On the 12th October 2018 we gathered at the White Horse at Southill to Celebrate our 40th Charter Anniversary.
Normally we review the immediate past year at our Charter, but when the clock strikes 40 years, it is time to look back and thank the 26 local men who formed this Club back in 1978. They started a tradition in the Biggleswade and Sandy area of providing good “value for money fund-raising” and supporting those in need within our community and beyond.
Today, our Club comprises 27 men and women; one of whom, is an original Charter Member. Over the years Biggleswade Sandy have held many major fund-raising events including Motor Shows, Sponsored Walks, Half-Marathons, Big Band Concerts, a London Male Voice Choir concert and more recently by Shannon Express. During these 40 years we have raised in excess of £500,000; the majority of which has been used supporting local causes; the remainder has been allocated to both National and International Disaster Appeals through Lions Clubs International Foundation.
Of the previous 12 months since our 39th Charter:- We held our popular Christmas Dance, followed by a December full of collections with our Christmas Sleigh, Father Christmas went down to the Langford Garden Centre. In the Spring, the Beast from the East played havoc with our famous Jumble Sale; we postponed it; but the Beast returned on our newly appointed day. Our Easter Egg draws could be found in Biggleswade, Broom, Clifton, Everton, Henlow, Moggerhanger, Potton, Sandy Southill and Tempsford. Come May, the weather changed for the better, the sun came out and stayed. We took two coach loads of deserving kids with their carers to Wicksteed Park. We got sunburnt at local fêtes, sold over 500 Logo Quiz sheets. We combined resources with Bedford Lions to buy a horse, Maisie, for the Bedford Disabled Horse Riding Association. We kept busy all summer long. (Still running!)
According to the weatherman, we haven’t had a summer like this in over 40 years!