In March 2021 we received a Facebook message from Michael Stroud in Australia telling us about his mother who lived in St Hilary. He said:
“A beautiful place St Hilary. My mam was born there and lived in the Wendy cottage and was also married in the church. She used to love walking around telling us stories of when she was there. She also worked in the Grange, all a long time ago. she was Cecilia Hopkin when she lived there."
Michael’s wife Suzanne sent some photos:
“My name is Suzanne and I am Michael Stroud’s wife. Mike has been telling me about your work in and about St. Hilary, and as I have some photographs that Ciss, my mother in law, sent to us he has asked me to scan them for you. Of particular interest I think, is the photo of Ciss in the window of Wendy Cottage aged around 10. She was very happy when she and her family lived there and she has only very fond memories of her time in St Hilary.
She consequently was married there (by Vicar L.S. Crockett). As you can see from her marriage certificate her father Evan Hopkin was living in 3 Hall Cottage at the time, and I understand there is also some connection there. Mike's mother's good friend Sylvia, also lived in Church Crescent.”