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Memories of the village

St Hilary's Connection with for St Gerard's school in Lesotho

Through Caroline Neudegg's links, St Hilary has supported St Gerard's school in Lesotho.
There was an initial visit by the teachers from the school in September 2010 which culminated in a fundraising afternoon tea followed by another afternoon tea in September 2013.

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

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

St Hilary 2000 - The millennium celebrations

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

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

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

Our Telephone Box of Delights (December 2018)

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

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

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

History of New Beaupre House

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

The Story of Elgiva and Alan Thomas

Elgiva & Alan Thomas lived in Morawelon, St Hilary

AlanElgivaThomas  Elgiva died on 14 January 2017, aged 97 - mother of Guy and Alicia, grandmother of Sebastian and Llewelyn

Elgiva’s Story

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


Thank you from David Ravey (August 2018)

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

Telephone box update (May 2018)

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


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