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

Festive coffee morning and craft sale: 28 November

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

Be vigiilent: 23 November

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. 

Locals' Christmas meal at the Bush: Thursday, 17 December

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.

Riverside Market Garden (near Coed Hills)

Villagers (and anyone else!) are invited to visit the Riverside Market Garden between to buy fresh, seasonal organic vegetables direct from the field. It is open between 10 am and 3 pm (or when the gate is open) and is located 200 yards past Coed Hills Artspace entrance on Llantrythyd Road. There is also a vegetable box service on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and delivery is available.
Click on read more below for details of the produce that is available and contact information.

St Hilary Foraging Market raises £310!

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.

Village Hall Committee meeting: 20 January

The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 20 January 2016.  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 .

Bill & Gill Clay’s Story of St Hilary Village Life

Bill Clay has lived in the village since 1938 and Gill moved to the village when she married Bil in 1968.  
Click on the read more link below to read their wonderful story of living in the village.

Dedication of the St Hilary 2000 Community Jubilee Bell


20 March 1999 was the day that the new bell was dedicated to St Hilary Church and the existing bells were re-dedicated. 

The ‘St Hilary 2000’ community association gave the bell and funded the restoration of the existing bells. 

Click on read more below for all the details.


Japanese knotweed

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.


The day the army came calling!

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

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!

The Story of St Hilary WI

Here's the history of St Hilary WI which was written to celebrate its Golden Jubilee – from its inception in 1932 to 1982.
It provides a fascinating insight into life in the 30s and beyond and the wide variety of activities – particularly the charitable work during the war. Click on read more below.

The Story of the Bush Inn

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.

St Hilary 900

Jenny and Mel
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.

Fresh free-range eggs for sale

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  

Fabric Painting: 1st Thursday of every month

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


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.

Village Hall AGM: Sunday, 29 November

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.

The Bush Sunday Quiz: 6 December

It's big, it's brash, it's bold and it's current!
Sunday, 6 December
8pm start.  £1 per person
Theme: Harry Potter!
Higher or Lower will be c£40
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month
Click on read more for previous winners

Feast on local, organic veg this Christmas!

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 
*These items are grown on Peepout Organic Farm, Pembs.

Celebrating the Centenary of the WI

To celebrate the Centenary Year of the Women's Institute, St Hilary WI planted an acer tree in the St Hilary Pump Garden / No Man's Land on 16th September 2015 - the date in 1915 that the first WI was founded in Llanfair PG.  Members gathered for a ceremonial planting, complete with commemoration plaque.  A celebratory toast then took place in The Bush!!
Click on read more for additional photos and names.

Coffee morning raises £635 for Nepal earthquake appeal

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

£500 for cancer care

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.

The Story of the Bruce Family of The Grange

West of St Hilary Church is the 1875 vicarage, now known as the Grange, currently owned by Isobelle and Peter Lowe. Previously, it was the home of Sir Gerald Trevor Knight Bruce who was a solicitor in the firm of Morgan Bruce & Nicholas.  Click on the read more link below to read about how his son set a world mountainerring record when he made an attempt to climb Mount Everest and his link with the Village Hall.


Water Aid is the Winner in Iolo's Big Bash

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.

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

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!

The History of the Clump

Here's the story of the Clump (or more accurately Bryn Owain, meaning Owain's Hill), including the battle of Stalling Down, which was part of was part of the Glyndwr Rising, the Beacon ceremonies, gory executions and fireworks!
Click on the read more link below for all the details.

Household items and furniture wanted

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.

St Hilary's Treasures

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).

Fish for sale

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.

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

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.

Monthly Monday whist evenings

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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