Great Scott! This Saturday, Wilsden is going Back to the Future…

Date: Saturday 24th October 2015 (aka “the future”!)
Time: film starts at 7.30pm prompt (bar opens at 6.45pm)
Place: main hall, Wilsden Village Hall
Tickets: £4 standard, £3 over-65s, £2 under-14s. Under-3s are free and don’t require a ticket. Available on the door but booking is advised – click to book now
Dress code: fancy dress optional. Prizes for the best efforts!

30 years ago, Marty McFly took a DeLorean trip into a future of hoverboards, flying cars and a worrying obsession with two-tone neon. That future was October 2015. What better way to celebrate than with a big-screen showing of the film that started it all back in good ol’ 1985, complete with licensed bar, themed snacks, fancy dress competition and 80s music to finish off the night?

Reserve tickets for Saturday Cinema: Back to the Future online

Watch the trailer

Wilsden Entertainments Society presents the first of what we hope will become a regular series of Saturday Cinema nights at the village hall: Back to the Future! In this much-loved 80s classic, teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and his nutty inventor pal Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) time travel back to 1955 to help Marty’s parents get together – before he disappears forever.

Join us on Saturday 24th October at 7.30pm for a fun social evening with family, friends and neighbours. We can’t give you hoverboards or self-lacing Nikes, but we can give you a great movie night with a large 10ft screen, well-stocked bar, themed snacks and drinks, prizes for the best fancy dress, a quiz, and an 80s music mix to finish that’ll blow your parachute pants off.

Come along and enjoy a delicious Doc Brownie or one of Einstein’s Hot Dogs with a glass of Calvin Klein’s Jivin’ Wine, courtesy of our usherettes, in the comfortable ambient atmosphere of Wilsden Village Hall. If you like you can dress as your favourite character, or channel some 1985 or 1955 chic – prizes will be awarded for the best efforts!

All are welcome to this fun-for-all-the-family PG film, although children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets cost £4 standard, £3 over-65s and £2 under-14s. Under-threes are free. All profits will got towards the 40 Candles Birthday Appeal, which aims to raise £20,000 to refurbish the village hall.

Reserve tickets online

We recommend reserving your tickets in advance for collection and payment on the door. This will guarantee your seat (max 80 available) and will be helpful to the organisers during planning. If for any reason you are unable to attend, please email us on so we can free up your seat for someone else. Use the form below to reserve seats.

Film night ticket reservations

  • Children under three are free and do not require a ticket.


About film nights at the village hall

Our questionnaire has shown that respondents would like to see a community cinema in the village. We hope this first event will lead to a regular social film night once a month at the hall, as well as special screenings catering for specific groups (for example, family-friendly and dementia-friendly screenings). We intend to show a wide range of films, from new releases to family favourites to popular classics, as well as running film seasons such as Best of British and Oscar Winners. Some of the films we are considering for future screenings are Avengers: Age of Ultron, Cinderella (live-action), Jurassic World, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, It’s A Wonderful Life, Star Wars, Minions and The Magnificent Seven. The community will have the chance to vote on the next screening from a shortlist.

If you would like to give us your views on the community cinema and the types of film you would like us to show, our online questionnaire is still open on our website here.

Wilsden Gala raises £2000 for community causes

A message from Wilsden Gala Committee:

gala-logo-2015Wilsden Gala Committee have announced that 2015’s animal-themed event, held back in July, has raised nearly £2000 for good causes in their community.

“We’re very pleased with the total raised, which is similar to the amount made by the 2014 gala – and that was despite losing the last hour of the 2015 event to some very dramatic weather!” said Mark Anslow, the committee chairman. “It’s great that as well as providing an enjoyable summer fun day for families in the village, we can also put something back into the community that will benefit people all year round.”

Of the £2000 profits, £400 will be put towards the 2016 event. The remainder will be divided between three charities. The biggest beneficiary is Wilsden Village Hall’s 40 Candles refurbishment appeal, which has received a donation of £1200 from the gala committee. Wilsden Cricket Club, who have hosted the gala for the past two years, have received a donation of £250, and St John’s Ambulance received £150.

The village hall also received a further donation of £400 from Wilsden Women’s Institute, who donated the majority of their profits from selling tea, sandwiches and cakes at the gala to the 40 Candles refurbishment appeal.

“It’s brilliant that the village are getting so involved in supporting the village hall’s refurbishment appeal as we approach our 40th birthday,” said trustee Lisa Firth, speaking on behalf of Wilsden Village Hall. “The contributions from the gala committee and WI have now taken the total raised up to £1884. The WVH management committee would like to say a massive thank you to the gala committee volunteers for all their hard work organising this amazing family event and of course for supporting the appeal. We are also very grateful to the WI for their generous donation, raised selling their always delicious refreshments on gala day. The village hall is used by 30-plus groups, with footfall from hundreds of village residents every week, all of whom will benefit from the planned refurbishment.”

Plans are now under way for Wilsden Children’s Gala 2016, which the committee – all volunteers from within the community – hope will be even bigger and better than this year’s event. As in previous years, there will be plenty of opportunities for Wilsden kids to get involved in the lead up to the event, whether it’s designing the 2016 programme cover or entering the draw to become next year’s gala king or queen at the Gala Disco in February. Watch this space for more announcements throughout the year.

Follow the gala Facebook page for updates on the gala as they happen:

Wilsden Juniors halloween party to take place on 31st October

A message from Wilsden Juniors AFC:

Tickets for Wilsden Juniors Annual Halloween party are now available.

12049245_828683590583066_7869142889362889347_nIt will be held on Saturday 31st of October at Wilsden Village Hall, 3-5pm. Tickets are priced at £3.50 per child and include a hot snack and drink. Lots of activities on the day, including best fancy dress with fabulous prizes, halloween-themed games, apple bobbing, decorate your own chocolate apples, face painting and raffle. This event is open to anyone, not just Wilsden Juniors members, so please feel free to invite family and friends. Tickets must be purchased before the event – please text Louise Morgan on 07825 564485.

Come to the WVH Annual General Meeting on 22nd October

AGM-poster-2015Did you know Wilsden Village Hall is a registered charity?

Did you know it belongs to all of us? It is held in trust for you, the residents of Wilsden.

Did you know it is run by a committee of volunteers from our community, as well as a full-time manager?

The AGM is one of the most important events in the village hall’s calendar because it gives members of the community the opportunity to have their say on how the hall is run, make suggestions on what facilities it could and should offer, and hold the management committee, the hall’s trustees, accountable. Public feedback given at AGMs and through other methods is invaluable in making sure the hall stays at the centre of village life, serving all residents of Wilsden.

If you or a family member use the hall, please do come along to give your feedback and have a Q&A session with the volunteers who run this facility. You do not have to stay for the whole meeting, but any support and feedback you choose to give will help us to keep the hall relevant and secure its long-term future. All are welcome and we would love to hear your views.

If you can’t make the meeting but have some feedback you would like considered, please email us on and your points will be added to the agenda for discussion.

The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the WILSDEN VILLAGE HALL CHARITY (Charity No. 1154371) will be held in the meeting room of WILSDEN VILLAGE HALL on Thursday 22nd October 2015 at 7pm.

Would you like a community cinema in Wilsden?

popcornGetting to a cinema can be difficult in a village that is some distance from the nearest town, particularly for those without transport, and cost of tickets is also a barrier for some. The Wilsden Entertainments Society are looking into the possibility of starting a community cinema to show regular screenings of films at the village hall, with a focus on a fun, social experience within the community, affordability and ease of access.

We would like to know if this is something the village would want and use. We’d be very grateful if you could spare a minute to give us your views.

Click here to fill in the community cinema questionnaire – it only takes five minutes!

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Wilsden Gala set to be event of the year!

Wilsden Gala set to be event of the year!

wilsden-gala-2015-posterAn update from Wilsden Gala Committee

This year’s gala will again take place on Wilsden Cricket Field, building on the success of last year’s event which saw unprecedented numbers turn up to enjoy the sun, stalls, rides and games.

The gala will be held on Sunday 5th July from 2pm following the traditional procession through the village in fancy dress (starting at 1pm). The theme, decided this year through a competition for local children, is “Animals”. It was chosen by seven-year-old Mary Hague, whose theme and design were selected to appear on the cover of the gala programme.

The gala committee are hoping to see everything from elephant and eagle, buffalo and beagle on the day! As always, there will be prizes for the best costume efforts, with categories for Best Fancy Dress (Girl), Best Fancy Dress (Boy), Best Walking Tableau (Group), Best Bike/Scooter/Skateboard (Individual) and Best Pram/Buggy (Individual). There will also be prizes this year for the best-decorated animal-themed gardens on the procession route.

Attractions at the gala itself will include fun pocket-money games like Splat the Rat, Buzzwire, Minion Tombola and many more, plus pony rides, raffle, stalls, rides and a bouncy castle. In the central arena there will be a dance display by the children of Jennifer’s Dancekool, children’s races with medals to be won and a brass band, plus a family dog show run by Wilsden Animal Feeds with the following categories: Waggiest Tale, Handsomest Dog, Prettiest Bitch, Best Owner & Dog Fancy Dress, Best Junior and Best Senior (all well-behaved dogs welcome to attend!).

Refreshments include two beer/wine tents, a barbecue and tasty homemade fare from Wilsden Women’s Institute.

The gala is free to attend for both children and adults, with programmes available in advance and on the door for 50p (including entry slip for raffle prize draw). The event will be opened by this year’s gala king and queen, Leon Slater-Sesay and Becca Watkinson, with help from their attendants Layla Raoul and Hope Mansell. Our gala VIPs were chosen during a special selection disco at the village hall in March.

The gala committee look forward to seeing you on 5th July – save the date!

Welly wanging and tug of war at Waterloo Day event

On Sunday 21st June, Friends of Wilsden Park will be commemorating 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo with a family-friendly Waterloo Day celebration in the park from 2-4pm – the perfect way to celebrate with Dad this Father’s Day!

  • Followimage the Horrible History trail and find out lots of weird and wonderful facts about the Battle of Waterloo
  • Snail racing
  • Tug of War
  • Learn about the Wilsden men who fought at Waterloo
  • Welly wanging
  • Onion chucking
  • Meet a soldier of the 33rd Foot Regiment and ask him about Waterloo
  • Refreshments: roast beef sarnies or Camembert on crusty bread
  • FREE entry
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