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

Wilsden Gala programmes now on sale

Wilsden Gala programme cover 2015
Wilsden Gala programme cover 2015
Wilsden Gala programme cover 2015

The programme for this year’s Wilsden Gala is now on sale from a doorstep near you!

Members of the Wilsden Gala Committee and their “minions” from the Brownies and Guides will be going door to door around the village in the next few weeks to sell the programmes before gala day on 5th July.

Each one costs 50p, which includes a tear-off slip for raffle entry on the day. Just fill in your contact details and put your slip in the box in the central arena on gala day to be in with a chance to win a host of goodies donated by local businesses and individuals, including beer from the New Inn and vouchers from shops including Wilsden Balti, Krave Deli and Vanilla Spa.

The cover for this year’s programme is by seven-year-old Mary Hague, following a competition for local children to create a design around their chosen theme. Mary chose the theme Animals. Her winning theme and cover design were unveiled at this year’s gala disco back in March, when the gala king, queen and attendants were also revealed.

The 2015 Wilsden Gala will take place on Sunday 5th July at Wilsden Cricket Field from 2pm, with the traditional fancy dress procession (on Mary’s winning theme of Animals) through the village beginning from the village hall at 1pm.

All profits from programme sales go towards future galas and village hall funds.

Find out more about Wilsden Gala

New events group will “bring community together”

New events group will “bring community together”

Wilsden Village Hall is seeking members for a new group to organise social events which will build community spirit in the village, tackle isolation and loneliness and raise funds for the hall.

Lisa Firth, a member of the village hall management committee who is leading the search for volunteers, said: “When I was growing up in Wilsden there were all sorts of events on: the Christmas panto, novelty sports events, evening dances. People got to meet their neighbours and feel they were part of something. But these days, events like that are few and far between. We want to change all that, and put community back at the heart of village hall fundraising.”

Lisa also hopes that the tentatively named Wilsden Entertainments Society will act as a springboard for getting new social groups off the ground, such as a film club or an amdram theatre group.

“All that’s required is enthusiasm, commitment and of course a good sense of humour and fun,” says Lisa. “We’ll meet one evening a month in one of the village pubs. There have been plenty of ideas from those who have volunteered so far – theme nights, murder mysteries, quizzes, singalong film nights, duck races, ceilidhs, a pantomime – and new members will no doubt have many more. There is often a feeling expressed that Wilsden doesn’t have the community spirit it once had. I hope people will join us in doing something about it!”

Interested? Drop Lisa an email on lisa@lisafirtheditorial.co.uk. If you can’t join the group but would be willing to be contacted to help at individual events, we would also love to hear from you.

Wilsden says “cheers” for village hall funds

Wilsden says “cheers” for village hall funds

Cheers!A big thank you to everyone who came along to our Five Shires-themed fifth annual Wilsden Beer Festival on 30th May. The event was once again a roaring success, with the sun even deigning to shine for most of the afternoon, and attracted some 300 visitors. Visitors could enjoy a choice of 20 beers from Lincolnshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and of course Yorkshire, as well as an all-day cafe and hog roast. Entertainment was provided by the Beer House Boys band from 7pm. Well done to Julie, Roger and team for once again making this a day to remember.

We can now announce the total raised at Saturday’s event……. £2500! All profits will go to the hall, a community centre and registered charity, to keep help guarantee its future for the many groups who use it.

We didn’t have one overall winner from the beers on the day as all proved popular, but there were plenty of requests for our local Bingley Brewery.

The winner of the wine and whisky raffle was a Mr Alan Asbury of Keighley.

We will shortly be starting plans for next year’s festival, which takes place in the hall’s 40th anniversary year, so please watch this space, or like us on Facebook for regular updates: Facebook.com/WilsdenBeerFest

We must also say a big thanks to all the businesses and individuals who helped make this year’s festival happen by sponsoring a barrel:

CD Grimwoods & Sons
B A Transmissions Ltd
Pegasus Externals Ltd.
Big Mouth Toys International.
Dr Jonathan M D Atkinson
The Villager Pub
Wilsden Gardening Association
The Local Builder
Philip Petty Gas Engineer
Eldwick Joinery Services
The Wilsden Walkers
Splash and Danny
The Ling Bob
Tool Fix
Andrew Philips
The Malt in Harden
David McArthur Electrical Contractor

With thanks to:
Haworth Steam Brewery
Bingley Brewery

If you’re a business and would like to sponsor us next year, please send us a PM or email Julie at the hall: wvh@btconnect.com

Read about the event in the Telegraph and Argus

Wilsden Beer Festival 2015: Battle of the Five Shires

Wilsden Beer Festival 2015: Battle of the Five Shires

Beer-Festival-2015-Poster-1This year’s Five Shires-themed Beer Festival will take place at the village hall on Saturday 30th May, 11am-11pm, with 20 beers from across Yorkshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire battling it out to be crowned King of the Ales.

Entrance will be £5, which includes a half-pint of your choice and one of our much-coveted souvenir beer glasses (while stocks last!). To guarantee your glass, you can buy a ticket in advance from Julie in her office at the village hall – open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

In addition to the 20 beers, there will be a small selection of wines and ciders, plus soft drinks. Children are welcome to join their parents until 6pm.

There will be a cafe serving food all day, plus a hog roast from 2pm, and live music from the Beer House Boys from 7pm.

Please do come along – the beer festival is always a great day out, and every penny raised will go to the village hall, a registered charity, and help it keep serving the community many years into the future.

Like Wilsden Beer Festival on Facebook for beer announcements as they happen!

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