Marathon effort from Helen for her village hall

Marathon effort from Helen for her 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

‘RUBY SATURDAY’ BEER FEST 2016

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.

Featuring:

  • 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

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 tickets@wilsdenvillagehall.co.uk 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.
 

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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: facebook.com/WilsdenVillageGala

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!

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