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Current news - click on the left for archived news and memories of the village

Villagers' Stories

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Monica and Caroline are developing an archive of villagers' memories of the village. Click on Memories of the village in the current news menu on the left for all the stories in a "home page" format.  Or click here or Village archives under the "The People and the Place" heading in the menu on the left to see a list of all the articles to date.
 
If you would like to contribute, but have not been contacted please get in touch with
Monica: 07811 159800 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
or
Caroline: 07967 976076 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
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Christmas Carol Service: Sunday, 21 December

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

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

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 Join the Dennis' and the Neudeggs for a taste of the Raj in the Village Hall 
 
7pm, Saturday 17 January
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A journey through Southern India to enjoy the fruits and spices of the region

You will be treated to a visual journey through Kerala 'God's Own Country' famous for its tea plantations, spice gardens and mouthwatering fruits
And then you will enjoy an Indian Street Food Supper

What better way to spend a dark winter's evening
Tickets £10 per person: email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or tel 01446 775186
(Bring your own drinks and glasses)

 

Glamorgan Hunt in St Hilary

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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!
 

Village Hall Committee meeting: 7 January

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The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 7 January 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.
 

Household items and furniture wanted

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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.
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St Hilary 900

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This is the remarkable and memorable story of the wide range of activities and events that the villagers held in 1990 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the church.  Click on the read more link below for the (very) full story.
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The mystery of Wendy Cottage - solved!

In Caroline’s story she mentions Wendy Cottage and, initially, we were at a loss which house she is referring to.

However, the mystery has been solved. At the tea and cakes afternoon on 4 November 2014, Bill Strong informed us that his house (Ochiltree) used to be called Wendy Cottage and he shared a letter with us that had been sent to the Western Mail.  Click on read more below for the letter.

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Free: Very mature horse manure compost

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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  
 

Fresh free-range eggs for sale

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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  
 

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 .
 

The Bush Inn Cycle Team

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The Bush Inn Cycle Team rolls out for a testing ride most Saturdays at 7.30am and for a more gentle ride on Sundays at 9am.  There's also occasional sportives... and the odd pint or two!  New members of all grades are always welcome.  For more information pop into the Bush and ask for Andy or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or follow on Twitter @bushinncycle.
 

St Hilary - A History

sthilaryhistory There are just a few copies left of Hilary Thomas' book - St Hilary - A History of the Place and its People.  The cost is £5 (£10 inc p&p).  Please email if you would like a copy of this historic book: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

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.
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The Bush Sunday Quiz: 21 December

The legendary Bush Sunday night quiz!!
   The Festive Edition
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It's big, it's brash, it's bold and it's festive!
Sunday, 21 December
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
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X Factor auditions at the Bush: 10 December

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).
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The Story of the Bush Inn

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Whilst exploring the rich social tapestry of St Hilary we have come across quite a bit of information about the Bush Inn.
 
The current tenants, Liz and Andy, have run the Bush since 2010 . They took over a newly renovated building as it had been destroyed by fire in 2009.  However, through various documents we have found and conversations with villagers we can track back the history of our historic inn to previous owners and tenants (and its locals!).
 
 Click on the read more link below for a fascinating story.
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Festive coffee morning and craft sale raises £1,024

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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.
 

St Hilary's Treasures

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An interesting document emerged from the Village Memories day held in the Village Hall on 4 November.  Between 2002 and 2007, the Vale Council prepared an inventory of local treasures (buildings not artefacts!).  Most of the Llanfair treasures were in St Hilary.  If you click on this link you can access a short version on this web site.  To reduce the file size we have taken out the treasures from other villages and some background information.  If you would like to see the full version, please click here to access the document on the Vale Council website (c5mb).
   

Graham and Rae's story

Here is the 3rd in Monica's archive of villagers' memories of the village - see below for Mary and Ralph and Sian's stories.
 
villageframing Graham and Rae Kitchen moved to the village 47 years ago from Cardiff. Rae is originally from Cardiff and Graham is from Bolton. As a chartered civil engineer, Graham worked for the Glamorgan River Authority. Before moving to the Old Post Office, they built and developed several of the houses in the village - and they frequented The Bush. Click on the read more button below to read their full story.
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Fish for sale

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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.
 

Caught in the act! 8.55am Monday 26 May

Supplied by a resident who wishes to remain anonymous
 
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Fabric Painting: 1st Thursday of every month

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There is an informal Cutting Edge fabric painting day in the Village Hall on the 1st Thursday of every month, between 10am and 4pm.
You are welcome to bring your fabric dyes, acrylic inks, crayons, stencils, screens, to experiment, or, if you have a piece of work in mind that you want to get started on, this is your opportunity!
The cost is £5 which covers the room hire, tea, coffee and biscuits. You will need to bring your own lunch.
To book a place 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
 

Sunday service

 

There is a service every
Sunday at 11am

Everybody welcome

 

Monthly Monday whist evenings

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St Hilary Church whist evening and raffle
First Monday of every month
7.30 pm, St Hilary Village Hall
Entry £1 - all welcome
 

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