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40 Candles

On Monday 6th July, Wilsden Village Hall Management Committee announced a new fundraising drive the
40 Candles Birthday Appeal, in the run up to the building's 40th anniversary on 19th June next year.The appeal was launched on a key date for the hall, 40 years to the day since the foundation stone was laid by the people of Wilsden.

The appeal aims to raise £500 for every year of the hall's life - £20,000 in total - to completely refurbish the ageing building, making it a brighter, pleasanter place for the more than 30 groups who use it on a weekly basis. These include the nursery, uniformed groups, dance and fitness classes, community library, walkers, art group and many more.

“Wilsden Village Hall is a brilliant venue and we are lucky to have it,” said Lisa Firth, one of the hall’s board of trustees. “It is genuinely the heart of the village and its loss would leave a massive hole in our community. As a not-for-profit, self-funding charity, it relies on a combination of user fees and fundraising to cover its substantial costs. I’d like to urge everyone in the village to get behind the 40 Candles Birthday Appeal to help make the hall better for all its users, and to secure its survival.

“The hall is held in trust for the people of Wilsden - it belongs to all of us and we all have a stake in its future. Together we can reach our target!”

Shipley constituency MP Philip Davies has also spoken in support of the appeal. “Wilsden Village Hall plays a vital role in the local community,” he says. “I hope everyone will get behind the 40 Candles Birthday Appeal to ensure the village hall gets the investment it needs to serve the community for the next 40 years.”

The management committee are asking villagers and hall user groups to support the appeal by organising a fundraiser, joining the newly launched Friends of WVH scheme or making a personal donation. Two resources have been developed to help groups organise fundraisers for the hall, which are available to download free on the Wilsden Village Hall website: the 40 Candles Appeal Fundraising Pack and the 40 Candles Challenge Pack, a challenge resource for youth and uniformed groups which allows them to earn a badge.

If you would like to support the appeal, you can do so by texting WVHC40 £5 to 70070 to donate £5.

More information on the appeal is available on our website at wilsdenvillagehall.co.uk/40candles