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A Ride for Dave - 11 October

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The charity bike ride "40 Miles for Dave" is on Saturday 11 October, starting from the Bush at 10am. The 40 mile rideis for serious cyclists and there is a 10 mile option for the less athletic.

The purpose of the event is to raise money for research into blood cancers and has been organised by friends of David Evans, of the Granary, who died of Leukaemia in October 2012.

Andy from the Bush, who is a keen cyclist, has planned the routes and is generously providing sustenance for the participants.

Even if you do not have a bike, please come along and cheer the riders on their way in the morning or welcome them back around lunchtime.

There are no sponsorship forms but if anyone feels they would like to make a donation, this can be done on line (www.justgiving.com/RideForDave/) and there will be a bucket on the bar in the Bush for spare change.
 

Any windfall apples need juicing or spare?

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Harvest Cowbridge is a community group which is planning apple related activities including mapping fruit trees, volunteer harvesting, re-distributing fruit surpluses and juice pressing.

Members will be at the Cowbridge Farmers' Market on 4 & 18 October with a press, so bring your apples to juice!

Volunteer harvesters, pressers and helpers wanted. No experience necessary.

If anyone in St Hilary has spare apples (windfall or low hanging) available, the Harvest volunteers would love to collect them for use on the community juicing days in October.  Please contact Debbie Leigh on 07890 407670 or Liz Loch on 07747 688219.
 

Race Night: Friday, 21 November

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Race night 7.30pm 21 November
Fish and Chip Supper / Bar
Tickets £7.50 from Liz Loch: 774578 / 07747 688219
Limited to 40 so book early
Proceeds to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Trust
 

Village Hall AGM: Sunday 23 November

Come and support your hard working committee members at the Village Hall AGM on Sunday, 23 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 16 November 774890
 

Queen's 1977 Silver Jubilee

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This picture of villagers celebrating the Queens Silver Jubilee is in the village hall. We are assuming that there was some sort of event to mark the occasion besides the photo. If anyone has any information or photos that they would like to share - we would like to hear from you. Contact   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    
 

An Olympic athlete in the village

Here's a bit of village history:
On 27 July 1952 Mel Barnet, who was the landlord of the Bush Inn, represented Great Britain in the Heavyweight Lightweight Weightlifting event at the Olympic Games in Helsinki. It was the first time that this event was included in the Olympic programme (Source: XV Olympiad Helsinki 1952. Publication from the Olympic Museum)

Click on the link below to see the list of his podium finishes in major championships:

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Mary and Ralph's story

Here is the 2nd in Monica's archive of villagers' memories of the village: Mary and Ralph Thomas' story - see below for Sian's Story.

You can access all the stories using the link in the menu on the left or by clicking here.

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
 
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Ralph was born in Fishweir Farm in St Mary Church, which has the highest roof in Glamorgan.  He moved into Village Farm, now occupied by the Lewis family, in November 1946.
Mary is from Fonmon. Her father was a builder and undertaker – W. James and Son. They also had a wheelwright shop.
They met when they were 16 on Fontygary beach.
Don’t ask me how we met there because he doesn’t like the beach, but I lived on the beach”.
Read more...
 

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.
 

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  
 

Caught in the act! 8.55am Monday 26 May

Supplied by a resident who wishes to remain anonymous
 
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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
 

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.

 

It's back! The Bush Sunday Quiz: 5 October

The legendary Bush Sunday night quiz!!
   The Season Premiere
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It's big, it's brash, it's bold and it's back!
Sunday, 5 October
8pm start.  £1 per person
Winning team takes all
Golden Snowball will be c£20
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month
 
Click on read more for previous winners
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Memories of the village with tea and cakes: 4 November

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On Tuesday 4 November villagers are invited to enjoy tea and cakes in the village hall between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.
However, there is a catch! We want to gather villagers' memories of living in the village as well as share what we have already discovered.
What better way to spend the afternoon gossiping about the past and sharing photos of interest – we would like to scan any photos or documents to enrich the conversations. And if you have any documents that you think might be of interest bring them along.
 

Crafternoon Tea raises £1,044

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The St Hilary Stitch & Bitch / Cutting Edge Crafternnon Tea on Sunday 14 September raised £1,044 for the Phillipines Back to Sea Charity.

Thank you to everybody who contributed, took part and made donations - everybody can feel very proud of what they achieved.
 

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.
 

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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St Hilary now has a famous author

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Gareth Thomas of Manor Cottage has published his first novel: A Welsh Dawn.  Dafydd Wigley chaired the launch in Caernarfon on 20 July. The book is widely available from bookshops, including Cowbridge, and Amazon.
 
The South Wales launch is on 15 September at Cardiff's Pierhead building.  For an invitation or more details, contact Gareth by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 01446 771728. Click read more below for more details and reviews of the book.
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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  
 

Sian's Story

Monica is developing an archive of villagers memories of the village.

The first one is Sian Deal'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.
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Wine tasting: 7 November

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

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
 

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

 

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.
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