News about events and activities involving Sandy & District Horticultural Association 

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.

Planning for Sandy Show 2017 underway!

Planning for the Sandy Show 2017 is now well under way. This year - the 51st of the modern era, the Show will be held on Saturday 19th August, once again in the Hall and grounds of Sandye Place Academy.

If you are interested in having a stall to sell your wares or promote your local group or organisation, why don't you get in touch?

This year, as well as the Library project - the theme for 2017 is 'bugs', we have a special Class 175 for primary school children up to the age of 9. This has been organised through the local schools and we have prepared 500 sets of red onions for their pupils to 'grow and show'.

Entries for this Class are now closed for the 2017 Show but will (depending on actual take up and results) open up again before Christmas so that we can prepare for the 2018 Show.

However, there will still be Junior Classes to enter as in previous years, so once the 2017 Show schedule is published in May, there will be an opportunity to get your entries underway. Of course there will be over 170 Classes for you to enter. ranging from fruit & vegetables, flowers, baking, brewing, cookery etc, to art, handicrafts & photography - something for everyone!

There will be attractions and entertainment too - these to be finalised but will feature the types we have had in previous years. Entry will be £1.50 and once again, accompanied children under 16 free!

Regular updates will appear here as planning proceeds over the next few months.

Note to all previous stallholders. sponsors and supporters: we will be making individual and personal contact with you all in the coming weeks and we hope that you will be able to support us again this year. The Association relies very much on the support given to the running of this historic Show, which dates back to 1868! Anyone interested in offering support or sponsorship, no matter how small, will be most welcome and can get in touch via email as above.

Thanks in anticipation and here's to a great and successful Sandy Show 2017.

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