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Crafternoon Tea: Sunday, 13 September

St Hilary Stitch & Bitch / Cutting Edge
1.30pm - 4.30pm - Sunday 13 September
Ystradowen Village Hall
Following the success of last year's event (£1,044 raised for charity), join us for another relaxing afternoon of crafting followed by a scrumptious afternoon tea.  Or you can just come along for afternoon tea at 3pm.
Crafts for sale and lots of yummy cakes.
Bookings are essential for either the full crafternoon or afternoon tea only so that we know how many to cater for.
Contact Monica by  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 07811 159800.
In aid of the Brick Children School earthquake appeal, Nepal.

Solar farm application - chance to comment

The planning application for the proposed solar farm village farmland is available to view on-line.
Go to and search for application 2015/00649/FUL.
("Planning search" in the left-hand menu). 
Click the documents tab for all the details.
If you want to oppose the application you can do so by clicking "Comment on this application".
Objections must be made by Thursday. 

Village Hall Committee meeting: 16 September

The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 16 September 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.

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

The Bush Sunday Quiz: 20 September

Despite popular demand - it's back!!
The legendary Bush Sunday night quiz!!
  The firstof the season
It's big, it's brash, it's bold and it's current!
Sunday, 20 September
8pm start.  £1 per person
Winning team takes all
Higher or Lower will restart
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month
Click on read more for previous winners

Harvest Thanksgiving Supper: Friday, 25 September

The St Hilary Church Harvest Thanksgiving Supper is being planned for Friday, 25 September.
8pm in the village hall following the service in the church at 7pm
More details in due course.

St Hilary Fruit Foraging Festival!! Making use of nature's free gift of food

You can make use of nature’s free gift of food by taking part in the St Hilary Fruit Foraging Festival!
We are all so dependent on agriculture for the majority of our foods that we forget that we have a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables on our doorsteps  that is sometimes too much for our own personal use. However, there is an opportunity to share some of this with our neighbours.
Rather than see fruits and vegetables wasted why not gather the excess produce from your garden or hedgerows to make and sell scrumptious goodies (apple/blackberry crumble, cakes, chutneys etc).
There is also the offer the use of a fruit press so that you can turn your fruit into a healthy juices - or you could make it into cider!   And, whilst you are busy doing all this you could also help raise funds for the village hall.
If you grow fruit and vegetables in your garden and often have surplus to what you can use and would like to share it -  we would like to hear from you to let us know what you can offer and when it can be collected.
If you don’t have anything to offer but would like to be involved in making cakes, desserts, chutneys etc. to sell at a community foraging market near you soon -  please get in touch.
Once we have gauged the level of interest from your response to this email we will be able to work out a time scale to plan the collection of goodies on offer, bake and set a date for a market sale in the village hall.
A daft idea? – maybe. But think of all those people who would love to be in such a fortunate position as us – let’s make this happen!
Looking forward to hearing from you soon
Best wishes
07811 159 800
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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.

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