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Memories of the village

The Rugby World Cup comes to St Hilary

Check out the St Hilary telephone box to see the latest makeover - it has been decorated to cheer on the Welsh team at the Rugby World Cup. And, as well as taking a photo, check out the hall of fame on the side of the box which features past, present and future rugby champions who were educated in Cowbridge.

The Church is resplendent!

3Cs finished clearing the wall alongside the Church this morning. There's now a lovely view as you walk along the lane to the Bush - should look fantastic when the Church is lit up at Christmas.
Thanks to Cheryl and Charlie for braving the rain and to Paul for the trailer.
October's 3Cs outing is again a week later than normal, Wednesday, 9 October.
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A lovely message for all the village

This is a photo of myself and my sister-in-law (Mary & Ann Godfrey) in your beautiful little village.
We had come to look around as our husbands' family is from St Hilary, Lazarus Jenkins 1739-1823 married Ann Turbivil 1745-1830, they married about 1777.
Although we didn’t find anything can I just say how welcoming the ladies in the church were, we were invited for tea and had a lovely chat, so not only do you have a very pretty village you have very friendly villagers who it was our privilege to meet, thank you so much. 

NSPCC jazz evening a success (July 2019)

The Jazz at the Roundhouse raised £1,400. The NSPCC committee thanks everyone for their help and support and for making it such a fun and successful evening.
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What a glorious and successful village fete (July 2019)

Liz and I would like to express our thanks to all you wonderful villagers; friends of the village (Sarah and Mabli Davies) and supporting relatives of villagers for making our 2019 Fete such a great event. Just over £1,000 was raised for the running and maintenance of the village hall. Thanks to those who ran stalls, put up and down marquees, served teas/coffees and cakes, made signs, attended planning meetings and much much more! We had a wonderful team and I think it showed on Saturday 29 June.
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We would particularly like to thank all those who gave bric-a-brac, bottles of wine, gin and everything in between. To those who baked and shopped for items like ice creams. To those who made bunting for the village hall (Monica Dennis) or gave sweets and prizes and loaned equipment for events. To those who loaned PA systems (HRT – Phil Thomas) and even a flat-bed trailer (Paul Llewellyn) – you are all stars.

Also special thanks go to Lewis James (Lewis James Playing Surfaces for the TLC he gave to our village green. He is extremely busy at this time of the year but did a tidy job especially for us!

We may well have forgotten to mention someone but there were so many involved this year! Oh yes – like the Alpaca and Pygmy goat owners. However, we want to say one more time THANK YOU


For those of you on Facebook, here’s the link to the album on St Hilary Community: and click on the read more link below for a short report on the fete which was submitted to the Gem:


Globetrotters gallery

The Globetrotters Gallery is now up and running in the St Hilary telephone box so do take a peek when you are passing by. And you can join in the fun. Just take a selfie whilst on holiday and either Facebook or email it to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will hang your photo in the hall of fame - which will be in the box until September. Don’t forget to tell us who is in the photo and where you are.
And the box is now nestling in a beautiful garden lovingly created by Jane and Charles Williams  - what stars they are!
There are plants in the box waiting for a good home – please help yourself
Also the Hygiene Box is still in the box - if you have any donations you can drop them in when you are passing
A huge thank you to those  who have already left items and many thanks for the jam jars which will be recycled for the Produce Market in October
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Church wall restoration - phase 1

Phase 1 of the Church wall restoration completed - the rest of the wall will be tackled in early July. And a big thank you to Clive for all his help.
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An email from Buffalo, USA (17 June 2019)

Note: Walter and his wife were researching a relative, David Williams, who was born in St Hilary in 1815 and died in 1874 – Monica Dennis provided some information.
We had planned our trip to England, Wales and Paris for more than a year but at the last we added a stop in St. Hillary. As it turned out is was a highlight of the entire trip. We just loved the village and surrounding area.
In hindsight, I wish we would have spent a few days there or more. We don’t know if or when we could return. But ...never say never! Wales is such a beautiful country! We enjoyed every place we visited and the people are so yourself!
We live in western New York state south of Buffalo in the countryside near the Village of Springville. Our landscape is beautiful with rolling hills and farmland quite similar to yours.
I have three children all grown and seven grandchildren. Ameilyah is my 9 year old granddaughter, who would love a penpal , if you happen to know someone maybe we could hook them up!
Walter Black

Abracadabra! We now know where the village hall is!

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Young enterprise bake sale raises £65 (12 May 2019)

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Many thanks to everyone who supported our local children’s initiative which was held in the telephone box on Sunday 12 May.

The telephone box was turned into a pop up bakery where the children sold cakes that they had made with the help of their parents. The children were thrilled that they had so many customers and made £65. In addition to that, they learnt skills in customer care, food hygiene and money handling. It was an extremely successful event – so much so that they would like to do it every week!

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