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In Memoriam: Glynne Clay 12 March 2014

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Glynne Clay
 
5 April 1931 - 12 March 2014
 
 

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.
 

Bush Sunday Quiz: 6 April

The legendary Bush Sunday night quiz!!
   Season Finale
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It's big, it's brash, and it's bold!
Sunday, 6 April
8pm start.  £1 per person
Winning team takes all
Golden Snowball will be c£40
Click on read more for previous winners

1st and 3rd Sundays of the month
Restarts 5 October
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Help - cat sitter needed for one week

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Required for 1 week in the Easter holidays - a cat lover to feed and stroke 2 gorgeous cats. They would need letting in and out of the house and feeding twice a day. If you can help, we will put you in touch. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 

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.
 

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.

 

Notice of Safari Supper: 28 June

Advance notice:
This year's safari supper is being planned for Saturday, 28 June.
More details in due course
Hosts are needed so do please offer to host if you can (and it will guarantee you a place!)
Please contact Carolyn Lyons before 14 June on 774890 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

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 .
 

Village Hall Committee meeting: 21 May

villagehall1 The next Village Hall Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 21 May  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.
 

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
 

Foodbank Collection in St Hilary Church

foodbank A bright yellow collection box has been set up in the Church for food donations for the Pontyclun Foodbank. The Foodbank supports people who are experiencing financial difficulties with a food parcel containing food for three days. Click on the read more link for suggested donations:
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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.

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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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