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Memories of the village

25 August 2017 - a day in the life of St Hilary

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

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The bench on the Downs

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

Roger Ian Thomas (February 2017)

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

 

Queen’s golden jubilee celebrations (June 2002)

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

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A day in the life of St Hilary (24 November 2016)

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Today Caroline Neudegg and I took a stroll around the village to drop off leaflets about the festive coffee morning on Tuesday 6 December and at the same time we sought villagers views about adopting the village telephone box for community use.
 
It is surprising how the village always looks so quiet yet beneath the tranquillity it is buzzing with activity and at one point we wondered whether there was a secret code heralding our arrival as doors opened well before we reached the bell! 
 
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A message from Lucy Griffin (July 2016)

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

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St Hilary Lead Mines

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

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

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

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

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

 

Christine Frederick's memories of the village

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

 

Anyone know Lynda Evans? (March 2016)

Here’s a message from Norma Aldridge

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

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