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Scarecrow Competition 2020

News about a Competition sponsored by Sandy Town Council, Sandy Carnival and Sandy & District Horticultural Association:


Hello all,

I hope that everyone is staying safe and well at this time and that the lockdown period has not proved too onerous. The weather is remaining glorious but it is not good for those of us trying to grow allotment crops on lighter soils.

You may have seen by now that Sandy Town Council is sponsoring a Sandy Scarecrow Competition this month for residents of the town - please encourage all your friends and neighbours to create & submit an entry. I have attached an example of the Competition advert that can be found through the Council's Facebook pages.

It is being co-sponsored by both our Association and also the Sandy Carnival. who will be providing a prize for the best entry from a household outside the town of Sandy, e.g. Tempsford/Moggerhanger etc. I have agreed our contribution with the town's mayor and town clerk.

The aim is to hold the festival/competition from 8th June to 21st June. As well as placing their scarecrows outside their houses. residents will be encouraged to send in pictures of their creations to the Town Council email address: The Council will then place these on social media under a pinned post on the Town Council Facebook page.

Best wishes


Chair of Sandy & District Horticultural Association

Public Notice re Sandy Show 2020


The Sandy Show

In 1868 the Sandy Show was born after several leading gentlemen in the locality wished to showcase the quality of the crops and produce being grown in our local area, to the widest audience. A cat, dog and bird show was added over the following years to create the Feather & Fur Festival with the Flower & Produce Show, and this lasted up until the start of World War II, apart from a break during the World War I.

 Following World War II the Show was restarted until 1954. Then in 1966 the Show was resurrected once more at the now-defunct Bickerdike’s Nurseries, and it remained there for a number of years before moving back to its original home at Sandye Place.

During recent years the Show has grown to be known across a wide area of the country, with entrants coming from many neighbouring counties to exhibit their produce, flowers and crafts and be judged to exacting national  standards.

In the summer of 2019 the Sandye Place Academy closed and the unavailability of the Academy’s premises to anyone has caused a loss of venue to the Horticultural Association who promote and organise the Show. Since last August we have been searching for an available site within the town. Many locations have been discussed but none have been found which is of a suitable size and standard. Options outside of the town have also been considered but no satisfactory venue has arisen that has appeared to be financially viable. We have also considered changing the day of the week and also the month of the Show, in an effort to continue with the event.

Also, the number of available helpers to run the event is decreasing as age catches up with us all.

It is therefore necessary to say that the Horticultural Association will be unable to put on the Sandy Show in 2020. If more help can be found and a suitable venue then we would hope to return with a re-invigorated Sandy Show.

Andrew Havergal

Chair of Sandy & District Horticultural Association

Diary of Events

Find out here about our Diary of Events in 2020

Date Event Location


Due to a wide range of restrictions advised by HM Government in the last few days (w/c 16th March 2020), all meetings planned for the next few months are in abeyance for the time being. This action reflects the seriousness of the current situation and the need to protect the Membership and Association Committee (& the general public). 


When the situation becomes clear that normal activities can continue, a further announcement will follow. Your understanding and support is greatly appreciat

  Conservative Bowls Club Pavilion, off  Bedford Road, SG 19 1EL commencing at 7.30pm. **Supper Meeting


1st October 2020  Membership Renewals due  Just £6 per Year!
Tuesday 6th October 2020 Annual General Meeting

Annual Reports & Election of Officers for 2021. 

Conservative Bowls Club Pavilion, off  Bedford Road, SG 19 1EL commencing at 7.30pm.

 Followed by a social 'get-together'.  

*Speaker Events cost £2.50 per member/£3.50 non-members & guests – pay at the door. **Supper meetings will offer in addition, an optional 2 course meal @£7.50 per head , must be booked in advance. Call Lynda Scott on 07894 476808 or email her at .

Where events are held at The Conservative Club Bowls Pavilion in Bedford Road, please use the car park at the rear of the main building, the car park entrance is approx. 50 metres further down Bedford Road beyond the main entrance of Sandy Conservative Club.

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