Many of the photographs in our gallery represent scenes from shows held at Sandye Place in the early 1900’s through to its last one held there in 1953, after the property had been recently sold off to Bedford County and what is now Sandye Place Academy. However, as many of you may know, the Sandy Show was resurrected in the late1960’s and after Bickerdike’s Garden Centre closed, the show has returned to its former venue. These days, the Show, ‘The Sandy Horticultural Show’ focuses on produce and handicrafts, with a number of trade and community group stands to compliment the exhibits of flowers, fruit & vegetables and handicrafts.
The group has made several audio and video interviews of some of Sandy’s senior citizens, in order to capture their personal recollections of the last century.
In May 2011, the Chairman and the Editor were kindly invited again, to speak on Biggles FM. During the interview, we were able to discuss the group’s activities and our future plans. We are incredibly grateful to Alan Warings for the opportunity to ‘spread the word’ around the community of our website.
Beeston Milestone – Richard Barlow wrote an article about the hunt for the Beeston Milestone, which once stood on the Great North Road. Following recent re-development of the A1 into a dual carriageway of sorts, the milestone has disappeared. Click here to read Richard’s article and to see a photo of the milestone.
The group often presents several exhibitions of some of its varying and intriguing collection of old photo’s and artefacts each year. We are continuing supporting these occasions, which will often be in conjunction with other local events such as Sandy Summer Festival day and the Sandy Horticultural Show.