Group_16s Kids_41s

They are available for purchase either as prints or a jpg file.  Click on the read more link for details and proces.

Read more...
 

Neighbourhood Watch Warning (June 2012)

catburglar The Safer Vale Partnership has issued a warning about a spate of thefts (particularly of bicycles) from sheds, garages and outhouses round the Vale; and also warning of the risk of "walk-in" thefts from property which has been left unlocked even while householders have been in another part of the house or in the garden. The Safer Vale Partnership advises keeping property secured at all times.
 

Coffee morning (12 November 2013)

teaandcakes The Church is holding a coffee morning on Tuesday, 12 November in the village hall.
 

£280 for cancer care (July 2014)

mariecurie Many thanks to all who contributed so generously to the Marie Curie Cancer collection last month.The grand sum of £280 was raised This will provide approximately 14 hours of expert and loving care by a cancer nurse for someone who wishes to die at home surrounded by their family and friends. Maybe next year we can set ourselves a target of £350? Let's go for it!
 

Spring Afternoon Tea (Sunday 19 April 2015)

teaandcakes
There is a Spring afternoon tea from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday, 19 April in the village hall.
 
Free entrance.
 
RSVP Mary Llewellyn on 773421 or 07800 974527
 

£500 for cancer care (26 June 2015)

mariecurie Many thanks to all who contributed so generously to the Marie Curie Cancer collection last month.The grand sum of £500 was raised - nearly twice as much as last year.
 

Collage of Jubilee Photos (June 2012)

Here is an example of the collage of Jubilee celebration photographs.  There are plenty more in the photo gallery.  Click on the photo gallery in the menu on the left or click here to see them all.  If you have any photos that you would like to add to the collage, send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Oscar has a jubilee album and slideshow on flickr.
Lunch

games
weddingcomp_ marquee
If you would like full size copies, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will send you a jpg file
 

To The Woods: (6 June 2012)

tothewoods
To The Woods, To The Woods fairy tale exhibition at St Donat's Art Centre takes place from 6 June to 1 July.  The exhibition is inspired by the Brothers Grimm's fairy tales and includes work by St Hilary's very own Spike.
 

Woodland Wildplay (19 May 2012)

coedcourses A day of adventure and magic, skills and story at Coed Hills Rural Artspace. Young people over 6 years are invited to follow the trail into the woods and discover secrets of the forest, amongst the trees, plants and the animals. Light the fire, make shelter, play games, learn skills of outdoor living and much more in a full day of foraging and fun. See www.coedhills.co.uk for more information, or check out their facebook group.
Read more...
 

Community Walk – Cowbridge to St Hilary: Saturday, 12 May

iolo The Iolo Morganwg Community Walk
This walk is part of the Valeways Walking Festival programme. Good fun and good company, as well as some healthy exercise. Along the way there will be foraging tips from Rich Wright, then poetry at The Bush Inn St Hilary. Start at 10am at the Old Hall Gardens by the pond. Return around 3.30pm.
Read more...
 

Super Sunday: 6 May: Afternoon Tea, Maypole, Quiz

supersunday A super busy day for the village on Sunday! See the activities on this page for details of:
-   3pm  African Afternoon Tea
-   5pm  Maypole Dancing
-   8pm Sunday Quiz at the Bush

 

Village Maypole Dancing: 5pm Sunday, 6 May

maypole The Rural Events Network have provided a Maypole for community use and anyone in the local area is invited to come along and have a go at some impromptu maypole dancing. Haybale seating will provide a good view! Weave yourself or your children a May Day garland.
Calling all local musicians – if you can play for the maypole dancing – basic jigs/reels/polka’s and/or drum for the Lesotho group that would be great!  email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more details.
 

Singer sewing machine wanted (April 2012)

sewingmachine
Rob Lang is involved in a charity which takes sewing machines to a remote Indian village.  He is looking for the donation of an old fashioned working Singer machine which will provide a sustainable income for the villagers. Rob can be contacted on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 07891 427887
 

African Afternoon Tea: 3pm Sunday, 6 May

lesothoteachers Come and join us for Afternoon Tea in St Hilary Village Hall on Sunday 6 May between 3.00pm and 5.00pm and help raise funds for books and desks in St Gerard’s Primary School, Lesotho.  Click on the read more link below for further information.
Read more...
 

Charity Tea Party (27 October 2012)

teaandcakes
Come to a charity tea party to raise money for a trip to the Goedgdacht Trust in South Africa
St Hilary Village Hall: 2pm to 5pm, Saturday 27 October
Free admission
Delicious cakes at excellent prices
More information / queries: 01446 773003
 

Afternoon Tea: 3pm Sunday (29 September 2013)

Lunch2011 2 Come and join us for Afternoon Tea in St Hilary Village Hall on Sunday, 29 September between 3pm and 5pm and help raise funds for books and desks in St Gerard’s Primary School, Lesotho.
 

Jubilee planning: 8pm, Monday 13 February

royaljubilee Plans are afoot for a right royal celebration of the jubilee.  A meeting is being held to kick-start the process at 8pm on Monday 13 February in the village hall.  Ideas on how to celebrate this special occasion will be welcomed.
 

Jubilee celebration planning: (13 February 2012)

royaljubilee Following a meeting on Monday 13 February attended by around 30 villagers, plans are now underway for a right royal celebration of the Queen's diamond jubilee on Monday, 4 June.  A co-ordination group has been established.  More details will be posted here shortly.
 

Bard at the Bush (29 January 2012)

roblang Rob Lang will be reciting poems he wrote in Italy, at The Bush 8pm, Sunday 29 January. Also open mic for any other readers.  For more information contact Rob on on 07891 427887 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 

Bard at the Bush (12 February 2012)

roblang Rob Lang will be reciting poems at The Bush 8pm, Sunday 12 February. Also open mic for any other readers. The theme is comedy - poems that make you laugh.  For more information contact Rob on 07891 427887 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 

Bard at the Bush (22 April 2012)

roblang The next poetry evening will be held at The Bush at 8pm on Sunday 22 April. Anyone is welcome to read their poetry. For more information contact Rob on on 07891 427887 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

Flower arranging classes (January 2012)

flowerarranging These informal sessions are held in the Village Hall at 7pm on the last Friday of each month until June (inclusive).  The sessions provide advice and guidance on the basic equipment required and the way to prepare and arrange your flowers.  No previous experience is required.  Contact Lorraine Ravey on 772713
 

Flower arranging classes: Spring 2013

flowerarranging
Come and have fun with flowers!
Lorraine Ravey will be resuming these informal sessions in St Hilary Village Hall at 7pm on:
-  Friday 22nd March
-  Friday 26th April
-  Friday 24th May
 
Contact Lorraine on 772713 for more details

There will be a small charge to cover the cost of refreshments. The sessions will provide advice and guidance on the basic equipment required and the way to prepare and arrange your flowers. No previous experience is required.

 

20mg Broadband potential (17 January 2012)

broadband We have been approached by a company that might be able to provide up to 20 mb broadband to the village.  (Currently, at best, it is 1.2 mb). 
A meeting will be held in the Village Hall at 7.15pm on Tuesday, 17 January at which Simon Mawer of Fastbroadbandwales will explain the proposal in more detail and answer questions.
It will use wireless technology (not copper cable, not fibre, not satellite) – Google WiMAX if you want know more.  We have a lot of additional information, whichwe are happy to share – please email if you would like to see it before the meeting or if you have any specific queries: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Also, please email if you can’t make the meeting, but would like to kept informed of developments. Please pass on this information to anybody else who might be interested.

 

20mg Broadband for St Hilary summary

broadband A summary of the meeting held on 17 January to discuss broadband options in the village is available.  Click on the read more link below for full details.
Read more...
 

Broadband Advice Workshop (31 May 2012)

broadband Simon Mawr (0845 259 0343) and his colleagues from Konek-T are holding a broadband advice workshop from 5pm to 9pm in St Hilary Village Hall on Thursday, 31 May.  Complimentary refreshments will be available.
  • learn how the Welsh Government's Broadband Support Scheme works
  • get help with completing your application form (and get a form)
  • find out how to undertake and print out a speed test
  • see the equipment that will be supplied
  • find out when the service will be rolled out
 

Wireless Broadband Update (28 June)

broadband Good news: Konek-T is now installed at the St Hilary mast. The first surveys and installations are scheduled for week commencing 9 July.  
For details contact Simon Mawr (0845 259 0343)
 

Next refuse collection (27 December 2011)

greenbox According to the Vale Council web site, the next refuse collection date is Tuesday, 27 December (it includes a black bag collection).
 

The state of the roads in the village

pothole The state of the roads in the village was discussed after the Village Hall AGM on Sunday, 27 November.  Topics incuded potholes, signage and mirrors.  If anyone would like to add their name to a petition to send to the Vale of Glamorgan Council to improve the roads in the village, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or telephone 775186.
 

Council promises to repair roads in the village

pothole Our cub reporter understands that following the discussions about the state of the roads in the village after the Village Hall AGM on Sunday, 27 November and sterling work by Heather Shaw, our representative on Llanfair Community Council, the Vale of Glamorgan Council has committed to improve the roads in the village.  Within 6 weeks (from 14 February) white lines will be reinstated followed by permanent repair of the potholes.  Monitoring equipment will also be put in place to assess the speed of the traffic through the village.
 

Stepping stones coming to the village!

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

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

bushhalloween2011
 

Household items and furniture wanted

pinefurniture
Lynn and Bruce Rankine are looking for donations of good quality household items and furniture for the Storehouse project, which is run by Cardiff Vineyard Church - providing household items and furniture free of charge to people to needy people in Cardiff.  Please contact Lynn or Bruce on 01446 775717 if you have items which you think might be suitable or would like further information about the project.  Donations will be collected. Click on this link for details of the Storehouse Project and the read more link below for details of what they can collect.
Read more...
 

Halloween fun at the Bush: (31 October 2011)

halloween Halloween fun and ganes at the Bush
Monday, 31 October
5.30   Trick or treat, fancy dress, games
7.00   Prizes
7.00   Bushtucker trials
7.30   Ghost hunt
8.00   Dress the Mummy
For other queries contact the Bush Inn: 01446 776888 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 

Jordan & Egypt Talk: (4 November 2011)

egypt My Pilgrimage to Jordan & Egypt
A talk by Marion Layton-Matthews
7.30 pm Friday, 4 November - St Hilary Village Hall
£3 - light refreshments included
Tickets from Gillian Harris, Sorento: 07714 961 182
or Simon Lait: 07929 575 506
Proceeds to St Hilary Church

 

 

Design A Pie Competition for The Bush Inn Specials Menu! (October 2011)

pie
The Bush, which specialises in pies, is holding a competition for a pie filling for the Bush Inn Specials menu.  Submit your recipe to Liz and Andy in person or by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and they will pick the best one and pop it on the specials menu.  The winner will be announced on Saturday, 29 October on Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival weekend.  The winner gets a free pie and a drink!
 

Iolo Morgannwg and his legacy - 7 October

iolomorgannwg There is a free talk about Iolo Morganwg being held on Friday, 7 October at 6.30 for 7pm at Cowbridge Comprehensive school.  This is part of the build uo to the National Eisteddfod which will be held in the Vale in August 2012.  For more details please contact Carys Whelan: 01446 772888 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

Crafternoon tea (19 November 2011)

stitchandbitch
St Hilary/Cowbridge Stitch & Bitch Crafternoon Tea
3.00pm - 5.00pm - Saturday 19 November
Lesser Hall, Cowbridge Town Hall

Lots of goodies to buy for Christmas.  Handmade crafts, cakes and produce.  Donations and unwanted gifts for the tombola stall are welcome.
Contact Monica Dennis 07811 159800
email: mdennis.wales@gmailcom
web: www.cowbridgestitchandbitch.wordpress.com
In aid of the British Heart Foundation
 

Crafternoon tea success (19 November 2011)

stitchandbitch
The St Hilary/Cowbridge Stitch & Bitch Crafternoon Tea held on Saturday 19 November in the Lesser Hall, Cowbridge Town Hall was a great success - raising over £700 for the British Heart Foundation.
Click here to read all about it and to see the photos.
 

Crafternoon Tea (Sunday, 14 September 2014)

stitchandbitch
St Hilary Stitch & Bitch / Cutting Edge
1.30pm - 4.30pm - Sunday 14 September
Ystradowen Village Hall

A relaxing afternoon of crafting followed by a scrumptious afternoon tea.  Or you can just come along for afternoon tea at 3pm
Contact Monica by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 07811 159800
In aid of the Phillipines Back to Sea Charity
 

Crafternoon Tea raises £1,044 (19 November 2014)

stitchandbitch
The St Hilary Stitch & Bitch / Cutting Edge Crafternnon Tea on Sunday 14 September raised £1,044 for the Phillipines Back to Sea Charity.

Thank you to everybody who contributed, took part and made donations - everybody can feel very proud of what they achieved.
 

Crafternoon Tea (13 September 2015)

stitchandbitch
St Hilary Stitch & Bitch / Cutting Edge
1.30pm - 4.30pm - Sunday 13 September
Ystradowen Village Hall
 
Following the success of last year's event (£1,044 raised for charity), join us for another relaxing afternoon of crafting followed by a scrumptious afternoon tea.  Or you can just come along for afternoon tea at 3pm.
 
Crafts for sale and lots of yummy cakes.
Bookings are essential for either the full crafternoon or afternoon tea only so that we know how many to cater for.
Contact Monica by  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 07811 159800.
In aid of the Brick Children School earthquake appeal, Nepal.
 

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.
boules3
Read more...
 

Iolo Whelan - Rock Star (13 September 2011)

mabon Iolo Whelan is appearing with Mabon at St David's Hall at 8pm on Tuesday, 13 September.  Click on the read more link below for further details.
Read more...
 

Bush Boules Bash and BBQ (28 August)

boules There will be a boules competition and a French themed BBQ day on Bank Holiday Sunday at the Bush.
Timetable of events
2pm Boules competition registration (adult / children / family)
2.30pm Boules competition starts
4pm Jazz in the garden
5pm Children's French themed fancy dress competition
         (plus best turned out adult!)
6pm The legendary Bush BBQ
7pm Prize giving (subject to completion of competitions)
8pm Music and entertainment
If you have any queries about the boules competition contact Terry Dennis:
07977 49 29 26 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
For other queries contact the Bush Inn:
01446 776888 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

Bush Boules Bash and BBQ: (26 August 2012)

boules There will be a boules competition and a BBQ on Bank Holiday Sunday at the Bush.
Timetable of events
3pm Boules competition registration (adult / children / family)
3.30pm Boules competition starts
5pm Children's European themed fancy dress competition
(plus best turned out adult!)
6pm The legendary Bush BBQ
7pm Prize giving (subject to completion of competitions)

There will also be face painting, games and prizes galore.
If you have any queries about the boules competition contact Terry Dennis:
07977 49 29 26 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
For other queries contact Liz at the Bush Inn:
01446 776888 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Post event note: the 2012 Champion is Neil
 

Bush Boules Bash and BBQ (25 August 2013)

boules
There is a boules competition and BBQ on Bank Holiday Sunday at the Bush.
Timetable of events
1.00pm   Children's boules competition and face-painting
3.00pm   Adult boules competition - quarter finals, semi-finals and final
4.45pm   Prize-giving
5.00pm   The legendary Bush BBQ

Note: The adult preliminary boules rounds will be played before the finals.  
 

Funds available for village use (August 2011)

bbcsherlock Hartswood Films, who were filming in the village for BBC's Sherlock Holmes, have donated £500 to the village as a token of appreciation for any inconvenience caused.
Suggestions for use of the money to benefit the village will be discussed after the Village Hall AGM on 27th November.  (Please note that the money has been donated to the village, not the village hall).  Please submit any suggestions to Terry Dennis on  01446 775186 or by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by 14 November.
 

Sherlock airs on 8 January 2012

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

Bush Fantasy Football League

fantasyfootball The Bush Inn is running a fantasy football league this season (2011/12).  Andy has promised really special prizes - so click on the read more link below to see how to enter - it's really easy.
Read more...
 

Views sought on options for the area of land opposite the Bush (June 2011)

As part of the filming for BBC’s Sherlock, Hartswood Films laid chippings, large stones, tubs and benches to the area opposite the Bush Inn.  A common, but not necessarily universal, reaction was that it was a nice feature and a visual improvement.  We understand that the Highways Department of the Vale Council was approached and that their spokesperson indicated that it was OK for the chippings and stones to stay, but made no comment about the benches and tubs.  Since then, some people have told Andy and Liz at the Bush that they are not happy with the area and would like it to revert back to the previous state.
Click on the read more link to find out how to make your views known.
Read more...
 

St Hilary's mascot!

St Hilary has a mascot!

seymour2small Seymour the Elf, on the left, is the St Hilary mascot. If any children in the village would be interested in taking him on their travels let us know. He would be more than happy to accompany them!  He, and his friend Angus, travel around the world with villagres and other locals.  You can find out about their background and their travels by going to the Village People section of the website (click on the menu link on the left) or click on the link to go straight to their blog.
 

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
 

Missing cat (2 May 2011)

cat
Dearly loved tortoise shell cat missing.
If found, please contact Dilys Sankey: 772031

 

Kitchen porter vacancy at Bush (April 2011)

jobvacany

The Bush Inn, a busy country pub, has a vacancy for a kitchen porter/assistant. They are looking for someone looking for a permanent position who is reliable, energetic, willing to learn and friendly.  Duties will include assisting the head chef, dishwashing, cleaning, and food preparation. If you are interested in applying, please call 01446 776888, 07951480581 or email your CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .The Bush Inn (www.bushinn-sthilary.com) in St Hilary is in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan so driving is preferable.
 

Kitchen porter vacancy at Bush (16 August 2012)

jobvacany

The Bush Inn, a busy country pub, has vacancies for kitchen porters on weekdays and weekends Contact Andy on 01446 776888 if you know anyone who is interested. The Bush Inn (www.bushinn-sthilary.com) in St Hilary is in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan so driving is preferable.
 

Front of house vacancies at Bush (June 2012)

jobvacany

The Bush Inn, a busy country pub, has vacancies for looking for front of house staff. Daytime and weekend. Email your CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 01446 776888

 

Petanque piste opens in village! (April 2011)

petanque

Liz and Andy have finished their petanque piste / boules court at in the garden of the Bush Inn.  So shine your boules, do some pointing and shooting and try and get as close as you can to the cochonnet - perhaps with an à carreau!
 

Easter Egg Hunt (23 April 2011)

egghunt facepaint
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!
 

Easter Egg Hunt: (7 April 2012)

egghunt facepaint
Eggciting fun for all the family!!
Easter egg hunt, face painting and games at the Bush Inn
10am to 12pm on Saturday, 7 April
 

Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, 30 March

egghunt facepaint
Eggciting fun for all the family!!
Easter egg hunt, face painting and games at the Bush Inn
10am to 12pm on Easter Saturday, 30 March
 

Easter Egg Hunt: (4 April 2015)

egghunt   facepaint
Eggciting fun for all the family!!
Easter eggs, face painting, balloon modelling, glitter tattoos, drawing
competitions and loads more! Free fun for all of the family at the Bush Inn

10am to 12noon on Easter Saturday, 4 April
 

Bush Babes win the quiz! (March 2011)

bushbabes

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)

Villagers2011

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.

Read more...
 

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:

Read more...
 

Jazz at the Roundhouse (18 March 2011)

band
Iolo Whelan, our resident village rock star, invites all the villagers to a Very Informal Open Jazz Night at The Roundhouse on Friday 18th March from 8pm(ish!).  
There will be a "house trio" of piano, double bass and drums (Iolo!), and guest musicians will bring their instruments to join the trio for a couple of tunes each.  There will be some fantastically talented musicians, and an exciting night of diverse music, from mainstream, melodic jazz to original, contemporary compositions.
Read more...
 

Jazz at the Roundhouse (18 June 2011)

band
Iolo Whelan, our resident village rock star, invites all the villagers to another Very Informal Open Jazz Night at The Roundhouse on Saturday, 18 June from 8.30pm(ish!).  Doors open 7.30pm (ish). 
There will be some fantastically talented musicians, and an exciting night of diverse music, from mainstream, melodic jazz to original, contemporary compositions.
Read more...
 

Jazz at the Roundhouse (23 August 2013)

band
Iolo Whelan, our resident village rock star, invites all the villagers to another Very Informal Open Jazz Night at The Roundhouse on Friday, 23 August from 9pm(ish!). 
Donal Whelan - tenor sax     /   Matthew Holt - keys
Steve Tarner - double bass   /   Iolo Whelan - drums

 

Read more...
 

Jazz at the Roundhouse (11 October 2013)

band
Iolo Whelan, our resident village rock star, invites all the villagers to the last Very Informal Open Jazz Night of the year at The Roundhouse on Friday, 11 October from 9pm(ish!). 
Donal Whelan - tenor sax     /   John-Paul Gard - keys
Steve Tarner - double bass   /   Iolo Whelan - drums
Read more...
 

Senior Citizens' Party (25 February 2011)

partytime
There is a free party for senior citizens being held in the Village Hall at 7pm on Friday, 25 February - hosted by Llanfair Community Council.
 

New Year Afternoon Tea (27 January 2013)

partytime
There is a free New Year Afternoon Tea in the Village Hall:  3pm-5pm, Sunday, 27 January - hosted by Llanfair Community Council.
 
In order to guage the catering requirements, please contact Mary Llewellyn on 773421 or 07800 974 527 if you are planning to attend.
 

Spring courses at Coed Hills (Spring 2011)

coedcourses
Coed Hills Rural Artspace has announced several courses.  For information or to book email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call Jess on 07725 182894, visit the website www.coedhills.co.uk or call 01446 774084.
-  Introduction to Forest Gardening 12-13 March
-  Introduction to Permaculture 26-27 March
-  Forest Gardening - Bees and beneficial insects 16-17 April
-  Forest Gardening - Soil and Fungi 7-8 May
-  Permaculture Design Course 23 May - 1 June
 

Sweatlodges at Coed Hills (Spring 2011)

coedsweatlodge Monthly Itzachilatlan Sweatlodge
19 February, 19 March, 16 April
For more information please contact Claire on 07866 704334 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Inipi Sweatlodge 12th - 15th May with Remo. 
Visit the website www.coedhills.co.uk or call 01446 774084
 

Sweatlodges Seminar (16-19 September)

coedsweatlodge Inipi Lakota Sweatlodge Seminar
16 - 19 September
For more information contact Claire 07866 704334   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
or Tom Smith  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   07508911557
Website
 

Monthly Forest Garden workdays (February 2011)

coedgardening Help out in Coed Hills Rural Artspace's Forest Garden.  These friendly work days are an ideal way to gain practical experience of forest gardening, meet new friends and spend time outside in nature.
Tasks vary with the seasons but include planting, mulching, propagation, weeding, seed collection and harvesting.  Visit the website www.coedhills.co.uk or call 01446 774084.
 

St David's Day Coffe Morning (1 March 2011)

stdavidsday2
St David’s Day Coffee Morning
Tuesday, 1 March
10.30 am, Village Hall
£3 – proceeds in aid of parish church maintenance
Tickets available on the day or from Marion Leyton Mathews 771936 or Simon Lait 771984
 

St David's Coffee Morning (28 February 2012)

stdavidsday2
St David’s Celebration Coffee Morning
Tuesday, 28 February 10.30 am, Village Hall
£3 – proceeds in aid of parish church maintenance
Pay on the day
 

St David's Coffee Morning (26 February 2013)

stdavidsday2
St David’s Celebration Coffee Morning
Tuesday, 26 February 10.30 am, Village Hall

 

Spring Coffee Morning: (24 March 2015)

teaandcakes
The Church is planning a Spring Coffee Morning
on Tuesday, 24 March at 10.30 am in the Village Hall

Tickets, £3.00 available on the door, or in advance from:
Gill Harris 772832 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 Mary Llewellyn 773421
 

Spring Coffee Morning (15 March 2016)

teaandcakes
The Church is holding its Spring Coffee Morning
on Tuesday, 15 March at 10.30 am in the Village Hall

Tickets available on the door, or in advance from church members.
 

Free peat and plant pots (February 2011)

peat2
Patrick and Carys Whelan are giving away free peat left over from their nursery activities. Collect bags of this excellent soil improver, and a few plant pots - all shapes and sizes, from Caer Delyn (past the Bush and then right after c150 yards).
 

Christmas Carol Service (19 December 2010)

choirsmall Carol Service
6.30pm at St Hilary Church
Sunday, 19 December
 

Mozart concert pictures (12 June 2011)

The Mozart concert at St Hilary Church on 12 June which featured the St Hilary Choir and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama was a great success:
Mozart_1
Mozart_2
Mozart_3
Mozart_4
Oscar has done a marvellous job of recording the occassion.  Click on the read more link below to access videos, pictures and a slide show.
Read more...
 

Mid Summer Mozart: (12 June 2011)

choirsmall Mid Summer Mozart at St Hilary Church
7pm Sunday, 12 June
St Hilary Choir and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
£8 including glass of wine
Tickets available from Sorrento, Barnes Cleaners, Davies Newsagents
or Parish Office 772302 or the Choir 771601 / 772651
 

Christmas Carol Service (18 December 2011)

festivecarols Festive Carol Service
6.30pm at St Hilary Church
Sunday, 18 December
 

Christmas Carol Service (16 December 2012)

festivecarols Festive Carol Service
6.30pm at St Hilary Church
Sunday, 16 December
 

Christmas Carol Service and Nativity! (15 December 2013)

festivecarols Festive Carol Service
6.30pm at St Hilary Church
Sunday, 15 December

There's also the first Village Nativity Play of the Century!!!!

Click on the link to see a trailer: https://vimeo.com/78097844
 

Christmas Carol Service (21 December 2014)

festivecarols
Festive Carol Service
 
6.30pm at St Hilary Church
Sunday, 21 December
 

Village Carol Service (Sunday, 20 December 2015)

festivecarols
Village Carol Service
 
6.30pm at St Hilary Church
Sunday, 20 December
 
Followed by seasonal refreshments in the Village Hall
 

The hunt came to the village (November 2010)

hunt1011 The hunt passed through the village on Monday, 15 November 2010
 

Locals Christmas meal at the Bush (15 December)

bush1 The Bush is organising a Christmas meal for locals and regulars on Wednesday, 15 December.
If you would like to attend please email Liz This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 01446 776888.
Alternatively, you can book at the Bush itself – where a booking list is available at the bar.
 

Locals' Christmas meal at the Bush (17 December 2015)

bush1 The Bush is organising a Christmas meal for locals and regulars on Thursday, 17 December.
If you would like to attend please email Liz This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 01446 776888.
Alternatively, you can book at the Bush itself – where a booking list is available at the bar.
 

Festive Afternoon Tea (12 December 2010)

teaandcakes Festive Afterrnoon Tea
3pm-5pm, Sunday 12 December
Duke of Wellington, Cowbridge
Tea, coffee, cakes, mulled wine, preserves, tombola, mince pies, Christmas gifts
Hosted by St Hilary Stitch & Bitch - £953 was donated to Velindre Hospital
 

Choral Evensong for Remembrance Sunday (14 November 2010)

choirsmall St Hilary Church
4.30pm, Sunday 14 November 
  
Tea will be served afterwards.
Choral Evensong is the most musical and reflective of the Anglican services. This one will include music specially selected for Remembrance Sunday, sung by the St Hilary Church Choir. Spend a restful hour as part of the congregation, and go away refreshed  and enriched.
 

Choral Evensong for Remembrance Sunday (13 November 2011)

choirsmall St Hilary Church
6.30pm, Sunday 13 November 
Choral Evensong is the most musical and reflective of the Anglican services. This one will include music specially selected for Remembrance Sunday, sung by the St Hilary Church Choir. Spend a restful hour as part of the congregation, and go away refreshed  and enriched.
 

Choral Evensong for Remembrance Sunday (11 November 2012)

choirsmall St Hilary Church
6.30pm, Sunday 11 November
Choral Evensong is the most musical and reflective of the Anglican services. This one will include music specially selected for Remembrance Sunday, sung by the St Hilary Church Choir. Spend a restful hour as part of the congregation, and go away refreshed  and enriched.
 

Choral Evensong for Remembrance (10 November 2013

choirsmall St Hilary Church
4.30pm, Sunday 10 November

Choral Evensong is the most musical and reflective of the Anglican services. This one will include music specially selected for Remembrance Sunday, sung by the St Hilary Choir. Spend a restful hour as part of the congregation, and go away refreshed  and enriched.

 

Service of commemoration and remembrance (Sunday 9 November 2014)

remembranceday
St Hilary Church
6.30pm, Sunday 9 November
A village service of comemmoration and remembrance to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.  The service will consist of poems, music and other readings.
It is intended to be for the whole village and not just the regular congregation and so it is hoped that as many as possible will be there.
 

Service of commemoration and remembrance (8 November 2015)

remembranceday
St Hilary Church
6.30pm, Sunday 8 November
A village service of comemmoration and remembrance to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.  The service will consist of music and readings.
It is intended to be for the whole village and not just the regular congregation and so it is hoped that as many as possible will be there.
 

Village Xmas Lunch (5 December 2010)

xmaslunch Village Christmas Lunch
Village Hall
From 1pm, Sunday 5 December
Lots of carols and festive cheer
Tickets (£15) from:
Gill Harris (0771 496 1182) or Mary Llewellyn (773421) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

Help for Heroes car boot sale (16 October 2010)

helpforheroes

A car boot sale is being held at the Manor House from 9am on Saturday, 16 October in aid of Help for Heroes.
 

Last Bush Sunday Quiz: 8pm, Sunday 6 May

QuizNiteNeedsYou The last quiz of the season
-   Sunday, 6 May
8pm start.  £1 per person
Winning team takes all
Golden Snowball will be around £30!
Click on read more for previous winners
Read more...
 

Last Bush Sunday Night Quiz of the Season (May 2011)

bushquiz01
The last quiz before the summer break!
Sunday, 15 May
8pm start.
£1 per person
Winning team takes all
 

Charity Quiz: Bush (29 July 2012)

QuizNiteNeedsYou
There’s a charity Quiz being held at the Bush on Sunday, 29 July from 7.30pm.  There's also a raffle with loads of fabulous prizes.

All funds to Velindre Cancer Centre.

It’s being held in memory of Liz's Uncle Ben.  So please help us to raise as much as possible – and feel free to forward details onto anyone who might be interested.


 

Bush Sunday Quiz (7 April 2013)

It's the last quiz of the season!
QuizNiteNeedsYou And it's big, it's brash, it's bold!
Sunday, 21 April
8pm start.  £1 per person
Winning team takes all
Golden Snowball will be c£20
Click on read more for previous winners
Read more...
 

£900 raised at Bush Charity Quiz

QuizNiteNeedsYou
The total raised for Ciaran Jones and Velindre at The Bush Inn summer charity quiz on 29 July was a a whopping £929.70! Thanks you to everyone that took part and supported - you're all amazing.
And the winning team was Snugowes - with a staggering 145 points.

 

Charity quiz raises £1,300 (August 2013)

1308charityquiz
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.
 

Charity Quiz: Bush (11 August 2013)

QuizNiteNeedsYou
There’s a charity Quiz being held at the Bush on Sunday, 11 August from 7.30pm.  There's also a raffle with loads of fabulous prizes.
All funds to Prostrate Cymru.
It’s a fantastic cause.  So please help us to raise as much as possible – and feel free to forward details onto anyone who might be interested.
 

Bush Sunday Quiz (6 April 2014)

The legendary Bush Sunday night quiz!!
   Season Finale
QuizNiteNeedsYou
It's big, it's brash, and it's bold!
Sunday, 6 April
8pm start.  £1 per person
Winning team takes all
Golden Snowball will be c£40
Click on read more for previous winners

1st and 3rd Sundays of the month
Restarts 5 October
Read more...
 

The Bush Sunday Quiz: 15 March

The legendary Bush Sunday night quiz!!
   The last of the season!
QuizNiteNeedsYou
It's big, it's brash, it's bold and it's current!
Sunday, 15 March
8pm start.  £1 per person
Winning team takes all
Higher or Lower will be c£70
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month
 
Click on read more for previous winners
Read more...
 

The Bush Sunday Quiz: 3 April (April 2016)

QuizNiteNeedsYou
It's last quiz of the season!
Sunday, 3 April
8pm start.  £1 per person.
Theme: The Archers and Musicals
Higher or Lower: c£75
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month
 
Click on read more for previous winners
Read more...
 

Community Forest Garden (Saturday, 9 October 2010)

forestgarden
Read more...
 

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.
bush_animation
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  
 

Bush to re-open on 5 August


bush1 At last the news that many have been waiting for.  The Bush reopens on Thursday, 5 August.  Liz and Andy will be inviting locals to pop in to say hello before then.
There's a link to the Bush website in the menu on the left (or click on the link) and if you want to make a booking, the telephone number is 01446 776888

 

Events at Coed Hills (July 2010)

coedhills1 There are several courses planned at Coed Hills:
- Permaculture Design
- Stone Masonry
- Beekeeping
Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information or visit the web site www.coedhills.co.uk
Volunteers are also welcome to help to maintain the forest garden - email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

30 mph signs (June 2010)

30mphsign The village club reporter made a Freedom From Excess Signage (FFES) request to the Vale Council.  A council spokesman said "The roads within the village are subject to a 30 mph speed restriction traffic regulation ... and as the roads are, in the main, not subject to a system of street lighting, and to comply with the regulations, repeater signs must be displayed throughout the restriction."
Translated, that means that the little 30 mph signs are here to stay.
 

Clare's new car (june 2010)

clarescar Ever since a young man ran into the back of her car on the Tumble, Clare Pullon has been car-less (not careless).  After a few false dawns due to him indoors and football, Clare is pleased to announce that she now has a (nearly) new car.  Her aspiration was an Alpha Romeo Spider. However, on the advice of him indoors she has a dark grey Peugeot 207.
Clare would like to thank all those kind people in the village who have given her lifts whilst she has been without a car and is happy to help them out if they find themselves in the same situation in the future.
 

Power cuts (June 2010)

generator Over the last three days the village has been hit by a series of power cuts.  A source at Western Power told the village club reporter on Monday that a "third party has damaged the power lines to the village". 
A local source said "a digger working at the Bush looking for a small cable, hit the main one."  That was followed on Wednesday by the failure of the transformer on the village green.  A Western Power spokesman said that it was unprecendented for the two events to occur so close together in the same place.  A temporary generator has been installed.  Hopefully, normal power supplies will be restored within 24 hours.
 

Choral Evensong (20 June 2010)

choir
St Hilary Village Choir is holding a Choral Evensong in the Church at 4.30 pm on Sunday, 20 June.
Tea will be available afterwards.
 

Bush update (28 May 2010)

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

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

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

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

Finally, most importantly, Bass will be available!

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

 

Bush update (20 April 2010)

Here is an update of the situation about the Bush from the Business Relations Manager of Punch Taverns, courtesy of Glynne Clay (thanks Glynne):
 
"The pub is due to reopen mid June, the exact date, has as yet not been agreed, as you will appreciate when putting a listed building back together things do not always go to plan.  A new lessee is on board and they have an excellent track record. Their menu is superb and standards will be of the highest order. They are a married couple, one from Cowbridge, one from Kent, no children currently and they will be living in the pub. No old [we think he means “previous”!] staff will be involved as far as I am aware and our new couple will be putting their own team together.  The pub as mentioned is listed so the scope of works is largely a restoration of the original though there will be elements of improvement and some with a wow factor but you will have to wait until it reopens to find out what’s changed.  I am confident that the Bush will be a credit to the village for many years to come and become the place to eat in the Vale."
 

Meet a candidate for the Vale (23 April 2010)

election The Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan, Alun Cairns, will be in the Village Hall on Friday, 23 April at 11.30 am to answer questions.
Wine and soft drinks will be served.
Please confirm with Bill or Gill Clay at Coed Hills if you will be attending: 773443
 

Cheese and Wine (21 May 2010)

cheeseandwine Advance notice of a cheese and wine evening on Friday, 21 May
More details in due course
 

No Man's Land (8 May 2010)

nomansland Please come along at 10 am on Saturday, 8 May to help clear and tidy up the No Man's Land / Pump Garden area.  Everybody welcome!
 

No Man's Land / Pump Garden

nomansland
Volunteers are required to generate ideas and help maintain the area to the south of the Church known as No Man's Land / Pump Garden.
 
If you are interested, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and we will co-ordinate the responses.
 

Fungi and soil course (27 March 2010)

permaculture The third Forest Gardening Course on 27 and 28 March at Coed Hills will focus on how fungi can help to establish and strengthen a Forest Garden ecosystem.  For further information call Jess on 01446 774084 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

Help with lift share (19 February 2010)

carshare If any one travels to Bridgend weekday mornings and wants to share costs, please contact Simon & Rosemary at Morawelon (7718420 or 07929 575506).  One of their family starts works in Bridgend at 8.30am, but the first bus does not arrive until 9.00am. Please save mum & dad from taxi drudgery! Return by bus is OK so it's only the morning commute which they are looking to share.
 

Alpha dinner party (19 March 2010)

alphalogo 7.30pm (for 8.00pm) at the Village Hall
The two course meal will be followed by an after dinner talk - "Christianity - Boring, Irrelevant, Untrue?" 
Tickets £5
Information about Alpha can be found on the web site: www.uk.alpha.org.  To book and for more information, contact Lynn & Bruce Rankine on 775717.
 

Alpha Christian course (25 March 2010)

alphalogo A ten-week course exploring the Christian faith, on Thursdays from 25 March - 7.15pm (for 7.30pm).  Each evening starts with a meal, followed by a short talk and time for discussion. There is no charge for the course.  Information about Alpha can be found on the web site: www.uk.alpha.org.  To book and for more information, contact Lynn & Bruce Rankine on 775717.
 

Be vigilant! (February 2010)

burgular At the last Community Council meeting, the Police Community Support Officer gave a warning for residents to be vigilant and keep their back doors locked.  There have been a number of burglaries in the surrounding areas where entrance has been made through an unlocked back door or window.
 

Tea, cakes and crafts: (21 March 2010)

teaandcakes Afternoon tea and cakes, and a selection of local crafts, will be available in the Village Hall from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday 21 March - All proceeds to the Stroke Association.  Donations of cakes and crafts very welcome.  Just come along or telephone Monica for more details: 775186
 

Minnessang singers, St Hilary Church (5 February 2010)

minnesang At 7.30 pm on Friday, 5 February in St Hilary Church a group of Minnesingers will be performing Minnesäng  the tradition of  12th-14th century German lyric song writing, from the High German word minne, meaning love which is the main subject of songs in this tradition.  Contact Simon Lait (771842) for more details.
 

Coed Hills Craft Weekend: (February 2010)

coedhillcraft The Fleecy Rug Making Course is being held on 6 and 7 February and Basket Weaving is a day course running on 6 February.
Times run from 10.30am till 6pm with an hours break for lunch. Please bring food to share. Teas, coffee and refreshments will be provided.  Contact Anneli on 07773 894865 / 01446 774084 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 

Village Hall Committee meeting (17 February 2010)

villagehall1 The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 17 February 2010.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please send an email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or contact the Chair, Carolyn Lyons, on 774890.
 

Village Hall Committee meeting (12 May 2010)

villagehall1 The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 12 May 2010.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please send an email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or contact the Chair, Carolyn Lyons, on 774890.
 

Village Hall Committee meeting (14 July 2010)

villagehall1 The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 14 July 2010.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please send an email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or contact the Chair, Carolyn Lyons, on 774890.
 

Village Hall Committee meeting (5 September 2010)

villagehall1 The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 15 September 2010.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please send an email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or contact the Chair, Carolyn Lyons, on 774890.
 

Village Hall Committee meeting (16 February 2011)

villagehall1 The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 16 February 2011.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please send an email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or contact the Chair, Carolyn Lyons, on 774890.
 

Village Hall Committee meeting (12 January 2011)

villagehall1 The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 12 January 2011.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please send an email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or contact the Chair, Carolyn Lyons, on 774890.
 

Village Hall Committee meeting: Wednesday, 20 April

villagehall1 The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 20 April 2011.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please send an email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or contact the Chair, Carolyn Lyons, on 774890.
 

Village Hall Committee meeting (15 June 2011)

villagehall1 The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 15 June 2011.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please send an email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or contact the Chair, Carolyn Lyons, on 774890.
 

Village Hall Committee meeting (11 January 2012)

villagehall1 The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 11 January 2012.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please send an email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or contact the Chair, Carolyn Lyons, on 774890.
 

Village Hall Committee meeting (19 September 2012)

villagehall1 The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 19 September 2012.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please send an email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or contact the Chair, Carolyn Lyons, on 774890.
 

Village Hall Committee meeting (January 2013)

villagehall1 The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 9 January 2013.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please send an email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or contact the Chair, Carolyn Lyons, on 774890.
 

Village Hall Committee meeting: 13 March

villagehall1 The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 13 March 2013.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please send an email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or contact the Chair, Carolyn Lyons, on 774890.
 

Village Hall Committee meeting (4 September 2013)

villagehall1 The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 4 September 2013.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please send an email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or contact the Chair, Carolyn Lyons, on 774890.
 

Village Hall Committee meeting (3 September 2014)

villagehall1 The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 3 September 2014.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please send an email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or contact the Chair, Carolyn Lyons, on 774890.
 

Village Hall Committee meeting (22 April 2015)

villagehall1
The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 22 April 2015.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please send an email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or contact the Chair, Carolyn Lyons, on 774890.
 

Forest Garden Programme starts 30 January

permaculture Coed Hills Rural Artspace is proud to launch its winter and spring education programmes commencing with the Introduction to Forest Gardening on 30 January 2010, working alongside local Transition Town groups in Cowbridge, Llantwit Major and Cardiff.
 

Visitor Centre closed for refurbishment (December 2009)

coedhills2 Coed Hills Rural Artspace is undergoing refurbishment, and is now closed.  It will re-open on Saturday, 20 March 2010 with the Spring Equinox Wild Food Open Day, offering wild food walks, woodland cookery and tasting.
 

Rural Arts Space apologises (December 2010)

coedhills1 Coed Hills Rural Art Space apologises for the parking in neighbours’ properties and the dropping of litter at an event on 31 October.  As a result, they have cancelled the forthcoming Winter Solstice event and will not be running further events until they are sure the infrastructure is in place to prevent fellow residents of St Hilary from being inconvienced.
 

Scary, scary night! (31 October 2009)

Halloween 2009 was really scary!
(click on a picture for a larger image)

0910halloween-1sv 0910halloween-2sv
 

Festive afternoon tea (6 December 2009)

 

£473 raised for charity
Village Hall

3 pm - 5pm
Megan Morris will be playing the harp at 4pm

This is the email from the Joy Center for Children with Autism and Related Developmental Disorders, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Please forward my big THANK YOU!! to the group who made the donation. It means a lot for our center. I hope I will meet with all of them one day here in Addis!! It is wonderful  and encouraging to know that we are not alone, there are some people who don't know us but, care a lot about us somewhere in the world!
 

Village Hall AGM: (27 November 2011)

Come and support your hard working committee members at the Village Hall AGM on Sunday, 27 November.  Doors open 12 noon, meeting starts at 12.30 pm. We know no bribes are needed, but a glass of wine will be provided!
 

Village Hall AGM: 15 November 2009

Come and support your hard working committee members at the Village Hall AGM at 12 noon on Sunday, 15 November.  We know no bribes are needed, but a glass of wine will be provided!

 

Village Hall AGM (28 November 2010)

Come and support your hard working committee members at the Village Hall AGM at 12 noon on Sunday, 28 November.  We know no bribes are needed, but a glass of wine will be provided!
 

Village Hall AGM (18 November 2012)

Come and support your hard working committee members at the Village Hall AGM on Sunday, 18 November.  Doors open 12 noon, meeting starts at 12.30 pm. We know no bribes are needed, but a glass of wine will be provided!
 

Village Hall AGM (17 November 2013)

Come and support your hard working committee members at the Village Hall AGM on Sunday, 17 November. 
 
Doors open 12 noon, meeting starts at 12.30 pm.
 
We know no bribes are needed, but there will be a free glass of wine for all those who attend.
 

Village Hall AGM (23 November 2014)

Come and support your hard working committee members at the Village Hall AGM on Sunday, 23 November. Doors open 12 noon, meeting starts at 12.15 pm.
No bribes needed - but a glass of wine will be provided.
To put items on the agenda contact Carolyn Lyons by 16 November 774890
 

Village Hall AGM (29 November 2015)

Come and support your hard working committee members at the Village Hall AGM on Sunday, 29 November. Doors open 12 noon, meeting starts at 12.15 pm.
No bribes needed - but a glass of wine will be provided.
To put items on the agenda contact Carolyn Lyons by 15 November 774890.
This will be a special event as it will be Carolyn's valedictory meeting as chair.
 

Village quiz night: Saturday (12 November 2011)

Village Hall
7pm doors open - 7.30 pm start
Light supper and bar
Tickets £7.50
Tickets available from Elaine Robins (773309) or Carolyn Lyons (774890)
 

Quiz night (20 November 2009)

Village Hall
7pm doors open - 7.30 pm start
£7 per person
Light supper provided - bring your own drink (some glasses will be available)

Tickets from Monica:
775186 / 07977 492926 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

£324 was raised for A Dignified Revolution

 

Village quiz night (19 November 2010)

Village Hall
7pm doors open - 7.30 pm start
Light supper and bar.
Tickets available from Elaine Robins (773309) or Carolyn Lyons (774890).
 

Village quiz night (10 November 2012)

Village Hall
7pm doors open - 7.30 pm start
Light supper and bar
Tickets £7.50
Tickets available from Elaine Robins (773309) or Angela Strong (775906)
 

Village charity quiz night: (25 January 2014)

Village Charity Quiz Night
Village Hall - Saturday, 25 January
7pm doors open - 7.30 pm start
Light supper and bar
Tickets £7.50
Tickets available from Monica
(775186 or 07811 159800).
 

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 

 

Bush Inn has new owners

Please note that the original news item in September 2009 (see below), has been completely superseded by the news that from August 2010 the Bush is under the new ownership of Andy and Liz, who have made a superb job of refurbishing the pub.  Check out their excellent web site by clicking here.
bush1

This was the old news item in September 2009
After five years, Phil Thomas of Artizan Leisure has decided to seek a purchaser for the Bush Inn.  Phil says that “We hope the new owners enjoy the support of the local community as much as we have. They will be privileged to be at the heart of a vibrant village in a splendid part of Wales.”
 

Telephone / Broadband update

Jackie Griffin, Secretary to the Community Council, has been very helpful in exploring the issues relating to the poor telephone lines and slow broadband access in the Village.

A contact of hers has checked the speed of the line in the village.  Click the read more link below to find out more.  If anyone uses TalkTalk could they let us know what they think of the service.

Read more...
 

Iolo's on tour! (Autumn 2009)

Iolo Whelan starts a UK tour with Mabon on 7 October in Cardiff and ends on 7 November in Porthcawl.  If you enjoyed the mini-Mabon set at The Big Bash at the Rounhouse in the village this Spring, you'll love the full show - go to www.mabon.org for details and links to the box office.
 

Harvest Supper (2 October 2009)

Harvest Thanksgiving Service at St Hilary Church at 7pm on Friday 2 October, followed by supper in the Village Hall.
Tickets from the parish office or Sorrento, both in Cowbridge.

 

Harvest Supper (1 October 2010)

The Harvest Thanksgiving Service will take place in St Hilary Church at 7pm on Friday 1 October 2010, followed by supper in the Village Hall.
Tickets from the parish office or Sorrento, both in Cowbridge.
 

Harvest Supper: 7 October

The Harvest Thanksgiving Service will take place in St Hilary Church at 7pm on Friday, 7 October 2011, followed by supper in the Village Hall.
Cawl, Crumble and Coffee
Tickets available from Gill Harris (0771 4961182), Mary Llewellyn (07800974527), Sorrento, Simon, Sian
 

Harvest Thanksgiving (5 October 2012)

There is a Choral Thanksgiving Service in St Hilary Church led by St Hilary Choir at 7pm.
Following the service at 8pm the Harvest Supper will take place in the village hall.
Tickets (for the supper) are £10, children under 10 go free, and are available from Simon Lait: 771842 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

Harvest Thanksgiving (27 September 2013)

The Harvest Thank Supper is being held on Friday, 27 September.
 
8pm in the village hall following the service in the church at 7pm
 
Tickets are £10 (children under 10 free) from Gillian Harris at Sorrento in Cowbridge (07714 961182) or David Hawkins (772035).
 

Advance notice - Harvest Thanksgiving (26 September 2014)

Advance notice
 
The Harvest Thanksgiving Supper is being planned for Friday, 26 September.
 
More details in due course.
 

Harvest Thanksgiving Supper (26 September 2014)

The St Hilary Church Harvest Thank Supper is being held on Friday, 26 September.
 
8pm in the village hall following the service in the church at 7pm
 
Tickets are £10 (children under 10 free) from Gillian Harris at Sorrento in Cowbridge (07714 961182) or Mary Llewellyn (07800 974527).
 

Advance notice - Mediterranean food festival (21 November 2015)

cheeseandwine
The Village Hall Social Sub Committee is planning a very exciting event for the evening of Saturday, 21 November themed around food from the Mediterranean.
 
More details in due course.
 

Equinox at Coed Hills (25 September 2009)

 

Live music, workshops, kids activities, stone circle, crafts, woodland village, walks, cafe, bar.  More information at Coed Hills Rural Arts Space: www.coedhills.co.uk  

 

Community Council Meetings (Autumn 2009)

The autumn meetings of the Community Council are as follows (all are on Thursdays and start at 7pm):
-  1 October: Llandough Church Hall
-  5 November: St Hilary Village Hall
-  3 December: Llandough Church Hall
For more details contact Jackie Griffin:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 773646

 

Community Council Meeting (1 July 2010)

The next meeting of the Community Council will be held in St Hilary Village Hall on Thursday, 1 July.
For more details contact Jackie Griffin:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 773646
 

World's Biggest Coffee Morning (27 September 2009)

Coffee, tea and cakes party in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Village Hall
2pm - 5pm
Sunday, 27 September

 

World's Biggest Coffee Morning (7 November 2010)

Coffee, tea, raffle and cakes party in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
Village Hall
2.30 pm - 5.00pm
Sunday, 7 November 2010
 

Village Christmas cards available

Village Christmas
cards available
£1.50 each / 4 for £5
Contact Monica: 775186
or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cards can be
personalised
Use your own greeting
or photograph
Contact Monica for details

Click on an image for a larger version
Click here to go to the micro website
 

Free computer workshop (7 November 2009)

Want help or to know more about using your computer to:
-  prepare documents (Word)
-  use spreadsheets (Excel)
-  edit photographs (Photoshop)
-  browse the web (Internet Explorer/Firefox)
-  email (Outlook/Windows Mail)
.... and more!

If so come to the computer workshop being held in the Village Hall from 10 am to 12 noon on Saturday, 7 November.  It's free, and if there is sufficient demand, it will be held on a regular basis.
 

St Hilary to feature in TV series (August 2009)

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

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.
 

Missing black and white cat (August 2009)

She has 2 distinguishing features, an extra claw/toe on each of her paws. Also she only has her 4 fang teeth, the others were removed because she has a gum disease, which can only be treated with regular injections. Any information, good or bad, please contact Anita on 07831 674873
 

Family tree request (August 2009)

We have had a request from someone who is tracing their family tree.  Her father was a gardener to the Clay family, his name was Bernard Graham Douglas Griffiths - Doug or Douglas - and her great grandfather was Edward James Griffiths.
If anyone can help, please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (and maybe copy us in: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or send the details to us and we will pass them on.
 

Broadband / Telephone problems?

Several villagers have reported slow / poor quality connections and crackly telephone lines.

If you have similar problems, let us know ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).  If there are a sufficient number, we will make a village submission to BT.

 

Permaculture Design Course (September 2009)

Coed Hills Rural Arts Space is hosting a 10-day residential permaculture design course fro 7 to 19 September 2009.

Contact Charly on 01446 774084 for more details

 

Permaculture course (25/26 July 2009)

An introduction to permaculture course is being held by South London Permaculture at Coed Hills Rural Arts Sapce on 25/26 July 2009

For more details, contact Merlyn on 0845 458 1734

 

Chapter Arts at Coed Hills (19 July 2009)

Chapter Arts are performing "Dragon - as foretold by Merlin" at Coed Hills
5 pm to 7 pm - Sunday, 19 July
There is no charge for villagers
Contact Rachel for details: 07800 549 210
    

 

Children's Village Dream Festival (8/9 August 2009)

This is a charity event for children - more details in due course
 

Llantrithyd / Llancarfan walk on-line (July 2009)

Another walk is available on-line: South East Circular (Llantrithyd/Llancarfan/Treguff): 9.1 miles / 3.6 hours
Little used paths, great views and a pint at the half-way point in the Fox & Hounds in Llancarfan!

Click on the link above to download the guide or go to the local walks and maps section of the site (left hand menu) to access all the walks

 

WI meeting (14 July 2009)

The next meeting of St Hilary WI will be held at 7pm at the Roundhouse in St Hilary on Tuesday, 14 July.
 

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!

 

Nick & Jess Celebration (2 August 2009)

Congratulations to Nick and Jess, of the Bush Inn, who got married on Saturday, 4 July 2009

Friends and Bush regulars are inivited to a celebration party at the Bush on Sunday evening, 2 August 2009.

 

Village Sunday Lunch: 5 July

On the Village Green at 1pm
Stalls and Raffle

Tickets: £10
Joan Davies 01446 774782 and Sorrento, Cowbridge

 

Village Sunday Lunch (27 June 2010)

St Hilary Church is holding its annual Village Sunday Luncheon on the village green and hall at 1pm on Sunday 27 June.
There will be stalls and a raffle.
Tickets are £10 (children £5) and are available from sector members, Sorrento in Cowbridge or Joan Davies on 774782.
 

Church Village Sunday Lunch (5 July 2015)

Bookings are now being taken for St Hilary Church's annual village lunch on Sunday 5 July (12.30pm for 1pm).
 
It will be held in the Village Hall and on the green.
 
Tickets, £12.50 for adults and £5 for children under 14 (children under 3 are free), are available from Gill Harris (Sorrento) 07714 961182 and Mary LLewellyn 07800 974527 or church members.
 

Church Village Sunday Lunch (3 July 2011)

St Hilary Church is holding its annual Village Sunday Lunch on Sunday 3 July on the Green and Village Hall.
12.30 for 1pm:   Adult £10 - Child (u14) £5.00
Tickets available from Gill Harris at Sorrento or 0771 4961182 or Mary Llewelyn 0780 0974527
 

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.
Lunch2011_1 Lunch2011_2
Lunch2011_3 Lunch2011_4
 

Church Village Sunday Lunch (15 July 2012)

St Hilary Church is holding its annual Village Sunday Lunch on Sunday 15 July on the Green and Village Hall.
12.30 for 1pm:   Adult £10 - Child (u14) £5.00
Tickets available from Gill Harris at Sorrento or 0771 4961182 or Mary Llewellyn 0780 0974527
 

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. 
lunch2012-1
Lunch2011_2
 

Church Village Sunday Lunch (Sunday, 14 July 2013)

St Hilary Church is holding its annual Village Sunday Lunch on Sunday 14 July on the Green and Village Hall.
12.30pm for 1pm.
Tickets (£10 adults / £5 children) available from Gill Harris at Sorrento in Cowbridge or 07714 961182 or Mary Llewellyn 07800 974527 or Sian Deal 01446 771064.
 

Church Village Sunday Lunch (13 July 2014)

St Hilary Church is holding its annual Village Sunday Lunch on Sunday 13 July (12.30pm for 1pm).
 
It will be held in the Village Hall and on the green. Tickets at £10 per adult and £5 for children under 14 are available from Gill Harris (Sorrento) 07714 961182 and Mary LLewellyn 01446 773421.
 

Church Village Sunday Lunch (5 July 2015)

St Hilary Church is planning to hold its annual Village Sunday Lunch on Sunday 5 July (12.30pm for 1pm).
 
More details in due course.
 

Barn Dance (17 July 2009)

Old Beaupre Farm
8pm to 1am - food at 9pm
Tickets £10
Contact: Lucy Edwards 01446 775270 or Nic 07769 647805

 

"Get rid of ugly posts" (June 2009)

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

Village hall transformed (June 2009)

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

 

Weekend breakfasts at the Bush (June 2009)

 
The Bush is now serving breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Choose from an extnsive menu - bacon butties to smoked salmon

 

Afternoon Tea (12 July 2009)

 

Afternoon tea will be available in the Village Hall from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday 12 July - All proceeds to the Prince's Trust
Just come along or telephone Monica for more details: 775186

Update:

Just wanted to say thank you for your fundraising efforts back in July.  You'll be pleased to hear that we completed the 3-day "coast to coast" challenge across Devon and Somerset and together our team raised over £4,200 for The Prince's Trust.
 
41 teams entered the event from a wide variety of companies, and we were told that a total of £220,000 was raised for the charity, which is fantastic.
 
So a big thank you to you and all the villagers who helped out and donated - it really was appreciated!
 
Hopefully see you soon.

Chris Lord

 

Afternoon Tea and crafts (19 September 2010)

 
Afternoon tea and cakes and crafts will be available in the Village Hall from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday 19 September - All proceeds to St Gerrards Primary School, Lesotho.  Just come along or telephone Monica for more details: 775186
Read more...
 

£377 raised (19 September 2010)

 
The afternoon tea and cakes and crafts which took place in the Village Hall on Sunday 19 September, raised £377 for St Gerrards Primary School, Lesotho.  Many thanks to all those who came along to support the event.
 

Afternoon Tea and crafts (11 September 2011)

 
Afternoon tea and cakes and crafts will be available from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday, 11 September at Ffynnon Wen (Weather dependent - the alternative will be the village hall).  Funds raised will go towards publication of the village walking guides.  Just come along or telephone Monica for more details: 775186
 

£200 raised at the Bush Quiz (4 March 2012)

nspcc
Over £200 was raised for the NSPCC at the Sunday Quiz at the Bush on 4 March.  Thank you to Liz and Andy and the staff for their hard work, to evrybody who donated prizes and most all to those who contributed to the cause.
 

Iolo raises £2,000

Congratulations to Iolo Whelan, who's marathon 24-hour drumming marathon has raised over £2,000 for WaterAid.

Donations and contact can be made at:
www.justgiving.com/thebigbash

 

Handel's Greatest Hits (7 June 2009)

 St Hilary Church Choir with students from the Welsh College of Music and Drama present Handel's greatest hits: St Hilary Church, 7pm, Sunday 7 June
The Messiah, Firework Music, Zadok The Priest, The Water Music, The Harmonious Blacksmith
Tickets (£7) from Sorrento (67 High Street, Cowbridge), Parish Office (772302) or the choir (771601)
 

Community policing meeting (16 June 2009)

 

Hilary O'Callaghan, Community Police Support Officer is holding a meeting to discuss policing matters in the village at 11am, Tuesday, 16 June at The Bush.

Her contact number is 07805 301416

 

Community policing meeting (13 October 2009)

 

Hilary O'Callaghan, Community Police Support Officer, is holding a meeting to discuss policing matters in the village at 11am, Tuesday, 13 October in the Village Hall.  There  will be a representative from the fire service attending and anyone who wants smoke detectors fitting can arrange it then.  Stacey Evans will also be attending she is the PACT and neighbourhood watch facilitator.

Hilary's contact number is 07805 301416 or you can email her.
The PACT meetijg for the whole ward (which covers St Hilary) will take place at 7.30pm on 12 October in the Council Offices, Eastgate, Cowbridge.
 

Community policing meeting (19 February 2010)

 

The next meeting with Hilary O'Callaghan, Community Police Support Officer, to discuss policing matters in the village will be held at 11am, Friday, 19 February in the Village Hall.  Hilary's contact number is 07805 301416 or you can email her.

 

Community policing meeting (15 December 2009)

 

The next meeting with Hilary O'Callaghan, Community Police Support Officer, to discuss policing matters in the village will be held at 11am, Tuesday, 15 December in the Village Hall.  Hilary's contact number is 07805 301416 or you can email her.

Click on the link below for the minutes of the 13 October meeting.
Read more...
 

Community policing meeting (5 May 2010)

 
The next meeting with Hilary O'Callaghan, Community Police Support Officer, to discuss policing matters in the village will be held at 11am, Wednesday, 5 May in the Village Hall.  Hilary's contact number is 07805 301416 or you can email her.
 

Community policing meeting (27 October 2010)

 
The next meeting with Hilary O'Callaghan, Community Police Support Officer, to discuss policing matters in the village will be held at 11am, Wednesday, 27 October at The Bush.  Hilary's contact number is 07805 301416 or you can email her.
 

Community policing meeting (13 December 2010)

 
The next meeting with Hilary O'Callaghan, Community Police Support Officer, to discuss policing matters in the village will be held at 11am, Monday,13 December at The Bush.  Hilary's contact number is 07805 301416 or you can email her.
 

Community policing meeting (26 July 2012)

The next meeting with Hilary O'Callaghan, Community Police Support Officer, to discuss policing matters in the village will be held at 11.30am, Thursday, 26 July at The Bush.  Hilary's contact number is 07805 301416 or you can email her.
 

Community policing meeting (18 February 2013)

The next meeting with Hilary O'Callaghan, Community Police Support Officer, to discuss policing matters in the village will be held at 11.00am, Monday,  18 February at The Bush.  Hilary's contact number is 07805 301416 or you can email her.
 

Community policing meeting (18 April 2013)

The next meeting with Hilary O'Callaghan, Community Police Support Officer, to discuss policing matters in the village will be held at 11.00am, Thursday,  18 Aprilat The Bush.  Hilary's contact number is 07805 301416 or you can email her.
 

Community policing meeting (13 June 2013)

The next meeting with Hilary O'Callaghan, Community Police Support Officer, to discuss policing matters in the village will be held at 11.30am, Thursday,  13 June at The Bush.  Hilary's contact number is 07805 301416 or you can email her.
 

Community policing meeting (19 August 2015)

The next meeting with Hilary O'Callaghan, Community Police Support Officer, to chat about any concerns or issues  in the village will be held at 11am, Wednesday 19 August at The Bush.  Hilary's contact number is 07805 301416 or you can email.
 

Friday flower arranging classes (22 May 2009)

 

Flower arranging classes are being held in the Village Hall at 7pm on Friday, 22 May and 7pm on Friday, 12 June

Contact Lorraine Ravey: 772713

 

Flower arranging classes (Autumn 2009)

Practical flower arranging sesions are being held at 7pm in the Village Hall on:
-  Friday, 25 September 2009
-  Friday, 30 October 2009
-  Friday 27 November 2009
No previous experience is required.  
All ages are welcome. 
Contact Lorraine Ravey: 772713

 

Flower arranging classes (Spring 2010)

Practical flower arranging sesions are being held at 7pm in the Village Hall on:
-  Friday, 26 February 2010
-  Friday, 26 March 2010
-  Friday 30 April 2010
-  Friday 28 May 2010
No previous experience is required.  
All ages are welcome. 
Contact Lorraine Ravey: 772713

 

Comunity Council meeting: 7 May 2009

 

The next meeting of Llanfair Community Council will be held at 7 pm at the Church Hall, Llandough.

For more details contact Jackie Griffin:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
773646 

 

Safari Supper (18 July 2009)

 

Contact Jane Kemp: 774898

 

Safari Supper Notice (31 July 2010)

 
This is advance notice of the village safari supper which will be held on Saturday, 31 July
Hosts are being sought - please contact Jane Kemp: 774898
 

Safari Supper: Saturday, 31 July

 
Tickets are now available for the village safari supper on Saturday, 31 July.  Please contact Jane Kemp on 774898.  Places are limited by the number of hosts, so please book early and no later than 12 July.  New hosts are always welcome - contact Jane if you are interested in hosting.
 

Safari Supper: Saturday, 6 August

Advance notice:
This year's safari supper will be held on Saturday, 6 August. Tickets will be available in due course. New hosts are always welcome - contact Jane Kemp on 774898 if you are interested in hosting.
 

Safari Supper (7 July 2012)

This year's safari supper will be held at 7pm on Saturday, 7 July.  Tickets are £18 which includes all food and wine.  Contact Carolyn Lyons to be a host or to book: 774890.
New hosts are always needed - there were insufficient hosts last year - so do please offer to host if you can.
 

Notice of Safari Supper (29 June 2013)

Advance notice:
This year's safari supper is being planned for Saturday, 29 June.
More details in due course
New hosts are always needed - there were insufficient hosts last year - so do please offer to host if you can.
 

Safari Supper (29 June 2013)

Bookings are now being taken for the Safari Supper on Saturday, 29 June. Places are limited by the number of hosts and bookings must be made by 14 June.
Contact Carolyn Lyons on 774890 to book (£20pp).
New hosts are always needed - there were insufficient hosts last year to meet demand - so do please offer to host if you can.
 

Safari Supper - Thank You! (July 2013)

A big thank you to all those who hosted for the Safari Supper on Saturday, 29 June.  This includes Simon and Rosemary who kindly hosted the starters and to Carolyn and Dermot for all their work behind the scenes.
It was a great testament to the success of the event that so many made it to the Village Hall for coffee to exchange experiences of the evening and extend our time together.
 
 

Notice of Safari Supper (28 June 2014)

Advance notice:
This year's safari supper is being planned for Saturday, 28 June.
More details in due course
Hosts are needed so do please offer to host if you can (and it will guarantee you a place!)
Please contact Carolyn Lyons before 19 May on 774890 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

Safari Supper: (28 June 2014)

Bookings are now being taken for the Safari Supper on Saturday, 28 June (7pm start).
Tickets (£20 per head) go quickly and bookings close on 13 June, so contact Carolyn Lyons as soon as possible on 774890 if you would like to attend.
 

Notice of Safari Supper: Saturday, 20 June

Advance notice:
This year's safari supper is being planned for Saturday, 20 June.
More details in due course
Hosts are needed so do please offer to host if you can (and it will guarantee you a place!)
Please contact Carolyn Lyons on 774890 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

Safari Supper (Saturday 20 June 2015)

Bookings are now being taken for the Safari Supper on Saturday, 20 June (7pm start).
Tickets (£20 per head) go quickly and bookings close on 6 June, so contact Carolyn Lyons as soon as possible on 774890 if you would like to attend.  (And please let Carolyn know if you are able to host).
 

Summer Soltice Festival (19/22 June 2009)

Coed Hills are holding their
Summer Solstice Festival on
19-22 June.

More details are on their
web site > events > solstice

 
 

Comedy at Coed Hills (7 June 2009)


Advance notice that the
Junket Club is planning a
comedy event at Coed Hills
on Sunday 7 June. More
in due course
 

 


 

 

 

The Roundhouse Project (April 2009)

 
The Roundhouse Project is a group of like-minded individuals based in St Hilary. Their first house was a typical Iron Age Roundhouse, later dismantled to make way for its more contemporary successor.  For more details click on this link to their website or on the link on the left.
 

The Big Bash (25 & 26 April 2009)

 

A sponsored 24 hour drumming marathon at the Roundhouse by Iolo Whelan to raise funds for Water Aid
Drumming duels, live music, jazz jams facepainting, workshops, camping
Click on the link for the website or to donate or to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

The Big Bash (17 & 18 April 2015)

 
In 2009 Iolo Whelan raised £2,000 for WaterAid.  This year, to mark his 40th birthday, he is going 16 hours further - an amazing 40 hour family friendly drumming marathon at the Roundhouse, again to raise funds for Water Aid.
 
Drum battles, live music, jazz jams, wine, cakes, workshops, camping.
All the villagers and their friends are invited. Help with cakes and marshalling very welcome.
 
band 2
 

More walks online (April 2009)

Two more walking guides are on the web:
St Hilary South West (7.7 miles / 2.8 hours)
3 Points of Interest (Beaupre Castle / Coed Hills Rural Art Space / The Clump)
Click on the link above to download the guide or go to the local walks and maps section of the site (left hand menu) to access all the walks

 

More walks online (August 2010)

Three more walking guides are on the web:
St Hilary North East (8.6 miles / 3.0 hours)
St Hilary North (3.8 miles / 1.5 hours)
St Hilary North West (10.8 miles / 4.0 hours)
Click on the link above to download the guide or go to the local walks and maps section of the site (left hand menu) to access all the walks

 

St Hilary walking guides

We are pleased (and slightly relieved!) to announce the 9th (and final) walking guide - St Hilary South - which is a circular 11.1 miles, 4.2 hours walk from the village to Llanblethian, Llandough, St Mary Church, Flemingstone and Llanbethery.
Click here to download the guide as a pdf and click on the read more link below to access details of all 9 walks.
Read more...
 

Beetle Drive (27 March 2009)

 

Village Hall
8pm, Friday 27 March 2009

Tickets available from Joan Davies, Jill Harris and Marion Layton-Mathews

 

Beaupre Castle Closed Until May (13 March 2009)

 Due to essential structural and conservation works by CADW, Old Beaupre Castle will be closed until the end of May 2009.
 

Elizabethan Lamb Stew Recipe

 

After the success of the St David's Day Supper on Friday 1 March, there were a lot of requests for the recipe.  Well here it is - click on the read more icon below to get the ingredients and instructions. 

PS And a big thank you to everybody who contributed to a marvellous occasion

Read more...
 

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. 
Read more...
 

Coed Hills Cosmic Weekend (20-22 March 2009)

 

Equinox Spring Gathering

Coed Hills Rural Arts Space
Friday 20 - Sunday 22 March

Click on the link to download the flier or phone 01446 774084

Find out about Coed Hills at www.coedhills.co.uk

 

St David's Day Coffee Morning (2 March 2009)

 

St Hilary Church's
St David's Day Coffee Morning
Village Hall
10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Monday, 2 March
£2 - preserves, cakes and books for sale

 

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 David's Supper: (28 February 2009)

 

Saturday, 28 February
Village Hall
7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
3 course supper + bar
Tickets £10 - contact:
Jane Kemp: 774898 or
Gill Williams: 772651

 

St David's Supper (27 February 2010)

 

Saturday, 27 February
Village Hall
7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
3 course supper + bar
Tickets £10 - contact:
Jane Kemp: 774898

 

St David's Supper (26 February 2011)

 
Saturday, 26 February
Village Hall: 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
3 course supper + bar
Tickets £10 - contact:
Jane Kemp: 774898 or
Sheila Davies 773298
 

St David's Supper (3 March 2012)

Saturday, 3 March
Village Hall
7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
3 course supper + bar
Tickets £10 - contact:
Jane Kemp: 774898 or
Sheila Davies 773298
 

St David's Supper (1 March 2013)

Friday, 1 March
Village Hall
7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
3 course supper + bar
Tickets £10 - contact:
Lorraine Ravey: 772713 or
Sheila Davies 773298
 

St David's Supper (1 March 2014)

Saturday, 1 March
Village Hall
7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
3 course supper + bar
Tickets £10 from Lorraine Ravey: 772713
Deadline for booking: 15 February
 

St David's Supper (28 February 2015)

Saturday, 28 February
Village Hall
7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
3 course supper + bar
Tickets £10 from Carolyn Lyons: 774890
 
 

Senior Citizens Party (30 January 2009)

  

Friday, 30 January

7pm - Village Hall
Free refreshments - Music by Half Tidy
Contact Jackie Griffin for details
LLanfair Community Council
01446 773646
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

Race Night (Friday, 13 March 2009)

 

Race Night

Friday, 13 March 2009
Village Hall

 

Bush Quiz Night (3 February 2009)

  

The Bush Inn's Fun Quiz

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Starts at 7 pm

End bar

No limit on team numbers

 

Bush Quiz Night: (2 March 2009)

  

The Bush Inn's Fun Quiz

Monday, 2 March 2009

Starts at 7 pm

End bar

No limit on team numbers

 

Christmas tree recycling (January 2010)

   

Put  your real tree on the kerbside by 7am on the day of the refuse collection on Thursday, 14 January 2010.  Trees must only come from domestic properties and have all decorations removed. The refuse collection team will collect your tree taking it to a farm in Cowbridge where it is made into compost.  To find out more details click on the link to the Vale of Glamorgan Christmas tree collection webpage.

 

Christmas tree recycling (January 2009)

  

Put  your real tree on the kerbside by 7am on the day of the refuse collection on Thursday, 15 January 2009.

 

Trees must only come from domestic properties and have all decorations removed. The refuse collection team will collect your tree taking it to a farm in Cowbridge where it is made into compost.

 

To find out more details click on the link to the Vale of Glamorgan Christmas tree collection webpage.

 

Christmas tree recycling (January 2011)

 

Put your real tree on the kerbside by 7am on the designated collection day (we assume that that is the day of the recycling collection on Wednesday, 12 January 2011).  Trees must only come from domestic properties and have all decorations removed. To find out more details click on the link to the Vale of Glamorgan Christmas tree collection webpage.

 

Christmas tree recycling (January 2012)

   

Put  your real tree on the kerbside by 7am on the day of the refuse collection on Monday 9 January 2012.  Trees must only come from domestic properties and have all decorations removed. The refuse collection team will collect your tree taking it to a farm in Cowbridge where it is made into compost.

 

Christmas tree recycling (7 January 2013)

 

Put  your real tree on the kerbside by 7am on the day of the refuse collection on Monday 7 January 2013.  Trees must only come from domestic properties and have all decorations removed. The refuse collection team will collect your tree taking it to a farm in Cowbridge where it is made into compost.

 

Christmas tree recycling (6 January 2014)

   

Put  your real tree on the kerbside by 7am on the day of the refuse collection on Monday 6 January 2013.  Trees must only come from domestic properties and have all decorations removed. The refuse collection team will collect your tree from the kerbside taking it to a farm in Cowbridge where it is made into compost.

 

Walks & maps online (4 January 2009)

The first 2 in a series of walks from the village are now available on line.  Click on the links to access either the 6.4 mile / 2.1 hour St Hilary West Walk or the 4 point to point routes between St Hilary and Cowbridge.
A map of the village is also available on line - again, click on the link to access details.

 
 

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.

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning (October 2008)

Mrs Carys Whelan hosted a Macmillan coffee morning at The Roundhouse (Ty Crwm) at which her family, friends and villagers raised £409.
 

Harvest Service and Supper (September 2008)

The harvest service  was held in the church in September. 

The Rev Glyn Austin was the preacher and the choir was in fine form.

The service was followed by a harvest supper in the village hall attended by about 45 people.  Members of the village arranged the flowers and prepared the food.

 

Mulled Wine and Mince Pies (7 December 2008)

 Sunday, 7 December

3 - 5 in Village hall

Just come along

 

      All proceeds to Age Concern 


 

Quiz Night and AGM (21 November 2008)

The annual village quiz night was held on Friday 21 November 2008 in the Village Hall.  The winners, with a score of 88 was "The Away Team" - a bit of a misnomer as it included Scott and Ellie who exchanged contracts on New House on the day of the quiz and will be taking up residence in the village in early December.

Organisation and refreshments were provided by members of the Village Hall Commitee.  The quiz masters were Monica and Terry Dennis.

During the break, the AGM of the Village Hall was held - it was reported that it had been another successful year.

 

St Hilary WI AGM (October 2008)

The AGM of St Hilary WI was held in October.

Read more...
 

Proposed conservation area appraisal (November 2008)

The Vale Council is preparing a new apprasial and management plan for the converstion area in the Village.  It is anticipated that the draft will be available by the end of January 2009.

Read more...
 

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.

Read more...
 

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

jeanniescottage
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.