As my late mother, also named Hilary, (spelt the male way) was equally unerring in her faith as her namesake saint, even through terrible pain and long chronic illness, we feel that naming this lovely realistic miniature church St Hilary's is a very fitting tribute to a brave lady. Hilary saw this church for the very first and last time at the end of August 2003 before we had receipt of the furniture from Sharon and Mark Stockton. We will never forget the admiration and love she had for it even though she didn't have the strength to see it close up.
We have added considerably to the original "children" (ie: Emily, Benedict, Thomas, Clara and Amelia) who were part of my mother's Jane Davies' porcelain doll collection. The children originally all had pride of place in the family Welsh Cabinet in her downstairs hallway and were amongst the first collector's items visitors would see on arrival in her house.
Visit our Who's Who page and find out more about all of St. Hilary's characters, wildlife and pets!
The last words in tribute to both this website and my mother needs to go to Jane Davies, who grew to know my mother very well as she would arrive at her stall faithfully at almost EVERY Miniatura show at the Birmingham NEC in order to choose a new doll for her Welsh cabinet collection.....................
"To me it is the perfect way to remember your mother of whom I was very fond. She was the only person other than my grandmother who combined so well a down-to-earth view of this world with such a clear view of another".
Indeed, as Jane too observed, Mum really DID have the faith of St. Hilary of Poitiers. We like to think that she is enjoying this church even as she is in heaven.
The Reverend Gyles Ponsenby-Smyth, St. Hilary's vicar, and Rev Ken, his curate, welcomes you all to St Hilary's and hopes you enjoy your visit. Read the vicar's letter to you all.
Above/right: Esther inspects her floral arrangements she has made for Pentecost. Grace is hiding her face because there is something she is finding rather scary......visit our new Pentecost page and find out why!
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Please join with us in an act of remembrance for Hilary Davies on our Memorial Service page. Hilary passed away on 26th November 2003. We have produced a little act of remembrance for her with the children playing their instruments in her memory. Remember and reflect too on those loved ones that you too may have lost and add their names to our Book of Remembrance (please add the name/s of your loved one/s alongside anything else you wish to mention in the "comments" box) if you so wish.
Please visit our many other pages which you will find on the top drop down menu. This is a new venture for us so please don't be shy if you find any problems with this new drop down menu (ie missing pages, links that go nowhere etc.) and email me as below. Many thanks to Stu Nicholls for this drop down menu! Thanks also have to go to Rob Orland for helping me enable our Internet Explorer 6 visitors to see our new drop down menu too. DO visit his website on Historic Coventry and see some wonderful pictures of REAL churches and more..
If, for any reason, you cannot see the drop down options on our top menu please visit our Site Map which lists ALL of our current pages........
Thanks to Vic Newey for putting this Dollshouse Direct village church kit together for us, modifying it and most of all, for adding his own personal decoration to it.
Emily, Clara, Benedict, Thomas and Amelia were all originally bought by Hilary so they really ARE St Hilary's children. We wanted them to live in a church dedicated to the lady who had owned and loved them so much.......
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