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Farewell to Jamie: 3 August

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A message from Rose and Dave
 
As you might know, Jamie has been successful in securing a position with Emirates and leaves for Dubai on August 8th.
We thank everybody for the kind thoughts and many good wishes.  Jamie will miss the village, villagers and Andy & Liz and all she worked with at the Bush. Thank you to all.
 
Liz and Andy are kindly hosting a going away party at the Bush Inn on Sunday 3rd August from 7.30pm and all are welcome to share this evening with us.
 

The facts about fracking: Friday, 8 August

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A meeting is being held in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Friday, 8 August at which there will be presentations about the facts and science of fracking - Equally suitable for pro-frackers and anti-frackers! There will be some presentations followed by a general discussion. The meeting will end at 9.30pm. 
 
Everybody is welcome - and please pass on the details to anyone who might be interested.
 

Memories of the village: Sian Deal

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Monica is developing an archive of villagers memories of the village.
The first one is Sian's Story - see below.
 
Monica has already arranged to meet several other villagers and will be in touch with many others.
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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
siankeenhouse Sian’s home  Gweled-y-Glyn has always been in the family. The picture shows the house before the extension was built on the side.
Her house, and the one next door were built around 1912 by Sir Gerald Bruce who resided in the Grange . Sian’s grandfather initially worked as the Groom to Sir Gerald and then became his chauffeur.
Read more...
 

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  
 

£280 for cancer care

mariecurie Many thanks to all who contributed so generously to the Marie Curie Cancer collection last month.The grand sum of £280 was raised This will provide approximately 14 hours of expert and loving care by a cancer nurse for someone who wishes to die at home surrounded by their family and friends. Maybe next year we can set ourselves a target of £350? Let's go for it!
 

Advance notice: A Ride for Dave - 11 October

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Another event is being planned for  11 October, with a longer ride for serious cyclists and a shorter, gentler one one for the less experienced. More details will follow in due course. 
 
Anyone with a bike will be very welcome to take part.
 
More details in due course.
 

A message from Maurice Francis

For many years I have been researching Santo Tomas Internment Camp, Manila and those civilians interned there by the Japanese from 1942 to 1945. One was Patricia Nora Crump who appears to have been there with no parents and was then aged around 15. Her UK address was given as "The Grange", St. Hilary, Cowbridge. I am wondering if anyone locally has any knowledge of her or her Family. I do hope you can find time to reply.
 
Kind Regards

Maurice Francis
 
Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you have information.
 

Caught in the act! 8.55am Monday 26 May

Supplied by a resident who wishes to remain anonymous
 
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No Man's Land / Pump Garden

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Volunteers are required to generate ideas and help maintain the area to the south of the Church known as No Man's Land / Pump Garden.
 
If you are interested, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and we will co-ordinate the responses.
 

Coed Hills Forest Garden Project Courses

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The aim of the Coed Hills Forest Garden Project is to educate people about sustainable food production, the importance of biodiversity and habitat creation, which also maintains good levels of productivity. The project has a programme of training courses which can be found on its website.
 

The Hound of the Baskervilles returns

The Hound of the Baskervilles has returned and we need Sherlock to help us solve the puzzle.  There is evidence that a hound has learned how to knock over a waste food caddy and a pot of paint.  This time the pooch has left a trail which means he or she could be caught red-handed, or should that be white-pawed?  If you suspect who it is, please let us know and we'll pass on the details.  Anybody seen a white-pawed canine?
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St Hilary 900 Commemorative Programme

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Whilst going through some old files we found a commemorative programme for St Hilary 900.
 
Pages 3 & 4 have a list of the residents of the village in 1990 - it's bound to bring back memories for those who lived in the village at the time.
 
Click here for a low resolution pdf file (700kb) - contact us directly if you would like us to email a higher resolution copy (4mb).
 

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.
 

Llantrithyd villagers against drilling

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Recently, 64 villagers from Llantrithyd met at Bonvilston Reading Room to object to the proposed plan to drill for gas in Llantrithyd.
Click the read more button below for more information.

Read more...
 

Household items and furniture wanted

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Lynn and Bruce Rankine are looking for donations of good quality household items and furniture – especially beds and wardrobes – for the Cardiff Storehouse project.  This project is run by Cardiff Vineyard Church and, in addition to household items and furniture, aims to provide clothing and baby equipment free of charge to people in Cardiff who have very little.  The project works in conjunction with other Agencies who refer clients in need.  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.
 

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.
Read more...
 

Very mature horse manure compost for sale

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2-year old horse manure for sale - well decomposed - perfect for fertilizing your garden.
 
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  
 

Crafternoon Tea: 14 September

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St Hilary Stitch & Bitch / Cutting Edge
1.30pm - 4.30pm - Saturday 14 September
Ystradowen Village Hall

A relaxing afternoon of crafting followed by a scrumptious afternoon tea.
For details contact Monica 07811 159800 / mdennis.wales@gmailcom
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In aid of the Phillipines Back to Sea Charity
 

Village Hall Committee meeting: 3 September

villagehall1 The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 3 September 2014.  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.
 

Advance notice - Harvest Thanksgiving: 26 September

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The Harvest Thanksgiving Supper is being planned for Friday, 26 September.
 
More details in due course.
 

Wine tasting: 7 November

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Keep Friday 7 November free
There might be a wine tasting event!
 

Advance notice - Race Night: 21 November

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A race night is being planned for 21 November
More details in due course.
 

Cycle ride for Dave raises £3,270

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Here is a a photograph of the presentation of the cheque for £3,270 to the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Fund by David's friends and colleagues..
Sue and Bill thank all the sponsors and everyone who contributed and/or supported the event in one way or another.  A particular thanks to Andy and Liz at the Bush who opened early and provided refreshments for the participants - Andy did the ride himself and brought his cycling club with him.
 
A similar event  is being planned for 11 October, with a longer ride for serious cyclists and a shorter, gentler one one for the less experienced. More details will follow in due course.  Anyone with a bike will be very welcome to take part.
 

Riverside Market Garden in St Hilary

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Riverside Market Garden, which has a 5 acre site in St Hilary, has been growing organic veg and providing a box scheme for 4 years. It is a flagship community supported agriculture project. The garden is now offering local people the opportunity to ‘put their money where their mouth is’ and invest in its future. To find out more about donating to Riverside Market Garden follow this link. To find out more about the veg box scheme or restaurant supply contact Michaela: 07889 846526 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it web
 

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 .
 

St Hilary: one of the most expensive places to live in Wales

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The Western Mail has named St Hilary as one of the most expensive places to buy a home in Wales.  It is based on an analysis by Lloyds Bank of Land Registry transactions between January 2008 and October 2013, which show that the average price of a house in the village was £555,000.
 

1927 Directory of St Hilary

1927DirectorySmall Oscar has provided a copy of an extract from a directory of St Hilary from around 1927.  Click here for a readable version. (You will probably need to use the zoom in function in your photo manager programme to read all the text.) Some points of interest raised by Oscar are that:
  • although there were 150 residents, only the gentry and farmers are listed
  • Ackland-Allen at the manor was probably Miss Giles’ uncle
  • Rev Crocket at the vicarage (now the Old Vicarage) was still vicar in the 1960s
  • the farmers included two Misses!
  • Col Bruce at the Grange employed people in village, including Maude Jenkins and members of the Cross family
 

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

 

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
 

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
 

St Hilary's mascot!

St Hilary has a mascot!
seymour2small Seymour the Elf, on the left, is the St Hilary mascot. If any children in the village would be interested in taking him on their travels let us know. He would be more than happy to accompany them!  He, and his friend Angus, travel around the world with villagres and other locals.  You can find out about their background and their travels by going to the Village People section of the website (click on the menu link on the left) or click on the link to go straight to their blog.

 

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