News about events and activities involving Sandy & District Horticultural Association 

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017


Notice is hereby given of Sandy & District Horticultural Association’s Annual General  Meeting, to be held on Wednesday 11th October 2017, commencing at 7.30pm, in the Conservative Bowls Pavilion, Bedford Road Sandy Bedfordshire SG19 1EL..

The purpose of the meeting will be to present reports by the President, Chairman and Treasurer on the activities of the Association during 2017 and to elect Officers to the Committee for 2018. All are welcome to attend and those interested in serving on the Association’s Committee may put their name forward for consideration.

Following the formal business of the Annual General Meeting, questions and comments will be invited from the floor. Once all official business has been undertaken, there will be a social gathering, at which all attending will be invited to partake of refreshments, including wine and nibbles and there will be an opportunity to meet and chat informally with the Committee and members during the evening.


  1. Membership renewals will be due and payments will be accepted by the Treasurer, of £6 per member.
  2. 2017 Trophy winners are also most welcome to attend and pick their awards up from Please be advised however, that once the formal meeting commences at 7.30pm, Trophy collection will not be possible until AFTER the formal business has been completed and there will be no entry to the meeting for latecomers until completion of business of the formal process. Your co-operation in this regard is appreciated. The formal part of the evening is not expected to last beyond 8pm however and so collection will be possible from that time.

Steve Purchase

Association Secretary, 1st October 2017

Forthcoming Speaker Event - Change of Speaker

Due to circumstances beyond our control, our Speaker Event scheduled for next Wednesday (20th September), has changed. We are now delighted to welcome Richard Barlow from local history group, SHRG, who will be giving a talk on 'Sandy Street Names and their origins'.

The venue, entrance fee & supper arrangements remain unchanged - see our Diary page for full details.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Sandy Show 2017 - Results and Press Release

The 51st Sandy Show Saturday 19th August 2017The 51st Sandy Show of the modern era took place last Saturday (19th August), in the hall and grounds of Sandye Place Academy. The weather was kind to us this year, after a rather wet and windy few days in the week leading up to the event.

As usual, the main focus of the Show was the Horticultural, Handicraft and Culinary classes, with over 170 of these and more than 450 exhibits entered over the different Sections. It was most encouraging to see entries from new and younger exhibitors and for this year, a special class had been introduced for children of Primary School age – Class 217, a set of Red Onions to grow and display. Although there were several schools involved in the project, the actual number of entries into this special class was quite low. However, those that did enter were judged professionally and each entrant was awarded a 1st, 2nd,  or 3rd place and there were also Highly Commended places. Every entrant was also awarded a small winners medal as a reward for taking part.

During the afternoon, visitors to the Show were entertained by Punch & Judy, music from local keyboard player, Stuart Clements, as well as displays from The Raptor Foundation with their owls and Chris’s Animal Encounters showing their snakes and creepy crawlies! There were also Stalls operating both outside and inside the Hall for visitors to choose from plants, gifts, jewellery, and more. There was also a photographic display of historic images by SHRG and the new Sandy Branch of the WI were in attendance with a tombola and to promote membership.

Out back, Classic Cars were on show as well as ice cream, hot & cold food and a fairground attraction, with a Beer Tent for the older visitors.Of particular note was the Tea Tent, this year operated by Sandy Good Neighbours, a local volunteer group. The tea, coffee & cakes went down very well with everyone who came to see us and their team was very efficient, friendly and helpful. The Association is very grateful for their sterling efforts and would like to congratulate them for their excellent contribution to the smooth running of the event.

At the end of the Show, as is traditional, awards and trophies were presented to exhibitors who had been so successful with their class entries. This year, the awards were presented by The Rt. Honourable The Lord Naseby PC, himself a local resident for more than 40 years. He would have been accompanied by his wife, The Lady Ann but unfortunately she had suffered a minor stroke and had been recovering in hospital over the last couple of weeks. After the awards had all been presented, Association President’s wife, Mrs Lynda Scott, presented Lord Naseby with a small gift of an Orchid plant in appreciation and on behalf of the Association, wished The Lady Ann a speedy recovery.

Closing the Show, Association Chairman, Andrew Havergal, thanked Lord Naseby for accepting the invitation to present the awards and also to everyone on the Committee, Judges, Stewards and helpers, not forgetting all the Sponsors and Advertisers, without whose support the Show would not be possible. Finally of course to all the many visitors, who he hoped we would see at next year’s Sandy Show, which will be held on Saturday 18th August 2018. Photos from the event will be on display here in the next few days and a selection will be on display in Sandy Library during September. There is also a page on Facebook – search for The Sandy Show.


The Full list of Awards and Trophies presented at this year's Show can be found here.

Special Onion Class 217 for Primary Schools - an update

Due to some confusion with how the Special Class 217 entry forms and instructions have been handled by some of the local Primary Schools in and around Sandy, the original deadline of Monday 17th July has now been extended to Thursday 10th August. Clearly, as the schools have now broken up for the summer, any entry forms left on school premises, are no longer accessible.

We want your child, who may have been proudly nurturing their onion sets in anticipation of entering this Spcial Class 217, to enter in this year's Show and so please follow the link below to download your copy. All entries for this year MUST now be received by Thursday 10th August latest. Please do not turn up on Show day (19th August), expecting to gain entry in to the Class 217 as it will be far too late!

Good luck!


Lord Naseby to present awards at the 2017 Sandy Show

We are very pleased and honoured to announce that this year, prizes and awards will be presented by The Rt Hon. Lord Naseby PC, accompanied by The Lady Ann, his wife.

Lord Naseby has had a long and distinguished career in parliament, serving as Deputy Speaker in the House of Commons as Michael Morris MP from 1992-97, after having been MP for what is now the Northampton South constituency since 1974. He was created Baron Naseby of Sandy in Bedfordshire, October 1997.

Although born in London, he was educated locally at Bedford School and went to university in Cambridge. Having served in the RAF for a short while, he went on to have a successful career in media services as well as entering parliament.

Amongst his current interests is cricket and he is President of Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, who won the Natwest T20 Blast Competition last year.

Lord & Lady Naseby live locally at Caesars Camp and we look forward to greeting them on Show day.

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