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2018 saw the 150th anniversary of the birth of Alfred Fowler, a Wilsden-born astrophysicist few people now remember, but whose work was important enough to influence the likes of Einstein, Bohr, Hubble and Rutherford.

To celebrate this 'son of Wilsden' the Parish Council put up a blue plaque, gave a talk on his life and, in May, held a Science Fair at Trinity Church.

What an afternoon of exciting experiments we had!

There were twenty science based activities, suitable for all members of the family from 2 to 102 years old. To mention just a few there was the 'Magic tablecloth trick' (which illustrates inertia), constructing kaleidoscopes, playing with oobleck (aka non-Newtonian fluid), forming rainbows, making a bracelet showing your birthdate in binary code. These pictures show a few more.

Perhaps some of the children who were enjoying themselves with such enthusiasm at the Science Fair will in future become scientists as eminent as Alfred Fowler?

Photographs as they happened on the day!

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A Wilsden Parish Councillor and a Church Senior Steward holding a magic eye pic. at arms length and squinting!

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Solar Prints drying  (A simple type of photographic technique)


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Cartesian Diver - The children are really into this one!!

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Making Thaumotropes.

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Friction Ramp.

 

The Parish Council Green Spaces Group which comprises representatives of the Parish Council, Wilsden Friends of the Park and Wilsden Gardening Association has embarked on the first phase of planting Spring bulbs (daffodils and crocus) which took place on Saturday 22nd October 2016 at sites around the village.

The bulbs have been purchased by the Parish Council with the support of Stephen Smith's Garden Centre, Wilsden.

The sites have been chosen, hopefully, to give the maximum impact and  include the areas around The Welcome To Wilsden stones at Windy Grove and Thornhill Terrace, the Main Street opposite Crooke Lane, the Village Green and around the back of the Village Hall.  It is planned that this is an important step in enhancing green spaces in the village as the Parish Council progressively begins to take over some of the services currently provided by BMDC.

We hope that this first phase will be a success and that in Spring we will see the colourful results of their labours.


Pictured left to right Paul Bexon, Sue Downs and Councillor Peter Ketley who are members of the Green Spaces Working Group

          

Photographs courtesy of Councillor Trevor Dufton

On Saturday 23rd April several parish councillors, many members of the public and Rainbows  (junior Brownies) got together in the warm Spring sunshine to clear and litter   pick at several  areas in the village. After an hour and a half of litter picking in the park, Rec and Main Street several bags of litter were collected, which were later taken away by Bradford Council’s Clean Team.  

All who helped in the clean-up were invited back to the Contact Point for complimentary refreshments and to take a well-earned rest after the morning’s work.

The parish council hopes that the village can be kept clean, tidy and free from litter. If we all do our bit the village will always look its best.


Knitted poppies to mark the lives of each of the estimated 1,770 Bradford men who fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme have been planted in a Wilsden Trinity Church churchyard.  Visitors came to witness the display at Wilsden Trinity Church on Chapel Row on 1st and 2nd July where the unique poppies have been placed on wooden sticks and ‘planted’ in the ground. Most of the soldiers were in the 1st and 2nd Bradford Pals, raised chiefly in Bradford and Keighley respectively.

 The response by knitters in Wilsden, the Bradford area and beyond even as far away as Australia, led to some 2,000 poppies being created.  One of the organisers Jane Callaghan said:

 “It was just magnificent.  We just couldn’t stop people from knitting and the British Legion were delighted.  It’s been a tremendous community effort to recognize the sacrifice made by so many local young men.”

 

Photographs courtesy of Val Smith (Wilsden Resident)
Write up courtesy of Chris Tate, Telegraph and Argus 2 July 2016

Over the June bank holiday weekend  Wilsden village celebrated Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in style. 

The celebrations  began on Friday 1 June with a tree planting ceremony supported by the Parish Council.  A Hornbeam tree was planted near the Village Hall to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

On Saturday 2 June an all day beer festival was held in the Village Hall with 14 different Yorkshire hand pumped beers on offer, an all day cafe and entertainment by the Beer House Boys band in the evening.  The event was a great success.

On Monday 4 June a street party organised by the Parish Council was held in and around the Village Hall.   The party consisted of a community picnic, bouncy castle, homemade crown competition, hidden treasure competition, Punch and Judy show, entertainment by the Hallroyd Brass Band and, of course, a toast to Her Majesty by Wilsden Gala Queen, Katy.  Despite the weather it turned out to be an extremely successful and  well attended day.  A special thanks to all our volunteers and the WI ladies for their contributions and efforts.

The celebrations ended on Monday evening with a Jubilee dance in the Village Hall.

All in all the whole week end was a huge success and great fun as shown in the photographs below.  

Photographs courtesy of Tony Caunt LRPS

 

Tree PlantingCommunity PicnicGala QueenCelebratingHaving FunBrass Band