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

Carol singing: 6.30pm Tuesday, 20 December

The NSPCC committee is joining with the St Hilary Choir and a brass quintet to sing carols on the village green at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 20 December.  All are welcome to join in, especially children.
(If it is raining, the singing will be in the Church)

Feast on local, organic veg this Christmas!

riversidemarketgarden Enjoy local organic veg this Christmas - guaranteed no food miles and freshly harvested!  Riverside Market Garden (just past Coed Hills) will be supplying organic Christmas Vegboxes on Wednesday 21 December - either for collection from the field or home delivered. Pre order

Small (£10.50): Red cabbage, Brussel sprouts  - one stalk, parsnips – 600g , salad bag 150g, celeriac, leeks – 400g
Standard (£13.50): plus 1kg Desiree potatoes and 600g carrots
Large (£16.50): plus 1 kg potatoes, 600g parsnips, 200g salad bag.
Contact Debbie Leigh on 07889 846526 email  admin@riversidemarketgarden, or visit our website


24 November 2016: A day in the life of St Hilary

Today Caroline Neudegg and I took a stroll around the village to drop off leaflets about the festive coffee morning on Tuesday 6 December and at the same time we sought villagers views about adopting the village telephone box for community use.
It is surprising how the village always looks so quiet yet beneath the tranquillity it is buzzing with activity and at one point we wondered whether there was a secret code heralding our arrival as doors opened well before we reached the bell! 
Click on read more for the full story.

Queen’s golden jubilee celebrations: June 2002

Always up for a social event the villagers celebrated the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in June 2002 with a luncheon picnic on the green outside the Crescent. The bunting was raised and everyone raised a glass (or two!) to the Queen.
 To mark the occasion an extra bank holiday was announced for Monday 3 June 2002. 
 And the Palace issued 50 Facts about the Golden Jubilee 50 facts about the Queen's Golden Jubilee
(higher resolution photos on tne St Hilary Chit Chat Facebook page)

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A Ride for Dave raises over £1,000

Following the annual Ride for Dave in October, over £1,000 has been raised for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma medical research unit at UHW.
Nearly 50 cyclists took part and friends and colleagues of David came along to give encouragement and moral support. Andy and Liz at the Bush were incredibly generous once again, feeding the riders before they set off and when they returned. Heartfelt thanks to all who took part and gave so generously.
Sue & Bill

Village Forum Update

The inaugural village forum was held on Monday, 25 April 2016 with a follow-up meeting on 19 September.
Click on the read more link below for the results.
The next meeting is scheduled provisionally for Monday, 24 April 2017.
Click here for the aims and purpose of the forum.

Village Hall Committee meeting: 18 January

The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 18 January 2017.  If you have any matters you'd like to raise, please contact Ewa Thomas on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 01446 771728.

St Hilary Village Choir

rw-choir1 The St Hilary Choir is well established, but always has space for new members (especially tenors and basses).  It rehearses on Tuesday evenings.  The repertoire includes hymns, folk songs, light classics and songs from musicals.  Chris Mowat, the Choirmaster, can be contacted on 01446 771601.

Riverside Market Garden (near Coed Hills)

Riverside Market Garden is a 5 acre community owned organic market garden located 200 yards past Coed Hills Artspace entrance on Llantrithyd Road, and supplies organic produce via a vegbox scheme and at local farmers' markets. Vegboxes are available  to pick up from the field on a Wednesday, or have home delivered. Volunteers and visitors are also welcome by prior arrangement. Contact Debbie Leigh on 07889 846526, email  admin@riversidemarketgarden, or visit our website

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.

The Bush Sunday Quiz: 18 December

It's the Christmas Special!
Sunday, 18 December
8pm start.  £1 per person.
Theme: Christmas of course!
Higher or Lower: c£90
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month
Click on read more for previous winners

Village Carol Service: Sunday, 18 December

Village Carol Service
6.30pm at St Hilary Church
Sunday, 18 December
Followed by seasonal refreshments in the Village Hall

Craft sale and coffee morning raises £700

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported our coffee morning this week and gave so generously.
We raised a staggering £700!  You have all helped to make children's lives in India that little brighter by enjoying coffee and cake over a chat with friends and by buying our Christmas crafts. Your support is so very much appreciated!
Happy Christmas and New Year!
Monica and Terry

Llanfair Community Council: 1 September 2016


Click here for the full minutes.  There were no items concerning St Hilary.
Click here for the Community Council website.


Locals' Christmas meal at the Bush: Thursday, 15 December

The Bush is hosting the Christmas meal for villagers, locals and regulars on Thursday, 15 December.
Book a place by emailing 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.

Don't drive too fast

Here's a reminder to all of us from Heather and Colin not to drive too fast on our country lanes.
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A car going down to the care home at the farm was travelling very fast and just managed to knock our wall down as you can see.
Very luckily no one was hurt.

St Hilary Chit Chat on Facebook

A Facebook group has been set up (St Hilary Chit Chat) so that anyone who lives or is connected with St Hilary can let everybody know what's going on, share a bit of gossip and let off steam. Anyone (with a connection with the village) can join as a member and that will then enable you or them to start a discussion, make comments and share photos of what’s happening in and around St Hilary.  Please suggest members and/or encourage them to join.
 This is a summary of the social media we have and their main purpose:
 Web: ( static information - news and events, news archives and the social history of the village
  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 ) for general communication and events and news updates
 Twitter: (@sthilarycc)  for event reminders and the occasional news item
 Facebook: for photos, gossip, ongoing activity and rants
 We are reducing leaflet drops, so only those villagers who are not connected digitally will be the only ones to get paper updates. 
If you know of anyone who might like to get email news, but doesn’t, please let us know.

Village Forum: Village Hall: 8pm, Monday 24 April 2017

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This 2nd Village Forum is the opportunity to meet your fellow villagers informally to discuss village things.
Click here for the current position on the activities of the four task and finish groups that have been following up the actions from the two forums in 2016.

Free Guided Walks: The Vale and South Wales

-  1 hour to all day
 -  Any day of the week
 -  Free
 -  Small donations to village funds appreciated
 -  Contact Terry Dennis
        This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 07977 492926
 -  Advance booking best but short notice is OK
 Click on read more for information

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.

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 Club

The Bush Inn Cycle Clubrolls 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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