Write your novel in 2020

Book your place at our novel-writing workshop on 7th March!

Have you ever felt you had a novel in you? Have you tried to write one in the past and given up, or are you attempting to write one at the moment? Make 2020 the year you finally write “The End”!

Come along to our novel-writing workshop, coordinated by local author Lisa Firth. Lisa has had six romantic comedy novels published under the pen name Mary Jayne Baker, and also writes contemporary women’s fiction as Lisa Swift. Topics covered will include plotting; voice and dialogue; editing, and advice on routes to publication. Writing exercises will also be included.

At Wilsden Village Hall on Saturday 7th March, from 9am–12pm.

Tickets for the workshop are £15 each, including materials and refreshments.

Tickets are available from Wilsden Village Hall or online through Eventbrite. All money raised will go towards the upkeep of Wilsden Village Hall.

Frozen tickets available from Wilsden Village Hall

Start the Christmas magic by singing along with your children to the original Frozen. Tickets available from Wilsden Village Hall and Wilsden Community Post Office. Price includes a free gift from Santa. Photo opportunities with Ana and Elsa!

Entry by ticket only as demand is expected to be high. Reserve yours by contacting the hall on 01535 272786, or email milton@wilsdenvillagehall.co.uk

Tickets now also available via Eventbrite by following this link: http://bit.ly/35V967IWVHFrozen

Wilsden Beer Festival 2019 – it’s back and it’s better than ever!

It’s back bigger and better than before

Saturday 1st June between Noon and 9PM

Wilsden Beer Festival has taken place at the village hall annually since 2011, in late or early June. Originally conceived as a one-off event, it is now one of our biggest fundraisers and an indispensable item on Wilsden’s social calendar every year.  Unfortunately, last year 2018, we had to cancel the event however this year, we have a great opportunity to restart and continue better than ever.

The festival is usually built around a theme and we have previously used ‘The War of the Roses’ as such. Entry costs £5 for a ticket and includes a souvenir pint glass and the first pint free. The event also includes live music, and food will be available.

Our local businesses are asked to sponsor the event in addition to individuals, who have the opportunity to have their name on the souvenir pint glasses. If you are interested for future sponsorship opportunities please contact us.

This year’s 30 Miles Beer & Gin Sling themed festival will take place at the Village Hall on Saturday 1st June, opening at 12:00pm noon and closing at 9pm with 12 beers, 2 lagers and 4 ciders from across West Yorkshire available. 

Entrance will again be £5 per ticket, which includes a pint of your choice and one of our much-coveted souvenir beer glasses (while stocks last!). As an alternative, we do have a smaller quantity of Dartington Crystal Gin glasses available with your ticket [first come first served basis] together with tokens for a free gin of your choice at the Gin Bar.  Tonics will be extra on this occasion.  You can buy a ticket in advance from Milton or Paul in their office at the Village Hall – open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 3.30pm, and they are also available at Wilsden Post Office and the bar of The Ling Bob.  We do not intend to reserve a glass for you however, and they are only available on the day until stocks last.

This year, we have introduced a token system to pay for goods.  Tokens are only available at the ticket desk.  Please check there for any discount offers that may apply.

In addition to the beers, lagers, ciders and gins, there will be a great selection of fine red & white wines, plus free soft drinks for the under 18s. As with all events servings alcohol, we fully comply with responsible vending and do operate a Challenge25 policy so if you are fortunate to appear less than 25 please ensure you have appropriate proof of age e.g. driving licence, passport or birth certificate.

This year, we welcome families to come along and enjoy the day and children are most welcomed to join their parents until 6pm – there will be a selection of outdoor games to keep them entertained – weather permitting.

There will be a cafe serving a selection of Greek Street Food, together with a Hog Roast available from approximately 2pm and live acoustic music between 3pm and 7pm.

Please do come along – the Beer & Gin 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.


The village hall is very grateful to the following sponsors for supporting this event. Click on the links to download their advertisement from this year’s beer festival tasting booklet.

Marathon effort from Helen for her village hall

Helen is supporting the village hall

Thanks so much to wonderful village hall supporter Helen Baranowski for pushing herself to the peak of physical endurance in order to raise funds for our village hall! You’re a hero, Helen! Here’s what she has to say about her marathon effort:

“I am raising money for The Village Hall 40 Candles Appeal by running the Leicester Marathon on Sunday (23 October). If you would like to sponsor me there are sponsorship forms at the Village Hall, the Library, Krave and the Butchers or I have a page on Just Giving (not sure how to attach a link!). Every sponsor will be very gratefully received and will go towards much needed renovation of the Village Hall, and really will inspire me to keep running (well moving forward anyway). Thank you very much.”

You can donate to Helen’s marathon fundraiser on JustGiving here.

Helen is supporting the village hall


Date: 4th June 2016

Time: 11am to 11pm!

Place: Wilsden village hall

This year’s beer fest is set to be a great event as this year we are also celebrating the 40th anniversary of the hall.


  • Over 18 hand-pulled local beers and lagers
  • A small selection of wines and ciders
  • Live music from 7pm with The Sheratons
  • An all day cafe and afternoon hog roast

This is a fundraising event for the village hall so please support it if you can.

We are looking for sponsorship, so if you’d like our name on a commemorative glass and a barrel of beer, please ask at the office. You can also email or phone using the details here

Crafting in a winter wonderland…

Join us for the Wilsden Village Hall festive “make and take” craft fair this December.

The village hall will be holding a Christmas craft fair on Sunday 13th December from 4pm. The theme of the event will be “make and take”, with stallholders selling homemade items and craft kits, and a number of workshops for all ages available to try throughout the afternoon.

There will be a range of handmade items on sale from local groups, businesses and individuals, including toys, clothes, jewellery, paintings, calendars, table decorations, felted gifts, bunting, cushions, vintage goods, Christmas wreathes, novelty knits, dolls, brooches and more. The perfect place to pick up a unique Christmas gift you can’t find in the shops!

Businesses taking part in the event include Golly Gosh Gifts, Roseland Creations, Anything Goes, Fairies Wardrobe and Bingley Manorlands Support Group.

We will also be running a number of workshops for both children and adults, perfect if you want to come along and learn a new skill! There will be a small charge for workshops to cover the cost of materials.

Baked refreshments will be provided by the ladies of Wilsden Women’s Institute, with mulled wine and mince pies also available. The Advance Church singers will be singing carols for our guests.

Entry to this event is free and all profits go towards the village hall’s 40 Candles Refurbishment Appeal, so please do come along and support us!

To enquire about having a stall, please contact Jean Radigan on jeannie08@btinternet.com

Workshops available

Wreath making
Cost £10. Make from scratch 45 min
Decorate pre made 15 min
Suitable age Teen to adult

Table centre
Cost £9. Time 30 min
Sundries/flowers supplied, bring along some winter foliage and sharp scissors.
Suitable Teens to adult.
Booking essential by 9/12/15 e-mail cwossick@btinternet.com or 07743 680580

Decopatch tree decoration
Cost £2.50. Drop in throughout the day
Suitable 5–Adult

Armpit fudge
Cost £1. Time 15 min
Suitable for children of any age

Create Your Own Jewellery Gifts
Time: drop-in between 4.30-6.00pm
Cost dependent on materials used

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