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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




Environment – Councillor Callaghan

Walling – Councillor Caunt

Car Scheme – Councillor Allison

Contact Point – Councillor McNamara

Speedwatch – Councillor Graham

Planning – Councillor Caunt

Councillor to check bank reconciliations – Councillor Callaghan


Sub Committee/Working Groups:

Internal Audit – Councillors Callaghan, Ketley,Overend and Dufton

Management and Strategic Policy – Councillors Allison, Ketley, McNamara and Caunt

Neighbourhood Planning Working Group – Councillors Dufton, Allison, Graham, Ketley, Callaghan, Caunt Overend and McNamara

Website Review Working Group – Councillors Allison, Ketley, Callaghan and Caunt


Outside Bodies:

Parish Council Liaison – Councillor Allison

Police Tasking – Councillors McNamara and Graham

Shipley Area Committee – Councillors Dufton and Caunt

YLCA South Pennine Branch – Councillors Allison and Overend

Friends of Wilsden Park – Councillors Callaghan and Allison

Bradford Local Access Forum – Councillor Callaghan

Wilsden Village Hall – Councillors Dufton and McNamara

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.

We hope 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 and 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!