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 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!

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 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:

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:

Read about the event in the Telegraph and Argus

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